I know I said I was going to talk about cute, fuzzy, endangered critters but this will have to do. After all, how can you deny the cool value of watching people ram each other in wheelchairs? You really can't. It's like a car wreck, you have to watch. That's what I did on Friday night. I watched the new movie 'Murderball'

Wheelchair rugby is just that, rugby in wheelchairs, with all the full contact, drinking, womanizing and testosterone that the game normally attracts. (and yes, womanizing is possible for quads, as they adamantly explain!) The name Murderball was the original name used before it was adopted as a Paralympic sport and they decided it needed to be toned down.

Beyond all the violence the creators of 'Murderball' have made a tremendous movie. It really changes the way you think about disability. I never would have thought that someone with no legs above the knee or arms below the elbows would be able to cook, get groceries, drive a car, all without assistance. And then say in an interview "Yeah, I got in an accident once and the police asked: 'Were you wearing your seatbelt?', 'No'; 'Where you wearing your prosthetic arms?', 'No'.". To do that not only do you need massive cajones but you need mad skills!

Until you see the movie, like most people without a physical disability, you think of wheelchair competition as a way for 'cripples' to have fun and get hugs. This is not the Special Olympics. These guys are waaaaaayyy too competitive for their own good and way too athletic to be dismissed as wannabe's. It gives you a whole different perspective on life and really challenges your assumptions about disability.

Personally though, it made me wonder what support the average quadriplegic gets and how many people could rise to that level. Obviously these guys are pretty phenomenal athletically but they also seem to have amazing resolve and toughness. They must have good family and friends support. I wonder how many quads are written off by their family and friends and never are expected to push the limits. Or that the limits they are expected to push are set way to low. Not everybody has that drive within themselves to push to the highest level. Many people get that drive from people around them.

I'm glad that the players in the movie are really active in visiting hospitals as mentors. The scenes of them talking to disabled Iraq veterans at Walter Reed were pretty poignant. I hope everyone with a disability gets the chance to push themselves that hard.