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James Harrison says Kyle Orton "got what he had coming"

When a bank robber gets away with the money, the last thing he should do is call the bank the next day, identify himself, and say, “You’re damn right I took the money.”

A similar concept applies when a football player apparently gets away with a fairly blatant case of unnecessary roughness. 

After recovering a fumble, which eventually was ruled not a fumble, in Sunday night’s game between the Steelers and the Broncos, linebacker James Harrison encountered Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton.  Orton, not cognizant of the line between bravery and lunacy, tried to tackle Harrison.  So Harrison unloaded on Orton.  Hard.

He was running his mouth and getting in the way of the train,” Harrison said after the game, per Mike Klis of the Denver Post.  “And the train wasn’t coming off the track.”

If Harrison had said nothing more, we think he’d be fine.  It was a rough play, but no one told Orton to get in the way of the train.  But then Harrison added a sentence or two that creates the impression that he was trying to injure Orton.

“He was popping off down there the first
time they were about to score,” Harrison said.  “So you run your mouth, expect to get
something.  Everything’s between the lines, so he got what he had
coming.”

Even though Orton wasn’t throwing the ball or otherwise within the protections that apply to quarterbacks, the rules prevent specific instances of unnecessary roughness.  Despite the fact that no flag was thrown, Harrison’s word could be enough to trigger a letter from the league office informing him that he’s getting what he has coming, as in money coming out of his check.

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  1. stiller43 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:07 PM

    Hell yeah.
    This play was beautiful and Harrison’s a beast.
    Even when he’s on offense, he’s getting after the QB.

  2. myspaceyourface says: Aug 30, 2010 1:07 PM

    This is one of the craziest and toughest guys in the NFL.
    He did nothing wrong. Get off his back.
    Orton tried to tackle him and he lowered his head on him.
    BIG FREAKIN DEAL

  3. csloan99 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:08 PM

    I hope Harrison “gets what he has coming.” F him for trying to hurt a starting QB in a frickin pre-season game.

  4. TheBengal13 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:08 PM

    You stay classy, Pittsburgh Steelers.

  5. downwithdansnyder says: Aug 30, 2010 1:10 PM

    Did anyone listen to John Lynch while he was in the booth. He apologized to Aikman, but he said a defensive player tries to hurt the QB in that situation. That is SOP. Harrison just doesn’t have the IQ to keep it to himself.

  6. CUJO says: Aug 30, 2010 1:10 PM

    Great article, Mike.
    “Orton, not cognizant of the line between bravery and lunacy, tried to tackle Harrison.”
    Love that.

  7. Jack Burton says: Aug 30, 2010 1:11 PM

    Although I think Harrison was smart to take a free shot at Orton saying what he did is probably going to get him fined although he can afford it. Orton talking noise is like Cutler talking noise, what have you done?

  8. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Aug 30, 2010 1:11 PM

    “That third-string tight end for the cardinals had it coming when I repeatedly punched him in the Super Bowl. And President Obama has it coming because he only invited us to the White House because we won the Super Bowl.”
    -James “My forehead screams steriods abuse” Harrison.

  9. The Real Shuxion says: Aug 30, 2010 1:12 PM

    “He was running his mouth and getting in the way of the train,”
    Terry Tate since has become more of an office professional.

  10. philgrek says: Aug 30, 2010 1:12 PM

    any player that hits a QB when its not relevant to the play is a bonefide pu$$y. it doesn’t matter what “running of the mouth’ was done.

  11. fatfatuma says: Aug 30, 2010 1:13 PM

    Cripes, Florio, did James Harrison write your headline?

  12. Bdrunk says: Aug 30, 2010 1:13 PM

    Eh, Orton was ok, the hit didn’t even look that bad. He was back in the next series I think. He probably should have just stayed out of the way and not got his uniform dirty.

  13. jb1996 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:13 PM

    i understand the need to protect players but this is still football hard hits come with the game thats wut most people love about football its almost become a baby league now

  14. Suitcasehead Golic says: Aug 30, 2010 1:14 PM

    Hey Florio–You’d be better off writing about the wonderful world of Badminton….

  15. steeltiger34 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:14 PM

    It seemed to me to be a stupid play on Orton’s part; he put himself in harm’s way attempting to make a tackle (with his back, I guess)?? I have more of an issue with the 4 personal foul penalties that were actually called. Coach needs to reign these guys in. I am surprised that k. Lwwis wasn’t cut last night after samshing that display. He has got to be on a short leash with Coach Tomlin. I wonder how he has played during camp? It must have been somewhat decent as he started last night.

  16. Meat Tuperello says: Aug 30, 2010 1:14 PM

    Dear James,
    He knocked the train off the tracks, but based on your historical showing of pure ignorance, we can’t expect you to comprehend that.
    Love Florida

  17. Kaz says: Aug 30, 2010 1:14 PM

    Orton and the Bronco’s got the last laugh as they dominated the Steelers. All the Steelers did was take cheap shots and throw fits. Anyone surprised?

  18. BP says: Aug 30, 2010 1:14 PM

    Just another steeler cheap-shot thug. Nothing new here.

  19. Florio-is-a-tool says: Aug 30, 2010 1:14 PM

    So Orton was emulating Marmalard and Cutler? There’s got to be something about the AFC West that turns QB’s into jerks.

  20. Bun McSticky says: Aug 30, 2010 1:15 PM

    Its ridiculous. Its a freaking preseason game. Denver’s year or any potential to be decent are gone for the regular season if dumbass injures him in a preseason game.

  21. Chapnasty. says: Aug 30, 2010 1:15 PM

    I am not sure how I feel on this. James Harrison is a scumbag of a thug and quite possibly one of the dumbest people alive. That being said if I am Kyle Orton I know my team doesn’t want to see me back down from anyone as their leader. Maybe it made Harrison feel like more of a man to pummel a guy half his size or something like that.

  22. perm says: Aug 30, 2010 1:17 PM

    Don’t encourage a fine Florio… Orton was running his mouth (or not, who cares?)
    Orton stepped on the field and tried to get in the way of a big dog. He got bit. Next time he should adjust his mouth and his play.

  23. Maddog says: Aug 30, 2010 1:19 PM

    Come on now, so you’re saying when a running back is about to go out of bounds, and at the last second he lowers his shoulder and puts it into a db or lb he’s going to get fined for it? That’s the exact same thing that happened on that play last night. You’re reaching.

  24. robert ethen says: Aug 30, 2010 1:19 PM

    Without having to worry about brain damage like human beings do, Harrison relishes those helmet to helmet confrontations.

  25. steel curtain 2k says: Aug 30, 2010 1:20 PM

    c’mon man.
    Orton is paid to throw the ball not tackle linebackers with a full head of steam and the pigskin tucked under one arm.
    While no player should really ever try to hurt another, there is a certain something in every defensive players DNA that makes them want to rough the qb up on any given play. When the roles are reversed, and the LB has the ball and the QB is trying to tackle him he is going to lower his head and make him pay for getting in his way.
    If you ask me the tackling attempt was unnecessary, he was going out of bounds anyway and rather than lying down in his way he could have just tried to push him out of bounds as he was already tip-toeing the sideline. I assume that he wanted to gain some credit for being a tough SOB with the coaching staff and his teammates but he can’t be much help when he’s using a pair of crutches to stand up on the sidelines.

  26. Yash says: Aug 30, 2010 1:20 PM

    Orton tried to tackle Harrison. Even though Orton wasn’t within the protections that apply to quarterbacks…. Despite the fact that no flag was thrown….Harrison’s word could trigger money coming out of his check.
    REEEEEEAAAAACH. A player talks smack after laying down the hurt on a guy who tried to tackle him…and you want to fine him?
    part of the game, it is full contact you know…

  27. Stone says: Aug 30, 2010 1:21 PM

    How was that unnecessary roughness? Orton got low and went in for the tackle and Harrison got low and met him. It seems to me that’s what football players are taught to do. Get low and give the hit, don’t take the hit. The issue was that Orton forgot he’s a QB and shouldn’t be going low against linebackers. Orton got what he deserved because he poked his head into a play that he shouldn’t have been any part of.

  28. andyprough says: Aug 30, 2010 1:21 PM

    What did Greg Lloyd used to say after he’d get fined for popping some QB under the chinstrap? “I’ll do the same thing next time”. James looked like a lion coming to dinner when he saw Orton coming after him on that play. Steeler linebackers – you either appreciate them, or you probably hate them. I’ve got to think Jack Lambert would have done the same thing, or worse. Orton was lucky – he exposed his whole body, and Harrison only put his shoulder to his ribs. At first I thought Harrison was going to go after his head, and they would have to take Orton off the field in two separate pieces.

  29. RedsDouche says: Aug 30, 2010 1:21 PM

    Good old classy Steelers. Stay classy boys!

  30. slutnuts says: Aug 30, 2010 1:23 PM

    you cant fine a guy for running over a potential tackler, regardless of what he says after the fact.

  31. FireJerryJones says: Aug 30, 2010 1:23 PM

    He put his shoulder down and hit a guy who was trying to tackle him low.
    There was nothing wrong with the play.
    If he was a running back, you would call it lowering the boom.
    I didn’t hear Orton complaining in the media. That’s football.

  32. ravenfan820 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:23 PM

    Typical Steeler…….what do you expect from a team that glorifies Hines Ward, the dirtest player in the league (as voted on by fellow NFL Players)
    I hope the suspend him as well as a fine…..

  33. Meldog says: Aug 30, 2010 1:25 PM

    That is nonsense.
    If the QB on the other team was taunting me, I’d be looking for a play where I could give him a good hit too.

  34. mojopin11 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:25 PM

    Steelers suck

  35. Mike D says: Aug 30, 2010 1:27 PM

    Unnecessary roughness!!??
    Please tell me you’re kidding.
    It was a fair hit, in-bounds and well within the rules of the game. Or have they now banned hard hits?
    Sorry if it was too rough for Orton, but it wasnt a penalty. Ridiculous to suggest otherwise.

  36. Chapnasty. says: Aug 30, 2010 1:27 PM

    “Orton stepped on the field and tried to get in the way of a big dog. He got bit.”
    I wonder if Harrison said the same thing about his young son after he was attacked by his pit bull?

  37. Quentin673 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:28 PM

    did kyle orton look like or remind him of his ex? maybe he got confused? no body ever accused him of being smart.

  38. SteelCityStampede says: Aug 30, 2010 1:28 PM

    This isn’t valid. Flagging the ball carrier for unnecessary roughness for an action that occurs before the whistle? Seriously? Orton should have stayed out of his way.

  39. jm4385 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:30 PM

    ahahahahahaha. you cant do nothing in the nfl anymore. i mean since when is it illgegal to tackle THE GUY WITH THE BALL hahaha. orton shldnt have gotten in his way. Plain and simple.Harrison is a rabid silverback gorrilla out for blood. While dangle the meat in his face?

  40. theroc5156 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:30 PM

    Harrison must be back on the HGH. Guy gets cut numerous times and then all of a sudden is an MVP candidate.
    That being said, he can hit the QB as hard as he wants. He’s fair game.

  41. PFTiswhatitis says: Aug 30, 2010 1:33 PM

    If only it had been Brett Favre that was in the way of the train.

  42. demolition72 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:33 PM

    if harrison gets fined it is pure BS. He lowered his shoulder like a RB. Orton should never had tried to tackle him esp. since it is preseason.

  43. Deadguy says: Aug 30, 2010 1:34 PM

    Orton’s stupidity almost cost him his season. First he thought about trying to tackle Harrison (mistake one), second… he bailed on making the tackle in mid air. All of it was his fault.
    Anyone who has a problem with the play obviously never played football and should probably just watch tennis.

  44. HarrisonHits says: Aug 30, 2010 1:35 PM

    I see Harrison has filled the gap for asinine statements that was created when Porter left the team a few years ago.
    Gee a Steelers LB with a big mouth, what a surprise.

  45. WhoDeySood5 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:39 PM

    i can’t wait until this guy blows out all his _CL’s and shreds his acchiles….HGH is a bitch Mr Harrison. Dude looks like an action figure/cartoon

  46. azredbird4 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:40 PM

    lil flo…it’s a man’s game….it’s diminutive fellas like you, that have only washed the jock strap not wear it, that calls for fines when the game is played hard

  47. CanadianVikingFan says: Aug 30, 2010 1:41 PM

    That was fun to watch, not as fun as watching Syd’Quan Thompson run around making plays.

  48. Brothaman says: Aug 30, 2010 1:41 PM

    We did it to Favre in the NFC Championship. It was ok because it was our time and he was in the way of the Black and Gold Super Bowl. Props to Harrison for the hit but it was stupid to tell the media.

  49. BuckyBadger says: Aug 30, 2010 1:41 PM

    There was no way the league can fine him and there was no grounds for a flag being thrown. Just because its a QB people start to make assumptions. It was Orton who came up to make the tackle and Harrison the ball carrier.

  50. GMan412 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:42 PM

    Hey mojo,
    Your mom sucks.

  51. VoxVagina says: Aug 30, 2010 1:42 PM

    I hate everyone on the Steelers except Polamalu and Tomlin.

  52. GMan412 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:43 PM

    When the QB throws a pick, he becomes a DB. If the DB gets in the way of the RB, he’s going to get run over. End of story.

  53. Dave says: Aug 30, 2010 1:44 PM

    QBs are football players too. I’m glad Orton wasn’t hurt. The thing that pissed me off was that the whole thing started on a blown call that was reversed a few seconds later. Harrison should never have been running the ball – the pass was obviously incomplete.

  54. jm4385 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:44 PM

    Anyone who talks down on Harrison is a scumbag. People like you are just haters. You cry bc u dnt like him bc hes not on ur team. So therfore ull find any reason to talk down on him. Football is a contact sport. Who cares if he tryed to hurt Orton. Good. Thats what hes paid for. And big deal if it was pre season….these guys are antzy and have been hitting eachother for months now. They want to unload on sumone. Cant really do that on ur own teamates. And Orton should have NOT even gotten near him. Its his own fault. And if harrison is soooo stupid then why is he top 3 ROLB’s in NFL. You idiots shldnt even be allowed to have accounts on any football site if u dont know what ur talking about. And especially the ones who never even played football and just watch it and pretend you know whats goin on. All of your teams suck. STEELERS RULE. Check our trophy case for proof.

  55. Stillerz says: Aug 30, 2010 1:44 PM

    Kaz says:
    August 30, 2010 1:14 PM
    Orton and the Bronco’s got the last laugh as they dominated the Steelers. All the Steelers did was take cheap shots and throw fits.
    Umm, you do know that the Steelers outgained the Broncos by more than 100 yards on offense right? if it wasnt for 2 pick 6’s by our 3rd and 4th string QBs and another INT in the endzone by Dixon, this game wouldnt have even been close. Get real man.

  56. petro says: Aug 30, 2010 1:45 PM

    Can we stop it with the ….”Stay classy” line? It was marginally funny when Will Ferrell said it but it’s not when you do.

  57. Laxer37 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:45 PM

    Unnecessary roughness?
    For delivering a shoulder to a guy that is trying to tackle you?
    When a running back plows over a defender do you expect a flag too?
    The minute that ball was picked up by Harrison Orton made a choice to try and stop him and he paid for it.

  58. Really? says: Aug 30, 2010 1:45 PM

    Have fun starting the season 1-5, James.

  59. gyldenlove says: Aug 30, 2010 1:46 PM

    At least Harrison accomplished something while being molested by a rookie who is not thought to be good enough to play left tackle. A shame he can’t get the QB the way most good defenders do it these days.
    Orton didn’t derail the train? Because I could swear Harrison ended up on the dirt short of the end zone, seems like he got derailed to me.

  60. IanWhetstone says: Aug 30, 2010 1:46 PM

    The day that you call for a BALL CARRIER to be flagged for unnecessary roughness for running into an opponent who is TRYING TO TACKLE HIM is the day that you should stop pretending to like football.

  61. steeelfann says: Aug 30, 2010 1:46 PM

    Florio. Please. Pretty please, knock it off.
    They collided. Harrison was running the ball. It is freaking football.
    You should open a website called:
    wiffleballtalk.com
    I can’t handle it any more. It is football. Harrison simply ran down the sidelines and rammed into a guy trying to stop him. You need to get off the sauce. Seriously.

  62. Staubach_Aikman_? says: Aug 30, 2010 1:47 PM

    It’s a contact sport. They get paid millions to put their bodies on the line. I will be disappointed if Harrison gets fined, despite him being an idot for popping off at the mouth.

  63. StevieMo says: Aug 30, 2010 1:50 PM

    It’s called “Roid Rage.”

  64. ncoolong says: Aug 30, 2010 1:50 PM

    It’s really difficult to me to figure out why you love football enough to do this for a living when you clearly neither appreciate nor support those who play it hard.
    He didn’t do anything wrong, and to liken him to a bank robber is beyond inappropriate. Gutless turds like yourself just need to dress up their cowardice with words. If Harrison wants to say he cracked him, then ok, but it’s not something you fine him for. No one witnessed unnecessary roughness on that play.
    And the Steelers had four other examples of it last night.

  65. rdiz17 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:50 PM

    I’m sure thats what his mom said when she started throwing punches at Browns fans in a bar last December.

  66. nniifu says: Aug 30, 2010 1:51 PM

    What the heck do people expect to happen when you throw yourself at James Harrison in the fetal position?
    I hate the Steelers and would like nothing more than to use this as ammunition for the perpetual smack wars of us vs them, but… Harrison has the right to protect his own health and well being too. Orton tucked into a near fetal position and dived at his legs.
    If Orton hasn’t learned a few things about how to tackle in all the years that he’s played, it’s his problem, not Harrisons.

  67. Jungle Juice says: Aug 30, 2010 1:51 PM

    Steelers – Kings of the Cheap Shot and idiot speak.
    That said, why are QBs trying to tackle guys in the preseason?

  68. A Commitment To Excrement says: Aug 30, 2010 1:52 PM

    “I wonder if Harrison said the same thing about his young son after he was attacked by his pit bull?”
    Or when his old lady did whatever she did to “get bit”.
    This d-bag is one of the lowest class players in the league. Too bad he has maybe the best play in SB history to his name. I’m sure it will all come back to him someway or another…

  69. sand0 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:52 PM

    Stay classy Pittsburgh.

  70. Jungle Juice says: Aug 30, 2010 1:53 PM

    That’s probably why he beat his wife too – she ran her mouth n had it comin.

  71. superfan99 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:54 PM

    Not only should quarterbacks be protected in the pocket, but now they need protection when trying to MAKE a tackle?
    Smart QBs, Manning, Brady, Brees, don’t try to tackle a LB in a preseason game. I don’t care what Harrison said. Orton should have just let the play go.

  72. Bdrunk says: Aug 30, 2010 1:55 PM

    ravenfan820 says:
    August 30, 2010 1:23 PM
    “Typical Steeler…….what do you expect from a team that glorifies Hines Ward, the dirtest player in the league (as voted on by fellow NFL Players)
    I hope the suspend him as well as a fine…..”
    ————————
    Hines is “glorified” because he’s a durable and capable receiver.
    About that vote: 296 players were polled, Ward did get the most votes at 11.6% for an overwhelming majority of…34 votes. Your own Ray Lewis got 9 votes, and former Raven Bart Scott got 6.
    It’s ok, you can hate him simply because he’s successful and plays for a rival team, not because 34 NFL players are afraid of him.

  73. njhitman says: Aug 30, 2010 1:56 PM

    philgrek says:
    August 30, 2010 1:12 PM
    any player that hits a QB when its not relevant to the play is a bonefide pu$$y. it doesn’t matter what “running of the mouth’ was done.
    ————————————
    Your an ass !!! Player that hits a QB when its not relevant lets see Harrison was running with the ball and Orton got in his way so where was the hit on the QB not relevant to the play MORON

  74. slickshoes34 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:56 PM

    Harrison, you sir are giving Favre a run for douche bag of the NFL

  75. Hollywood26 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:57 PM

    Most of you must not have played football. That was such a clean hit it is ridiculous. If you want to protect the QB tell him not to run his non-athletic azz over there and try and tackle.

  76. lunchbox373 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:57 PM

    James Harrison’s stat line for the evening: 1 assist.
    Hey Harrison, if a team is driving on you and you percieve someone is talking trash, keep them from scoring. You couldn’t do that.
    And it’s ridiculous to talk up what you did on a fumble return that didn’t even count.

  77. dbartdog says: Aug 30, 2010 1:58 PM

    Didn’t Harrison beat on a woman too?? Maybe that was one of the other Steeler thugs…so many of them it’s hard to separate!

  78. myspaceyourface says: Aug 30, 2010 2:00 PM

    I love to hear RAVENS fans cry about Ward being dirty.
    They are the dirties team in the NFL.
    Besides they are just mad Ward has LIT UP every player in the secondary.
    CLASSIC ON ED REED. . . . Check it out on Youtube.

  79. PittsburghSteelerz says: Aug 30, 2010 2:01 PM

    Go James… Steelers football!
    We’ll beat the hell out of you – if you have the sac to get in the ring.

  80. njhitman says: Aug 30, 2010 2:01 PM

    BP says:
    August 30, 2010 1:14 PM
    Just another steeler cheap-shot thug. Nothing new here.
    ————————–
    Tell me how this was a cheap shot . Orton dove infront of a train in motion to derail it and got a shoulder in the back it was a clean hit . But knows talking about the hit on Dixxon the hit under the chin

  81. Cecil says: Aug 30, 2010 2:01 PM

    “Umm, you do know that the Steelers outgained the Broncos by more than 100 yards on offense right? if it wasnt for 2 pick 6’s by our 3rd and 4th string QBs and another INT in the endzone by Dixon, this game wouldnt have even been close. Get real man.”
    Ok, let’s see what we have here: using garbage-time stats by third-stringers on the Steelers to justify some sort of imaginary dominance, while negating better production from the Broncos. Good one. Are you wearing your “Sixburgh” t-shirt right now?
    BTW, Denver never once trailed in that game. Not really much Steeler greatness on display, there, chuckles.

  82. FinFan68 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:02 PM

    Nothing wrong with the hit; nothing right with the statements

  83. if yer not first... says: Aug 30, 2010 2:06 PM

    there is a certain something in every defensive players DNA that makes them want to rough the qb up on any given play.
    Defense – schmefense.
    it’s in his dna allright but it’s got nothing to do with football – it comes straight from his mama
    check out her rap sheet sometime.
    Even though the Roonies are by far the CLASSIEST people to ever own a football team (close sarcasm font) they hire and encourage scumbags like Harrison. If the NFL spent more time suspending these animals for cheapshots and intentionally trying to hurt other players than they do on pot smoking this league would be much better off.

  84. Steelerguy says: Aug 30, 2010 2:06 PM

    It’s called FOOTBALL Florio. Football is violent. Go shed your tears in your cryin’ towel – then call someone who cares. And get over it, or better yet send a letter to somebody….

  85. heyguru says: Aug 30, 2010 2:06 PM

    If Harrison gets fined, I’m going to invest a bunch of money in Ann Taylor stores, because it means the NFL is gearing up to buy some super-nice dresses for all their QB’s.

  86. marktg30 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:12 PM

    I respected the Steelers organization until all of this drama started to unfold… ROFLberger, Holmes, Harrison, Reed…. the list goes on and on.

  87. mkporter says: Aug 30, 2010 2:14 PM

    This is football. Orton took his shot, and came back into the game. He did the right thing by going low to avoid the hit, and Harrison did the right thing by going lower the deliver it. End of story. Harrison is just lucky it wasn’t Tebow. :p

  88. CYGNUS X-1 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:14 PM

    the only fine that should be issued is on orton for his embarassing attempt to tackle.it’s great you husted to make a play but laying down to get run over is not how you tackle somebody you idiot.your a qb you don’t get paid to tackle somebody but if you are going to try at least look like you know what you are trying to do and put your arms around the guy!you don’t just dive in front of the guy to get run over like that.

  89. SomeFans says: Aug 30, 2010 2:18 PM

    little Squeelers….

  90. letterse7en says: Aug 30, 2010 2:19 PM

    If anyone should be fined it is the stupid officials who should have blown that play dead. It was so obviously an incomplete pass, and even if it were in question, it is preseason and they should blow it dead anyway and not add further risk to the players.
    With that said, Orton shouldn’t have made an effort to stop Harrison. How was that going to benefit them in a preseason game if he makes that stop.
    And with that Harrison’s just pissed because he got handled in that game and had zero impact aside from a shot on a QB on a play that didn’t matter.

  91. Wet Paper Bag says: Aug 30, 2010 2:19 PM

    # csloan99 says: August 30, 2010 1:08 PM
    I hope Harrison “gets what he has coming.” F him for trying to hurt a starting QB in a frickin pre-season game.
    —————————————-
    Ahhhh…grow a frickin pair you mamby pamby! Perhaps you should tell your quarterback to stop talking sh*t and diving at a ball carrier’s knees…since it’s a “frickin pre-season game.”

  92. Holeinone09 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:19 PM

    Excuse me, but somebody tell what Harrison did that was wrong or illegal or anywhere unnecessary roughness. He was returning what he thought was a fumble. Someone (and I don’t care if it was a QB) was going in to tackle him low. Harrison lowered himself and went forward. He didn’t try to punch anybody. He didn’t go in with his helmet. And Harrison did not say anything that would make his hit intentionally illegal or unnecessarily rough. At all. Hey people, it’s a rough sport. BTW, Harrison gets held on EVERY PLAY that he rushes the QB.
    For Christ sakes, PFT really tries to stir a pot just to get discussion going.
    GO STEELERS!!

  93. DB26 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:21 PM

    OK, I am a Browns fan and relish the opportunity to speak negatively against the Stool City at any point. But, your reaching for news if you think that was unnecessary roughness. Simply, like a RB, Harrison dove forward to garner extra yards, knowing that he was going to be knocked out of bounds or tackled. It was a good offensive play by a defensive player!

  94. steelersmichele says: Aug 30, 2010 2:22 PM

    So he should get a fine or suspended for a hit that didn’t draw a flag and for running his mouth?
    And using steroids? Any time a guy is big he’s a user? Jealous much?
    Funny, but the Ravens openly talked about putting a bounty on Ward and Mendenhall and they didn’t get fined or suspended. I didn’t complain about that.
    It’s football. Hard hits are part of the game.
    I swear to God, listening to you guys whine about how a player hit another player hard or is dirty or deserves to get hurt in return makes me glad I can’t see your faces and don’t have to interact with any of you. You guys are sissies.
    It says something when a girl likes to watch a hard-hitting game and doesn’t whine about a player getting sacked, tackled or hit hard.
    Instead of watching football on Sundays, maybe some of you should play bridge with old people.

  95. steel curtain 2k says: Aug 30, 2010 2:25 PM

    Even though the Roonies are by far the CLASSIEST people to ever own a football team (close sarcasm font) they hire and encourage scumbags like Harrison. If the NFL spent more time suspending these animals for cheapshots and intentionally trying to hurt other players than they do on pot smoking this league would be much better off.
    _____________________
    Your ignorance of the owners aside… How was that a cheap shot? It was NOT helmet to helmet and Orton put himself in the effing fetal position right in front of Harrison. That like playing dead in front of a rabid wolf…
    He hit him in the back, yea it stings, but if he wasn’t there he would not have been hit. I give Orton credit for trying to stop him but that’s how people get hurt.
    He should know to not say anything from the media but knowing how douchey SOME reporters are I would not be surprised if it was taken out of context somehow.

  96. Shanahan's Rat Teeth says: Aug 30, 2010 2:26 PM

    jm4385 says:
    August 30, 2010 1:44 PM
    You idiots shldnt even be allowed to have accounts on any football site if u dont know what ur talking about. And especially the ones who never even played football and just watch it and pretend you know whats goin on.
    ————————————————-
    So applying your logic, you shouldn’t be allowed to access porn sites, considering you’ve never even had sex with a woman and “just watch it and pretend you know what’s goin on?”

  97. NoRingsForYou says: Aug 30, 2010 2:27 PM

    With a guy as dumb as Harrison you just have to wonder how many years he’d be serving in prison if it weren’t for football. Then again, he’ll probably end up either there or a homeless shelter as soon as he blows his football earnings.

  98. robhug71 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:28 PM

    Looked like Orton went for Harrison’s knees Punk- Orton deserved what he got.
    What’s with the Harrison and HGH claims?

  99. grant44 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:29 PM

    If Orton was stupid enough to lower his head to make a tackle – in a preseason gm, no less – he deserves to be pummelled.
    By the way, for those who posted Harrison will “get his”, there is arguably no one who is more feared in the NFL than Harrison. The only way he’ll “get his” is if someone brings a gun!

  100. Krow says: Aug 30, 2010 2:30 PM

    This is the brave guy who beat up his girlfriend, right?

  101. Deb says: Aug 30, 2010 2:31 PM

    James, James, James … sigh.
    Props to Orton for trying to tackle Harrison. That was gutsy. Foolish, but gutsy–and I admire gutsy. Honestly didn’t think it was a dirty hit, but it was a hard hit, and lately that’s all it takes to draw a flag. Mouthing off about it later is like waving a red cape at the league.
    More important, though, the defense–including Harrison–was reckless and stupid last night and helped put opposing points on the board. Today they should be reflecting on how to be more disciplined rather than engaging in more recklessness.

  102. lunchbox373 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:31 PM

    njhitman,
    Dixon was not hit under the chin. The hit came cleanly into his chest and shoulders which Aikman even acknowledged. And they showed the replay four times, so you’re seeing what you want to see.

  103. Law-Deezie says: Aug 30, 2010 2:36 PM

    All of you that are “Hating” on Harrisson for doing what he did (a football play….delivering the hit to a guy dropping below your knees to tackle you) are idiots and have no understanding of the game. Have you ever played football??? I mean come on…it’s FOOTBALL LADIES!!!! Preseason or not…..the game is the game…Ortons ass has pads on like everyone else….learn the game before commenting such stupid crap….I bet all of you complaining about the play are soft as hell and never played anything physical in your lives….GTFOH……

  104. Bdrunk says: Aug 30, 2010 2:37 PM

    Lots of folks posting through their tears here,
    EVEN THOUGH:
    1) It was a legal hit
    2) Orton wasn’t hurt
    3) The Donks won big (gratz on winning your Super Bowl!)
    Are any folks even remotely curious that the play should’ve been blown dead well before the collision?

  105. steel curtain 2k says: Aug 30, 2010 2:39 PM

    # robhug71 says: August 30, 2010 2:28 PM
    Looked like Orton went for Harrison’s knees Punk- Orton deserved what he got.
    What’s with the Harrison and HGH claims?
    ____________________
    Well you know any guy that gets cut a few times and then decides to try harder to make the team MUST be cheating…

  106. calzone21411 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:39 PM

    I wonder what Orton said to tick Harrison off? Did he invite him to the white house or something? What an idiot.

  107. flake13 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:42 PM

    He never beat up his girlfriend…ever…
    he slapped a cell phone out of her hand and it hit her face.
    You people should get the facts straight!

  108. EazyDuzIt says: Aug 30, 2010 2:45 PM

    Isn’t this football? I thought it was but someone correct me if I’m wrong. If you’re the ball and a player from the opposite team is attempting to tackle you, you’re supposed to take it easy on him because he’s a QB? Where the hell is the logic in that? Now if James Harrison wouldn’t have lowered his head and Orton body checked his knees tearing his ACL’s, would Orton be in the wrong? I seriously doubt it. It also isn’t as if James Harrison was running around looking for Orton on the play either. He was running, Orton took an angle to make the tackle and Harrison lowered his head to give the blow rather than take it. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO AS THE BALL CARRIER!!! It just so happens that it was a QB that took the worse of the hit and it was a linebacker with a history of giving them that delivered it.

  109. HamBurghlar says: Aug 30, 2010 2:47 PM

    Lots of hurt vaginas in this thread… Man up, nancyboys, if you’re on the field of play in the NFL, you best have your head on a swivel cause at any moment you could get your clock cleaned. Wasn’t dirty at all, if anything, Orton could have pushed him out of bounds instead of lowering his helmet into Harrison’s knees.
    Wah! KEEP CRYIN, you guys must’ve taken lessons from those whiners in Seattle, huh?

  110. flake13 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:49 PM

    A Commitment To Excrement says:
    August 30, 2010 1:52 PM
    “I wonder if Harrison said the same thing about his young son after he was attacked by his pit bull?”
    He wasn’t even home when his stupid girlfriend [the one he never actually hit--check the police report] let the pit bull out. He wasn’t even home.
    Haters, check your facts, please!

  111. cmich06 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:52 PM

    Love the Steeler envy in this thread

  112. JimmySmith says: Aug 30, 2010 2:53 PM

    If Orton got what he deserved, what is going to happen to Rapesagirl once he gets back on the field? (assuming he can leave the college girls alone for the next 7 weeks?)

  113. flake13 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:53 PM

    I guess we should just get the flags out…
    Flag football, anyone?

  114. The Franchise says: Aug 30, 2010 2:58 PM

    @ perm
    “Orton stepped on the field and tried to get in the way of a big dog. He got bit. Next time he should adjust his mouth and his play.”
    ——————————
    Odd (or ironic) choice of words, given that Harrison’s two-year old also once got in the way of a “big dog” and “got bit”.
    Par for the course, Harrison displayed the same classlessness then as he did now… or does always.

  115. ejtowne says: Aug 30, 2010 2:59 PM

    James Harrison is a douchebag. He should be made to make a statement to the media apologizing to Kyle Orton. He is in no way right to do what he did. Jerkoff.

  116. pghguyy33 says: Aug 30, 2010 3:05 PM

    what people fail to relise is orton isnt a quaterback after he threw the interception and was playing defense. also when u run the ball you are taught to deliver the blow not take it. it wasnt helmet to helmet so nothing was illegal.

  117. Laxer37 says: Aug 30, 2010 3:05 PM

    @Jungle Juice
    You don’t get to have an opinion, your team hasn’t won a playoff game in 20 years!

  118. WatchitonMute says: Aug 30, 2010 3:05 PM

    Maybe Orton shouldn’t have been diving at Harrison’s knees.
    How about that Broncos lineman smashing his helmet into Farriors bald head?

  119. steelersmichele says: Aug 30, 2010 3:07 PM

    Law-Deezie said: I mean come on…it’s FOOTBALL LADIES!!!!
    Hey, hey. Come on now. That offends me more than most of the posts for this article :)

  120. SteelHammer92 says: Aug 30, 2010 3:08 PM

    Are you f’ing kidding me? That SOB Orton was going low on Harrison. He got what he had coming.

  121. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Aug 30, 2010 3:12 PM

    Well you know any guy that gets cut a few times and then decides to try harder to make the team MUST be cheating…
    ——————————–
    I’m sorry, but I just have a hard time buying the “decides to try harder to make the team” line. That would mean he wasn’t trying hard to make the team initially. I would expect Harrison to work as hard as he possible could coming out of college, trying to make the Steelers. He was cut. And cut, and cut again. Then he “decides to try harder” and is DPOY. Call me skeptical. Not a hater, just skeptical.
    BTW, the play was legal. And calzone21411- Hilarious. Well done.

  122. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Aug 30, 2010 3:13 PM

    Steelerguy says:
    August 30, 2010 2:06 PM
    It’s called FOOTBALL Florio. Football is violent. Go shed your tears in your cryin’ towel – then call someone who cares. And get over it, or better yet send a letter to somebody….
    **************************************
    You sound like such a bada$$ bro.. OMG like, wow you’re tough!

  123. csloan99 says: Aug 30, 2010 3:16 PM

    The real joke here is that Roethlisberger is going to get suspended for two games per rape. Think about that for a second.

  124. kevin says: Aug 30, 2010 3:23 PM

    Harrison is a classless thug- we all know that. Life after football will be enough punishment for him. A group of thugs led around by a serial rapist?? Stay classy steeler fans…

  125. Phokus says: Aug 30, 2010 3:32 PM

    Steeler envy? You idiots aren’t even making the playoffs this year.

  126. kravon says: Aug 30, 2010 3:43 PM

    Hey Kevin –
    You must know James on a personal level to be calling him a classless thug???
    Remember God loves you! Yes, you Kevin!!
    Kravon
    PFT Charter Member

  127. kravon says: Aug 30, 2010 3:48 PM

    Hey Phokus –
    Thanks for predicting the future. Tell us how do you end up dying?
    Kravon
    PFT Charter Member

  128. steeltown22 says: Aug 30, 2010 3:50 PM

    Play of the Game.

  129. sullijo says: Aug 30, 2010 3:51 PM

    Was that the same “train” that gave up 34 points to the Broncos???
    Same “train” that had 4 personal foul penalties??
    I guess desperate times call for desperate measures.

  130. Ilovefoolsball says: Aug 30, 2010 3:53 PM

    Orton shouldn’t be trying to make a tackle on a linebacker in a meaningless preseason game. When Favre threw that pick you didn’t see him diving at people to tackle them. Live to throw another day.
    That being said, Harrison is your garden variety thug who just happens to be very good at playing ball. If he weren’t able to capitalize on his talent like so many others, he’d be in dire straits (like so many others).

  131. TheDPR says: Aug 30, 2010 3:54 PM

    Do they make them any dumber than Harrison?
    It was obviously intentional even at full speed and now he goes and admits publicly that he tried to hurt a QB. If this was a Manning or a Brady, he’d be screwed. It’s Orton and it’s Denver, so he’s not going to get in much trouble for this.

  132. KyleOrtonsArm says: Aug 30, 2010 3:56 PM

    Pittsburgh players are only dangerous if you’re a dainty woman cornered in a bathroom stall. Harrison is so stupid he probably has to keep his helmet on after the games so when he inevitably walks into something he doesn’t further injure what’s left of his diminishing brain functions. Kyle Orton could have flattened him had he wanted to but killing another player isn’t on his agenda until Regular Season starts.

  133. FinFan68 says: Aug 30, 2010 3:58 PM

    @Deb:
    Well said.

  134. contract says: Aug 30, 2010 4:15 PM

    Wait … you think Harrison is going to get fined for unloading on a guy that was trying to unload on him?
    Seriously?

  135. minhw0714 says: Aug 30, 2010 4:15 PM

    How can Harrison get fined for being tackled?
    Kyle Orton laid prone on the ground like roadkill, hoping to trip Harrison up with his butt cheek. To Orton’s credit he did “tackle” Harrison on the play.
    Even the comments won’t draw a fine. Maybe in Steelers Kangaroo Court for choosing to put your shoulder into a prone QB instead of leap frogging him and getting into the end zone.
    But since it is preseason, I’d rather see him hit Orton as he laid on the ground trying to rub more fertilizer onto his neck beard.

  136. marcelino says: Aug 30, 2010 4:16 PM

    Harrison is a douchbag but most of the NFL is. If you play in the NFL, you’re more than likely a violent, egocentric super jock with a desperate need to dominate. Not every player fits this description, but the majority does. It really is in his DNA and if it weren’t, he wouldn’t be the player that he is. Yeah it was a pre season game but you don’t just turn it on and off, Harrison did what comes natural. What happens when you put a piece of raw meat in front of a hungry tiger? Same thing that happened to Orton..It’s instinct.

  137. MitchBergerSaysKissTheRingBitch says: Aug 30, 2010 4:23 PM

    It’s cool, we’ll let other teams “stay classy”. Meanwhile James Harrison will be killing your quarterback.

  138. steel curtain 2k says: Aug 30, 2010 4:29 PM

    # csloan99 says: August 30, 2010 3:16 PM
    The real joke here is that Roethlisberger is going to get suspended for two games per rape. Think about that for a second.
    _________
    Telling anyone to think after posting something as asinine as that is lunacy. Try taking your own advice and thinking about what you say before saying it. If he actually raped someone he would have been charged/arrested/convicted of doing such a thing. So piss off!

  139. intrepidbullitt says: Aug 30, 2010 4:37 PM

    What game were you ladies watching?
    If the QB is going to go after a tackle by submarine-ing a player – he gets what he deserves.
    The defender gets paid to play, which means to stay on the field, and avoid risking a stupid injury on his part.
    Clean play.
    If anyone gets upset over a play like that, then football is not a sport you should be watching.

  140. 34Trap says: Aug 30, 2010 4:39 PM

    There’s nothing wrong with playing the way James Harrison plays. His problem is that he should shut up about it afterwards. He’s making himself sound like a thug.

  141. rickvaldez says: Aug 30, 2010 4:40 PM

    Did half of you commenting even watch the play? He dropped to the ground and turned his head away probably thinking the moron would just step out of bounds. But no he wanted to act like the bully picking on the little kids to make himself feel better and dove right into him. Clear cheap shot but hey its Pittsburgh what do you expect

  142. Randy S says: Aug 30, 2010 4:45 PM

    Just a quick question and comment:
    All you bandwagon Steeler fans that promote raping women…..how did your “First team offense and defense” do against the “not a playoff team” Denver Broncos? That is what I thought. Take you plate of your team sucks, and are overhyped, and eat it quietly.
    Why did Orton talk crap? Because he could….Did anyone see the scoreboard from the game???? Just wondering….
    Steeler Fans ARE PATHETIC. Your franchise is based around a loser in the defense, and a certified woman raper (and beater). Nice. Something to be proud of.

  143. konaehukai says: Aug 30, 2010 4:50 PM

    @ steel curtain
    I guess you’re not aware that in Pennsylvania, a serious motorcycle accident gets you 2 free rapes.
    If it wasn’t for the rape he’d never get laid.

  144. Scoop says: Aug 30, 2010 4:53 PM

    My initial impression was that Harrison is a thug; now I understand that he’s just a special needs case (forgot about his genius White House wisdom). I wonder– doesn’t that make it sort of unethical for a ‘normal’ player to hit him?

  145. Randy S says: Aug 30, 2010 4:54 PM

    rickvaldez says:
    August 30, 2010 4:40 PM
    Did half of you commenting even watch the play? He dropped to the ground and turned his head away probably thinking the moron would just step out of bounds. But no he wanted to act like the bully picking on the little kids to make himself feel better and dove right into him. Clear cheap shot but hey its Pittsburgh what do you expect
    ________________________
    Yup, and therefore, a fine will be in his locker.

  146. stillayinzer says: Aug 30, 2010 4:55 PM

    philgrek says:
    August 30, 2010 1:12 PM
    “any player that hits a QB when its not relevant to the play is a bonefide pu$$y. it doesn’t matter what “running of the mouth’ was done. ”
    Really dude? James Harrison is a pu$$y? Really? Who is a bigger pu$$y? Harrison or you for slinging mud at a guy like him from the comfortable protection of your anonomous computer keyboard? If you have the balls to say such a thing to his face, you win. Somehow I don’t think you do. But hey, Harrison is a pu$$y right so it should be no big deal for you right?

  147. turdfurguson says: Aug 30, 2010 4:58 PM

    What do you expect from a worthless thug like him? Shoulda had a personal foul penalty in the super bowl against arizona. He is a piece of trash hence he plays for the steelers… On the bright side he hasn’t gotten caught raping any woman YET… He is stupid though so it’s only a matter of time.

  148. Randy S says: Aug 30, 2010 5:15 PM

    WOAH Stillayinzer…Someone needs to get off Harrison’s jock. Seriously, are you guys dating? WOW.

  149. Randy S says: Aug 30, 2010 5:18 PM

    njhitman says:
    August 30, 2010 2:01 PM
    BP says:
    August 30, 2010 1:14 PM
    Just another steeler cheap-shot thug. Nothing new here.
    ——————– ——
    Tell me how this was a cheap shot . Orton dove infront of a train in motion to derail it and got a shoulder in the back it was a clean hit . But knows talking about the hit on Dixxon the hit under the chin
    ________________________________
    Somone didn’t watch the game, or knows any grammar. The hit on Dixon was from Wesley Woodyard, and his helmet hit his chest. Even Troy Gayman said he retracted his statement because he overlooked the obvious. Nice try though.

  150. Bdrunk says: Aug 30, 2010 5:19 PM

    rickvaldez says:
    August 30, 2010 4:40 PM
    “Did half of you commenting even watch the play? He dropped to the ground and turned his head away probably thinking the moron would just step out of bounds. But no he wanted to act like the bully picking on the little kids to make himself feel better and dove right into him. Clear cheap shot but hey its Pittsburgh what do you expect ”
    ——————–
    More like Orton dropped his shoulder and went after Harrison’s knees. Clear cheap shot but hey its Denver what do you expect. All he had to do was push him out of bounds but no he wanted to play hero by trying to end his season.

  151. Steelmeats says: Aug 30, 2010 5:22 PM

    If that hit was dirty, what do you call the blind side hit Kurt Warner took last year during the playoffs when trying to chase down a defender. If Harrison
    should be fined and suspended, then so should anyone who hits a qb. Let’s just put red jerseys on
    every qb

  152. thunkened says: Aug 30, 2010 5:23 PM

    He wanted to be like Rivers.

  153. Bdrunk says: Aug 30, 2010 5:36 PM

    Randy S says:
    August 30, 2010 4:45 PM
    Just a quick question and comment:
    All you bandwagon Steeler fans that promote raping women…..how did your “First team offense and defense” do against the “not a playoff team” Denver Broncos? That is what I thought. Take you plate of your team sucks, and are overhyped, and eat it quietly.
    ———————–
    The confetti is falling, We Are the Champions plays in the background, it almost feels like nineteen ninety-whatever all over again.
    Reporter: “KYLE ORTON!!! You just beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the PRESEASON! What are you going to do now???”
    Kyle: “I like eggs….and, uh, oh yeah DISNEY WORLD!”
    Enjoy your big win there Randy S. The Bolts are gonna make it a long season for you, again.

  154. tk1966 says: Aug 30, 2010 5:40 PM

    philgrek says:
    August 30, 2010 1:12 PM
    any player that hits a QB when its not relevant to the play is a bonefide pu$$y. it doesn’t matter what “running of the mouth’ was done.
    _________________________________
    Hey Numbnuts, before you go running your mouth (or letting your fingers do the work for you), get your facts straight – the hit WAS relevant to the play. Orton was trying to tackle Harrison on a live play. It was only after the tackle, after Harrison leveled him was the play called back as the fumble was overruled. But at the time of the hit, it was a live play.

  155. syge says: Aug 30, 2010 5:44 PM

    Wait, this is a big deal? I’ve seen stuff like that happen all the time and no one says anything about it…what was so special about this hit that warranted controversy?

  156. A Commitment To Excrement says: Aug 30, 2010 5:45 PM

    Rickson by armbar!

  157. broncosfan1129 says: Aug 30, 2010 5:47 PM

    who says orton was running his mouth Harrison? oh ok, your word is golden buddy.
    harrison is just another dirty cheap steeler

  158. Deb says: Aug 30, 2010 5:52 PM

    Randy S …
    A certified woman raper and beater?
    Oh my gosh, what an idiot ROFL What the heck is a certified woman raper and beater???? Certified???? Do you take special classes for that Randy? Is there a test??
    Too bad there’s not an IQ test to get a user ID on PFT. That would eliminate Randy S LOL

  159. rea725 says: Aug 30, 2010 5:53 PM

    Harrison is a thug.
    This is the same guys who cost himself the Superbowl MVP award because of a cheap shot.

  160. trickbunny says: Aug 30, 2010 5:57 PM

    Oh no he di-unt! He be so stoopit!

  161. trickbunny says: Aug 30, 2010 5:57 PM

    I love how everyone hates the Steelers.

  162. HereThere says: Aug 30, 2010 6:02 PM

    Yeah, Harrison’s a bad ass. He took out Orton in a preseason game. Wow! The fact that he’s talking about it makes me miss the wisdom of the great Joey Porter.

  163. comment_submission_error says: Aug 30, 2010 6:50 PM

    # downwithdansnyder says: August 30, 2010 1:10 PM
    Did anyone listen to John Lynch while he was in the booth. He apologized to Aikman, but he said a defensive player tries to hurt the QB in that situation.
    Quarterbacks know this. That’s why they generally act like matadors after a turnover. They might try to herd the ball carrier to the sideline and push him out, but the smart ones don’t try to cut a guy like Harrison.

  164. Broncostarrbrew says: Aug 30, 2010 7:28 PM

    Everyone would be complaining about Orton if he didn’t try to make a play. No fine should be issued. It was clean contact, end of story.

  165. DirtDawg55 says: Aug 30, 2010 7:58 PM

    If anyone here complains about any football player from any team lighting up any other player on any other team, legally, as in the Harrison play, they should stop watching football and start watching women’s tennis, women’s golf, poker or any other activity that doesn’t hurt their sensitivities.
    Seriously. Did any of you pay attention to Russ Grimm’s induction speech? You know. As in the part where he talked about moving a man against his will. This is what football is about. Domination. Physical tests. I move you to where you don’t want to go.
    Oh, and yes, we all understand the Broncos went on to dominate a pre season game. Way to show those Steelers up! Yippeee. We won a pre season game. Yep. And on “Second Life” you can have a fancy car, a big job, nice clothes, maybe even a girlfriend. Doesn’t make it real though.

  166. ((CHECK-1......! says: Aug 30, 2010 8:00 PM

    SCOREBOARD, F’n D-Bags!

  167. tk1966 says: Aug 30, 2010 8:08 PM

    # csloan99 says: August 30, 2010 3:16 PM
    The real joke here is that Roethlisberger is going to get suspended for two games per rape. Think about that for a second.
    _____________________________
    I sure hope you are right. No rapes x 2 games each = o games suspended! Woo Hoo!
    (That’s 0 x 2 = 0 for the mathematically challenged – aka Bengals fans)

  168. Blackn'Gold says: Aug 30, 2010 8:17 PM

    Let’s dispense with everything around the play for a moment. Harrison was running with the ball and at that time it was considered a fumble. Orton went low at Harrison’s knees and when Harrison saw what was going to happen he lowered his shoulder into Orton. Hence the remark, “He thought the train was coming off the tracks.”
    So why was there no penalty called against Orton for going after Harrison’s knees? If the situation had been reversed there would have been a personal foul penalty against Harrison. And a fine. It’s a double standard when a quarterback can have a go at a linebacker’s knees but not vice versa. Besides, it was OK. Denver did it.
    Florio has become Goodell’s bleeding heart.
    GO STEELERS!

  169. spiritof66 says: Aug 30, 2010 8:21 PM

    I am so glad this was not flagged, and in no way should he get fined. I am completely sick of the wussification of football. Don’t touch this guy on the helmet, and don’t hit this guy below the knees. Oh, and certainly don’t lead with the helmet when tackling one of these over paid pu$$ies. If this sport keeps going in the “protect the pantywaste at all cost” direction it is going, you might as well start kicking a round ball into a net.

  170. kagriff24 says: Aug 30, 2010 8:43 PM

    Watched it live and thought it was a cheap shot, Orton was basically on the ground when Harrison spearheaded him in the shoulder. Another cheap shot by another dirty steeler player, they had 4 penalties in the first 20 mins of the game for unnecessary roughness. not surprised though thats what they are all about and so are the steeler fans!

  171. row39 says: Aug 30, 2010 9:22 PM

    watched it live and have to disagree. it was a football play made by football players. orton did what quarterbacks are supposed to do in the situation. harrison did what football players with “free” shots at the qb do….watched the game on dvr later–lynch commented on hitting qb’s and his eyes got real big and red and he looked like maybe he was going to hit aikman.
    love my broncos, but seriously, we don’t want them to hit? i loved the physical nature of last nights game and glad that denver finally showed up for one of those type dances. its been too long. i like that they competed. i hope orton chirps some more if it gets them fired up. hope it continues.

  172. BSPN says: Aug 30, 2010 9:53 PM

    Orton was clearly trying to injure Harrison by diving for his knees. His only intent was to end Harrison’s career. Orton is a thug who should be fined $100,00 and suspended for a minimum of six games.

  173. thetechnocrat says: Aug 30, 2010 10:39 PM

    Yeah, mouthing off really deserves spearing someone in the back. Paralysis doesn’t affect the vocal chords assclown. At least it’s someone else being a douche this time.

  174. Jack Burton says: Aug 30, 2010 11:00 PM

    Orton was the lone gunman on the grassy knoll, his beard told me. You Steeler haters are amusing.

  175. Deb says: Aug 30, 2010 11:02 PM

    @row39 …
    Hysterical post. Thanks for the objectivity. I didn’t think it was a dirty hit either, though I’d still prefer Harrison kept his mouth shut.
    @kagriff24 …
    Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m a dirty Steeler fan. Punched the preacher at church on Sunday morning then got a run in my stocking trying to trip a woman who got in front of me at the water fountain. Your wild generalizations are right on the money. Meanwhile, I’m sure all the good people of Denver and their players were holding hands and singing “Kumbaya.”

  176. In & Out Burger says: Aug 30, 2010 11:05 PM

    @((CHECK-1……!
    Simmer down there buddy, it’s preseason. The Colts have the worst preseason record of the decade and they have faired much better than most teams. The Lions went undefeated in the preseason the year they failed to win a game. It means absolutely nothing unless you like watching position battles (which I do).

  177. longthoughts says: Aug 31, 2010 12:03 AM

    I don’t consider either of these teams to be my team, but come on. They both made a football move–one trying to take out the other’s legs to stop the return, the other trying to pound a would-be tackler–and Harrison got the best of it. Harrison should have been smart enough not to run his mouth about it, but the truth is it shouldn’t matter whether he runs his mouth or not. Whether he should be punished for being an idiot or not. He shouldn’t be punished for playing good football. We watch RBs make this move all the time and high-five one another in bars. I feel for Orton. He was trying to make the play, and I wouldn’t want to get in the way of Harrison. But someone has to win these things. Orton didn’t win this time. If you don’t want the risk, you don’t try to make the play. One person said that no one in football should ever try to hurt another player. P_ssy much? Intentionally trying to injure or cheapshot someone is different than wanting to dominate an opponent in an obviously aggressive game. No one’s getting paid out there to be a tender sweetheart. Another commenter acted as if was classless for Harrison to plow over someone half his size. Hello? Have you ever watched football? If that were a consideration, they might as well stick me out there at left tackle with the understanding that DeMarcus Ware et al should take it easy on me. Butkus abused almost everyone he played against in an era in which he was often the most hulking figure on the field. This isn’t one of those contests where we pretend as if life is fair and everyone gets a medal. If we did, I would be making twenty million a year and everyone would be applauding while I threw my lame duck passes instead of me sitting at the house in my cartoon boxers at midnight arguing with others of my ilk about the preseason of a sport.

  178. ronbobon says: Aug 31, 2010 2:23 AM

    Orton was not going for Harrison’s knees. That’s how a small tackler brings down a big man. Go low.
    The train did not come off the track but it pulled up short of the station. The object of the game is to advance the ball. By definition Harrison’s action was unnecessary and he admitted so it himself. He knows how to play the game like he did in the super bowl. He advanced the ball and is universally praised for it.
    Harrison should be slapped down and fined by the league for this latest action. Put the animal back in his cage otherwise he should pick up a weapon and stand a post.
    Can anybody say ‘roid rage’?

  179. lunchbox373 says: Aug 31, 2010 2:28 AM

    “He was running his mouth and getting in the way of the train. And the train wasn’t coming off the track.”
    The “train” was returning an incomplete pass. Good work.

  180. ronbobon says: Aug 31, 2010 2:38 AM

    OK. Orton got what he had coming. Now Harrison gets what he has coming. That’s what I love about football. There is a nice symmetry to it and the animals don’t get to run the asylum. Nobody is nicknamed ‘the assassin’ anymore in the league and since when does anybody get to nickname himself. ‘the train’ indeed. The train did come off the track by Harrison going after Orton. His natural instinct is to maim and hurt. That’s not football gentlemen. That’s something else. The track leads to the station but Harrison decided he wanted to hurt somebody instead because somebody said something mean to him. Then he brags about it. Now he should get a nice fine and a nice suspension — supervised so he can come off the steroids.

  181. kagriff24 says: Aug 31, 2010 7:57 AM

    @Deb
    I never said steeler fans were dirty. Just saying that Steeler fans are on here supporting and defending the play. I’m not a Denver fan and I am sure they were talking smack but there is a line and Harrison crossed it and now all the Steeler fans want to defend it. Harrison is just another Joey Porter that runs his mouth and then doesn’t like it when people fight back and then can’t control his own emotions!

  182. FarmerMonkey says: Aug 31, 2010 9:09 AM

    Two separate issues here:
    1) Dirty hit?
    I side with Harrison here. Perfectly legal hit, and I would have done the same thing. A starting QB has no business being in that position in the preseason. It’s not like Harrison sought him out to lay him out with a block. Orton should have known better.
    2) Talking trash afterwards?
    Let the hit speak for itself. I’m a Steeler fan, but I can’t disagree with depictions of Harrison as a thug or a jackass. Why bait a fine or cheap shots from opposing players?

  183. Bdrunk says: Aug 31, 2010 9:28 AM

    kagriff24 says:
    August 30, 2010 8:43 PM
    Watched it live and thought it was a cheap shot, Orton was basically on the ground when Harrison spearheaded him in the shoulder. Another cheap shot by another dirty steeler player, they had 4 penalties in the first 20 mins of the game for unnecessary roughness. not surprised though thats what they are all about and so are the steeler fans!
    ———————–
    OMG well here is the true judge in this matter. Sorry folks, pack it in. Nothing else to do here. You see kagriff24 was THERE. LIVE. He saw it happen with his own two eyes, people. How can you possibly argue with that credibility?
    We should all pitch in and get you a PFT issued smart phone so you can blog live from Mile High Stadium, and give us your take on the events on the field. I for one would follow it all season for my Denver Bronco coverage.

  184. minhw0714 says: Aug 31, 2010 9:58 AM

    No one in the Steeler Nation is complaining about James Farrior getting intentionally speared in the head after his helmet came off down near the goal line in the first quarter.
    It was clearly intentional by the Broncos Guard and it opened up Potsie’s head which required six stitches.
    It’s a football play and it happens. No whining here. Coach Josh Mc Tough Guy could learn a lesson here, but since he was sired from the loins of Hoodie Belichick, there isn’t anything you can tell him anymore.

  185. sweetnlow310 says: Aug 31, 2010 10:16 AM

    Wait a minute… I thought it was illegal for a qb to tackle a Stealer defender with the ball after a turnover? At least it was when I did it in XL.
    -Matt Hasslebeck

  186. kagriff24 says: Aug 31, 2010 10:53 AM

    @ Bdrunk
    Another ignorant Steeler fan. You know what I meant, don’t waste our time with this posts. I saw it on tv in full speed when it happened and even then it looked dirty. Things always look worse when they are in slow motion. Harrison is real tough taking on a qb, who by the way was already on the ground, yea steeler defense real tough – lol enjoy watching your team miss the playoffs this year, i know i will

  187. kagriff24 says: Aug 31, 2010 10:54 AM

    @ Bdrunk
    Another ignorant Steeler fan. You know what I meant, don’t waste our time with this posts. I saw it on tv in full speed when it happened and even then it looked dirty. Things always look worse when they are in slow motion. Harrison is real tough taking on a qb, who by the way was already on the ground, yea steeler defense real tough – lol enjoy watching your team miss the playoffs this year, i know i will

  188. Steelerschick43 says: Aug 31, 2010 11:57 AM

    Kaz….So happy you’re excited about dominating the Steelers when we only played with a Vanilla defense!!! Good job!! Troy hardly moved, Farrior was out and Ryan Clark wasn’t even there…..
    I don’t think Harrison should have said what he said..I do agree with that but what bone head comes full force with Harrison…seriously??? It’s like throwing a mouse up against a brick wall!
    Had the refs thought it was a cheap shot a penalty would have been called…because they can watch Harrison being held the ENTIRE season with minimal calls so they don’t see to be a big fan of the big ole boy! Orton should have NEVER gone down for the tackle like that…if you do…you suffer the consequences. Could have pushed him out of bounds..you don’t lower your head and smash into a guy who’s ONE thigh weighs as much as you!!! It’s pure and simple common sense!
    kagriff24…..Harrison hit him in the back…where else was he suppose to hit him when he was coming down toward him….

  189. Deb says: Aug 31, 2010 12:28 PM

    @kagriff24 …
    My point was that all-or-nothing arguments are ridiculous because you’ll never get an entire group of any stripe to agree on anything.
    I don’t defend dirty hits or stupid behavior. My first post called out Harrison for running his mouth when he should be focusing on the undisciplined play of our defense. But football is a contact sport and players do deliberately hit one another. We all watched it live and most fans of various teams posting here agree it was a hard shot, but a legal one. Your Steeler hatred pours out of every post, so you’re not exactly objective.
    Like newly inducted Hall of Famer John Randle, Joey smack talks during games to rattle opponents. Harrison does the menacing stare bit. Each player has his schtick. From Harrison’s comments, it’s clear Orton said something that rattled HIM–so Orton used Joey’s strategy. That’s my concern. Hakeem Nicks also said something in the Giants game that prompted Ike Taylor to go berserk and get ejected. This time, we took penalties that gave the opponent points. Instead of mouthing off in the press, our defense needs to work on tuning a deaf ear.
    Since Porter’s not available, maybe they should hire Randle to come in and taunt them through practice. He was a master at it.

  190. Bdrunk says: Aug 31, 2010 12:40 PM

    kagriff24 says:
    August 31, 2010 10:54 AM
    @ Bdrunk
    Another ignorant Steeler fan. You know what I meant, don’t waste our time with this posts. I saw it on tv in full speed when it happened and even then it looked dirty. Things always look worse when they are in slow motion. Harrison is real tough taking on a qb, who by the way was already on the ground, yea steeler defense real tough – lol enjoy watching your team miss the playoffs this year, i know i will
    —————–
    LOL U MAD BRO?
    Orton wasn’t. He shook it off like a big boy and got back in the game.
    I suspect you’re just trying to get a good wind-up going, maybe start some quality banter here, and for that I say WELL PLAYED! Because if you’re serious….naw nobody is that blind and stupid.

  191. kpweaver27 says: Aug 31, 2010 1:28 PM

    Normally I’m against the NFL being overly liberal with their penalties, fines, and flags, but we have an epidemic of players and coaches saying they want to and intentionally did hurt people. Harrison is just one example, but Gregg Williams is one I can’t help but think of. I’m not a Saints or Vikes fan, but when Williams talks about his intention is to hurt Favre, I can’t help but think that in the legal arena, that would be a threat.
    It’s a wholly physical game, and there is no reason to shy away from that, but when the intent becomes to hurt or injure, then the game has become secondary, and can no longer be used as a defense for violence. Goodell is so worried about having this moral compass throughout the league, but where is he on this note? He’s far too inconsistent on league matters so far.

  192. dean11 says: Aug 31, 2010 3:28 PM

    if it’s the Saints or the Steelers the league will do nothing!

  193. Deb says: Aug 31, 2010 4:57 PM

    @dean11 …
    You have GOT to be kidding.
    Our two-time SB-winning QB has been suspended for a minimum of four games, according to his suspension letter simply because he drank too much and acted like an idiot.
    That is the FIRST time in NFL history a player has been suspended with NO prior history of team or league disciplinary action, no violation of gambling or substance-abuse policies, and no arrest or criminal charges.
    Before you start about those rape accusations: One was a $3 million CIVIL suit brought by a woman who texted friends the day after their one-niter saying she couldn’t wait to see him again (texts are on the record). The other was by a woman witnesses said chased him all night and who complained to police (on the record) that he left her without a word. The medical exam showed she didn’t have intercourse and the DA said he hoped she’d learned her lesson.
    So an innocent guy was suspended for at least 25 percent of the season because the media was out for blood.
    If your team can’t win on its own merits, have the grace to take it like a man without whining and slobbering about nonexistent favoritism.

  194. FayetteCounty says: Aug 31, 2010 9:12 PM

    I like my linebackers mean as hell. I guess yall like your linebackers soft.

  195. DemocratsAreStupid says: Aug 31, 2010 9:41 PM

    I hate the steelers and their bandwagon fans but James Harrison is a F’n beast. First he craps on Obama and then gives this p***y b***ch smack talker a clobbering. Go James Harrison

  196. Deb says: Aug 31, 2010 11:26 PM

    @DemocratsAreStupid …
    ROFL … there you go again.
    He’s deathly afraid of flying and doesn’t fly unless he has to play. Harrison also skipped the White House visit after SBXL when Bush was in office–but no one cared if an African American passed on a visit to Pres. Bush. When he passed on visiting Obama, suddenly it was BIG NEWS.

  197. PatricktheDookie says: Sep 1, 2010 2:53 AM

    Why the hell is anyone trying to take out a QB in a freaking preseason game, anyway?

  198. The_Emperor says: Sep 1, 2010 4:20 AM

    @jim4385,
    I take it you’re the type who 5 years ago was something like “jim1887″ (Manning/Wayne) and in the early 90s (had there been public net as easy access) woulda been “jim822″ (Aikman/Smith). Ya just seem like the type. In 3 years, you’ll be “jim(recentchamp/recentchamp that won’t be the Steelers) Sure, my team sucks, but it’s been the same team since 1983… I know, you don’t wanna look like a loser so you jump ship every 5 years or so. It’s understandable. Disgusting and retarded, but understandable…

  199. Steelerschick43 says: Sep 1, 2010 11:29 AM

    Deb says:
    August 31, 2010 4:57 PM
    @dean11 …
    You have GOT to be kidding.
    Our two-time SB-winning QB has been suspended for a minimum of four games, according to his suspension letter simply because he drank too much and acted like an idiot.
    That is the FIRST time in NFL history a player has been suspended with NO prior history of team or league disciplinary action, no violation of gambling or substance-abuse policies, and no arrest or criminal charges.
    Before you start about those rape accusations: One was a $3 million CIVIL suit brought by a woman who texted friends the day after their one-niter saying she couldn’t wait to see him again (texts are on the record). The other was by a woman witnesses said chased him all night and who complained to police (on the record) that he left her without a word. The medical exam showed she didn’t have intercourse and the DA said he hoped she’d learned her lesson.
    So an innocent guy was suspended for at least 25 percent of the season because the media was out for blood.
    If your team can’t win on its own merits, have the grace to take it like a man without whining and slobbering about nonexistent favoritism.
    ————————————————
    Well Said Deb….I’m so sick of people calling him a rapist! The first crazy broad files a CIVIL suit, not a criminal suit…if you are raped you file criminal charges…I believe the other was as foolish as Ben, drink too much and hookup and her friends were the instigators…
    Funny how it’s such a double standard with the commish…you can “commit” and are “guilty” of criminal charges oh such as drugs, assault, carrying a LOADED gun in an airport etc and no suspension is given and these examples all happenend AFTER Ben’s suspension…..love the fairness of the commissioner. Oh and you can even murder someone and even be allowed to come back to the NFL after serving a 30 days jail sentence because you have a dirty lawyer and only a 1 yr 16 game suspension then allowed to come back and play…..Ben didn’t do anything different than another other manpig on this site hasn’t done, get drunk and hook up at a bar…he was just dumb in being he makes $100 million dollars and should be a good example..he’s just guilty of horrible judgement but it’s unfair to call a man a rapist when he truly isn’t…..funny how men and some women.can be so blaise when using the word “rape”..its’ such a serious violation against a woman..one of the worst things to happen and that word is thrown around like it’s nothing…..I do enjoy hearing all the Steeler envy as well but our team is far from perfect…every team in the NFL has some kind of issue but it seems the Steelers are crucified the most….whatever we can use our 6 Superbowl trophies as comfort……..BAM!

  200. Deb says: Sep 1, 2010 11:37 AM

    (Another post lost–don’t you guys like me anymore?)
    @DemocratsAreStupid …
    ROFL … there you go again.
    He’s deathly afraid of flying and doesn’t fly unless he has to play. Harrison also skipped the White House visit after SBXL when Bush was in office, too.

  201. Deb says: Sep 1, 2010 12:44 PM

    You guys are being tricky now … putting up my original posts after I complain and resubmit. What … boring work week? ;)
    @Steelerschick43 …
    Thanks! The way these guys are pretending to care about rape is what gets me, too. The ones chanting “she said no,” sound more like the chanting guys egging on the rapists in “The Accused.” They don’t care anything about sexual assault and could care less what Roethlisberger did or didn’t do. It’s all about Steeler hatred. Not much you can do about a civil complaint, but wish that Georgia woman would be prosecuted for filing a false criminal complaint and costing local taxpayers a fortune. That seldom happens in these cases though. But what goes around comes around. I imagine both she and Andrea McNulty will wind up being haunted by their false accusations one way or another.

  202. Steelerschick43 says: Sep 1, 2010 2:20 PM

    @Deb..
    I think it’s called “cry wolf” then when something “God forbid” would REALLY happen then their credibility is shot IMO. If with out a doubt thought he could/would have done that then I would no longer be a fan of his. I wear my #7 jersey with pride..not that I am saying what he did is acceptable because he is in the spotlight but for the simple fact that I believe his stigmata “Big Ben” was larger than the man himself. We’ve all seen it happen….after 2 Superbowl wins the head does seem to swell with reason..but I think he got a huge biatch slap of reality with the threat of a 6 game suspension. He does need to be punished…but only for being stupid and embarrassing the organization who took him in and treated him like a son and gave him the biggest Steeler paycheck…he let the fans down, his team mates and his family. I see a new man in Big Ben from now on…Go Steelers!!!!

  203. DemocratsAreStupid says: Sep 1, 2010 3:12 PM

    @ Deb
    Once again you are right and the world is wrong. All Hail Queen Deborah!!!
    Thank you Deb for straightening me out

  204. Deb says: Sep 1, 2010 5:33 PM

    @DAS ….
    Hey, it is what it is … he’s afraid to fly and he didn’t go to see Bush either. Not my fault you don’t fact-check.
    Not a Queen. More like Cinderella. Work work work work.
    @Steelerschick43 …
    Totally agree. If the evidence had gone the other way, I’d be writing the Rooneys demanding his release. But even though he’s not guilty of rape, I couldn’t believe the stuff that came out about his behavior toward fans. He definitely needed a good comeuppance. Can’t stand Goodell and hope the suspension doesn’t kill our season, but Ben deserved a big kick in the pants and can only blame himself for being so stupid and reckless. I pray he’s really serious about the changes he’s making.

  205. Deb says: Sep 1, 2010 11:05 PM

    @DAS ….
    Hey, it is what it is … he’s afraid to fly and he didn’t go to see Bush either. Not my fault you don’t fact-check.
    Not a Queen. More like Cinderella. Work work work work.
    @Steelerschick43 …
    Totally agree. If the evidence had gone the other way, I’d be writing the Rooneys demanding his release. But even though he’s not guilty of rape, I couldn’t believe the stuff that came out about his behavior toward fans. He definitely needed a good comeuppance. Can’t stand Goodell and hope the suspension doesn’t kill our season, but Ben deserved a big kick in the pants and can only blame himself for being so stupid and reckless. I pray he’s really serious about the changes he’s making.

  206. Myroncope7 says: Sep 1, 2010 11:15 PM

    Orton got what he deserved. You go James. There is nothing in the rules that says you cant gloat after the game.
    I think THUG is the politically correct way to say the Nword now days.

  207. KyleOrtonsArm says: Sep 2, 2010 12:41 PM

    @Steelerschick43
    You’re an idiot. Big Bad Ben Bathroomstall Rapistberger should be expelled from the league. Jamarcus Russell could have won a super bowl on that team against the Seahawks and Kurt Warners Pick 6 is what lost them against the Spittsburgh Squeelers the second time they went this decade. Worst team to ever win a title.

  208. Deb says: Sep 2, 2010 4:07 PM

    @KyleOrtonsArm …
    I’m sure you would like a two-time Super Bowl-winning QB who doesn’t play for your team to be expelled from the league. LOL
    I seem to recall that “worst team ever to win a title” beating Denver on the way to SBXL. Bitter much, little boy?

  209. kagriff24 says: Sep 2, 2010 10:10 PM

    If only it had happened to Brett Favre!

  210. MrSir says: Sep 2, 2010 10:55 PM

    Why would James Harrison ever want to injure a scrub like Orton who holds the team back ? Don’t tell me Bronco fans are pinning their hopes on this guy?

  211. Raydahz says: Sep 3, 2010 12:03 PM

    Looked to me like Orton was going for his knees and James wasn’t having any of that.
    That’s a smart, solid play by James Harrison in my book.

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