One of the most ferocious and aggressive linebackers to ever play the game was da Bears Dick Butkus. Yep, this old dinosaur here actually watched him play back in '69. He was possibly the meanest and nastiest player to ever play the game, and he played every play like it was his last. While he had the ability to rip players heads off, he felt he needed added motivation to keep him on his game.
Dick Butkis: "When I went out on the field to warm up, I would manufacture things to make me mad. If someone on the other team was laughing, I'd pretend he was laughing at me or the Bears. I'd find something to get mad about. It always worked for me."
Perhaps this is the reason why our own linebacker JOEY PORTER is always saying something about the upcoming opponent. He is looking for the idiot to say something back that will really piss him off. It is a selfish thing as Porter's comments could be used as Bulletin Board material for the player that he faces, but it never seems to work that way for him. It is because he is better than the person he usually faces.
This week the person blocking Porter is 49ers TE Vernon Davis. Davis has been a disappointment as a receiver, but he has received a lot of praise from his coach Mike Singletary, another former linebacking great. Singletary's advice to Davis has been firm: do not respond to any of Porter's comments.
I believe he blew it when he said, "I'm pretty sure I've gone up against a lot of linebackers/defensive ends who are better than him." I think that right there is the motivation that Porter needs to blow right by Vernon Davis on his way to recording the 3 sacks he needs to break Miami's sack record.
I believe "Spatch", one of our forum members, said it best: "Breaking news from ESPN. We have an injury from the Miami/San-Fransisco game. Vernon Davis taken off the field after the first play of the game. The reports we are getting now, is that the injury can best be described as decapitation. Davis' return is doubtful."
Dick Butkus: "I never set out to hurt anybody, unless it was really important, like a league game or something. "
Who's Your Daddy Now?
When the Jets signed Brett Favre for a crapload of money, they released Chad Pennington. Penny then signed with the Jets rival. After 14 NFL weeks the previously 1-15 Dolphins are tied with the Jets for first place.Who got the better of the deal? The Dolphins of course. Pennington leads Favre in just about every stat. Not only that, but he is doing it behind a totally revamped offensive line and without the proven receivers that the Jets have. But don't let me be your brains. Look at the stats for yourself and make up your own mind.