Whether or not a Super Bowl ring is in the cards for Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, the popular card game Bourre is.
That's pronounced Boo-Ray, a game played by many NFL players during down time. Pollard has released via mobile application with former Texans teammate Ryan Moats. It's avaliable for 1.99 and can be downloaded only at Apple App Store, Game Center or bourreapp.com.
Pollard is inviting Ravens fans and Twitter followers to participate. He started playing the game Tuesday before practice with teammates Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Dennis Pitta and Curtis Painter.
"This is my fist project like this. Coming in my rookie year in Kansas City (2006), just seeing guys play it around the league it's one of those things you really don't think about, like I did until six years later, to create a safer way to play the game and to be able to incorporate fans," said Pollard, who played the game at Purdue for candy. "You see so many people playing Solitary or Hearts in the airport waiting for their plane. For me, it was an opportunity I could jump on and I took advantage of it."
Moats is the developer. He contracted a coder and Pollard helped devise the appearance of the game and tweaked some of the rules. Bourre is a game that usually doesn't end until the players (a maximum of five) quit. This app has a finish line contingent on how much "play" money is won.
Each player gets five cards. They can trade as many as five back in to the dealer. Whatever suit that's used to start, each player must try to beat it with a higher card of that suit. Spades are the "trump" cards, meaning they can override any suit.
"I've already played with a couple fans. They've taken my (play) money," said Pollard, who maintains Lewis is the loudest and biggest locker room braggart. He hasn't done his pregame dance routine for it yet. "It's really an honest, fun game."