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Dan Rooney gets run out of press box in New York

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, a Hall of Famer who relinquished his day-to-day operation of the team once he became the U.S. ambassador to Ireland, really misses seeing his team play.  So he flew to New York over the weekend to take in a preseason game against the Giants.

As Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explains it, Rooney routinely spends some time before each game in the press box, a typically eclectic mix of writers and scouts and spotters and team P.R. officials and others who have the appropriate rectangular piece of cardboard around their necks or tied to their belt loops.

On Saturday night, Mr. Rooney was doing just that — until a press box attendant asked him to leave.

As it turns out, Rooney wasn’t misbehaving in the press box (cheering, for example, is prohibited, although some ignore the rule); instead, his ticket/credential applied only to the owner’s box.

Per Bouchette, the person who asked Dan Rooney to go didn’t know it was Dan Rooney.  True to form, the humble and modest Dan Rooney didn’t become unglued or play the “do you know who I am?” card.  Instead, he quietly left.

Here’s hoping that Dan Rooney makes plenty of trips back to the States once the labor negotiations get rolling (if they ever get rolling).  If we’re going to have football in 2011, we all need Mr. Rooney to stand up and clunk some heads together, in the most humble and modest way possible.

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108 Responses to “Dan Rooney gets run out of press box in New York”
  1. kravon says: Aug 23, 2010 1:31 PM

    Dan Rooney was just lost.

  2. FireJerryJones says: Aug 23, 2010 1:34 PM

    Class act. They wouldn’t know what that looks like in NYC or Jersey.

  3. Kevin DuBrow says: Aug 23, 2010 1:34 PM

    wow, the complete opposite of what a classless steeler player would have done.

  4. ray finkle says: Aug 23, 2010 1:35 PM

    wow, no mention of the rooney rule here. shocking. we all know florio has a hard on for dan rooney.

  5. Suitcasehead Golic says: Aug 23, 2010 1:36 PM

    I think he travels with all 6 Lombardies–hence there probably wasn’t enough room left over in the box for Frank Gifford to have a little ass play with a flight attendant..

  6. BurkieInBoston says: Aug 23, 2010 1:38 PM

    Anyone who doesn’t know what one of the legendary fixtures of the NFL looks like, should not be working for a NFL franchise. The Maras must be besides themselves.

  7. blitz43burgh92 says: Aug 23, 2010 1:39 PM

    here we go steelers here we go

  8. pacificamike says: Aug 23, 2010 1:39 PM

    humble and modest, just like rapherburger

  9. Laxer37 says: Aug 23, 2010 1:40 PM

    I have an image of a 20-something intern on a power trip telling the United States Ambassador to Ireland to leave the press box.
    How can you work in professional football and not know who Dan Rooney is?

  10. BKjetsfan101 says: Aug 23, 2010 1:43 PM

    Hahaha thats rich. Id bet the attendant knew exactly who he was lol and still ran his ass outta there

  11. Blackbeard says: Aug 23, 2010 1:44 PM

    At least someone in Pits-burgh knows the meaning of the word “no”

  12. cacaw410 says: Aug 23, 2010 1:44 PM

    florio, i believe the proper syntax is “most humblest”

  13. The Real Shuxion says: Aug 23, 2010 1:47 PM

    As long as he pays for it himself and us taxpayers don’t pay for it, he can go wherever the hell he wants.

  14. -RoNiN- says: Aug 23, 2010 1:48 PM

    Wow.. I’m not a Steelers fan, quite the opposite, but that was a classy move.. hats off to Mr Rooney for respecting an employee simply doing his job!! Class act.. no doubt!

  15. Wonka 2 says: Aug 23, 2010 1:48 PM

    Oh this is rich!
    Florio spends years bashing the Rooney family and their team, but now on the doorsteps of a lock-out he comes groveling at the feet of Mr Rooney hoping he will step in and save the league from a work stoppage.
    A work stoppage that would likely bankrupt Florio and bring an end to this crappy tabloid website once and for all.
    Are your knees sore yet Florio, or just your throat???

  16. Holeinone09 says: Aug 23, 2010 1:49 PM

    The Rooneys, beginning with Art senior and continuing with Dan, have always been among the class owners of the league. Pittsburgh fans have been extremely fortunate to have them as owners since day 1. They have brought leadership and stability to the franchise. I would expect Dan to get involved somehow in the labor situation, if he is not already in the background somewhere. There is too much money being made by everyone to make a mistake and have a problem next year.

  17. shaunypoo says: Aug 23, 2010 1:52 PM

    Wow, what a great piece of asskissing. If someone new to the site didn’t know who you rooted for, they do now.

  18. migp44 says: Aug 23, 2010 1:52 PM

    Sounds like Florio’s got a man crush

  19. Dr. Michael says: Aug 23, 2010 1:52 PM

    I heard Big Ben was next to the quiet Mr. Rooney and he pulled down his pants when the attendant asked them both to leave. Roger Goodell has no comment until the facts are assembled.

  20. SixburghDynasty says: Aug 23, 2010 1:54 PM

    The idiot attendant needs canned ASAP
    Dan Rooney is all class so reading this does not surprise me at all.

  21. Tomthebombtracy says: Aug 23, 2010 1:54 PM

    It was the Giants’ first ever home game and only the second one there.
    And the Rooneys and Maras have married into each other producing among other things movie starlets like Kate Mara and Rooney Mara.
    A lot of people sure are embarrassed.
    Maybe the attendant should have memorized the pics in the media game.
    Whoops, the Rooneys don’t put their pics or their bios in the media guide.
    What would have happened if that was Dan Snyder and not Dan Rooney?

  22. connie says: Aug 23, 2010 1:57 PM

    Thank God he knows the word no. If stupid ben knew the word people would still respect him.
    But Mr. Happy is being so good he is over the top.
    Do you believe him I don’t. Can’t change in 2 months.

  23. Jack Burton says: Aug 23, 2010 1:57 PM

    Yeah I’m sorry you’re good enough to be an owner but not in the press box. Nothing illogical about that at all. HA.

  24. ampats says: Aug 23, 2010 1:59 PM

    BKjetsfan101,
    Once again showing everyone the class of the jets fanbase.

  25. Hap says: Aug 23, 2010 2:00 PM

    If he had a set, he’d tell Roger Goodell to GTFU.

  26. jediwrstlr says: Aug 23, 2010 2:00 PM

    WOW, Florio has a person associated with the Steelers, that….he likes???? It must be getting cold in hell.

  27. Donna says: Aug 23, 2010 2:00 PM

    MMmmmm wonder if the attendant still has a job?? It would be a shame for him/her to learn the Who is Who lesson after they’ve been handed one of those little pink slips…..

  28. kevind says: Aug 23, 2010 2:02 PM

    Dan Rooney is a class act.The NFL is better because of the Rooney family and all of the contributations they have made to the league.Its a sad day when you cant respect a man like this.

  29. wlubake says: Aug 23, 2010 2:02 PM

    Guy’s just doing his job, folks. I’m sure the guy is especially tight on it, given this was the 2nd game in the stadium. Whoever didn’t make sure Rooney also had press box credentials (possibly Rooney himself is to blame) if he wanted them is the person in the wrong.

  30. FrankoBollo says: Aug 23, 2010 2:06 PM

    Word is Mr. Rooney feared if he didn’t leave, he’d be beaten senseless by Jay Mariotti.

  31. Lufer says: Aug 23, 2010 2:08 PM

    cacaw410 says: August 23, 2010 1:44 PM
    florio, i believe the proper syntax is “most humblest”
    ********************************
    Are you serious, man? If so, that’s the “most stupidest” thing I’ve seen all day.

  32. Blackn'Gold says: Aug 23, 2010 2:10 PM

    Mr. Florio, it’s a slow news day when your syntax is being corrected. I thought syntax was money collected be those revenuers. Of course he is a humble and thoughtful man. That is the essence of the man. The antithesis of say Jerry Jones. Mr. Rooney let’s his team do the talking.
    GO STEELERS!

  33. bonecity7 says: Aug 23, 2010 2:10 PM

    ray finkle says:
    August 23, 2010 1:35 PM
    “…..we all know florio has a hard on for dan rooney.”
    Hey Fink, If we all know it, why did you feel the need to tell us?

  34. Playmaker's Dealer says: Aug 23, 2010 2:12 PM

    hate the steelers…love the rooney family

  35. Chapnasty. says: Aug 23, 2010 2:13 PM

    Did they kick him out because of the racist rule named after him that has forced teams to slap minorities in the face because they aren’t being interviewed because of their character or their qualifications?

  36. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 23, 2010 2:17 PM

    And why did he go to the Jets/Giants preseason game instead of a Steelers game? Not even Dan Rooney could stand to watch that rapist suit up and take a snap.

  37. Zaggs says: Aug 23, 2010 2:21 PM

    I’m sure everyone on here knows exactly what Dan Rooney looks like. Right. The ambassador to Ireland is supposed to be special? Please. Just another Obama donor like the majority ambassador appointees. Hell I’d be surprised if the ticket attendant knew what the Mara’s look like outside of Kate and Rooney.

  38. Dave says: Aug 23, 2010 2:23 PM

    @CanadianVikingFan – is Ireland not a sovereign nation? We have an ambassador to just about all of those…there’s even one of our ambassadors up there in America Junior where you live…

  39. Law-Deezie says: Aug 23, 2010 2:24 PM

    Mr. Rooney is the man, as is his entire family. The are easily the best ownership in all of the professional sports….hence the reason their opinions are always sought after…GO STEELERS!!!!! By the way, did you know that they are the only NFL team with 6 Lombardi’s? Well ya do now sucka….

  40. DeathByPurple says: Aug 23, 2010 2:25 PM

    There is a reason why there is no term “New York nice.”

  41. Hauschild says: Aug 23, 2010 2:26 PM

    My question is what qualifications does this dude have to have become US Ambassador to Ireland???
    Just the fact that he’s probably contributed a king’s ransom to you-know-who’s last “sham”paign, and is Irish???

  42. tinopuno says: Aug 23, 2010 2:28 PM

    # cacaw410 says: August 23, 2010 1:44 PM
    florio, i believe the proper syntax is “most humblest”
    ——————————————————————
    I hope that was a failed attempt at humor rather than a reflection of stupidity.

  43. jimmySee says: Aug 23, 2010 2:31 PM

    Brester has the most intelligent comment here — the attendant was doing his or her job and should be commended.
    Mr. Rooney handled it perfectly.
    He sets a great example for everyone.

  44. Rogue says: Aug 23, 2010 2:35 PM

    A class act, followed by a classless act. At least somone in the press box should have told the attendent that it was OK for him to stay.

  45. The Franchise says: Aug 23, 2010 2:36 PM

    @ EverybodyGotAIDS
    Umm… the Giants were playing the Steelers?

  46. kevind says: Aug 23, 2010 2:38 PM

    How do you go from talking about Dan Rooney to all of a sudden trying to put your stupid little jokes about Ben?Let me get this right.Ben was charged with what crime?Oh yeah,thats right the man wasnt even charged.Dont let me stop you.I would hate to have your discussion ruined by a little thing called facts.

  47. Rhapsody says: Aug 23, 2010 2:42 PM

    Umm…the game was the Steelers/Giants. Too bad they don’t kick children off this site.

  48. Bigbluefan says: Aug 23, 2010 2:44 PM

    Blame the poor guy who was doing his job not the the guy who was walking around where he did not belong.
    What did the guy do wrong say sir you do not have the ID to be here?
    Wow that makes him stupid
    Maybe looney dan rooney should stay in Ierland

  49. Hugh Jorgan says: Aug 23, 2010 2:46 PM

    EverybodyGotAIDS says:
    And why did he go to the Jets/Giants preseason game instead of a Steelers game? Not even Dan Rooney could stand to watch that rapist suit up and take a snap.
    =================================
    Bwahahahahahahahaha!
    Too bad you had to look like a complete imbecile to get your Big Ben joke in print.
    The Giants/Steelers game was this Saturday, you tool.

  50. Burning River says: Aug 23, 2010 2:50 PM

    The attendant was doing his or her job.
    And if Rooney was doing his job, his ass would be in Dublin…not in New York.
    And how can you expect Rooney to help with the new CBA? He can’t even handle his own quarterback, for chrissakes…

  51. BostonISaChraphole says: Aug 23, 2010 2:52 PM

    I wonder if he will enjoy watching his team win 8 games this year.
    Rooney was prolly up in the press box trying to find some young PR Intern that Ben could have his way with after the game. Being an embassador and all im sure he is trying his best to keep Ben out of trouble.

  52. FloMustGo says: Aug 23, 2010 2:56 PM

    I was at the game and I have to say, with the stadium being brand new, some of the employees were overzealous, some were courteous, and some had no idea what they were doing. It seems that Mr. Rooney encountered someone with all three of these attributes.

  53. KnuckleBucket says: Aug 23, 2010 2:58 PM

    Rooney is a class act.

  54. Deb says: Aug 23, 2010 2:59 PM

    @CanadianVikingFan …
    The United States played a pivotal role in the Provisional IRA’s ceasefire in the north, and Dan Rooney has been involved in the peace process for two decades. That’s why he was chosen for the ambassadorship, genius. Now nationalist dissidents are growing impatient with the foot-dragging of disingenous parties on the other side, which threatens the peace. Although he’s ambassador to the Republic, part of Rooney’s job is to bring the same calm, reasoned demeanor he’s always brought to football issues to work behind-the-scenes in those delicate negotiations in the north. It’s never been more important to have a competent person in that position.
    Beyond that, Mr. Canadian fan, how the United States of America chooses to direct its diplomatic resources is none of your bloody business.

  55. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Aug 23, 2010 3:00 PM

    did they really “run him out” when they just asked him for his ticket and told him he was in the wrong section? doesnt sound like a big deal on either side to me..
    but good on Rooney for being so humble.

  56. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 23, 2010 3:09 PM

    Hugh Jorgan says:
    August 23, 2010 2:46 PM
    EverybodyGotAIDS says:
    And why did he go to the Jets/Giants preseason game instead of a Steelers game? Not even Dan Rooney could stand to watch that rapist suit up and take a snap.
    ================= ================
    Bwahahahahahahahaha!
    Too bad you had to look like a complete imbecile to get your Big Ben joke in print.
    The Giants/Steelers game was this Saturday, you tool.
    ________________
    Well played. My bad.

  57. In & Out Burger says: Aug 23, 2010 3:14 PM

    I love how people bad mouth the Rooney’s for the Rooney rule instead of blaming those who made it necessary.

  58. Bradenton Buc says: Aug 23, 2010 3:16 PM

    NFL could use some more owners like him. I bet theis Rothesburger mess really offends him.

  59. Deb says: Aug 23, 2010 3:18 PM

    The press box attendant is not “in football” and can’t be expected to know every owner on sight. Dan Rooney did what he always does–behaved with class.
    @ampats … nice post (And bless you for having to deal with BostonISaCraphold–what an idiot! ;)
    @Chapnasty … one of your sillier comments. His name was attached to the rule because he chaired the committee. But the owners as a whole adopted the rule.
    @BostonISaCraphole … Your classless name and post speak for themselves, and it’s impossible to take seriously anyone who says “prolly.”
    @Hauschild … I’ve already answered your question about Rooney, but grow up, little boy. It’s not a sham election just because your guy lost. ROFL

  60. HamBurghlar says: Aug 23, 2010 3:19 PM

    Rooney family = class act, Steelers = best team in NFL history.
    That is all.

  61. JSpicoli says: Aug 23, 2010 3:19 PM

    Al Davis is more likely to fix the CBA, like he did the last time. But don’t let me separate you from the derrier de jour, Rooney.

  62. shaunypoo says: Aug 23, 2010 3:27 PM

    DeathByPurple says:
    August 23, 2010 2:25 PM
    There is a reason why there is no term “New York nice.”
    Same reason there is no “Pittsburgh pretty?”

  63. BigKatt says: Aug 23, 2010 3:32 PM

    This is embarassing as a Giants fan. With the Giants being in the same position as the Steelers having been owned by the same family since their beginnings everyone should know and treat both of these influential football families with nothing but respect. The fact that no one in the press room recognized Dan Rooney makes me wonder if any of those reporters/writers had the credentials to be there.

  64. njhitman says: Aug 23, 2010 3:34 PM

    What make’s me laugh is all the morons on this site that still has to bring up Ben in a story that has to do with a guy who is loved all over the NFL . But all these CLASSLESS PPL in here still has to bring up Ben which their teams has more convicts then NYC in all . So stay classless and we will see you after we go for 7&7 (#7ben #7 superbowl win)

  65. ccoolahan14 says: Aug 23, 2010 3:39 PM

    He’s so classy that he continues to this day to lie about his team’s steroid use (when ALL OF THE PLAYERS HAVE ADMITTED IT), and he has a THREE time rapist as his qb….Stay classy!

  66. phuckphilly says: Aug 23, 2010 3:39 PM

    Anyone ever notice that any time there is an article about the Steelers, everyone responds? Probably 75% of the comments are haters and the rest are supporters. The haters always post the same comments because they’re jealous and can’t see past the 6 Lombardi trophies.
    Goes to show you which team is the most popular in the NFL and in the world.
    Hail to the Black and Gold

  67. njhitman says: Aug 23, 2010 3:39 PM

    connie says:
    August 23, 2010 1:57 PM
    Thank God he knows the word no. If stupid ben knew the word people would still respect him.
    But Mr. Happy is being so good he is over the top.
    Do you believe him I don’t. Can’t change in 2 months.
    ———————————–
    Connie why are you always on a Steelers post are you still mad at them for turning down your invite for a GB . But instead they turned to the rubber doll and not you

  68. RexR#1 says: Aug 23, 2010 3:44 PM

    @Deb says:

    @CanadianVikingFa n …
    Beyond that, Mr. Canadian fan, how the United States of America chooses to direct its diplomatic resources is none of your bloody business.

    Art Rooney’s family after leaving Ireland settled in Quebec, Canada before moving on to the USA. Do you also think Obama or whoever has no business advising any other country on what they should or should not do? Your hypocrisy seems to extend over all kinds of subjects. You don’t mind some giving their opinions but are enraged when someone else comments against those doing so. Unreal, but you are consistant.

  69. if yer not first... says: Aug 23, 2010 3:46 PM

    so I’m supposed to give props to Rooney for NOT acting like a jerk.- Man when it comes to Pitt your all’s bar is really really low.
    I’m of the opinion if it’s a press box and you ain’t press you don’t get in – period.

  70. RexR#1 says: Aug 23, 2010 3:47 PM

    @Deb
    Rooney is lucky it wasn’t a Jets/Steelers game! Rex Ryan would have come up there and told him in no uncertain Rex Ryan terms to get the heck out of there(with a little stronger wording though).

  71. cowboyssuck says: Aug 23, 2010 3:49 PM

    That’s just the way Dan Snyder would have behaved!

  72. if yer not first... says: Aug 23, 2010 3:53 PM

    “What make’s me laugh is all the morons on this site that still has to bring up Ben in a story that has to do with a guy who is loved all over the NFL ”
    I don’t love him – and I certainly don’t think he’s classy – I judge him by his fruits which is his team that is filled with rapists, and cheap shot artists, and cheaters.

  73. buckeye044 says: Aug 23, 2010 3:55 PM

    This site used to be informative. Then they were paid off by NBC.

  74. Bdrunk says: Aug 23, 2010 3:56 PM

    BigKatt says:
    August 23, 2010 3:32 PM
    This is embarassing as a Giants fan. With the Giants being in the same position as the Steelers having been owned by the same family since their beginnings everyone should know and treat both of these influential football families with nothing but respect. The fact that no one in the press room recognized Dan Rooney makes me wonder if any of those reporters/writers had the credentials to be there.
    ——————————
    Nothing to be embarassed about. The attendant did his job. He’ll learn such things as who to let into the pressbox without a pass after he’s been on the job a while longer. I’m glad Old Man Dan wasn’t on a binge and made a scene.

  75. I Din Do Nuffin says: Aug 23, 2010 4:01 PM

    Is this the say Rooney responsible for the Rooney Rule? If so, then got what he deserves!

  76. SomeFans says: Aug 23, 2010 4:08 PM

    Sounds more like the happenings @ a jet game with the low lifes in attendance.
    Rooney probably would have lost his shirt…and wallet.

  77. kevind says: Aug 23, 2010 4:11 PM

    Cracks me up when Ben gets labeled a rapist by some of the people on here.How many times was he charged with rape again?OK,no answer,so tell me how many times he was convicted of rape?You can rant and rave all you want ,but the fact of the matter is the man was never even charged with a crime,let alone convicted of anything.

  78. queenie says: Aug 23, 2010 4:11 PM

    Yep Hail to the Black and Gold and piss off all you haters…jealousy will get you no where!
    GO STEELERS!

  79. theroc5156 says: Aug 23, 2010 4:17 PM

    The press box attendant was just doing his job. Good for him. Rooney didn’t have the necessary credentials, so, he shouldn’t have been there. He knew this and so he left without making a fuss.
    Good job by the attendant. Half of you Steeler fans wouldn’t have recognized him anyway.

  80. njhitman says: Aug 23, 2010 4:35 PM

    What Mike you put my post up about Connie the Steelers troll . I was just saying the truth

  81. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Aug 23, 2010 4:35 PM

    guess my first comment was to blunt.
    didn’t get posted.
    it was along the same lines as ’nuffin’ and ‘chapnasty’.
    but rooney and his rule are a joke!
    instead of interviewing for coaching positions based on skill and experience you now have to interview based on color. color?? really??
    that is by definition rascist!

  82. flake13 says: Aug 23, 2010 4:36 PM

    I LOVE THIS SITE!
    Everytime I begin to have thoughts that the Steelers should trade their fabulous, two-time World Champion dufus of a quarterback I read this site . . . and the postings of these collection of miserable, pathetic, Steeler-hating sociopaths and I instantly come to my senses.
    Go Ben!
    Go Steelers!

  83. njhitman says: Aug 23, 2010 4:37 PM

    Know whats funny is that there more Steelers fan in NY/NJ then their are Giants or Jets fans

  84. texasPHINSfan says: Aug 23, 2010 4:38 PM

    If only it could have been Mark Cuban

  85. Holeinone09 says: Aug 23, 2010 4:41 PM

    Hey bostonisachraphole, what factual support do you have for your comment about “habitual rapist”? Please name one person on the current Steeler team that has been convicted of being a raptist, even 1 time. Go right ahead, dickweed.
    Case closed.
    A thread about the owner of the Steelers, and the haters boringly come out on an old story that has no current merit. Just like someone else said above. Get a life and get a new storyline people.
    GO STEELERS!!

  86. RAVNATION says: Aug 23, 2010 4:45 PM

    LOL kick his Pitt ass to the curb. Steelers are always trying to make their own rules….
    Paying the refs, raping teen girls, beating their wives, and how this!
    Pittsburgh- have you no shame!

  87. Aints Fan says: Aug 23, 2010 4:48 PM

    I don’t get how the Rooney family is considered the class of ownership in the NFL. Art was a degenerate gambler, and the current Rooneys are still keeping Rapistburger employed when they have cut other players with problems in the past. Anyone remember Bong Morris? In order to be considered the class of the NFL the rules should apply equally to everyone. Rapistburger is a bad person, I know he wasn’t charged in this latest incident but he allows himself to be in bad situations. I like to call this Mike Vick syndrom.

  88. flake13 says: Aug 23, 2010 4:53 PM

    Hey!
    You all should worship Dan Rooney. He is one of the 2 or 3 people responsible for making the NFL what it is today–and by extension this fabulous forum, where jealous, low-life, Steeler-hating idiots can spout their baseless, lying, moronic drivel to the world . . .
    Wait a second . . . I may have to re-evaluate my opinion of the beloved Mr. Rooney . . .

  89. connie says: Aug 23, 2010 4:57 PM

    njhitman I will bash stupid ben every chance i get. I can’t stand him. If you love him you go suck up. No morals. How do you give someone like him respect. All you worry about is winning ball games. There is more to a person.
    He will get his because there is a GOD

  90. flake13 says: Aug 23, 2010 5:00 PM

    TinkleTinkle says:
    “rooney and his rule are a joke!
    instead of interviewing for coaching positions based on skill and experience you now have to interview based on color. color?? really??
    that is by definition rascist!”
    ————————————————-
    Every team is welcome to interview as many candidates as they want…of any color…and they are welcome to hire anyone they want…of any color…
    So, how does being required to interview one more person, of a minority status…who doesn’t have to be hired smack of racism?
    If there were quotas, [1/4 of all head coaches should be African-American, for example] then you’d have an argument.

  91. flake13 says: Aug 23, 2010 5:07 PM

    Question for RAVNATION…
    Who is the only team in the NFL who currently employs not one, but two players who plea-bargained out of/or did time for murder ormanslaughter?
    I’ll give you a hint:
    They wear purple…
    They choke in the playoffs…
    They had a running back who did jail time for drug dealing…

  92. kevind says: Aug 23, 2010 5:12 PM

    @ connie
    What crime has ben commited?No morals?Do you know the man presonally?Who are you to decide if someone has Morals or not?what do you care what he does in his personal time.No crime was commited.You sound to me like one of those jesus freaks that feels like you can judge anybody just because they dont believe the same things you do.Is your last name Dungy?

  93. flake13 says: Aug 23, 2010 5:12 PM

    Connie
    If you’re so big on God…
    Didn’t the bible also say, “turn the other cheek,” and “he who is without sin, cast the first stone”?

  94. ncoolong says: Aug 23, 2010 5:23 PM

    I’m a Steelers fan and thought it was a hilarious story…why do you people get so incredibly pissed off about every damn thing Florio writes?
    The attendant was doing his/her job, I’m sure Mr. Rooney appreciated that, and just went to find someone who could clear it up. He’d expect the press box attendants at Heinz Field to do the same thing.

  95. Bdrunk says: Aug 23, 2010 5:30 PM

    Aints Fan says:
    August 23, 2010 4:48 PM
    I don’t get how the Rooney family is considered the class of ownership in the NFL. Art was a degenerate gambler, and the current Rooneys are still keeping Rapistburger employed when they have cut other players with problems in the past. Anyone remember Bong Morris? In order to be considered the class of the NFL the rules should apply equally to everyone. Rapistburger is a bad person, I know he wasn’t charged in this latest incident but he allows himself to be in bad situations. I like to call this Mike Vick syndrom.
    ——————–
    So Ben, who was weakly accused but never charged of rape, should be cut, the same way that Bam, who was charged with felony marijuanna (4 kilos) and cocaine (1 gram) posession AND PLEADED GUILTY IN COURT was?
    This is one of the reasons you are not the owner of a successful NFL franchise.

  96. steelers rule says: Aug 23, 2010 5:35 PM

    Karma will get you Giant fans!!! MARK MY WORD!

  97. Benny Mendenberger-Ward says: Aug 23, 2010 5:41 PM

    Dan the Man!

  98. WVUColumbus says: Aug 23, 2010 6:34 PM

    Ever notice how the over/under for number of posts about a Steelers topic is around 105?

  99. CliveRush says: Aug 23, 2010 6:48 PM

    Pats fan writing: Dan and his father before him represent the best of the NFL, Pittsburgh and Irish Americans. The father may have been a bookie but in the old days that was a pretty good way to make a living and served the working people with entertainment. The object was to leave the next generation enough money to get out of the business. Mr. Rooney and his father did just that. No one has the right to disrespect this man. This man has the guts to step up and bring people togethor when other are afraid to try.

  100. Deb says: Aug 23, 2010 7:07 PM

    @RexR#1 …
    I’m still not enraged ;)
    Neither the geographic history of the Rooney clan nor the traditional consultation of world leaders involved in international relations apply to this situation. A Canadian was passing judgment on how the United States spends its State Dept. budget. He’s free to make the comment. And as a U.S. tax payer, I’m free to tell him it’s none of his bloody business :)
    Look … you can keep looking for ways to take shots at me, but it seems silly. I like Rex. He’s a good coach and a funny guy. I’m about 70/30 in agreement with you overall but, like a lot of others, had a problem with one insensitive comment. Parents can’t prevent every tragedy, and you have no idea what the future holds for your kids. I hope it’s only good things. But parents shouldn’t have tragedies thrown at them when people get annoyed at what they say. And I think you probably know that. So can’t we just let it go?

  101. ShootahCowboy says: Aug 23, 2010 8:34 PM

    Too bad that class can’t be passed down to his QB.

  102. This Just In... says: Aug 23, 2010 9:17 PM

    Not that you should change your “journalistic ways,” Mike, but this story isn’t true.
    A staffer from New Meadowlands Stadium was escorting the Rooneys to the visiting owners suite, which is the first suite after the press box area ends. To access the suite from where the group was, you had to go through the press box. Once Mr. Rooney was inside the press box, he stopped to speak with some people. The stadium staffer told a security guard in the press box he was taking the Rooney’s to their suite; while the staffer continued to the suite with Mrs. Rooney, the security guard stayed by Mr. Rooney in the press box. When the staffer returned for Mr. Rooney a couple of minutes later, Mr. Rooney was already headed to the suite with the security guard.
    So your third-hand information (Bouchette admitted he didn’t witness the incident himself) is wrong.
    It’s OK, though, Mike. Your readers know getting a “second source” isn’t something you espouse; it might truncate traffic to your website. Best to just recycle stuff without trying to find out if it’s true yourself before posting it under your name.

  103. salty says: Aug 23, 2010 10:55 PM

    Rooney “hey guys, I’ll blow you if you promise to lay off rothliesraper for a month or two…”

  104. robert ethen says: Aug 24, 2010 1:46 AM

    “Just an old goofy looking little guy with Coke bottle specs. I ran his ass out quick.”.

  105. cause you are the same says: Aug 24, 2010 5:12 AM

    # RAVNATION says: August 23, 2010 4:45 PM
    LOL kick his Pitt ass to the curb. Steelers are always trying to make their own rules….
    Paying the refs, raping teen girls, beating their wives, and how this!
    Pittsburgh- have you no shame!
    ———————————————-
    That’s right!
    If you want to do it right, go out and KILL SOMEONE like they do on the Baltimore Col-…er, Ravens…BALTIMORE RAVENS!
    The LB…the WR…they treat you right in Baltimore…

  106. RebaT. says: Aug 24, 2010 11:29 PM

    That’s what he gets for keeping Roethlisberger. Dixon plays circles around the fat ass. Maybe Rooney will be banned from another team’s stadium that would be hilarious!!!

  107. hemry27 says: Aug 25, 2010 12:24 PM

    They didn’t know who he was because it was probably some illegal foreigner working the box.

  108. gotsix? says: Aug 25, 2010 1:24 PM

    My wife and I were at a wedding six years ago and late in the night found ourselves at a table with none other than Mr Rooney. Having grown up in a Steeler family that had a picture of Franco Harris hanging on the wall I was speechless. My wife, who cares little for football, had no problem sparking up a conversation that had nothing to do with the sport. Before I knew it we had spent almost an hour talking with him. The whole time he wanted to talk about us and asked questions that showed he really was interested in the two of us as individuals. Very down to earth guy and he told great jokes. The point is he was so humble that I can completely see him just shrugging his shoulders and leaving he press box.

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