Ayanbadejo A Twitter Twit!
Monday, January 14, 2013
Now I know why they named it “twitter.” Because people make twits of themselves all the time on the social media website.
Exhibit A would be Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo who tweeted during Sunday’s Patriots-Texans game enough material to fill up multiple bulletin boards inside Gillette Stadium.
"New England does some suspect stuff on offense. Can't really respect it. Comparable to a cheap shot b4 a fight," Ayanbadejo tweeted.
That wasn’t his only tweet. "Are you watching the game pats vs texans?" Ayanbadejo tweeted. "If so you see the hurry snap offense catch em b4 they set up. It's a gimmick."
Ayanbadejo also made reference to the Patriots decision to cut WR Tiquan Underwood the day before last year’s Super Bowl and criticized the team for “Spygate.” "You know the same organization that did spygate and cut a guy the day b4 the Super Bowl," he tweeted.
Maybe the biggest blow struck by the loud-mouthed linebacker was a shot at all of Patriots Nation for the team’s inability to beat the Giants in Super Bowl 42 to cap off a perfect season. “18-1,” he tweeted.
Apparently Ayanbadejo’s tweets were not received well by head coach Jim Harbaugh and the Ravens. Upon his arrival at M&T Bank Stadium today, someone must have gotten to him because he did a complete about face. "I made selfish comments on twitter last night that reflected poorly upon myself, my teammates, and the organization. For that I apologize," he said.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, making his weekly appearance on WEEI, didn’t seem to care too much about what Ayanbadejo had to say. "I think we've had a lot of people comment about our team and our players this year, and I think the best thing that we do is ignore the noise and we go out and try to prepare, and nothing really that anybody says or does is going to affect what happens next Sunday," Brady said. "I think it's best for us to just focus on what we can do and that's prepare and work and do what we've done all season. People want to say things, write things, they have the liberty to do that, but it doesn't really have any bearing on what we do."
It will be interesting to watch what, if anything, happens to Ayanbadejo Sunday when he takes the field at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots, while making a victory their top priority, also like to stick it to opponents who choose to flap their gums the week before the game.
In 2007, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Anthony Smith guaranteed a win against the undefeated Patriots. Tom Brady and the Patriots offense went at Smith early and often embarrassing him an the Steelers 34-13. Smith was benched following that poor performance.
Last week Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips suggested that Wes Welker was not worthy of special attention from his defense and Welker proceeded to have a big day in the team’s win over Houston making 8 catches for 131 yards.
The good news for Ayanbadejo is that he lost his starting job at inside linebacker when Ray Lewis returned to the line-up a couple of weeks ago so his chances of getting exposed by the New England offense may be minimal.
Still, if you believe in bulletin board material, the Patriots have it this week thanks to tweets of Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.