As big of game as Sunday night’s contest is between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, there has been limited trash-talking from the two sides. Niners and Seahawks fans had to wait until Wednesday to hear the first of the badmouthing from players this week.
One would think for a rivalry that is as strong as the one between the 49ers and Seahawks, we would be hearing a lot more back and forth this week. Even when the trash-talking was started on Wednesday by Niners running back Anthony Dixon with a tweet, it was deleted. So too was the response from Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright after he tweeted a response to Dixon.
Heck, even Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh had pleasantries to say about the opposing team and each other, downplaying the rivalry as just another game. This is surprising because the animosity between the two goes back to their days as college coaches. The most memorable moment was when Carroll asked Harbaugh “What’s your deal?” after Stanford ran up the score on USC back in 2009.
I would love to see this exchange happen again after Sunday’s game because that would mean Harbaugh ran up the score again on Carroll, on his home turf. Both coaches have kept it classy so far and are saying the game is not any more important than other games on the schedule.
We have great respect for them, their players, their coaches, front office decisions, the way they’ve drafted, the way they’ve constructed their team, how they play. There’s nothing not to respect there.
It’s no different. These games will all weigh in at the end. We have a real strict mentality to that. It’s the biggest game in the world to us, and then next week will be the same. So it’s a long, long trip beyond here to get through the season, and to go up and down with who you’re playing and the storyline and all that, it doesn’t suit us right. We’re not into that.
Here are the trash-talking highlights, err, or the lack thereof from the week so far:
Dixon was the one who started the trash-talking this week by tweeting “She-Hawks” on Wednesday. The tweet was funny because it reminded me of when I went to the Seahawks-49ers game at Candlestick back in 2010. At the game I was trash-talking with Seattle fans by yelling “Seagulls” and “Sea-sucks.” Now Niner fans have She-Hawks in our trash-talking utility belt.
But Dixon deleted the tweet the following day. But nothing on the Internet is ever really deleted. Here was Dixon’s tweet:
Extra weight on the racks all week getting less sleep preparing for these She-Hawks I love hostile environments Imma feel right at home…
One of the reasons why fans were able to see Dixon’s tweet was because Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright quickly responded with:
@Boob24Dixon lol the she hawks!! I’ll be sure relay the message to the fellas.. Its gone be a long night for you and the forty whiners.
Ha, Forty Whiners. As much as it hurts me to say this, that was a funny tweet response. But, alas, even Wright deleted his tweeted response to Dixon. Reports asked Wright about the tweets on Thursday and nearby teammates yelled, “No comment.” Then Wright said to the reporters “What are we talking about?”
Wright went on to say the tweets are not a big deal because both he and Dixon are friends and were teammates at Mississippi State.
It got blown up, which it shouldn’t have. Just an old college teammate. I’ve known this dude for six years, we’re just kidding around, man. There’s nothing to it. Even if I didn’t know him it wouldn’t have been that big a deal. Once we step on the field, nobody remembers that talk anyway. It’s not big deal at all.
Riiiiiigggghhhttt, Wright, as soon as players come onto the field they forget all the previous trash-talking.
Okay, maybe this shouldn’t be filed under trash-talk, but it’s worth pointing out. Last week Harbaugh and some 49ers players took issue with Packers linebacker Clay Matthews saying they would hit Colin Kaepernick as much as they could because of an NFL rule. The rule allows defenders to hit QB’s when they are running the read-option fakes. Carroll said, “no, not all” when asked if he had a problem with the rule. He also said,
Because I don’t see any issue with it. I think the quarterbacks, when they’re runners, they’re able to get hit. And when they’re not, they’re not. That’s the only way they could have stated the rules. I thought they were pretty clear about it.
You can file this one under trash-talk, but it came from Harbaugh over the summer. The Niners head coach ripped Seahawks’ players for using PEDs and the suspensions they received last season. He said his team is “above reproach” when it comes to PED use with his players.
I’ve definitely noticed it. You don’t know what it is. Even when people say what it is, you don’t know that that’s what it is. For this, throw it out, or it’s that. But that’s usually the agents of the players themselves saying it’s, for example, Adderall.
It has no place in an athlete’s body. Play by the rules. And you always want to be above reproach. Especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say they’re winning because they’re cheating. So we want to be above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules. Because if you cheat to win, then you’ve already lost, according to Bo Schembechler. And Bo Schembechler is about next to the word of God as you can get in my mind. It’s not the word of God, but it’s close.
Surely, Carroll and his players will remember this when they take the field on Sunday, no matter how much they try downplaying the game and trash-talking. For the Niners, they likely still have the sour taste in their mouth from the last time they played in Seattle, when they were routed 42-13 by the Seahawks.
Tons of trash-talk or not, this will be one exciting and physical game between the 49ers and Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. Go Niners!