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Spikes: Send '(expletive) zebras' to Foot Locker; Why did God 'punish' Patriots?

Posted by Obnoxious Boston Fan  September 24, 2012 01:32 AM

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We've got our early favorite for NFL Tweet of the Year, and couple of nominees for second and third place thanks to @BrandonSpikes55, the replacement officials and the Book of Genesis.

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was not the only one in a Patriots' uniform or coach's sweatshirt upset with the officiating in the Patriots' 31-30 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. But he was the only one to take to Twitter after the game, drop an "f-bomb," try to send the replacement "zebras" back to Foot Locker and then pull an Adrian Gonzalez and ask why God allowed the team to be punished.

"Can someone please tell these f------ zebras foot locker called and they’re needed Back at work !!!! #BreakingPoint" You can see the R-rated version of the tweet here.

A total of 24 penalties were called for 218 accepted yards. No doubt the NFL will fine Spikes for his Twitter blast, in addition to whatever sanctions he might face from the team.

Although a couple of hours later, he tried to clarify himself:

Whether or not he feels any Old Testament wrath from the NFL front office or Patriots remains to be seen, but Spikes doubled-down on the persecution factor, citing God's Covenant with Noah from Genesis 9: 12-17.

Maybe it was God's will? Thinking the entire Patriots defense, Devin McCourty in particular, Josh McDaniels, too much Julian Edelman, not enough Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski, Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith, Ray Rice, overwhelmed replacements and the short-sightedness of the owners and league in dealing with the regular referees could have had something to do with it.

On the field, Spikes' worse offense of the night came in his failure in pass coverage on both Rice and tight end Dennis Pitta, as he got crossed-up in coverage and was often out of place. Then there was the very questionable hold called on Spikes in the fourth quarter that negated the only sack of Flacco and preceded Smith's second touchdown. That was the likely genesis for his Twitter temper tantrum.

The Patriots blew leads of 13-0 in the first quarter and 30-21 in the fourth. Whoever first said "success has many fathers but failure is an orphan" did not watch the Patriots Sunday night. There was plenty of "bull-bleep" to go around.

At McDaniels' Mart, you now have to go through 10 boxes of "Edelman O's" before you can get your hands on one box of "Gronk Flakes."

If there was any Divine Intervention at play Sunday night, it came through the performance of Smith. The wide receiver caught Baltimore's first and last touchdowns, and six passes overall for a total of 127 yards, less than 24 hours after learning of his brother's death in a motorcycle crash. Gonzalez, meanwhile, hit two home runs for the Dodgers Sunday night, so He could have had his attention elsewhere. For Spikes to tweet about God punishing his team - especially over a regular-season loss - after sharing the field with Smith is a case of simple misplaced priorities and perspective. These are not simple impulsive reactions, like shoving a player after a play. Spikes thought about this, typed it on his iPhone/hand-held device and then hit the "Tweet" button. Many of us are guilty of sending Tweets we'd like to take back (I know I am) but, again, God doesn't care if we win or lose. Even Tim Tebow, Spikes' teammate at the University of Florida, knows that.

Any in-house repercussions following Spikes' Biblical flood of emotion could be mitigated a bit by the fact that coach Bill Belichick grabbed an official after the game at midfield. Belichick, presumably, wanted to argue among other things that the game-winning field goal (which appeared to be good but came close to sailing wide to the right) should have been reviewed. Belichick was confident if not slightly delusional in his post-game remarks that the NFL will not fine him for his contact. The Hoodieless Hoodie will certainly be fined, if not suspended by the league for grabbing the official. That behavior was inexcusable.

Spikes just needs to get his priorities straight. And do a better job on pass coverage.

Don't forget to join us Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. for our in-game Patriots-Broncos fan chat. (We'll be away next weekend). As always, let us know what you think. Post your thoughts here, on our Obnoxious Boston Fan Facebook page or e-mail me obnoxiousbostonfan@hotmail.com. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter @realOBF. Thanks for reading. Pass the clicker.

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