Yes, that was Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver angrily cursing and gesticulating with his business finger at the officiating crew in Oakland Sunday. Yes, he was caught on camera with the help of Fox referee interpreter Mike Pereira, and therefore is a star on the Internet. And yes, he will be fined and have to issue a semi-sincere apology this coming week.
And yes, he will do it again the next time he feels the red mist coming on. Fingers tend to have a mind of their own. But he will have to make it better than the tepid efforts he put forward Sunday. A more varied vocabulary (f-bombs are so 2011), too. After all, when head coach Dennis Allen says he wants to give the fans their money’s worth, that is an organizational command.
Maybe next time Tarver can grab his . . . or drop his . . . oh, you know.
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And while we’re at it, will Tarver get less leeway than Dez Bryant, who apparently lost all his innards multiple times on the Dallas sideline? Maybe watching Calvin Johnson outnumber him by 11 catches and 259 yards set Dez off, but his meltdown was pure Fukushima, after the Japanese nuclear reactor that cashed in after the tsunami a year ago.
"I'm the nicest person off the field,” he said afterward. “When I'm on the field, even when I look angry, it's still all good passion. It's all good passion. I feel like that's what we need. I'm going to remain the same way. I feel like I love this game. I love it. In order to win, you've got to be passionate about this game. You have to be. You've got to let that dog come out and just put it all out there on the line.”
I believe Jerry Jones will have a chat with the pet and its owner this week.
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But neither of them had as bad a day as Miami’s Mike Pouncey, who got served by Massachusetts State Police as part of the Aaron Hernandez investigation right after the Dolphins cacked up a lead to the Patriots in Foxborough.
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Indeed, the NFL just got drunk Sunday, between Tom Brady’s throwing hand ballooning into a hoof but still not badly enough to prevent him from leading the Patriots’ second-half comeback, the Redskins losing Robert Griffin The Third, the Broncos needing five fourth quarter touchdowns to beat Washington, Michael Vick blowing his hamstring, and the Jacksonville Jaguars being deported from England.
In short, you can rely on nothing any more, except that the Cowboys always cover, the Broncos always clear the over, and the Jets are never the same team two weeks in a row.
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And finally, Jim Harbaugh left England no doubt thinking of this Winston Churchill quotation: “My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.”
[MAIOCCO: 49ers did not take winless Jagaurs lightly]
And if that isn’t it, this will be: “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.” And he should know – the 49ers play at Candlestick again in two weeks.