The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles have had one of the longest standing feuds in the NFC East for quite some time now. Being so close in location with such passionate fans makes for a great rivalry. So when they take each other on in a huge divisional battle on Sunday Night Football, there is already plenty of animosity.
Throw in a pair of players who absolutely loathe each other as well as replacement referees who cannot control any contest, and this one has all the makings.
It is no secret that Giants DE Osi Umenyiora and Eagles RB Lesean McCoy flat out can’t stand each other. That is actually putting it mildly. While many players do not care for each other while they are on the field, they have nothing to do with each other off of the gridiron.
But when it comes to Umenyiora and McCoy, these two get into as many wars with words as they do games.
Perhaps, even more so.
As we get closer and closer to the next big game between these two rivals, the trash talk is starting to heat up. But to the surprise of many, it is only one-sided as of this moment.
McCoy called Umenyiora “a ballerina in a Giants uniform” on ESPN’s E:60 Tuesday night after Umenyiora sent this tweet in early May to McCoy: “Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy your special day!!” But as of now, Umenyiora is not going back at McCoy prior to Sunday.
“I might be a ballerina in a Giants uniform,” Umenyiora said. “I’m lucky to be playing 10 years in the league, to have won two Super Bowls. All that is pure luck and I’m happy for him, I’m happy he got his contract and I’m happy everything is working out well for him in Philadelphia.”
That doesn’t sound like the same player who called McCoy a woman a few months back.
But McCoy is not backing off his words, or his feelings toward the Pro-Bowl running back.
“Yeah this is for real — like I don’t like Osi,”McCoy said to ESPN. ”I don’t know how he feels. He might think it’s a game, but I don’t play them type of games. So every time on the field, I would say stuff to him like, ‘You is a bum … You are the third-best defensive lineman on the defense.’ Which I didn’t lie. Wait, I did lie. He’s the fourth now, so I actually did lie.”
Those certainly seem like fighting words, regardless of how grammatically incorrect they may be, but Umenyiora is not taking the bait from McCoy heading into play this weekend.
Then again, it is only Wednesday.