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    Brown expects some boos

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Friday, Sep. 19 2008
    Josh Brown had his own radio show and television show in Seattle. He was active
    in the community, involved in charity work.

    He had some kind of relationship with country music star (and fellow Oklahoman)
    Carrie Underwood. And he was recognized all over the Emerald City when he
    wasn't being confused with teammate Matt Hasselbeck.

    In short, there probably wasn't a more popular place-kicker in the National
    Football League than Brown in Seattle when he kicked for the Seahawks.

    But then it happened. On the first day of free agency, Brown flew into St.
    Louis and signed the richest contract for a kicker in league history: five
    years, $14.2 million, with a $4 million signing bonus.

    Seahawks fans reacted like spurned lovers.

    A Seattle radio station played a remix of a Brown interview after signing with
    St. Louis. Repeated over and over were these Brown sound bites: "I'm not a
    prisoner to the business man" and "It's about winning."

    Playing in the background was the Puff Daddy song, "It's All About the
    Benjamins."

    Not long thereafter, Brown received a package in the mail from Washington.
    Enclosed was a Josh Brown Seahawks jersey — kids size. Written in permanent
    marker over the jersey number — front and back — was the word "Traitor." No
    note was attached, just the "Traitor" jersey. Brown keeps it in his locker
    stall at Rams Park for motivation.

    Even Seattle coach Mike Holmgren got in the act Wednesday during a conference
    call with St. Louis reporters. Asked what kind of reaction Brown will get
    Sunday at Qwest Field when the Rams visit Seattle, Holmgren replied, "I'm not
    going to tell you, but I kind of think I know what reaction he's going to get.
    He was a very popular guy here, and I think he broke a lot of hearts when he
    left. Let me just leave it at that."

    Hasselbeck wasn't as coy.

    "They'll boo him and they'll throw things at him," Hasselbeck said, only partly
    in jest. "They'll probably make him cry, to be honest. I know Josh. They'll
    probably make him cry."

    Brown doesn't sound worried.

    "I think that's Matthew trying to get smart," Brown said. "Matthew and I, we go
    back, and we're pretty good buddies. We've kind of taken our shots at each
    other here in the last day or so, and we keep giving each other ribbings on
    text messaging. But I am looking forward to being energized by the energy that
    crowd puts off. And I hope that my team has the same perspective."

    Then in a not-so-veiled shot at Rams fans from Sunday's 41-13 loss to the New
    York Giants, Brown added, "You get booed at home, you get booed away, what's
    the difference? It's going to feel like a home game."

    The boos weren't directed at Brown at the Edward Jones Dome. He was one of the
    day's few bright spots, booting a pair of 54-yard field goals.

    Not even his highly respected predecessor in St. Louis, Jeff Wilkins, could
    make that claim in 11 seasons with the Rams. In fact, in the 71-year history of
    the Rams franchise, no kicker has made two field goals from 54 yards or more in
    the same game.

    "I don't pay attention to records," Brown said. "I don't watch stats. I'm not a
    numbers guy. It's one of those things where if I miss, I know that I've done
    bad. If I'm making things, things are good.

    "I'm just going to continue to do that. I'm happy that we were able to put
    points on the board. But I would've rather got the win than break records."

    Brown can't explain why his departure from Seattle led to such a reaction. But
    he's looking forward to Sunday.

    "This is going to be a great weekend for me," he said. "I'm excited. I'm
    excited to absorb the energy. Because the louder they boo me, the more I'm
    going to charge."

    He also can't explain — or doesn't want to explain — that Underwood thing.

    "Considering I'm married now, I don't know if I should talk about that much
    more," Brown said, blushing slightly. "We were good friends."


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    Re: Brown expects some boos

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    Then in a not-so-veiled shot at Rams fans from Sunday's 41-13 loss to the New York Giants, Brown added, "You get booed at home, you get booed away, what's the difference? It's going to feel like a home game."

    The boos weren't directed at Brown at the Edward Jones Dome. He was one of theday's few bright spots, booting a pair of 54-yard field goals.
    Other than the fact that I really wish we weren't booing our team, but that's another post, Brown just has a great attitude about him, and it's true, we weren't booing him, not in the least. If nothing else, we have one of, if not the best, kicking combo in the league. Brown is awesome, and yes, he should certainly expect some boos. And a bunch more of those traitor jerseys to be out in the crowd this week.

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    Re: Brown expects some boos

    I hope the Seattle fans are booing Brown or even throwing their Starbucks coffee cups at him as he's leaving the field.

    (After he kicks the last second, game winning FG)

    GO RAMS!

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    Re: Brown expects some boos

    Seattle fans are irate because they know how valuable Brown was to them as a clutch game winner. How many games have they won without him?

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    Re: Brown expects some boos

    Glad we signed this guy. Not happy about how much we're paying him, but glad we signed him. He's already paying off with those 50+ yarders.

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    Re: Brown expects some boos

    Honestly the thing that burned us the most was his "I'm not a prisoner to the businessman" - it is worth noting, that he used that phrase 3 different times during the interview with KJR - I understood him trying to look out for his own interests, but he had to understand that the Seahawks were offering him the best they could. Honestly, as usual, I think he was probably poisoned by the comments of his agent - and I'm quite sure that the "prisoner to the businessman" comments are probably exactly the words used by the agent.

    We did love the guy, that's what made the breakup so much harder, especially since he went running into the arms of one of our biggest rivals.

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    Re: Brown expects some boos

    Honestly the thing that burned us the most was his "I'm not a prisoner to the businessman" - it is worth noting, that he used that phrase 3 different times during the interview with KJR - I understood him trying to look out for his own interests, but he had to understand that the Seahawks were offering him the best they could. Honestly, as usual, I think he was probably poisoned by the comments of his agent - and I'm quite sure that the "prisoner to the businessman" comments are probably exactly the words used by the agent.

    We did love the guy, that's what made the breakup so much harder, especially since he went running into the arms of one of our biggest rivals.
    We over here in Rams nation, are suprisingly OK with that. I wonder how Hasselbeck felt being confused with their kicker.

    If we only win 2 games this year I want them to be Josh Brown buzzer beaters against the hawks. And one ends on a crazy penalty.

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    Re: Brown expects some boos

    I'm waiting for the 50 yarder that wins the game for us, and the Starbucks parade for him as he leaves the field. He's not a prisoner to the businessman, he just realized that he looked better in blue and gold than blue and green. :P

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    Re: Brown expects some boos

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrome_CW View Post
    Honestly the thing that burned us the most was his "I'm not a prisoner to the businessman"
    It wasn't even that. If Brown had wanted to go somewhere closer to home, or play in a dome, or whatever, and just said so before free agency started, nobody would have minded or said a word about it. (When Joe Jurevicious left to go to Cleveland to play for his hometown and childhood favorite Browns, everyone in Seattle simply wished him the best of luck.) But to reject our $14.2M offer in favor of the Ram' $14.2M, and then say such inane things as not wanting to be a slave to the businessman and it's all about winning, just made him seem stupid.

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    Re: Brown expects some boos

    I hope he can boot the winning field goal for blue and gold this time.

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