Brooking has a point — Vikings were ‘classless’

Keith Brooking led Dallas in words before and after the game. (Dallas Morning News photo)

Keith Brooking hasn't been shy with his words. (Dallas Morning News)

OK. I promise this will be the last time I blog about the new human firecracker that is Keith Brooking, given we’ve traveled down this road a few times before. But I gotta tell you — this “pod” Brooking is growing on me. And now I’m starting to wonder: If Brooking was this demonstrative and as great an emotional leader in his last few seasons with the Falcons as he is now with the Dallas Cowboys, would the Falcons have tried a little harder to keep him?

The Minnesota Vikings drilled the Cowboys Sunday. I

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suppose Brooking shares some of the blame for that, but the entire Dallas defense seemed helpless against Brett Favre. It’s just that nobody reacted quite like Brooking. Before the game, he gave  his usual pre-game peptalk. Late in the game, he took exception to Favre throwing an 11-yard pass to Visanthe Shiancoe on fourth-and-3 with 1:55 left, making the score 34-3.

He was justified in being upset. It’s not like the Vikings were trying to gain points in the BCS standings. What’s the point of Favre throwing a fourth-down touchdown pass in a game long decided with 1:55 left? Did he just want us to loathe him that much more?

Brooking went nuts. He charged toward the Vikings sideline, taunted coach coach Brad Childress and said later, “I thought it was classless. I thought it was B.S. Granted, we get paid to stop them, but we had zero timeouts left. I didn’t think there was any call for that.”

The Vikings basically mocked Brooking. Shiancoe said: “OK, we apologize. I’m sorry. Better?”

Nose tackle Pat Williams said, “We don’t care what Keith Brooking says. He was about to get his [butt] whupped on our sideline over there.”

Look, I know this is big boy football. But there really wasn’t any need for what the Vikings did. I agree with Brooking’s summary: classless. Do you agree? I’ve got a poll up. But I also want to see your comments.

(I haven’t been able to find Brooking’s sideline charge anywhere  but here’s a highlight package from the game, which includes the last touchdown.)

594 comments Add your comment

@DanWeiner

January 17th, 2010
10:07 pm

If Keith Brooking hadn’t been useless the last five years he’d still be in Atlanta. He can run his mouth and talk all that ish on the sidelines when he wins, but doesn’t like it when it gets thrown back in his face. Typical chicken-ish behavior from a spoiled athlete.

quinnarnau

January 17th, 2010
10:08 pm

Make a play and dont complain, that is why he is not a Falcon anymore. Less talk and more playmaking.

Duce88

January 17th, 2010
10:10 pm

Ummmmm, last I checked this is football. As Aikman said, if you don’t like it than stop it. And if we’re talking about classless what about the way Brooking acted on the sideline during the Falcons-Cowboys game (in which he had 1 tackle I may add). Funny, I don’t remember any Falcons players crying to the media about Brooking and his behavior after that game.

NatiJacket

January 17th, 2010
10:11 pm

Some guys might decide that it’s a little too tough, a little too hard, a little too demanding. I’ll give you an example that kind of sums up things. I got an anonymous letter that kind of sums up things. I got a aging linebacker that whines when the other team scores a touchdown at home late in a game in the playoffs. IT’S PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL! IT’S THE NFC! IT ISN’T INTRAMURALS! You have every chance to stop them, and you still get paid millions of dollars at the end of the day. GO PLAY INTRAMURALS BROTHER!

willie martinez

January 17th, 2010
10:11 pm

Jeff, maybe it was classless, but hey, its a pro game.

Pez

January 17th, 2010
10:11 pm

If he didn’t want them to score, maybe they should have stopped them.
Sounds like sour grapes to me.

Sporkdevil

January 17th, 2010
10:12 pm

Really? Seems like the Cowboys blew out the Iggles two weeks in a row, and didn’t stop.

Oh, and lets remember plenty of the playoffs is about momentum. Should Minnesota removed their starters? NO! They need to keep it going. They are basically practicing for next week against a team that isn’t full of cry babies.

willie martinez

January 17th, 2010
10:13 pm

how long do you think it will be before Jerry Jones announces Wade Phillips’ “retirement”?

willie martinez

January 17th, 2010
10:14 pm

Question #2 who is Jack?

James Adams

January 17th, 2010
10:15 pm

This coming from a man that flapped his wings and talked trash while playing the Falcons. Interesting.

Keith Brooking

January 17th, 2010
10:15 pm

CLASSLESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tyler

January 17th, 2010
10:16 pm

Didn’t he taunt our sidelines when they were beating us earlier in the year……..No it wasnt classless dont give them a chance to score

Bret Favre

January 17th, 2010
10:16 pm

Keith, what will you be doing next weekend?

heh heh

Clint

January 17th, 2010
10:17 pm

Any team would have done it if they had the chance. Brooking needs to stop being a baby and shut up. It was the Viking last home game of the season, and they gave their home fans a great sendoff. You don’t think Dallas would have done it if they were at Jerry’s World?

Jeff Schultz

January 17th, 2010
10:17 pm

Very lopsided early results. How many of you feel this way because it’s Brooking, or would you feel this way regardless?

Jeff Schultz

January 17th, 2010
10:19 pm

Willie — Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Phillips will be retained. Of course, that was before the game. …. And if you don’t watch “24″ you don’t know “Jack.”

rascal

January 17th, 2010
10:19 pm

As a Tech fan, I want to support Brooking, but every year he seems like a desperate man, searching for something better. He seems a little off kilter if you ask me. PS – GO VIKES – KICK THOSE DAMN SAINTS INTO THE GULF

Jerry Jones

January 17th, 2010
10:19 pm

“Wade Phillips has informed me that he wishes to step down as the Cowboys head coach”.

“I have very, very reluctantly accepted (against my own better judgement) his wishes”.

“Todd Grantham will be the new Cowboys head coach.”

Viking Fan

January 17th, 2010
10:19 pm

Jeff Schultz – are you kidding? Twice the Vikings went for it on 4th and … If they were truly intent on running up the score, they would have simply taken the chip shot field goal. The entire nation’s media has been on the Cowboy’s bandwagon all week. Don’t believe it? Read the stories leading up to the game. Would you have preferred they take a knee? I think your poll might answer your question. The Vikings have CLASS and will win their first Super Bowl.

willie martinez

January 17th, 2010
10:19 pm

LOL, now i know who Jack is.

Clint

January 17th, 2010
10:19 pm

I would feel that way regardless. They are professionals. Class is for high schools and to some extent, college. Teams rountinely run up the score in the NFL and I don’t think there is a thing wrong with it.

Jeff Schultz

January 17th, 2010
10:20 pm

Jerry Jones — So nice of you to break the news here.

Mark Richt

January 17th, 2010
10:21 pm

Dadgummit Jeff, did you see how many points that Grantham guy gave up today??

if you have Willie’s cell number, please let me have it.

David

January 17th, 2010
10:21 pm

If the Vikings have the ability to score at will, then let them score. Its about showing the Saints they mean business come next week. And its giving and building the Vikings players confidence even more. get ready for a good game next week.

Jerry Jones

January 17th, 2010
10:22 pm

Jeff, I wanted to show my appreciation for your support of “the team not being quarterbacked by Brett Farvre”.

nobody cares who is first

January 17th, 2010
10:22 pm

This is the same idiot who ran his mouth and flapped his arms during the Cowboys-Falcons game and he is calling someone classless? There were 11 Cowboys on the field against 11 Vikings and Minnesota crushed them. So Brooking should shut his mouth. He has been one of the most over-rated players in the NFL for his entire career. Now he gets noticed because he plays for Dallas. He is still slow to react and misses tackles just like he did last year in Atlanta. That is why he was cut. Enjoy your off-season Brooking. When you play Minnesota next year you had better hope Favre has finally retired or the outcome will be the same.

Todd

January 17th, 2010
10:23 pm

In the playoffs, you’re not just playing one team; you are playing your next opponent as well. Statements being made – as is the case with the 4th TD pass by Favre – aren’t exclusively directed at the opposition that particular day. It’s a statement being made to their future opponent. The Vikings needed to counter with the statement the Saints made on Saturday. Simple as that.

Hayseed Dixie

January 17th, 2010
10:24 pm

Tech fan, but Keith Brooking needs to shut it.

It’s grown man football. You don’t take your foot off of the gas, especially in the playoffs.

You had four quarters to stop em Keith. You didn’t.

How do you make a blowout loss more embarassing? Whine about it.

BugKiller

January 17th, 2010
10:24 pm

Really, Jeff?

Arm-Flapping, little-dog yapping, trash-talking after his tackles 8 yards down the field Keith Brooking is calling someone else CLASSLESS?

This year, Keith Brooking has been the pinacle, nay, the PINACLE of classlessness.

Keith Brooking is far worse than a Bug… he has now put himself into running for Douche Bag of the Year.

Now usually, Dane Cook wins this award every year, because there’s nothing worse than a “comedian” who steals his material from much funnier people (Louis C.K.) and STILL manages to be an unfunny douche, but you know, Keith Brooking is going to get some serious consideration.

In fact, because of guys like Little Jimmy Mora, Lame Kiffin, and Keith Brooking, I am going to have to split Douche Bag of the Year into two categories: Sports Douche Bag of the Year and Entertainment Douche Bag of the Year.

And as horrible as Kiffin was this year, Keith Brooking is rapidly catching up and just may steal the award.

One last word of advice for Brooking: STFU.

Mark Richt

January 17th, 2010
10:24 pm

Jeff, what am i gonna do now? i cant bring in such a loser to Athens. does wade phillips know anything about defense?

tom

January 17th, 2010
10:25 pm

Brooking is a jerk. He is cheerleader. Falcons got it right eliminating him. He never showed the emotion in pre-game with the Falcons. Ray Lewis has a pre-game rant he goes through as well. The difference is that Lewis backs it up on the field. Brooking does not. All mouth and no action.

NFL Fan

January 17th, 2010
10:26 pm

This is the same Brooking that pointed out and talked trash to the falcons this season when the cowboys ran up the score. He’s a joke

allATL

January 17th, 2010
10:26 pm

Shut the hell up brooking…

Falcons 2010 schedule
HOME OPPONENTS
Baltimore
Cincinnati
Arizona
San Francisco
Tampa Bay
Carolina
New Orleans
Green Bay

ROAD OPPONENTS
Pittsburgh
Cleveland
Seattle
St. Louis
Tampa Bay
Carolina
New Orleans
Philadelphia

any early predictions?

Falcons

January 17th, 2010
10:27 pm

He is the same classless punk that was mocking the falcons doing the dirty bird and talking about breaking noses. Pot meet Kettle

Chuck Uga

January 17th, 2010
10:28 pm

Jeff, you are pretty much a laughing stock. Most people read the National Enquirer Sports Section…er, Atlanta Journal Constitution Sports to see coverage of the local sports scene. Instead, we see wildly erratic reporting and ridiculous polls and stories (based on emotion instead of objectivity). ALL OF US recall Keith Brooking dancing around and smack-talking the Falcons bench when the Cowboys beat the Falcons earlier this season. Now you want to praise him! The Falcons are better off without Brooking, and many OBJECTIVE NFL insiders stated that he was part of the Falcon’s problems on D. I have seen the guy get juked so many times he’s got to have scars. What a baby…it’s his DEFENSE’S responsibility to stop the other team, even when losing 27-3. They DID NOT. Sounds like a sore loser to me. Too bad Tech didn’t play Florida when he was in college. Spurrier would have hung 80+ on his D…14 of which would have been in the final 3 minutes!!!

Jerry Jones

January 17th, 2010
10:29 pm

i once had a coach named wade
whos teams in the playoffs did fade
now he’s unemployed
and hence there’s a void
gotta find some guy that can make the grade

Jerry Jones

January 17th, 2010
10:29 pm

Jeff, have you seen my toupee? i flung it off after the game and i think i saw favre stomping on it.

crabapplejoe

January 17th, 2010
10:29 pm

Jeff Schultz wrote: “Very lopsided early results. How many of you feel this way because it’s Brooking, or would you feel this way regardless?”

Well now Jeff…you nailed it on the head. If Brett Favre and the Vikings had done this to the Falcons in the playoffs, and Mike Petersons and his dreadlocks had gone to the sidelines, each and everyone of these same posters would be applauding Peterons “swagger” and lambasting Favre and Childress. You know its true. LOL. The Brooking hate factor is really off the charts.

Gene Garber

January 17th, 2010
10:29 pm

Brooking is a complete tool

Ginger

January 17th, 2010
10:30 pm

Pro Football…take your lumps or stop the other team…At the end of the day…His pride is wounded..but you gotta stop them….yrs ago I remember the Falcons getting beat like 59-0 by the Rams….I would not have charged the Viking bench and called more attention to the embarassment.

Jonas Grumby

January 17th, 2010
10:31 pm

I really haven’t paid attention to Brooking, before or after he left, so maybe that makes me objective. Maybe it was classless, but an NFL player needs to take it like a man.

willie martinez

January 17th, 2010
10:32 pm

hi Ginger. your insights have been missed lately.

Great choice

January 17th, 2010
10:33 pm

I hear there is a bidding war between San Diego and Dallas. Each want to hire Russ the Mascot to paint their head coach’s @ss white.

On a side note, I don’t care how many consecutive games he’s played, you cannot pronounce F A R V E like Brett does, and make ANY phonetic sense. He might as well spell his name O Q G M U

gacoastalguy

January 17th, 2010
10:33 pm

I used to think Keith Brooking was a class act. But after watching the show he put on in Dallas against the Falcons, and the way he acted today, I now know better. He surely can dish it out, but he can’t take it. Time to retire, you crybaby beatch.

jrhd

January 17th, 2010
10:33 pm

Brooking needs to put his big girl panties on and shut it. I don’t care if it is KB or Michael Strahan or LT. Suit up, shut ‘em down or STFU. If you can’t handle being blown out on the road in the playoffs then stop the damn ball. Brooking was overrated when he was a Falcon and now he is just a crybaby.

Josh M

January 17th, 2010
10:34 pm

Keith Brooking calling somebody classless is like Pat Robertson calling somebody insensitive.

Every time they called his name today, it was in the vein of “Keith Brooking makes the tackle after a 14 yard gain.”

Jerry Glanville

January 17th, 2010
10:34 pm

Why was Brooking so mad at Favre? Favre scoring and showboating was nothing more than what Brooking did dancing and pumping his fist against the Falcons. Brooking your a poor loser and I regret ever being your fan.

Reality Time

January 17th, 2010
10:34 pm

The Cowboys have never run the score up, right? What’s classless is crying like a baby when you can’t stop another team. Brooking seems to trying to make a complete fool out of himself. Maybe he likes the attention. Somebody needs to tell him you can get that by playing good football too.

Arthur Blank

January 17th, 2010
10:34 pm

Keith Brooking…..most hated Atlanta athlete of all time? I think so. Complete waste of space his whole career.

GIVE ME A BREAK

January 17th, 2010
10:35 pm

Score the points.