Game #24: at Phoenix, 3/09 (7:00 PM, Fox Sports Southwest, 1310 AM, 104.1 FM)
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03-10-2013, 01:04 AM
Join Date: Feb 2005
Yeah, but what Hatcher did for years is no longer legal. Checking any player where the head is the principal point of contact is no longer legal, no matter if you'r 6-7 or 6-1 or 5-5 (and I'd love to see Gerbe try). The days where what Hatcher and Stevens did is allowed are long gone because of results like this one.
It's only slightly late but definitely primary point of contact being the left side of Benn's face. That starts to move backwards before any momentum heads into his chest. There's almost no shoulder-on-shoulder or hip-on-hip contact. Plus it's quasi-blindside and Benn had little chance to see it coming even though he had his head up. That still counts for something.
I wrote about the whole thing here (with extra nerdy screenshots!):
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