posted at 4/17/2011 3:43 AM EDT
This thread is hilarious. You can get dehydrated from having the runs, puking, getting a bladder infection, etc. There are many ways to get dehydrated and when you do, you don't notice. You're not thirsty. You might be drinking and hydrating, but just not enough.
No I'm not a doctor (of medicine) but I've been hospitalized for dehydration 3 times. I lived in Florida and trust me, it's very easy to dehydrate when you're working out more often than usual, when under stress, etc. Even if you are drinking Gatorade.
Z has been under a cr@pload of stress. Try to imagine what it feels like to have a kazillion people out there who want you dead. Contrary to popular belief he is not a machine.
But the concrete evidence comes from an inside source who spoke with a blogger acquaintance of mine, and he said Z had another condition (a temporary one) that caused the symptoms, and that he had been working his ar$e off like crazy these days. It happens. No one threatened him, I'm sure.
He couldn't play because when you get dehydrated, your organs actually start to shut down--slowly but surely, if left untreated. He was treated but unless he's fully recovered, there are many dangers, including brain damage. The symptoms include dizziness, severe muscle pain and just about ZERO endurance.
Of course a conspiracy theory would be great! If the games were fixed, it would finally explain why the Bs have been playing like handicaps. And we all know they can't win without Chara
, so why not poison him? :)
The dumb'st thing this organization could have done, given that Z is already huge on the media radar, is to advertise the fact that he was dehydrated. This gave way to a torrent of mockery. "He's an athlete and he doesn't know any better?" and so on.