Yes Patriots fans, it is possible for you to despise another Baltimore Raven other than Terrell Suggs. This man ended Tom Brady's 2008 season with a shot to the knee, Wes Welker's 2009 season with a shot to knee and nearly Rob Gronkowski's 2011 campaign with an ankle injury. This man is Ravens safety Bernard Pollard.
On Tuesday, the artist formally known as 'Patriot Killer' joined KILT radio in Houston, Texas to discuss the Super Bowl XLVI matchup between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. While others would show respect to their opponent after being beaten fair and square, Pollard isn't really warming up to that idea. Pollard said he hopes the Giants 'thrash' the 'dinking and dunking' Patriots. More from Pollard:
"You've got to look at what do the Giants have," said Pollard. "They've got a front four that is relentless. They got a secondary that is really, really good. They've got a linebacking corps that has been with them. The 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've got to 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." (via WEEI)
Really Bernard, really? I mean you could just show just a little bit of respect to your opponents. The fact of the matter is, you got beat. Get over it. Even your team leader, Ray Lewis has come out and expressed respect for the way the Patriots played that game. Heck, I haven't even heard a word from Tom Brady's usual critic, Terrell Suggs.
The whole city of Boston and Pats fans around the country know you have a grudge against the Pats that you can't deny. When you 'take pride' in injuring one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, your just asking to be scrutinized.
When I was kid, I was told that during any sporting event that resulted in a loss for my team, that I should still make a point to go over and shake the other guy's hand. Bernard Pollard isn't doing that all, he's the classic case of a sore loser. It's OK to hope that the team you lost to will lose soon after, but to say they got lucky they don't deserve to be there? That's just ignorant. Your team has moved on, Bernard, it's time for you to do the same.
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