Have I become the old guy on the porch yelling at kids to get out of my yard or has todayís trash talk left me behind?

I donít understand the way athletes talk trash nowadays. Maybe itís a generational thing. When did the sole purpose of trash talk become a way to demean your opponent? Trash talk is an art form.

Talking junk between two people who donít like one another is a promise of what is to come. I donít understand the garbage that passes off as viable trash talk today.

Iím not going to pile on to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, but he is not talking trash. He is a college student making the most of the added attention that wining the Heisman trophy as a freshman gives him.

Athletes spend hours honing their skills to be the best at their respective sports and no time thinking about the trash theyíd spew if the need arose.

Iím not a big trash talker myself, but I understand the need in the sports world. Athletes work hard and should the opportunity present itself, I believe athletes should talk all the trash they want, but also give something back. Donít talk trash just because you can.

If there were a University of Trash Talking, Muhammad Ali would have been the founder. He was the master. He used his taunts as a way to challenge his opponents as well as challenge himself to accomplish what he said. He wasnít interested in just building interest in his competition Ali wanted his opponent to know he was the greatest ever.

ďFloat like a butterfly. Sting like a bee. Your hands canít hit what your eyes canít see.Ē

ďIf you even dream of beating me youíd better wake up and apologize.Ē

Ali was unapologetically brazen in what he said and I like it or not, he meant everything he said.

Donít flaunt your awards youíve won. Tell me what you are going to do. Donít make gestures of making it rain with your money. Give me proclamations of your upcoming dominance. I understand that athletes are talented or they wouldnít be where they are in sports.

The best trash talk delivers a challenge. I want to know the event Iím getting ready to watch is good because itís business as well as personal.

Donít waste fans time. Be original and give fans a promise of greatness. Sports are here to entertain. If Johnny Manziel came out tomorrow and said, he is he is going to lead Texas A&M to a victory over Alabama this week, that would be trash talk fans could get behind. I could respect that.

Ali put it best, ďItís not bragging if you can back it up.Ē