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Patriots say Ayanbadejo comments “in one ear and out the other”

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Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo got the ball rolling on the pre-AFC Championship Game war of words on Sunday with some disparaging comments about the Patriots’ uptempo offense, Spygate and the team’s decision to cut wide receiver Tiquan Underwood before the Super Bowl last season.

It didn’t take long for Ayanbadejo’s thoughts to filter back to the Patriots. There wasn’t much return fire from the New England locker room, with guard Logan Mankins saying things will get settled next Sunday and cornerback Aqib Talib saying that the team isn’t paying any attention to Ayanbadejo.

“I can’t speak for everybody but me personally I’m not on the social network, Facebook, none of that,” Talib said, via USA Today. “So that’s in one ear and out the other.”

There’s more than enough history between the Ravens and Patriots to keep things at a fever pitch without any volleys being lobbed via Twitter. They played a tight AFC Championship Game last year that was settled by a dropped pass and missed field goal by Baltimore and the Ravens beat the Patriots early in the regular season in a game that wound up with Bill Belichick getting fined for making contact with an official after Justin Tucker won the game with a field goal for the Ravens. All of it adds up to a compelling backstory for a game that means plenty without any of it.

“From what I saw in Week 3, what I was a part of, I don’t think the world would expect anything less,” Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui said. “That’s what we’re going to get prepared for starting tomorrow.”

We’re all in that boat and, frankly, next Sunday can’t get here soon enough.

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23 Responses to “Patriots say Ayanbadejo comments “in one ear and out the other””
  1. bucrightoff says: Jan 14, 2013 9:32 AM

    The Patriots should take time out to remind everyone which team has a murderer on it…

  2. marinomanx13 says: Jan 14, 2013 9:43 AM

    Well no duh. If a player on either team needs any of this media-claimed-but-actually-no-existent “bulletin board material” at this point in the season, then they need their motives checked. Because of courses, THIS is the event that will make Belichick say, “oh HELL NO, someone disrespected us on Twitter? Now we have GOT to play to win the game for sure!” No, it’s not the fact that they’ve lost their last 2 SBs that will make them hungry, or the fact that they played Baltimore in last year’s AFCCG and won in a close game that they want to make sure doesn’t come down to a field goal, no… it’s THIS. THIS event… c’mon, man!

  3. thesportsguy52 says: Jan 14, 2013 10:02 AM

    Nothing more idiotic than what BA did last night. And nothing more dangerous than a fired up patriots team-they’re already too good. As a ravens fan, I think this dude needs to go-he was even the player most responsible for BOTH Kick returns in Denver last week. Keep your mouth shut. This is already enough of a challenge.

  4. donkeykong2011 says: Jan 14, 2013 10:03 AM

    might hold some water if it was Ray Lewis, Suggs, or Ed Reed. who is this clown?

  5. buffalobills2012 says: Jan 14, 2013 10:11 AM

    I wonder how many people lost their houses or savings due to gambling on NFL games specifically the ones the Pats cheated and won. Were dealing with something way bigger than anyone can imagine. The Pats went caught going over and beyond the line when they were cheating, suffered a miniscual punishment, and continue to do so in different ways. No way to explain what Ernie Adams does and why hes the only one in BB headset during games.

  6. djstat says: Jan 14, 2013 10:15 AM

    bucrightoff: Ray Lewis is not a murderer. He DID NOT MURDER anyone you gutless turd.

  7. sdakota says: Jan 14, 2013 10:24 AM

    he should worry about staying in his lanes on special teams to avoid long returns. not good special teams play from a guy who’s reason for making the team is to play special teams

  8. bucrightoff says: Jan 14, 2013 10:27 AM

    I’m guessing djstat also believes OJ, Robert Blake and Casey Anthony are all innocent as well.

  9. realdealsteel says: Jan 14, 2013 10:40 AM

    Brendon, why are you poking the sleeping Bear? Just asking.

  10. harry1941 says: Jan 14, 2013 10:46 AM

    What the Patriots do is study the mistakes teams make. They know a players bad habits. The Texans lost out of fear of making mistakes.

  11. msb360 says: Jan 14, 2013 10:53 AM

    Brendan need to focus on covering kickoff returns rather than run his mouth. And I’m a Ravens fan. Also give it a rest with the Ray Lewis crap its useless focus on the game fellas.

  12. kurb21 says: Jan 14, 2013 10:55 AM

    As a Pats fan, we know it is going to be a war, we know Flacco can throw bombs everywhere and Ray, Reed and Suggs are not at all intimidated. This game will be decided late, by only a few points and no one knows who will win. “Bulletin board” material will not cause Brady or Harbaugh to play or coach harder. This will be an absolute struggle for both teams and hopefully the winner makes it out healthy enough to compete with the niners. Hopefully it will be NE, but who knows? I love football.

  13. CKL says: Jan 14, 2013 11:00 AM

    Think about this for a second…AQUIB TALIB comes off as being the better man in this scenario…AQUIB…..TALIB.

    I’m glad to see an overwhelming majority of the Ravens fans telling this dude to shut up also. I’d say the same if a Pats player said something so moronic.

  14. klownboy says: Jan 14, 2013 11:01 AM

    I was going to pick the Ravens until Ayanbadejo opened his yap…

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 14, 2013 11:08 AM

    bucrightoff says:
    Jan 14, 2013 10:27 AM
    I’m guessing djstat also believes OJ, Robert Blake and Casey Anthony are all innocent as well.

    2 2 Does that mean he still believes in Santa, the tooth fairy, and the Easter bunny…..
    Seriously let it go…you can’t change someone’s mind who doesn’t have it open to change…

  16. bigt12789 says: Jan 14, 2013 11:15 AM

    So apparently when you’re team is as bad as the Buffalo Bills have been recently, instead of rooting for them it’s more important to try and bash the team that has made them their punching bags for the past decade. Honestly dude youre one more Patriots win away from proclaiming that B.B. was the shooter on the grassy knoll and Ernie Adams was his spotter. Just stop with the conspiracy theories… People already question Buffalo fans mental health after having lost 4 straight SB’s and you are doing nothing to help get rid of those questions.

  17. rc33 says: Jan 14, 2013 11:18 AM

    Enough already with the Patriots beating the Ravens on a “dropped pass” last season. Clear as day, pedestrian, now-waived DB Sterling Moore punches the ball out of the WR’s hands.

  18. classyjacklambert says: Jan 14, 2013 11:26 AM

    I think that’s what is so frustrating about the Pats, they always say the right thing which is why, in my opinion Bilichek is one of the best coaches in the league: discipline. Of course I don’t believe a word of it, they will definitely use these comments to their advantage.

  19. tannethrill says: Jan 14, 2013 11:37 AM

    Ummm, since when is Talib the guy that’s the voice of the Pats whether it’s a simple response or something more?

    In response to the Ray murder talk the closest you can go is to say he was there. Frankly the stronger point to make in that case is that he rolled on his two buds and took a plea deal. He was close, one account has him actually stabbing the guy but that account was from the opposing group and he reportedly had questionable character.

    Now Talib is a different story. I’m convinced that dude shot a gun at his sister’s boyfriend. Similar circumstances to Ray’s in the end although Talib got off completely.

  20. ulfarthelunatic says: Jan 14, 2013 12:07 PM

    All of the balls Charles Tillman hacked out of receivers arms this year? He didn’t actually do that. They were “dropped passes”.

    Interesting but understandable how this meme has spread. Everyone except the fanbase hates the Patriots because they are successful, so its pains people to give a Patriot player credit for a brilliant defensive play.

    Sterling Moore did it again to Demarious Thomas when the Pats played the Broncos this year.

  21. buffalobills2012 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:16 PM

    bigt12789
    facts buddy. The book has been written outing all the players and making some crazy, yet factual, points. All the points made in the spygate book are pretty slanderous so why wouldnt the author be sued?
    Because they are true. Keep telling yourself their not but look into how deep BB went to hide the fact that he cheated blatently.
    There are college programs that have had to forfiet championships for far less than taping opposite teams hand signals or placing illegal mics in helmets etc….
    Id say the same thing if I was you and I would cling to the championships also. And am I envious of the NE success? of course. Im man enough to admit it. But I would hope your man/woman enough to admit those previous championships are tarnished and the punishment was ridiculous.

  22. buffalobills2012 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:19 PM

    and why have 0 coaches/players gone on to a successful career after leaving the Pats? Mcdaniels, Daboll, Crennel, Weis, Pioli, Cassell etc…..

  23. bigt12789 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:50 PM

    Buffalo,
    Of course I’m man enough to admit the championships were tarnished, B.B. is a stubborn S.O.B. and his legacy will forever be tainted for it. You gotta problem with the punishment? Boo hoo whine to the NFL about it. But this isn’t 2007 anymore man, in case you haven’t realized it times change. Hell, my Red Sox won the world series in ’07 and that feels like a lifetime ago. You have absolutely no solid proof that anything has happened since they got caught. So any of your talk about it still going would speak more about the NFL turning a blind eye to it than it would about the Patriots. If fan bases spent as much energy rooting for their teams as they did bashing teams like the Patriots, it would be astonishing.

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