ST. LOUIS -- The smack is smart.
Sure, some will tell you that Sheldon Richardson's jagged comments about Georgia are unwise. Sure, some will tell you that calling the Bulldogs' play "old-man football" shows arrogance. Sure, some will tell you that the Missouri junior defensive tackle saying nobody in the Southeastern Conference can touch the Tigers if they execute shows ignorance at best.
Forget it all. Embrace the fire. Richardson's words, as spoken to the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune after Missouri steamrolled Southeastern Louisiana last Saturday, produced the best response for an SEC newbie at the perfect time. Ignore anyone who says otherwise.
After all, what better way to enter the king conference than by rubbing mud on its welcome mat? Why not throw a verbal uppercut or two before the bell rings on the Tigers' era in the league Saturday night at Memorial Stadium? Why bow to the SEC East favorite when a blow to its ego could give coach Mark Richt's team something to think...