|Chad Johnson and the Ravens get an early start to trash talking|
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|Thursday, 06 September 2007 12:14|
Lewis laughingly insisted Johnson wouldn't score, and Scott said the standout wide receiver couldn't hit hard enough to bust a grape.
The Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens engaged in a war of the words Thursday, four days before the AFC North rivals meet Monday night in the opener for both teams.
Johnson didn't reach the end zone in two games against the Ravens last season, so the fleet-footed, wide-mouthed star will seek to amend that situation at Paul Brown Stadium. He's so confident of scoring that he's already devised a plan to mark the occasion.
``This will probably be one of the greatest celebrations of all time,'' Johnson told Cincinnati reporters. ``It's more of a let-you-know ahead of time what will come in the future for 85. It's going to be a good one. You'll like it.''
Johnson often speaks with Lewis on the phone, and this week was no exception.
This is how Lewis described part of the conversation: ``He said, 'If I get in the end zone on Monday night ...' and I said, 'Stop, Chad, because that's what I want you to focus on: if.' Oh, he got mad.''
It wasn't a typical exchange between Lewis and Johnson. Then again, it isn't often that the two AFC powers meet on Monday night.
``Ninety-five percent of it is not about football. That's what's funny. He just calls me to talk about whatever else,'' Lewis said. ``But this time, we got on football and he said this crazy stuff and I said, 'Suppose you all don't score.' And I shouldn't have said that, because I didn't get off the phone with that guy for an hour-and-a-half.''
Johnson, in a conference call with the Baltimore media, said, ``I always get that good word from Ray before every game. Nothing is going to change. But, when that whistle does blow, I'm going to hit him in the mouth.''
Johnson and the highly regarded Baltimore defense have exchanged trash-talk for years. Johnson insists it's good-natured fun - except when Scott gets involved.
``I'm trying to talk to everybody, and Bart's cursing me out, telling me (to) get back in my huddle. I'm just trying to make friends, man. That's it. Serious. Bart is mean,'' Johnson said. ``It's not funny. And if this year he tries that again, I'm going to hit him in the mouth.''
Told of Johnson's assertion, Scott laughed.
``I'm a nice guy,'' he said. ``Whenever I see Chad, I'm always shooting him comments like, 'Nice goat. Hey, you look good in blond. Cool mohawk. Gwen Stefani's mohawk is nothing compared to yours.'''
Scott also shrugged off Johnson's threat of violence.
``Aw, that's Chad. He's such a nice guy,'' Scott said. ``He wouldn't bust a grape in fruit fight. ... He's nonstop entertainment. I wish him the best in his career outside of football when he gets on the comedy stage.''
Johnson kiddingly said he was going to seek out Reed, who scored a touchdown on an interception return against the Bengals last season.
``Ed is on my hit list,'' Johnson said. ``Ed almost knocked me out last year on that first play of the game when they intercepted it and took it to the house, so I owe him one.''
Johnson said his yapping on the field is all about having fun. His main focus is on making plays.
``My trash talking is not about your mamma, about your kids. It's not like that,'' he said. ``I don't even know how to explain it. Whether I get in (your) head or not, you're not going to win the battle. That's my thought process, that's how I think - period. Regardless of what I say, you're not going to stop me. One person, two people, three, I don't care.''
On a more serious note, Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden practiced with the first-team offense in full gear Thursday but was not ready to declare himself ready to play Monday. The 10-time Pro Bowler missed the entire preseason with an hyperextended toe, an injury that dates back to last season.
``It's OK, not great,'' he said. ``It's one of things where I have to feel my way through. I'm cautiously optimistic, I guess. I'm not going to say yea or nay.''
Wide receiver Mark Clayton and cornerback Samari Rolle, who both sprained ankles in the second preseason game, are expected to play against the Bengals.