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
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.)