Titans And Others Not Happy With New England New England are sure building quite a reputation
Posted 18 January 2007 - 03:57 AM
January 17, 2007
The New England Patriots have prevailed in each of their past three games, but haven’t exactly won friends or influenced opponents around the NFL in doing so.
After the Patriots upset top-seeded San Diego 24-21 Sunday in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson of the Chargers was visibly upset with the Patriots as he left the field.
What the normally mild-mannered Tomlinson said crossed the line, in his opinion, was New England defensive back Ellis Hobbs and other Patriots dancing at midfield in celebration, imitating the sack dance of Chargers defensive end Shawne Merriman.
It actually marked the third time in three weeks that the Pats’ postgame actions have come under scrutiny.
After their first playoff win against the Jets, Patriots coach Bill Belichick could be seen shoving a Boston Globe cameraman at midfield as he made his way toward Jets coach Eric Mangini, whom he hugged before using his arms to wade through people again as he left.
The week before that, several Tennessee Titans players were upset with the Patriots and Belichick after a 40-23 shellacking that eliminated Tennessee from postseason consideration in the finale.
The point of contention among many Titans players was not only the rough play in the game (four personal fouls on each team), but Belichick’s decision to allow 43-year-old quarterback Vinny Testaverde to come off the bench and throw a late touchdown pass with the outcome already decided and in a situation where many teams would have simply run out the clock. It gave Testaverde a TD pass in his 20th consecutive season.
Milestone or not, the play did not set well with Titans players that day.
Immediately after that game, Tennessee linebacker Keith Bulluck said, “I think it was [expletive], and as long as I’m here, I’ll always remember that. So any time New England sees the Tennessee Titans on their schedule from here one out, just remember that. That’s from the heart.”
The latest accusations from Tomlinson and the Chargers rekindled some players’ memories in Tennessee of the finale.
“They definitely [ticked] us off in that game with that last touchdown,” Titans receiver Drew Bennett said. “I didn’t see exactly what happened on the field in the Chargers game, because it was away from the cameras, but with what happened in our game, I can see why the Chargers might be upset.”
In the game against the Titans, the Patriots’ main point of contention came from a block from the side by receiver Bobby Wade that apparently ended safety Rodney Harrison’s season with a knee injury. (The NFL ruled the block legal). With that hit, coupled with Testaverde’s unnecessary touchdown at the end, could there be any carryover the next time, as Bulluck promised in the postgame?
Bennett, who actually is set to be an unrestricted free agent come March though the Titans are likely to try to re-sign him, says it’s possible.
“You have to have respect for each other as professionals, and they’re a great team, but I’m sure they’ll remember Bobby’s block on Harrison that they considered low, and we’ll remember that touchdown the next time we meet,” Bennett said.
Posted 18 January 2007 - 12:50 PM
Hah, well you were one of them at one point
Posted 18 January 2007 - 04:28 PM
but in all seriousness, thank god ppl r starting to pay attention to this, btw, where were the pats before their dynasty? where were they in the 90's, shit where were they all any time before their dynasty?
" Winning isn't everything; its the only thing"
RIP Uncle Bob 5/12/06
Posted 18 January 2007 - 05:02 PM
It's about pride. When the game is well in hand, there's no reason to throw the ball. It just further embarasses the other team. Not that Belichick would care about that though.
Posted 18 January 2007 - 05:27 PM
I think you can add teams like the Bills, and Colts against the Colts as well. You can't really add the dolphins to the list though, because they suck, and the only way they could beat a team anywhere near the Patriots is going ahead and cheating. I believe that the Bills and their fans have a real huge dislike for Brady, and the Patriots, just like we do. Soon, the Jets, and Bills will rule the division, and you'll be seeing faggot Brady, and Fatacheck in the rearview mirror.
Posted 18 January 2007 - 09:24 PM
Posted 19 January 2007 - 10:33 AM
Posted 19 January 2007 - 01:48 PM
Posted 19 January 2007 - 02:50 PM
I suppose this is true, but just because they win doesn't give them the right to act like a bunch of assholes all the time.
Posted 19 January 2007 - 03:37 PM