Make no mistake, this is no fourth-inning rain out. In fact, in the annals of suspended sporting events, this has to be one of the oddest. On Thursday night, a Michigan high school basketball game was suspended when a brawl broke out in a hallway outside the Godwin Heights gymnasium with just 9.9 seconds left in the game, in which Godwin Heights led Lee, 61-58. After police fired pepper spray at an assailant, the resulting gaseous fumes forced fans out of the gym and cause the postponement of the game’s conclusion.
(Michigan high school basketball: Now with pepper spray!)
But if you thought that was strange, the motivation behind the brawl is even odder: The man who was attacked rubbed the assailant, Anthony Turley, the wrong way with a simple, positive comment. That’s right, a hallway brawl, school-filling pepper spray incident and suspension of a tense high school game was caused by a compliment.
In the first meeting between Charlie Weiss and Rich Rodriguez, it is Notre Dame’s Weis who walks away victorious. Actually he’s not walking, Weis is limping with the support of crutches and a leg wrap. Yes, they make crutches and a leg wrap large enough for the ND coach.
In the second quarter of Notre Dame’s 35-17 manhandling of Michigan, Irish defensive end John Ryan was blocked into the back of Weis’ leg during a punt return. Weis, who was looking in the other direction following the play, was blind-sided by the 6-5, 264 pound Ryan, suffering the same exact injury of former pupil Tom Brady - torn ACL and MCL.
Unlike Cal’s Jahvid Best, who was also blind-sided today, Weis, thankfully for all of us, did not vomit.
With all the hoopla around the Les Miles misadventures, the Greg Schiano shunning and the Rich Rodriguez reel-in, many fans may have forgotten that Lloyd Carr still has one more game to coach for the Maize & Blue:
The DETROIT FREE PRESS follows up on the retiring Michigan coach as he wanders the Wolverine sidelines for the last time on January 1, when he faces Florida in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando.
And it might be just Lloyd against the Gators, since new guy Rodriguez fired all of Carr’s assistants, before retaining running backs coach Fred Jackson.
Despite all the drama, Carr insists that the bowl game’s media attention not be centered on him:
“I want this to be about this team….There’s been a lot of things happening in the past month and there’s also a lot of things that happen at a bowl site. We want the players to have a good time and we want to have a good time, but it’s the age-old story of trying to prepare for a bowl game.”
Lucky for Rich, he doesn’t have that problem.