It's pretty hard not to feel a little sorry for the New Mexico football program. It's even harder not to laugh at it. The Lobos are 0-8 this season, and 1-19 over the last two years. The only time we write about them here is when Mike Leach is saying he's not crazy enough to take over the program , or their current head coach is just crazy enough that you actually have to consider that he may have attacked a student reporter at a sports bar. When that's not good enough, we write about New Mexico beat reporters who lose their jobs for emailing players and kind of suggesting they should quit the team.
So this story really shouldn't shock you in the least. You should in no way be surprised to find out that the Lobos have lost a quarterback for the rest of the season due to a pumpkin-carving accident .
New Mexico's unfathomably bad season took a turn for the worse before the Lobos left Albuquerque.Gruner was carving "Help" into the pumpkin when the accident happened.* His loss won't be that big of a deal for New Mexico, as they've been using three other terribly ineffective quarterbacks this season in what was some kind of four-headed monster hell-bent on not winning football games. In fact, anytime a pumpkin-carving accident can help get a player named Stump Godfrey on the field more, it's a wonderful thing.
Part-time starting quarterback Brad Gruner sliced the pinkie on his throwing hand and required season-ending surgery.
The accident happened while carving a pumpkin.
*I assume this is what he was carving, anyway
Hat tip: SBNation