We all – myself included – should probably take some advice from Mike Tomlin and stop “living in the past.” For real: the Steelers have a divisional-round playoff game for the first time in five years coming here in four days – yet we still are looking back on a game from last weekend.
But it keeps coming up – and it was so filled with storylines, and oh so much fun to see who says what next – so we can’t help it. Of course, it’s the Cincinnati Bengals who keep bringing it up. Tuesday, it was Adam “Pacman” Jones – again.
Jones, as I’m sure you’re aware if you’re in-tuned enough to be reading this blog – has spouted off a number of times since his 15-yard penalty in the final seconds of Saturday’s game put the Steelers into comfortable field-goal range for a winning Chris Boswell kick. Jones, for his part, maintains that the Steelers should have gotten the flag because assistant coach Joey Porter was illegally on the field.
The most recent of Jones’ public comments linked to above were to The Dan Patrick Show when he accused Steelers receiver Antonio Brown of faking injury on the hit from Vontaze Burfict on the Steelers’ final offensive snap of Saturday’s game (Burfict got a 15-yard penalty for the hit and was suspended three games by the NFL for that as well as a history of other infractions).
Brown appears to go limp as if he was knocked out cold; watch how his arms flail and neck snaps back.
ANYWAY… this is all re-hashing. Jones was taping this week’s episode of Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” on Tuesday. Jets receiver Brandon Marshall is a host of the show, and he interviewed Jones, asking Jones if he’d apologize to Brown if Brown does not pass concussion protocol and does not play Sunday in Denver. (Yes, SUNDAY). Check it out below:
A transcript, in case you don’t have 44 seconds to spare:
Marshall: “If Antonio Brown doesn’t play, will you apologize and say that you were wrong?”
Jones: “I will. I will — if he don’t play. But you know and I know, that when Saturday get here, all that is going out the window, man. Cumon, let’s talk facts, man. If you want to be honest, let’s sit here and be honest… let’s talk about what the people want to talk about. When Saturday gets here – what they play, 4:45? whatever time they play – he will be cleared Friday, I promise you, 24 hours before the game.”
Marshall: “Was it a dirty hit, though?”
Jones: “No. I don’t think it was dirty, man. Everything that Vontaze do, everyone thinks it’s dirty.”
Incidentally, if it seems as if Marshall is sympathetic to Jones and taking an anti-Porter, check out this back-and-forth from eight years ago…
It features Marshall calling Porter “soft,” has “popcorn muscles,” is “a girl,” and how he “got beat up” as a kid. Oh, and making fun at Porter’s first name “Joey” and nickname “Peezy.”
Then, Porter responds in kind about Marshall’s “little kiddy face,” and saying “he’s gonna bow down” to Porter and “gonna be nervous” to see Porter:
Ah, the entertainment of the NFL…
Oh, and for those who don’t enjoy living in the past as much as I do, keep checking for updates on that little game you mighta heard of that’s going to be played Sunday in Denver