Monday, June 08, 2009

Joey Porter

I'm almost positive I've knocked Miami linebacker Joey Porter on this blog before, so allow me to take a shot at him one more time. Whatever the player he is on the field, some of the things he says to the media are just plain foolish. Take this latest, on his comments reported by ESPN that Miami was still the team to beat in the AFC East.

Whether it be in Las Vegas or the various preseason power rankings all over the Internet, the New England Patriots have been chosen the AFC East's team to beat for 2009.

Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter takes offense. Porter declared Friday morning that the road to the AFC East title will come through Miami this year, and the Dolphins are the "champions until proven otherwise."

"I don't understand how you can put somebody in front of us," Porter said Friday morning after he and quarterback Chad Pennington were named co-winners of the team's Dan Marino MVP Award in a ceremony at Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant on South Beach.

"We won the championship. We were AFC East champions. I just don't think it's supposed to happen like that. You've got to beat somebody to be the champs. We had to beat somebody to be the champs."

By all means Joey, take offense that you and your teammates have been slighted and your accomplishments from last season overlooked, it's the sort of thing that football's all about. But can you really not understand how experts are picking another team to finish ahead of you this season? Have you really never noticed that sometimes, teams that won a division, or a conference championship, or a Super Bowl, sometimes find the experts overwhelmingly against a repeat?

Not only that, but who exactly did you have to beat to win the division Joey? As I remember it, you finished 11-5, same as the Patriots, who beat you the last time the two of you met. The division was won on the basis of a conference record tie-breaker.

As I said, you should be upset that everyone is picking against you. But this should be a motivational tool for you and your teammates, not a media talking point that makes you sound, yet again, like a stupid jack ass.


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