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Covering basketball while on crutches

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by newinthefield, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. newinthefield

    newinthefield Member

    I had an unfortunate turn of events on Thanksgiving that left me with a fractured knee. Does anyone have any tips of how keep a play-by-play and take photos of basketball while confined to crutches? I'll probably just set up camp in the seats, but if anyone has any better suggestions, I'm all for them. Thanks.
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Photos? Damn, that's brutal.
  3. Situation

    Situation Member

    Hire a photographer.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    If you were injured while working make sure you file a workman's comp claim and take the time you need to heal.

    Don't risk your health for your paper.
  5. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    Don't know about the photos part, but when I broke my leg and was on crutches during basketball season I hobbled in, sat at the press table and covered the game. Being on crutches really had no impact on working. It does seem like I carried my notebook in a bag instead of my hand because they were both occupied.
  6. newinthefield

    newinthefield Member

    It was not a work injury. Stupid annual Turkey Bowl football game...lol
  7. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    I feel for you. Heck, I have a hard enough time taking pics and keeping accurate stats on two good legs, or sitting on my arse along the baseline.

    Heal up. You're liable to fall down and reinjure yourself trying to get decent shots and drop the camera to boot.
  8. newinthefield

    newinthefield Member

    I'm thinking I'll just sacrifice the good shots for the time being. Though, some of the small schools in the area have a stage at one end of the court. Sitting up there might not be too bad.
  9. fossywriter8

    fossywriter8 Well-Known Member

    I had to do the same thing 10 years ago during football -- yes, crutches on a sideline and taking pics. It beat going up the stadium steps to get to the press box, especially one place where you accessed the pressbox by crawling through a hole in the wall at the top of the stadium.
    If you have to get basketball pics from the baseline, use the wall for support and try a stenographer's notebook (they're smaller than the legal kind) for keeping play by play.
    For basketball, don't discount pics from the scorer's table. I've gotten some good shots from there of kids rebounding, boxing out, setting picks out top for a guard, etc.
  10. holy bull

    holy bull Active Member

    Headline of the Future:
    One-man staff on one leg covers only child

    Newinthefield, take care of that leg, above all else. I don't know if you have a cast, but if you do, I've heard that that leg automatically has a greater capacity to fill up with beer.
  11. newinthefield

    newinthefield Member

    That is hilarious.

    It's just a soft brace for the time being. I'm figuring the specialist will give me something new early in the week.
  12. holy bull

    holy bull Active Member

    I believe those soft braces also soak up some extra. Drink up.
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