Bad Things Come in Threes

Brandon Coppola is a triplet, and all three of the brothers play(ed) football for St. John’s Prep on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Last season during a JV game Brandon suffered a cervical fracture, which has nothing to do with female parts; it’s a bad spinal injury. Totally unfortunate and sad.

On September 4th Brandon’s brother, Jared, suffered a cervical fracture after tackling a wide receiver in a scrimmage. Jared currently has feeling but no movement in his extremities. Totally unfortunate and sad.

The remaining triplet, Tyler is wearing his brother’s uniform number this season in tribute. They also have an older brother who plays at the University of New Hampshire. Um. What!?!

While I absolutely feel for the kid and his family, here’s a question; one son gets a spinal injury, sure that’s random, two get the same injury and you LET THE THIRD KEEP PLAYING? How can you allow your third son to keep playing when his brothers have had horrific life-changing accidents? I simply don’t get it. Hey guys, try tennis maybe? I’m not superstitious or nothing, but don’t things always come in threes? Aren’t they TRIPLETS, am I the only one who thinks this could end badly? I certainly don’t want it to, but c’mon, take these kids off the football field.

[Eagle Tribune]

6 Responses to “Bad Things Come in Threes”

  1. 1 the roomate
    September 18, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Next: Slanch stars in: Saving Private Coppola.
    “Whats the pool up to now? I’m a blogger, I blog about sports… in this little town called NYC. Ah, Coppola. I don’t know anything about Coppola. I don’t care. The man means nothing to me. It’s just a name. But if… You know if going to St. Johns and finding him so that he can go home. If that earns me the right to get back to my blog, then that’s my mission.”

  2. 2 wrong.
    September 20, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    if you knew anything about the family you’d know how dedicated they are to football. it has always been such a huge part of their lives. to suggest that the other two give up their dreams because of two freak accidents then you’re a sad human being. it is out of their parents hands whether or not the other boys play because they refuse to give up something they’ve done their whole lives. do you think jared would want his brothers to stop doing something they love because of what happened to him? most certainly not. keep your thoughts to yourself…its not a time to be judging a family who needs support, not criticism.

    • September 20, 2009 at 10:32 pm

      One time is an accident. Twice, with the SAME INJURY isn’t. Hey, I feel for the family, I really do. Which is why I suggest they STOP playing football as it clearly is on the verge of destroying MULTIPLE lives in their family.

  3. 4 no.
    September 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Tyler is playing in honor of jared. His family and friend support him. To be safe, hes been through tests to make sure it was not hereditary. As it turns out, the injury was purely coincidental and the chances of Tyler getting the same injury are astronomical. Next time you talk about someone, make sure your facts are correct.

    • September 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

      Hey, I’m glad it’s not hereditary and I think it’s really wonderful that Tyler WANTS to play for his brother. But he’s a kid, he doesn’t know better, the parents should know better. What are the odds of 2! people in the family having essentially the same (near)-debilitating injury? Clearly this family has already tempted the gods too much already.

      Seriously, tennis has no contact…

  4. 6 Tanz
    October 1, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Perhaps safety standards need to be addressed in regards to equipment not an individuals choice to remain in a sport he loves. Also, to live in fear of “what could happen” is just not an option for some people and frankly not “living” at all.

    One of my favorite people in life died in a bike race-random, freakish and sad. I still get on my bike. I ride for her and those that cannot.

    NOTE: Tennis may have not contact; have you heard of “tennis elbow”??? Debilitating to those it affects as well. 🙂

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