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Field of Links: Boyle injured by a repeat offender, don’t ask Manningham about crutches

Oct 16, 2013, 9:04 AM PDT

AP Photo/Bill Boyce

An ugly hit overshadowed what was supposed to be an exciting battle of two of the NHL’s remaining unbeaten teams. The San Jose Sharks defeated the St. Louis Blues 6-2 on Tuesday, but the team’s singular focus remains on the health of Dan Boyle, after he was taken off the ice on a stretcher following a dirty hit from Maxim Lapierre.

Our Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz reports that Boyle stayed overnight in a St. Louis hospital and that he is “doing OK.” The Sharks issued a release on Tuesday morning saying that Boyle will head back to San Jose later this afternoon for further evaluation.

After the incident, Kurz had some quotes from Boyle’s teammates that were terrifying.

“He was shaking, his eyes were up at the roof. We tried talking to him and he wasn’t responding. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Logan Couture said.

Joe Thornton said: “I’ve never seen a guy be like that before. It takes your breath away.”

Lapierre is a repeat offender. In 2010, he was suspended four games for a similar hit on a Sharks player, after he drove Scott Nichol headfirst into the boards. Here’s a look at the hit on Nichol.

Surprisingly, that hit didn’t even draw a penalty in the game. Lapierre will likely be looking at a lengthier suspension this time around.

— Hopefully, Boyle can get back to full health soon. Recovering from a tough injury is a mental grind as much as it is a physical one. Just ask 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham, who returned to practice for the first time in 9 1/2 months after tearing two ligaments in his left knee. Our 49ers reporter Mindi Bach was on hand to catch Manningham’s post-practice session. He was actually excited to meet with the media until someone asked him about his recovery.

“I aint’ thinking about them crutches, man,” Manningham said animatedly making the media laugh as he cut off a reporter who started to ask him about his first days after surgery. “We’re passed that. I was sick of them, yeah, but that’s behind me. I ain’t talking about the crutches.”

— Do you think your job is hard? Cam Zink did a backflip off the side of a mountain on a bike and only finished in third place. Yup. The largest backflip in the history of his sport. Third place. He literally risked his life for a tiny trophy. If you’re sitting here reading this, you’re a winner. Zink is lucky he doesn’t need to borrow Manningham’s crutches.

— Hey look everybody, Justin Verlander is human. This Mike Napoli home run to snap Verlander’s 21 1/3 postseason scoreless innings streak probably doesn’t do much to ease the minds of Oakland Athletics fans, though. The Red Sox won the game 1-0 and took a 2-1 series lead.

Field of Links:

— Oakland’s ‘Coliseum City’ efforts took another step forward on Tuesday.

The Dodgers fan rally bear was unmasked. Once he took the cartoonish bear head off, the world lost what little interest remained.

Here’s some far more relevant bear news: Three different bears have been stuck inside cars in Truckee over the past two weeks.

Will Ferrell led the USC marching band sans Jazz flute.

— They serve meatloaf cupcakes in Detroit. Lazy band name or stomach-turning food idea? Perhaps both.

— What in the world is that thing? And why are they touching it?


Credit: Catalina Island Marine Institute

— Joe Buck rubs people the wrong way.

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