Saturday, October 28, 2006

Minnesota puts nice smack on Roy Small

That should make the highlight reel. Expect more of the same from Michigan.


Blogger EEWillison said...

Actually it's Ray, not Roy, Small. Further, the rule for several years now is that you cannot spear another player with your helmet. Facemask to facemask is ok, but lowering your head and hitting another player with the top of your helmet is illegal. That is why they coach you to look up so that you can "see what you hit" to avoid the penalty.

When OSU defensive players clash facemasks with Colt McCoy during the Texas game, we are given a 15 yard penalty (keeping their drive alive for their only score).

But when other players lower their heads and nail ours helmet to helmet, the penalty isn't even called.

But at OSU we're used to it, and this year, such calls (or lack thereof) won't matter.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Roy, Ray, whatever. He probably doesn't remember his name either. With the officials on the field and instant replay officials in the booth, if it was a penalty someone would have called it. Let's not forget that Roy ducked before getting hit and thus precipitated much of the helmet to helmet contact. Anyway, I'd like to see the same happen to Trey Smith and Fred Gwynn.

10:18 AM  
Blogger EEWillison said...

Actually, instant replay can only review a possession situation, not a no call on something like that. Further, lowering your head and hitting the other player with the top of your helmet anywhere on his body is what is illegal, so the fact that Ray Small pulled back from the hit has no bearing on the situation. In law we say that the point is "immaterial."

10:27 AM  

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