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Portis Accuses Cardinals of Dirty Play

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP)

You know, it occurs to me that I haven't had a single entry today that involved the phrase "Pockets Straight." That's my bad. Actually, I meant to post this item yesterday, but I was driving to Fred Smoot's house. Much, much more on that later, so for now, just satisfy yourself with this knowledge: if you knock on Fred Smoot's door, you will be greeted by a yapping Yorkie named "Ritzie," whom Smoot calls "my pit bull."

So let's go back to yesterday's Clinton Portis appearance on the John Thompson Show, which aired on ESPN 980, the official Jury Duty content provider for the D.C. Sports Bog. Thompson, playing it cool, didn't bring up last week's show until the very end of the segment; in the meantime, that gave Portis an opportunity to accuse the Cardinals of dirty play.

"I think they began to play dirty," Portis said. "They cheap-shotted Randy [Thomas] early on in the game unnecessarily, then they were getting away with some things, you know, the extra pushing. And I think one time Santana got tackled, if you see the guy get up he kneed Santana in the face when he was still on the ground. They brought all the extra activity to the game that wasn't needed, so we just let them know, we CAN play the same way.

"We really want to do it within the rules, and I think you seen Stephon [Heyer] lay [Darnell] Docket out, wipe him off his feet, and the ref want to throw a flag. I think it was a legit call, but oh, that's unnecessary. But they do unnecessary stuff, and they never said anything about it. Like [Dockett] tackling me and pulling my helmet, or jerking my head back: that's unnecessary, because if I get hurt or I took a cheap shot at you and one of us mess up the other's career, then it's like, 'Oh, he tried that intentionally.' But all game you been pulling face masks and doing the extra stuff after the play, so I think the refs just need to pay attention to that."

"Don't you get out there and get hurt trying to be no peacemaker, boy," Thompson told Portis.

"Once it get going coach, man, it's hard to turn away," Portis said. "When you see what you're enduring....You know, they sacked Jason [Campbell] one time and Jason kind of was slow getting up, and just to hear the remarks come out of one of their mouths? You know, like 'That MF done, one more hit like that.' And you look around like, 'Man, it's football, you really want to hurt that man?'

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

"I understand you want to win, but you don't want to do it on the cost of somebody getting hurt or being undermanned or being nasty behind it. You get a sack, you got a sack: celebrate, pull a muscle, sack him again if that's the case. But to wish that the man don't get up? I don't think that's part of football."

So that was that, although I wish the WaPo had a "Portis Says Cardinals Were Dirty" headline in Monday's paper, because readers LOVE accusations of dirty play. Always a Web traffic winner. That's why you're reading this, to tell you the truth. (Actually, there was one quote from Portis about dirty play in Thomas Boswell's column the next day.)

Regardless, toward the end of the segment, Thompson finally acknowledged that the previous Portis appearance had been slightly, mind-wrenchingly out of the ordinary. This is how it happened, after some talk of the upcoming Redskins-Cowboys battle.

Thompson: And let me ask you something, speaking of battles: were you surprised as I was about the reaction to last week's show, when all that fuss went on between you and my feathered friend here, that ain't no more than smoke and no fire? I was surprised as hell at how national that went.

Portis: You know, it was a situation really that me and Brian probably should have handled better. I mean, I apologize, I'm sure he apologized already for bringing the negativity to your show....It was a situation that we probably should have handled better, and as men we could have handled it better.

But as for the national attention that it got, you know, they publicize the wrong things. When you've got something that really need to be publicized and get out to the world so the world knows what's going on, it might be a little clip that run across the bottom of the screen. But when it's something negative and people get the opportunity to talk about it, then it hits everywhere. You know, I would have loved to catch it on a Chinese station to see how they handled it.

Thompson: You know what I did Clinton after the show was over? I ran in and told the boss that I spurred them two fools on, give me some more money. I look at it purely from the standpoint of dollars. Don't get angry; get money. Get paid.

Al Koken: See, John's keeping his pockets straight too Clinton!

Thompson: That's right. I liked that one though. That was a pretty one. Everybody in the street asked me, "What does keeping your pockets straight mean?" I said, "What I been trying to do!"

Koken: But Clinton, with all this, now somebody's putting a t-shirt out with this on it!

Thompson: What, keeping your pockets straight?

Koken: Yeah, you should have gotten a taste of that.

Portis: They need to cut me in on it.

Thompson: Nah baby, me first. I'll break you off a little something something.

Great to see everyone's friends again, and I agree that Thompson probably deserves a raise and Portis probably deserves a cut of the t-shirt sales. Your move, Mottrams.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2008; 5:11 PM ET
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I bet Vinny and Larry somehow blame the cardinals' dirty play on JLC.

Posted by: odessasteps | September 24, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

this is the true Redskins Insider

F Vinny
F the Danny

they all suckdonkeyb@lls


Posted by: jonthefisherman | September 24, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Also bring back Frank!

Posted by: jonthefisherman | September 24, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Portis is the biggest CRYBABY !!! WAAAAAAAAAAA, he kicked my wittle head !! WWWaaaaaaaaaaa
Its football Clinton , has'nt anybody told you that.
If you had lost , I would have hated to hear your crying then !!!

Posted by: Jz | September 24, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I remember that Portis sideline tackle. I thought the refs should have called a penalty on that - plus that first photo looks pretty nasty, too.

Posted by: charlie | September 24, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Week 4 ESPN quarterback rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent
Karabell Average
1 Jay Cutler Broncos @KC 2 2 2 1 1.8
2 Tony Romo Cowboys Was 5 1 1 2 2.3
3 Drew Brees Saints SF 1 5 3 7 4.0
4 Kurt Warner Cardinals @NYJ 8 3 4 5 5.0
5 Philip Rivers Chargers @Oak 7 4 5 4 5.0
6 Donovan McNabb Eagles @Chi 3 6 9 3 5.3
7 J.T. O'Sullivan 49ers @NO 4 11 7 9 7.8
8 Aaron Rodgers Packers @TB 10 7 6 12 8.8
9 Carson Palmer Bengals Cle 11 8 11 6 9.0
10 Brett Favre Jets Ari 12 9 8 8 9.3
11 Trent Edwards Bills @StL 6 12 10 11 9.8
12 Jake Delhomme Panthers Atl 9 13 13 10 11.3
13 Ben Roethlisberger Steelers Bal 14 10 12 18 13.5
14 David Garrard Jaguars Hou 15 15 17 13 15.0
15 Derek Anderson Browns @Cin 18 14 15 14 15.3
16 Jason Campbell Redskins @Dal 13 16 18 17 16.0
17 Brian Griese Buccaneers GB 17 19 14 16 16.5
18 Kerry Collins Titans Min 19 21 22 15 19.3
19 JaMarcus Russell Raiders SD 16 18 24 20 19.5
20 Matt Schaub Texans @Jac 21 17 19 23 20.0
21 Matt Ryan Falcons @Car 20 20 21 19 20.0
22 Trent Green Rams Buf 22 23 16 21 20.5
23 Gus Frerotte Vikings @Ten 25 24 20 22 22.8
24 Kyle Orton Bears Phi 24 22 23 24 23.3
25 Joe Flacco Ravens @Pit 23 25 26 26 25.0

Posted by: Redface | September 24, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

The top of the Week 4 NFL power rankings is an exclusive neighborhood. It helps to have an NFC East address.

The Dallas Cowboys lead the pack for the third consecutive week, but suddenly they're crowded by familiar foes. The New York Giants -- who, despite their reigning Super Bowl champion status, usually have occupied a mid-top-10 slot in our rankings -- are No. 2. And despite suffering a Sept. 15 loss to the Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles are elbowing their NFC East brethren for the spotlight at No. 3.

The only NFC East team not among the top 5 is the Washington Redskins, who register at No. 15 this week.

Posted by: Redface | September 24, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Your team won the game. Your team doesn't have to play the Cardinals again. You are playing a man's game with and against some borderline sociopaths who want to win at all costs. Back at the "U" things were always "within the rules", right?

Shut up and move on - it's not always about you, Clinton.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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