How Great Was New York Jets Linebacker Bart Scott’s Postgame Outburst On Sunday?
On Sunday afternoon, the New York Jets dismantled the New England Patriots to advance to the AFC Championship Game next weekend. And shortly after the game ended, Jets linebacker Bart Scott—in true Jets’ fashion—did his best to dismantle the Patriots during a postgame interview with ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio.
“Anybody can be beat!” Scott barked after Sal Paol asked him how the Jets were able to dominate the Patriots, despite the fact that they were 10-point underdogs heading into the game. “It felt great! Poetic justice!”
And then, Scott dug deep into brash Jets coach Rex Ryan‘s playbook to take a few final shots at the Pats, who had engaged in a war of words with the Jets in the week leading up to the game. “For all you nonbelievers! Disrespect us! Talk crap about the defense! Like we aren’t the third-best defense in the league! All we hear about is their defense! They can’t stop a nose bleed! Twenty-fifth in the league and we’re the ones getting disrespected.”
See exactly how it went down here:
The moment was, in a word, epic. It was also a very welcomed change from the blase, milquetoast interviews NFL fans are usually subjected to after a team gets a victory and a reporter from ESPN, NBC or CBS catches up to them on the sidelines. Typically, these interviews are filled with phrases like, “We knew if we played our game we could win,” “Both teams played hard but this was just our day,” and—my personal favorite—”That’s a good team over there and they gave us their best effort.”
Bland interviews don’t give much insight into the game of football. They don’t tell viewers how players are really feeling; they simply tell us how the NFL thinks they should be feeling after a big win. They’ve become so stale and generic I’m usually ten channels into an intense channel-surfing session before the sideline reporter even fires off the second question. If all I’m going to get out of the interview is a bunch of cliches and PC answers, why stick around to watch?
But Bart Scott’s moment will make me reconsider my decision the next time I see someone getting called over for a postgame interview. Did it rile some people up? Get them saying Scott should have been a better sport after the game? Infuriate Patriots fans? Cement the Jets as team full of trash-talking, arrogant players? Yes, it did. But it also sounded like the type of emotion I would expect from an NFL player. It made me excited to see what the Jets will have in store for the Pittsburgh Steelers next weekend. And it made me hang around a few extra minutes to see if the Jets players would have anything more to say about the game.
For his part, Bart Scott isn’t going to win any sportsmanship awards for his rant. But he will get a big round of applause from me. After all the postgame interviews I’ve sat through over the years, I finally got one that delivered exactly what I was looking for. I just hope a few other NFL players pick up where Scott left off and speak their minds after battling for 60 minutes on the football field. Who’s got next?