Red and Black Hockey
This isn’t about hockey. This is only scarcely about sports at all. Add to that, I’m a week late. Last Friday, American writer David Foster Wallace died of apparent suicide by hanging. He was 46. Wallace, who was best known for his behemoth 1996 novel
, was a huge tennis fan and a former player himself.
With a glove tap to Bitter Leaf Fan, I’ll make what will probably be my one and only post entirely devoted to literature.
Jeff O’Neill made headlines earlier this summer when the Hurricanes announced that they had offered him a tryout. Most fans, myself included, grumbled and rolled eyes, muttering something like “don’t hold your breath”. By all accounts, O’Neill has looked good in unofficial practice sessions at “Camp Brind’Amour”, which prompted many fans to continue to grumble and roll their eyes and mutter “don’t hold your breath”. When Justin Williams tore his Achilles on Wednesday, things changed quite a bit. It isn’t the way O’Neill wanted the opportunity, but he has an opportunity on a silver platter now.
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes got some horrible news. Justin Williams has torn his right Achilles tendon and will miss four to six months. According to the News and Observer, Williams suffered the injury in an off-ice workout and should miss the majority of the season.
About Red and Black Hockey
David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.