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Warren Sapp: Michael Strahan does not have a Hall of Fame resume

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Warren Sapp is dead set against Michael Strahan being elected to the Hall of Fame. Sapp dislikes Strahan for whatever reason, and the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman has been beating the same drum for about a year now. He was beating it again at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday.

“I don’t think his resume stacks up,” Sapp said when asked about Strahan’s chances of getting into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, according to Newsday’s Neil Best. “He only has four straight pro bowls and a mythical sack record. When you really measure him up he comes up short.”

Sapp has long contested that Strahan’s single-season sack record of 22.5 should have an asterisk next to it because Brett Favre basically laid down to give him the record. Last year, Sapp opened fire on Strahan when he said he knew he was about to be elected into the Hall of Fame when the vote came down to him and the former New York Giant.

You can understand Sapp pulling for his former teammate when he said over the summer that Simeon Rice should make the Hall of Fame over Strahan, but his latest argument is pretty weak. Strahan may have only gone to the Pro Bowl in four consecutive seasons, but his total number of Pro Bowl appearances (7) is the same as Sapp’s. Both were also named First-Team All-Pros four times. And it doesn’t hurt that Strahan is 5th in the NFL in career sacks with 141.5.

Sapp has also argued that Strahan would not have had so much success if he didn’t switch to left defensive end, which allowed him to match up against the opposing team’s right tackle. And finally, he thinks Strahan gets more credit than he deserves because he is on a talk show.

“Oh it’s Michael, aw, he’s our guy, he’s on TV with Kelly and oh, he’s such a good guy!” Sapp said Tuesday.

Give it up, Warren. You sound pathetic.

Warren Sapp: Richie Incognito called me the N-word during game

Warren SappAs the debate rages on over whether or not Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito is racist, Warren Sapp has been kind enough to share a personal story about a time he and Incognito faced one another. Sapp is always happy to deflect attention onto himself, but that’s a story for another day.

During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” Wednesday, Sapp claimed Incognito once called him the N-word during a game.

“I beat him up so many times it don’t make sense,” Sapp said of facing Incognito. “One time he kicked me in a game and called me the N-word. I looked at him and said, ‘Oh, you want me to punch you in the mouth so they kick me out of the game.’ I said, ‘I got a better plan for you. I’m gonna beat your quarterback up so they cut your ass.’

“He kicked me and called me the N-word. I said, ‘Really? That’s all you got (laughing).'”

Sapp was then asked if the exchange bothered him.

“No, come on,” he replied. “That’s a term of endearment where I’m from. Come on, in a football game? He only wants to get me kicked out. He don’t wanna fight because the only thing he’d have to do is call me after the football game. Just come over to the locker room and say it after the game.”

Sapp went on to explain that calling people names and hitting below the belt — figuratively speaking — is normal during a game. He admitted that he has done plenty of it, but he said the surprising thing about Incognito’s situation with Jonathan Martin is that they are teammates.

“Sometimes you say stuff to a guy during games that can really throw them off,” he said. “You normally don’t do it to your own teammate. Offensive lineman are like cattle. They go in groups. There’s never one. There’s always two or three. … If an offensive line alienates one of their own, that’s something in a football environment that I have never seen.”

It doesn’t sound like Sapp was accusing Incognito of being racist. Rather, he was trying to highlight that he acts like a d-bag. We really didn’t need any evidence aside from this video to realize that. Plus, Incognito is an honorary black guy. He’s allowed to use the N-word.

Full Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin history:
Jonathan Martin reportedly went AWOL after cafeteria prank
Jonathan Martin reportedly called ‘Big Weirdo,’ bullied by teammates
Richie Incognito said to be one of Jonathan Martin’s main tormenters
Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito text message conversation
Jonathan Martin reportedly left Dolphins because of emotional issues, not bullying
Jonathan Martin ‘genuinely scared’ of what Richie Incognito might do to him
Richie Incognito suspended indefinitely by Dolphins
Richie Incognito reportedly told Jonathan Martin ‘I’ll kill you’ in racially charged voicemail
Report: Richie Incognito will never play for Dolphins again
Video: Richie Incognito dropped N-bomb during fit of rage at a bar
Antrel Rolle: Jonathan Martin is a ‘grown-ass man,’ just as much to blame as Incognito
Dolphins coaches reportedly asked Richie Incognito to toughen up Jonathan Martin
Richie Incognito makes first comments, says ‘this will pass’
Dolphins players reportedly felt Richie Incognito was ‘honorary’ black man

Warren Sapp: That was an embarrassment to a very proud organization

Warren SappWarren Sapp was among those disappointed — and likely disgusted — with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ performance on Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers.

The Bucs lost 31-13 at home to the Panthers and looked terrible all night. They barely did anything offensively, and they struggled to stop the Carolina offense. They even went for it on 4th and 10 at their 16 when they were down 28-6 with just under eight minutes left.

The entire performance was a joke and you could hear the disappointment in Sapp’s voice as he spoke on the NFL Network set following the game.

“That was hard to watch, that was hard to watch,” Sapp said. “That was an embarrassment to a very proud organization who has dug itself out of 0-23 and just put ourselves in position to where we can hang up a world championship banner and we played some great defense. I’ve never seen a team go for it inside their 20 on 4th and 10. Just tells you we have no chance of winning this game.”

Sapp is one of the greatest players in the Buccaneers’ history. The team went 0-14 in its first season and lost the first 12 games of the next year, meaning they were 0-26 to begin their history. But they became successful after Tony Dungy took over in 1996 and won the Super Bowl under Jon Gruden in the 2002 season. They expect to be a lot better than they have been.

This is the second season under Greg Schiano. They went 7-9 last season, but things have looked like a disaster all this year. From the Josh Freeman situation to the MRSA cases, little has gone right for the Bucs. There’s no wonder they’re 0-7.

Warren Sapp’s Hall of Fame bust will be first to have braids

Warren Sapp was one of the more unique personalities in the NFL in the past two decades, so it’s fitting that his bust at the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be unique. Sapp’s Hall of Fame bust will feature him wearing braids for his hairstyle:

Warren SappWhen Sapp entered the league in 1995, he had a little bit of that ’90s fade with waves in the front. Then from 1997-2001, Sapp rocked the braids. It was during that time that Sapp won Defensive Player of the Year and was at the top of his game. He made the Pro Bowl each of those years and was a first-team All-Pro player for three of them.

By the time the 2002 season started, Sapp had a shaved head, which he has gone with since.

While Sapp did not have braids for most of his playing career, he sported them during the best years of his career.

And now we have one with braids to go along with a bust with a bandanna from two years ago.

Helmet smack to Shutdown Corner

Warren Sapp discredits Jon Gruden’s influence on Buccaneers’ defense

Jon-Gruden-BucsWhen the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl 37 back in 2002, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden received much of the credit. Gruden had coached the Raiders for four years prior to beating them, and many felt that his knowledge of his former team allowed Tampa Bay to dominate them in the championship. Not surprisingly, Warren Sapp disagrees.

During an interview with “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday, Sapp was asked how much the Bucs benefitted from Gruden coaching against his former team in 2002. Sapp basically said it didn’t help at all.

“Say you and your 11 brothers are all on the same coaching staff, and one of your brothers leaves and goes to another team,” Sapp said. “Who knows more about beating each other? That one (guy) about the other 11 or the 11 (guys) about the other one (who left)?”

In other words, Sapp feels that the Raiders should have known more about Gruden than he knew about them. The Hall of Fame defensive tackle also pointed out how the Bucs defense gave up 16.2 points per game from 1996 through 2001 — before Gruden became the head coach in Tampa Bay.

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Giants PR director Pat Hanlon rips Warren Sapp

Warren-SappWarren Sapp annoyed many people who are connected to the New York Giants organization last week when he made the argument that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Simeon Rice deserves the make the Hall of Fame before Michael Strahan. Sapp framed the comments in a way that they were just as much of an insult to Strahan as they were a compliment to Rice.

On Monday, former Giants running back Tiki Barber became the first person to publicly defend Strahan. Pat Hanlon, the teams senior director of communications, joined him with a funny tweet on Tuesday night.

Hanlon is quite popular on Twitter (more than 35,000 followers) and is known for tweeting some entertaining stuff. For those of you who don’t get the reference, Brian Cashman ripped Alex Rodriguez with some vulgar language on Tuesday for being too open with the public about his rehab.

While some people feel that Hanlon’s tweet was unnecessary, so too were Sapp’s comments. Having said that, Warren is simply looking for attention per usual. In a way, Barber and Hanlon did him a favor.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Tiki Barber: Warren Sapp is an idiot

Tiki-Barber-Blasts-Tom-Coughlin-GiantsWarren Sapp rekindled an old rivalry last week when he criticized Michael Strahan for only dominating throughout much of his NFL career because of the position he played. In arguing that his former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate Simeon Rice should make the Hall of Fame before Strahan, Sapp insisted Strahan was only one of the most successful defensive lineman in NFL history because he played left defensive end instead of right.

On Monday, One of Strahan’s former teammates came to his defense. Would you believe it was Tiki Barber?

“Warren’s an idiot,” Barber told reporters at the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic, per the NY Daily News. “He just wants to say things to be idiotic. I played with Stray for my whole career. He is the greatest of the great. He is a great teammate, he kept things light, but on game day he was as serious as a heart attack and it showed in his play.”

Barber, who left the New York Giants before their improbable championship run in 2007, has gone out of his way to criticize his former team and coach since he left the NFL. In fact, he reportedly tried to reconcile with Tom Coughlin last year and was stonewalled. However, he must have remained close with Strahan.

“Warren doesn’t know, never played with him (Strahan),” Barber said. “I don’t put any credence in his opinion … I hope Stray doesn’t let it bother him. I don’t think it does.”

Strahan let it bother him the last time Sapp tried to take credit away from him, so I’m sure the comments had the same effect this time — whether he admits it or not. As for whether or not Tiki having his back means anything, I have my doubts.