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  1. Palm Beach Pats Fan

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    Nothing is more annoying than that one. The Raiders tried it in the regular season.

    Not that anyone should need any motivation, but someone please tell Mankins, Gronk, Wilfork, et. al that they are soft and will wilt after being smashed in the mouth.

    Ricky has lost too many brain cells to the weed.

    PFT link: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.co...s-just-need-to-hit-the-patriots-in-the-mouth/

    original story: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/...be-patriots-mystique-20120120,0,6702292.story

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    Listen, you are 60 minutes from the superbowl. If you need bulletin board motivation from the 2nd string RB to get you fired up for this game, they you shouldn't be on the field. If ANYTHING the Ravens have said prior to the game....or Borges.... or Marshall Faulk ...... or ANYONE is needed to motivate you, then you should be playing in this game.

    YOU ARE ONE GAME AWAY FROM THE FREAKIN' SUPERBOWL. That should be all the motivation you need for this game.
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    It motivates a lot of fans though:D
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    Hey, I resent that!:D But seriously, I don't understand why players love to give the opposing team more reason to kick their ass...hopefully we'll send him back to his tree smokin' days for GOOD after tomorrow's game.
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    Funny, I didn't know the guy was still playing. At first I thought Ricky Waters? Where does he commentate at?
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    Ken, I'm sure the Pats are more than motivated to play this game but if you've played any competitive sports in your life younxhould know thst things like this may help grtting guys to play with a little more edge than normal. Two guys on the Pats that comesto mind are Chung & Spikes, I'm sure they're hearing this stuff and it's firing them up even more which will have a trickle down effect to the whole D as I look at them as the emotional leaders of their D.
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    While I agree with the bolded statement I would I would add:

    If your manhood gets called out by some scrub and it doesn't piss you off, you shouldn't be on the field.
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    The irony that Williams needed a year off to smoke pot and heal, LOL.

    Smoke em' if you got em' Ricky.
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    I really don't care what Ricky Williams says. LaDanian Tomlinson was a caught on camera saying the Pats were a finesse team in the first Pats/Jets game this year and the Pats won the game Grounding and Pounding on their defense.

    The fact of the matter is this offense is living on the reputation of the past. This offense is far tougher than people give them credit for. Try to just lay wood on Gronk. He will lay wood on the ball as he spikes it in the endzone while you sit on the ground wondering why you didn't try to wrap him up rather than smack into him only to bounce off of him. I would love to see the Pats' receivers stats of yards after the first hit because I bet it one of the highest in the league because Gronk, Hernandez, and Welker do far better after the first hit than most receivers.

    This team is far different than the teams that Ricky Williams played against while he was in Miami in recent years. I think even from the beginning of the year, the offense has corrected a lot of their flaws and even the so called "blueprint" to beat the Pats may not work anymore.
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    I firmly believe the Patriots were not motivated enough for the Jets last year, they came in overconfident.

    They're human, it happens.
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    By the same token if it takes a scrub to question your manhood for you to play your best, you shouldn't be on the field either.
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    Way to pull a Rodney here. Williams didn't call them soft, but you twisted the words nicely. Someone like Branch is probably doing the same thing in the locker room. [​IMG]
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    Somehow the Eagles planning their victory parade was extra motivation.

    The Steelers having their bags packed for the Super bowl was extra motivation.

    Heck, even a fairly innocent statement by Sparano saying the division goes through Miami was extra motivation for a regular season game.

    others?

    You never know when opposing stupidity might help you out
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    It's getting to be a bit much now.

    I think some of this is being manufactured in my head but its grown tiresome of players like Pollard, Williams, Suggs et al going off at the mouth. I'm also tired of hearing how tough and rugged this BAL defense is and how they'll come out and hit the Pats in the mouth bla bla bla.

    I respect BAL and their defense but I'd really like to see the Pats dish is out and then some- and I think they will.
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    I see it differently. There is trash talk every game. When you win, you laugh at the trash talk, or shove it back in their face.
    You don't play better because of trash talk, you comment about the trash talk after you win.
    For example, when one team calls another soft, it doesn't effect who is going to win, but when the latter wins they will give a FU back.
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    Why would great coaches spend valuable time before a game talking about such stuff, if they thought that it is irrelevant with respect to inspiring or motivating anyone, even a little? It gets their attention. Lack of respect, or the perception of such, is a strong motivating influence, even among a group of already incredibly highly-motivated people.
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    I'm genuinely impressed that Williams has managed to keep himself in the league after that mid-career debacle.

    Dude might be a little out there, but you can't question his toughness. He's one of the toughest runners, if not the toughest, runner of this generation. Just noticed he passed 10,000 yds in his last game. Interesting. It's pretty crazy that Thomas Jones is ahead of him in career rushing yards. Has there been a quieter 10,000 yard rusher? 5 years into his career, if someone told you he'd be in the top 25 all-time in rushing yards, you would have told you that they were nucking futs.

    While I'm looking at the all-time numbers...it's pretty easy to frame the greatness of Barry Sanders with this statement.

    The best RB of this generation, LaDanian Tomlinson, has played in almost 20 more games than Sanders, but he is almost 2,000 yards behind him career rush yards.
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    Agreed. BB himself told the team in the meeting the night before the SB against the Eagles about philly's plans for a victory parade.
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    IIRC, didn't he actually read the whole route out loud?
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    Far out Ricky...

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    Someone should be checking packages sent to his house that weigh 2.5 pounds as well.
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    Ricky Williams has a soft voice.
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    I think it does more to rile up fans than anything else and i think Belichik ignores most of it and wouldn't use something like Ryan's comments because they are irrelevant to this game. I do however think that he will take specific items and use them as a meme and motivational tools for specific games, e.g.. the "Parade Routes" and the Eagles thinking it was in the bag for them, even if they really didn't, and I think in this case the "Patriots are soft" meme may well be something Belichik trots out because the Ravens have not only said it but they also believe it and I have heard alot of talk from Patriot players about how tough and physical this game is going to be, so that seems to be a focus for this week, as it should be.

    I really feel that after Sunday the idea that the Patriots are soft is going to be put to rest for a long time as the Patriots are going to win the physical battles up front because they have the best OL they have had in a long time and the Ravens defense is not as good as those they have faced in recent years. Scarnecchia is going to have this OL ready to play and Brady is as prepared to deal with their schemes as any QB the Ravens have ever faced.

    I also believe the Ravens OL is their weak spot and the Patriots front seven is going to play much better against them than many expect. There's a reason that Flacco has 10 fumbles this year and it wasn't because he likes to run with ball. The Ravens OL does not do a good job of maintaining a pocket and Flacco doesn't pull the trigger fast enough. Like Koppen, Birk is a great technician but Wilfork is a big man for him to handle, and McKinney is on his last legs and is no longer the beast he used to be in Minnesota. I expect good pressure from NE this Sunday and that Flacco will make some bad decisions and big mistakes because of it.
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    Sure you use whatever you can to build fire and anger in your players and that helps them get in the right frame of mind to play, but once you get out on the field and get the first hit, none of that stuff matters, IMO.

    If you pass you are considered soft. That won't change. And really, who cares.

    They are a good run blocking line, and yes, they have many shortcomings in protecting the QB. Given that the Pat D has put pressure on the QB in the last month or 2 better than they have in a long time, that bodes well. You can argue it was due to facing weaker OLs, but that doesn't matter because the Raven OL fits that mold too.
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    He didn't call you guys soft at all. He basically compared you to bullies, and gave the cliched strategy on how to deal with bullies. He insinuated that you are so good that people get intimidated and you have won part of the battle before it begins. Then he went with the how-to-deal-with-bully cliche.

    I am surprised someone actually got Ricky to talk.
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    I agree completely, but it doesn't actually have to be true or meaningful to be used as bulletin board material. I do think the Ravens know the Patriots are good but also believe they can beat them up and that the Patriots know they feel this way because they said so in 2009 and then kicked them hard. I don't think that will happen Sunday but i do think the idea is hanging out there.
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    Most of it I think is meaningless but the "soft" perception is something that can be played out on the field and it could affect play if the players buy into an idea they have to show the other team how tough they really are.

    I agree that high powered passing teams will always have a soft tag but there's also some truth in there because run blocking is where you dish out the hits on offense and pass blocking all day is taking them.
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    I think the Ravens are doing their best to convince themselves they have a chance to win. Or rather that they have a good chance. It seems a little forced, but then again it is the kind of thing that happens in sports when a big underdog is gearing up to play an important game.

    I am just hoping for a close game, because I see no way the Ravens win any other way, but the Pats could end the game by halftime.
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