Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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Jacksonville is a football town, but we know there are plenty of fans of the world's version of football, too. The World Cup is less than a month away, and "soccer" fans everywhere are looking for a favorite. Who are you rooting for in the World Cup? And why will they win? We're looking for super fans with allegiances to teams from all over the world for a feature leading into the tournament.

Send an e-mail to with name, hometown, phone number (we might want your photo) and a paragraph on why your team will win.


All those iPhone apps are good to have and come in handy sometimes.

But San Diego Padres reliever Tim Stauffer has a whole new appreciation for them, according to

"For some reason or another, I haven't used it much, but I have a WebMD app on my phone," he said. "I got it a year or two ago, thought it might come in handy. First time I needed it to work, it did."

Stauffer, 27, used that app recently to self-diagnose a serious ailment last week, leading to an emergency appendectomy.

He experienced late-night stomach pains in the lower right portion of his abdomen while the team was in San Francisco for an NL West series with the Giants last week. He was in a hotel on May 10, hundreds of miles from home, surfing around on his iPhone.

At 3:16 a.m., he called Padres head trainer Todd Hutcheson.

"At that point, I was in a lot of pain and knew something wasn't right and needed to get to the hospital," Stauffer said. "Better to be safe than sorry."

Thanks to some quick thinking and his WebMD app, Stauffer had diagnosed the pain.

"That's the first thing he said to me," Hutcheson said. 'I think I have appendicitis.' "

Plugging his symptoms into the application resulted in an appendicitis as the likely illness.

The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society's directory pointed Hutcheson and Stauffer in the direction of San Francisco's St. Mary's Medical Center.

"He left the hotel around 4:15, by 7:30 or so they had him in a CT scanner and by 9:30 they had him scheduled for surgery," Hutcheson said. …

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