TJ Ford versus Al Horford

Yesterday I had a post all queued up about the Hawks season so far. They’d reached .500 (10-10) had reeled off 3 straight wins – the last against one of the East’s hottest teams, Orlando – and they seemed ready to make the leap to the next level.

Then this happened:

My wife and I were actually watching live as Raptors guard TJ Ford stole a ball and went in for a layup when rookie Hawk Al Horford fouled him hard in the face, sending Ford to the floor where he struck his head against the court.

My synopsis doesn’t really do it justice. Watch the video. I saw it live and I could hardly believe it.

It really sucks for TJ, a talented young player who already missed an entire season (2004-2005) with back and neck problems. Our thoughts and prayers are with TJ and his family.

Poor guy got the business end of a lazy defensive effort by an equally young and talented, though inconsistent, big man in Al Horford. Yet another reason (for me, anyway) to hate Florida Gators. Horford was ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul.

This is a big turning point for the Hawks. How do they overcome this event and the loss of their streak? And what about Toronto?

Oh, and since we’re on sports, the Falcons lost head coach Bobby Petrino to the University of Arkansas.

Is it Baseball season yet? How are the Thrashers even doing?

5 Comments so far

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

    > Yet another reason (for me, anyway) to hate Florida Gators.

    Was this necessary? The incident was bad, regardless of the college Horford attended.

    Thanks for giving me another reason for skipping your posts from now on.

  2. Seth (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 12:48 pm

    Boo Fucking Hoo.

  3. Greg (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

    Harsh on the Gator Hating, I’d like to believe there was no intent from Horford.

    Ford is out of hospital now, so things seems to be ok. at least he was taken to Piedmont and not Grady

  4. Seth (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

    If I’d done TJ Ford the way Al Horford did, I’d hope folks would hate me just as hard.

    He didn’t even attempt to play the ball. It was a stupid, classless, rookie move.

  5. atlpaddy (unregistered) on December 14th, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

    Wow, ya’ll are suprised by ‘lazy,’ ‘classless,’ and ‘stupid’ moves by Hawks players? You haven’t been watching this team for the last 12+ years, have you?

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