January 12, 2006

'They want it to be a thinking game instead of a football game': The Steelers' Joey Porter has a real problem with combining football and thinking. He probably doesn't appreciate all those thinkin' types like coaches and coordinators hanging around on the sidelines.

I'll bet he's a formidable chess opponent.

posted by cybermac to football at 01:49 PM - 28 comments

Porter's stupid. You play the game whatever way gets you the win. They got creamed on national TV and he's pissed that's all.

posted by ProSam at 01:58 PM on January 12

Normally I don't make light of peoples' personal pain and/or stupidity, but there are some notable exceptions.... This one ranks right up there with Terrell's starving children (sorry, couldn't resist the urge to throw in a TO reference :)

posted by cybermac at 02:12 PM on January 12

How many teams in today's NFL could be so much better than their opponents they relied entirely on power football without any misdirection? I think Jimmy Johnson's Cowboys succeeded with one of the simplest approaches to the game in recent memory, but that's certainly not what the Patriots have done under Bill Belichick to become the first post-cap dynasty. Anyone who doesn't recognize the power of thinking in football should watch how the Pats set up Byron Leftwich on the Asanta Samuel interception that put them up 21-3. The misdirection was a thing of beauty.

posted by rcade at 02:31 PM on January 12

"They don't want to play smash-mouth football, they want to trick you. Yeah, that Bob Sanders especially. I wish he'd just hit someone for once.

posted by Uncle Toby at 02:34 PM on January 12

Joey Porter better watch his mouth, before somebody shoots him in the ass. Oh, wait...nevermind.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:34 PM on January 12

Well, he is a linebacker after all. A high level of brainpower isn't exactly required unless he calls the plays, which I don't watch enough Steeler football to know whether he does or not. He must have been seething during the gadget play last week against the Bengals. Probably thought Randle El should have just run straight ahead.

posted by srw12 at 02:35 PM on January 12

Joey Porter better watch his mouth, before somebody shoots him in the ass. Again with the personal pain thing. I love it! Come to think of it, I don't want to see him play chess. I'd rather see him get into some sort of auto racing. I think his philosophy would make for a very entertaining race. I also like how the quoted Big Ben (the thinkin' guy on the field) as having high praise for the Colts. Eye of the beholder, I guess.

posted by cybermac at 02:41 PM on January 12

I agree with him on two things: 1. The constant audibles are totally annoying. 2. The quick line-up to snap the ball before a sub has left the field is cheap. They should give refs some discretion in calling that. But yeah, what a dolt.

posted by fabulon7 at 02:42 PM on January 12

You can't fault the colts for trying to win as many games as they can. Last I knew the whole purpose was to play better than the other team so you can win. As long as you are not cheating, all's fair. Porter can't expect the Colts to lower their standard of thinking (playing) the game because he can't keep up.

posted by skydivemom at 02:50 PM on January 12

I'd rather see him get into some sort of auto racing. Screw all this steering and braking, I'm just gonna drive straight ahead. Steering and brakes are for pansies!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:18 PM on January 12

Oh, hell, even drag racing requires knowledge and strategic thinking. I declare, how do idiots get by in this world? No, seriously, I wonder about that every minute of the day.

posted by chicobangs at 03:29 PM on January 12

how do idiots get by in this world? In this world, I lik two reed uther peples thougts on spoorts. In other world, I am capitan of a spase ship.

posted by tselson at 04:03 PM on January 12

Wonder if that article is pinned up and highlighted in the Colts locker room yet? Just wondering.

posted by stockman at 04:29 PM on January 12

God, what a moron!

posted by willthrill72 at 04:40 PM on January 12

I'm a Steelers fan and when I read this in the Post Gazette I rolled my eyes and thought that Porter sounded rather dumb. My guess is he doesn't believe half of what he said and is simply trying to bait the Colts, which is stupid for a few reasons, but especially so considering Cowher had asked the team to not talk smack in the media. Heck, most of the team is trying reverse psychology like "wow, the Colts are the bestest team ever, and we're just the lowly Pittsburgh Steelers" in the media lately. Porter (as well as many other players) have said they need to get mad before they can play to their top level. I personally don't understand that, but I'm not an NFL linebacker. Still, comparing this to the stuff that comes out of TOs mouth is bullshit.

posted by scully at 06:31 PM on January 12

Wow! Would'nt Porter make a terrific airline pilot. I can hear Porter now: "Map?...coordinates? Forget it. Just shove those throtles to full speed ahead. And tell ground control to stop interupting me!"

posted by GripN'Gripe at 05:15 AM on January 13

" I like my beer cold, my TV loud and my football players stupid!"-Homer Simpson Perhaps Joey is employing some type of "Jedi" mind trick. So the Colts can't beat you in a smash mouth type of mono y mono football. So, maybe the Colts know this fact to be true as well. So they don't play that type of game.(duh!) While the Joey Porters of the world continue to butt their heads into the wall of life getting electric shocks for their efforts. The Peyton Mannings are already eating the cheese! Ratology 101!

posted by gronir_ hitrops at 06:07 AM on January 13

But isn't this the same sort of thing the Pats said after beating the Colts the last few years?

posted by yerfatma at 07:17 AM on January 13

Football is measured in wins and losses, not how many times you hit someone hard enough to make the espn highlights. The patriots can talk shit all they want, but the NFL changed the rules after the mugging the New England defense put on the Colts wide recievers in Foxboro a couple years back. Peyton can't play in a big game, indeed.

posted by chmurray at 07:57 AM on January 13

Is this your point? I found it lying on the ground.

posted by yerfatma at 09:23 AM on January 13

joey porter sucks

posted by strrandrew at 10:15 AM on January 13

They don't want to just sit there, line up and play football box," Porter Mike Tyson told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "They want to try to catch you off guard. They don't want to play smash-mouth football slug it out, they want to trick you. ... They want to catch you substituting gasping for air. Know what I mean? They don't want to just call a play throw a jab, get up there and run a play bite an ear off. They want to make you think. They want it to be a thinking game instead of a football game boxing match."

posted by redsnare at 10:19 AM on January 13

Gronir, anyone who quotes Homer Simpson is my kind of guy. I owe you a six pack of Duff beer.

posted by Desert Dog at 10:59 AM on January 13

He prefers Fudd, but it's hard to find.

posted by yerfatma at 03:11 PM on January 13

Can you make it Skittlebrau?

posted by gronir_ hitrops at 09:57 AM on January 14

Looks like Porter sucked you guys in just like he did the Indy players. I'll bet he's smiling now. All he wanted to do was to get Indy to try to stand up to the Steelers. And they (and you) fell for it.

posted by Claremore Rancher at 05:25 PM on January 16

Looks like Porter sucked you guys in just like he did the Indy players. No, he didn't suck me into anything. Just because his team won the game doesn't mean he's not still a loudmouth doofus with a bullet hole in his ass.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:44 PM on January 17

Have fun sitting at home guys. You can watch the team that kicked your a** up and down the field win the super bowl. I guess Porter was right after all, the Colt's dont have what it takes to EVER win a championship. GO STEELERS!

posted by kwoz050 at 02:38 PM on January 19

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