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Man who fell from stands at ACC championship in critical condition

Georgia Tech walk through at Bank of America Stadium AP

Unfortunately, there is some troubling news from Charlotte one day removed from the ACC championship game. Per the Associated Press, a 22-year-old man is in critical condition after falling roughly 40 feet off a fourth-floor ramp outside Bank of America Stadium.

The report states the man, identified as Sean Michael Powers of New Port Richey, Fla., has life-threatening injuries. Per his mother, Powers was on a railing trying to take a picture when he lost his balance and fell.

“And instead of his bottom landing on the rail it seems he lost his balance and went over completely,” said Kristen Powers Evers.

Powers has suffered traumatic injuries, but his vital signs are stable. Certainly, our thoughts are with Powers and his family at this time as he recovers from his injuries.

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11 Responses to “Man who fell from stands at ACC championship in critical condition”
  1. polegojim says: Dec 3, 2012 8:54 AM

    Best wishes on recovery…

    But seriously… standing on a rail next to a 40′ drop?

  2. stoutfiles says: Dec 3, 2012 9:30 AM

    Rails lose their effectiveness when you climb on them. I worry one day that stadiums will be covered in nets to protect us from our stupidity, this keeps happening.

  3. mcqphx says: Dec 3, 2012 10:27 AM

    When you’re drinking all day things like this can happen.

  4. mrlaloosh says: Dec 3, 2012 10:49 AM

    Get well soon, idiot.

  5. giablommi says: Dec 3, 2012 1:20 PM

    Survival of the fittest

  6. gopokes0714 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:43 PM


    Where was is reported he had been drinking?


    It’s crazy a fast your life can be altered forever. My prayers go out to him, and his family.

  7. ukeone says: Dec 3, 2012 2:29 PM

    It’s amazing that even after a terrible event like this occurs (regardless of the circumstances surrounding how or why it occurred), there will always be a few ‘idiots’ out there (with no ‘respect’ to human life) who will always be there to throw-out the proverbial ‘shit in the fan’ just because they are better than the whole human race. Mistakes in judgement happens to each of us at one time or another; so, why bash someone when it happens to him? I only wish I could be there the next time one of these above idiots do something stupid so that I could laugh in their faces (and see if they don’t find that offensive). However, to Sean Michael Powers, my sincerest prayers are with you for a full recovery, young man. God be with you!

  8. giablommi says: Dec 3, 2012 3:58 PM

    @ ukeone

    Since I seem to be one of the ‘idiots’ you refer to, let me clear a few things up.

    First, I do not believe I am “better than the whole human race” as you suggest. Rather, I believe in personal responsibility. For the record, I have been to hundreds of games at dozens of NFL, college football and MLB stadiums and have never fallen out of any stadium, or become reasonably close to doing so. Furthermore, if you’ve been to any stadium such as the one in Charlotte, you’d know (and presumably agree) that you have to be EXTRAORDINARILY careless and/or reckless for an incident like this to befall you.

    Second, if an incident like this or something similar (e.g. drunk and walking into traffic) did occur due to my extraordinary irresponsibility, then yes, I would expect you or anyone else to laugh in my face and say “wow, what an idiot!” That’s why I, like most reasonable people, think before I do things, for example, not standing or sitting on a railing when there is either a 4′ or 40′ drop behind me.

    Lastly, its because of folks like Sean Michael Powers that society keeps on getting further involuntarily “idiot proofed” into costly and often unnecessary safety measures due to litigation; and accordingly, you can be sure that there is an eager attorney ready to have Mr. Powers retain them as counsel.

    I appreciate your concern for the young man and sorry if you do not agree with this but I think your contempt and ad hominem attacks on those who point out the stupidity and recklessness of others is seriously misguided.


  9. ukeone says: Dec 4, 2012 3:51 AM

    @ giablommi

    I don’t recall pointing a direct finger at YOU, claiming that you were or are an idiot (even with that crass comment: “Survival of the fittest.”). But since you took the time to “out yourself” as such, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. WOW, what a blatant overreaction on your part…get a hold of yourself, man (or woman…let’s not be sexist & add that to your critical nature). Clearly, you don’t have to verbally admit you are “better than the whole human race”…it’s stated in like manner through the above ‘perfectionist sermonette’ that you LORDED over me. I have been to plenty of stadiums and football games in my time, whoever you are, and I know how truly exciting they can be (the atmospheres of these games can be absolutely electrifying…and the people there can and will respond in a manner that can be considered ‘irresponsible’ at times…probably even more times than not). If you, Reverend Perfection & Responsibility, expect these individuals (we call them FANS) at these football games to ‘sit in their seats with their hands on their laps & recite the rosary’ just to appease your sense of responsible public behavior, then you are truly the ‘misguided’ one! The world is an imperfect place, and football games incite crazy atmospheres (and even the best-built & protected stadiums can’t always stop something like this from ever happening), so ‘expect’ accidents (and poor judgement, for that matter) to happen. Get over it! This gentleman wanted to ‘take a picture’ of the exciting atmosphere of the game…and yes, the moment propelled him to do this in a manner which ‘even I wouldn’t do.’ Even professional photographers often get into ‘strange places & circumstances’ to get the best picture(s). But, it was still clearly ‘an accident’, however ‘irresponsible’ you or anyone else make of it. (And who could ever think YOU would ever “get drunk and walk into traffic”…like I could ever predict that of you, despite your apparent perfectionist attitude). If you are so appreciative of my concern for this young man, then maybe you ought to respond in like manner to the ‘author of this article,’ who did quite the same, caring thing as I did. And just who is being the one inciting “contempt and ad hominem attacks” anyway?… Was your response positive, or more patronizing? Pointing-out your stupidity and recklessness in your criticism of someone who needs more of our prayers & not our attacks (for being so ‘stupid and irresponsible’ & not the ‘picture of perfection’ as you clearly make yourself out to be in your I AM LORD sermonette above) is called for and ‘fair game’ (as long as you and your cohorts think you can criticize others in like manner). This “how dare you” attitude of yours really eats shit!!! Can’t take criticism of ‘your’ ad hominem attacks on those who don’t fit your ‘perfectionist’ mold, then just shut the hell up and stop expecting that everyone has to be LIKE YOU! Critique is FAIR GAME, ASSWIPE!!! Maybe you don’t like my response enough that YOU might be the one who will actually solicit that ‘eager attorney’ who will represent you in libellus litigation against me for pointing-out that YOU, YES (now that you’ve outed yourself), are indeed an idiot who knows how to “point-out the stupidity and recklessness of others,”…especially when they’re down & unable to defend themselves! Isn’t THAT a good definition of being a ‘PERFECTIONIST,’ you asshole?

  10. giablommi says: Dec 4, 2012 11:53 AM

    @ ukeone

    You’ve got anger issues, dude.

  11. ukeone says: Dec 4, 2012 10:13 PM

    @ giablommi

    And you have a personality crisis, called TERMINAL PERFECTIONITIS.

    Cheers :-) ,dude!

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