The Orlando Sentinel (MCT)
ORLANDO, Fla. — "I think he's scared to play me," Buccaneers tight end Alex Smith said toward receiver Ike Hilliard's general direction.
Smith sat inside a trailer just outside the Bucs' training-camp practice field at Disney's Wide World of Sports. In front of him were two HDTVs loaded with an advance copy of EA Sports' Madden NFL 08. Hilliard was busy playing someone else when he heard Smith's taunt.
As he stood up, Smith grinned. Hilliard had taken the bait. Deadpan, Hilliard traded controllers with Smith's opponent, ready to make the third-year tight end shut up. He was, however, facing the two-time Madden Bowl champion.
Shutting him up wasn't going to be easy.