Professional sports needs more players calling each other out and talking smack. Before a game, or after you win the game, that is. Not after you lose.
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson got on Twitter after the Steelers held him to 34 yards and beat his team 19-11. Instead of talking about seeing them in the playoffs, he told the Steelers "Yall aint dat good mark my word".
Johnson is arguable the best running back in the league on most Sundays, but he wasn't last weekend. For him to come out and act like it was a fluke shows how clueless he is. The Steelers have gone 2-1 against the Titans during Johnson's tenure there. He has yet to record 70 yards, let alone 100. Maybe he should have run a little harder during the game, rather than running his thumbs afterward.
|Apparently this man thinks causing seven|
turnovers is not that good.
Johnson also tweeted about how he got another big run called back because of a legit holding call. He left out the legit holding, but that's because all Johnson cares about are his own stats. A true leader and good teammate would have given a shout out to his defense, that happened to not give up an offensive touchdown in the game. A true leader would say the team was going to get back to work and come out swinging in Week 3. Johnson just wanted people who didn't see the game to know that his stats could have been better if a penalty wasn't called.
Not to be outdone, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore had some interesting things to say after his team lost 25-22 to the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. According to a column in the Mercury News, Gore said "We whupped their behind up and down the field. They can't stand up with us. And we beat ourselves for the second week in a row. We've got to change that."
|Someone tell Frank his team lost.|
Love the passion from Gore. He talks about the team and not himself. But you can't say the opposing team couldn't stand up to yours when you lost. Obviously, they can stand up to you. The 49ers rallied to tie the game with 90 seconds left in the game, then the Saints marched down the field and won the game. They took your best shot, stood their ground and hit you back, Frank.
As much as some of the 49ers turnovers were their own mistakes, the Saints were there to capitalize. That's what great teams do. They take advantage of other teams' screw ups. Great teams also overcome mistakes and bad days. Gore needs to learn this, because the 49ers will never take the next step if they don't overcome a little adversity.
Athletes can pat their egos all they want before the game or after a win, but doing so immediately following a loss just makes them look like jackasses.
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