In case you haven’t heard, Calvin Johnson is old.
This breaking news comes to us courtesy of Matt Elam, the Baltimore Ravens rookie safety. In an interview on Wednesday, Elam said of Johnson that he is “pretty old, so I don’t know how physical he’ll be.”
Usually I would defend Elam here, trying to raise your ire as a reader and draw attention to a ridiculous idea (see: Eddie Lacy) but in this instance I think only one thing can be said: Matt Elam is an idiot.
The last time that Calvin Johnson was personally called out was earlier this season against the Dallas Cowboys when Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said “I can do anything (Johnson) can do.” All that happened was that Megatron caught 14 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown in a Lions victory. Apparently the Transformer doesn’t take kindly to being challenged.
Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton made airwaves earlier this year when he called out the Lions defense before the Thanksgiving game. “Their entire defense takes cheap shots… They’re a bunch of dirtbags, or scumbags…It starts with their frickin’ coach. Schwartz, he’s a (expletive), too, I wouldn’t want to play for him,” were some of Sitton’s comments. If you’ll remember, the Lions then thrashed the Packers 40-10 in front of a national audience full of turkey and pie. So, they may be dirtbags, but the Lions are talented dirtbags.
So, Matt Elam, don’t anger the Lions. Especially someone named Megatron. You’ll just hurt yourself.
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