Roundup: Can’t tell a Twitter war without a program

There was a time when trash talk was on the field and the only time we could hear it was during an NFL Films “Mic’d Up” session, like this cool one with Lions QB Matthew Stafford last year.

But thanks to Twitter, all of these verbal wars can be accessed on your computer or mobile device. Here are some highlights of some of the recent feuds in case you cannot keep up.

Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe posted a picture of Bin Laden wearing Darren Sharper‘s No. 42. Sharper told Shiancoe that he doesn’t care about fines, because he is going to bust him under the chin strap. Vikings coach Brad Childress, however, remains unconcerned.

49ers TE Vernon Davis and Cardinals LB Darnell Dockett engaged in a feud that involved Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson. Davis said that he scored on Wilson, but the Cardinals have the scoreboard with consecutive NFC West titles.

Dockett also had to apologize to his teammates for showering on the Internet. The Twitter universe is still waiting for Dockett to apologize for butchering the English language in his tweets.

Terrell Owens ran into Jay Cutler at a club in Chicago, tweeted it, and football enthusiasts started speculating if the enigmatic receiver would land in the Windy City. He hasn’t.

And wasn’t it last year that then-Chargers CB Antonio Cromartie complained about training camp food via Twitter, drawing the ire and a fine from coach Norv Turner? Of course, Cromartie said that he had a sensitive diet, and then showed up the next day with a sack of McDonald’s.

Chargers LB Shawne Merriman and Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco seem to have legitimate heat stemming from a Twitter confrontation last year. Of course, Ochocinco seems to engage just about anybody.

The point is, NFL players should be using Twitter for what it was designed for — complaining about Jim Joyce‘s blown call to ruin a perfect game, and to announce Rue McClanahan‘s death.

Get with the program, people.

Now for some real news making its way Around the Web on a Thursday:

  • John Madden and NFL Network’s Steve Mariucci held the 12th annual Madden-Mariucci Battle of the Bay Charity Bocce Tournament on Wednesday. Nearly every sports team from the Bay Area was represented, outside of the Oakland A’s. (Not a surprise since they barely exist in the AL West). The event raised money for five Bay Area high schools, and the Mooch told the Oakland Tribune that the event was a huge success.
  • Vikings WR Percy Harvin has gained about 10 pounds during the offseason — in a good way. Harvin had been working out on his own in Florida during the offseason, Childress told the Star Tribune. Hey, if his quarterback does not have to show up for offseason workouts, why should he, right?
  • Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris indicated to the Tampa Tribune that the ‘Wildcat’ will be a part of the team’s package this season, with QB Josh Johnson running the formation. “Don’t be shocked if you see them playing together,” Morris said of (starter Josh) Freeman and Johnson, “because (Johnson) is so explosive, and is so talented.
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