Keep That Trap Shut

Trash talking has always been a part of sports and I suppose it always will be.  Heck, I even participated a bit back in the day.

But the reality is – for several reasons – it really doesn’t need to be a part of the game and for most ‘Bama teams under Nick Saban, it hasn’t been:

“It’s never a part of our game,” Saban said. “I mean, we tell our players there’s no circumstance where you need to talk to another player. And there’s been very little of that with our team.”

That should be especially true when Texas A&M is your next opponent:

On multiple occasions Monday, Saban called Alabama’s approach to Saturday’s game “business-like.” If Crimson Tide players are exchanging verbal jabs with Texas A&M players and letting their emotions get the best of them, their focus probably isn’t where Saban wants it to be.

“People who get emotional sometimes don’t make the best decisions,” Saban said. “We need to make good decisions in this game so that we put ourselves in the best position to have a chance to be successful against very good players.

“That part of the game, I have no use for. And you’ve seen very little of that from our team. That’s not going to be our approach going into the game.”

If you’re the champ, the chumps are always looking for another way to knock you out.  Getting you to run your trap and do stupid things is one of the easiest ways to get you off your game.  It’s kind of like the old trick of taking a scrub and having him pick a fight with your best player – and then both players get ejected.  Rice and Sam Houston State – given their decided underdog status – had nothing to lose and probably baited Johnny Manziel a bit with their tongues.

The other reality is, when you’re playing A&M, especially if you’re a defender, you better worry about getting lined up and getting the play call instead of running your trap.

And, hopefully, as the old saying goes, the scoreboard will do the talking.