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In this column, I have decided to discuss the topic of trash talking. Athletes have participated in trash talking in just about all sports for decades.

Boxer Muhammad Ali, for example, was the master of it. He also backed it up as well. Fans of course trash-talk other fans, and even head coaches, most notably Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan, are getting in on the act.

My issue is whether trash talking really accomplishes anything, or is it what it is...just trash?

I may be just a little bit old-fashioned when it comes to sports, but I honestly never understood trash talking. I can understand a little good natured ribbing. I can understand the usual "My team is going to kick your team's ass."

I can understand people saying, "My quarterback is the best."  I understand things like that.  I understand fans, coaches and players having CONFIDENCE.  That is understandable and expected. What team DOESN'T have confidence?

My issue with trash talking, at least with the modern day fans and athletes, is that a lot of it has become mean spirited and pretty silly. I hear ...

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