I Think Rodney's Ready!
- ***** This from Reiss' Blog:
FOXBOROUGH -- Safety Rodney Harrison was all business during the media's
access to the locker room today. He swatted away questions about last year's
AFC Championship game with authority, setting a business-like tone.
"Let's just play," Harrison responded when asked if he enjoys playing in the
RCA Dome. "If I played them back at Foxborough High, it doesn't matter."
Wearing a red New England Patriots T-Shirt with the team's old logo,
Harrison repeatedly deflected questions about last year's AFC Championship
game. He said it had no relevance on what will happen Sunday.
"It comes down to mano y mano, making plays man to man," he said. "You can
disguise, do whatever you want, but it comes down to one-on-one match-ups.
Who's going to make the most plays?"
Harrison did not play in the AFC Championship game last year with a knee
injury. He had injured his scapula in the first quarter of the
regular-season meeting between the teams, and missed the rest of that game.
Harrison was also sidelined for the 2005 clash between the Patriots and
Colts, a 40-21 Indianapolis win at Gillette Stadium.
Yet any mention of the past contests was met with resistance by Harrison.
"You just have to win," he said. "It doesn't matter. It comes down to who's
going to win. We're not carrying a grudge. We're getting ready for Sunday,
we're preparing ourselves. Each game that we face them will be a tremendous
challenge for us. We're not caught up in what happened last year and revenge
and all that stuff. We're focused on what we have to do this week to get the
***** I knew that Rodney was out of the AFC Championship; but, thanks to my
usual poor memory for details, I had forgotten that he played only in the
1st Q of the regular season game; and had missed the previous game with them
***** Now, given the history of Mr Harrison, with regard to performing in
big games; given that he was injured by this same team last season; given
the point I mentioned yesterday about the expectations for a game dominated
by the opposing offenses; and, of course, given that he's certainly among
the most pissed off of the Patriots about the "cheating" label; what do you
think Rodney's attitude is going into this game? No cameras. No drugs.
"Let's just play."
(Glad I'm not running a play against Rodney this week.)
"I don't have a whole lot of what-ifs. We won three Super Bowls," (Tom