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Mizzou muzzles loquacious Richardson

Sheldon Richardson AP

Ahead of its first-ever game in the SEC, Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson gave Georgia a cornucopia of bulletin-board material, scoffing at what he called the Bulldogs’ “Big Ten… old man” style of football.

The defensive end punctuated those remarks with a warning to the entire conference: “If we execute, nobody in (the SEC) can touch us. Period.”

Needless to say, those words caught the attention of UGA.  And his football program as well.

Scheduled to meet with the media Monday, Richardson was instead muzzled by Mizzou, with a team spokesperson stating that the player had “earned himself a vacation.”

Head coach Gary Pinkel said the situation with Richardson’s comments was handled internally, while also acknowledging that UGA will use the words as an extra set of motivators heading into the game this weekend.

“Well, you know we certainly want to say the right things, do the right things,” Pinkel said. “I think he just got carried away a little bit, but I handled that internally. …

“Without question I think anybody looks for things. We want to say the appropriate things. He felt sorry for saying it, he just got excited.  He’s got great respect for Georgia, as I do. We’ll learn the lessons and move on.”

Georgia will travel to Missouri Saturday night for a game scheduled to kick off at 7:45 ET.

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21 Responses to “Mizzou muzzles loquacious Richardson”
  1. dkhhuey says: Sep 4, 2012 8:27 AM

    You might want to get through at least one season in the SEC before opening your yapper! Congrats young man, you just self affixed a target on your jersey – enjoy the extra attention you’ll be getting on the field this year!

  2. tuckfexas says: Sep 4, 2012 8:27 AM

    What a delusional f’ing moron.

  3. woebegong says: Sep 4, 2012 8:28 AM

    I think he will be a little surprised at how “Old Man Football”, works after Saturday. He was a case of the “mouth Runneth Over”, and you can bet UGA isn’t the only SEC team that will remember his words. Don’t write checks you can’t cash.

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 4, 2012 8:37 AM

    JT: Loquacious–now that is a good Scrabble word I have not seen quite a few years! ha.

    Southernpatriots’ family member who is a UGA Bulldog former player said his contacts back in Athens tell him that Sheldon’s mug is plastered all over the locker room with his quote. Some players have marked a bullseye around at least one picture. He should have a fun game.

    “earned himself a vacation”….that is a good way to put it by the ones at Missouri who have good sense.

    There is alot of interest in this game as there will be with A&M when it begins its SEC schedule.

    “SMASH MOUTH” football is going to begin, and we’ll see who stands at the end. The murderer’s row of the West for the past few years may now be in the East as well, we’ll see if that is this year or next, but it is coming.

    There is nothing like college football and the SEC is just the very best.

  5. deucez2 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:01 AM

    What I find ironic about his statements: Just a few years ago, Missouri would’ve bowled over and stepped on their proverbial mother to get an invitation to the Big 10.

  6. tuckfexas says: Sep 4, 2012 9:08 AM

    I’d laugh if they ended his season in the 1st quarter. The idiot is just asking for it.

  7. ghengy says: Sep 4, 2012 10:29 AM

    Oh man, is Missouri in for a rude welcome to the conference.

    I’m still mystified at Buffalo’s numbers, but I’m pretty sure they will far exceed Mizzou’s on Saturday. Mark Fulmer Richt cant motivate his guys, but this will. Look for a beatdown.

  8. bw1980 says: Sep 4, 2012 10:36 AM

    The only I dislike more than SEC fans and the conference itself are these two middle-of-the-road Big 10 (ahem…12) teams who joined the conference. Sorry, Mizzou, you weren’t good in the Big Whatever. Your idiot fans spent all least season chanting SEC at every major event. Now you’re about to be baptized and it’s going to get ugly in a hurry.

    Wonder what those fans will be chanting in November, when you’ll have undoubtedly played your last football game for the year and be in the midst of preparing to get dominated by Kentucky, Florida, et. al. in basketball.

  9. sportsdrenched says: Sep 4, 2012 11:25 AM

    Saw a lot of Mizzou Fans feeling their oats this weekend on twitter. They wanted this, they’ve been talking about it for a year, so they’ve got it to do.

    I think they bit off more than they can chew, we’ll see whose chewing on crow in December.

  10. pczformu says: Sep 4, 2012 12:08 PM

    Lets get something straight. MU fans have great respect for the SEC as does the Coach and team. These comments were made by one player who let his lips get out in front of his brain. Everybody has done this at least once in their life, so please don’t get too high and mighty with comments. I believe the SEC will be glad to have MU in the fold. It is a great school with a well rounded athletic program. Of course it will take time to be highly competitive in Football and Basketball but so what. I would rather watch MU play in the best conference with the best competition even if we take it on the chin for a while from the better teams. Go MU – Go SEC

  11. kicksave1980 says: Sep 4, 2012 1:48 PM

    Not defending Richardson here. I’m glad he feels that way, but he should keep it internal.

    One thing that I’ve always found funny is the notion of “bulletin board material”. So Georgia didn’t know Mizzou was going to be playing to win before Richardson opened his mouth? You need to hang up a quote and a photo in order to go 100%? No, it isn’t smart to open your mouth prior to a game, but the idea that you need to be motivated by someone else’s comments to go 100% is ridiculous to me.

    Both teams already know the other team is there, and both sides know the other is going to do everything they can to win the game. If that in itself isn’t motivation enough, there’s a problem.

  12. tennesseeblue says: Sep 4, 2012 1:55 PM

    welcome mizzou and T a&m to the SEC. i’m sure you will enjoy playing football in our conference and we all look foward to playing many great games against you. the SEC is a great place to play and i’m sure you will find there are advantages of being in the best conference in the country. now you have to EARN your right to talk trash. you’ll get it. kickin a sleepin dog can be mighty dangerous. you might get bit.

  13. floridacock says: Sep 4, 2012 2:46 PM

    No one had better overlook either of these new teams. All of those games will be competitive and losses if every team does not play it’s best. As for the Tigers vs Dogs this weekend………… GO TIGERS!

  14. mdocknmo says: Sep 4, 2012 2:59 PM

    To: tuckfexas
    In one simple sentence you have proven that YOU are the biggest “delusional f’ing moron” in the world. By stating that you would “laugh if they ended his season in the first quarter” was beyond moronic and your attempt to be humorus didn’t even get out of the gate. Who are you, Greg Williams (former defensive coorinator for the New Orleans Saints) and what team are you so proud of that you stalk all the other teams websites spouting your inept knowledge?

    To: The Univ of Texas
    Thank you for being so greedy and basically forcing Mizzou, Tex A&M, Nebraska & Colorado to leave the Big 12 for more stable and in Mizzous case, a far superior conference in ALL sports.

  15. woebegong says: Sep 4, 2012 3:24 PM

    They don’t get any more motivated when a player oversteps his boundaries and opens his mouth, but you should at least try not to antagonize your opponent by saying stupid stuff like that. I am going to make an assumption here, and their cup cake opponent win, got him talking before he got his brain engaged, but I am sure, both the team, the coach and he himself, now knows you don’t want to do that. Not the smartest thing to do, when you just became an official member of the best conference in college football, and will have to play them on the field. If his team and he are as good as he thinks they are, then show it on the field. It looks a lot better than realizing you can’t back up stupid things you said. Playing in that conference doesn’t just insure you will be ready, right off the bat, as there will be some rough days ahead. No reason to say dumb things, and make yourself a target.

  16. rcbn says: Sep 4, 2012 3:25 PM

    Hey Mdocknmo!! Recess is over boy! Get on back to 2nd grade. SEC isn’t that the Special Ed conference? Fugg’em!

  17. abrellbama says: Sep 4, 2012 6:51 PM

    Mizzou will regret those words. They should have put a muzzle on him before he said them. LOL He will get punished by every SEC team he plays against for that.

  18. mrslay1 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:08 PM

    The first game be the big deal they are making it out to be. mizzory may do ok in the 1st or 2nd game. What counts in this league is having the rotation week after week. I look for mizzory to start losing worse and worse as the year goes on. It takes more than a few big guys to win in this league.

  19. kicksave1980 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:10 PM

    @abrellbama – So if he hadn’t said that, they would have taken it easy on him, right?

    @mrslay1- “Mizzory”…that’s clever, man.

  20. wde2010 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:51 PM

    You know…..he might need to be informed that every now and then the Georgia Bulldogs have a secret weapon in the end zone. That my friend, wound be (UGA) their mascot! You just might want to google the Auburn vs Georgia game when UGA became involed.
    Better smack talk after you’ve played in the SEC!

  21. jonbranda says: Sep 4, 2012 8:58 PM

    I don’t really see either of them winning 3 conference games this season. I know both have good offensive games but neither have the defense to stop anyone. The play of the lines is what has the SEC ahead of the others right now and neither of them have the size and quickness in the trenches. Welcome to the SEC guys.

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