There is motivation.
There is hope.
And then there is delusion.
Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy said Wednesday he thought his team was better than the Falcons.
Not just within the narrow context of the 30-28 hack-up-a-furball job the Panthers lost at the Georgia Dome in Week Four, but overall.
“There’s a point where you know you’re better than someone. We just didn’t pull it out,” Hardy said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.
Hardy was apparently given an opportunity to clarify, and didn’t back off his suggestion, saying he hoped to spoil the Falcons chance to earn home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
“I’m trying to mess up their whole playoff experience,” he said. “I want them to go home sick in the stomach, mad about life, a couple depression issues, all types of things.
“It’s going to be a long day from my point of view. I’m coming.”
And he’s bringing his 3-9 teammates with him. To play an 11-1 team.
Someone should go get Hardy a calculator for his Christmas stocking.
And they should hurry.