Posted by Will Brinson
Based on the parties involved, it was pretty obvious that the Jets-Ravens tilt on Monday Night Football would get fairly heated. However, you'd think they'd at least wait until the day of the game to start running their mouths at each other, right?
Not so much. Technically, I suppose Antonio Cromartie started it this week when he referred to the Jets as the "Miami Heat of football," as that particular remark is what got Ray Lewis really riled up for Thursday's media session.
“The bottom line is, we’re talking about the Jets like we’re talking about the Saints," Lewis said according to the Ravens' official blog . "That’s the defending Super Bowl champs. Until they play tonight, that’s the only people that can be dethroned. Drew Brees, not Mark Sanchez and the Jets. All this, ‘We’re the Miami Heat of football.’ If ya’ll are the Miami Heat, we’ve got to be the Lakers, because we’re looking for multiple rings."
And that was just the beginning.
“The game ain’t played through tongues. The game is played when you buckle up your chin straps,” said Lewis. ”All this pressure he wants to put on his team, I hope they can cash the check that he’s writing."
Lewis also got cheesed about Ryan saying that he "tapped out" while calling defensive plays and then closed by pointing out that "Monday night ... when the ref blows his whistle, I don't give a damn what Rex say, or what nobody else say, it's all about however you want to get it, let's get it."
So, yeah, the next obvious step is someone on the other side stepping up to counter his comments. I believe that's how these things work, anyway. So, um, how about you LaDainian Tomlinson?
"I'm gonna cash any check written [or] said," Tomlinson said according to Jenny Vrentas on Twitter . "We’re gonna cash it. That's just the part of being confident in what we’re doing."
Although LaDainian shouldn't be feeling that worried -- Rex Ryan, according to Manish Mehta , knows that he has to cash his own checks.
"I got a lot of respect for Ray," Ryan said. "It doesn’t matter what he says in a negative light. I still respect him. But we are going to try to smash him, I can tell you that much."
Something tells me everyone involved is going to tell us that much -- and much more -- by the time we get to Monday night.
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