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We all knew the trash talking leading up to this Sunday’s Jets-Patriots showdown would be non-stop and sometimes just downright brutal. Let’s face it, even with all the rampant talk, these guys are professional athletes. They have have been around for years, heard it all, gotten used to it, been there, done that, etc.
Up to this point, all we have seen between the teams are Justin Bieber hair jokes, foot fetishes, Cromartie/child support jokes, fat jokes, and plenty of other good-natured ribbing. Wes Welker made a splash this week during a press conference where he unleashed a barrage of foot-related puns in a short period of time. It was 11 puns in 10 minutes. The Guinness Book of World Records is looking over the tape to confirm its world record status.
In response to Welker’s antics, Jets center Nick Mangold used the power of Twitter to fire back at #83:
“Wes Welker is a great player. He’s really taken advantage of watching film. If we don’t keep a Spy on him, he could really open the Gate”
Ouch! Yeah, yeah, yeah, another Spygate joke. These were outdated years ago, but c’mon, it’s not like we don’t routinely let a buddy of ours forget about an embarrassing incident he did on one occasion several years ago. Plus, these Rex Ryan/foot fetish moments will never go away either. So, in this capacity, I will let Mangold slide on yet ANOTHER Spygate joke.
UPDATE:Nick Mangold felt the backlash of his Spygate tweet this morning and lashed out at Patriots fans:
“I make one little joke and Pats fans get their panties so in a bunch that one person told me to kill myself. Stay classy Foxborough!”
Ok Mangold, chill the f**k out. I’m sure this isn’t the first time a pro athlete was threatened by a dumbass fan. Welker took a verbal assault from Jets fans, and now you are getting the same. What else do you expect when you insult one of our guys?
Now, what would be the cherry on this s**t sundae? How about threatening to take out one of our players? Enter New York linebacker Bart Scott. Clearly taking foot puns WAY too seriously, Scott fired off at Welker in a recent interview:
“I’ll tell you what…Be very careful what you say about our coach. His [Welker's] days in a uniform will be numbered. Put it like that.”
I like to try and not read too much into things, but this is a clear message to our beloved wide receiver. Granted, he’s not saying anything too outlandish, such as threatening to go for his knees, but these sure are fighting words. In the history of the NFL, plenty of retaliation threats have been made, so I don’t think we here in New England should take this too close to heart.
Now, if Scott is stupid enough to act on his threats, the NFL has a firm policy on such matters. If Scott in some way, shape, or form causes serious physical damage to Welker after making such threats, then it will definitely be taken into account when deciding upon disciplinary action.
Personally, I wouldn’t worry about it. Let’s not get too hung up on all this bulls**t and enjoy what should be a great game.