FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Remember the Warner Brothers cartoons starring Ralph E. Wolf and Sam Sheepdog?
They were cordial to one another as they reported, lunch pails in paw, for work. They exchanged pleasantries while they punched the time clock.
Then Ralph would try to steal the sheep. And Sam would beat the hell out of him -- until the whistle blew.
That relationship essentially is what New York Jets receiver Braylon Edwards had in mind when he digested comments from Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor regarding Sunday's game for the AFC Championship.
Taylor said of Holmes, his former Steelers teammate: "I'm not going to hesitate to lay him out. No question at all. You know why? Because he ain't going to hesitate to crack on me if he gets a chance."
Holmes wasn't available to reporters Thursday at the Jets' complex.
But Edwards shrugged off Taylor's comments, which didn't cause much of a ripple here.
"It's business," Edwards said. "There are probably times during the regular season where guys might be buddy-buddy or giddy-giddy, but you're talking about our livelihoods.
"Santonio Holmes is trying to win another Super Bowl. Ike Taylor is trying to win another Super Bowl. So they have to bury their friendship pretty much this week."