Portis Accuses Cardinals of Dirty Play
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?'
"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.
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