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More on The Hit

I contacted a handful of the dedicated bloggers who posted the video clip of the Kevin Barnes hit on Jahvid Best. But I didn’t have room to quote or mention anywhere close to all of those who got back to me for today's story. So I want to thank everyone who got back to me and also let you hear from Larry Brown, who runs the blog, Larry Brown Sports, which can be accessed right here.

I asked Brown why people have such a fascination with the hit.

“I think the hit appealed to the masses for a simple reason: It made Jahvid Best throw up. That’s not the first time that a player has thrown up on the field, but it’s the first time I remember seeing a player throw up as an immediate reaction to a hit. Additionally, in a pure football sense, Barnes’ tackle was so technically sound --- he led with his shoulder, drove through the body, and finished Best off perfectly --- exactly how tackling should be taught. Lastly, Best throwing up was emblematic of the early start time that plagued Cal and caused them to fall behind, 21-3. Best literally threw up his breakfast, proving that Cal wasn’t ready to play that early in the morning.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 17, 2008; 8:15 AM ET
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This Cal wasn't ready to play excuse is getting a little old. The had the option to come in two days early. They said it wouldn't be a factor during the game. People mistake piling up yards against a prevent defense as "waking up". Did the Redskins "wake up around 9:30pm in the season opener vs. the Giants? A weak team form a weak conference was out played and out hit by a stronger team from a more physical conference. End of story.

Posted by: Lee | September 17, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

One factor that no one mentions is that Barnes is really pretty skinny -- 188 lbs on a 6'1" frame. The impact was caused by sheer velocity and accuracy, not brute force!

Posted by: KD Wiz | September 17, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

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