( 4UMF NEWS ) Elderly Football Players Brawl
Old grudges die hard.
Two elderly legends of the Canadian Football League came to blows on the stage at an alumni luncheon on Friday in Vancouver. Joe Kapp, a 73-year-old former quarterback, hauled off and punched his longtime rival Angelo Mosca, a 74-year-old defensive linemen.
The two have had it in for each other since a contentious Grey Cup in 1963, the CBC reported. When they were both due onstage, the luncheon’s host, comedian Ron James, told Kapp to give Mosca a sprig from a table setting as a “peace offering.”
It had the opposite effect, a video posted on YouTube shows. First, Mosca told Kapp where he could put the peace offering, the drama began.
“Joe Kapp, the 73-year-old quarterback — proof positive don’t mix with your meds with your liquor — hauled off and nailed him and the fight was on,” a horrified James told CBC News.
Mosca smacked Kapp with his cane, and Kapp punched Mosca.
Kapp then turned to the crowd and yells “Sportsmanship!”
James said the crowd wasn’t sure what had happened.
“People had assumed it was staged or premeditated, but it was nothing of the sort,” he told CBC.
Kapp is seen on the tape shrugging off the incident.
“I’m trying to let it go!” he said of the grudge.
James said while the fight has gone viral on YouTube, it took away from a great cause: The luncheon was held to benefit work the CFL alumni association has done for athletes with lingering side effects from concussions.
Story @ NYDailyNews
- Watch Ex-Canadian Football Greats Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca Brawl As Only Old Guys Can: With Canes [Video] (deadspin.com)
- Joe Kapp punches old CFL rival at alumni dinner (sfgate.com)
- The Fifth Down: Joe Kapp, the C.F.L. and a 48-Year-Old Grudge (fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Watch Two Retired Football Pros Get Into a Cane-Swinging Brawl [Video] (gawker.com)