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Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Asante Samuel got hit Fourth of July fireworks started early Saturday morning with a negative tweet about NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.

The former Pro Bowler with the Patriots and the Eagles had a fine 11-year NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion himself. But his out-of-nowhere tweets about Green, one of the NFL’s all-time great corners, were just…weird. 

Green was a dominant player on two Super Bowl champions, a seven-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 1991. He was one of the fastest players in the league, a fearsome punt returner when necessary in playoff games and an all-around great player. Even other players from Samuel’s era were confused, including former Redskins safety Will Blackmon.

That's a pretty accurate description of the differences between Samuel's era and the way the game was played when Green was at his peak. Maybe he stuck around too long and maybe he wasn't close to the player he'd once been by the late 90s and early 2000s.

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But peak Darrell Green was an unquestioned Hall-of-Fame player. Teams didn't throw at him for a reason. When they did, they paid for it. Samuel got a little aggressive for a guy who might have cost the Pats an extra Super Bowl. 

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Tony Dungy, himself a great player and a Super Bowl champion as a player AND a coach, clapped back at Samuel for his ignorance of NFL history. 

That about says it all. 

For his part, Samuel doubled down responding to some tweets but by the afternoon he was starting to see the light. Sort of. 

 

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Let's make fun of everyone who's making fun of FedEx Field being empty in 2020

Let's make fun of everyone who's making fun of FedEx Field being empty in 2020

Did you hear the one about how FedEx Field being empty in 2020 will actually be the same as recent years, because not many fans have been showing up to the stadium lately anyways? 

Well, if you were on Twitter at all on Wednesday, then yes, you heard that one. Then you heard it some more. And after that, you kept hearing it. 

The best part, of course, is that it got funnier every time you came across it, too. 

Like, the first time you saw something like this, you chuckled to yourself:

Nailed it, Raj!

But then, when you happened upon another version of that totally original joke, such as the following from Kevin, you legit laughed out loud:

And just when you thought it couldn't get ANY BETTER, someone else dropped a comedic HAMMER on you:

Hahahahahahahahaha. That is the GOOD STUFF right there.

Wait. Forget the good stuff. Dev is over here chiming in with the GREAT STUFF: 

Then there's Karl — good ole, quick-witted Karl — who just brought the house down with this one-liner:

Karl always comes through, man. 

As 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes pointed out, these people should all be shamed. Maybe Twitter can suspend their accounts, too, or just outright ban them.

Is FedEx Field a wild environment? Nope. Has the attendance for Washington Football Team games been well below average in the late 2010s? You bet.

Neither of those facts, however, excuse the thousands of brilliant super-geniuses from recycling the same, played-out zing over and over again in reaction to the empty stadium news. But at least they all got one or two likes from other brilliant super-geniuses for their efforts.

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How fishing — yep, fishing — may be helping Terry McLaurin improve as a wideout

How fishing — yep, fishing — may be helping Terry McLaurin improve as a wideout

This interview between Terry McLaurin and Sports Illustrated's Conor Orr contains solid info on why he views himself as a No. 1 receiver in the NFL and how he's seen Dwayne Haskins' attitude change over the past few months. That stuff is all certainly worth noting.

The more interesting angle, however, is that McLaurin — who is not only someone who gets seasick from time to time but is also a guy who's ALLERGIC TO SEAFOOD — has really taken up fishing this offseason. And he actually believes the new hobby can help him produce on Sundays.

Yes, that all sounds crazy. But if you allow him to explain it, it soon becomes difficult not to buy in at least a little bit.

“You can be out there all day and not get a bite,” McLaurin told Orr. “And in my line of work, you can be working for your opportunity and it may never come or it may not be the opportunity you thought. It doesn’t mean you quit working hard, whether that’s catching a fish or catching a touchdown.”

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That's the primary lesson he's picked up while out on the water lately, and it's something that will help his focus and patience moving forward in Washington's offense. 

By the way, for those concerned fans of the team who are about to ask, no, McLaurin does not keep what he snags on his line. He's either thrown back or passed off the roughly 20 fish he's hauled in this summer, meaning that seafood allergy of his has been kept at bay. 

So, though his quote above shows a key similarity between fishing and football, that particular fact highlights the major difference. On a boat, he doesn't keep what he catches. His teammates, supporters and opponents know the opposite is true when he's on the field.

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