What does an eye gouge get you in the ACC?

My good friend Matt Taylor, who writes the outstanding Roar from 34 blog on the Baltimore Orioles, sent me a link to this video earlier today. Keep an eye on Andre Branch, No. 40 for Clemson, about four seconds into the clip.

In case you missed what happened there, Branch pulls FSU guard David Spurlock’s head back and appears to try to gouge his eyes. Florida set the going rate for an attempted eye gouge in the SEC at a half-game suspension after Brandon Spikes dug his fingers into Georgia RB Washaun Ealey’s helmet. (To Spikes’ credit, he voluntarily lengthened his own suspension to a full game.) Wonder if Dabo Swinney will set the bar higher in the ACC.

Florida State fans are justifiably angry over the incident, but few in the national media have picked up on it. One writer who has, SI.com’s Andy Staples, wrote:

This won’t get the attention the Brandon Spikes gouge got because Branch isn’t one of the best five defensive players in the country — and because, let’s face it, New Mexico soccer player Elizabeth Lambert set a new standard for away-from-the-play violence last week — but Branch deserves punishment just as much as Spikes did. I know Clemson coach Dabo Swinney doesn’t teach this garbage, and Swinney needs to act swiftly to eradicate such behavior from his program. He should suspend Branch for a game before Branch has the chance to completely copy Spikes and suspends himself.

By the way, if you haven’t seen what Lambert did yet, Staples is right about her setting a new standard for dirty play. I would definitely rate pulling another player down by the ponytail to be worse than eye gouging in a pile up.

5 Responses to What does an eye gouge get you in the ACC?

  1. Montana says:

    Elizabeth Lambert is a junior at the University of New Mexico, and plays for their soccer team the Lobos originally from California (too bad for California). So, this loser knows they are going in to a game that they will most likely lose and since they do not have the talent to score they resort to this kind of play, it has very minor thought to it than let’s say passisng the ball through your opponents defense and scoring a goal.

    The other issue is the where were the referees, were they all older white men with their tongues out, enamored and unable to call the game objectively (this game had so many penalties that did not get called), I mean what are they getting paid to do. Who has paid these guys off? Do we have to change the game where only women referees can call women games. After watching the video someone was paid off, that is my conclusion.

    And Lizzy, watch you back and please stay out of soccer (you real should be banned, the game does not need people like you in it), so many will be gunning for you now. Who knows maybe you were just drumming up business for your “Occupational Therapy practice”, yah good luck with that, I doubt your bed side manner is any different from your sportsmanship.

  2. Jimmy Ryals says:

    I beg to differ, Mr. Ashton. Chad Johnson’s zany hijinks are just contrived.

    Unrelated: What’s with eye-gouging? It seems like an odd way to lash out on a football field. Whatever happened to a good old crotch punch?

  3. Brian Schuch says:

    Jimmy, you must be distraught. Cincinnati is actually good!

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