Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib needed just four minutes to make an otherwise unremarkable game eminently watchable. Granted, the Raiders wide receiver and Broncos cornerback had to resort to fighting like they were in junior high school, but that's what happens when the two worst teams in the AFC West get together for an mostly meaningless late-season game.
This isn't the first time Crabtree and Talib have been at odds. The twolast in January and that run-in ended with apparently unfinished business.
"He has just been wearing that gold chain all year; it's just been growing on me," Talib explained at the time. "I said if he wears that chain in front of me, I'm going to snatch it off. He wore it in front of me, so I had to snatch it off. He started crying to the ref. He didn't say nothing to me though."
Crabtree's response: "I looked like I wanted to hit him ... I'm not even that type of dude. I play football. I don't get up in anybody's space doing all that extra cut blocking. I could've cut him. I could've hurt him, but I'm playing football. I don't like that man. ... I really don't like No. 21, though. I think he's fake. ... You aren't tough. You aren't defending anybody up like that. You're acting. You're snatching chains up on the field. What do you accomplish? Are you hard? Are you tough? Does that make you tough? You're snatching chains in front of the police and take off running. That was childish man."
We guess Crabtree had a change of heart because he not only looked like he wanted to hit Talib on Sunday, he actually connected.
One more thing: The impetus for the latest throwdown? Talib ripped off Crabtree's chain again.
Just a thought, but maybe Crabtree shouldn't wear his chain when facing Talib and the Broncos. In related news, this may be Photoshopped but still accurate nonetheless:
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