I'm old school. You do your talking by how you play on the field, if you're like me. No trash talking, or smack. Just PLAY.
So why do players keep talking smack BEFORE games?
At the pro level, where teams are more evenly matched, players offer to shovel the dirt on their own coffins often enough, but on the college level, WHAT are people thinking? I love it when players think they can outplay the other team. It's a requirement for winning. Guaranteeing you will do so out loud is just not wise. When you do it before you play a game against Alabama, and you're on a rebuilding team, you just guaranteed they are going to TEE OFF on you.
I guess lessons are sometimes best learned the hard way. I hope we don't have too many players injured after this game. For their own health and the future of the program, I hope the Cats can discipline their tongues from here forward, no matter how good they may be. This is not how big time programs or players there conduct themselves.
It's also good strategy not to light a fire under ANYONE, great, good, OR mediocre, before or after you play them.