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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Gatens injury another tough break for Iowa

By Eamonn Brennan

Jinxes are not real. Whether you're watching baseball, navigating ladder-strewn sidewalks, or squaring off with the judge on the U.S.-Mexico border, it's important to remind yourself: jinxes do not exist.

So, no, I do not have the power to jinx Iowa forward Matt Gatens. This is just really awful timing.

A mere two days after lauding Gatens as a potential individual breakout pick in the Big Ten this season, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery told the Associated Press that Gatens tore a tendon in his left hand and will be out indefinitely. McCaffery didn't offer much in the way of specifics, but an Iowa spokesman did say that the injury isn't expected to be season-ending. Gatens will have surgery Thursday.

Even if the injury isn't season-ending, the Hawkeyes just went from really bad to really, really, really bad, and Gatens just went from a potential star to an outpatient. It's another bad break for an Iowa program that seems to be stacking those up in the past three years, and it's another bummer for Gatens, a promising player whose career has been marred by forces outside his control. Here's to a speedy recovery. Karma may be no more real than the jinx, but still, Iowa could use a little good karma right now.