I thought it was going to be a tough decision to find an enemy for the month of November, but thanks to Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes we can all rest easy. During a pile up in the Georgia vs. Florida rivalry game, Spikes went for some extra credit by attempting to eye gouge Georgia running back Washaun Ealey. Although Spikes was not flagged for the unsportsmanlike move, the video evidence makes a pretty, pretty, pretty strong case. Coach Urban Meyer seemed to be unaware of the incident but said if it proves to be true he will be having a “very serious talk” with him. The SEC has not made a motion on the situation yet, but I hope they do act on it soon. The minimum penalty for Spikes’ actions should be at least a 1-game suspension.
The reason I am suggesting that is because of a similar situation from 2003 when Ohio State linebacker Robert Reynolds went a little overboard and jammed his fingers into the throat of then Wisconsin quarterback, Jim Sorgi. Reynolds, like Spikes, was not flagged for this. Reynolds actions resulted in a one game suspension that was handed out by head coach Jim Tressel, not the Big Ten. However, the Big Ten did step in and suspend Ohio State’s senior safety Kurt Coleman for 1 game for “initiating helmet-to-helmet contact and targeting a defenseless opponent.” Let’s hope the SEC sees the footage above and does the right thing. If not, we will have to wait and see if Urban Meyer will impose a penalty on Spikes or if he thinks a “real serious talk” is punishment enough. Either way Brandon, we here at Thunder Treats now proclaim you a giant douche bag. Congratulations on your new title.
UPDATE 11/2/2009 9:36 AM PT
Urban Meyer has suspended Brandon Spikes for the first half of Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. He says that Spikes was retaliating from an earlier incident during the game where his eye was gouged. I guess 2 wrongs make a right at Florida. This suspension is a JOKE.