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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

[Sport, sort of] Officials dissed!

How did I miss this story! This is my favourite line:

Referee Brent Murray ordered Rory from the sideline but not before the mascot was seen making an obscene gesture
And it goes with this story that I found earlier in the week:
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber inadvertently punched umpire Butch Hannah in the eye when he swung at New York Jets center Kevin Mawae during an altercation in the second quarter of their game Sunday.

After the Jets got the ball on the Buccaneers 8 on Ty Law's second interception of the season, Curtis Martin rushed for 3 yards. After the play, Mawae and Barber got into it. While the two were yelling at each other, Barber took a swing at Mawae with his right hand - but missed and landed a punch to Hannah's right eye. Hannah was sent sprawling to the field, holding his face, but he got up quickly.

Hannah appeared to be OK and stayed in the game, but was rubbing the eye afterward.

Barber was flagged for unnecessary roughness but not ejected, giving the Jets the ball on the 2. Martin ran it in on the next play for his first touchdown of the season, giving New York a 7-6 lead with 7:32 left in the half.

Here is a photo of the aftermath

Apparently Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens was turfed out their game against the Detroit Lions for yelling at a referee. What's up with all the ref hating? Just because they are blind...

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