There is a rule about hitting the quarterback below the knees. You can't do it. Pollard was on the ground, and there was no way he was going to be able to hit Tom Brady in a legal way... but he went for it. Wilfork fell into a quarterback's legs last year, and he got fined and penalized for it. I don't see why this is different.
But what's done is done. Brady's hurt and out for the season. Yeah, it sucks for the Patriots. But that doesn't mean the team is out of the game. The team still has a bunch of strong players, including a Pro Bowl offensive line, so while we probably won't see a repeat of last year's undefeated regular season, the Patriots are still contenders for the playoffs.
For all of the people who don't like the Patriots, who are still chanting they are cheaters and saying that Tom Brady deserved this... I hope you suffer from a torn ACL. It hurts like a mother fucker, and I don't care if it's someone you hate... you don't wish that on someone.
I'm not a big Peyton Manning fan (or Eli Manning for that matter), but I wouldn't wish that on them.
This is going to be an interesting year for football with the NFL MVP out for the season... and the AFC looking as crappy as it did last Sunday. Bolts and Colts both looked terrible. Jets didn't look too great either, even with Favre.
So we'll just have to see what happens.