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Pollard hopes NYG 'put thrashing on Patriots'

Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:25 pm
B. Pollard tackles R. Gronkowski (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

If Bernard Pollard wanted to ingratiate himself to the Patriots fanbase -- and really, why on earth would he want to do that? -- he’s going about it the wrong way.

While he was interviewed by KILT radio in Houston (via, Pollard was asked his opinion about the Super Bowl XLVI matchup between the Patriots and the Giants.

“I really hope the Giants -- I just hope they just put a thrashing on the Patriots,” Pollard said. “I really do. To lose to a team like that the way we played. We played a good game.”

While it’s true that the Ravens played better than expected -- especially quarterback Joe Flacco -- and the Patriots (especially quarterback Tom Brady) didn’t play quite as well as we would have thought, the simple fact of the matter is … well, Pollard will be watching the game on TV. Because sometimes the team that plays better loses the game anyway.

But he makes a good point about the Super Bowl when he said this, “You gotta look at the experience of the team. What do the Giants have? They got a front four that is relentless. They got a secondary that is really, really good. They got a linebacking core that has been with them. The (Patriots) dinking and the dunking, man? It’s just not going to happen. They are going to have to take shots down the field. I think the Giants watch our film and watch the film of the season. They gotta take away their big time players. [Rob] Gronkowski I think he is coming off that ankle, so I don’t know if he will be 100 percent.”

Chances are, Gronkowski won’t be 100 percent. Even though he’s set to play in Indianapolis, the Boston Herald reported today that Gronkowski sustained ligament damage when Pollard tackled him in the third quarter of the AFC title game.

Speaking of Gronkowski and Pollard, what does Pollard think about adding to his reputation as a Patriots killer (first Brady, then Wes Welker and now, Gronkowski)?

“Oh man, that is fine and dandy,” Pollard said. “It is part of the game and this is what happens. If you don’t like it? So what. I am going to go out there and I am going to play me.”

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Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:08 am

Pollard hopes NYG 'put thrashing on Patriots'

castoner, your team lost to Tim freaking Tebow. No Steeler fan should even have the nerve to poke their head out of the sand for another 6 months.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:02 am

Pollard hopes NYG 'put thrashing on Patriots'

castoner...Super Bowl predictions really wouldn't be surprised if the Patriots went 6-10 next year? This is a team that has averaged 13.5 wins a season since 2001, they went 11-5 w/o Brady in 2008, and all of the sudden they go 6-10 next year? What's the rationale?
I will agree this isn't a strong Patriots team. I am a Pats fan and this is the weakest team we've brought to the big game. But anything can happen right?
By the way, the Patriots do have very good special teams play, Danny Woodhead's fumble last weekend aside. And winning by luck? What team doesn't have some luck involved when they win? Even if Cundiff hits that, it means overtime. It's not like the Patriots were automatically going to lose the game if he hit that. And you want to talk about luck?!?! Ever heard of a guy named David Tyree, who caught a big pass in the Super Bowl with his facemask and then LITERALLY never caught another ball in the NFL, EVER. Luck comes in all shapes and sizes.

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:44 am

Pollard hopes NYG 'put thrashing on Patriots'

I'm a Steelers' fan so I'm not biased.  I like what Bernard Pollard said here.  First, he was in an interview situation and he was asked to express his opinion on the SB matchup.  Is he mad?  Of course he is.  Is he bitter?  Of course he is.  He is a competitor and football is his job.  I like his attitude and quite frankly, it's refreshing to see.  The NFL has become a bunch of wusses.  Everyone who plays football knows that it is a dangerous game and sometimes, people are injured.  I'm all for protecting players, penalizing, and fining offenders.  But c'mon, the NFL is getting soft.  I dislike the Ravens but the league needs more Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Bernard Pollard types.  I don't have anything against Tom Brady or Wes Welker, but they are becoming a bunch of primadonna whiners.  Every incomplete pass, they wave their arms and stomp their feet, expecting a flag.  Get over it.

Thank you Bernard Pollard for being a dose of refreshing reality in a sea of mamby-pamby ballbabies. 

Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:42 am

Pollard hopes NYG 'put thrashing on Patriots'

The Pat(sies) are having the same type of year the Bears had a few years ago when they undeservedly made it to the big game. Not in the same way, the Bears had a good D and great special teams play, the Pats don't have either of those but they are winning by luck. The ball is just bouncing there way when it needs to. Mark my words...things ALWAYS even themselves out so if the Pats go 6-10 next season I would not be surprised. They are just not very good. Brady...Great, Gronkowski...also Great, Welker...experienced, after that they are nothing. 
One more thing, remember what happened to the Bears in that Super Bowl? They opened up with a kickoff return and then said goodnight, Colts dominated as expected. G-men will smoke the Pats again.  

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:32 am

Pollard hopes NYG 'put thrashing on Patriots'

I don't know what the big deal is with people wanting to jump on Pollard's head for speaking his mind here.  He's ticked at the fact his team did not advance, therefore wants  the next team to bring out the can of whoopass on them Patsies. So what? The man has a right to speak his mind...and hate on the Pats if he wants to.  Man up, people. The Ravens DID outplay the Pats and should've won the game. There was no booth review on Lee Evans' dropped TD, which might've turned it out to be a catch (it was IMOH), and were it not for Cundiff's choke right afterwards who knows what the outcome would've been. That being said, good luck on Super Bowl Sunday...may the best team win. GO G-MEN!

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:28 am

Pollard hopes NYG 'put thrashing on Patriots'

It must be so hard to root for a winner.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:18 am

Pollard hopes NYG 'put thrashing on Patriots'

Think about it, the Pats turned the ball over three times if you played better than them you would have won the game.  The fact of the matter is the Pats defense played better than expected by stopping Rice and forcing flacco to beat them.  As well as you played you still lose and that is a fact.  I know your consolation prize is us losing in the Superbowl but our prize is beating the Ravens to go to the Superbowl.  You win 1 game against the Pats and you think you are better than them?  Not!  That's why the Pats are the #1 seed because they played better than you.  Whether we win or lose the fact that we sent you and your Raven teammates home for the Holiday makes going to the Superbowl that much sweeter.  Now go try to tackle a Superbowl appearance that has shook you out your cleates because the Pats pushed the button for the Ravens that reads delete.Cool

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:39 am

Pollard hopes NYG 'put thrashing on Patriots'

It could happen. Eli certainly has the ability, but his track record is decidely mixed. On the other hand, I think that the hoodie has been holding something back all season long, just for a special occasion. I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out that he actually does have a deep game in his pocket. I look for Price to run a fly on first down on the SECOND series for the Patriots offense. Then, win or lose, I expect them to go deep on a disguise on the very next play. In the event that it fails, who'd you rather have to keep the ship steady going forward from there than Tom? What's more, I think he might have a bit of something in mind for 85, who should be as fresh as a daisy.

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:44 am

Pollard hopes NYG 'put thrashing on Patriots'

Pollard can THINK they played a better game but that doesn't make it so.

The Ravens are the only team that ALWAYS plays better than their opponent, win or lose.

That's called "denial". When the Patriots turn the ball over THREE times and still score 23, your defense did not play a "better" game.

By the way, have you seen the video of Gronk leveling Thuggs?

  too funny!

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:45 am
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