The 49ers and Cardinals will square off on Monday Night Football tonight in primetime, and this may be the perfect backdrop for the big game.
Last Tuesday, Cardinals’ defensive end Calais Campbell was on Siruis XM Radio and proclaimed:
I really felt like I could have had four sacks last week and I had zero. So I’ve got to make up for that this week, especially going against the 49ers, who I really hate with a passion.
I can’t wait to go out there and stick it to them. And Alex Smith I’ve gotten down a few times, so I know he’s thinking about me a little bit. So I can’t wait to get out there.
Is this just pre-game trash-talk, or should the Niners’ really be scared?
Niners’ quarterback Alex Smith tried to play the situation down. “Hate is strong word. It’s a strong word,” Smith said, holding back a smile. “I mean, they’re a division opponent, obviously there’s a lot of history there, we play them twice a year. Great rivalry, hate is a word I wouldn’t use.”