If you've been paying attention to NFL news lately, you know that the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys rivalry has become one in which no one's rear end is safe.
Last week it was Giants tight end Martellus Bennett, who played four seasons in Dallas, saying, "I just want to kick those guys' asses," while discussing his former team, before adding, "I kind of got some ill feelings toward them overall."
According to NFL.com, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently showed up to training camp in Oxnard, Calif., and assured fans there that his team is dead set on "beating the Giants' ass" in the 2012-13 season.
The Giants and Cowboys kick off the regular season Wednesday, Sept. 5, at MetLife Stadium, so the rivals will receive an opportunity to express their "ill feelings" toward each other soon enough.
What's interesting about this back-and-forth is that two of the players who are very unlikely to get involved in it--quarterbacks Tony Romo and Eli Manning--will likely pay the heaviest price by finding themselves on their backsides more times than they're able to count during the NFL's season opener.
Now, I would be shocked if Giants ownership so much as thought of offering an innocuous response to Jones, but it's easy to see where Jones is coming from.
In 2011-12, the Giants did the ass-kicking in this NFC East rivalry, beating Dallas twice--including in Week 17 to capture a division title--before winning their second Super Bowl in four years.