Rutgers HOrse Lord Nelson, The Only Horse To Ever Get An Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalty During A Football Game, Has passed Away
CBS News- The only horse ever to be penalized in a college football game has died.
Rutgers University says Lord Nelson was 42, or the human equivalent of 126 years.
One of Lord Nelson's duties during his 37-year Rutgers career was carrying the school's Scarlet Knight mascot during football games. It was against Army in 1994 that Lord Nelson was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after he broke free and raced down the sideline at Giants Stadium.
"Receiving a yellow flag for his 'un-HORSE-man like conduct,' he almost cost Rutgers the game," the school said in a statement.
Ohhhh, these colts ain't royal! Lord Nelson, the meanest, most imperial stallion on the block. Giving a new meaning to the term 'horsing around'. If the Rutgers football players weren't going to put up a fight, you can bet your ass Lord Nelson was. 15 yards? Well's worth it. If the tradeoff was a bunch of military officers crapping themselves they could have made it 30 yards. You think a hard hitting safety is something to be worried about? Just wait until got a 1,000 pound thoroughbred rumbling down the sidelines. Let's see, 1994? Yup, Lord Nelson was probably Rutgers most intimidating presence. Hell, he was probably the best player on the field. Talk about range? You aren't getting over the top on Lord Nelson without a hoof to the solar plexus. You want to try collaring that horse? Sometimes you need a couple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties to establish toughness. Nobody was tougher than Lord Nelson. That old steed made Sea Biscuit look a ride outside of a grocery store. Pretty sure he carried Barbaro to the glue factory on his back. Secretariat was merely a carnival attraction in comparison.
What's a Scarlet Knight without a faithful partner of equal nobility? Lord Nelson wasn't just a part of Rutgers. For about 3 decades he was just about the only thing on the field worth watching. Lord Nelson wasn't one of those pansy ass horses that just wanted to run around in a circle all day. The guy needed some actual sport in his life. Not to beat a dead horse, but up until the last decade or so, he was more valuable than about 95% of the players that actually played said sport.
P.S. Pretty funny/sad/pathetic/grounding that I get a memorial email for a horse dying, but if I passed away my parents would just get an email asking for more money.