Most everyone around the National Football League knows how much of a pain in the butt Joey Porter can be. Normally, he saves such behavior for his opponents, whether it be before, during, or after the games. It's usually quite funny, even if it's sometimes completely irrational.
On Sunday, the NFL's current sack-leader proved that he can be quite a handful for his own team, as well his opponents. The Dolphins linebacker refused to leave the field when Tony Sparano, his head coach, tried to bench him following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the fourth quarter, as reported by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Sparano, foolishly it appears, sent backup linebacker Charlie Anderson into the game, who was quickly sent back to the bench by Porter who was, presumably, still looking for blood on the field. After all, he had just been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness on back-to-back plays. He still had work to do, you know?
I'm guessing such a blatant act of disrespect would have worked on Cam Cameron, who was obviously scared to death of Porter like a miniature horse is scared of one of Porter's pit bulls. However, I'm not sure how well it's going to fly with Sparano, or, perhaps more importantly, the big guy upstairs. And by big guy upstairs, I'm obviously talking about Bill Parcells.
Prior to the first meeting with New England this season, Porter sounded off on how preparing for Matt Cassel wouldn't be all that difficult since, you know, he's no Tom Brady. At the time, Porter's words proved to be quite accurate as the Dolphins embarrassed New England on its home field. This time around, Cassel played like he was Brady, as the Patriots beat Miami like a drum, both literally and figuratively.