From the looks of things, these vaguely Eastern European basketball teams don’t like each other. And even before punches are thrown, it looks like a much rougher version of the game than we’re used to seeing in the States. Most likely there is some centuries old blood feud between these two town and, short of some kind of chicken sacrifice, it is likely to continue for several more centuries. If you look closely, there appear to be as many yellow-vested security guards as there are fans in the stands.
Also, you know how you can tell these aren’t American basketball players? Once the brawl starts, everyone is kicking and stomping and only a few cheap rabbit punches are thrown.
As NFL player fights go, this was one of the better ones (or worse ones, depending on your perspective) that we’ve seen in a long time. It was between the Texans’ Johnson and the Titans Finnegan and when it was all over, both me were ejected from the game.
What’s the best thing to do when four of your best players get involved in a brawl in a state playoff game and are suspended for the next game? Go to court, of course, and get some judge to rule that there’s not enough time for a full hearing before Saturday’s big game. Great! School and high school athletic association be damned. These are the playoffs!
BONUS: Video of the brawl that’s one of the worst we’ve ever scene.
Four South Charleston High School football players suspended after last weekend’s on-field brawl will play in Saturday’s state Class AAA semifinal, after Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster granted a temporary restraining order on Tuesday.
Because the courthouse is closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, there is not enough time to schedule a hearing where the four players — Tyler Harris, Pierria’ Henry, Emerson Gagnon and Trevond Reese — and the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission can present their sides of the story, the judge said.
The players are now eligible to play in Saturday’s Class AAA semifinal game against Brooke High School. They were suspended Monday by the WVSSAC for their involvement in a brawl at the end of Friday’s playoff game against Hurricane High School at Laidley Field.
Webster’s order states that the players “have presented sufficient evidence to demonstrate that they will suffer immediate and irreparable harm” if they have to wait for a hearing before they can play.
What do you do if you with two high school football teams after a massive brawl? If you’re the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, you decide to have them both lose the game in a rare, double forfeit.
Just six weeks after the Lewis Mills football team stood on the Muzzy Field gridiron with nothing but smiles stretched across its collective face following a win in its first-ever varsity game, things have suddenly turned sour.
Thirty-six seconds into the third quarter of Saturday’s Pequot Conference Sassacus Division affair with North Branford, things turned ugly. On just the third play of the second half, a bench-clearing brawl broke out between the Spartans and the Thunderbirds which brought the game to a halt. North Branford was leading 42-7 at the time of the stoppage.
But the CIAC ruled on Tuesday that the contest will go down as a defeat for both teams. Paul Hoey, associate director of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, said that after discussions with game officials, it decided to rule the game a double-forfeit.
“It’s a double-forfeit with a loss being charged to each team,” Hoey said. “This has been confirmed following consultation with the game officials at the contest, the state football rules interpreter, and the staff and football committee members from the National Federation of High Schools.”
Can’t saw that we have ever seen this happen before. During a football game, at least. Seems to happen in soccer all the time, and occasionally in hockey. Then again, this one happened in Canada, where a high school semi-final game turned ugly when members of the visiting team from Montreal got tired of taunted from the hometown Hamilton fans and marched into the stands to do some head busting.
Ironically, despite all the video evidence, Hamilton police are now saying that no charges will be filed in this case!
The brawl happened during an Ontario Football Conference semi-final game at Ivor Wynne stadium, home of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Members of a visiting team from Montreal’s St-Léonard borough ran into the stands and started fighting fans. “An instant that was very disgusting, but unfortunately it did happen,” said Tony Iadeluca, president of the St-Léonard Cougars.
The team said its players were reacting to verbal and physical harassment from the home-team fans. They say spectators started pelting them with beer bottles in the middle of the game, and the hostilities escalated from there. “It was all kinds of racial slurs. Don’t forget we are a Quebec team playing in Ontario, so you can just imagine what kind of stuff was being thrown at them,” said Iadeluca. Coaches, referees and others tried to stop the disorder as players rushed into the stands. No major injuries were reported.