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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Porter Backs It Up

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Joey Porter is at it again, inciting this weekend's opponent, AFC East rival New England, with some provocative words. Porter is one of the game's most notorious talkers, both on and off the field, and he's been a great addition to Miami.

Porter may lead the league in pointed commentary, but he also is first in sacks and a big reason why Miami is in the playoff hunt after going 1-15 last season. Porter languished with the Dolphins in 2007 and appeared to be a bust, but clearly the addition of new coach Tony Sparano and front-office czar Bill Parcells has impacted the linebacker positively.

Porter has mouthed off this season, but he has backed up that bravado with his stellar play on the field. That's just the type of player Parcells won with when he coached the New York Giants. Remember how much Lawrence Taylor enjoyed talking, crushing his opponents not only physically but psychologically.

Porter is doing just that this season, and he has plenty of company when it comes to gaining a competitive edge with the spoken word.

Former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson once called into a Dallas radio station to guarantee a victory over San Francisco in the NFC championship game.

"We will win the ball game. You can put that in three-inch headlines," he said.

Those comments so incited the 49ers that wide receiver Jerry Rice was called for a penalty before the start of the game as the teams confronted each other at midfield at Texas Stadium. Dallas went on to win, 38-21, en route to its second straight Super Bowl title.

Joe Namath, Deacon Jones and Hollywood Henderson are just a few of the game's all-time greats who thrived in part by running their mouths. More recently we had Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin.

Football is supposed to be entertainment as well as a sporting competition, and those players knew how to put on a show. For them winning always came first, and they showed that on the field. All the better if a little verbal showmanship assisted them in that regard and rallied teammates around them.

By Gene Wang  |  November 19, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Noooooooooooooo.....What happened to the fantasy chats, we NEED you and your Oracle-like knowledge

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