Roger Federer, David Ortiz, and Cristiano Ronaldo all had their peer-dominating moments in 2013. As we come to a close, outlets across the world are publishing their “Best of” lists, typically focusing on heroic efforts and logic-defying comebacks. And while those stories all have some feel-good moments to them, Grantland’s Charles P. Pierce took things a different direction, heaping praise on the fist-throwing, bird-flipping offensive lineman of the Ohio State Buckeyes, one Marcus Hall.
The Ohio State–Michigan game would have been entertaining enough without the brawl that erupted after a kickoff. And the brawl would have been entertaining enough had Ohio State’s Marcus Hall not been ejected. And Marcus Hall would have been entertaining enough had he not reacted to being ejected the way he did.
Every year, we make a whopping big deal out of the traditional rivalry games — more so now since conference realignment has blown so many of them up. (Nebraska-Oklahoma, to name one prominent one, doesn’t exist anymore. Jerry Tagge wept.) So we cling to the ones we have, and we poison innocent trees over them, and we make terrific 30 for 30 documentaries about them. Michigan against Ohio State is one of those. Marcus Hall imbibed this from his youth. So his return guy takes a cheap shot and throws a haymaker from somewhere outside of Hamtramck. This results in the return guy getting his helmet torn off and thrown across the field. Marcus jumps in to protect the honor of Ohio from these helmet-tossing barbarians. This gets him thrown out of the game. The Michigan game! Fate is unkind to Marcus Hall, and now he has to walk up a tunnel lined thickly on both sides and above with Michigan people. So what does Marcus do?
Right there on TV, in front of god and the world, Marcus throws an emphatic double bird, both hands proudly over his head, both middle fingers proudly extended.
I mean, what would you have done?
As I’ve said before, if Marcus Hall ever pays for another meal in Columbus, people should be ashamed of themselves. Woody Hayes would have bought him a house.
And to think, this whole time, Marcus Hall was just doing the "H" — pic.twitter.com/oosRnZNFks
— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) December 7, 2013