At least this time the guy talking trash was someone that’s done something to help his team. Paul Spicer did have 7.5 sacks for the Jaguars this year, and he’ll have to back it up on Saturday night when the Jags come to town to face the Patriots in the AFC semifinals.
Mr. Spicer thought it would be a good idea to go on ESPN and offer some bulletin board material. Why won’t these people let the whole spygate thing go? September feels like a long time ago to me. Since that day, in which the Patriots cheated for what amounted to be less than one-quarter of a game — and it wasn’t the players cheating, but you knew that — the team has gone on to win every game it has played. They’re 16-0 and had the best regular season ever.
Still Paul Spicer thinks it’s a good idea to rile the team up some. Here’s what he said.
“Do like the NCAA and kick them out of the playoffs or something,” Spicer told The Associated Press after news of the scandal broke. “Put them on probation; they can’t go to no playoff games. Roger Goodell has definitely enforced some new rules. He’s been hard on players. Now let’s see how hard he’s going to be with a team.”
If I were Spicer’s coach’s, he’d be paying a huge fine right now. If I was his teammate, I’d be slapping him in the back of the neck and saying “what is wrong with you?” Seriously, you are about to play the best team in the NFL, on the road. Do you really need to give a team that is clearly on a mission any extra motivation?
Spicer has his five minutes of fame. I hope he enjoys it because he’s put himself right into the spotlight, and he’s going to find out how blinding it can be.
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