As the lady of Agganis Manor, a medical professional, put it last night, "If it happens to these guys, think of all the people it happens to you don't hear about."
Having been operated on by some of the finest doctors in the world, the two best quarterbacks in the NFL both managed to get themselves infected.
Let's just hope somebody's failure to scrub up or sterilize their instruments doesn't force Tom Brady to endure a do-over on his ACL surgery. Even with the use of his own patella tendon instead of a cadaver ligament as his new ACL, he encountered problems. This could be the difference between his being ready for training camp next July or not.
Peyton Manning had less serious surgery, but still found himself saddled with a staph infection which cost him the exhibition season. While the Colts have been hit hard by injuries, he doesn't seem quite the superstar we're used to.
There are enough crazy factors determining who makes the Super Bowl and who doesn't. Please, let's not add OR hygiene to the list.
On to the picks...last week, a much improved 15-5 (90-50 overall). Confidence points in parentheses:
PATRIOTS 27, RAMS 16 (12): Jim Haslett's made a decent team of the Rams, but having the All-Pro offensive line trio reunited with Stephen Neal's return is paying off in an improved Pats running game (even with fourth-string BenJarvus Green-Ellis the likely featured back). Join me for live-blogging action at 1 on SI.com.
RAVENS 20, RAIDERS 12 (13): Baltimore is the classic stealth wild card contender.
JETS 31, CHIEFS 13 (15): The J-E-T-S need the magic KC elixir after blowing one in Oakland last week.
BILLS 23, DOLPHINS 10 (14): The power may stay on in Miami, but the fish will go bad again.
SAINTS 28, CHARGERS 25 (4): Please, guys, give the sellout crowd in London a better game then that Giants-Dolphins snoozer they got last year.
REDSKINS 27, LIONS 13 (16): Detroit's already on the drive to be first on the clock in April.
FALCONS 20, EAGLES 17 (8): I'm starting to develop a belief in Matt Ryan.
BUCCANEERS 23, COWBOYS 16 (10): Dallas - the new Team Turmoil.
PANTHERS 23, CARDINALS 20 (9): The old rule against picking Arizona in a big road game still applies.
JAGUARS 17, BROWNS 13 (7): Who'd have thought the Jags would be fighting for their playoff lives right now? At 4, it's the second half of my first SI.com live-blog doubleheader.
TEXANS 24, BENGALS 20 (5): Houston keeps the race for the number one draft choice competitive.
STEELERS 17, GIANTS 16 (6): I just have that feeling the Men of Steel gut this one out.
49ers 21, SEAHAWKS 17 (3): WGAF Game of the Week.
TITANS 20, COLTS 13 (11): The surprise final unbeaten team finally gets a chance to strut on a Monday night. Against a wounded Indy team, Tennessee preserves the golden goose egg.
And on to college:
KANSAS 37, TEXAS TECH 33: Reality arrives for the Red Raiders - a road trip to Lawrence, followed by three straight games against Top 10 teams.
TEXAS 48, OKLAHOMA STATE 28: Not a great weekend for Cowboys, either of the NFL or the Big 12 kind.
GEORGIA 24, LSU 16: The Tiger defense is just a little less vaunted these days.
OHIO STATE 21, PENN STATE 20: They've turned it back on in Columbus.
ALABAMA 16, TENNESSEE 10: The Tide look vulnerable again after nearly blowing a 21-point halftime lead at home against Mississippi.
OKLAHOMA 40, KANSAS STATE 20: Sooners top the one-loss bunch - they're still in the national title hunt.