Thursday, January 03, 2008

Two Nasty Cheapies


Our first cheap shot candidates from the postseason. The top video is rather disturbing and it comes from the Clemson-Auburn matchup in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Clemson defensive tackle Dorell Scott briefly engages guard Tyronne Green high before shedding that block. He then penetrates the line of scrimmage and is chop blocked by Ryan Pugh. Every football fan in the land should be outraged at this, especially considering that Auburn did the same thing in October to Louisiana State's Glenn Dorsey. Scott left the game and at last report had suffered only a sprained ankle. It could have been much, much worse.

The cheapie below is from the Hawaii-Georgia Sugar Bowl. Keenan Jones of Hawaii tries to take the head off Mikey Henderson of Georgia, then celebrates wildly. Not cool. Can we say 41-10?

Later this month, we will post the finalists for the cheap shot of the year and ask you to vote. If you're new to the site, here is the link to the Cheap Shots of 2006.

Our thanks to Hans and Lolaroe for their help.

16 comments:

LD said...

The Keenan Jones hit bothered many Georgia fans something fierce. Consider: Mikey Henderson was a senior, playing his final game for Georgia, and was one of the upstanding leaders of the team - one of the most selfless players. Before he gets a real chance to even touch the ball, he gets speared illegally and concussed, forcing him to watch his last game of football from the sidelines.

After that, I'd say 99% of Dawg fans were OK with any late or hard hits on Hawaii (and there were a few of them).

Doug said...

Jones cost his team another 10 yards for a blatant hold on another punt return later in the game. And let's not forget he made the news back in March for roughing up his girlfriend.

That little fucker's only one or two incidents away from turning into the islands' version of Mo Clarett. I'm not ashamed to say I'll be rooting for the Gators to fuck him up, bad, when Hawaii goes to Gainesville for the 2008 opener.

Tar Heel Fan said...

I was watching the Jones kid celebrate the hit and saying: "Maybe someone should tell him he just cost his team 15 yards and really should shut up."

Purdue Matt said...

Hawaii is the king of cheap shots. That's all they do. As a Purdue fan, I witnessed it first hand last season.

jase0517 said...

The king of cheap shots? Maybe I'm partial, but I'd disagree with that. We like to hit, but I'd like to think there's a line we don't cross.

Keenan Jones (who was a senior, BTW) has always had his share of hot-headed problems. I was proud of the way the team persevered despite getting beat down by Georgia, but I was not proud of Keenan Jones. Everyone sees the tattoos and the wild hair, and they think Hawai‘i is a team of thugs, when they really aren't. But Jones didn't do anything to prove that stereotype wrong. I don't blame anyone for being disappointed in Jones' play; I just hope you don't unfairly label the other players in the same light.

Anonymous said...

Nope...Have to agree with the Hawai'i piling on. Last year when we (alabama) played them to open the season, they were doing much of the same shit. Hands-down the cheapest of the cheap shot artists...although Tommy "we don't coach dirty play" T'ville's squad is gaining.

Anonymous said...

just google something like Hawaii football and brawl and see how many stories come up with fights between Hawaii and the opposing team. Dont think those happened by Hawaii playing clean. Hawaii seems to have a fight break out at least once a year both on the field and in the stands. Fresno State was this years victims. Hopefully the Cincinnati Bearcats wont be next years victim like they were in 2002 I believe.

jase0517 said...
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jase0517 said...

Resubmitting this after noticing a typo:

Okay, in the stands, sure, it happens sometimes. I go to every game, and drunken fan behavior can get crazy at times. But if you read everything the Boise State and Washington fans said following their visit, you'd see how well they were treated. It's sad and deplorable that there were a few notable fights during the Fresno State game, but a few dozen (or even hundred) fans out of 49,000 does not mean the Aloha Stadium crowd is full of thugs.

As for fights on the field, we haven't seen those for years. Yes, there was Cincinnati in 2002, and there was Houston in 2003. But this is 2007-08. We don't do that anymore; we play with passion and pride, but we also play with discipline. Don't confuse the haka/ha‘a for uncontrollable ferocity. Even Georgia fans have noted that it was the UH players helping up their opponents, not the other way around. We play hard, but we respect the other team. Every so often, someone ends up doing something they shouldn't be doing, but I'd hardly say it's rampant, or anything to that effect.

boz said...

I hate how you have to put the apostophre in hawaii now as much as i do when dorks put a "t" in front of OSU.

jase0517 said...

It's called an ‘okina, and it's a consonant in the Hawaiian language.

Anonymous said...

Tuberville at Auburn is much more dirty than Terry Bowden ever thought about being - and that's saying a lot. Tubs is a weasel, a cheater, a liar, and a smartass. Worst of all, he sounds just like Bobby Bowden in interviews when asked about his controversial plays and games. The guy is full of sh!t.

Anonymous said...

"Classless acts of 2007" should definitely include Rick Trickett (FSU OL Coach) slapping OL Daron Rose in the face with his hat, repeatedly screaming "FUCK YOU BOY, YOU FUCKIN' FUCK, FUCK YOU". This came in the 2nd Qtr in the opener at Clemson. I have never seen such illegal behavior from a coach to a player as I did from that redneck Trickett that day.

I have searched everywhere for a video of this but have had no luck. There was one on YouTube, but it was only there a day or so.

Purdue Matt said...

I have yet to hear a positive story from a fellow Purdue fan who attended the game last season. Both Hawaii's players and fans seem to have some island inferiority complex that leads to all the fans wanting to fight people in the stands and all their players to perform all those cheap shots.

Purdue Matt said...

And Hawaii wonders why no one wants to come play in Aloha stadium. Just ask Michigan State about their experience.

jase0517 said...

Well, that's certainly a disappointment, Purdue Matt. I know many of my friends and I enjoyed the Purdue game, and I personally have always had lots of respect for Purdue's program since the Drew Brees days. (I'm only 20, I don't remember any further back.) I know we'd definitely love to have you back, and that you guys should be treated with nothing but respect. No fans that come into ALOHA Stadium should be treated with anything but the aloha spirit.

Drunken fan behavior is always a concern, and with the Boise State and Washington games, I think we're going to see more efforts for security at UH games. But if rowdiness continues, I'd bet Lt. Gov. Aiona may resume discussions on banning alcohol from the stadium. There's been lots of opposition to that, despite the fact that it's becoming more of a standard around college sports.

Many fans may boo and taunt, but that's just gamesmanship. Those that get abusive, though, that's just wrong. If you guys ever do get to come back, keep the Aloha Stadium Security phone number in your cell phone, like I do. Because of costs, it's hard for Aloha Stadium to heavily secure the whole stadium, so they depend on phone calls to let them know of situations. The only problem is, they don't post that number continuously on the JumboTron or on signage. It's (808) 483-2807. When you call them, things usually get handled quickly.