Even as the Miami Dolphins are 0-4 and most fans – this handsome blogger included – are leaning toward the “Suck for Luck” campaign, there are two immediate roadblocks to a 0-16 season. First, most professional athletes are too proud to purposely play for a winless season. Just ask Dwight Freeney, who recently proclaimed that the Colts won’t suck for anyone. Second, no matter how bad they are, the Dolphins always play to win against the New York Jets. Just ask Brandon Marshall, who vows to play like a monster when the two teams meet on Monday Night Football.
“I think the past four games have been tough for me, trying to control some things, and, hey man, I’m just going to let it out,” Marshall said of his emotions.
“I don’t care if I have two, three cameras on me. I don’t care if I have penalties. It doesn’t matter; I’m going to let it all out. I don’t care what you guys write or what the commentators say. I’m just going to play football. That’s what I’m best at. I’m best when I play emotional. I’m best when I play with passion. You guys are going to see that on Monday Night Football. I don’t know if it’s throwing a football 15 yards in the bleachers, or getting a 15-yarder [penalty], or punting the ball and getting thrown out of the game. But something is going to happen. I’ll probably get kicked out after the second quarter.”
(Via the Miami Herald)
Memo to B-Marsh from fantasy football enthusiasts: Please don’t.
So is the oft-angry underachiever serious? You bet your scarred stomach he is.
“I’m not joking. I’m serious. They want to fine me, hit me with a $50,000 fine. I’m going to play. The quarter and a half I’m out there, I’m going to play like a monster. I might get into a fight with Bart Scott. [Antonio] Cromartie, we pretty much matured our relationship a little bit. We used to fight in Denver and San Diego. If that happens, it happens. We’ll see.”
In his defense – and I defend B-Marsh a lot because I covered him at UCF and know he’s not completely pure evil – he has really made some strides in changing the public’s perception of him since he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Unfortunately, in the real world, people just love to hate him, and with rants like this – and the pending MNF behavior – it’s pretty easy to do.
As for the game, Marshall has had some success against the Jets as a Dolphin, but he has also never played against Darrelle Revis. He also has Matt Moore throwing to him so the odds are stacked against him. In fact, the Jets should just go ahead and sign his wife.