April 16, 2008

Aussie Rules Football Is Punchtastic!: In connection to the previous post about Sean Avery, this is what Brodeur should have done to him. And we think American football players are tough. Truth be told, it was a really cheap shot..... but funny.

posted by Shotput to football at 05:21 PM - 10 comments

Yeah, because Avery acted like a child, Brodeur should've too. Great thinking Shotput. The rugby video is absolutely a cheap shot, but there is no comparison of the two incidents.

posted by BoKnows at 05:33 PM on April 16, 2008

Your right Bo, Brodeur actions would have been stupid, but you can't let a guy get away with crap like that. Unfortunately, the NHL is partly to blame for letting the game get out of control. I'm an Original Six fan from Chicago and this kind of thing wouldn't have been tolerated back in the good ole days. You would never have seen Maurice 'Rocket' Richard, or Bobby Hull or Gordie Howe pull this kind of stunt and if they had, the gloves would have dropped. As for the Aussie punchout, that guy should go to jail....but it still makes for a great video.

posted by Shotput at 05:46 PM on April 16, 2008

I was at that Swans - West Coast game, at the same end as the incident. I missed it the first time around, as it was off the ball, but then they showed the replay on the big screen. The predominant crowd reaction was laughter, especially when the second guy came in and fell over. But then Barry Hall is a dead set legend for Swans fans. And we hate the Eagles. He got a 7 week suspension, by the way.

posted by owlhouse at 05:59 PM on April 16, 2008

Only 7 weeks? And Pacman Jones still can't get back in football for getting into a fight at a strip club. That guy is lucky that Aussie Football doesn't have Goodell for a Comissioner or it would have been one year and counting.

posted by Shotput at 06:19 PM on April 16, 2008

You really think that's the only reason Pacman Jones is still out? Man you must have been without any news coverage for the past few years!

posted by hawkguy at 07:24 PM on April 16, 2008

Brodeur shouldn't have to retaliate. That's what teamates are for. Hips, shoulders, boards. Oops, wrong thread. Barry Hall was ALMOST smooth enough to pull that off. He hit the guy too hard, though.

posted by THX-1138 at 07:52 PM on April 16, 2008

"cheap shot..... but funny" No, it's not. It's another pathetic example of the violent wankers who need kicking out of sports.

posted by Drood at 09:49 PM on April 16, 2008

The trouble is, Barry Hall isn't one of those violent wankers. As I said, I was at the game. Forwards like Hall get provoked and needled throughout an AFL game, constantly being held back, obstructed and pushed when going for the ball. Hall basically lost his temper, and has apologised to the defender (Staker) fully and unreservedly, then said he would accept whatever punishment was handed out and did not complain about his suspension. The Swans have a 'no dickheads' policy in the club, and the senior players (of which Hall is a member) are meeting this week to determine how they as a group might deal with the incident. This will probably consist of a fine and a donation to charity. The Swans' opponents that night (the West Coast Eagles), on the other hand, are a club that has been accused of being active in covering up off the field troubles with their star players, including drink driving, drugs and violence against women. So, Drood, while I agree that violence has no place in sports, let's at least have room to place incidents like this in their proper context.

posted by owlhouse at 11:41 PM on April 16, 2008

I didn't know Australian Rules Football had any rules.

posted by Monkeyhawk at 11:48 AM on April 17, 2008

Fair point owlhouse. I was just immediately brought to mind of Zidane's final act as a football player which I thought was reprehensible.

posted by Drood at 03:33 PM on April 17, 2008

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