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    Default Poor sportmanship of the year?

    Maybe for the decade. You be the judge.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxAIcRHs1tk

    LeGarrette Blount not only needs to be suspended for multiple games, but he is in serious need of anger management counseling. Sucker punching a Boise St. player, taking a swipe at his own teammate, forcibly restrained by police and stadium officials from taking on some fans.

    What a way to kick off the 2009 college football season!

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    Default Re: Poor sportmanship of the year?

    Year? Probably! Decade? It may face some competition from this incident!

    You'd think these people would be very grateful for playing the game they love for a living.

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    Default No to excuse the assault but...

    That wasn't a sucker punch. And the Boise player should have had his helmet on if he was going to get into the guy's face or at least not take his eye off his target so soon. He'll remember that next time.

    Per the 2nd vid, that's assault with a deadly weapon.
    Last edited by Ron Whitfield; September 4th, 2009 at 09:59 AM.

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    Default Re: No to excuse the assault but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    That wasn't a sucker punch.
    Really?

    Either you don't know what the term sucker punch means (wordnetweb and freedictionary.com both define it as "an unexpected punch") or you have really, REALLY bad eyesight. Take your pick.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    And the Boise player should have had his helmet on if he was going to get into the guy's face or at least not take his eye off his target so soon. He'll remember that next time.
    Duh!!! Ron, that's what makes a sucker punch what it is! The cheap shot artist doesn't tell the other guy what he intends to do.

    Boy, I can imagine your idea of a fair fight. Suddenly throwing a punch at someone who's turning away from you. And then telling your victim, "Remember that the next time!" is what you think will inspire respect and admiration from everyone who witnessed your sucker punch. Yeah Ron. Shuuuure....

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    Default Yes, really...

    If you go getting in someone's face you better expect a reaction like that, not immediately turn away.
    A sucker punch is nailing someone that has no clue you are either there or that it could be at all expected. This Boise guy was aware of both and paid for his mistake.
    Has a glass jaw as well.

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    Default Re: Yes, really...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    If you go getting in someone's face you better expect a reaction like that, not immediately turn away.
    And why did the Boise player turn away? In large part, because his head coach (wearing the blue cap) was trying to get his attention and direct him away from the direction of Blount. And like a snake, Blount used that opportunity to throw the first punch and then backpedal away like crazy.

    But hey, if this kind of cowardly behavior is something you're going to defend, then so be it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    A sucker punch is nailing someone that has no clue you are either there or that it could be at all expected. This Boise guy was aware of both and paid for his mistake.
    The dictionaries I cited do not use the qualifier that is boldfaced. Now, if you want to start making up your own definitions out of thin air, then go ahead and knock yourself out. But when you go around and tell other people they are wrong when they use a term in a way that properly fits in with the definitions that actual dictionaries use, you're only making yourself look ignorant.
    Last edited by Frankie's Market; September 4th, 2009 at 11:41 AM.

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    Default Re: Poor sportmanship of the year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    You'd think these people would be very grateful for playing the game they love for a living.
    He's not playing it for a living.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    That wasn't a sucker punch.
    I won't go so far as to say "that's what a guy gets," but when I saw the footage, my first reaction was, "Hm. I'm not sure that's a sucker punch." The two were obviously jawing at each other and one wasn't looking when he got the hit, but it wasn't like the other guy just ran up to him from across the field and decked him. He got the hit as part of that confrontation.

    In any case, none of that changes the fact that it was poor sportsmanship of the most extreme sort. Boise proved it belongs in the conversation about mid-majors deserving a realistic shot at the BCS.
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    Default Re: Yes, really...

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    !) But hey, if this kind of cowardly behavior is something you're going to defend, then so be it.
    2) Now, if you want to start making up your own definitions out of thin air, then go ahead and knock yourself out.
    1) I've stated that I don't excuse the assault. So don't try to sucker punch me with that BS, OK?
    2) Not out of thin air. That's how I grew up, probably long before you popped onto the scene, and before there was a dictionary deffinition. You didn't mouth off without expecting a serious reply. The kid blew it, plain and simple. He should have been more aware, especially while not having his helmet on. That was dumb.

    BTW, the punch was merely a glancing rabbit punch of a chip shot. The perp could have easily laid into it and broke his jaw with the angle he had.

    And, the guy got the penalty he deserved.

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    Default Re: No to excuse the assault but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    That wasn't a sucker punch.
    Sucker punch or False crack?
    I think he was mad at the Healthcare proposal.

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    Default Re: No to excuse the assault but...

    This is a tough one. The Boise State player in all likelihood did not expect to get punched (being in a football game with the obvious consequences) so one could consider this punch a sucker punch. Of course in the vast majority of other circumstances talking trash in the heat of the moment is likely to lead to exactly what happened.
    I will say then that this was a cowardly act by the Boise State player (because he thought he could talk trash and actually touch the guy with impunity because of special circumstances i.e. he wouldn't try that in a dance club and turn away 1 second later). Also agree that Blount got the punishment he deserves.
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    Default Re: Poor sportmanship of the year?

    The player who threw the punch yesterday was just suspended for the rest of the season by his university.
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    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

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    Default Re: Poor sportmanship of the year?

    Sucker punch or not...that was one of the most cowardly things I've seen in a long time. He got suspended for the season, but will practice with the team and stay on scholarship. Could be much harsher, but I think being so close but not being able to suit up on game day will drive him nuts.

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