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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Temper Temper: Sports Tantrums of Fall

It's December 20, 2012.  That means it's the last day of fall.  And, if the Mayans are right, it could also be the last day of your life.  If that's true, then it's important to get in one last installment of the recurring feature, "Temper Temper."

Fight Night in Boston.  Thanks to his very public marriage to and divorce from Kim Kardashian, Kris Humprhies of the Brooklyn Nets is known more as a lover than a fighter.  But on November 28, Humphries ends up in a brawl in Boston that spilled into the crowd.  It all starts off with Humphries giving Kevin Garnett a little extra on a hard foul.  Then little man, Rajon Rondo comes rushing into the fray and pushes Humphries out of bounds and into the fans.  My favorite part of this video is how the refs keep blowing the whistle throughout.  Like the players were going to suddenly realize the play had been blown dead and stop fighting in the crowd.

Respect My Authoritah!  Typically, fights in the sports world are between opposing teams.  At the very least, they are between players.  But, there was a breakdown in discipline on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' sidelines on December 16, 2012.  In this video, linebacker Adam Hayward gets into a pushing match with an assistant coach.  At least this particular assistant is Bryan Cox who is still quite capable of holding his own.

Save It For the Other Guys.  On December 15, the Arizona Wildcats played the Nevada Wolfpack in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.  Although Arizona won the game, 49-48 their defense didn't really participate in the game.  Maybe that is because their players used up all their hits on each other.  Unlike the sideline battle above, this goes beyond just a little pushing and shoving.  Tevin Hood and Cody Ippolito guys are throwing haymakers.

Pit Road Brawl.  When you have the same guys trading paint with each other every weekend over the course of a 36-race schedule, there are bound to be some raw nerves.  But things really boiled over in NASCAR's penultimate race at Phoenix.  Jeff Gordon took out a season's worth of frustration with Clint Bowyer by intentionally wrecking him with just two laps to go in the race.  That outrageous decision caused Clint Bowyer's team to seek some street justice on pit road.  The result was a brawl in the garage area.  Due to the access that NASCAR fans and media have to the pit area, there were a plethora of live tweets and pictures of the incident as it developed.  Apparently, Jeff Gordon was saved from harm when his own pit crew pinned him up against a tool box and surrounded him there.  And, according to reports, a nearby police officer kept this incident from getting really out of hand when he stopped two of the combatants from throwing a tire they had picked up.  All of this happened before Clint Bowyer got out of his car and sprinted to Gordon's hauler in hopes of settling things mano y mano.  Unfortunately, my favorite part of the whole chain of events is not on this video.  On the live TV broadcast, ESPN cut to commercial immediately after these events.  The commercial that aired was an ad for 5-Hour Energy.  In that commercial, Clint Bowyer is seen stalking through the woods in cammo with a compound bow.  Classic timing.

Check back later this month when Banshee Sports posts its five favorite tantrum of 2012.

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