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01-16-2011, 10:46 AM
(Saint Goodell strikes again. - mesa)
Teams Warned to Keep Trash Talk Off the Field

Think the recent trash-talking between the Jets and the Patriots was all good fun?

The N.F.L. wants to make sure it stays that way.

Ray Anderson, the league’s executive vice president for football operations, contacted the playoff teams this week, warning them that the trash talk and bravado must stay off the playing field. Anderson talked to all eight teams remaining in the postseason.

The Jets, in particular, ratcheted up their comments this week, with cornerback Antonio Cromartie calling New England quarterback Tom Brady an unprintable name and cursing him. The Patriots did not respond.

But on Thursday, Patriots receiver Wes Welker needled Jets Coach Rex Ryan — and the recent revelation of foot fetish videos believed to feature him and his wife — by slipping 11 references to feet into his 10-minute news conference. On Friday, Ryan said he could take it.

Jets linebacker Bart Scott seemed to issue a threat to injure Welker when he was quoted Friday in Newsday as saying, “His days in a uniform will be numbered.”

It was a rough week for sportsmanship in the N.F.L. The Jets and the Patriots were not the only teams goading opponents. Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs wore a T-shirt bearing an obscene gesture directed at Pittsburgh.

Anderson’s warning means that if any improper physical acts take place during the games, comments from the past week will be taken into account when the league determines disciplinary action. (Now I know there will big fines for the Steelers. Taylor's head butt comes to mind. - mesa)

01-16-2011, 11:24 AM
ridiculous. They're taking the hard-hitting defense out of the game (well, they're trying....), now they want to take the fun out of the game as well.
Trash-talking is fun all the way around and if you want to look like a goat for doing it, then losing, then so be it.