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The Turf Weighs In: Michael Thomas vs. DeVante Parker

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The Turf Weighs In: Michael Thomas vs. DeVante Parker


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For those of you who haven’t been following every single shred of news that might seem somewhat sports-related due to the intense withdrawal that you’ve been experiencing in quarantine…

You may have missed the Instagram beef between Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas.


The whole thing started when DeVante Parker said that it was harder to make a catch while being guarded by Stephon Gilmore than it was to break up a pass while guarding Michael Thomas. The Saints wideout did not take kindly to that remark and the fight in the comments began.

Our own Turf Writer’s Room took to our keyboards to discuss the intricate details of the arguments. Here’s how the conversations went:


Matt Branigan

Michael Thomas wow…

Josh Hansen

No one has ever felt more disrespected when not being disrespected.

Matt Branigan

When you bring someone’s parents/family into the mix? That’s bad. Thomas did not hold back. Went absolute full blast.

Andrew Wilhelm

Why is this a story? This would be like an article about “NBA Player trash talks opponent after making a big shot.” I know there’s very little to cover, but c’mon, ESPN.

Matt Branigan

Yeah agreed. Thomas needs to simmer down. You’re the best freaking receiver in the league right now, get over it.

Joe Danbusky

For real.

Andrew Wilhelm

Wait? Why? If this is what Michael Thomas does to stay in the mindset to perform at the highest level, then who cares?

Joe Danbusky

LOL exactly. We just finished watching a 10 part series about how Jordan did the same thing. The difference was through his entire career he kept it all to himself for the most part… chalk this one up to not much else going on in the world – helped by a network desperate for content.

Matt Branigan

Yeah, I mean… I agree, but I also think Thomas went a little overboard with his comments. Bringing his parents into it, it’s like, come on, dude. There are athletes who use this as fuel for their game and staying in that mindset for high performance, but there are others where it is a detriment. Rashard Mendenhall was a former Steelers RB. He was talking s**t about the Ravens leading up to their game on social media. Wouldn’t keep his mouth shut. Then in the game, right out the gate, Ray Lewis breaks his shoulder. Mendenhall left the game and was done for the season. He was never the same after that. He retired at age 26. So you just never know. You can talk s**t all you want, but when you bring someone else’s family into the mix I think it’s kind of low. That’s all I’m saying.

Andrew Wilhelm

He didn’t really bring family into the mix. He brought DNA into the mix.

Ryan Kelly

Michael Thomas had over 100% more catches last year than Parker but only 40% more yards, which to me shows that Parker might be a little more lethal when it comes to getting open and YAC (Yards After Catch). Plus that guy has had a carnival of nonsense at QB for his career. I love the confidence from Thomas, but given the choice, Iโ€™d take Parker.

Matt Branigan

I will say this, Parker is underrated. He has been for the majority of his career. Currently, I’d say he’s probably around 70th. Among receivers, probably somewhere between 20 and 25. I’d say he’s probably around 70th. That’s not my opinion, that’s where I actually think he probably falls.


What do you think? Whose side are you on? Are you Team Thomas or Team Parker?

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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