It was hard to keep track of all the bombs in a game with 750 passing yards, but there was little mistaking the one Guelph's Justin Dunk dropped in close vicinity to a The Score camera during the University Rush game on The Score on Saturday.
Right after the Guelph QB broke a 22-yard TD touchdown run in the third quarter, a live blog reader noted , "Dunk said and I quote: Fuck Western ... to the camera and the audio was picked up live." Some cisfootball.org users also caught the swear word and have had a lively discussion over whether there should be consequences. There does not seem to be any dispute it was said.
Everyone has heard that word before (in a normal shift in my job, I might hear it 100 times). Having a face-of-the-franchise player who is used to promote OUA football saying it in front of a national TV audience, in reference to the opposing school, is hardly acceptable.
Dunk is a unique talent who is a lot of fun to watch (it will hard to picture Guelph without him next season). The same I-can-do-anything braggadocio he shows when he's snapping off 60-yard throws and keeping pass plays alive for 12-15 seconds might also lead him to go over the edge once in a while. Saying that emotions were running high in a close game in front of a loud stadium is no excuse. Ninety players dressed and 89 of them did not walk up to a camera and say the F-word.
It's not clear if this will become a larger story; from a media standpoint, it's moot since Western won the game, 41-39. The Mustangs' defensive players have faced Dunk before and no doubt have no trouble getting fired up to face the cocksure pivot. If this can be handled with a Sunday or Monday phone call from Guelph's coaching staff to their Mustang counterparts (as so often happens between coaches when something controversial happens), so be it.