What's up with all the old school trash talking?

Thu, Sep 16
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Michael Irvin/Troy AikmanAl Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesRight or wrong, Michael Irvin's rings have given him a license to talk trash.

What is with the former-great-on-former-franchise crime in the NFL?

Last week, famed Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin took a shot at his old team arguing that playing with Roy Williams was like going 10 on 11.

When the current Cowboys receiver tried to turn that into a positive by saying he'd use those words as motivation, Irvin countered, "My criticisms shouldn't inspire him. Looking at his hands with no rings should inspire him."

Now Joe Namath is getting into the act.

Broadway Joe spent Monday night bashing the Jets offense in their 10-9 loss to the Ravens during the game. Namath tweeted five times including that getting 9 yards on a pass to Dustin Keller when they needed 10 was "disgusting." Was Namath a Jet or a Baltimore Colt? And who knew he could even use a computer or cell phone, much less Twitter?

This situation is nothing new though. You only have to go back to last November when former Redskins running back John Riggins teed off on Washington's owner. Riggins said Daniel Snyder was the wrong person to run the franchise, calling him a "bad guy" and questioned whether his business practices were ethical.

Riggins harshest Snyder blast came when doing a radio interview with Cris Collinsworth saying, "Let me put it to you this way Cris, this person's heart is dark."

Still the best example of former-great-on-former-franchise crime has to go to Fran Tarkenton. The famed Vikings QB was none too happy last spring to hear Minnesota entertaining the possibility of signing former hated rival Brett Favre. He called the move "despicable" and hoped the worst for his former team. Tarkenton said, "I kind of hope it happens, so he can fail."

What ever happened to thinking happy thoughts?

Rodney King said it best, "Can we all get along?"