Tag:Skip Bayless
Posted on: June 8, 2011 5:36 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 7:27 pm

Cromartie, Bayless have Big Ben's back

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might have two Super Bowl rings, but even after seven NFL seasons some players remain unconvinced that he's anything more than a glorified game manager. That's the conclusion we're drawing based on Big Ben's recent ranking as the league's 41st best player as voted on by 400 of his peers.

Not everybody feels that way, however. Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie took exception and tweeted as much. Responding to ESPN's Skip Bayless, who wrote "Big Ben definitely is in my top 10 NFL players," Cromartie put that Florida State psychology degree to work*:

"@RealSkipBayless same here skip...whoever did the voting is crazy."

Cromartie, who will be a free agent as soon as the lockout ends, has a love-hate relationship with NFL quarterbacks. In January, prior to the AFC Divisional matchup between the Jets and Patriots, he spoke frankly about Our Savior Tom Brady, calling him an "ass----" and offering up a "f--- him" for good measure.

"That's what I think about him," Cromartie said at the time. "I don't really give a damn about him. I don't have to play against him. I play against the receivers."

Despite the blasphemy, the Jets managed to thump the Pats and make it to their second AFC Championship Game in as many years. In the days leading up to the conference finals against the Steelers, Cromartie spoke glowingly of Roethlisberger.

"I love Ben, man," he said. "Ben's a competitor."

We're not sure if the Jedi mind tricks backfired or if Cro was blinded by Big Ben's magnificence (we're thinking it was mostly the former; Roethlisberger completed just 10 of 19 passes for 133 yards and threw two picks in that game), but the Steelers built a 24-3 halftime lead, held on to win by five and made their third Super Bowl trip in five years.

On Tuesday, ESPN.com AFC North blogger James Walker wrote that "[N]o one is laughing this week about Roethlisberger's latest snub. Cromartie certainly doesn't like it, and although Roethlisberger wouldn't admit it, he's probably not happy about it, either."

We suspect that Cromartie is losing more sleep about the lack of paychecks resulting from the lockout than whether Ben's contemporaries think highly enough of his talents. And while Roethlisberger may not be jazzed about it, we're confident that Steelers fans don't much care (we know we don't). At the very least, Big Ben's feelings are at the bottom of the "Things That Concern Fans Most This Offseason" list behind "Resolve labor dispute," "Re-sign Ike Taylor," and "Make sure Mendenhall has a ghost blogger for future posts."

Lists are created for one reason: to encourage debate. But it could be worse for Roethlisberger -- he could be Eli Manning, who isn't expected to be among the top 100 players of 2011. (Seriously? We could understand if this was an all-century team, or even all-decade. But Elisha can't crack the 2011 squad? Yes, we're breaking our own rule about not caring about lists, but this is so ridiculous that even one of the Barber twins has a problem with it.)

If nothing else, we've enjoyed Bayless and Cromartie leading the PR crusade on Roethlisberger's behalf. That's a reality show waiting to happen.

* We have no idea what Cromartie majored in at FSU.

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Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:10 pm

Bayless, Bush involved in Twitter trash-talk

Posted by Will Brinson

Twitter is just getting everyone in trouble these days, you guys. First it was the Rashard Mendenhall, then it was Reggie Bush, and now ... no, wait, it's still Reggie Bush.

Except this time, Bush isn't just getting berated by fans for his stance on "enjoying the lockout" -- he's getting involved in a trash-talking affair with the one-and-only Skip Bayless. Sigh.

"Skippy Skipper Skip Bayless said my performance on the field doesn't give me a right to speak my mind! But his performance does!" Bush tweeted over a number of updates, all of which you can read here. "MY BAD! I mean what was I thinking! This guy Skipper put it in so much blood, sweat, and heart into this game all behind a desk! You got it boss! Let me take a step back and bow down to Skippy Bayless! All Hail the great Skipper! He def has my Hall of Fame Vote! Canton here we come!"

Naturally, Bush also did what any grown man would do: challenge Bayless to a weight-lifting contest.

"This is an Official Challenge to 1 on 1 full gear and full contact with Skip Bayless!" Bush tweeted. "Plus a full conditioning drill and weight lifting! If I win he wears a 25 jersey and a dress plus makeup on his show, he wins he gets a full game check! I bet he won't accept my challenge!!! Now put that on SportsCenter! Holla!!!!"

Fortunately, this is Skip Bayless, so he totally backed down and just let it go. Except he didn't. In fact, he kind of challenged Bush to a weight-lifting challenge live on "Cold Pizza." Or something.

"ANY TIME you want to come to Bristol and discuss or debate anything I've said about you, face to face on TV, you are welcome," Bayless tweeted. "ANY TIME you want to meet in Central Park, NYC, and run the 8-mile loop, I'll be there. Then we can hit Gold's & lift weights."

Maybe this is harmless fun. But Bush, as he's told us already, has plenty of time on his hands. And Bayless, as he's already told us, loves to take people to the old gun show. So this is absolutely something we could end up being forced to watch.

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