Monday, December 3, 2007
Mercury Morris: Jealous crybaby?
On ESPN's Monday Night Countdown for tonight's game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, the World Wide Leader had a segment hosted by Chris Berman with 1972 Miami Dolphins Bob Griese and Mercury Morris.
As you know, those Dolphins are the only undefeated team in NFL history. The segment, obviously was about the Pats' quest for a perfect season, and it went something like this. Berman asked questions, Griese honestly answered and was nice while talking about the potential undefeated Patriots of this season, and Morris was a total jerk. He pulled this crap a few weeks ago. Here's some verbatim and quotes from the uneasy exchange:
Morris busted out what appeared to be an NFL record book, claimed ESPN spins statistics (no way!), and spewed some 1972 Dolphins rushing stats: Most games won in a season, Most consecutive games won in a season, most first downs rushing, and most yards rushing (2,960). Morris proceeded to complain that ESPN comparing 72 Phins to 07 Pats passing statistics (1300-3500 are rough estimates) was misleading.
Berman then asked if Morris and Griese would be OK being joined in history by the 2007 Patriots, to which Morris replied, "No, hey, listen, a husband always needs a wife."
Berman retorted, after uneasy laughter, "I wouldn't put it that way, Merc."
Griese then said, "We've had this for 35 years.... Welcome to the mountain top. There's plenty of room for everybody."
Morris quickly followed Griese's comments with, "Except...not on Mount Everest, which is where we are. Don't go up there and now cause you're two inches taller than (inaudible, something about Hillary?) and say, 'Oh, now we're up here.' No. You can be parked right beside us like in Daytona, on the outside poll, otherwise known as No. 2."
The segment came to a conclusion and Morris blurted out, "We're looking for a Rudy tonight," relating his hopes for the Ravens to pull an upset.
It really sounds to us like Morris is bitter about the Patriots' potential bid at an undefeated season. We'd understand his strife if New England was cocky about this, but it isn't. Bill Belichick, considered a crotchety jerk by most people, always declines to comment about the winning streak. "We're taking it one game at a time, we're focused on (Team X)." Players always turn away media questions about the perfect season, citing it means nothing.
Morris, quite frankly, sounds jealous. This, afterall, is an era of football unlike what those Dolphins played in. Free agency makes it nearly impossible to repeat as a playoff team, SuperBowl contender, SuperBowl champion, and certainly a dynasty. Morris seems to understand that, and just doesn't like it.