Sometimes things get a little heated out there. Sometimes tempers flare. Sometimes there are fights.
|#91 Dikibo breaking through the line of blockers|
to make the tackle.
When you're making a lot of tackles, the opposing team begins to consider you a problem. They may assign two people to block you. The person assigned to keep you away from the ball carrier may just resort to tactics not allowed in the rules.
|Double-teaming Dikibo. Doesn't seem fair, does it?|
It is a compliment when you're viewed as so
dangerous they send two to stop you.
She doesn't look like the player whose name keeps coming up when opposing runners go down. Well, maybe she does. That's a serious look.
Dikibo stirs things up out there.
There's a cliche in football - the retaliator is the one who get's caught by the official. Someone stretches the rules, maybe even, in the heat of the moment, hits you. You reply in kind. The official sees you, didn't see the one who started the trouble. Dikibo did tell me the skirmishes I've caught on film were instigated by the other player taking liberties with the rules. I had earlier asked Soho, Outlaws coach, and she said the same thing.
The picture above of Dikibo being double teamed, and the series of photos that follow were taken at the last game of the 2011 season, at home against Dallas. The Dallas player assigned to block Dikibo was much bigger, over 6 feet tall, over 200 pounds. When she didn't have a teammate to help her block #91, she used her height and did a little holding. Holding is illegal in football, but only if the official sees it happening.
|You aren't allowed to grab the opponent's shoulder pads and pull|
|Quick, let go before the official sees your hold.|
|Dikibo looks to the action and see someone else has made the |
|So she decides to discuss the rules with the Dallas blocker.|
|How shall I say it - pounding the point home? Dikibo|
is not intimidated by the size of the blocker.