VSIAP: Nick Ward Says He Didn't Trip Wagner On Purpose

Submitted by FauxMo on February 9th, 2017 at 11:59 AM

I don't recall anything posted on this (sorry if wrong), but Ward claims he didn't trip Wagner intentionally. His exact quote sort of disclaiming responsibility:

"I really don't think I did it on purpose."

When piled on top of Izzo's classy and gracious comment on the matter - "Wagner can be a pain in the butt, too, so let's not kid each other about what goes on here" - this is just pure gold... <3 U Sparty... 



February 9th, 2017 at 4:27 PM ^

As much as I agree with the no politics rule around here, when someone lies as often and as hilariously as Conway does, I wonder if it starts to leave the realm of politics and begins to be pop culture.  Kind of like Bagdad Bob. 


February 9th, 2017 at 12:30 PM ^

Unrelated, but I read some threads on RCMB yesterday after someone posted a link.... 


What a miserable bunch of losers. I genuinely feel sorry for them. Imagine a life so sad where your entire fandom--and existence in general--is based off of hatred of another institution that is objectively better in every way. Imagine having so much real estate in your head occupied by another school. This is why the "little brother" thing is so genuine and why it bothers them so much. It is 100% true. 


February 9th, 2017 at 1:18 PM ^

If the 2008-2015ish period had never happened, the "little brother" moniker would still ring true. The mentality carries through the difference in academics as well. Also, I've had moments in my life where I was so mentally consumed by something, I very literally could not focus on anything else. It's a very dark place to exist in, and I would not wish it on anyone. I do feel sorry for them, because some things in life are bigger in life than sports. For their fanbase and athletic programs, that mentality appears to be insurmountable.


February 9th, 2017 at 12:05 PM ^

To be fair to Ward I think there is somewhat of a chance (30%) that he just was carelessly walking. I agree with the technical foul call but just from seeing the video it is difficult to conclusively say it was on purpose (like you can with Allen's many trips).


February 9th, 2017 at 12:11 PM ^

I think the most natural viewing of the footage is that he times his walk so that he can try to trip Wagner. It definitely seems like he lengthens his stride to stick his foot out for the trip right when their paths are crossing. But that is getting into Zapruder film territory, so I think there is some possibility it was an accident. Just doesn't seem likely to me.

Anyway, there are at least 3-9 things from that game more concerning for Sparty than how intentional Nick Ward's trip was.


February 9th, 2017 at 1:55 PM ^

He applies outward force with his right leg, which is not at all a natural motion, to hold its ground against a moving Wagner. That's the easiest tell. Wagner begins to jog, which is more force than a walk, and if Ward were simply stepping forward and the two legs were tangled, he would have had his swept up from under him and been knocked off balance or fallen as well. He tries to fake this after the fact, but it's a weak attempt.

Chuck Norris

February 9th, 2017 at 12:09 PM ^

*takes off maize tinted glasses*

I mean objectively I think it's believable that it could have been accidental. Careless certainly, but he doesn't really do anything other than walk normally, and he's not looking right at Wagner or anything.

*immediately puts maize tinted glasses back on*


February 9th, 2017 at 4:29 PM ^

Watching the video for the first time I couldn't decide if it was intentional or not.   Seems plausable that he saw Wagner coming at him and thought about avoiding him and just didn't.  That wouldn't be as much intentional tripping as just not trying to avoid contact.