Obviously it is not OK to take a swing at an ump but it looks to me that the ump took a dive ala soccer player.
OT Offerman vs Ump
...and made a short video recreation. I really think stop-motion MS Paint animations are the future.
One boring Sat and now I am getting requests? I should make a career change or find a traveling circus and draw caricatures.
That punch missed as much as a UConn free throw...
Ali vs Liston
That punch was so bad I thought Harrison Ford threw it.
At least when Sonny Liston "dove," you could see that a punch actually touched him. And the fact that Ali's punch was similar to Archie Moore's short right that he used to set opponents up for allowed one to suspend disbelief and call Ali a champion.
But this was terrible. It looked like Offerman pulled the punch, and the ref dove. It didn't even appear to connect, and even if it did there was not enough leverage behind it to knock down a girl in an MSU frat house.
Sadly, though, the media has found a villian du jour.
The umpire fell more because the two were pushing against each other and Offerman pushed off a bit more. Add in the surprise of a punch coming in, that'll knock him down.
Still, as an umpire, Offerman's suspension/ban is more than justified.
There really is nothing quite as exciting as Dominican winter league baseball.