November 19, 2009
The religion angle here is weak. The story is about a women’s soccer match between the University of New Mexico and Brigham Young University, a Mormon school named after one of the heroes of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, which is a a religion. Therefore ... you’ve got to watch the above video.
What made these acts of violence so fascinating was that in my torts class only the day before we had been discussing what would constitute a battery on an athletic playing field. I contended that when playing competitive sports, participants agree to be subjected to some physical contact that is outside the licit bounds of the game—late hits in football, for instance, or fighting in hockey—and that absent malice there shouldn’t be liability. (Rudy Tomjanovich suing Kermit Washington for almost killing him with one punch on the basketball court might be an anomaly.)
Anyway, all this leads to the outrageously entertaining extracurriculars of the Lobos’ Elizabeth Lambert:
After this brief moment of remorse with The New York Times, Lambert gets defensive and tries to blame the negative attention on gender inequality. Seriously:
Personally, I thought everything in the above video was within the expanded parameters of a competitive game—even soccer—until she yanked the girl down by her pony tail. That looked like she was trying to pop a Barbie doll’s head off.
After the jump, the most unsportsmanlike moments in sports: