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Warren Sapp: Simeon Rice should be in Hall of Fame over Michael Strahan

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Very few people would argue that Simeon Rice had a better NFL career than Michael Strahan, but Warren Sapp likes to be different. Plus, Sapp and Strahan don’t exactly get along. Earlier this year, Sapp was announced as one of the members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013. He made it over Strahan, and he believes another former Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineman should do the same.

On Wednesday, Sapp said Strahan wasn’t even close to as good of a pass rusher as Simeon Rice.

“Nobody ever talks about Simeon,” Sapp said, according to The Tampa Tribune. “Simeon was a better rusher than Michael Strahan any day of the week and twice on Sunday.”

On paper, the two are incredibly close. Strahan recorded 141.5 sacks in his 15-year career and Rice had 122 in his 12 years as an NFL pro. Strahan also holds the NFL record for sacks in a single season with 22.5, but Sapp argued that his success is a product of the New York Giants’ decision to move him to left defensive end.

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Warren Sapp rips Darrelle Revis: ‘He’s selfish and he’s never been a team player’

When you move past the fact that Darrelle Revis is coming off major knee surgery and will be making more money than any defensive back in NFL history, he looks like a steal for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you’re going to give up a first-round pick, you might as well do so for arguably the best cornerback in the league.

However, not all fans, players and former players are sold on Tampa’s new acquisition. Hall of Famer Warren Sapp doesn’t feel that Revis contributes to a championship formula.

“He’s selfish and he’s never been a team player,” Sapp told The Tampa Tribune on Sunday. “We didn’t win the championship that way. Derrick Brooks and I always cared more about the team than ourselves.”

Former Bucs safety John Lynch, who was also part of a championship-caliber defense in Tampa, offered a different opinion.

“I played with Champ Bailey in his prime and I know what a cornerback like Revis can do for a defense,” Lynch said. “Like Champ, Revis is a guy who can neutralize No. 1 receivers, so you don’t have to dedicate extra resources to stopping that guy. Darrelle Revis is a big-time football player. … He’s a game-changer.”

You could certainly make the argument that Revis has been overly concerned with his contract since coming into the league, but it was the Jets that wanted to get rid of him. He has performed like the best cornerback in the NFL over the past several years and New York did not want to pay him accordingly. That’s the team’s prerogative, but I don’t know if I’d label him “selfish” based solely on that. Then again, there a lot of things Sapp says that I don’t totally agree with.

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Warren Sapp drops F-bombs during Scott Pioli analysis (Video)

Warren-SappSomeone at the NFL Network needs to let Warren Sapp know that a microphone is different from a camera. During a segment on “Total Access” on Tuesday, Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli was asked to discuss what his approach with the New England Patriots used to be, when he and Bill Belichick seemed to focus on stock-piling draft picks. While he was giving his answer, Sapp could be heard mumbling curse words in the background.

Apparently he does not agree with the Belichick draft approach.

“It’s the same s*** we had Mike Lombardi doing,” it sounded like Sapp was saying. “The f***ing Bill Belichick f***ing angle.”

It’s hard to make out exactly what Sapp was saying, but that part sounds pretty audible. Technical difficulties are not uncommon. Sapp saying stupid things is not exactly a rarity, either. Combine the two and this is what you get.

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Michael Strahan responds to Warren Sapp; Chad Johnson mediates

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Michael Strahan responded early Friday morning to Warren Sapp, who seemingly bragged Wednesday about making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame over Strahan.

Sapp was announced last weekend as one of the members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013. He made it over Strahan, who is one of the best defensive ends in NFL history and will almost assuredly be elected to Canton next year.

During an interview with WDAE’s Tom Jones and Rick Stroud Wednesday, Sapp was asked if he had doubts about making it. He said he did when it came down to him and Strahan.

“Say if I rewind this to Saturday at 12 o’clock me and you are sitting and I say, ‘It breaks down whatever and whatever and then you have Michael Strahan and me. C’mon, the menace and the media darling,’” Sapp said, via Joe Bucs Fan. “C’mon. Madness, or Good Morning America? I mean, c’mon.”

Strahan, who is enjoying a post-football career as an analyst for “FOX NFL Sunday” and host of “Live! with Kelly and Michael,” didn’t understand why Sapp had to invoke his name. He sent a few tweets to Sapp Friday about the matter:

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Former Bucs respond to Bill Callahan allegations: We killed them fair and square

bill callahan raidersWe already know how many of 2002 Oakland Raiders feel about Tim Brown claiming that Bill Callahan sabotaged the team in Super Bowl XXXVII. Aside from Jerry Rice, it appears that Brown’s opinion is not shared by many members of the team. And it certainly isn’t shared by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who feel they earned the victory.

“You’re telling me (Callahan) threw it, Super Bowl, everything on the line?” Warren Sapp told Martin Fennelly of The Tampa Tribune over the phone. “That’s like being at 25,000 on Mount Everest, and you only got 4,000 feet left, crisp, clear, top of the mountain in sight, and you just go, ‘Nah, I think I’ll just lay here a while.’”

Former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks said “some things don’t deserve a response,” but added that he texted Keyshawn Johnson and some of his other former teammates when he heard about Brown’s comments.

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Looks like Warren Sapp lied about losing his Super Bowl ring

warren-sappWarren Sapp may have surrendered many valuable items when he filed for bankruptcy, but his Super Bowl ring was not one of them.

You may recall that when Sapp filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, he reportedly claimed that he had lost his Super Bowl and NCAA national championship rings. We said at the time that Sapp was probably lying so that he wouldn’t be forced to sell the rings during the liquidation process. It looks like we were right.

An astute Joe Bucs Fan reader pointed out to the website that it looked like Sapp was wearing his Super Bowl ring to last weekend’s Eagles-Buccaneers game (photo here). There was a 10th anniversary celebration of the ’02 Super Bowl last weekend, and many were wearing the ring (photos here).

Joe Bucs Fan says Sapp may have had a replica ring made, though most people suspect he was really hiding it all along. I imagine most people probably would have done the same thing had they been in his situation.

Back in April, Sapp told a pretty convincing tale about losing the ring.

“Is it so unbelievable that I misplaced my ring?” said Sapp, a first-round pick out of Miami in 1995. “I wore it for 365 days, and we had a 7-9 season (in Tampa Bay in 2003) and I went to Oakland and I took it off. You never saw me with it anywhere. The only time I brought it out was when the NFL Network wanted us to wear it.

“We were at the Super Bowl, and I thought I handed it to someone, and he said I didn’t. I checked my luggage to see if it was in a side pocket. I checked my suit to see if I put it somewhere. What was I going to do? Yell and scream because I lost a ring? That ring didn’t make me a champion. Derrick Brooks, Simeon Rice, Ronde Barber, Brian Kelly, Dwight Smith. That crew made me a champion.

“In my life, has anyone called me a liar? Why would I start now? Someone told me something that John Adams supposedly said. Facts are stubborn. I like facts.”

This coming from the same guy who called Jeremy Shockey the bounty snitch. Sorry, Warren, we’re not buying it.

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Warren Sapp rips Ndamukong Suh, says he is wasting his talent

Warren Sapp is not a fan of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The former pass-rushing specialist made that clear once again during an appearance on “The Jim Rome Show” on Thursday, when he basically said Suh cannot seem to get a grip on the mental aspect of the game of football.

“When I watch him after a Sunday, when I sit down and watch the tape, get inside of it, he plays the game with no awareness, and just a blindness that I’ve never seen from a guy with that kind of ability and talent,” Sapp said, via MLive.com. “He’s just wasting it. Then you see him make two, three plays a game, and outside of him kicking (Schaub) in the groin, when did he make another play?”

More specifically, Sapp said Suh is always looking to rush the passer instead of making other plays that would help his team just as much or even more. He said he hasn’t “evolved as a pass rusher” and doesn’t use his head when lining up in certain situations where you should know what the opposition is going to do.

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