Now that the divisional playoffs are finally upon us, it would be remiss to not to take stock on what can only be described as smack down week.
Although no one quite reached Clubber Lang status, there were a variety of nuggets that stood out at the pressers and open locker rooms over the past few prep days:
Most Passive Aggressive
Terrell Suggs’ t-shirt.
There was no need for actual speaking since the tee said it all with its large image of the one-finger salute underneath the words, “Hey Pittsburgh.” Not very subtle, but points given for boldness — especially when Ray Lewis tried to tackle him on the way to the podium but he still wasn’t swayed.
Wes Welker’s fancy footwork
Contrary to Suggs’ move, Welker innocently slipping 11 foot references into his eight minute press conference as a nod to the Jets’ coach’s alleged fetish, was sublime in its delicateness.
Rex Ryan. It’s personal. Again.
Speaking of said coach, last week he made it known that it was personal between him and Peyton Manning. This week, it was more of the same when he stated that it was personal between him and Bill Belichick. It’s like a version a “Jaws: The Revenge.” This time it’s… just so very tired.
Most Downright Hostile
Antonio Cromartie filling up the swear jar
Turns out Cromartie doesn’t like Tom Brady very much. In his defense, this has been festering in the CB for years since his time with the Chargers. If anything, he made all the back page editors get creative with asterisks and stars to fill in the blanks this week.
Not that the Patriots even saw the headlines since according to Alge Crumpler to The Providence Journal, “the only paper we subscribe to is the Belichick Times.”
But after all that was said, insinuated and displayed, a special shout out also needs to be given to baseball great Reggie Jackson, who provided a great analogy in reference to all the back and forth when he called into ESPN’s 1050 “The Michael Kay Show” yesterday.
“My father used to say, ‘Reggie you’re a heavyweight. Don’t get into it with a lightweight,’” said Jackson. “He might sucker punch you and knock you down. Don’t even elevate him into your ring.”
Touché Mr. October.
And like Clubber Lang, if you just let them keep swinging, eventually they’ll just tire themselves out.