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Florida pleads an eye for an eye

Posted on: November 2, 2009 2:16 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2009 5:11 pm
 
Half a game? Wow. What would have happened if Brandon Spikes had succeeded in actually removing Washaun Ealey's eyeball from its socket?

God forbid, Spikes would have to sit three quarters.

Instead, Florida coach Urban Meyer sat down his star linebacker for the first half of Saturday's Vanderbilt game. Videos on YouTube outed Spikes on Sunday afternoon. From there on, it was clear Florida had to do something. Shame on the SEC, which had the final say in the matter, accepted the penalty as is.

Conspiracy theorists you may once again start your engines. Florida is protected -- this time against the league doormat. It's a good thing this wasn't the week of the Alabama game, Spikes would be, gulp, running steps.

In the wire story, Meyer mentions something about Spikes getting eye gouged early in the game, as if that is any excuse at all. That sounds like the logic speeders tell the cop that stops them: "Everybody else was doing it."

What Meyer did -- or didn't do -- was an insult to Georgia. Just when this "rivalry" was cooling down, the Dawgs have reason to hate again -- if they can ever get within three touchdowns.

Spikes deserved to be suspended a full game, at least. Maybe more. Spikes has apologized. That's a good start, 48 hours later. Thank goodness for hi-def TV or we wouldn't have seen this assault.

We're told that eye gouging is part of the game, much like a punch to the package. That doesn't mean it's right and certainly doesn't mean it's right when someone did it to you first.

C'mon Urban, we expected more of you and your star linebacker.
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Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 1:39 pm
 

Florida pleads an eye for an eye

OMG, this must be the first time this has ever happened. I always thought the players that wear shields in their facemasks did it to keep the sun out of their eyes.............why is this being treating like he ended Ealy's career?  This has gotten more press than the game itself received.  I'm not condoning his actions, it's a penalty. What's the difference if he sits out a half, one full game, or no games?  Do you really think this will prevent this from happening again in football?  This happens in every freakin' game!  I can't believe this is getting more press than the cheap shot on St. Timothy that didn't get flagged. That penalty was at least an easy call to make, but wasn't. Dodd, here's a newsflash, the players on the football field are trying to hit each other and often trying to hurt someone. This isn't powderpuff football, you just lost your man card.........maybe UGA can use it as motivation to only lose by ten to UF next year and can call it a moral victory.



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 10:24 am
 

Equal Justice

You are confused.  What Urban Meyer and a good part of the Gator Nation is NOT willing to overlook is that you and your Gator-hating comrades are a bunch of raging hypocrites.

Meyer doesn't like or approve of what Spikes did.  Neither do I.  You probably think justice demands that Spikes be suspended for at least one full game.  That's reasonable.  But if that's what JUSTICE demands, then JUSTICE also demands that EVERY PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY who engages in this sort of behavior gets suspended for at least one full game.  Note, I didn't say every player who get's caught on video---every player.

So step up, Bulldawg fan.  Give us your list of offenders.  You know Georgia players are guilty of similar offenses.  Give us their names, and suspend tham.

Then lets get the list from Bama, from Tennessee, and from LSU.  Let's give Rich Rodriguez a call and have him fax us his list.  I know Ortmann is on it, because I saw that on video.  Then we'll gather lists from all across the country----USC, Notre Dame, William & Mary, Grambling, the Big-12, the Big-10, the WAC, from all over the NCAA.  Suspend everybody, because for justice to be JUSTICE, it must be equally and impartially applied.

And after we are done with that crusade, we can start on the NFL.



Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2009 10:28 pm
 

Florida pleads an eye for an eye

 Dodd, it's funny that you mention a punch to the package, considering one of Michigan's linemen (Mark Ortmann) punched an Illinois player in the package on Saturday (and was caught on camera). But no, no mention of that...



Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2009 9:56 pm
 

I have no EYE-dea how to feel about this

Check out the two sides .
as a Gator fan, I go back and forth.  Can I choose a little of both?



Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2009 9:42 pm
 

Florida pleads an eye for an eye

It is interesting how fans mitigate grievous infractions by their superstar players. Well, what would it matter, because they are playing Vandy & Florida Atlantic anyway? Spikes could get some much needed rest and time to reflect on how not to get caught next time for trying to gouge out the eye balls of another human being.

 

What if it was Georgia & LSU or Alabama next in the upcoming schedule? My guess is that he should play immediately & a full investigation should occur right after the national title game.

 

College football fans have seen the dark side of Urban Meyer’s character, as it reflects on his leadership of an outstanding national program.

 

Had Spikes injured his fingers during the gouging incident, I am sure Meyer would have spent the night in Spikes dorm room to ensure his precious cargo was safe. Instead, Meyer, took what was a solid national reputation as a top-flight college football coach and exact a pathetically weak punishment, which demeans the great program he has sought to build. A two game suspension should have been the “MINIMUM” for this egregious, pre-meditated attempt at doing significant harm to a fellow competitor.

 

How would Urban Meyer & Gator fans feel if a Georgia player attempted the same cowardly act towards Tim Tebow?

 

One stinking half for attempting to seriously wound a young man! Are you kidding me?

 

Florida has one of the greatest football programs & traditions in collegiate sports. Unfortunately, Urban Meyer lowered the “gold standard” this week with his slap in the face ruling, supporting cowardly & un-sportsmanship like conduct this week against Georgia for the likes of a thug like Spikes.

 

Coach Meyer & Florida, you are better than that or at least I thought so.

 

I just can’t wait for Spikes to sprint out in the 2<sup>nd</sup> half thumping his chest, fully emboldened, knowing he can get away with practically anything on the field with a protective, over-indulgent head coach, like Urban Meyer.




Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2009 9:39 pm
 

What if a Georgia Player Did This to Tebow?

It is interesting how fans mitigate grievous infractions by their superstar players. Well, what would it matter, because they are playing Vandy & Florida Atlantic anyway says one blogger? Spikes would get some much needed rest and time to reflect on how not to get caught next time for trying to gouge out the eye balls of another human being, should he receive the basic minimum punishment for his actions.

 

What if it was Georgia & LSU or Alabama next in the upcoming schedule? My guess is that Urban & Co. would play Spikes in those games & immediately enact a full investigation right after the national title game & make him provide season tickets from his next gig as a pro football player to one of the bigger Gator boosters as punishment.

 

College football fans have seen the dark side of Urban Meyer’s character, as it reflects on his leadership of an outstanding national program.

 

Had Spikes injured his fingers during the gouging incident, I am sure Meyer would have spent the night in Spikes dorm room to ensure his precious cargo was safe. Instead, Meyer, took what was a solid national reputation as a top-flight college football coach and exact a pathetically weak punishment, which demeans the great program he has sought to build. A two game suspension should have been the “MINIMUM” for this egregious, pre-meditated attempt at doing significant harm to a fellow competitor.

 

How would Urban Meyer & Gator fans feel if a Georgia player attempted the same cowardly act towards Tim Tebow?

 

One stinking half for attempting to seriously wound a young man! Are you kidding me?

 

Florida has one of the greatest football programs & traditions in collegiate sports. Unfortunately, Urban Meyer lowered the “gold standard” this week with his slap in the face ruling, supporting cowardly & un-sportsmanship like conduct this week against Georgia for the likes of a thug like Spikes.

 

Coach Meyer & Florida, you are better than that or at least I thought so.

 

I just can’t wait for Spikes to sprint out in the 2<sup>nd</sup> half thumping his chest, fully emboldened, knowing he can get away with practically anything on the field with a protective, over-indulgent head coach, like Urban Meyer.




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2009 9:01 pm
 

Florida pleads an eye for an eye

Why do NFL players wear visors??  It happens all the time in any league, Marshall Faulk commented about it on the NFL network.  So before you shoot your mouth off, learn something about what you are saying!



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2009 8:53 pm
 

Florida pleads an eye for an eye

Radeksrat,

How do you honestly say that my analogies aren't related to this topic?  Have you ever played a sport or were you just the person sitting the bench wishing you were playing?  Each scenario I stated was pulled from the rule books or real life scenarios as the punishment for "intentionally" meaning to harm another player.  I don't see how Spikes intentional eye gouge is any different than the examples I gave for other players intentionally meaning to hurt another player. 

Are there more extreme circumstances where additional action has been taken against situations like what Spikes did?  Sure there is.  Usually the more extreme punishments and additional suspensions are done when players received actual injuries due to the incident.  That was not in this case.  Hell, the Georgia team didn't even complain about it much less the player that it was being done to. 

How about Curtis Terry with Ohio State purposely stomping on Tebow after a play.  The video showed it pretty clear that this was an intentional act but Tressel wouldn't even comment on it and the player was never even penalized for it by OSU or the NCAA.  Guess what.  Tebow didn't complain about it either.  Maybe these players just consider this part of the game and they get over it.  So should you Florida haters. 



Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2009 8:50 pm
 

Florida pleads an eye for an eye

I LOVE the fact that Washaun Ealey came to defend Spikes saying "it is part of the game".  He validates my previous posts.....

1.  It is not that someone from Florida did this and it is Florida hating, it is the players,  leadership, and coaches in the SEC are losing what is left of their infinitesimal mind!

2.  Hello Washaun...it is most definately NOT part of the game!!!!!!  Just because it happens does not mean it is part of the game, that is like saying date rape is a part of having parties!!!

3.  I guess it is OK now in the SEC to get caught up in emotion and try to cause permanent damage to another student/athlete, sure you may have to sit for a half........but no big deal, its only 30 minutes, which for a 21 year old is kind of like a "time out"

NO SPIKES.......BAD BAD BAD, NOW GET IN TIMEOUT!
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Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2009 5:59 pm
 

Florida pleads an eye for an eye

To the University of Florida and the SEC which I think now stands for Spineless Egotistical Conference or Sorry Excuse Conference.  WHAT?????????  I guess if Spikes would have plucked out one eye that would be a one game suspension and both eyes would be two games.  I know football is a violent game but for a player to intentionally go after another players eye not once, not twice but 4-5 times.  Then you make sure your two top teams make it with the help of the officials if needed.  You have shown your true colors and they aren't Orange and Blue....more like yellow and more yellow.  To the SEC I guess that the almighty $$$$$$ is more important to you than one of your own player's health and well being.  Grow a spine and kick the FLA player out like Oregon did.  That kind of behavior shouldnt be tolerated by a conference like the SEC.  

Oh and Urban Meyer you can have all the championships you want.  The Oregon Coach (Kelly I think)  has shown that he is a better coach than you.  2 quarters for that incident WOW, Big time discipline going on at Florida.  Your players actions were more dangerous than the Blount's cause it doesnt take much to damage the eye.  You might want to see the video and not gloss over it.  Pathetic is all I can say 


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