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Freddie Mitchell (of all freaking people) talked smack about the Patriots before the 2005 Super Bowl between the Eagles and the Patriots. So how did that work out for him? From Peter King at SI.com:
He got himself well-hated by the Patriots for saying he didn't know the New England cornerbacks, and that he would "have something'' for safety Rodney Harrison during Super Bowl XXXIX. He had something all right: one catch for 11 yards. But that didn't stop him from opining harshly about the victors.
Even after losing the freaking game—one he had no impact in whatsoever—Mitchell was still talking.
"If you played this Patriot team 10 times, how many times do you figure the Eagles would win?'' I asked.
"Eight times,'' he said. "To me, the Patriots are not that good. We turn it over four times, and still they only beat us by three. We're the better team. But we turned it over too much. A good team crushes that Patriot team. I'm telling you, they're not that good. T.O. was hurt, and he still scorched them for over 100 yards.''
And yet, he had the audacity to be angry when he found out Belichick talked a little smack of his own after the game.
Speaking of Belichick, I told him Sports Illustrated had quoted Belichick this week as calling Mitchell "terrible ... We loved when he was in the game."
"Oh,'' Mitchell said. You could feel the steam over the phone. "I see. It takes a big man to talk after the game. Why didn't he say anything before the game? That shows what kind of guy he is.''
No, Freddie—it shows what kind of guy you are. Believe me when I tell you that Fred-Ex was not missed when he left Philadelphia.