Pollard on loss to Steelers: "This sucks"
It may not rank as another chapter in the Ravens-Steelers rivalry — in fact, it may not be more than a footnote — but Ed Reed added something else to toss on the fire that keeps these two teams hating each other.
After Sunday’s game, while a reporter was interviewing Ravens safety Bernard Pollard about Charlie Batch’s remarkable performance, the reporter asked Pollard whether he was surprised by what Batch was able to do as a nearly 38-year-old quarterback who has been a backup for years.
Pollard replied, as reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “No, he is a professional quarterback. He is on the roster for a reason …”
While Pollard was talking, Reed coughed out the old barnyard epithet, a move immortalized in film – as recalled by Pro Football Talk — by Val Kilmer in “Top Gun,” or, if you prefer, a variation on the Deltas during the disciplinary hearing in “Animal House.” (Don’t click on either if you’re offended by potty mouths.)
Later, asked the same question, Reed said: “It is not surprising at all … well, maybe a little bit.”
Apparently, no one was coughing in the background that time.