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Harrison, Rhodes latest to continue border war

Writing on his Twitter page Thursday, former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison wrote that, “The Patriots won’t go into a war of words with any team, they hear everything and then use it to play better on Sunday.”

That doesn’t mean Harrison is exempt from a little pregame trash talking.

We’re not sure about the sequence of events, but we believe it all started with comments Harrison made on the radio Friday.  He later tweeted similar sentiments:  “Kerry Rhodes is not really a tough guy, I saw him pass on plenty of tackles . . . I want to see what kind of game he brings Sunday.”

Ouch.

Rhodes quickly responded: “I’m detecting a lil jealousy from @rodneyh37 (Harrison’s handle) he must wish he was playing 2morrow. My talent outweighs his ask belichick.”

Belichick has often praised Rhodes, but we suspect he’ll take a pass at that question.  Or use it to puff up one of his favorite former players.

In a later “Tweet,” Rhodes made a crack that the reference to passing on tackles may just didn’t like jumping on to piles late.  (Pretty funny.)

Harrison’s response: “Kerry, you talk big for someone who has yet to even win in the playoffs you think you will ever accomplish what i accomplished?”

Rhodes later said he had respect for Harrison, but if we copy any more quotes from this battle, we’ll feel like a schoolteacher documenting a fight at recess.  You can follow Rhodes and Harrison for the next chapter, if there is one.

We’re not sure how to feel about all the smack talk this week between the Patriots and Jets, and the ever-growing trend of Twitter wars.

On one hand, it’s a typical media-driven storyline that distracts from the game.

On the other, it’s a return to years past when there was a whole lot more good-natured trash talking and bile spewed between teams, before everyone got so sensitive that players should be seen and not heard.  It’s fun.

In the end, we welcome getting to know the players (and ex-players) a little bit better through Twitter. 

We’re just not sure their employers will agree in the long run.

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30 Responses to “Harrison, Rhodes latest to continue border war”
  1. hay1111 says: Sep 18, 2009 7:32 PM

    Who cares about 2 women fighting with words?

  2. philwauke says: Sep 18, 2009 7:41 PM

    Adam Schefter is involved now.
    http://twitter.com/Adam_Schefter

  3. jkr says: Sep 18, 2009 7:44 PM

    Harrison was one of the best safetys of all time if you don’t count 70 or 80 other guy’s.

  4. JoeSixPack says: Sep 18, 2009 7:45 PM

    So apparently Kerry Rhodes thinks the game is being played on Saturday?
    That tells you all you need to know right there.
    I am predicting that Rhodes will be given the game ball… by the Patriots when they embarrass the Jets in front of their own fans.
    The Patriots do their “talking” on the field. Ryan, Rhodes and all the Jets sure are setting themselves up for a big fall.

  5. madsqgrdn says: Sep 18, 2009 7:52 PM

    Harrison = overrated slow cheapshot atrtist
    Too bad he couldnt strip David Tyree during the superbowl his team would have been called the Best ever..
    I wish the game was tomarow too Im soo pumped I know how rhodes feels.

  6. Majik Man says: Sep 18, 2009 7:59 PM

    Why is a 38 year old man talking trash on Twitter? What a sad, sad little man.

  7. multiplemiggs says: Sep 18, 2009 8:03 PM

    First off….Rhodes never said he or anyone going after Brady’s knee.
    Secondly, I wonder if anyone else finds it ironic that the dirtiest guy in football over the last 5-7 years takes offense to anything anyone might or might not have said.
    Rodney’s just pissed Tyree made the catch over him and he’s too old to make up for it.

  8. Malblack says: Sep 18, 2009 8:05 PM

    Harrison is retired; why is he even engaging Rhodes. I get the sense that he’s a fairly petty person…

  9. Florios'Lawyer says: Sep 18, 2009 8:21 PM

    I wonder how long it’ll be before they start calling each other cheaters
    [ /snicker ]

  10. JoeSixPack says: Sep 18, 2009 8:51 PM

    jkr says: Harrison was one of the best safetys of all time if you don’t count 70 or 80 other guy’s.
    Wow – that many guys have 30 and 30 sacks?
    That’s a lot. All this time I thought Harrison was the first and only football player to accomplish this… here I learn 70 or 80 guys did that.
    Thanks for the deep insight there jkr.

  11. Packers29 says: Sep 18, 2009 9:19 PM

    Has Rhodes accomplish what Harrison accomplished? Did rhodes give up one of the biggest plays ever made in a Super Bowl (to a backup WR)?
    If Harrison makes that play, then Harrison has an additional ring. Period. Nice accomplishment, Rodney.

  12. Wick says: Sep 18, 2009 9:48 PM

    @ hay1111 says:
    September 18, 2009 7:32 PM
    Who cares about 2 women fighting with words?
    Wow – this from the guy who anonymously types tough guy words to two guys that could each make him shit his pants with a mere glance. But it’s safe to be a “tough guy” behind a computer keyboard isn’t it? Aint you a stud. [Same for you other cupcakes who feel emboldened to talk in ways you’d never dare attempting if there was even a modicum of accountability]
    Steeler fan here so no allegiences to either organization, but know this: Rodney Harrison is/was a BALLER. That nasty cat was the epitome of heart and soul. Could bring sick heat – a gargantuan nutsack. Wish the ‘Burgh could’ve dialed him up when he left Diego many years ago. Major suckage that he didn’t wear the Black and Gold, but he’d’ve fit right in. Love Rodney. Just love that guy and how he played.

  13. redsquare says: Sep 18, 2009 9:54 PM

    Harrison and Dungy were painfully bad on FNIA last week. Every time either came on screen, it was like a vacuum of interest drained the life out of everything.
    He’s got a new game now, and he sure needs to work on it.
    But then, that show has always been too crowded. I say, kick out all the current ex-players/coaches on the show and start fresh.

  14. darknyyt74 says: Sep 18, 2009 9:58 PM

    @ Packers 29
    I guess Rhodes would actually have to play in a Super Bowl to have the chance to give up a once in lifetime catch like that.
    Harrison won 2 Super Bowls and had the game sealing INT in Super Bowl 39.
    and Harrison in the only person in NFL history to have 30 INTs and 30 sacks in his career.
    So to answer your question…no Rhodes has not accomplished what Harrison has accomplished.

  15. Bigbluefan says: Sep 18, 2009 9:59 PM

    Hey hey do not pick on Rodney he is one of my all time players
    We are still enjoying that Super Win

  16. Florio Borio says: Sep 18, 2009 9:59 PM

    ANY team (read: the Patriots) that constantly NEEDS “bulletin board” material to induce a win out of themselves is PATHETIC. The WEAK win versus the PATHETIC Bills last week is hardly an indication that the Pats will be a good team this year. The BETTER teams, like the Steelers, Ravens, etc. will CRUSH the very mediocre Pats defense this year, both in the regular season as well as if the Pats even make the playoffs.

  17. Florio Borio says: Sep 18, 2009 10:01 PM

    Packers29 says:
    September 18, 2009 9:19 PM
    Has Rhodes accomplish what Harrison accomplished? Did rhodes give up one of the biggest plays ever made in a Super Bowl (to a backup WR)?
    If Harrison makes that play, then Harrison has an additional ring. Period. Nice accomplishment, Rodney.
    _______
    IF Ricky Proehl doesn’t fumble, the Pats don’t win their first SB.
    IF the idiot Panthers kicker doesn’t kick the ball out of bounds and give the Pats a short field, the Pats don’t win their second SB.
    AND
    IF McNabb isn’t sick like a dog on the field, the Pats don’t win their third SB.
    IF…the biggest word in the English vocabulary…and the MOST MEANINGLESS…on BOTH sides of the debate.

  18. Florio Borio says: Sep 18, 2009 10:04 PM

    Wick says:
    September 18, 2009 9:48 PM
    @ hay1111 says:
    September 18, 2009 7:32 PM
    Who cares about 2 women fighting with words?
    Wow – this from the guy who anonymously types tough guy words to two guys that could each make him shit his pants with a mere glance. But it’s safe to be a “tough guy” behind a computer keyboard isn’t it? Aint you a stud. [Same for you other cupcakes who feel emboldened to talk in ways you’d never dare attempting if there was even a modicum of accountability]
    Steeler fan here so no allegiences to either organization, but know this: Rodney Harrison is/was a BALLER. That nasty cat was the epitome of heart and soul. Could bring sick heat – a gargantuan nutsack. Wish the ‘Burgh could’ve dialed him up when he left Diego many years ago. Major suckage that he didn’t wear the Black and Gold, but he’d’ve fit right in. Love Rodney. Just love that guy and how he played.
    __________
    MOST of the “cupcakes” here are pussy Pats fans like haywoodjablowtheentirepatsteam, stanjamadickuphisass and JoeSucksPats, just to name a few.
    Congrats though, looks like your Steelers are on their way to another SB win…and the true title of “Team of the Decade”.

  19. Packers29 says: Sep 18, 2009 11:59 PM

    Florio Borio–
    I was saying he blew a huge play that cost his team a ring.
    It really didn’t have much to do with the meaning of the word IF, but thanks for the vocabulary lesson. Obviously he made more big plays than he ‘blew’, but this was the most recent that came to mind. That being said, I’m not sure which safety I would take in their prime, if I was building a defense and had to pick between the two.
    About Rhodes never going to a SB, I’m not sure you can blame him. He’s done more than his part to help his team succeed. If I asked you who was better between Barry Sanders (in his prime) and Antwaan Smith (patriots SB winning RB), would you say Smith because he has a ring?

  20. Ralphie says: Sep 19, 2009 12:42 AM

    madsqgrdn says:
    September 18, 2009 7:52 PM
    Harrison = overrated slow cheapshot atrtist
    “Too bad he couldnt strip David Tyree during the superbowl his team would have been called the Best ever..
    I wish the game was tomarow too Im soo pumped I know how rhodes feels.”
    _____________________________________
    @madsqgrdn. Your Jests team has sucked so bad for so long that you’ve had to consistently quote Giants history in your posts this past week to feel good about yourself. Imagine that; your team has been so God-awful for so long that you are driven to venerate the “other” team in the region who’s stadium you rent to play in, in Jersey to try to make a point against the Pats. You’ve been doing it all week. It’s pathetic. No wonder you losers have an inferiority complex with the Giants fans. You secretly want to be one!
    Give me some Jets history–whoops, there aint been any in 40 years. Now scream at me at the top of your lungs Little Rex how your Jets are going to win by 30 (or was it 40?) Sunday, and your your team is going to put Pats players in the hospital and all the other smack you’ve been yappin’ all week.

  21. UFL rules the NFL says: Sep 19, 2009 12:53 AM

    Pittsburgh Rapist endorsers
    No Super Bowl this year.

  22. bearsrule says: Sep 19, 2009 1:10 AM

    Jesus, this must be some kind of bizarro world.

  23. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 19, 2009 1:43 AM

    “We’re not sure how to feel about all the smack talk this week between the Patriots and Jets, and the ever-growing trend of Twitter wars.”
    “We” of couse meaning Florio and “not sure” actually means- Heck yes I like it, since I get paid by the word and not by actual content, what an awesome way to generate even more meaningless posts.

  24. GROVER says: Sep 19, 2009 7:28 AM

    HGHarrison needs to remember why the Patriots won those Super Bowls, because of the “team”. Not what “I” accomplished as an individual.

  25. davis1281 says: Sep 19, 2009 8:09 AM

    Florio Borio says:
    ANY team (read: the Patriots) that constantly NEEDS “bulletin board” material to induce a win out of themselves is PATHETIC. The WEAK win versus the PATHETIC Bills last week is hardly an indication that the Pats will be a good team this year. The BETTER teams, like the Steelers, Ravens, etc. will CRUSH the very mediocre Pats defense this year, both in the regular season as well as if the Pats even make the playoffs.
    *******************************************
    And the Collts had a weak 2 point win over the Jags and the Chargers weak win over the raiders and the SB champs Steelers had to go to OT to win there game and the Ravens where in a shootout with KC, so I guess by your logic non of these teams are going to be good.
    AGAIN another dumbass posting by another dumbass!!!!!!!!

  26. davis1281 says: Sep 19, 2009 8:16 AM

    Congrats though, looks like your Steelers are on their way to another SB win…and the true title of “Team of the Decade
    *******************************************
    REALY, this after just 1 game????

  27. KingJoe! says: Sep 19, 2009 8:32 AM

    Harrison talks like he played, taken shots because he knows he cant get hit.
    I will add though that Harrison was on local ST radio and called Crabtree an idiot, he went off on him. It was pretty damn funny.

  28. multiplemiggs says: Sep 19, 2009 9:49 AM

    Rodney Harrison feels a special kinship with the cheatriots, birds of a feather flock together.
    HGHarrison, Bellicheat and the Cheatriots are a team that embraces winning at all costs.
    Doesn’t matter if you’re video taping signals or injecting shit in your ass….whatever it takes.

  29. FtheJETS says: Sep 19, 2009 9:58 AM

    Kerry better watch out or Rodney might Nancy Kerrigan his ass.

  30. darknyyt74 says: Sep 19, 2009 10:00 AM

    Enough with the Steelers team of the decade talk already. It’s not even close. Since 2000 Pats regular season record 105-42, Steelers 95-49. Playoff record since 2000 – Pats 14-3, Steelers 10-4….and 2 of the 4 Steelers playoff losses are AFC Championship games…at home…to the Patriots. The Steelers have not beaten the Patriots in the playoffs this decade, let alone beat them on their home turf to advance to the Super Bowl…twice. The Steelers have 6 Super Bowl rings, the most of any team in NFL history and Steelers fans should be proud of that…but the team of the decade honors belong to the Patriots.

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