Merriam Webster essentially defines trash talk as: disparaging, taunting, or boastful comments especially between opponents trying to intimidate each other. Even when the regular NFL season is over, the fans don’t stop their brand of extracurricular activity with one another. There are outlets for such banter all over the World Wide Web. As with anything in life, different people approach talking football garbage in different manners.
Many seem to partake in this undeclared sport from unchartered waters. What’s that old saying – don’t go to battle with an unarmed person? Yeah. Some folks argue with facts while making every attempt to handle it as an intelligent debate while some like to reiterate the same old points and then there are those that are there to just pull the conversation down to a personal schoolyard bully level. Whatever the slant, the contests do go on. There are no rain outs or game delays.
For the most part, it isn’t hard to educate oneself nowadays on anything football, much less one specific NFL team. Besides books (yes, actual bound books with ISBN numbers) and easier-to-peruse DVDs, there is that aforementioned internet that will give you the answer to just about any football-related query out there. Unfortunately, many choose not to gather particulars and information but instead fight dirty, armed with insults and a weak goal to hurt their opponent as a means to get their points across (like there are any at that point). Think of it as the guy armed with the handful jokes about one’s mother – no trash talk ground is gained, clearly.
This smack talk isn’t limited to the fans, though. If you think about it, more and more players also partake in the competitive repartee that embodies the slighting talk. DE Osi Umenyiora uses his Twitter account as well as the press to get his shots off towards division rivals. Former RB Brandon Jacobs is still firing rounds for and on the New York Giants’ behalf. Some NFL coaches will even join in with their players and grab the proverbial gun to fire off a few rounds. It will rarely end well for those coaches’ teams, nevertheless (ask Rex Ryan). It has truly become a pretty massive part of the game today and in the week leading up to each game during the regular (as well as post) NFL season, the witty chitchat is exacerbated towards whoever the imminent opponent is.
Recently, some NFL General Managers and/or Owners have thrown themselves into the potshot-taking melee. As uncommon as that is, one really has to honestly admit that if it’s done from in facetious (yet intellectual) manner, it really can be quite amusing. A line, of course, has to be drawn and the topic at hand must be adhered to, then it’s off to the races for pretty much a no-holds-barred battle of who can hold out the longest without taking the grammar school route.
So, New York Football Giants fans…since most of us are of the clever and well-Giants football-versed breed, have you yet been involved in broaching the upcoming topic of September 5th’s season opener with fans of the vaunted Dallas Cowboys? How was that experience for you?
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