Friday, November 6, 2009

New Mexico 1 - Florida 0

Finally, a Mountain West school can claim a victory over the mighty SEC.

Yesterday it was reported that University of Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes had to impose a full game suspension on himself for attempting to gouge the eyes out of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey as seen here:

This ridiculous act originally earned Spikes a half-game suspension from Florida head coach Urban Meyer, which was met with approval from the SEC.  So good on Spikes for extending his own suspension, but I believe the expression is something along the lines of, too little too late.

Meanwhile, across the country in that other kind of football, New Mexico State soccer player Elizabeth Lambert dished out her own brand of vigilante sports justice on the pitch versus BYU.

That behavior has earned Lambert an indefinite suspension by the school, prohibiting her from practicing or playing for the Lobos.  The Mountain West has endorsed the punishment, and rightfully so.

Which brings me to my point.  If you're the SEC or the University of Florida right now, you should be ashamed of yourselves for allowing Spikes to take the field after just one game.  A game consequently, being played against a very weak Vanderbilt squad.

I realize that football is the cash cow of collegiate athletics and that at many universities the women's soccer team may not exist if not for the money the football team brings in and then shares with the rest of the athletic department.  But give me a break here.  Spikes attempted, in no uncertain terms, to blind another human being.  If that's not grounds for indefinite suspension I don't know what is.  Although I suppose it's a good thing he didn't have dinner with Deion Sanders after the game

Lambert meanwhile did some punching, kicking and hair pulling, all of which are obviously not right on the field of play or anywhere else for that matter.  But at least her school had the backbone to stand up and punish those actions accordingly.  Unlike at Florida, where apparently you actually have to attempt murder in order to get suspended for more than a game or two.

Sorry Florida, but in this matchup between a BCS and a non-BCS school, you just got your ass kicked.

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