Most teams that are grappling with controversy and issuing apologies after college football’s opening weekend are doing so because they lost (or in LSU’s case, embarrassingly lost.) The University of Central Florida is finding itself in a similarly apologetic position — albeit after a crushing 56-6 win over Kent State. Why? Well, would you believe it stems from a tragedy involving an infamous Vietnam War protest? At one point during the football drubbing that UCF was handing to Kent State on Thursday, UCF’s social media team took to the internet to gloat a bit, according to USA Today. The since-deleted post showed UCF quarterback John Rhys Plumlee on a sideline phone, and it was captioned “SOMEONE CALL THE NATIONAL GUARD.” For many football fans of a certain age (and likely the UCF social media administrator, as well) the post was a clear reference to retired NFL legend Shannon Sharpe. When Sharpe was part of the Denver Broncos, he and his team were beating down the New England Patriots in a 1996 regular season game (the Broncos won 34-8), and it produced one of the most iconic moments of trash-talk ever seen in sports: Patriots fans, Sharpe’s banter is as fondly remembered as any bit of trash talk in NFL history — and UCF was trying to pay homage to that. But there was just one (massive) problem: While the National Guard reference likely would’ve been viewed as the Shannon Sharpe tribute it was meant to be, had UCF been playing literally any other college football team, Kent State has a particularly dark history with the National Guard. The Western Journal.