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Soccer Player Gets 27-Game Suspension For Choking Referee During Match

Here at LBS, we often offer you the finest in athletes and managers getting carried away during competition. A manager gets upset, kicks dirt on home plate, says something unfavorable about the umpire’s mother, occasionally spits, and if you are lucky throws a chair. Usually when you look back it’s funny. But sometimes athletes cross the line.

Rangers soccer player Jose Pedroso clearly crossed that line when he earned himself a 27-game suspension for choking referee Marcelo Miranda during a match between Rangers football club and Concepcion in a Chilean league. And in the glorious internet age that we live in, video footage of the incident is, of course, on YouTube. Here’s the video of Jose Pedroso choking referee Marcelo Miranda:

If there is one rule that is universal across all sports, it is don’t touch the ref. I feel silly even writing this considering how obvious it is. 27 games is not long enough to sideline Pedroso, who according to the Associated Press later told Chilean newspaper La Tercera “I’m not the least bit sorry.” Surely any sports fan can, for example, compare this incident to the one that got Ron Artest suspended for 73 games and debate whether fighting a spectator or referee is more disgusting (tough call), but with comments like that the man clearly needs discipline more severe than, in his case, a mere 27 games.

By the way, Rangers lost 3-0, and Miranda did not file charges.

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Referee choker gets 27-match ban [FOXSports]
Video Credit: YouTube user [tyman921]

Fight Breaks Out at Tour de France

Someone needs to tell these pro cyclists that they are not members of the Hells Angels. During Friday’s heated stage 6 of the 2010 Tour de France, Carlos Barredo found himself in the midst of a little scuffle with rival Rui Costa. The video tape shows Barredo, identified as the gentleman in the Quickstep uniform wielding a bicycle wheel over his head, literally fights Costa to the ground before the two riders were separated.

I’m honestly not sure how two professional cyclists get to the point in their minds where they say, “lets drop the bikes and do this.” The Tour slapped each cyclists with a fine, and that’s exactly what needed to happen. While there is no place for fighting in professional cycling (I can’t believe I have the opportunity to actually say that), I might suggest that the WWE take a page out of Barredo’s book and integrate a bike wheel into their next pay-per-view event. Check out this video of cyclists fighting at the Tour de France via Break Sports:

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Tour De France Rider Hits Opponent With Wheel [Sports Break]

Video: Kevin Youkilis and Rick Porcello Fight After Youk Charges the Mound

Man, this was about as good of a fight as we’ve had in baseball since Jose Offerman decided to charge the mound toting his bat like it were a mace. Check out this must-see video of Kevin Youkilis charging the mound on Rick Porcello. Youk comes in with a strong charge but it seemed like Porcello got the upper edge:

If you’re asking for my assessment of the situation, it’s Youk who was in the wrong and got what he deserved. By my count, three Tigers had been plunked (Cabrera twice, Inge once) to only one Red Sox player (Youk) by the time Youk charged after getting hit a second time. That’s 3-2 with the Tigers on the losing end. If anyone should have gone, it was Miggy back in the first when he got dosed for the second time in two days. But he held back while Youk couldn’t. Speaking of which, that was a sweet body slam by Porcello. Not bad for a youngster.

Video: Zach Randolph Ejected for Punching Ponytailed Player on Suns

Alternate title to the post: frustrations of surrendering 81 points in the first half are manifested through Zach Randolph’s fist. Yes, the Clippers got destroyed on Tuesday night by the new-look Suns who shot 62% from the field in their first game without the recently fired Terry Porter. The ejection for Randolph actually came in the 1st quarter when he threw a left hook at that Phoenix Mercury player who wears his hair in a bun, aka Louis Amundson. Just taking one look at Amundson is enough reason to deck him, so I totally understand Randolph’s position here. I’m guessing the league won’t.

I didn’t even have to see it to realize how severe the punch was; I was listening to the game in my car and Clippers’ radio announcer Brian Sieman was all over the thing, quick to proclaim that Randolph would for sure be out of the lineup their next game after that act. I have no doubt that will be the case.

Video: Rockets/Suns Fight, Matt Barnes and Rafer Alston Ejected

Whatever the Suns couldn’t accomplish on the court Wednesday night, they tried to make up for with non-sporting tactics. Being a UCLA guy, I’m familiar with Matt Barnes‘ background as a tight end on his high school football team. Seems like he was rekindling his football days when he laid into Rafer Alston of the Rockets who was trying to put a screen on him. Yao Ming came over to play peace-maker, Steve Nash tried to get in the middle, Tracy McGrady threw a shove in there, and pretty much once Shaq got into the picture all was quiet on the western front. Here’s a video that shows every aspect of the fight from start to finish:

Alright, so let’s break down all elements of this brawl. Matt Barnes was the dirty one with an uncool check on Alston to start everything. Nash comes skating in to get involved and gets tossed like a parking ticket by T-Mac. Then Shaq comes in the middle, pushes T-Mac who falls over with ease, and then he pushes Yao who tumbles over T-Mac in a 3 Stooges-like comedy bit. And that pretty much ended everything. With the teams fighting for playoff spots in the West, it’s not going to be easy for either of these squads to get by without their top players for a handful of games, which is where it looks like we’re heading. And the biggest kicker of all? Ron Artest wasn’t anywhere near the fight! Amazing.

Video: Indians/Tigers Brawl, Gary Sheffield and Fausto Carmona Fight!

If there’s one player in MLB you don’t want to mess with, it might be Gary Sheffield. The guy’s got a short fuse and already looks mean enough at the plate. He’s someone you don’t wanna piss off. Well, Fausto Carmona apparently could not care less, because after giving up a home run, he responded by brushing Sheffield back and nicking him with a pitch. The following brawl between the Tigers and Indians was the result. My advice is to watch with the sound down — you’ll enjoy it much more that way.

Thanks to contributor Gene for the tip. I think the best part was when Sheffield carried the bat the entire way down the first base line. How classic was that? I’m telling you, Sheff’s a guy you don’t wanna mess with. Fausto clearly wasn’t intimidated. Can you believe how steamed he got? I also liked Sheff’s explanation for the fight:

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Peoria Chiefs Pitcher Julio Castillo Is Psycho, Arrested on Felony Assault

Rekindling the spirit of Jose Offerman, Julio Castillo did one of the worst things I’ve ever seen come happen in a sports brawl. As you might have seen on the highlight shows, the Dayton Dragons and Peoria Chiefs had a massive fight on Thursday night. I mean this fight was full of venom, with players acting with seriously malicious intent. Check out the video from a fan’s view:

That was easily one of the worst fights I’ve ever seen. There were a few hit batters involved and an infielder taken out by a baserunner that led to the brawl. And man, Julio Castillo, what the eff were you thinking? Roid-rage much? Castillo hurled a ball towards the Dayton dugout, it ricocheted into the crowd where it hit a fan who was taken to the hospital. Psycho Castillo was arrested, faces a felony assault charge, and probably won’t be pitching much longer in the minors. Heck, he could even have his visa stripped. As for the body count, 15 total players were suspended. Yikes. And may we never speak of this incident again.