In a regular season game in 2011, the San Francisco 49ers got the better off the New York Giants. In that game, 49ers defensive back Carlos Rogers got the better of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. Following a big play on defense, Rogers did the unspeakable.
Rogers began to celebrate by doing Cruz’s now famous salsa dance, and he did it right over Cruz, who made the celebration touchdown famous last season. In his book, “Out Of The Blue,” Cruz penned that he was less than pleased or impressed with Rogers’ imitation.
“Then with his teammates cheering him on, he did a sarcastic salsa dance over me,” Cruz wrote. “The Candlestick Park crowd went ballistic, but I wasn’t laughing. It was a sign of disrespect. Instead of getting up and retaliating, though, I sat and watched Rogers finish his cheap Victor Cruz imitation. I promised to never forget it. I wasn’t sure when the opportunity would present itself but I was confident I’d get payback for that dance.”
Cruz did get his payback in the NFC Championship Game, as his Giants not only eliminated the 49ers at Candlestick on their way to winning another Super Bowl championship, but Cruz torched the San Francisco secondary for 10 catches for 142 yards. He did not, however, reach the endzone to show Rogers how the salsa dance is really done.
If the trash talk is any indication, one of the players will get a chance to prove just who is the superior salsa dancer this week when the 49ers host the Giants this Sunday afternoon.
“I like the dance, actually,” Rogers said Tuesday. “I really can’t do it as good as him, but if I make a play or get an interception on him in my mind, [I’ll] just do his dance.”
Cruz has yet to respond but, after what he said in his book, you can guarantee that he will do everything possible to score against the 49ers on Sunday, preferably while beating Rogers for a game winning touchdown. If he does, you know we will be in line for a little taste of salsa.
It is really too bad we didn’t still have the replacement referees around for this game. Think about the possibilities if Cruz and Rogers both went up for the ball in the endzone and came down with it simultaneously. Forget about going to replay to determine who has possession of the ball.
Cruz and Rogers could simply have a salsa dance off in the endzone to determine who gets the ball.
It would give us a more clear result than the replacement referees did even after reviewing plays on replay.