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Rey Maualuga and Trent Richardson spice up the Battle of Ohio

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This weekend’s Battle of Ohio between the Bengals and Browns is a bit short on luster with both teams looking for their first win.

Bad feelings are still brewing, however. Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga got the ball rolling earlier this week when he gave his largely dismissive impression of Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson’s running style.

“He can run you over and you can miss a tackle, at the same time, from what we’ve seen he didn’t do nothing spectacular,” Maualuga said, via CBSSports.com. “From running screens, missing passes, trying to find a hole when he’s running the ball. He just didn’t do anything spectacular from what I’ve seen. I’m pretty sure he’s going to want to get after it once he plays us.”

The comments made their way to Richardson, who told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that they were “very encouraging.”

“When somebody wants to talk mess, I mean, hey, that’s them. I let my game speak for itself, so if they want to see how mad I am, or how upset they got me about the comment, you’ll see Sunday,” Richardson said.

Richardson had a fairly disappointing debut performance against the Eagles with 39 yards on 19 carries. He did steamroll Eagles safety Kurt Coleman, though, and that’s got us looking forward to a moment where the only thing between Richardson and daylight is Maualuga. Should that collision go down, we’ll be interested to see just how spectacular either man feels when they make it back to their feet.

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33 Responses to “Rey Maualuga and Trent Richardson spice up the Battle of Ohio”
  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 13, 2012 6:28 PM

    Maualuga needs to shut his piehole, and work on being something other than a bust at MLB.

  2. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 13, 2012 6:31 PM

    The Sorry Bowl. The Redskins are gonna demolish both teams.

  3. tooz72 says: Sep 13, 2012 6:33 PM

    there’s a battle of Ohio?

  4. benh999 says: Sep 13, 2012 6:33 PM

    Shades of Bo Jackson/Brian Bosworth?

  5. randallflagg52 says: Sep 13, 2012 6:34 PM

    Wow between all the trash talk these two teams, plus the steelers are doing it’s obvious their heads aren’t in the game. Another Ravens sweep coming up!

  6. gothier22 says: Sep 13, 2012 6:44 PM

    voiceofreason lol!!! your a clown. Enjoy it while it last bro. Baltimore and philly are both going to beat the Redskins. And one of these two teams beat Washington also. I love how this rg3 has one good game and he’s the greatest thing ever. You have to understand the entire afc north all had a top 10 defense last year. Good luck with him staying healthy also or it’s back to sexy rexy

  7. stoneydog1000 says: Sep 13, 2012 6:45 PM

    as a Bengals fan, Rey needs to tackle people, not talk about them. I think it’s time for Vontaze Burfict, now.

  8. t8ertot says: Sep 13, 2012 6:46 PM

    “The Sorry Bowl. The Redskins are gonna demolish both teams”

    Yeah because RG3 will erase all the years of mediocrity from DC. Skins fans act like he’s the messiah. Give him a few years before you label him the savior of your sorry franchise

  9. joetoronto says: Sep 13, 2012 6:50 PM

    Rey Maualuga, the turd of turds.

  10. vincentbojackson says: Sep 13, 2012 6:55 PM

    Maualuga is calling other players out?

    Based on what he’s accomplished, and where he was drafted, he’s got to be one of the biggest draft disappointments in the last five years.

  11. thefiesty1 says: Sep 13, 2012 6:58 PM

    He’ll be lucky to gain 39 yards a game with the blocking on this team. One player ain’t going to cut it. QB, RB, it just doesn’t matter in Cleveland.

  12. cmoke says: Sep 13, 2012 7:09 PM

    Took the words right out of my mouth stoneydog1000 .

  13. youhavenoclue says: Sep 13, 2012 7:15 PM

    The Battle of Ohio
    Irrelevent since 1970

  14. raider316 says: Sep 13, 2012 7:20 PM

    They battle for Ohio? Who gets it? The winner or loser?

  15. enders9 says: Sep 13, 2012 7:26 PM

    Rey was drafted in the second round, I’m not sure how a second rounder could be considered one of the biggest draft disappointments when about half of the first round of every draft fails to live up to expectations.

    But with that said, Rey has disappointed. Just not even close to being one of the biggest disappointments of the past 5 years.

  16. ernestbynershands says: Sep 13, 2012 7:34 PM

    I was going to comment on Rey’s trash talking. But, I think his play will get more laughs than anything I could post up here.
    Have another one, Rey.

  17. ernestbynershands says: Sep 13, 2012 7:35 PM

    Battle of Ohio?
    I thought that was between Akron and Kent State for last in the MAC.

  18. johnnychipotle says: Sep 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    Rey was the 4th best linebacker at USC in his draft year. That’s impressive.

  19. mikebrownfaux says: Sep 13, 2012 7:45 PM

    Thatta boy Rey! You hear it enough from Zimmer about yourself… You know exactly what a “nothing spectacular” game looks like on tape don’t you!

  20. villa41 says: Sep 13, 2012 7:47 PM

    Bengals have the advantage at QB…..barely.

  21. pacodawg says: Sep 13, 2012 8:17 PM

    Tr. is a beast

  22. johnnyb1976 says: Sep 13, 2012 8:19 PM

    Browns, Skins fans, and Joetoronto are the 3 biggest idiots on this site.

  23. timb289 says: Sep 13, 2012 8:55 PM

    Hey Rey are you still feeling bad from Vonta Leach running over your ass Monday Night!!! I saw it did anyone else!!!!

  24. randymachomansavage says: Sep 13, 2012 8:59 PM

    Maualuga gets knocked on his butt more often than he makes a tackle. Why in the world would such an average/below average player comment on another guy?

  25. stuartscottslefteye says: Sep 13, 2012 9:19 PM

    Vonta Leach is a beast. That’s one dude I wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley….

  26. deangelo23hall says: Sep 13, 2012 9:43 PM

    t8ertot says:

    Yeah because RG3 will erase all the years of mediocrity from DC. Skins fans act like he’s the messiah. Give him a few years before you label him the savior of your sorry franchise
    ——————————————–

    As a Redskins fan, voiceofreason is an idiot and doesn’t know how to be humbled by a bright spot on our team. But don’t call my franchise “sorry”, we may not have been relevant for the past decade, but we at least have more Super Bowl’s, championships, and Hall of Famer’s than both these two teams combined. Redskins fans are definitely not “sorry” about that.

  27. cax20 says: Sep 13, 2012 9:43 PM

    he did steamrolled Kurt coleman , who was totally unblocked on the play. Also IIRC it was for a first down or a touchdown and the Eagles didn’t hold them on then next play to force a punt.

    plus Coleman looked soooooooo stupid losing his hat.

  28. browns541286 says: Sep 13, 2012 10:19 PM

    Buckle ur chin strap rey its gonna be a bumpy ride!!!

  29. papaweedandtrich says: Sep 13, 2012 11:49 PM

    When that collision goes down who ever said T-Rich would leave his feet?
    Go Dawgs!

  30. tatum064 says: Sep 14, 2012 3:46 AM

    Well, somebody is getting a win. Bengals really shouldnt be saying anything after the Ravens left tiremarks all over them last Monday night.

  31. bengalwaco says: Sep 14, 2012 5:41 AM

    Dear Rey,
    Please shut your grill and concentrate on being the playmaker you were drafted to be. So far you are overrated and can be replaced by a undrafted free agent in Burfict and we probably wouldn’t miss a step…. please don’t give teams ammo. Who Dey!!!

  32. stoptrippn says: Sep 14, 2012 12:25 PM

    The bengals need Taylor Mays for sure in this match up. Without him the defense looks soft.

  33. oldcracker says: Sep 14, 2012 3:30 PM

    Has Maualaga been talking to Jim Brown?

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