Well, the starting quarterback competition at Mississippi has been resolved, but it wasn’t on the field. The Rebel’s junior QB Randall Mackey’s arrest for disorderly conduct after a fight at a downtown Oxford bar early Tuesday morning. In his place, Coach Houston “Don’t Call Me Salty” Nutt will start an old tackling dummy against BYU.
What is it with the SEC and bar brawls this season?
Usually football players are hazed at summer camps or in the locker room after practice. But the players at Davidson Academy in Tennessee have set a new standard by allegedly hazing younger players during something the school described as a “spiritual emphasis retreat”. No details on exactly what happened, but we’re sure the victims don’t feel like “turning the other cheek” these days.
And with that, the Official Start of the “Fall Football Hazing Season” has begun. We’ll start seeing stories about every day for the next few weeks.
Depending on which story you read this morning, the four LSU football players allegedly involved in a nasty bar brawl in Baton Rouge either will or won’t meet with cops today to discuss what happens. In one report, a spokesman for the police department says the meeting will happen today, while another report quotes their recently-hired lawyer, Nathan Fisher, as saying he hasn’t heard they will meet today and that technically speaking they don’t HAVE to meet with the police if they’re under investigation.
While that may be true counselor, avoiding the cops doesn’t help your clients (including starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson) in the court of public opinion. And the university is probably not going to be happy if this PR nightmare lingers for months as well.
Don’t know who either of these guys are, and neither do we really care. What’s obvious is that Mr. Jose Mourinho (black shirt) obviously does not like Mr. Vilanova because he walks over with great determination while everyone else is watching a brawl between the players, just to stick a thumb in the other guy’s eye. Later though, he claims not to know Vilanova.
Details from the bizarre YouTube description:
Jose Mourinho steals the Clasico headlines with crazy eye gouge of Barcelona assistant August 18th, 2011. A thrilling SuperCoppa second leg may have seen Barcelona win 3-2, yet another masterclass from Lionel Messi who scored twice and assisted the opener for Andres Iniesta, as well as three late sendings off, but once again much of the post-match chatter will centre around Jose Mourinho. Early in the second half, the man Barcelona fans try and denigrate as “The Translator” from his time at the Nou Camp, could be seen on the touchline suggesting both Dani Alves and Lionel Messi were on the smelly side — video here.
In the late brawl between Barcelona and Real Madrid, Mourinho went a step further and produced an outrageous moment that could well see him slapped with a major ban.
As both sides converged on each other, following Marcelo’s disgraceful challenge on Cesc Fabregas, The Special One calmly walked up to Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova and appeared to gouge his eye.
Vilanova pushed Mourinho back towards his dug out with the former Porto and Chelsea boss smirking at the Barcelona assistant in the aftermath.
Incredibly, in his post-match interview Mourinho said “I don’t know who Tito Vilanova is” and when asked directly denied gouging anyone in the eye.
As a result it was left to Pep Guardiola to sum up a mental incident: “The Mourinho-Vilanova incident? I think the images speak for themselves. Mourinho says he doesn’t know Vilanova? Doesn’t matter, for us, he’s crucial. Like so many others.”
There’s no love lost between Oakland Raider and San Francisco 49ers fans: that much was obvious after a pre-season game Saturday night when not one but two people were shot and a third was beaten severely in a restroom . . . apparently for wearing an anti-49ers T-shirt. Below is a video from a brawl that took place in the stands unrelated to any of those incidents. A lot of punches are thrown, but apparently no one goes down.