Battle Of The BrothersSeptember 13th, 2012
Usually when Joe thinks of brothers and the Giants and Bucs are concerned, naturally Joe thinks of Ronde Barber and his twin brother Tiki. But there’s another pair, largely overlooked.
When the Bucs hit the New Jersey Swamplands Sunday, Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett will square off against his brother, Martellus Bennett, a Giants tight end.
Sometimes, the two brothers are so tight, this can create an uncomfortable moment as Martellus found out, told by Ralph Vacchiano and Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News.
There was a moment last December, when the Dallas Cowboys visited Tampa Bay, that Martellus Bennett forgot which team he was on. When his brother, Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett, sacked Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, he got caught up in being a fan.
“I was on the sidelines and I was like, ‘Yeah! Good sack! Good sack!’” Martellus recalled on Wednesday. “Then I turned around (and yelled) ‘Somebody block that MF-er, man, what y’all doing out there?!’ ”
Now Joe is OK with Martellus if he secretly cheers while Eli Manning lay prone to the turf Sunday.
To Joe, an unsung bright spot in a dark, dark season last year was Michael Bennett, and it seems his play has continued if not improved so far in 2012. That’s good news for Bennett and probably bad news for the Bucs (in the long run) as this is a contract year for Bennett and pass rushers are paid handsomely.
On Sunday, Joe just has a hunch that chasing down Manning will be a tad easier than trying to corral Cam Newton.