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Trash Talking in Sports

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Recently, there has been a lot of trash talking in the sports world. Surprisingly, most of it hasn’t come from the regular characters, such as Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, or Shaquille O’Neal. No, now it has spread to coaches talkin’ trash.

Personally, I have no problem with trash talking in sports. While some view it as disrespectful, I find that it can be a sign of respect. If you are going to the lengths to talk trash, it must mean that you are proud of out performing your opponent, and why would you be proud if your opponent isn’t that good? Not to mention, trash talk spices sports up a bit. It makes headlines for newspapers, and gives people something to talk about. The words are often used as “bulletin board material”, or as words of motivation. This is all fine and dandy for the players that are playing the game.

The problem I have with trash talking is when the coaches get involved. Coaches are on the sidelines, in the dugout, or on the bench. They are not out on the field, and cannot do any better than the athletes that they prepare and put out on the field. If you can’t beat out your opponent on the field, why talk trash? The only time it is okay for a coach to talk trash is when it is directed at another coach. I won’t lie, it has been highly entertaining ever since Tennessee Volunteers coach Lane Kiffin was hired. In his first press conference, he boasted about how the Vols were going to beat Florida, the undisputed best college football team. Of course, Tennessee lost to Florida 23-13 last Saturday.

Although, the story doesn’t end there. After being a little rattled by Kiffin’s previous comments, Florida coach Urban Meyer took a shot at Kiffin saying

Lane Kiffin (left) and Urban Meyer (right) have been in a trash talking exchange lately.

Lane Kiffin (left) and Urban Meyer (right) have been in a trash talking exchange lately.

that he kept his game plan conservative and still beat the Vols. Of course, Meyer then went on to add that some of his players are sick with the flu, but Kiffin got the true message. When asked about Meyer’s comments and his thoughts on Vols’ players getting the flu, he said “I guess we’ll wait and after we’re not excited about a performance, we’ll tell you everybody was sick.” Kiffin said this because everybody believed that Florida would blow Tennessee out of Gainesville, but the game was decently close. Taking another shot, Meyer questioned whether or not Kiffin was trying to win the game, referring to a point in the game where Tennessee moved the ball downfield with short passes and runs. “That was how we needed to play at that time,” Kiffin responded. For a national champion, Florida coach Urban Meyer steeped pretty low questioning whether or not a fellow coach tried to win a game. If we can all remember, former Jets coach Herman Edwards made it very clear saying, “YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!”

From college to the pros, we go to New York where the Jets were talkingRex Ryan trash prior to their win on Sunday against the Patriots. Coach Rex Ryan said that he wasn’t going to kiss Bill Belichick’s championship rings, referring to the New England coach. This wasn’t nearly as bad as the Meyer-Kiffin exchange, and actually a time that it is okay for a coach to talk trash. Why is it okay you ask? Rex Ryan was talking trash to an opposing coach, and did not include players on the field.

All in all, trash talk is entertaining. However, it is only okay when used right, and appropriately. Frankly, I’m starting to think that athletes and coaches should have to take a class before they embarrass themselves. Just an idea.

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