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Referee Takes Down South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia with Forearm Shiver

When you’re reffing a game played at a high level, the action around you happens pretty quickly. That’s why it’s not uncommon to see a referee get caught up in the middle of a play and wind up knocked over by a ball-carrier, or a tackler in pursuit. Even on Sunday I saw a referee get run over. But on Saturday, I saw something I had never before seen. South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia had tucked the ball and commenced to run in the game against LSU. As he cut across the field, he ran into some trouble and was trying to shake a defender. Only one problem: someone brought him down. You’ll never guess who it was. Let’s go to the videotape:

I’m wondering if the official’s going to get an assisted tackle on that play. Seriously, what the heck was he doing? Was he briskly trying to move out of the way and got caught off guard? Or do the conspiracy theorists have it right thinking that the ref was an LSU alum? Unfortunately we will never have the answer to these questions.


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  • Gene

    Wow, now I know what they mean when they call an official “the twelfth man”.

    This guy must have taken LSU and given the points.

  • http://www.kogmedia.com movie fan

    seems pretty obvious he hit the QB on purpose, did they every figure out what this guy was thinking?

  • SpinMax

    Complete accident, I don’t see what everyone is talking about

  • JAMES

    I BELIEVE THAT THE ATTACK ( AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS) ON THE SC QUATERBAC BY THIS SO-CALLED OFICIAL WAS NOTHING BUT A DELIBERATE ACTION BY EITHER A SANE MAN WHO KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING OR EITHER AN INSANE MAN WHO DID NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING. IN EITHER CASE HE SHOULD NEVER BE INVOLVED IN NCAA DFOOTBALL AGAIN. THIS IS ALMOST AS INSULTING AS THE NCAA’S POLITICAL ACTION AGAINST ANY SOUTHERN SCHOOL AND STATE THAT HONORS THE BATTLE FLAG OF THE CONFEDERACY. I HAVE LESS INTEREST IN THE NCAA SPORTS NOW.