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POLAMALU DECRIES "PANSY" NATURE OF MODERN NFL

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is one of those guys who don’t say very much.  So, when he talks, folks pay attention.
Polamalu addressed on Wednesday the league’s enhanced effort to promote player safety.  And Polamalu thinks it’s more about keeping star players on the field.
It has more to do with money and not really with our safety,” Polamalu said.
Regardless of the motivation, Polamalu doesn’t like the focus on fining players for big hits.  He said that football “just loses so much of its essence when it becomes like a pansy game.”  (Not that there’s anything wrong with being a pansy.)
“When you see guys like Dick Butkus, the Ronnie Lotts, the Jack Tatums, these guys really went after people,” Polamalu said, overlooking the fact that Tatum’s actions paralyzed someone.  “Now, they couldn’t survive in this type of game.  They wouldn’t have enough money.  They’d be paying fines all the time and they’d be suspended for a year after they do it two games in a row.  It’s kind of ridiculous.”
Wow.
When it comes to the question of the league cracking down on big hits, the Steelers are unofficially leading the resistance.  Earlier in the week, receiver Hines Ward and coach Mike Tomlin publicly questioned the basis for the imposition of multiple unnecessary roughness fines on Ward.  Even chairman Dan Rooney got in on the act on Wednesday, acknowledging that he is puzzled regarding the stream of fines levied against Ward. 
Though we’re not much for conspiracy theories (except when they’re real), it’s hard not to draw a connection between this sudden belligerence from the ‘Burgh and the league office’s newfound commitment to force the Rooneys to finally clear up an ownership situation that has been clouded since 2006 by the acquisition of gambling interests that blatantly violate league rules.

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  1. kayC says: Oct 16, 2008 10:36 AM

    “it’s hard not to draw a connection between this sudden belligerence from the ‘Burgh and the league office’s newfound commitment to force the Rooneys to finally clear up an ownership situation that has been clouded since 2006 by the acquisition of gambling interests that blatantly violate league rules.”
    Uh… actually, yes, it is hard (for non-Florio types) to draw a connection between those two things.
    It’s not, however, hard to draw a connection between the belligerence from Pittsburgh players and the fact that they’re known for playing hard-nosed, physical defense that makes them more prone to getting fined than other teams.
    But hey, why make that connection when it’s more fun to make up a bunch of crap about Pittsburgh being mad about the Rooney situation?
    Seriously, you’re really fishing today, Florio. Jeez.

  2. packerswin says: Oct 16, 2008 10:36 AM

    Me thinks that Troy is still suffering from last years concussion, I mean how can a player be upset when they want to get rid of head shots and late hits?

  3. RobJH says: Oct 16, 2008 10:39 AM

    I really dislike the Steelers, but I love to watch Polamalu. You really gotta have respect for a guy that plays with such reckless abandon. I also have to agree whole-heartedly. It really seems like the NFL freaked out when Tom Brady got hurt, now they feel like they can’t afford to lose any big-name players. It ridiculous…

  4. cjpck44 says: Oct 16, 2008 10:41 AM

    Go Steelers!
    Anyone who plays the game knows more people get hurt going half-speed or trying not to get hurt than people who play the game at a high physical level.
    It’s what football is about, and should remain so.
    If the NFL is worried about hurting star players (like QB’s), they should ask themselves why they can’t develop at least competent backups.

  5. GeauxSaints12 says: Oct 16, 2008 10:46 AM

    I know they want to protect players and I’m ok with that, but some of the hits that they are talking about do not deserve fines or suspension. It’s football. The most dangerous sport in the world. I mean you got guy who are 6’3 that run 4’4 40’s that want to knock your head off. I even heard on ESPN that the leauge is looking into the hit that Shuan Rodgers gave to Eli. I dont know Rodgers weight but all i know is that he’s big and Eli is small. So I would expect him to feel some pain after a truck falls on him, but it was a clean hit.

  6. DonalMurphy says: Oct 16, 2008 10:49 AM

    Polamalu couldn’t be more right. It’s those damn casual passing-game wussies fault. You can’t even cover a WR or finish a hit on a QB or punter. Insanity.

  7. asbaumga says: Oct 16, 2008 10:50 AM

    It has indeed gotten ridiculous so I love Troy’s comments. Chad Greenway got fined for a standard facemask. I’m sure everybody can think of additional grips when it comes to these petty fines. It takes away the nature of football.
    Sean Taylor rolls over in his game every time the NFL issues one of these petty fines. RIP, btw.

  8. Pea Tear Griffin says: Oct 16, 2008 10:51 AM

    Viva la resistance!
    Viva la revolution!

  9. edgerules says: Oct 16, 2008 10:54 AM

    Well, I am not surprised. Troy has a point to an extent. However, these guys in the Burgh, and I am a Steelers fan, are chirping about all these fines and such only because the NFL is making the team do something about the ownership. Seems to me that the Steelers don’t seem to think they have to follow the rules, but they and their fans seem to think they have a right to slam the Pats for Spygate.

  10. Vox Veritas says: Oct 16, 2008 10:58 AM

    If Roy Williams (the safety) or Rodney Harrison had said this, this thread would be 200 posts long by now and most of them would be saying how they should be banned for life.

  11. Vox Veritas says: Oct 16, 2008 10:59 AM

    I decry the pansy nature of the modern NFL fan.

  12. LoneRhino says: Oct 16, 2008 10:59 AM

    I think the “Days without an arrest” meter needs to be changed to the “Days without Florio whining about Rooney gambling” meter. Sheesh. Boring!

  13. CD_Ridge says: Oct 16, 2008 11:00 AM

    Well said, Troy. Keep on bringing it.

  14. dlmcc0202 says: Oct 16, 2008 11:08 AM

    I respect Troy alot. He goes out and his gives his all on Defense. we all love big hits, long bombs downfield, and QB’s getting sacked. Its not a touch football league. If it was I wouldnt watch it and im not alone. I dont like hits when the guy is out of bounds or the horse collar thing. But I agree with Troy thats its getting to be a little silly with the fines. This is a violent game. Intimidation is a big factor in it as well. Players unfortunately are going to get hurt. When you have a 6’5 280 pound guy running at you full speed to tackle you, eventually someone will get hurt. you cannot avoid it. It doesnt mean you should dive at someones knees from behind. But the protect the kicker and QB thing can go too far.
    Let them play the game. Maybe look to find better equipment to protect the players i dont know? But theres way too many fines these days

  15. axlwarrior19 says: Oct 16, 2008 11:09 AM

    There are 2 different situations at play here.
    Troy is right, “It has more to do with money and not really with our safety”. The NFL has not hidden the fact that protecting pansy QB’s is all about $$$. When QB play suffers, the league suffers. No one wants to pay a bunch of money to watch bad, back-up QB’s suck all over the field. (Unless it’s Dan Orlovsky, cuz that was hilarious)
    On the other hand, the NFL is protecting its players from cheapshot artits like Hines Ward. Ward creates unnecessarily harmful situations by hitting people during/after the whistle in circumstances that are inconsequential to the play. That is an example of the NFL protecting its players safety.
    Its a stretch to think this has anything to do with Rooney, Drunkenmiller, or slot machines.

  16. Decadence says: Oct 16, 2008 11:09 AM

    NFL=bunch of hugely overpriced pansies!
    Tony Romo breaks pinky finger, out 4 weeks.
    Jason Arnott, Center for the Nashville Predators (NHL), breaks finger – out 3 games.
    Conclusion= Hockey players are real men, Football players are a bunch pansies.

  17. getofftheschneid says: Oct 16, 2008 11:13 AM

    I hate the Steelers as much as everyone else does but Troy is right on this one. I’m all for flagging and fining the late hits and spearing head-shots but it is getting a little “pansy”-ish when they are fining for hard, clean hits. You might as well just put flags on the QB’s.
    Was what’s-his-name fined for wrecking Brady’s knee?
    You can’t expect these guys to just stop on a dime or change direction to avoid any contact at the last second.
    Quick thought: Did Troy bitch when Larry Johnson ripped his hair out of his head on the interception a couple of years ago? They preach that any hair sticking out of the helmet is part of the uniform but then flagged LJ for doing it.

  18. shuxion says: Oct 16, 2008 11:17 AM

    “Polamalu addressed on Wednesday the league’s enhanced effort to promote player safety. And Polamalu thinks it’s more about keeping star players on the field.”
    Well DUH!!!!

  19. jbruder02 says: Oct 16, 2008 11:17 AM

    These fines are ridiculous. Florio good try conceiving some connection between this and the ownership situation in PGH. It didn’t work but good try I guess. Damn man when you have an agenda you stick to it, not matter how much the story relates to the agenda or not. Good job.

  20. TimTheEnchanter says: Oct 16, 2008 11:27 AM

    I wonder if Butkus and Ronnie Lott used to hit guys and slap them upside the head after the whistle in the hopes of getting a retaliation from the other team. Hines Ward has always used the “pansy” nature of the league rules to his advantage by baiting defensive guys into fights with cheap shots and then backing away with his hands up in the air as if to say “oh please don’t hit me, I’m just a little receiver” . It’s about time the league caught onto his act and started cracking down on it. I’d much rather let guys like Polamolu make real hits as part of the game if it meant getting rid of Ward’s BS antics.

  21. JimnBigD says: Oct 16, 2008 11:33 AM

    I think Mike is onto something with this ownership thing. I’m betting the poor play of the offensive line, the bad Starks’ contract, and Steelers’ struggles this year all tie to the ownership issue. I’m sure that the Ravens winning the division must be tied to the ownership issues as well and is the league’s plan for getting back at the Rooneys. If you read this site regularly it becomes clear that everything that happens with the Steelers is tied to the ownership issue.

  22. OneLeagueSource says: Oct 16, 2008 11:34 AM

    LOL @ Florio claiming hes not into conspiracy theories.

  23. ScoobyDooDoo says: Oct 16, 2008 11:34 AM

    I do think the NFL players have gotten away from the old school tackling and are trying to make a hilite reel type pain inflicting play everytime. Just wondering what the ratio is of players injured by being tackled as to players injured trying to make a tackle.

  24. Viffer says: Oct 16, 2008 11:46 AM

    The game has changed. Period.
    Players are bigger, stronger, faster. The pads are lighter, cover more, and stronger. The fields are faster and dryer (with the exception of Hines field in rain).
    Is it no wonder players are getting hurt more often with more severe injuries.
    Now with that being said, the NFL needs pull there heads out of there ‘arse’ and quit blaming the players for the environment that they have created.

  25. surfcbpier says: Oct 16, 2008 11:48 AM

    Speaking of conspiracy…investigate 9/11, please.

  26. Vox Veritas says: Oct 16, 2008 12:01 PM

    “Conclusion= Hockey players are real men, Football players are a bunch pansies. ”
    Sure, that’s why hockey players were gloves with 5 inches of padding on them. Arnott probably broke a finger trying to put one of those suckers on. Why do hockey players even need 5 fingers? Grab your damn stick and tape your hand shut around it, toothless wuss. Let me know next time a hookey player gets a gash that takes 13 stitches to close and doesn’t miss a play.

  27. LL Live says: Oct 16, 2008 12:04 PM

    The pansy nature of the NFL will heretofore be known as the Florioisation of the NFL…let it be written…let it be done.

  28. BawlmerJoe says: Oct 16, 2008 12:06 PM

    Fines are levied at Hines Ward because he’s the league’s leading cheap shot artist and a complete shitbag

  29. karlsummers says: Oct 16, 2008 12:13 PM

    I wonder how many people here have actually watched Ward play. I’ve watched almost every game since he came into the league, and he never baits players. If anything, he’s retaliating against trash-talk by the opposing DB/LB. Ward plays with heart, not malice.
    You could compare the entire fine situation with local traffic enforcement in your town. If the coffers are low, the police captain lets his officers know with the implicit message that more tickets need to be handed out. So that rolling stop you just made at the stop sign, which normally wouldn’t get much attention, will now garner a ticket because the city needs money.

  30. steelersbp says: Oct 16, 2008 12:19 PM

    I couldnt agree more with Troy that it is quickly becoming a Pansy football league. Well said
    “Quick thought: Did Troy bitch when Larry Johnson ripped his hair out of his head on the interception a couple of years ago? They preach that any hair sticking out of the helmet is part of the uniform but then flagged LJ for doing it. ”
    They didnt flag LJ for pulling Troy down by his hair, he was flagged for then pulling him Troy back up to his feet by his hair. You can’t do that. Its one thing to be pulled down by your hair and then have the jerk hold on and pull you back up by it, Troy had nothing to bitch about because it was the right call.

  31. fbnkty says: Oct 16, 2008 12:22 PM

    Let me know next time a hookey player gets a gash that takes 13 stitches to close and doesn’t miss a play.
    Right here: http://www.timesonline.com/articles/2008/06/03/sports/doc4844d9007020b665201850.txt

  32. smiley says: Oct 16, 2008 12:27 PM

    Getting knocked out is part of the sport. The Commish is getting carried away with all the fines. Hail! RIP S.T.

  33. Hollywood Wags says: Oct 16, 2008 12:30 PM

    What will happen is players will take morecheap shots that aren’t as visible, and nastier, so they don’t get fined.
    It is basic economic decision making.
    But Goodell is the super genius, he would have figured this out…

  34. mrmagoo says: Oct 16, 2008 12:49 PM

    Vox Veritas says:
    October 16th, 2008 at 10:58 am
    If Roy Williams (the safety) or Rodney Harrison had said this, this thread would be 200 posts long by now and most of them would be saying how they should be banned for life.
    ________________________
    That’s because Troy doesn’t have a history of dirty shots like Harrison or a habit of finishing every play with his back to the line of scrimmage watching an opponent score deep over the middle.
    Nice try to elevate Williams out of the bottom third of starting strong safeties.

  35. bp8833 says: Oct 16, 2008 12:57 PM

    anybody remember sav rocca getting hit? clean hit. you play until that whistle blows. if anyone ever played high school or college football you know that is what you are taught. keep that head on a swivel. big hits are part of the game. i think that the nfl wants to scare people from big hits because even though most are clean, sometimes things go wrong and you hit someones head. that is the risk that these players know they face every time they step on the field. will fining just big hits help this? i dont think so. but nice try nfl

  36. monger says: Oct 16, 2008 1:00 PM

    First they take away our steroids, then they’re making us cut our connections with game fixers, and now they’re fining us for cheap shots. How the hell are we supposed to win rings if we have to play by the same rules as all the other teams?
    – Dan Rooney

  37. VeggieBurgher says: Oct 16, 2008 1:09 PM

    “Troy Polamalu is one of those guys who don’t say very much”
    Umm, Florio, it’s “doesn’t” not “don’t.” This might explain your failure as a lawyer.
    And either you say absurd things like there’s a connection between Polamalu complaining about fines and the Rooney ownership issue to cause people like me to post a comment, or you’re an idiot. Please let us know which one it is. Thanks.

  38. Vox Veritas says: Oct 16, 2008 1:21 PM

    “Right here: http://www.timesonline.com/articles/2008/06/03/sports/doc4844d9007020b665201850.txt
    I said NEXT time, not LAST time. And he missed time.

  39. Vox Veritas says: Oct 16, 2008 1:28 PM

    “That’s because Troy doesn’t have a history of dirty shots”
    The truth is the truth no matter who says it. Apparently, it matters to you who says it. That’s ok, you’re not the only effete ball of fluff on this website.

  40. markspencergolf says: Oct 16, 2008 2:00 PM

    I’ll help you first with 9/11: Islamic Terrorists that hate America and what it stands for attacked us. Next, what isn’t mentioned by Troy is that those players didn’t ‘launch’ themselves like the players today do. They used better form because the padding wasn’t as good as it is now so they had to be better.

  41. The Jimmy says: Oct 16, 2008 2:39 PM

    “Though we’re not much for conspiracy theories (except when they’re real), it’s hard not to draw a connection between this sudden belligerence from the ‘Burgh and the league office’s newfound commitment to force the Rooneys to finally clear up an ownership situation that has been clouded since 2006 by the acquisition of gambling interests that blatantly violate league rules.”
    Florio I really hope you’re just trying to bait us into commenting.

  42. Pantherfan105 says: Oct 16, 2008 3:11 PM

    Florio you’re trying to squeeze way too much out of this but im 100% happy that Polamalu came out and said this.
    I remeber watching an ESPN report some time back with Andre Reed on it talking about how coddled players are today. Pointing out training camp has gone from the “bear bryant style” to these side shows of T.O. on a bike with a sore hammy or players being held out for stupid little things.
    Polamalu was right it is all about the money and little to do with safety. The NFL isn’t going to make money from TV deals if TO, Brady, and whomever else are sitting on sidelines injured.

  43. mrmagoo says: Oct 16, 2008 3:42 PM

    Vox Veritas says:
    October 16th, 2008 at 1:28 pm
    “That’s because Troy doesn’t have a history of dirty shots”
    The truth is the truth no matter who says it. Apparently, it matters to you who says it. That’s ok, you’re not the only effete ball of fluff on this website.
    ___________________________________
    Effete ball of fluff? Don’t make me cry, apparently I’m sensitive.
    I’m sorry I hurt your feelings talking about one of your heroes. Go rub your Roy Williams (the safety) fat head and see if makes you feel better. BTW I loved you in that NFL gear commercial a couple of years ago when you hid in the laundry cart to steal Roy’s jersey.

  44. JSpicoli says: Oct 16, 2008 3:54 PM

    “overlooking the fact that Tatum’s actions paralyzed someone”
    Inadmissable, Mr. Lawyer. Tatum’s hit was not dirty, intentionally harmful or unusual for him or the NFL. It just happened to happen. You need to get over it.

  45. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 16, 2008 4:12 PM

    Interesting that the guy complaining about the league turning into pansies, has hair like girl.

  46. moonbeam says: Oct 16, 2008 4:36 PM

    when troy cited jack tatum,he lost his argument.

  47. mrmagoo says: Oct 16, 2008 5:21 PM

    Kevin from Philly says:
    October 16th, 2008 at 4:12 pm
    Interesting that the guy complaining about the league turning into pansies, has hair like girl.
    ______________________________________
    Go take a cold shower, you sound like it’s getting you all hot and bothered.

  48. chucklehead says: Oct 16, 2008 7:50 PM

    Who cares, it’s a contact sport, get over it, you’re all just a bunch of whining maggots. Besides, these guys all make millions; they can afford to throw away a few thousand bucks every now and then. Just out of curiosity, who gets the monies collected, and whose pockets in the NFL are getting bigger? It would be nice if they took the fine money and put it to good use, like charitable organizations in the cities of the team or player who the fine was imposed on. Either that or throw some at us fans in the form of free game tickets, merchandise, etc..!

  49. Paul R. says: Mar 27, 2009 7:08 PM

    I can understand the rule about hits to the head. The rest I have an issue with in the same way that Polamalu and others have an issue. It’s NFL football and it’s meant to be rough. It’s meant to be violent. It’s some of those “big hits” that dazzle the fans.
    I saw the hit that Ryan Clark landed on Willis McGahee. It was incredible. Both players were stunned by it, but neither were uninjured. It was amazing. Similarly, Wes Welker was blasted by Ryan Clark and although he was dazed and confused for awhile afterwards, he was also uninjured and had no trouble practicing during the following week or playing in the following game. (A Patriots fan (me) applauds the type of play of the Steelers defense this past season)
    Earlier in this decade, the Patriots had a similar type of defense. And, this is what I want NFL football to be about, rough play at the highest level. The players seem to want it, too, or at least those who’ve made a comment. I will assume that a huge majority of current NFL players feel like Polamalu. I’m certain Tom Brady would rather keep the game “as is”. He’s already made comments (during interviews about his rehabbing) that it’s a rough game and injuries are just part of it. He accepts it. They all do.
    I think Polamalu’s right. It’s about the money. That’s why they’re also talking about extending the regular season. They want the stadiums filled by paying customers for two additional games. I hope it never happens – ever. Everything I’ve read says there’s too many good reasons why it’s not a good idea.

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