Antonio Cromartie, take a bow. You just made my Sunday afternoon more interesting.
In a world of all-too-much political correctness and veiled opinions, you have restored our faith in the value of honesty, although we can’t vouch for your claim that Tom Brady is a lot like a certain orifice of the human anatomy.
In case you’re late to the party, earlier this week, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan recalled with not-so-fond feelings the image of the Patriots quarterback pointing to the Jets sideline after New England had scored its fifth touchdown in a 45-3 romp over New York on Dec. 6.
But Ryan, seldom muted, refrained from using expletives.
It’s as simple as filling in the blanks, yet more awesome than anything else we have heard leading up to New York’s divisional round game at New England on Sunday, including Ryan’s remarks the day prior.
When asked Wednesday if he regretted his remarks, Cromartie remained blissfully consistent.
"No? Why would I regret them?" Cromartie said. "That's my opinion; that's how I feel about it. There's no reason for me to sit back and take back anything I said about him, and I'm not."
The NFL needs more players as willing to go the extra mile as Cromartie.
In no more than 11 letters, he has singlehandedly raised the intensity and anticipation level surrounding what was already one of the league’s most bitter rivalries.
This can only be beneficial for the league. I guarantee you CBS loves it.
And so does Brady.
Of course, Brady, just like he did in response to Ryan, won’t take the bait. Instead, the former league and Super Bowl MVP will probably just throw to Cromartie’s side of the field until the Patriots score, at which time another finger-pointing may be in order.
Only this time, it won’t be directed at the Jets’ sideline, and a different finger will be used.
Which is 10 times better than anything Brady could say to a newspaper or radio station between now and game time.
As if we needed clarification, Cromartie evened out his curse-laden salute to Brady with some PG-rated explanation.
"That's what I think about him. I don't really give a damn about him," he said. "I don't have to play against him. I play against the receivers."
We would argue that you do have to play against him, Antonio.
That’s alright. At least you let him know how you feel first.
We appreciate that.