Shortly — ever so shortly — we’ll move on to all things Super Bowl. We’ll analyze everything from the two offensive lines, to the best strategies to keep that guy who thinks he makes really good salsa away from your big game party platter. Yes, we’ll cover every angle over the two-week crescendo that eventually culminates in a football game, including an intense look at what color of Gatorade will be used on the winning coach. Us bros gotta make prop money, and pimpin’ ain’t easy.

But let’s pace ourselves a little here, because let’s be honest: if we take a leaping canonball into the Super Bowl pool right now, by next Wednesday I’ll be doing at least eight posts per day on the Harbowl, and how awesome it is. I can’t live in that world.

With that said, I’ll hand the floor to Bernard Pollard. Hey Bernard, do you have anything to say about how much of a douche Tom Brady is?:

“You’ve got to keep them legs down. You’ve go to keep the legs down. We all know and understand what’s going on there. And as a quarterback, when you go to slide, we’re taught . . . we can’t do anything. When you come sliding, and your leg is up in the air trying to kick somebody, that’s bull crap.”

Alright, so some context is probably needed here. Pollard is referencing Brady’s scramble in the dying seconds of the first half. As is often the case, the quarterback slid and gave himself up on the play. That much was standard procedure, but when Brady slid to a stop he oddly left his leg far up in the air, and he seemed to reach for Ed Reed. The safety was letting up to avoid hitting a sliding quarterback, a move which would have been a costly penalty.

It’s a play that was largely forgotten due to the events that followed. Brady’s three-yard run came after a 17-yard pass to Aaron Hernandez, and then with 26 seconds left on the clock and one timeout in their pocket, the Patriots were in position for at least one shot at the end zone from the Ravens’ 10 yard-line on second down before settling for a field goal to end the first half. Yet for reasons that are still unclear, Brady instead chose to hurry the offense up to the line of scrimmage. Senselessly, the resulting chaos led to 22 seconds ticking off the clock (!!!) before a timeout was finally called with four seconds remaining. It was highly uncharacteristic confusion for a QB/coach combination that thrives under pressure.

But that calamity doesn’t excuse what was, to put it bluntly, a bitch move by Brady. There’s so very little etiquette in this game of football, but it seems to me one basic element should be that if you’re surrendering yourself on a play, dangerously lifting your leg in the direction of an oncoming defender is in poor form.

And now the links part of the links post…

  • “It’s safe to say the Harbaughs will be sick of themselves by this coming Thursday”. [Ray Ratto]
  • Bernard Pierce played through a bone bruise in his right knee. [Aaron Wilson]
  • He still has to make it official, but Tony Gonzalez maintains that he’s “probably done.” [Falcons.com]
  • Let’s pause to give Shannon Sharpe some serious dap. It’s a rare day when I agree with anything that comes out of his mouth, but it was rather enjoyable when he ripped Belichick last night. [Fanatico]
  • The Internet had a lot of bad words to say about our boy Billy Belichick last night too. [Busted Coverage]