HornTYS
(250+ posts)
09/21/12 12:41 PM
The Screaming Marine speaks...

www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/2012/9/21/3368930/ole-miss-screaming-marine-gif-interview

The Ole Miss 'Screaming Marine' Speaks, Or Why You Shouldn't Taunt A Marine

by Steven Godfrey ē Sep 21, 2012 2:19 PM EDT

The gentlemen screaming below (no, not Texas Longhorns receiver Marquise Goodwin) is much more than a GIF: He's Stephen Roberts, a Marine gunnery sergeant and veteran of the Iraq War, as well as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor for the NROTC program at Ole Miss. The 34-year-old native of Valdosta, Ga., has been a Marine for 16 years, three times winning the "Gung Ho" award for enthusiasm.

Goodwin can now certainly attest to that. First, the GIF, then a word with the man himself
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Roberts earned quick Internet fame in the second quarter of Texas's eventual 66-31 blowout of Ole Miss as Goodwin broke free for a 69-yard touchdown run to put the 'Horns up 17-7. He met Roberts, who oversees the color guard at each Rebels home game. ESPN cameras picked up Roberts angrily objecting to something Goodwin did in the process of scoring a touchdown.

"It was instant," Roberts says. "By the time I got home my phone died from calls and texts, and now it's all over my Facebook."

Conjecture mounted quickly. Most fans and viewers assumed Goodwin attempted to salute Roberts, who as a "Gunny" would strongly object to such a gesture (explained by resident SB Nation USMC advisor Matt Ufford here). Instead, Roberts says that Goodwin attempted something far more foolish:

"As he ran toward me, I could see him start to make the 'shhhhh' motion holding his hand up. I knew behind me was the Texas fan section, and he was staring straight ahead. So I'm thinking, well, I know heís not 'shhhh-ing' his own people."

As Goodwin started to motion, Roberts responded exactly the way a graduate of Marine drill instructor school would, and Internet gold formed instantly.

"It was hey, donít hush me, because Marines, well ... we donít like to be hushed," he says with a laugh.

Regardless of the intent or execution, Roberts shrugs off Goodwin's gesture with good spirit. He even made it a point to hop back on camera following the subsequent commercial break to give a shout-out to all military personnel currently serving.

"You see a lot of people do that on TV, and I know I'd see it when I was overseas, but to have it come from one of our own, to see a gunnery sergeant doing it, I thought that would be special," he says.

Despite the perception created by his newfound fame, Roberts is incredibly affable and not at all scream-y in conversation. He also holds zero ill will towards Texas, and mentioned he spoke to head coach Mack Brown before the game, as one of Roberts' friends had escorted Brown and other college coaches on a visit to military personnel a few years ago.

"I'm not the Alabama guy who poisons trees. There will be no Longhorn hunting, or eating Longhorn steaks, I promise," he says laughing.

"People look at the military in different ways. I grew up a military brat [his father was an Army Ranger] ... my dad loves that I'm a Marine. My mom loves that I'm a Marine. My attitude, it's been like this even before becoming a drill instructor. I won the spirit award in my marching band [Lowndes High School in Valdosta]."

When asked if the clip could inspire a positive recruiting drive for the Marines, Roberts offers up one selling point.

"I can certainly say, if you're looking for motivation in life, that's what it is."

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Texas___Fight
(5000+ posts)
09/21/12 12:46 PM
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Regardless of the speculation on what was meant or said it was a classic moment.

b UT ful
(1000+ posts)
09/21/12 12:47 PM
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bingo!

Sip94
(2500+ posts)
09/21/12 01:08 PM
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Good natured on both sides. It was an interesting moment for sure.

halsteadfrost
(1000+ posts)
09/21/12 01:10 PM
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I think it's funny that the one player he happened to yell at had just visited the White House as a member of the US Olympic team. Not that Olympians are = to military service, but it's all representing the country...

Mesohorny
(5000+ posts)
09/21/12 01:13 PM
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Helluva guy. Wouldn't mind having that gunny on my side. Put him and Bennie Wylie together and holy shittah!

MeaHorn
(2500+ posts)
09/21/12 01:19 PM
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Nice to know the real story. We all knew that Marquis isn't the type to taunt, but now we know what really happened.

SunBurntOrange
(500+ posts)
09/21/12 01:22 PM
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Great story.

tejas77
(250+ posts)
09/21/12 01:39 PM
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I think what the Marine did was pretty cool. On the other hand, you have to give credit to Goodwin who didn't seem fazed at all by the screaming Marine's actions. Props to both of them!

Dionysus
(5000+ posts)
09/21/12 01:41 PM
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Cool gametime moment. I'll remember it for as long as I can.

Statalyzer
(25,000+ posts)
09/21/12 02:13 PM
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In reply to:

Conjecture mounted quickly. Most fans and viewers assumed Goodwin attempted to salute Roberts, who as a "Gunny" would strongly object to such a gesture (explained by resident SB Nation USMC advisor Matt Ufford here).




Even explained by a "USMC advisor", it still makes no sense. Nobody in the militiary is going to react that way to being saluted by a civilian.

El Torito
(2500+ posts)
09/21/12 02:46 PM
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Semper Fi! Love the enthusiasm.

LonghornCatholic
(2500+ posts)
09/21/12 02:59 PM
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The Marine stepped in front of Marquise, so not sure why he felt the "shhhh" was intended for him specifically.

Anyway, love Marquise but I thought the "shhhh" gesture he made on three occasions (that I remember) was goofy.
I hope he doesn't do that again.


C
(250+ posts)
09/21/12 03:50 PM
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I kind of cringed when I saw Marquise "shhhh-ing" the crowd, and he's one of my favorite longhorns. I know it's not really a big deal that he did it, but I thought the play he had just made spoke for itself and probably quieted the crowd more than anything else.

Texanne
(10,000+ posts)
09/21/12 04:24 PM
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I'm more concerned that the "shhhhhh"-ing could result in a yellow flag and 15 yards.


Branyon
(1000+ posts)
09/21/12 05:12 PM
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Stat,

I think the issue with some active and retired military folks is that they don't appreciate the adoption of military-like apparel, regalia or gestures by amateur and pro athletes who have not and will never take the oath and serve.

hornpharmd
(10,000+ posts)
09/21/12 05:39 PM
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Awesome story.

UT Longhorn
(1000+ posts)
09/21/12 06:06 PM
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I'm glad that whole debate has been put to bed. Seemed obvious. Not sure where all of these different theories were coming from.

LonghornCatholic
(2500+ posts)
09/21/12 06:15 PM
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UT - here's the instigator:



accuratehorn
(10,000+ posts)
09/21/12 06:52 PM
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Cool!
I suppose the football player was being a football player, and the marine was being a marine. Glad there wasn't any ill-will from either side of this incident.

Bigtex112
(1000+ posts)
09/22/12 05:58 AM
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When I saw it, I thought it was one of the funniest things I ever saw during a game. Gunny sounds like a great man to me. Thanks for your service Gunny!!!!

Mr. Fiesta
(500+ posts)
09/22/12 07:19 AM
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When I watched it during the game, I thought it was evident that the Marine was just having fun. I thought it was hilarious and Goodwin handled it all perfectly.

coolhorn
(5000+ posts)
09/22/12 11:59 AM
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Props to Gunny...and to our guys for handling it right.

hornyhoosier
(1000+ posts)
09/23/12 04:22 AM
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I also found it interesting to learn from that game that long snapper Nate Boyer was a member of Delta Force. Talking being tested under fire.

Detective Shilala
(2500+ posts)
09/23/12 07:09 PM
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I still don't understand what he was objecting to. Does he think Marquise did something wrong? Or did his training just kick in and he does not know why he freaked out?


hooklahoma
(1000+ posts)
09/23/12 08:09 PM
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Seems like a cool guy. NO biggie

BevoJoe
(2500+ posts)
09/24/12 07:19 AM
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