Old North United Player Suffers Back Injury from Carrying Team On and Off the Field
Old North United player and sponsor Jim Ailes has for years taken on a dual role in Indy City Futbol. As proprietor of St. Joseph’s Brewery, Ailes has supported the League for several years as the official team sponsor of Old North United and a regular afterparty host. As a player, he’s provided a strong right foot and an energy that’s propelled ONU to a championship.
But all that community engagement is beginning to take a toll. Teammates have noticed a hitch in his git-up recently; namely, a slightly slower pace of play and a less consistent attendance record than in previous seasons.
“I’m beginning to get worried,” said ONU star Molly Kruger. “Jim is this team’s rock. I don’t know what we’d do without him and St. Joseph’s Brewery.”
“For a while there, I suspected he was just dipping into the St. Joseph’s sauce,” said ONU player Alicia Baker. “I mean, I would!”
But while this reporter would be equally tempted to speculate, a quick interview resolved the mystery.
“I didn’t want to say anything to anybody,” said Ailes. “But it’s been a real strain to carry this team on and off the field.”
Team doctors have been tight-lipped about the injury, but a medical report submitted anonymously to ICF Media reveals a diagnosis of “extreme strain of the thoracolumbar fascia due to the excellence of on and off-field play”.
Team manager Karim Djabi refused to comment, but sources close to the team revealed that Jim refuses to give up. When asked about the subject, Ailes was forthright.
“I mean, we have an American flag as a keeper for gosh sakes,” Ailes stated. “Somebody’s got to carry this team.”