Leave it to the Eagles and Giants to make something out of . . . zero.
A photograph of Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara posing with a fan wearing a jersey that mocked the number of Super Bowls won by the Eagles hit the Internet on Tuesday night shortly after it was taken at a New Jersey autograph signing. By Wednesday morning it had become a source of contention between the two NFC East rivals as they prepare to face each other on Sunday night.
"I got a few texts," Rodgers-Cromartie said of correspondences from his former Eagles teammates. "I heard from them before I heard anything. That's how I knew it definitely was out there."
Both Rodgers-Cromartie and Amukamara tried to distance themselves from the photograph. "I can understand why they took it that way, but we didn't mean nothing," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "We were just two guys taking a picture, we didn't think nothing of it. Definitely nothing to be disrespectful of anybody. Just meeting the requirements of a fan. He wanted us to take a picture, we took it."
"If we really wanted to say something we would definitely say something in front of the cameras," Amukamara said, adding that Tom Coughlin had already spoken to him about the incident.
The Eagles, though, clearly had their feathers ruffled by it.
"Did Prince win a Super Bowl?" running back LeSean McCoy asked [in fact, he did]. "I know DRC didn't . . . It's entertainment."
The photograph showed fan Joe Ruback -- aka License Plate Guy -- wearing a custom-made Eagles jersey. The name on it is "SUPERBOWLS" and the number below it is 0. Ruback is flanked by the two cornerbacks who are circling their thumbs and forefingers to make another zero.
There have been other ripples of trash talking between the teams this week. Antrel Rolle said on Monday that he didn't think the Eagles were the team to beat in the NFC East and that Philadelphia's division title last year was aided by a lack of good teams (including his own). He stood by those comments Wednesday.
"He talks too much," Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin said of Rolle to reporters in Philadelphia.
While the verbal (and photographic) jabs have gone back and forth, they are still not near where they were several years ago when McCoy and Osi Umenyiora would launch tirades at each other. McCoy acknowledged that he missed that banter and that no one -- not Rolle or the taunting cornerbacks -- has picked up the pushpin in the Great Bulletin Board War between the teams.
"The rivalry is the same," McCoy said, "but playing against Osi and [Justin] Tuck, that was kind of special."