The last time I sat down to really think about Magic was right after the #SCGINVI took place when I was finishing my article about Esper Control.
That's right. For the past three weeks, I've been as removed from the game as I've ever been before. I received a phone call the Monday after the Season One Invitational informing me that a dear family member passed away which took me to North Dakota for a little over a week. While there, I hurt my back helping my stepdad with some heavy lifting that became irritated due to sleeping on the same bed I had as a teenager. From there, four days of walking poorly, including a day of traveling back to Roanoke, caused me to get what is called Piriformis Syndrome .
I had never heard of Piriformis Syndrome before going to the doctor, but what happens is the piriformis muscle becomes irritated, which causes it to become inflamed and stiffen up. This wouldn't be that big of a deal, but the muscle is in your buttocks and protects your sciatic nerve. Once irritated, the muscle will clench down on the nerve and causes what's best described as a calf cramp, pulled hamstring, and glute spasm all at the same time.
Oh, and your foot goes numb for some reason.
Sleeping was nigh impossible, as anytime I moved my entire leg, it felt like it went up in flames. Needless to say, I wasn't going to Grand Prix Pittsburgh or US Nationals even though I really wanted to. Instead, I was practically bedridden for close to two weeks while I did stretches in front of my television watching Magic coverage.
The drugs I was on kept me from playing the countless hours of Magic I normally would. Instead I occupied my time reading articles, watching coverage, and even reading old articles and watching old coverage of Pro Tours. For the first time in the longest time, I consumed Magic content as if it was the air I breathed. I stopped being a player and enjoyed my time as a spectator. Well, besides coaching Genesis when they played against Play Design in the Team Standard Super League where I masterfully metagamed the entire event.