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.


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.


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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  • by Kim Location: Greenville on Jan 4, 2010 at 01:13 PM
    "eh, what's up jock!"
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2010 at 10:45 PM
    Dumb and dumber.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Jan 3, 2010 at 01:58 PM
    Well said, Robert. Couldn't agree more. I would have asked for two lumps though!
  • by Robert Location: Ayden on Jan 2, 2010 at 11:01 PM
    At their age it's easy to be morons and ignore all the teachings of civility and decorum. They could not have picked a worst time or place to practice stupidity. If I were their coach, I would have sent them home immediately to let them think about the embarrassment they inflcted upon themselves, their school and their communities. On the bright side, they stand a good chance of becoming fine young men once their brain cells have a chance to mature. We can only hope.
  • by Woody Location: Farmville on Jan 2, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    At least you didn't call them knuckleheads. They probably would have demanded an apology! Later Bri
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:39 PM

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