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Youth Football Referee Wins $275K Settlement After Being Attacked By Irate Coaches And Parents During Game [Video]

Check out this disturbing video as a youth football referee is being awarded a $275,000 settlement after he was tackled and thrown to the ground, fracturing his shoulder. This is all AFTER the referee threw the first punch, because this is Florida, and anything goes.

From the Sarasota Herald Tribune:

SARASOTA – A youth football referee who was tackled when a melee broke out among adults during a game and later filed a lawsuit has won a $275,000 settlement.

The fight at Sarasota’s Riverview High in 2011 was captured on video and went viral in the national media.

Jayme Ream, the referee from St. Petersburg, and his wife, Michelle, sued four organizations, including the Mid-Florida Youth Football and Cheerleading and the Sarasota County School Board.

On Aug. 27, 2011, the North Port Huskys were badly beating the Sarasota Gators in the youth football organization that rented facilities at Riverview High.

The Gators coaches misunderstood when Ream called a personal foul against the Huskys.

A North Port parent shot the video that showed how the scene escalated. During the fight, Ream was thrown to the ground and fractured his shoulder, and players rushed the field.

The incident resulted in felony battery charges against three Gators coaches and a player.

Ream threw the first punch, though sheriff’s officials determined he was legally defending himself as a coach charged him.

For full details on the story you can check it out HERE on The Sarasota Herald Tribune.

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This One-Punch Knockout During a NAHL Fight Is The Best Thing You’ll See All Week [Video]

Check out this clip from the North American Hockey League, a semi-pro circuit based in Quebec that hasn’t turned its back on the allure of the occasional dust-up.

No surprise then that when last Friday’s match between the Sorel-Tracy Eperviers (that’s Hawks for the non-Francophones in the crowd) and the Cornwall River Kings got a little testy, Guillaume Coudé and Dylan Garrioch decided to settle their differences Hanson-style.

The two danced briefly around center ice with Coudé luring Garrioch closer with a series of right-hand feints before feeding him a left to the jaw. That one punch was all it took.

[h/t The___Colonel]

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Dude Passes Out While Maxing Out During Clean & Jerk, Slams Head into Wall [Video]

This video is from the summer, but it only has a quarter of a million YouTube views, so I’m going to assume I’m not the only person who has never seen it. This dude is at the gym, getting swoll as one does. He’s doing some standard clean & jerks when he passes out, falls over backwards and slams his head against the wall. You know, total baller stuff. Let’s go to the uploader description:

115kg.Was ok after. No injuries
Seems like a fall of bloodpressure. Did a few lift afterwards and went home. Snatched max next day just fine.

Can´t really blame the people watching not rushing at first, probably a bit shocked. Gratefull for all the help they gave!

For those wondering. It´s Eleiko weights and bar and it was a near max attempt. The clean itself was ok but i didn´t use my leg power before after the bump. Big mistake obviously.

Just another reason why I keep myself out of a gym.

[@VinBioDiesel]

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Table Tennis Freakout Celebration Cost Olympian the Victory and $45,000 in Winnings [Video]

This table tennis freakout celebration cost this guy – an Olympian – his $45,000 prize for winning the tournament.

Zhang downed top-seeded Ma Long in Sunday’s final after seven games, but his celebration was a costly one.

“I am very sorry for what I did,” Zhang was quoted afterwards on the International Table Tennis Federation website. “It was not acceptable behaviour and I am sorry.

“This was a perfect victory, I have been under a great deal of pressure, with people questioning my form.”

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Surfer Charges Massive Wave While Holding 2nd Board Switches Surfboards Mid-Wave, Somehow Doesn’t Die [Video]

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California’s Newport Beach is home to ‘The Wedge,’ one of the most famous waves in the world. Famous for being both massive, dangerous, and often unpredictable. This guy makes The Wedge his bitch.

The wave itself is already difficult enough, it’s reserved for boogieboarders and experienced surfers when The Wedge is going off. This guy doesn’t care about convention though, he’s out there riding one board while holding another and somehow decides mid-wave that it is in his best interest to switch boards! The action starts at 10:32…..

Full disclosure: this footage came from a swell back in August, this video isn’t from this week.

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