The utter lameness of Twitter notwithstanding, it’s good to see some more drama added to the longtime Eagles-Giants rivalry. While a back-breaking DeSean Jackson punt return capping a miraculous comeback is the preferred method for this to happen, a little Tweet-fueled bitch slapping is the next best thing in the current NFL lockout-world.
It started Thursday with the Eagles emerging star running back LeSean McCoy tweeting in response to an Adam Schefter report about Giants defensive end and regular whiner Osi Umenyiora, well, whining.
“Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly,” said McCoy’s blast.
So of course, calling a guy overrated and soft is going to move from the confines of 140 characters to a full fledged media rant. And that’s exactly what happened. Umenyiora’s ramped up the rhetoric through not one but two New York news outlets.
“That little Chihuahua or poodle in the backfield; he doesn’t have to block me,” Umenyiora said per the New York Times. “If you have something to say, say it man to man; you can’t be a Twitter gangster. That’s easy to do, trying to be a tough guy. Say it to my face, and we’ll see what happens.”
The perpetually upset defender also spoke with The Star-Ledger’s Mike Garafolo via phone, where even more tears flowed.
“I mean, he’s a girl, man. Who does stuff like that?” Umenyiora said to Garafolo. “If he has more of these things to say, he can say ‘em to my face. Don’t be no Twitter gangster man.”
And apparently this wasn’t the first time the two discussed their state of admiration (or lack thereof).
“Yeah, me and him, we had words on the field — both times we played. I hate him, he hates me, period,” Umenyiora said. “He chose to take that off the field and make it public when it’s something that’s between me and him. It’s something we can address on the football field. He let the whole world know about it, so I’m going to respond.”
Apparently Umenyiora thinks McCoy is really, really mean on the field.
“Oh, he said all kinds of stuff. He called me an ‘African (expletive).’ It was bad,” Umenyiora said. “It was pretty intense between me and him. I said a couple of things to him. I don’t remember exactly what I said, but it was rough.”
OK, but isn’t smack talk on the field part of the experience?
“Absolutely. People talk trash, people go at each other,” Umenyiora said when Garafolo asked if he’s used to hearing it. “This is a very violent and physical game. You’re attacking each other, you’re hitting each other. Things are going to get heated, especially against Philly.
“This year was the worst in my eight-year career as far as animosity toward that team. There’s a real hatred toward Philly and there’s a real hatred for them toward us. So it was rough out there. But I feel things like that stay on the football field. Off the field, we respect each other because at the end of the day we’re all brothers. But he decided to take it so far that there’s no going back from it now.”
With McCoy running for 175 on 24 carries against the Giants last season, including a 50-yard game winner in late November that Umenyiora whiffed on, it’s pretty easy to see why Umenyiora would have his XL-sized panties in a proverbial bunch.
Now let’s just get this lockout ended so the next round can commence on the field.
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