I've never been punched in the face.
While I've always dreamed of delivering a devastating sucker punch a la LeGarrette Blount in 2009, I've never been able to land good ol' right hook to the jaw. And fortunately, I've never endured one, either.
But Andy Lopez isn't so lucky. On Sunday, the North Carolina men's soccer player slid a little too close to the Boston College goalie — who proceeded to cold-cock the UNC midfielder into the turf. Fifteen seconds later, the stunned Tar Heels allowed a goal on the other end, a tally that ultimately knocked North Carolina out of the ACC Tournament.
While the sequence of events was both inexcusable and wildly controversial, I can't help but envy the Eagles' keeper.
Sure, decking an opponent might be considered beyond the bounds of sportsmanship, but there's a little Rocky in all of us. Spread your wings and fly.