It’s been a long time coming, but finally, back by popular demand is the ever-sarcastic Batfist of The Week.
For those of you that were (un)lucky enough to read the first year of Batfist, you will understand where the term originated. For those of you that weren’t, I wish to emphasise that it has nothing to do with anything kinky and was merely a typo in a cricket match. Or perhaps, given it was an Australia v Sri Lanka test, it was quite apt. Moving right along.
This week’s nominations are:
Honourable Mention – Jules Bianchi (France) (Formula One)
Marussia driver Jules Bianchi hasn’t had a lot of luck in this year’s Formula One season, despite showing signs of promise. The weekend’s German Grand Prix in Nürburgring wasn’t looking like being anything to write home about either, when his car suffered engine failure and promptly left him with a DNF next to his name.
Ordinarily, no big deal. Except that Bianchi, in his rush to get back to the garages, apparently forgot to put the handbrake on. Cue a slight panic.
Bianchi’s Marussian was all of a sudden in the middle of the track, going backwards down a hill, into oncoming traffic. Thankfully, all drivers managed to avoid a potential catastrophe, but it taught everyone three valuable lessons.
- A handbrake is a valuable tool;
- A Marussian vehicle travels faster backwards than forwards; and
- Never trust a Frenchman to do anything of importance.
Third Place – Scott E Entsminger (USA) (NFL)
You’ve probably never heard of this guy and truth be told, neither had I. But Scott E Entsminger deserves to be known around the world. Shame he isn’t alive anymore to receive the recognition he deserves.
Entsminger was not a player, nor an administrator, nor a coach – but rather, just a fan. A slightly disappointed fan, to say the least.
Entsminger was a one eyed Cleveland Browns supporter, who last witnessed his team make the NFL playoffs over a decade ago, and passed away last week. However, his obituary included one of the finest requests to a club I’ve heard of.
“He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers, so the Browns can let him down one last time.”
Second place – Butch James (South Africa) (Super Rugby)
The Sharks have certainly had a season to forget with injury issues, form problems and a shake up at board and coaching levels; but there was still another kick in the guts to come.
Butch James – no stranger to controversy – probably should have been thinking a little clearer in the match against the Bulls on the weekend, where the Sharks looked like they were genuine hopes of causing one of the upsets of the season.
In the 70th minute, James had a brain fade of note (and unfortunately, of character) where a flying head-high tackle made on Jurgen Visser earned him a citing before the SANZAR tribunal, ultimately resulting in a four week suspension – the icing on the cake for the boys from the Tank.
Ahhh, Butch. There’s a saying that a leopard never changes it’s spots. Apparently, this is also true for a Shark/Lion/Springbok/Shark.
Winner – Batfist of the Week – Octavio da Silva (Football) (Brazil)
Ahh, the world game. Where passion overflows, where supporters are loyal, where referees stab players who argue to death.
Yep, you read correctly. Referees stab players who argue to death.
In a game in Brazil, referee Octavio da Silva was quite affronted by Josenir dos Santos arguing with a decision in the town of Pio XII.
Dos Santos and da Silva had a physical confrontation and, with little help from anyone else, da Silva was left to deal with the situation himself in a way that would let dos Santos know he meant business – a blade straight into the kidneys.
But not to worry. Da Silva didn’t get away with murder on a football pitch, as incensed fans promptly stormed the field, beheaded da Silva and displayed his head on a stake on the pitch.
WHAT. THE. HELL.
And yes, this is the country where next year, the World Cup will take place. God bless football.
So for your rather strange way of conveying decisions and paying the ultimate price, well done Octavio da Silva – you are this week’s winner of Batfist of the Week.