Yesterday he was doing pregame predictions on the Sugar Bowl factor by factor -- you know, running game, passing game, coaching, etc. Then, at the end of what I'm sure was a fascinating discourse between Pollack and the other MENSA member participating in the discussion, came the last category -- intangibles. Doing my best to quote him verbatim, Pollack said, "The frustrating thing about intangibles is that you can't put a number on them."
I recall him being a really good linebacker. Now he reminds me of Snorky from the Banana Splits, whose manner of speech was a sequence of honking noises.
He is so small now, either he was juicing at UGA or he's become rather sickly. I mean he's half the size he used to be.
His dad played in the NFL, he was big growing up (Pop Warner didn't let him play some years because of that), and he played at 290 lbs. For what it's worth, he said he also took most of the "random" PED tests for his team because they knew he would pass.
A few years after college he was down to 190 lbs.
cut a lot of weight since his playing days.
in the Pros. Article says:
"The Bengals' coaches expect Pollack, who has trimmed down from 272 pounds to 248 pounds for the move to linebacker, to get a lot of plays as a rookie. "
That might have something to do with it as well.
Pollack makes Spielman seem like a Stephen Hawking/Bill Walsh love child.
I was trying to think of a smarter, more tactically-adept combination of living persons to underscore how wide is the gulf between Pollack and the second worst analyst of all time, but I couldn't.
I like Speilman. He's from the town next to me and I've had the pleasure to meet him on numerous occasions. He really is a good guy.
I know it has nothing to do with his announcing though.
other than football is painful. Very painful.
I agree with your assessment. Seemed like a good dude. But boy I struggle listening to him announce.
My buddy was coaching at Massillon (where he's from) and was running the off season weight program. I used to go over there and lift (the facility rivals college set ups) and in walks Speils.
Dude is just walking in off the street hug dip in and notices a couple kid's had 225 on the bench. He asks the kid's if he can "get a pull" and proceeds to throw it up 20x like it wasn't even there. This all after he has been out of the league for 3 or 4 years.
The man is a beast.
They are why I answer "no" when people ask if I'm strong.
I met him when he was the head coach of the Columbus Destroyers (AFL). He was still just as intense.