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One Lump Or Two??

By: Brian Meador
By: Brian Meador

Two East Carolina football players getting into a fight over sugar during Liberty Bowl week is the kind of stupid thing you should only see in a cartoon.

When I heard the "fight" between ECU running back Jonathan Williams and defensive back Leonard Paulk at the awards banquet during the Liberty Bowl was over a packet of sugar, my first reaction was to shake my head in embarrassment for the program.  My second reaction was to visualize how such a ridiculous scuffle could possibly take place. 

Much like an old Bugs Bunny cartoon, here's how I imagine it went down.

Action!

Leonard Paulk (playing the role of Elmer Fudd) and Jonathan Williams (in the role of Bugs Bunny) are sitting at the banquet table.

Leonard: Hey Jonathan can I have some sugar?

Jonathan: Sure.  You want one lump or two?

Leonard: One should do it.

Jonathan: Okay, you asked for it.

THUMP!

End scene.

Obviously I'm making light of an embarrassing scene.  Whether it was a packet of sugar or the last slice of cheese cake (as some reported) doesn't matter.  Players representing their universities have to behave better than that especially at a banquet in front of administrators, coaches, bowl officials, politicians, and of course the media. 

Fighting is nothing new especially with football players.  They are like brothers in a family.  Brothers fight.  Brothers make up.  It happens.  It happened in Hawaii two years ago.  Two ECU players fought in a cab after a night on the town.  The story didn't make headlines for a lot of reasons.  Media not being there was one of them.  More importantly, it didn't happen at a banquet where civility was at a premium.   

Holtz was right to suspend the players indefinitely.  Maybe part of their punishment should be to watch old Bugs Bunny cartoons.  Maybe then they'd realize how stupid they looked.

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