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  1. PATRIOTSFANINPA

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    I read this in Reiss's blog and other sites as to what Cassel said in his news conference -

    Is it me and is this disrespect to Brady for Matt to THANK Pollard for the opportunity meaning thanks Pollard for taking Brady out - OR Am I reading into this wrong and a little differently than it was meant to be??

    Thanking ANYONE including a new teammate for giving him a chance to play because he took out the franchise player is a bit shocking,unless once again I am seeing it differently than it looks.

    Cassel's response is a few questions into the conference in the link provided when talking about Pollard

    Could this be the 'evil' and envious side of Matt we have not seen now that he is a rich man?

    http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/2009/03/cassel_nuggets.html
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    No matter the context, that's ridiculous.
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    i dont like it, better be careful matty thigpen could be thanking dawkins sometime next season.
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    It was a joke.
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    I'm sure Brady (a) doesn't care what Matt Cassel says and (b) even if he did, he has a much better sense of humor than most on this board.
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    Does not say it was a joke nor was he laughing or the press either - We can only hope he was joking but even a joke like that would be tasteless since it actually took the best player in the game out for a whole season,thats nothing to laugh or joke about if you ask me.

    I hope someone askes him if those comments were in fun,regardless its a dumb comment
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    Of course it was. You could tell he was just winging the answer based on the lines before that. I can't believe people are taking it seriously.
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    The entire situation is uncomfortable. I mean he is now the teammate of the guy who essentially was the catalyst for him to become a starting NFL QB and be set financially for the rest of his life- all at the expense of his very good friend. I'm not sure what the right thing to say in that situation besides saying nothing...
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    Well when you hold your press conferences you can be as dour as you like :D

    Come on, this is silly in the extreme. Cassel and Brady are great friends.
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    Well yes obviously it was a joke, but it's uncalled for and unprofessional.

    Thanks for taking out the best QB in the league during his prime which gave me the chance to play, hur hur.
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    What's he supposed to say ? "That was a dirty hit, you assshole" ? I thought it was good, quick thinking wit myself.
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    Agreed - Joking or not,we can't be sure but at the best case scenerio and he was allegedly joking it was a dumb and controversial answer that you may very well see swell up once ESPN or other media grab ahold of it to dirty it up a little.
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    C'mon guys, i know we still feel hurt by that hit and to us patriot fans it might feel a bit painful, but it was definetely a joke and i'm pretty sure Brady laught the most of everyone.
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    He's no longer on the Pats, therefore he no longer gets a pass for anything, serious or not I guess :rolleyes:
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    Something cliche among the lines of "It was unfortunate". As said, Brady and Cassel are good friends and I'm sure he wouldn't be bothered by this playful comment either, I just don't find it appropriate.

    Also here's the full quote, obviously playful...

    Just unnecessary. I don't find thanking the guy who took out Brady's knee during the prime of his career humorous.

    ESPN can't criticize him, he's no longer on the Pats. ;)
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    Can someone possibly find a link to that live press conference if its on the net so we can see Matt's response to that question and whether there was a laugh or funny look on his face?

    Would be interesting nonetheless
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    Read the interview. When put on the spot, he sort of admits that Pollard is responsible for him getting an opportunity. In between saying that it truly sucked that Brady got hurt, and that you never want to see anyone get injured. I thought that it was an extremely diplomatic response, which didn't in any way disrespect Brady. OP is really reaching here...
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    I listened to the conference. People here are getting their panties in bunches over nothing.
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    This seems like a whole lotta nothing. Try answering 400 questions in a row and see if one of your answers sounds a little more rude than funny. Sheesh.
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    when i read the comments yesterday on reiss's blog there was the word "sarcasm" in brackets but now its gone.
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    Ha! Amen. A . . . f-ing . . . men.

    We really do sound like little girls around here sometimes. It's so strange on a football board too. "Ooh ooh, that mean reporter hurt my feelings."

    What Cassel said was mildly tacky.
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    I found it humorous when I read it. It was a joke, I don't think it is worth getting worked up over. As mentioned above, they are friends and it was quick wit - I am sure he never wished any ill will on Brady.

    How quickly the masses can turn....
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    It was clearly a joke, Cassel meant no harm.

    If anyone was at fault, it was the reporter for asking that question. It's not like Cassel can say "no, I don't plan on speaking to Pollard."
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    At the very least, this calls for JSN to remove him from his sig.

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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    Really? You can't? Have you ever read this forum before? ;)
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    Matt and Tom supposedly rib/prank each other all the time. If Cassel didn't get mad over Brady having Matt's car tires removed during a practice I don't think Brady will get mad over this. And neither should anyone else.
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    As has been said, Brady and Cassel have a great relationship, which probably includes any level of sick humor without either getting offended.
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    Re: Cassel to say to Pollard "Thank You For The Opportunity"

    Most people can detect humor, I don't think a forensic examination will be necessary.
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