Joey Porter Can Hold a Grudge, No Matter How Ridiculous

A couple days ago Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter shared his thoughts about the 2007 Patriots, an outfit that has been accused of everything from drowning baby kittens to illegally videotaping opponents.

In recalling the awfulness that was last season, Porter is still upset that, in the waning minutes of a sure-to-be Patriots win, Bill Belichick opted to run the ball three times instead of instructing Tom Brady to take a knee (you know, back when he had a good one).

"They could've kneed the ball. We couldn't win the game," he recalled Monday. "They were up by 21 and they still were running running plays. I'm looking at (Tom) Brady, thinking he's going to take a knee and the game's over. But they continued to run ..."

"I don't forget things like that. I hope our whole defense, our whole team, doesn't forget things like that."

Seems innocuous enough; I mean, New England did run the ball. Belichick has been blamed for just about everything, including running up the score, but good Lord, man, it's professional football.

It's one thing to bellyache about the teams' first meeting last season; Brady threw five first-half touchdowns and the Pats were leading 42-7 at intermission. But to complain because New England ran the ball at the end of the game? That seems like a stretch, even for Mr. Peezy.

Whatever, the Patriots players, in true Belichickian fashion, are predictably quiet on Porter's comments. And those who are talking, are very laudatory about the whole thing.

"I don't know, but if you've got 13 1/2 sacks in 10 games, you can pretty much say whatever you want in this league and get away with it," said Evans. "Until we do something about him, he's earned the right to say what he wants to say. They're 1-0 against us this year."

Before the two teams met up earlier this season -- a game in which Ronnie Brown and the Wildcat humiliated New England at home -- Porter announced that "I know [Matt Cassel] is not a Tom Brady, so if it's not Tom Brady, it shouldn't be that hard." At the time, we all just dismissed him as a gum-flapping has-been. Turns out, he was right. And he's currently the NFL sack leader.

This doesn't make his recent comments any less absurd, but, unlike a year ago, he's not quite so easy to dismiss. Okay, that's a joke; it's still pretty easy to just write Porter off as a crackpot.

Joey Porter Can Hold a Grudge, No Matter How Ridiculous originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Wed, 19 Nov 2008 11:15:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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