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Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne
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Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne

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By Claude Clayborne

Given the Jets victory over the Patriots this weekend, there has been a lot of controversy over players talking trash back and fourth leading up to game day. I am personally all for it. I think it gives an added dimension to the game outside of the anticipation of watching it. Want proof? The New York Jets' upset of the New England Patriots on Sunday was a smashing ratings success. The CBS broadcast of the Jets' 28-21 win drew a 26.2 rating. It was the highest-rated Sunday afternoon divisional round game since 1995. The game of the week between the Ravens and the Steelers drew a 20.9 rating, the best for a Saturday AFC divisional round game since 1994.

Buildup is what the NFL is about especially in the playoffs. The banter between the Jets and Patriots involving Wes Welker, Tom Brady, Antonio Cromartie and Rex Ryan led to an excellent side story for the game. Moreover, it made the game more enjoyable as you saw the Jets "Walk it like they talk it" this weekend. I think a lot of people forget that football is entertainment at the end of the day so why not add some needed depth in the form of talking trash before and after games? I do not support grotesque references about players' mothers or any element in which the trash talking that would be described as "trashy". However, as long as it is bolsters the game then it is fine.

Hypothetically speaking, I would not have wanted to hear Ray Lewis make lewd comments about Big Ben prior to the game this weekend between the Ravens and the Steelers. I would have liked to see Ray Rice make a guarantee that the Ravens would wind by 14 points, because it would have made that game that much more enjoyable. The Ravens and Steelers game had a built-in hype simply because of the rivalry and there was not necessarily a need for back and fourth between the teams.

Now the Jets and the Patriots have been going at it since Welker and Ryan wrote on the ESPN training camp tour bus to start the year. It was only natural for a continuation of the relationship prior to this weekend's game. I am sure that the Jets will have some choice words for the Steelers this week and the first shots fired will probably come from Rex Ryan. The nature of his coaching style and how he conducts himself with the media lends itself to his team and they act as such.

Trash talk makes football fun and while this may ruffle the feathers of the "old guard", the younger diehard fans of the NFL, such as myself, love every bit of it. Someone once said "closed mouths don't get fed". Well I say "closed mouths don't get a microphone". Yes, we know Rex Ryan is fat, we know that Antonio Cromartie pays child support in every state in the lower 48, so what? Say what you want to say and go out there on the field and prove your worth, just as the Jets did this weekend. Trash Talk is good for football, the media and the fans. It's only entertainment, so keep it coming, Funk Master Rex.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne  |  January 18, 2011; 12:44 PM ET  | Category:  AFC , New England Patriots , New York Jets , Playoffs Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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