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James Harrison gets called to the principal's office

Steelers linebacker James Harrison went to New York on Tuesday and met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the league’s enforcement of illegal hits.

The meeting comes two weeks after Harrison was fined $75,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. Harrison briefly threatened to retire because he said he didn’t think he could play football now that the league is more strictly enforcing illegal hits.

Harrison is appealing that fine, but the meeting with Goodell was not part of the appeals process. Instead, this meeting was, in the words of Harrison’s agent Bill Parise, “an exchange of ideas and an opportunity for both sides to learn and grow.”

In an indication that the learning and growing didn’t make Harrison completely satisfied with Goodell, Parise added, “These types of meeting should have taken place before [Harrison was] fined $75,000.”

Harrison is expected to be fined again this week after he was flagged for a late hit Sunday on Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

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  1. CowboysFansAreAllBandwagonFans says: Nov 3, 2010 2:47 PM

    Maybe he’ll have a helmet to skull hit on Goodell..

  2. Harrisonheld16 says: Nov 3, 2010 2:47 PM

    If he gets fined for that hit the NFL is corrupt, a flag was almost pushing that to far.

  3. pats307 says: Nov 3, 2010 2:48 PM

    “An opportunity to learn and grow???”
    How old is he, Seven???

  4. andyprough says: Nov 3, 2010 2:49 PM

    @MDS – you should have noted that Steeler GM Kevin Colbert went to the meeting with James – clearly the Steelers support his position, and they have good video evidence that it was Massaquoi who lowered his head into the area of impact, not Harrison out head-hunting.
    If you are going to make headlines to try to brand Harrison some kind of a dirty, vicious head-hunter, you should at least note that he has the support of his organization behind him, and that they have strongly challenged that assertion.
    Goodell having to explain himself to Harrison and Colbert is all part of Rooney flexing his power 2 weeks ago, when he called out Roger and Ray Anderson for inappropriately doling out major punishment.

  5. Grape_Ape says: Nov 3, 2010 2:49 PM

    Invite me when we don’t win!

  6. myeaglescantwin says: Nov 3, 2010 2:49 PM

    Now i am all about supporting NFL defenders right to HIT (cleanly).. But Harrison Definitely lowers his neck and hits with the crown of the helmet.. Thats cheap and uncalled for. The only way this goooon will learn is if he winds up in a wheelchair. . I think G’dell will make that a top point of his coversation.

  7. olskool711 says: Nov 3, 2010 2:50 PM

    The Principal would suspend someone for doing what Harrison does to other people.
    This Principal would be afraid that little whiner boy would threaten to retire, take his ball and go home, and then tell his Daddy who will immediately e-mail, or call, to protect his baby.
    Ring, ring, “this is Roger Goodell” ah yes Mr. Rooney, sorry Mr. Rooney, it won’t happen again Mr. Rooney, how about if I assign the Ref you had for that Superbowl against the Seahawks, the next time you play the Ratbirds Mr. Rooney? Is there anything else Mr. Rooney? OK, I will apologise to Mr. Harrison. Yes, I do see things more clearly now. Goodbye.
    Clemens Check
    Bonds Check
    McGuire Check
    71-79 Steelers Taboo
    Let’s pretend it didn’t happen.

  8. Citizen Strange says: Nov 3, 2010 2:51 PM

    When you launch and intentionally spear someone helmet to helmet that should be an ejection. Everybody knows what headhunting is.
    When in the process of making a legitimate tackle and as the offensive player ducks down there is helmet to helmet contact that is almost impossible to avoid.
    The hit on Brees and the two hits that Harrison was fined for is complete BS. Harrison is a good, tough, clean, HARD hitter. He is being made into a scapegoat. The hit by Meriweather on Heap was filthY and Meriweather should have been immediately ejected and then suspended for another game. HARRISON’S HITS WERE LEGAL.
    The helmet on Favres chin should have drawn an immediate ejection but the refs let QBs like Favre and Roethlisberger take illegal shots without throwing flags because they are “big, tough guys” but if anybody comes within 10 yards of Brady – and Brady tells them to – the refs will throw flags all day.

  9. rdiz17 says: Nov 3, 2010 2:51 PM

    Make him wear a dunce cap on the sidelines.

  10. Steelers+Refs=True Love says: Nov 3, 2010 2:51 PM

    “Instead, this meeting was, in the words of Harrison’s agent Bill Parise, “an exchange of ideas and an opportunity for both sides to learn and grow.”
    ————————
    Is the commish going to teach him how to hit properly??

  11. jamaltimore says: Nov 3, 2010 2:52 PM

    Let’s hope they only discuss helmet to helmet contact there because if there’s any taking place at headquarters that would really spell dome for the league!

  12. Phokus says: Nov 3, 2010 2:53 PM

    The NFL’s gotta make sure their favorite team doesn’t get hurt by Harrison’s absence. Fixing games for the Steelers with their refs only goes so far.

  13. frox says: Nov 3, 2010 2:54 PM

    While Harrison’s hit was late, the guy that should be fined is the hairy pineapple for flying in late and low and trying to take out Jones knees after the pass was clearly incomplete.

  14. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Nov 3, 2010 2:55 PM

    Harrison is appealing that fine, but the meeting with Goodell was not part of the appeals process. Instead, this meeting was, in the words of Harrison’s agent Bill Parise, “an exchange of ideas and an opportunity for both sides to learn and grow.”
    ——————-
    Translation—
    If he doesn’t LEARN to shut his yap the fines he gets will continue to GROW.

  15. rickah99 says: Nov 3, 2010 2:57 PM

    Everyday people have to adapt to new policies and procedures in an everychanging workplace! Stop crying and learn how to adapt…or continue to cry, take your ball, and go home.
    What a crybaby…what is this Keith Brooking just with more skill??

  16. PARavensJeff says: Nov 3, 2010 2:57 PM

    Did he meet w/ Goodell to personally hand in his retirement papers? James Harrison = THUG FOR LIFE!! The Steeers & their fans clim to be so tough, but in reality they are the biggets criers/whiners in the league!!

  17. Tomthebombtracy says: Nov 3, 2010 2:58 PM

    Harrison should close the door when he gets into Roger’s office and in the immortal words from “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” James should say “Two men enter, one man leaves.”

  18. The Real Shuxion says: Nov 3, 2010 2:58 PM

    The Pats play @ Cleveland then @ Pittsburgh and after those physical battles have to play Indy at home.
    That is a rough three game schedule. Would love to see them go 2-1 (3-0 would be even better)

  19. Wonka 2 says: Nov 3, 2010 2:59 PM

    I realize this site has zero journalistic integrity, but when poaching a story from elsewhere at least get the facts right. Harrison wasn’t “called to the principals office” as you stated. He requested a face to face meeting to speak with Goodell about the situation, and Steelers GM Kevin Colbert also attended the meeting.

  20. SeeRayRun says: Nov 3, 2010 3:02 PM

    I hope he took his checkbook!

  21. Arctic Edge says: Nov 3, 2010 3:03 PM

    Indefinite suspension. Guy is too careless and will kill someone soon. If Goodell doesn’t suspend him, that death will be in his hands.

  22. BradyGazelle says: Nov 3, 2010 3:05 PM

    I hate the Saints, but he blatantly lowered his head to spear Brees. Harrison deserves whatever he gets.

  23. Art Van Delay's brother says: Nov 3, 2010 3:06 PM

    I was going to comment on the meeting, but PARavensJeff post is a classic moron Baltimore fan. Spell check moron…spell check.

  24. BleedPurpler says: Nov 3, 2010 3:10 PM

    I wonder how well Harrison communicated with the principal. Hopefully, Harrison’s communication skills from leading with his helmet were in evidence. It would be truly funny if Harrison kept forgetting what he answered five minutes earlier.

  25. I didn't hear no bell. says: Nov 3, 2010 3:11 PM

    Harrison is a nobody who hits hard and in many cases, illegally. Take that away from him and he’ll be exposed for what he is.

  26. Bdrunk says: Nov 3, 2010 3:12 PM

    PARavensJeff says:
    November 3, 2010 2:57 PM
    Did he meet w/ Goodell to personally hand in his retirement papers? James Harrison = THUG FOR LIFE!! The Steeers & their fans clim to be so tough, but in reality they are the biggets criers/whiners in the league!!
    ———————
    Like you can talk about THUGS. Heck Ray Lewis KILLED somebody and the Ravens extended his contract and named a street after him.

  27. MikeFlorioIsMyBitch says: Nov 3, 2010 3:13 PM

    Harrison is a king on the football field and Goodell is ruining the game by fining and suspending players for doing what made this sport #1 in our hearts! olskool711 knows how to rub 1 out on other men esp. his Raven brethren!

  28. roadkill says: Nov 3, 2010 3:14 PM

    Harrison’s fist is gonna grow right into Roger’s chin. He has been known hit a woman.
    @PARavensJeff – Maybe Harrison should murder two people, so he can be like your linebacker. Ouch that stings.

  29. ch19079 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:14 PM

    The hit was late. so definatly a flag.
    He hit the Qbs head with his helmet, leading with his helmet.
    Another fine is justifiable. If he cant play within the rules, then he needs to either learn to play diffrently or go home.

  30. Harrisonheld16 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:15 PM

    myeaglescantwin
    Do you even watch football, because Harrison plays football the way it is meant to be played, hard hits which the NFL supports by selling videos of massive collisions. So evidently they are not too concerned about player safety. It sounds as if your the goon……and he also needs some hard hits to counter balance the 100 times a game that he is held on with no penalty.

  31. Holeinone09 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:16 PM

    Harrison will continue to hit people hard, as hard as hell, harder than most players on any other team, you can be sure of that. I realize that pisses many haters (above) off, but oh well, the truth hurts. But GODell has to be careful about setting precedents with his treatment of hits. Regardless of what some of you “experts” (LOL) say here in your hate and jokes, there is some negative backlash about the league’s treatment of all this in recent weeks. If you aren’t aware of it, then you have your head up your ass.
    And when one of the players on your team hits someone that GODell declares is illegal, we will se what YOU say about it. Let’s just see.
    No complaints from me either way though. Whatever happens, happens. The Steelers are talented enough that they will beat every team if the players play up to their potential, even if some starters are missing. If you want to whine (like the haters are above), then by all means go right ahead.
    GO STEELERS!!

  32. TakingBackSundays says: Nov 3, 2010 3:19 PM

    Steeler fans and the way they whine and defend scum like Harrison and Roethlisberger really crack me up. Talk about a deluded fan base.

  33. The Real Shuxion says: Nov 3, 2010 3:20 PM

    Harrison briefly threatened to retire because he said he didn’t think he could play football now that the league is more strictly enforcing illegal hits.
    Ouch, MDS just pissed a lot of black and yellow fans off.

  34. Take says: Nov 3, 2010 3:23 PM

    Quit stealing these players money Commish!! Strong armed robbery flatout! I’m all for safety of the players but “Get da F outta here!

  35. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Nov 3, 2010 3:23 PM

    “Like you can talk about THUGS. Heck Ray Lewis KILLED somebody and the Ravens extended his contract and named a street after him.”
    —-
    What idiot wrote that? All Lewis did was act as an accessory to murder and when he was tried he hired a high priced lawyer and then turned snitch on the guys he was with.

  36. Bdrunk says: Nov 3, 2010 3:26 PM

    BradyGazelle says:
    November 3, 2010 3:05 PM
    I hate the Saints, but he blatantly lowered his head to spear Brees. Harrison deserves whatever he gets.
    —————————
    Rumor has it Harrison hit Brees so hard that even Tom Brady called for a flag. C/D?

  37. troll_aikman8 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:32 PM

    @Steeler-Lady:
    I wasn’t initially convinced by your argument, but then I realized you were yelling it in ALL CAPS and probably sporting a .14 BAC. Your point is valid, stay classy.

  38. ArtModellsPimp says: Nov 3, 2010 3:36 PM

    @Steeler-lady:
    Take off your caps-lock, please. It’s bad enough to put up with all this girlish whining, coming out of Pissburgh these days. No one should have to read your moronic rant in all caps.
    Now, get back on your pole…

  39. florio4prez says: Nov 3, 2010 3:42 PM

    I posted this yesterday on another article…got the time and location of the meeting wrong. I didn’t think James would go to his office in daylight.
    florio4prez says:
    November 1, 2010 11:12 PM
    Wed morning (NFL offices): NFL fines James for legal, split-second late hit on Brees.
    Wed night (Roger’s house. Door bell rings. Roger answers the door.): “Yo, Rog! We had a game Halloween night so I’m a little late getting to your house. Trick or treat?”
    Here’s hoping trick.

  40. habman says: Nov 3, 2010 3:43 PM

    Cheap shots are nothing new to Harrison. Just ask his wife/girlfriend!

  41. SteelTown-6 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:45 PM

    He wasn’t summoned and the meeting wasn’t planned.
    He showed up unannounced to remind Goodell face to face, that he can run but he can’t hide.

  42. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Nov 3, 2010 3:46 PM

    @Steeler-lady
    That is the reason people don’t like Steelers fans. There is no need to be angry. Harrison hit Brees late and deserved a flag. I don’t think it warrents a fine, but it’s not my call.
    The crying about Harrison being held every single play is getting as old as “Ray Lewis is a murderer” jokes. We get it, but I highly doubt that Harrison is the only player in the league that gets held frequently and doesn’t draw the penalty. It probably happens every other play. Get over it.
    The “helmet to helmet” hit on Ward was non-existent, which is why there is no outrage.

  43. andyprough says: Nov 3, 2010 3:47 PM

    Harrison and Goodell met in New York.
    Goodell will be out for 2-3 months, due to the mobility restrictions of his new body cast

  44. Bdrunk says: Nov 3, 2010 3:49 PM

    MACHINE GUN IBIZA says:
    November 3, 2010 3:23 PM
    “Like you can talk about THUGS. Heck Ray Lewis KILLED somebody and the Ravens extended his contract and named a street after him.”
    —-
    What idiot wrote that? All Lewis did was act as an accessory to murder and when he was tried he hired a high priced lawyer and then turned snitch on the guys he was with.
    —-
    Nuh uh. Ray totally pulled the trigger. I heard it on the internet.

  45. SteelTown-6 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:50 PM

    # PARavensJeff says: November 3, 2010 2:57 PM
    “The Steeers & their fans clim to be so tough, but in reality they are the biggets criers/whiners in the league!!”
    LMAO…
    Have a listen to your fans following a loss, ANY loss.
    The Ratbirds fans whining is the stuff of legends…

  46. FinFan6886 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:58 PM

    Harrison does hit hard and sometimes shit happens. He runs his mouth trying to sound tough and when the league hears that garbage he no longer gets nor deserves the benefit of the doubt. The questionable calls will not go his way because he is a dumb thug and loves to act that way. He can hit hard, just not illegally. His little temper tantrum/retirement meltdown did not help his case.

  47. FloriosHairHat says: Nov 3, 2010 3:59 PM

    # TakingBackSundays says: November 3, 2010 3:19 PM
    “Talk about a deluded fan base.”
    Not deluded. It’s just sometimes easy to become a bit disoriented after staring into the blinding brilliance generated by six trophies standing next to each other.
    Lucky for you, you don’t have that problem.

  48. PARavensJeff says: Nov 3, 2010 4:05 PM

    Art Van Delay’s brother says:
    November 3, 2010 3:06 PM
    I was going to comment on the meeting, but PARavensJeff post is a classic moron Baltimore fan. Spell check moron…spell check.
    Well I was going to spellcheck, but I knew this would get the usual Stiller moron fan comments!! Actually this crappy keyboard @ work sucks, but its worth it to see the Stiller scum froth @ the mouth & start throwing around their usual stupid comebacks about Ray Lewis & such. Ray Lewis has a clean record, no criminal charges on it, he got probation for what he was charged w/ & then wiped clean after he served the probation for a year. So in reality, you have nothing to say about Ray Lewis because he has a clean record.

  49. contract says: Nov 3, 2010 4:07 PM

    “Indefinite suspension. Guy is too careless and will kill someone soon. If Goodell doesn’t suspend him, that death will be in his hands.”
    Yeah … and Chris Simms had his spleen ruptured because Al Wallace hit him in the noggin. Right? A player is no less likely to die from a blow to the body.

  50. thereallacardsfan says: Nov 3, 2010 4:08 PM

    Harrison is a punk. How he wasn’t ejected from the superbowl for punching a defenseless player in the back of the head is beyond me.
    Oh wait he plays for the steelers

  51. Just JTO says: Nov 3, 2010 4:11 PM

    I truly wish James would have given GODell a head-to-head hit. That would have been priceless.

  52. whocaresaboutdallas says: Nov 3, 2010 4:12 PM

    The Steelers are talented enough that they will beat every team if the players play up to their potential, even if some starters are missing. If you want to whine (like the haters are above), then by all means go right ahead.
    Are you sure? Typical stepford steeler fan.
    Ok – so what was the excuse last year? 8-8

  53. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Nov 3, 2010 4:18 PM

    This is a classic example of a very lazy reporter, Smith, making up a false headline. The second paragraph of the linked story to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette (the second link in this article) clearly states: “It was not clear who requested the meeting with Goodell,…” What part of “It was not clear who requested the meeting…” can Smith not comprehend? So the typical anti-Steeler writer comes up with “Harrison *gets called* to the principal’s office” lie. The sad thing is that you can bet Smith won’t even bother to acknowledge his lie or correct it.
    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10307/1100296-100.stm#ixzz14FhsGmW1

  54. steelersmichele says: Nov 3, 2010 4:43 PM

    PARavensJeff: Ray Lewis has a clean record, no criminal charges on it, he got probation for what he was charged w/ & then wiped clean after he served the probation for a year. So in reality, you have nothing to say about Ray Lewis because he has a clean record.
    Yeah, Ben has a clean record, too (no arrests, no charges, no guilty verdict), and he got suspended for 4 games–so if that excuse works for Ray, then it better damn well work for Ben (in other words, your Ravens fans have to stop calling him a rapist if you want us to stop calling Ray a murderer)
    But this is about a Steelers player going to meet with the Commish about the way the game is and should be played. What other player has done this?
    Then again, some of you will definately say the fix is in and he’s going to bribe Goodell.

  55. Art Van Delay's brother says: Nov 3, 2010 4:43 PM

    @PARavensJeff
    I didn’t know 711′s had PC’s and keyboards! Keep selling those slurpies, America needs the little people.

  56. Harrisonheld16 says: Nov 3, 2010 5:24 PM

    olskool711
    You clearly know nothing about football. The Steelers would have still won that Superbowl even if that wasn’t a touchdown. Do you recall the time Polamalu was robbed of a pick in the playoff game against the Colts? Or how Harrison never gets a holding call when he is basically raped on every other play? 9 out of 10 times Pittsburgh is on the bad end of a call. So my point is even without that touchdown in the Superbowl Steelers still win and they have had consistently bad refs, especially because Harrison and Woodly are held combined up to 60 to 70 times a game and they have only had 2 holding calls this season. That’s bad officiating. Harrison was saying he was going to retire because the rules clearly only apply to him and also that’s how he learned football, so he was not being a baby when he said that.

  57. Harrisonheld16 says: Nov 3, 2010 5:27 PM

    olskool711 Also everyone in the 70′s used steroids because they did not check for them. Check your facts moron.

  58. 3octaveFart says: Nov 3, 2010 6:31 PM

    PARavensJeff says: November 3, 2010 4:05 PM
    “Well I was going to spellcheck, but I knew this would get the usual Stiller moron fan comments!! Actually this crappy keyboard @ work sucks”
    yeah, I imagine those chinese made PC’s you sell at Walmart sure aren’t worth a damn.

  59. Deb says: Nov 3, 2010 6:34 PM

    MDS, if Harrison requested the meeting, how was he called to the principal’s office? I understand the temptation to go for the tantalizing head, but you should have an internal caution light when it comes to veering that far over the truth line.
    Massaquoi was a bad hit. Goodell should have capped the fine at $50,000 simply because he made the issue more about Harrison than about the NFL’s renewed commitment to enforce its longstanding policy. James is a passionate guy. He got upset and took it too far. But he’d finally notched it back and the whole thing had died down … when this needlessly stirred it up again.
    It was a late hit on Brees, and the flag was appropriate, but that should be the end of it. I honestly don’t know whether the NFL is contemplating a fine or whether that’s just something bloggers have concocted. It’s admirable that James is taking Colbert and going to the horse’s mouth to get an explanation. This particular horse tends to talk out of both sides of his mouth, but at least James is handling it in mature fashion this time. Let’s wait and hear how it goes.

  60. FinFan6886 says: Nov 3, 2010 6:41 PM

    Harrisonheld16 says:
    November 3, 2010 5:24 PM
    olskool711
    9 out of 10 times Pittsburgh is on the bad end of a call.
    —————————–
    If you truly believe that, then you must be drunk or high while you watch the games. Everybody gets held all the time…it’s not just Harrison. Even objective Steeler fans (all nine of ‘em) would say that the Steelers get more than their fair share of “game-changing” calls.

  61. seventhheaven7 says: Nov 3, 2010 7:04 PM

    Roger Goodell needs come to his senses and quit treating the NFL like a girly league and let players like Harrison do some real hitting.

  62. superb owl says: Nov 3, 2010 8:10 PM

    he’s on dope. who the hell cares what he thinks?

  63. Spoonthis says: Nov 3, 2010 8:19 PM

    @ I didn’t hear no bell.
    “Harrison is a nobody who hits hard and in many cases, illegally. Take that away from him and he’ll be exposed for what he is.”
    Possibly the dumbest comment I’ve read on here to date. James Harrison was the defensive player of the year in 2008. He should have been the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII or at least co-MVP. He had the greatest play by a defensive player in Super Bowl history but you call him a nobody. He has 16 forced fumbles in the the past 3 years (4 more than any other defensive player in the same amount of time) and you call him a nobody. Too funny. Watch much football or do you just spew nonsense all the time?
    I hope James left that meeting and handed GODell a blank check. Saying that he is a FOOTBALL PLAYER. Not some pussy that is gonna bow down to “the Commish” and stop playing with the desire and skill that he has learned over his lifetime. The sad thing is that sooooo many fans, players, coaches and owners would love, love , love to have a tough SOB on their team. The haters hate because of their loyalty to another team. The Steelers have an identity of employing hard nosed players that give everything they have, on every play and never give up. They draft tough players and teach them their system. Run the ball and stop the run and win Lombardi’s. Hate all you want (and us Steelers fans love the hated because it means we are doing something right) but this is a proud franchise that has done things right for many decades.
    Go Harrison, Go Tomlin, Go Dan & Art Jr. God bless the “CHIEF”. And most of all, GO STEELERS.

  64. Harrisonheld16 says: Nov 3, 2010 9:04 PM

    FinFan6886
    lots of people do get held but no to the extreme of Harrison. And when Pit holds it is called usually so you could go powder your nose.

  65. Harrisonheld16 says: Nov 3, 2010 9:11 PM

    Phokus
    you are the typical person that has no clue about football, Pittsburgh is on the bad end of a call 9 out of 10 times. Games that are fixed are for the ravens, jets, Patriots. Steelers have never had a fixed game, get over the fact that they win when the win and lose when they lose. Harrison never gets a holding call and if you noticed he is the only one that they are applying the rules to. What about that guy that hit Farve helmet to helmet split his chin. He won’t get fined. So tell me how are the games fixed?

  66. Harrisonheld16 says: Nov 3, 2010 9:15 PM

    BradyGazelle
    he clearly kept his head up , your just stupid and apparently blind, watch the play before you talk. there was no spearing involved a little late is all it was. Brees wasn’t event shooken up. He hit him with his chest.

  67. Harrisonheld16 says: Nov 3, 2010 9:23 PM

    olskool711
    who do you watch the ravens? that get all the calls or pats ? I will admit when the Steelers hold and when they get away with it but Watch Harrison the next game against the Bengals and see how much he is held.

  68. Blackn'Gold says: Nov 3, 2010 9:42 PM

    Well perhaps Commissioner Goodell could learn to tell the officials to start calling holding calls on the offensive tackles that can’t handle Harrison. A couple of years ago, James Harrison was Defensive Player of the Year. Ever since then there’s been a concerted effort to help offenses deal with his playing skill, namely holding. It almost never gets called. But there it is on film.
    Just make the call. Blow the whistle. The play stops and the precious quarterback is saved for another play. And if the left tackle can’t deal with Harrison then it’s time to get a new offensive tackle.
    GO STEELERS!

  69. Spacemonkey says: Nov 3, 2010 10:24 PM

    “Stiller idiot” here. I refuse to type in all caps, and won’t set foot in a WalMart. Apologies if my words are too big for you.
    What I find entertaining about James Harrison is that the man is what, 4 feet tall? Honestly, look at how short he is. But he still weighs as much as I do, and he’s all muscle, with thighs like tree trunks – the man can move. Now that said, consider how difficult it must be for a 6’8″ offensive lineman to get an arm around him and try to “stand him up” when he’s already standing up… Talk to an offensive lineman someday if you get the chance, that is priority number one for the position: Stand up the pass rushers, so your weight advantage shifts momentum and takes away their leverage.
    There’s a perfectly logical reason for him getting held all the time, whether you think it is fair or not, or on purpose or not. It does happen, and happens a *lot* more than it does for linebackers that are a foot taller. The tape don’t lie :-)
    Surprised at all the Ravens fans that hate Harrison. I’ll wager if he played for your team you would all follow him off a cliff. He plays hard on every play, tries to be a complete linebacker – and works very hard on coverage and does many things your prototypical pass rusher wouldn’t dare try – and he does it very well, well enough to be called the Defensive MVP.
    Really, no more Ravens fans hating on James Harrison. It just makes no sense, man! Ravens fans are defense-hungry fiends, and a good player is a good player, no matter the team. Counterpoint – if someone told me my Steelers had managed a trade for Ngata, I’d bang my head on the ceiling from jumping up and down so hard. Imagine a four-man line with Ngata and Hampton inside!
    /me runs off to fantasize about a defensive line that could crush a small elementary school with their bare hands, in one single pass.

  70. Mel Kiper IV says: Nov 3, 2010 10:47 PM

    Badell informs him that starting the 12th week of the season, all of the players will be wearing dresses and will not be allowed to tackle anyone. The League is going to become touch football. And, crying on the field will not only be allowed, but encouraged. Especially when it’s that time of the month…Badell wasn’t available for comment because he felt bloated and had “awful cramps”.

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