Aargh wrote:I think players learn by Jr. High that when you push a guy in the back while he's in the air, he's going down - and going down HARD! Driving a guy into the goal support that way - there's no way to describe it as anything other than dirty.
I don't think it was dirty, I think it was just reckless. I think many people would agree with me on that.
Aargh wrote:I don't care what anyone thinks of a coach talking to a player on the other team. Marshall isn't going to put up with dirty play that could potentially injure one of his players. As I recall, the play had gotten a little nasty on the Braves side prior to Willis getting shoved.
Can you recall any other incidents during the game? I don't remember any.
Aargh wrote:If Brown can be excused because he was frustrated, maybe you should excuse Marshall because maybe he was getting frustrated with some of the fouling that was going past what's needed and seeing his players end up on the floor.
I didn't say Brown should be excused because he was frustrated, I'm just saying why I think it happened. I'm not condoning this at all. Fouling someone in the back on a breakaway without making any play on the ball is absolutely uncalled for, something that I am sure Wardle (and most coaches) would address.
Aargh wrote:Even before the rough foul that sent Willis head into the goal support after landing on his back, I was thinking that the Braves were not aware that all the Shox are coming back next year, and making them angry was not a good idea.
I don't think anyone on Bradley cares about whether or not any of Wichita's players are coming back next year in the sense of "making them angry." I seriously doubt Brown's thought process was "I think Willis is a senior, so i'm going to intentionally shove him in the back because i don't think he is coming back next year to get revenge."
Aargh wrote:Perhaps Wardle should have said something to his players and then Marshall would not have felt the need.
Yeah, Wardle should have shouted at Brown all the way across the floor in the five second window before Marshall said something to him.
Like I said before. I don't agree with Brown's foul, intentional, dirty, clean, or otherwise. Fouls like that endanger other players (even players 11 inches taller with 50 lbs on you). Player safety is important. My issue was Marshall shouting at Brown right after it happened (while up 30). I thought it was poor form. Doing so implies that he thinks Brown is a dirty player and/or he doesn't give Wardle enough credit to address it on his own. Either way, I think it was the wrong time and place.