On the surface it’s easy to say that the New England Patriots crossed the line after Sunday’s win over the San Diego Chargers. If you are unaware of all the hub-bub, the Chargers were mad because some of the Pats players went dancing on the field after the game, and some even went on the Charger logo at midfield and mocked Shawne Merriman’s sack dance. The most outspoken of the group was legue MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, who went so far as to go after a few players, and had to be held back. He stated the following in the post game: “I would never react in that way. I was very upset,” Tomlinson said. “When you go to the middle of our field and start doing the dance Shawne Merriman is known for, that is disrespectful. They showed no class and maybe that comes from the head coach.”
Hold on a second L.T., first off, Bill Belichick, coach of the Pats, showed you nothing but respect during the week. Then, with tons of media and the country putting the Chargers on a level to where they were already the best team in the league, you and your Bolts get beat on your home field. Yes, it was not the right thing for the Pats players to do as they danced at midfield, but maybe if your star linebacker didn’t do a stupid, needless dance everytime he got a sack, there would be no ammo for those Pats players that took it upon themselves to do the stunt in the first place.
The Pats are the best TEAM in the league, and usually year after year they beat the odds and get the job done. They, in my opinion, have been disrespected this past season, and it showed by the fact that they only had one player voted to the Pro Bowl, something that the team was using as motivation according to those in the national media. For Tomlinson, it was a frustrating day, and yes, he had a right to be upset, but be careful what you say, as it could come back to haunt you.
I recall in 1994 when the Bolts upset the 12-4 Steelers in Pittsburgh in the AFC Title game. After a failed 4th-and-goal from the 3 that ended the final Steelers chance, I recall a bunch of the Chargers players waving the Steelers “Terrible Towels.” Was that disrespect? Yes. Did the Steelers deserve it? No. But as a player playing in an emotional game and going through the highs and lows of 60 minutes that could take your team to the next round, or even the Super Bowl, as was the case in that game, its somewhat understood.
You don’t want to have players dancing on your logo at midfield. Well, than don’t go out there, win 14 games, get homefield, and then lay an egg and not advance to the Championship round. I am sure that Belichick will get his players that were involved in the incident behind closed doors this week and kindly tell them to please not do that again. But as for L.T., let’s remember that if your team was able to take care of business on Sunday, you wouldn’t have had to come to the precious defense of your midfield logo in the first place.