Football is a game where you talk a lot of trash but are tasked with backing it up. Football is like that cocky kid in high school who thinks he can beat everyone up, even goes as far as to mean mug his teachers and of course the principal, but he never backs it up with graduation. NFL players act like they’re better than the rest, but when it comes down to it someone always wins and someone always loses.
We’ve all heard by now Roddy White’s excuse as to why the Falcons lost, but the New Orleans Saints are humming a very different tune when it comes to just why the Falcons were handed their first loss of the season.
Apparently, before the game, members of the Falcons were harassing former Atlanta linebacker Curtis Lofton who signed with the Saints in the offseason. Now there’s two sides to this: one being this is what the Saints were referring to when they said they were motivated to beat Atlanta, but the other side makes the hardcore bounty hunters sound like dweeby cry babies.
“They were talking [expletive] to our guy Curtis Lofton,” Saints linebacker Scott Shanle said on Sunday night. “I couldn’t even understand them. They were just walking all over our drills trying to mess with him. [Linebacker Jonathan] Vilma went and told their coach it was classless and they didn’t even say anything. It set the tone for the day. It was classless and they got what they deserved.”
Jonathan Vilma, the man who has been scowling at the world through TV cameras over being suspended for a years essentially ran over to Falcons head coach Mike Smith, floppy armed, and complained about the smack talk between a team and a former member of that team?
Don’t worry folks, the tennis racket is on it’s way to Sir Vilma’s estate as we speak.
But seriously, the biggest story here is that the Saints apparently aren’t familiar with trash talk before a game. Yeah, it’s suppose to motivate you — to win the game, not to run around and cry about it to anyone who will listen.
The most ironic part of the story is how Shanle goes follows up his complaint about the Falcons trash talking by getting way ahead of himself and trash talking Atlanta, claiming that the 8-1 division leaders are little brothers to the Saints. And yes, Shanle flexed the cliched we ain’t scared of them muscle.
“Everybody was ready to let Atlanta know we still own them despite how our year has gone,” Shanle said. “It was awesome, man. They thought we were supposed to be scared of them. We’re now 11-2 since we got here in ’06 against them. They’re like our little brothers. Deep down they know they can’t mess with us even when we are having a down year.”
I’d say that Shanle proceed to drop the mic, but he’s got his family tree a bit backwards, as the ‘big brother’ Saints are not only a full 4 games out of first place, their a full game behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for second place in the division.