Shawne Merriman, on making a play, brazenly breaks into a steroid infused dance. For the opposing team it’s embarrassing, but there’s little to be done. Try to interrupt him and a flag flies. What’s a team to do? Here’s an answer; beat them at home and then mock the dance in celebration.
The Chargers went Bill Buckner and the New England Patriots assured Merriman has plenty of time to dance. The Patriots flew out of San Diego headed to yet another AFC Championship game. For the Critic it wasn’t unexpected. The Chargers were yearlong pretenders and during the play-offs it’s not about dancing; winning matters.
In the lead-up to the game ESPN’s Michael Irvin sat down with LaDainian Tomlinson to discuss Jim Brown. It’s part of the hype fest surrounding the Chargers back. The discussion centered on Jim Brown and how LT respects and admires him and tries to emulate the legendary running back. After the game it’s easy to point out the obvious: LT is no Jim Brown either in ability or character.
The Patriots were celebrating their win by mocking the Merriman dance. Who can blame them? When a player dances and mocks opposing teams during an entire season it’s certain that someone will get him back at some point. This didn’t sit well with Tomlinson.
Unlike Brown, his idol, Tomlinson let childish emotion trump reason. He pulled away from Patriots players who were trying to congratulate him on a game well played and then, postgame, ripped into the Patriots for being classless. One wonders if he went to Merriman’s locker and said, “See what happens.”
It’s doubtful. Tomlinson is the league MVP and poster boy for pundits. Constantly announcers state how mature he is and what a good man he’s become since entering the league. All of which is true. However, in a 30-minute span of time, he showed another side many of us were waiting to see. The hype is done and his free pass is over.
Oh, and LT: don’t forget to check out the AFC Championship game next week. You have time on your hands.Powered by Sidelines