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This would be much more interesting if it involved Hines Ward and/or Bart Scott, but it's an attention-grabber nonetheless. 

Steelers punter Mitch Berger, who holds for Jeff Reed's placekicks, claims that Ravens special teamer Frank Walker spit in his mouth yesterday. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

"The guy dove, he tried to take out Jeff's knee," said Berger. "I went over there and he got up and he spit in my face -- and they called it on Jeff for pushing him!"


"I tried to get in the middle to separate him but he got in my face and spit right in my mouth. He spit right in my mouth. I'm still trying to spit that ... out. I was talking to him, trying to separate everybody and he spit right in my mouth."

Ick. Frank Walker, that is unsportsmanlike and unhygienic. Not to mention unmanly. I know it's a heated rivalry, and I know you were probably upset that you lost, but come on. That does not give you the right to force someone else to accept your bodily fluids into an orifice of theirs. Who are you, Jerramy Stevens?

And besides that, if you're going to spit on someone, do it to someone who can fight back. You're going to spit in the mouth of a punter? A 36-year-old punter, at that? Where is your pride, sir? What's Mitch Berger going to do to retaliate, kick Frank Walker's possessions in a direction that's inconvenient to him?

Sadly, two-thirds of the people involved in this little dust-up (or saliva-up, as it were) kick for a living, so I don't think this is likely to be an ongoing feud. If it involved Ward, Scott, or other people who see physical combat regularly, we might have something to keep an eye on in the future. Berger's only course of action, really, is to tell on the guy.

Gracias, Pro Football Talk.

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