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February 9, 2013 6:54 PM   Subscribe

What happens when you hit a ref Russia...

It's not often you see a ref take off the helmet to throw some punches. Can't wait for sochi 2014
posted by MechEng (22 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
In Soviet Russia, ref hit you.
posted by nathancaswell at 7:00 PM on February 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


In modern Russia, public brawling is a way of life. There are websites loaded with videos of Russian brawls. In schools, shopping centers, streets, fender benders, etc. they seem to be quick to the punch.
posted by stbalbach at 7:16 PM on February 9, 2013


Related question: what's with Russia and dash cams?
posted by nathancaswell at 7:18 PM on February 9, 2013


To protect against rampant insurance fraud and police corruption.
posted by steamynachos at 7:22 PM on February 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


what's with Russia and dash cams?

It's protection from a number of insurance rackets since it's very difficult to prove anything in Russian courts. People will throw themselves in front of cars and claim they were run over. Cars will box you in and force an accident then blame you for it, etc..
posted by stbalbach at 7:22 PM on February 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Okay - I preface this by saying the using violence to address violence is not the answer - but Hur-Fucking-Yay for this referree who takes a stand against this thuggish culture that so permeates so many sports, and seems to be out of countrol in hockey. In hockey mad Vancouver - a middle aged hockey coach trips a 13 year old kid, who ends up breaking his wrists. And the case of Todd Bertuzzi sucker punching and ending Steve Moore's career is still winding its way through the courts here.

I particularly love the ref's civlized flourish of removing his helmet before laying into the guy.
posted by helmutdog at 7:30 PM on February 9, 2013


Wouldn't this actually be perpetuating "the thuggish culture that permeates so many sports?"
posted by ChuraChura at 7:42 PM on February 9, 2013 [7 favorites]


Judging by the quality and camera work it's really lucky that they had a super-high definition camera that records at really high FPS along with an expert camera man who does the fake JJ Abrams amateur pan slightly until off center of action but then zoom straight back to simulate focused movement thing really well or else I would have thought this to be a completely faked video!
posted by dubusadus at 7:45 PM on February 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


I dunno if this is a particularly salient example of Russian brawling.

Hockey fights are pretty ceremonial, most of the time. The ref made a ritual of taking off his helmet (which a lot of 'dedicated fighters' will do for another as a sign of respect - no-one likes bloodying their knuckles on a helmet, and a common move is to dislocate the opponent's helmet early in a fight) as well as his whistle (lawman putting aside his badge) before getting into the face of the offending player.

Player was a jackass. Ref was a little hotblooded. (m)Eh.
posted by porpoise at 7:47 PM on February 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


I saw the removal of the helmet as akin to the drill sergeant who takes off his hat in order to let the upstart recruit take a swing at him.
posted by ShutterBun at 7:54 PM on February 9, 2013


There are websites loaded with videos of Russian brawls.

Um, link please!
posted by phaedon at 8:01 PM on February 9, 2013


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posted by stbalbach at 8:05 PM on February 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


That ref plays hard, underground Greek gay porn hard.
posted by vozworth at 8:18 PM on February 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


It wasn't much of a fight. The ref took a few swings that missed then he pulled #10's jersey over his head. The guy from the red or orange team just saw an opportunity to get a few swings in too.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:06 PM on February 9, 2013


but Hur-Fucking-Yay for this referree who takes a stand against this thuggish culture that so permeates so many sports.... by doing a little permeation himself
posted by mattoxic at 9:07 PM on February 9, 2013


I think Don Cherry just shot a load in his adult diapers.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:48 PM on February 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


So.... what does happen?

Did the ref get suspended? The player? You never said.
posted by surplus at 10:14 PM on February 9, 2013


That ref plays hard, underground Greek gay porn hard.

Um, link please!
posted by munchingzombie at 11:18 PM on February 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Blazecock Pileon: "I think Don Cherry just shot a load in his adult diapers."

Ssssssetogucccccchi!
posted by mannequito at 11:27 PM on February 9, 2013


munchingzombie, thats a line from the movie Goon.
posted by vozworth at 7:48 AM on February 10, 2013


That was pretty lame as far as brawls go. The ref grabbed the guy's jersey then proceeded to get wacked in the head a few times by various gauntlets. Which his helmet could have deflected.
posted by Brocktoon at 12:39 PM on February 10, 2013


It's been a rough couple of days for hockey.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:38 PM on February 11, 2013


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