Tag:Athletes on Twitter
Posted on: January 6, 2011 6:20 pm

Thomas says Fairley's 'got a lot of dirty plays'

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Darron Thomas met the press today and didn't bother to pull any punches about what he thought of ... well, anything. (""They've got a great front eight (on defense)," he said , "but have never played a team like us that plays at the speed we do.") That included notorious -- and notoriously good -- Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who Thomas said had come by his reputation for illegal play --particularly where it concerns opposing quarterbacks -- honestly:

"Oh yeah, we've seen he's got a lot of dirty plays, throwing people around after the play and things like that," Thomas said Thursday. "But that's just football. I don't worry about it because it's a physical game" ...

"If it happens, it happens," Thomas said. "You've just got to get back up for the next play."
Fairley naturally denied the charge, claiming he simply "give[s] 110 percent" and if dirty is "what they call it, that's what it is." But if his Twitter comments are any indication , he's also not all that bothered by Thomas's comments:

Of course, offended or not offended, it's not likely to change the fact that Fairley's going to do his best to treat Thomas as if he had been.
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:28 pm

Badger DE J.J. Watt turning pro

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Sometimes stories emerge from beneath a thicket of rumors, half-truths, "sources," and innuendos. And sometimes, when we're lucky, they break straight out of the horse's mouth :

That's Wisconsin All-American defensive end J.J. Watt, taking to Twitter to inform the world that he wil lnot return for his senior season in Madison. Watt also penned an open letter to Badger fans , in which he writes that while his choice has "been one of the most difficult decisions of my life," the NFL "has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember."

Watt leaves having finished third in the nation with 21 tackles-for-loss this season and winning first-team All-Big Ten honors; he's almost certain to be a first-day draft pick as well and could as high as the first round. Not bad for a former walk-on who began his Wisconsin career as a tight end.

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