Is it a scuffle? A dustup? A scrap?
Xavier easily handled St. John’s in the quarterfinal of the Big East tournament on Thursday, 88–60, in a game that I watched out of the corner of my eye.
I happened to glance at the screen after the final buzzer and notice that the two teams were going toe-to-toe. I got the office a bit excited by saying, “Oh! I think Xavier and St. John’s just had a fight.”
When I saw the full video of what actually happened I realized it wasn’t really that exciting.
But this led to an interesting discussion about the taxonomy of sports disputes, so I decided to rank the terms we use to describe these sorts of things in increasing order of severity.
• Literal murder
So where does St. John’s and Xavier fall on this list?