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How Hitchcockian: Anaheim Ducks Goalie Jonas Hiller Suffering From Vertigo

And no, I am not referring to former Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock. I am, of course, making a reference to legendary filmmaker, The Master of Suspense: Robyn Hitchcock, who went on from making incredible films to becoming the frontman of the eponymously named Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians. Talk about prolific, man.

Anyhoo, Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller missed his 10th consecutive game Wednesday night between the pipes for the Ducks due to dealing with the debilitating effect of vertigo, which WebMD characterizes as such:

…a feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when there is no actual movement. You may feel as though you are spinning, whirling, falling, or tilting. When you have severe vertigo, you may feel very nauseated or vomit. You may have trouble walking or standing, and you may lose your balance and fall.

Funny, that sounds exactly like I felt after one too many Jägerbombs last weekend. (/Jäger)

All kidding aside, this vertigo condition has really messed Hiller up (via Yahoo!):

“I’m still having the same issues, especially on the ice,” Hiller said. “I start feeling out of myself, kind of feeling all over the place. I guess it’s just going to take time. All I can do is be patient. It’s definitely not easy, especially the mental side. It’s really tough.

“It feels like I’m always falling behind the play,” said Hiller, 26-16-3 with five shutouts this season. “It’s like I can’t keep up with the puck any more. I might be physically there, but I always feel like my head’s not there yet. I almost feel like I’m running behind the whole play for half a second or something. I’m always trying to catch up, which throws me off even more.”

Ouch, man. Sounds like he could use a couple of Jägerbombs or something. Or alternatively, he should just kick back, curl up on the couch and take it easy for a spell until the symptoms subside. Might I suggest a Hitchcock movie marathon or perhaps some DVDs of Hitchcock’s classic show, The Twilight Zone? I particularly enjoy the ones where the guy wakes up, and he’s the same – but everyone else is different. Wait, they are all like that.

Anaheim’s Hiller struggles with mystifying vertigo [Yahoo!]