Since we’re heading into a three day holiday weekend, we here at WaB have decided to debut a new weekly feature. Every Friday we’re going to roll out a Top 5 list about whatever we feel like listing. This could be the Top 5 baseball movies of all time, the Top 5 Running Backs of the the AFL, or the Top 5 worst looking sports girlfriends. Today, in light of the LeGarrette Blount fiasco after last night’s Boise State-Oregon game, I’m going to give a list of the Top 5 Cheap Shots of all time. (With videos!)
We’ll start with #5 and work our way to the worst. Without further ado:
5. Elemis Bowling knocks out referee
I remember this happening a couple years ago but I don’t know the circumstances at all. As far as cheap shots go, it’s tough to argue against this one. It’s pretty clear that the referee didn’t see this one coming and even if he did it would have been an unfair fight anyway. Bowling earned himself a lifetime ban from the Argentine basketball league for his part.
4. Todd Bertuzzi breaks Steve Moore’s neck – 2004
This is one of the more infamous moments in hockey history and I put it on the list ahead of Marty McSorley and Dale Hunter because it ended Moore’s career. I never liked Bertuzzi because I always viewed him as this kind of a player. His career has taken the appropriate hit as he’s bounced around the league and never matched the production he had before the incident. He served a 20 game suspension for the act. The Detroit Red Wings made themselves even less likable by inking Bertuzzi to a 1-year deal this offseason. As I mentioned before, Steve Moore never played again the NHL.
3. Woody Hayes punches Charlie Baumann – 1978 Gator Bowl
This one didn’t physically end a career, but it ended the career of a coaching legend. Hayes was known for his volatile temper and it obviously got the better of him in this instance. He was fired the next day by Ohio State which ended his illustrious 30 year coaching career.
2. Kermit Washington KOs Rudy T’s career – 1977
The end of that video is kind of funny, isn’t it? I doubt many people find that incident “amazing”. I digress. The punch was a pretty big cheap shot as Tomjanovich was running in to play the role of peace maker. Washington didn’t seem to think so and he fractured Rudy T’s face. Washington was handed a 26 game ban and his career was never the same. Tomjanovich would come back to play again, but was never as effective as he was early in his career. He would later retire in his mid-30s and go on to have a very successful coaching career.
1. Zinedine Zidane headbutts Marco Materazzi – 2006 World Cup Final
This one, to me, is the most baffling, unbelievable, stupidest cheap shot in history. Zidane had come out and said the World Cup Final would be his last soccer match. He was already heralded as one of the best soccer players ever, had already won a World Cup, was a three-time World Player of the Year, and he is only the fourth player to score a goal in two separate World Cup Finals. Winning the World Cup in his final match would have been a fairy tale ending to an illustrious career. Instead, he headbutted Italian defender Marco Materazzi and was ejected. France went on to lose in penalties. Zidane’s career was ended and he was shamed. I mean…really, how dumb can you possibly be to do that in overtime of the World Cup Final. I don’t care what Materazzi, that was just absurd.
So what do you think? Agree? Disagree? Think this should have made the cut? Let me know in the comments.
Weller will have a brand new Friday 5 for you next week. Enjoy the three day weekend.
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