Big Ten Network videographer Ethan Bacon. Big Ten Network videographer Ethan Bacon. (Brian Fonseca on Twitter.)

One of the stranger moments in Saturday’s college football action came from a pass from Rutgers Scarlet Knights’ quarterback Gavin Wimsatt against the Wisconsin Badgers Saturday. That pass sailed out of bounds and hit a photographer/videographer in a, uh, sensitive area:

We did in fact later get that update. And it came from the videographer himself, Ethan Bacon, who was working this game for The Big Ten Network. He tweeted that at Barstool Sports’ Dan Katz, complete with the video clip from his camera:

Rutgers beat reporter Brian Fonseca of the Newark-based The Star-Ledger also spoke to Bacon afterwards:

The “Hurt for about 40 minutes, and now it’s all good and it’s a funny story to tell and a great shot to have” is certainly a good line. And this does add to quite a long history of “football in the groin” (or “other object in the groin“) moments. And this one was certainly notable for including Bacon’s own comments, and his own footage of getting hit by this football.

Being on the sidelines of a game can be quite hazardous, for both media figures and for athletes who encounter them. And media members have taken plenty of other injuries around games. This is just the latest case of how sports can have physical impacts even on those documenting them.

[Ethan Bacon on Twitter; image from Brian Fonseca on Twitter]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.