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Art Rooney thinks the Steelers are being targeted

Roger Goodell, Dan Rooney, Mike Tomlin,  Art Rooney II, John Madden,

The NFL believes that the notion the league has targeted the Steelers in the ongoing crackdown against illegal hits is “misguided and, frankly, completely untrue.”

Steelers president Art Rooney believes otherwise.

It certainly looks that way,” Rooney tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  “Not that we’re expecting much sympathy from other teams, but I think some of this will be part of the discussion after the season is over.  Hopefully we’ll all have our chances to express our opinions and at that point have a better understanding of where the owners in the league stand on some of this.”

The Steelers have had plenty of chances to express their opinions, because they’ve been expressing their opinions constantly ever since October 17, when a rash of helmet-to-helmet hits spawned a flurry of big fines against players from three different teams, including Steelers linebacker James Harrison.  Harrison has since been fined for a pair of roughing-the-passer penalties that entailed Harrison striking the quarterback with Harrison’s helmet, a clear violation of the rules in the eyes of everyone but Harrison, his teammates, the coaching staff, and Steelers fans.

“I think we’re sympathetic to the idea that we need to focus on player safety and particularly on helmet-to-helmet hits,” Rooney said.  “The other side of it is it’s still a football game, and I think we’ve got to be realistic about how the rules can be changed and what we expect of the defensive players in particular.”

In our view, Rooney also should be realistic about — and sensitive to — the impact of his words on his players and his team’s fans.  With the mob already predisposed to adopting a hostile stance against perceived heavy-handedness by a league office that, in prior years, had been perceived as residing in the Steelers’ back pockets, comments from folks like Rooney and coach Mike Tomlin will fan the flames, and Rooney surely is smart enough to know it.

The mere fact that the league has yet to fine Rooney or Tomlin for engaging in conduct detrimental to the long-term interests of the league via public comments undermining the NFL’s approach to safety proves that, to a certain extent, the NFL still tiptoes on eggshells when it comes to one of the league’s marquee franchises.  Indeed, Art Rooney’s public criticism of the league includes an acknowledgment that these matters would be better handled directly and privately with the league office.

“I think he shares some of the concerns we have,” Art Rooney of his father, Dan Rooney.  “I’m sure the conversation he’s having are between him and the league, and that’s the way they should be kept.”

So why are Art Rooney and Mike Tomlin grandstanding about the issue in the media?  Because they’re focused not on the big picture but on winning enough games to set the table for a run to the Super Bowl.  And they want to place maximum pressure on the game officials and the Commissioner to refrain from taking action that would give the opponents 15-yards of field position, make Harrison unavailable for a game or more, and/or ultimately neuter a hard-hitting defense that relies on the ability to physically intimidate.

And so they’ll continue to engage in tactics aimed directly or indirectly at verbally intimidating those who would threaten the franchise’s hammerlock on physical intimidation.  It’ll continue as long as the league office allows it, and the league office already has allowed too much of it.

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  1. steviemo says: Dec 3, 2010 9:51 AM

    Try being a Raiders fan for a few decades. Oakland gets dogged by officials year after year after year.

  2. bleedgreen says: Dec 3, 2010 9:53 AM

    It looks that way because you’re not being treated FAIRLY and the SAME as all the other teams in the league, instead of having extra players for the Steelers on the field in Black and White instead of Black and Gold.

    Its like a kid that always gets his way gets told no for the first time in his life and he pitches a fit about how its not fair. Same mentality here.

  3. jackhall00 says: Dec 3, 2010 9:54 AM

    Good article and I agree 100%. They are setting themslves up for the postseason so the refs will think twice about throwing a flag out of fear as being “biased” against the Steelers.

    Ben’s foot said NO–the turf said YES!

  4. ajc33635 says: Dec 3, 2010 9:57 AM

    Keep it going Florio, the hits will increase.

    I’m glad Art spoke out as this whole thing is getting silly.

    Ben gets hit as much as any quarterback and that includes piling on and jumping on his head with no calls.

    Harrison is being persecuted for speaking out as much as for the hits.

  5. mtkephart says: Dec 3, 2010 9:59 AM

    “…a clear violation of the rules in the eyes of everyone but Harrison, his teammates, the coaching staff, and Steelers fans.”

    Mike–how can you say this? Defenders, coaches, and fans everywhere are agreeing with them. This statement was flat false.

  6. sevenisheaven says: Dec 3, 2010 10:00 AM

    Florio you need to stop these ridiculous posts about fining and suspending harrison and tomlin and maybe focus on some good news like this:

    http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Harrison-gives-back-to-help-kids/61256261-ec0c-4815-ad29-ff277d56f42e

    Maybe this will help to clarify what harrison is about

  7. FoozieGrooler says: Dec 3, 2010 10:00 AM

    They are, no question.
    Even players from other teams, including division rivals, have said so.
    You’d have to be blind or stupid to think otherwise.

  8. Kaz says: Dec 3, 2010 10:00 AM

    Sounds like the Steelers are trying to strong arm the league into handing them another Superbowl ring…. Forcing the Officials into making calls for them sounds like the overall goal (through the use of defiance and intimidation) from all this. And it starts from the top, down.

    People use to say this was a respected franchise. It’s a shame what it has become as of late. I’m glad you are starting to take notice of their little games…. It’s worked in years past, and it looks they are looking to play that card again.

  9. FoozieGrooler says: Dec 3, 2010 10:02 AM

    Dan Rooney needs to come back from Ireland and straighten Goodell out. He works for the owners after all. They hired him, and they can fire his useless ass too.

  10. therealelmatador says: Dec 3, 2010 10:03 AM

    Ooohhhh Shhhuuttttttt uuuppp..am I the only one sick of the Steelers whining. Keep going out there winning football and shut up. I can’t wait ’til they get bounced out the playoffs because all they’re worried about is cryin’ and moanin’ that the league hates them. Focus on the Ravens.

  11. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter says: Dec 3, 2010 10:03 AM

    They didn’t eject Harrison after he basically punched someone during the Super Bowl.

    They did not penalize Holmes after using the ball as a prop after scoring a touchdown in a Super Bowl.

    They refused to review the last play of the game (It wouldn’t have been overturned but not reviewing it is unacceptable).

    Leave it alone and just play the game. Friggen babies.

    It is good to see that Steeler fans have time to post here while not killing their dogs and cashing their unemployment checks.

    Raven fans are just as bad. Ray Lewis blvd is the new MLK blvd.

  12. khblurkin says: Dec 3, 2010 10:05 AM

    Florio- you have an obsession.

    YOU need to gain some objectivity and let go of all this irrational hate.

    The Steelers are not the only organization critical of the way the rules have been enforced. Get over yourself.

  13. steelersmichele says: Dec 3, 2010 10:05 AM

    You know who is targeting the Steelers? You–that’s right–you are, Mr. Mike Florio.

    If the league office, according to you, has allowed too much “talking” from the Steelers, and you’re sick of it, then why do you continue to post EVERY SINGLE comment one of the Steelers has made on the issue.

    You can’t have it both ways–you want the Steelers to shut up, yet you keep posting their comments because you know it will bring a ton of hits on your website. Face it, you love the Steelers because we make you more popular and “important.”

    All I can say is that Goodell is in trouble now. The Steelers, whether the haters like it or not, are one of league’s marquee franchises. And I have no doubt if Dan is talking to the league and Goodell, there will be some serious discussions about this entire situation when the season is over.

  14. dealer009 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:07 AM

    “Harrison being persecuted”

    HA!

  15. FoozieGrooler says: Dec 3, 2010 10:08 AM

    “Harrison has since been fined for a pair of roughing-the-passer penalties that entailed Harrison striking the quarterback with Harrison’s helmet, a clear violation of the rules in the eyes of everyone but Harrison, his teammates, the coaching staff, and Steelers fans.”

    Only it didn’t happen, and you know it.

    But don’t let the truth get in the way of your page hit generating articles.

  16. m1k3g says: Dec 3, 2010 10:09 AM

    Florio,
    You’re a sleezeball.

    You know damn well 70-80% of FOOTBALL fans; not just Steelers fans believe Harrison is being singled out.

    As usual, you’re wrong on this one.

  17. stixzidinia says: Dec 3, 2010 10:09 AM

    Shut your mouth Florio, you pencil-necked twerp. You of all people trying to talk about grandstanding is absolutely priceless. I guess you think if you suck up to the league office enough you might still have a job once the NBC contract with the NFL ends. But it won’t happen. You’ll be right back to blogging full time…..re-posting and spinning stories written by other people (actual sports journalists with actual contacts with NFL teams).

    And Goodell better watch it, Rooney’s endorsement played a large part of him getting that job. Rooney’s retraction can play a large part in getting him removed. The Rooneys were a centerpiece of the NFL when Roger Goodell was crapping in his diapers. And they’ll still be a centerpiece long after he’s gone.

    Nobody that has been watching the NFL since at least the 80’s can say with a straight face that what the league has been systematically doing to the game over the last decade is a good thing. The game has been rigged and slanted toward the offensive side of the ball in a HUGE way in order to generate dollars. The NFL doesn’t give a good goddamn about player safety. If they did they’d mandate the players wear the most up to date helmet technology. If they did they’d mandate players wear ALL the equipment top to bottom. But they don’t. The NFL is is so completely transparent in their dishonesty and anybody with half a brain can see it (which, naturally excludes hacks like Mike Florio).

  18. che1991 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:11 AM

    You neglect to consider that some (or many) of the owners may be unhappy with Roger Goodell’s dictatorial style and see his hiring as an error. This issue may be seen as a way to remove him. It may signal that a group of owners wants the help of the players to make Roger Goodell’s unilateral decisions an issue for negotiation for the next CBA. I could see it working out where replacement of Goodell is seen as a planned concession by the owners to the players to eliminate a common problem and save face. I’m sure the players wouldn’t mind seeing Goodell knocked off of his perch and neither would most fans.

    “Oh well, Roger, you have to go for us to make this new CBA work. Bye now!”

  19. juancorsair says: Dec 3, 2010 10:12 AM

    And so they’ll continue to engage in tactics aimed directly or indirectly at verbally intimidating those who would threaten the franchise’s hammerlock on physical intimidation. It’ll continue as long as the league office allows it, and the league office already has allowed too much of it.

    Give me a break. Last I checked, Clay Matthews doesn’t wear a Steeler’s uniform. Maybe you should as Kevin Kolb if he thinks James Harrison could hit him harder than Matthews did in the first game of the season.

    While I don’t believe there is a conspiracy agains Pittsburgh, I do believe that some of the new rulings on hitting QBs and receivers have gone way too far. IMO, a lot of this stems from the Cry-Queens fanbase whining for months about how the Saints slapped Favre around like a little bitch in last year’s NFC Championship. I thought this was a violent contact sport, not some kind of bush league flag game. What’s next? Will they water the game down enough so they can allow women to play in the name of “equality”? Unreal.

  20. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 3, 2010 10:12 AM

    I’m glad Art spoke out as this whole thing is getting silly.

    BUT…. the reason this whole thing is silly is BECAUSE they keep speking out. They better be careful, you can alread sense the tide turning against them media-wise.

  21. silk32 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:13 AM

    Both the Steelers and Ravens, two hard-hitting teams, are being targeted >> http://clicky.me/1vsO

  22. Kaz says: Dec 3, 2010 10:14 AM

    I thought coaches/owners got fined for speaking out against the officiating? Obviously, the Steeelrs don’t have to play by the same rules as the other teams in the league.

  23. fireflorio says: Dec 3, 2010 10:16 AM

    in the eyes of everyone but Harrison, his teammates, the coaching staff, and Steelers fans…as well as both current and former players from every other team in the league and the vast majority of fans all over the NFL.

    *Fixed*

  24. savocabol1 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:16 AM

    its official……i am sick of hearing about the steelers.

  25. deadguy73 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:17 AM

    intimidating those who would threaten the franchise’s hammerlock on physical intimidation.
    —————–
    Um, listen up lawyer… we call that Football!

    Art is standing up for reason. Harrison is not out there trying to disregard the rules. This is a fast, violent game. The way they are trying to enforce the rules defies logic… and it certainly hasn’t be dished out evenly.

    We who love the game have a voice… and we will use it.

  26. emperor83 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:19 AM

    The NFL targets Pittsburgh and the refs target Buffalo

  27. citizenstrange says: Dec 3, 2010 10:21 AM

    Hines Ward gets knocked out of the game against the Pats with a concussion from an illegal helmet to helmet hit by James Sanders and instead of a flag or a fine the NFL names Sanders defensive Player of the Week.

    Don’t keep keep repeating over and over and over and over that helmet to helmet hits are illegal and then do nothing about it when it happens to the Steelers.

    Roethlisberger takes at least three dirty illegal shots each game.

  28. kaninny says: Dec 3, 2010 10:22 AM

    Mike you left out the most important quote from Art Rooney. “And these comments are directed for Mike Florio so he can write a 571 word post on his blog telling me how wrong I am and what a terrible organization I run” You know Mike you sit there every day and comment on how you view thngs and have the cloak of the US constituion protecting you. God forbid anyone to speak there mind and give an opinion. Art Rooney in case you did not know is a lawyer too. He has been in the room with the commisoner, front office personel, owners, and union personel, and I think he might know a little (A LOT) more than you.

  29. fireflorio says: Dec 3, 2010 10:23 AM

    Really, the only people I ever hear complaining about the hits, are roto nerds who only care about their fantasy stats and sports writers…when I go out to watch the games on Sunday, EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE is sick of what is happening…you sports writers are well behind the curve on this issue.

  30. johnah says: Dec 3, 2010 10:26 AM

    Florio, where have the helmet to helmet hits by the Steelers have been since the Cleveland game? The fines and more importantly the 15 yard penalties during the games have been coming like crazy!

    Harrison gets a roughing the passer for a text book shoulder to the chest hit?

    Woodly gets a roughing call for pulling up and trying to miss?

    I’m not saying that the the leauge is telling the refs “call extra stuff on the Steelers” but I do think that they spend time each week looking at each team and pointing out the refs the types of calls they want made. But those conversations aren’t at the in general call this type of thing; but more like “notice how player “X” does this, make sure you’re looking out for those types of infractions.

    I’m also not saying that the NFL wants to keep the Steelers from doing well; but they do want to shut them up and make them play softer so they can get their windfall of 18 games; which Florio, I’m guessing is in your best interest financially as well, right?

  31. easyeddie says: Dec 3, 2010 10:27 AM

    Great moments in Steelers history

  32. pfii63 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:27 AM

    And the whining of the organization continues.

    Have the officials made mistakes? Sure, and they have done so with every team. I have seen hits on Brady, Manning and others that probably should have been called but weren’t, as well as hits on receivers.

    But this constant whining from the likes of the Steelers and the Ravens players and fans is just ridiculous. If these boneheads would learn how to tackle properly, they wouldn’t be seeing the types of fines that they are – this is a simple fact.

    Part of the problem is that the NFL waited to incredibly long to address this, and only responded as the injuries were mounting. People think that the “jacked up” hits are the way football is supposed to be played and that is the fault of the NFL. Had the NFL addressed this many years ago as a preventive safety concern, then they might be perceived as having cleaner hands and purer motives. Instead, the apologists for the thugs are allowed to think that they are somehow being targeted because the NFL doesn’t want their team to be successful. The NFL set itself up for this, but it is still a pile of crap. Play good fundamentals and shut the hell up.

  33. ianwhetstone says: Dec 3, 2010 10:28 AM

    This site was better when its owner did more digging for news and less arbitrary crusading.

  34. drizzo311 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:29 AM

    Look, I completely agree with the thought that James Harrison needs to adjust. Whether or not he, Steelers fans, the organization or anyone else thinks it’s fair, it’s the reality of the situation. You’re so blinded by the thought that there are people defending HIS actions, that you fail to see there’s a difference between that, and making an observation that it seems the ENTIRE Steelers team is being targeted.

    It’s not just with the Harrison hits. Seriously take a look at the individual penalties that are being assessed against the Steelers, or the non-calls that are absurdly obvious. Some of the absolute horse-sh*t holding calls, pass interference penalties and personal fouls on Steelers players NOT named James Harrison is insane.

    How about this for some statistics:
    – 2009 penalties per game: 5.3 (9th in the league)
    – 2010 penalties per game: 6.5 (23rd)
    – Last three games: 10.0 (32nd)
    – 2009 Penalty yards per game: 48.3 (16th in the league)
    – 2010 Penalty yards per game: 59.4 (24th)
    – Last three games: 105.0 (32nd by over 30 yards)

    So you’re really going to try and make the argument to me that despite their history, the Steelers ALL OF A SUDDEN became the dirtiest team in the league by over 30 yards per game?

  35. ravensrule says: Dec 3, 2010 10:29 AM

    Hey, welcome to the Ravens world of the last 10 years. Old man, your team is being targeted. Thats what happens when you have a roster full of dirty players.

  36. jimmy1smith says: Dec 3, 2010 10:29 AM

    Rooney has balls the size of Texas. Notice how you didn’t hear a peep when the NFL was handing 2 Superbowls to the Steelers via the refs.

    And now he complains?

  37. connie73 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:29 AM

    Just went to the site to see harrisons foundation
    Why did he wait till now to form a foundation he should have had one a long time ago. The people who sent him money are the people who dont have a pot to piss in Now lets send him more so his kids go to college Im not impressed

  38. pastabelly says: Dec 3, 2010 10:30 AM

    The league should start suspending Harrison and someone needs to let the Steelers know that helmets shouldn’t be used as weapons.

  39. dontlikecravens says: Dec 3, 2010 10:31 AM

    I’m not into conspiracies but you have to wonder:

    In the past two weeks, the Steelers have been flagged almost as much as in the the previous 9 games. The majority of them phantom calls at best.

    Ward gets knocked out of the game with a helmet to helmet hit as he catches the ball. No flag, no fine, no admission of missing the penalty.

    Roethlisberger gets absolutely worked over by two Bills defenders well after being downed. Since he’s not Brady or the elder Manning, nothing called.

    And the real kicker: On the play where Harrison sacked Fitzpatrick, a replay shows the ref pulling out his flag waaay before Harrison was anywhere near him. He also watched him the entire time to the exclusion of all else occurring on the field.

    If Florio would quit pandering for the total pussification of the league, maybe he could be objective too.

  40. righthereisay says: Dec 3, 2010 10:32 AM

    As a Steeler fan, I really do not think our secondary and Bruce Arians has what it takes to go win a Super Bowl this year against all the great teams that will be in the playoffs, let alone the NFC teams that seem to be looking real good right now (Philly/NYG/Falcons).

    With that said, I also believe the NFL would DEFINITELY not want Ben Roethlisberger in the Super Bowl. It would be a major distraction to them. If I owned the business, I sure wouldn’t want that happening. Probably the same with Michael Vick.

    I bet the NFL’s worst nightmare this year is Eagles vs Steelers in the Super Bowl.

  41. pbrady89 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:32 AM

    No Florio, this is absolutely ridiculous. If the league were actually unbiased you would see similar action taken to all the players in the league. EVERY roughing the passer would be fined, because the one on Fitzpatrick was certainly not over the top. How about Hines Ward getting hit helmet to helmet as a defenseless receiver on national television by James Sanders? Where was his fine? You mean to tell me on the play where Ben was hurt that wasn’t unnecessary roughness? The way they twisted him around once he was on the ground. You need to get the sour grapes out of your mouth Florio. I don’t know why this offends you, but its more than just the Steelers that have been speaking out against these policies.

  42. airraid77 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:39 AM

    The steelers are absolutely on this. I think roger goodell should just put flags on all skill positions, eliminate the linemen and the game will continue to be successfull and everybody will be safe….sounds sort of like liberal thinking on health care. ROLMAO!

  43. wycoff says: Dec 3, 2010 10:40 AM

    “And so they’ll continue to engage in tactics aimed directly or indirectly at verbally intimidating those who would threaten the franchise’s hammerlock on physical intimidation. It’ll continue as long as the league office allows it, and the league office already has allowed too much of it.”

    WTF? Yeah, let’s take physical intimidation out of football. Great idea. That’s like taking the punching out of boxing.

    If you don’t like the physicality of football, then don’t watch it, don’t play it, and, for the love of god, don’t become a football talking head with a gossip / new collection blog! Football is all about physical intimidation, force, and will. If you want a game where you can pass a ball and not get hit, then watch basketball.

    People like you are going to kill the NFL.

  44. jspyle says: Dec 3, 2010 10:41 AM

    The only person “grandstanding ” here is you Florio. The only sensible statement in this article was as follows:

    “I think we’re sympathetic to the idea that we need to focus on player safety and particularly on helmet-to-helmet hits,” Rooney said. “The other side of it is it’s still a football game, and I think we’ve got to be realistic about how the rules can be changed and what we expect of the defensive players in particular.”

    Couldnt have said it better. Thank you Mr. Rooney. And I’m a Raiders fan and complimenting the Steelers doesnt come easy for me, but he’s right. Please Florio, drop the “here comes the put the dresses on the QB” crap. Nobody wants players to be injured, but its football and it is a violent game.

    I also find it fairly hypocritical of the NFL to suddenly take this stance. For years they have marketed the big hits with videos and end of the season awards. Is the Butkus award in college given to the nicest LB, or the most physical? Crap, they even were selling pics of the big hits that were being fined at the beggining of this year. Give me a break!

    The NFL is hiding behind this idea of, “where the ones looking out for player saftety,” but the players arent buying into it. Why? This is the same league that refuses to give proper care to the vets that played in the past. How much does someone get for a pension if he played in the 60’s or 70’s? Welfare would pay better and this “Care” comes from one of the most profitable private companies in the USA.

  45. wycoff says: Dec 3, 2010 10:43 AM

    mtkephart says:
    Dec 3, 2010 9:59 AM
    “…a clear violation of the rules in the eyes of everyone but Harrison, his teammates, the coaching staff, and Steelers fans.”

    Mike–how can you say this? Defenders, coaches, and fans everywhere are agreeing with them. This statement was flat false.

    _____

    Because Florio is being paid by the league to disseminate propaganda. The league wants more passing, less hitting, and 18 game seasons. Florio, like a good little soldier, is merely following orders.

  46. surshot says: Dec 3, 2010 10:44 AM

    Why was Sherrod Martin of the Carolina Panthers only fined $40k for the second offense of a helmet to helmet hit and James Harrison was fined $50K and that is not targeting even more like Bias

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  47. jlawless87 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:45 AM

    @steviemo

    No Thanks, I would rather watch soccer than watch the Raiders week in and week out.

    I wish I could throw a yellow flag at the entire organization for No Sportsmanship conduct.

  48. southflsteel says: Dec 3, 2010 10:47 AM

    Florio says, “It’ll continue as long as the league office allows it, and the league office already has allowed too much of it.”

    I don’t know who is more OBSESSED with this issue, the Steelers and their fans, or the fool who wrote this trash? Too bad little mikey, ain’t a damn thing you can do about it is there??? You like to think you weld some sort of power on issues in the NFL, truth is you have about as much as I do. Actually I probably have more since, you know, I actually go to the games. But keep the “zingers” coming. I’m sure you’ll convince somebody soon. maybe.

  49. benjaminbreeg11 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:48 AM

    I don’t buy that there is any ‘strategy’ – the Steelers are just crying and sounding more pathetic by the day.

    If it’s all too difficult for them, Rooney should sell the team, Harrison should retire and the balance of the team should just go forward doing the best they can to live with the new safety rules like every other team in the NFL.

  50. skansi says: Dec 3, 2010 10:48 AM

    I like feeling a little sick when I watch hits on the field and I would rather they protect the players on the field by not going over the middle or not hanging in the pocket but that would reduce the game to one of physical domination played by tough mean men willing to risk life and limb. The NFL got too popular and is now getting watered down to appeal to the masses. Money ruins everything.

  51. WingT says: Dec 3, 2010 10:48 AM

    Florio, Art Rooney and Mike Tomlin are not grandstanding here.

    Go grind your axe somewhere else.

  52. bunkmcnulty says: Dec 3, 2010 10:48 AM

    First we have to hear about Harrison’s kids from Tomlin and now the owner is telling us how the poor, poor Pittsburgh Steelers are being picked on? Poor baby!

    The arrogance of winning those super bowls really makes Rooney think he owns the league. I guess the league needs to clear all rules and fines through Rooney? My goodness, we really should be so thankful he created this game and this league. He really sounds like he thinks he is the almighty.

    Well Mr. Rooney, it is time to adapt. The game needs to stay physical. No question. But has anyone seen what happens to these guys later in life? Did any of you watch the HBO piece on how concussions make the odds of getting ALS significantly higher? I applaud the league for trying to protect these young men from themselves. The calls that have been made are far from perfect. The fines are probably a little much too. But if Rooney is the pillar of the league and as progressive as he is always made out to be, its time for him to take his medicine and set an example instead of whining.

    Other teams have gone through this too. You all are not the first. But this is so typical Pittsburgh. Something is always more important when it happens to them.

    That’s ok. It seems the Boys from Pittsburgh ought to be more focused on winning than whining this week.

    Sunday will be fun!

  53. originalsteelcurtain says: Dec 3, 2010 10:48 AM

    WAS a respected franchise, Kaz?

    Great, consistent ownership with the Rooney’s.

    Sell-outs every year with a long waiting list for season tickets.

    Stillernation is everywhere…no other fans show show up in droves in opponents stadium’s the way Steeler fans do.

    Most SB’s of any franchise with 6.

    Who deserves more respect? Bellicheat-led Pats? Jerry Jones Cowboys?

    Steelers have had a few knuckleheads but so has every other team.

    The reality is that the Steelers are being unfairly targeted as the league struggles to make a mid-season adustment on how to penalize hard hits. Goodell should be embarrassed.

  54. southflsteel says: Dec 3, 2010 10:50 AM

    sevenisheaven, you will never see that kind of post on here. Those sort of things don’t interest Florio, it doesn’t “drive the traffic”.

  55. benjaminbreeg11 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:50 AM

    Just about what you’d expect from a team with a rap#st in the top spot. The Steelers SUCK.

  56. finfanbernie says: Dec 3, 2010 10:51 AM

    I dont like the steelers but I will have to say that this is going to hurt th game more than it helps the game. Also if the league claims to increase the fines everytime this happens why was harrison fined 75,000 the first time and less each additional time. I can understand the helmet to helmet fines but some of the fines he is getting are because his helmet makes contact with a players back first. I think the league should change them name of hard knocks to soft taps!

  57. emperor83 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:52 AM

    sevenisheaven, Harrison only does stuff like that in an attempt to keep people’s minds off his constant whining.

  58. lionsfan20 says: Dec 3, 2010 10:57 AM

    Maybe you won’t be targeted if you give back your Super Bowl XL trophy that the NFL gift wrapped for you.

    The NFL gives you a Super Bowl and you still bitch?

  59. fancyleague says: Dec 3, 2010 10:58 AM

    Seriously, Mike, you need to reevaluate which side you’re on in this squabble. You’re nodding and clapping at one of the most clueless hypocrites in sports history. Roger Goodell is trying to revolutionize the game of football midseason. He’s behaving in a very reactionary and irrational manner that conflicts with many of the messages the league is sending out. He has the appearance of someone who’s in over his head and is playing the tough guy role to compensate. Unfortunately for him, he’s being confronted with some other incidents that are exposing his lack of a real plan.

  60. knightringonow says: Dec 3, 2010 11:02 AM

    @easyeddie:

    The Doobie Bros released an album, “What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits”. Same w/ NFL.

    WHAT USED TO BE CUTE HITS – set to music – are now fineable offenses.

    Thanks for ruining the NFL, Roger. +2 my ass.

  61. pukey60 says: Dec 3, 2010 11:04 AM

    Ohhhhh C’mon Florio – Everyone knows the NFL hates the Raiders, goes back to Rozelle. If the NFL “hates” the Steelers as Looney Rooney claims, why oh why do they have so many rings?

  62. hobartbaker says: Dec 3, 2010 11:05 AM

    “I come to you with a heavy heart”, sobbed Art, “it’s sunk about two feet in my chest.”.

    Recent photographs appear to back that up.

  63. cowboys4life says: Dec 3, 2010 11:06 AM

    Kind of ironic a team that has been getting breaks from the officials(Santonio Holmes catch in Superbowl) for years, are now complaining about being targeted. God Steeler fans are annoying.

  64. timtanium says: Dec 3, 2010 11:07 AM

    Shut your mouth Florio, your lawyer mentallity makes me wanna puke.

    The league doesnt care about player safety, they care about their financial safety. Pussify the League, fine and suspend guys for clean aggressive hits, have guys like florio smear them in the presses, keep your stars around longer, more profit to go around.

    Its funny that this year, when the CBA is in flux, that the league decides to harshly punish guys for hits that have been legal since the game has been around. Think about it people. The league is protecting itself, not players. I dont blame any player from speaking out, especially the Defensive players like Harrison and Urlacher.

    Its a mans sport, a physical, aggressive sport, something Florio has no idea about. Florio, have you EVER played the game of football? IF you have, you would know that most of these hits(not the malicious in intent hits) are clean. Some of them are nearly perfect form tackles. The NFL front offices need more former players instead of buisnessmen and lawyers. Its people like this, and their supporters like you Florio, that are ruining this game.

    Im sure i made too much sense and you will erase it, just like you did before, you coward.

  65. zombiepatriot says: Dec 3, 2010 11:11 AM

    Is it just me or should the Steelers do two things:

    1) Shut their mouth instead of drawing more attention to themselves. The more attention you draw the more likely you’ll get called for boarderline hits.

    2) Learn from your mistakes and realize things have changed. Quit leading with your helmet. Quit delivering helmet to helmet hits.

    What I believe this is about more than anything is to create some noise to deflect blame for their poor play as of late. The fines have nothing to do with the loss to the Patriots or luckily escaping with a win from Buffalo. Who wants to talk about that though when you can instead whine about being unfairly targeted for fines after hitting opposition players in the head with your helmet.

    It’s always interesting to see these so called tough teams whine like little beeyahtchezz and have to find a scape goat of some sorts when things aren’t going their way.

    HEY STEELERS MAN UP AND TAKE YOUR LUMPS!

  66. Kaz says: Dec 3, 2010 11:19 AM

    originalsteelcurtain says:
    Dec 3, 2010 10:48 AM
    WAS a respected franchise, Kaz?

    Great, consistent ownership with the Rooney’s.

    Sell-outs every year with a long waiting list for season tickets.

    Stillernation is everywhere…no other fans show show up in droves in opponents stadium’s the way Steeler fans do.

    Most SB’s of any franchise with 6.

    Who deserves more respect? Bellicheat-led Pats? Jerry Jones Cowboys?

    Steelers have had a few knuckleheads but so has every other team.

    The reality is that the Steelers are being unfairly targeted as the league struggles to make a mid-season adustment on how to penalize hard hits. Goodell should be embarrassed.

    No the Steelers should be embarrassed. The little support you had outside of Pitt is slowly leaving. People are sick of hearing the Steelers whine every week. Drama, drama, drama. What makes them think they don’t have to play by the rules? Rings? I doubt that is what the Superbowl was meant to bring out of organizations. Every week it’s something. I expect more from the Owner and Coaches of a franchise that is suppose to be so prestigious.

  67. poprock48 says: Dec 3, 2010 11:23 AM

    Harrsion’s dirty play has been tolerated for years because of the leagues deference to Rooney and the notion that they just play “hard nosed” ball in the Burgh. Guy is/has been and apparently always wants to be a cheap shot artist.

    You “fans” that likely to this day still have not read the actually rules complaining about Harrison being unfairly targeted are a joke. The guy is a head hunter. Further this enforcement has had way less of an impact on the game than the Polian induced changes from a few years back.. so stop your crying.

    It is especially comical for this “classy” owner to complain about the league given the gift that was their SB win vs Seattle.

  68. seahawkhuskyfan says: Dec 3, 2010 11:23 AM

    Pittsburgh is a great franchise, I will not argue that. But wow for having 6 titles you fans whine like a little girl

  69. cowboylover says: Dec 3, 2010 11:24 AM

    Tell Art to review the game tape of Big Ben’s first superbowl victory against the Seahawks and then stop whining.

  70. drizzo311 says: Dec 3, 2010 11:27 AM

    Why was this post deleted?

    Look, I completely agree with the thought that James Harrison needs to adjust. Whether or not he, Steelers fans, the organization or anyone else thinks it’s fair, it’s the reality of the situation. You’re so blinded by the thought that there are people defending HIS actions, that you fail to see there’s a difference between that, and making an observation that it seems the ENTIRE Steelers team is being targeted.

    It’s not just with the Harrison hits. Seriously take a look at the individual penalties that are being assessed against the Steelers, or the non-calls that are absurdly obvious. Some of the absolute BS holding calls, pass interference penalties and personal fouls on Steelers players NOT named James Harrison are insane.

    How about this for some statistics:
    – 2009 penalties per game: 5.3 (9th in the league)
    – 2010 penalties per game: 6.5 (23rd)
    – Last three games: 10.0 (32nd)
    – 2009 Penalty yards per game: 48.3 (16th in the league)
    – 2010 Penalty yards per game: 59.4 (24th)
    – Last three games: 105.0 (32nd by over 30 yards)

    So you’re really going to try and make the argument to me that despite their history, the Steelers ALL OF A SUDDEN became the dirtiest team in the league by over 30 yards per game?

  71. richm2256 says: Dec 3, 2010 11:28 AM

    My God, even the damned OWNER on this team is whining like a baby??????

    Geez Louise, if half the idiots on this team would just play within the rules like every other team and quit specializing in leading with the helmet, late hits on quarterbacks, and other assorted cheap shots, we wouldn’t have to listen to their continuous moaning – from the top down – of how they’re being “picked on”.

    Please, Pittsburgh, just STFU already, would you???? Why don’t you just leave the NFL and go play in the UFL?

  72. pmars64 says: Dec 3, 2010 11:31 AM

    I think this is hilarious. As a Saints fan and watching the game they played against the Steelers back on Halloween, it was so obvious that Pittsburgh was really trying to physically intimidate New Orleans like few teams I’ve ever seen. I’m not complaining about it because the Saints responded with their own physical play and have done their own share of this, too. I just think Rooney and Tomlin should spend more time figuring out why their team can’t hold a 4th quarter lead instead of crying about officials. Blowing a 13 pt lead to Buffalo and giving up what should have been the game winning TD in OT? That’s not going to get it done in January.

  73. bleedgreen says: Dec 3, 2010 11:35 AM

    surshot says: Dec 3, 2010 10:44 AM

    Why was Sherrod Martin of the Carolina Panthers only fined $40k for the second offense of a helmet to helmet hit and James Harrison was fined $50K and that is not targeting even more like Bias

    $
    ———————————-

    Because Sherrod didn’t goto the media and say he was going to keep hitting people the same way, and that he would not change to follow the rules. Sherrod kept his mouth shut and paid the fine.

  74. goodjet says: Dec 3, 2010 11:42 AM

    I’m a Jets fan and I truly hope Art Rooney and some of the other owners can save the NFL from Goodell and the rest who are totally destroying (actually have already destroyed) the the great game of pro football. I hate this new NFL and for me it’s really unwatchable. I still watch the Jets games and the big match-ups (for now) but it’s just really hard to get into this run and hit sport turned into a run and shove sport. Even just last year I never missed any pro football game. I do the NFL ticket and I watch it all but I just can’t get into this wussy ass crap at all. Hey a helmet to helmet launch—-suspend them and fine them $200,000.00 but if they can’t make big hits well then the sport is dead because millions of people are not going to pay to see this crap and their planning even way more carnage to this once great sport.

  75. mvp43 says: Dec 3, 2010 11:43 AM

    Any guy that has his own rule is not being targeted….

    Packers, Cowboys, Steelers are the NFL’s 3 most important teams.

  76. clarkbow says: Dec 3, 2010 11:44 AM

    You know, this site has become the most annoying site I regularly visit. What the hell is WordPress, why do I have to create yet another username and password, and why do I have my own WordPress blog now?

    Anyway, Steeler fans are not being needlessly paranoid. Ever heard of the Mel Blount rule? We’ve been through this before. Play lights out defense, they change the rules. If James Harrison had ripped his helmet off and started wailing on a guy like the two did last week, they would have thrown him out of the league for life. You won’t convince me otherwise. If you DON’T think Harrison is being targeted you’re being willfully blind, Florio.

    In any case, besides the annoying content, this site is becoming very clunky and irritating.

  77. olcap says: Dec 3, 2010 11:44 AM

    Like I said, the “league office” is just talking horse manure until they decide to do the ONLY thing that will cut down on these injuries, and that is removing the WEAPON on every player’s HEAD.

  78. jpmelon says: Dec 3, 2010 11:45 AM

    Couldn’t agree more with this topic. Art Rooney would not have publicly addressed the situation unless he thought it would help his team.

    The rules completely justify the flags & fines on Harrison…the Steelers are upset that existing rules are being rigorously enforced now when they had not been in the past.

  79. SAS says: Dec 3, 2010 11:45 AM

    Guys, the whining is fine and (honestly) probably deserved.

    Here’s a franchise who’s had everything handed to them by the NFL and its referees forever.

    Without those good graces, you can easily erase half those wins and just as many Superbowls.

    I’d whine too if I was losing my only competitive edge.

  80. realitypolice says: Dec 3, 2010 11:57 AM

    drizzo311 says:
    Dec 3, 2010 11:27 AM
    Why was this post deleted?

    So you’re really going to try and make the argument to me that despite their history, the Steelers ALL OF A SUDDEN became the dirtiest team in the league by over 30 yards per game?

    ==============================

    Maybe they were always the most dirty, they just didn’t start suffering for it until the league decided to start enforcing rules that have been on the books for years.

    Wonder if they would still be targeted if they could figure out how to shut the hell up.

    When you’ve got one team steadfastedly insisting that they won’t change the way they play and loudly challenging the NFL to do their worst, well that’s what the league will do.

    They have, through their own words and actions, painted a giant target on themselves and have become the perfect test subject for the NFL to use to make their point to the rest of the league.

    If someone, anyone, in that organization had the brains to figure that out, maybe they could change it.

    As I’ve said before, the Steelers show once and for all that no matter how much people try to make football out to be rocket science, you don’t have to be very smart to be successful.

  81. robf2010 says: Dec 3, 2010 12:04 PM

    This week, the Steelers are playing the other team (Ravens) that whines incessantly about the number of flags they get. Don’t throw any flags this week.

  82. trickbunny says: Dec 3, 2010 12:10 PM

    So this is what it sounds like… when doves cry. Ha ha…

    But seriously, what you are seeing here is a classic case of entitlement gone awry. Only a team that has received preferential treatment would cry and moan so hard when they’re suddenly treated like anyone else. Waaahhh…

    This reminds me of the classic example of a huge bully that beats up everyone in school and has a couple other thug friends (i.e. officials) backing him up… then someone finally stands up to him, punches him square in the face… and he starts crying like an infant. Welcome to the world of the Pittsburgh Squealers.

  83. richie500 says: Dec 3, 2010 12:20 PM

    Quit lawyering up the game,
    Goodell,
    Anderson,
    Florio,
    Rooney is not grandstanding he is sticking up for his guys!
    Oh yea, quit erasing my posts because you disagree, this is about opinions RIGHT!

  84. Spoonthis says: Dec 3, 2010 12:21 PM

    @zombiepatriot

    You are an idiot. Do not post on here unless you have some idea on which you are posting. Harrison did not hit Brees or Fitzpatrick in the head like you state. Watch the games or at least go to youtube and see the specific plays before you comment on them. And why would an 8-3 team need to deflect some noise away from winning games? You represent the Patriot fans well, a loud mouthed sh*t talker that has no clue. GO JETS (only on Monday night of course).

    Go STEELERS>

  85. fancyleague says: Dec 3, 2010 12:30 PM

    Goodell hasn’t been able to consistently identify the “rules” over the course of this year. He’s making it up as he goes. That’s why the team is getting frustrated. He has picked James Harrison to make an example of, but he doesn’t even know what he’s trying to accomplish by making an example of him. He’s clueless, and anybody who defends his actions is clueless.

    Maybe some people on the Steelers have fumbled their attempt at a response. Hines Ward did not. Ward nailed Goodell to the wall and exposed him for the hypocrite he is. Roger doesn’t give a crap about the players. Stop thinking he does. His motivations lie somewhere else.

  86. buckmelanoma says: Dec 3, 2010 12:32 PM

    No wonder they’re called the Squealers.

  87. fireflorio says: Dec 3, 2010 12:39 PM

    “They were vicious hits, no doubt about it. But you can’t blame the guy. That’s the name of the game. You just have to roll with the punches.” – Peyton Hillis

    “Harrison’s hit on MoMass was a good, clean hit” – Darenll Docket

    “The same league that’s talking about fining players for these hits and talking about maybe now suspending players for these hits who pretends to care so much about our health and safety, let’s be honest,” -Scott Fujita

    “Your guy over there, No. 92, I think he is red-flagged.” – Terrell Suggs

    Brian Urlacher when asked about James Harrison on Mike&Mike -“That Poor Guy”

    “If (Harrison) played for our team we’d be applauding his efforts” “Wouldn’t you want a linebacker like that on your team?” – Joshua Cribbs

    “fining Harrison $75,000 was a ‘Criminal’ move” – Mark Schlereth

    yeah, it’s just people involved with the steelers who are fed up. *rolls eyes*

  88. masteel says: Dec 3, 2010 12:44 PM

    We all watch the same games, and we all realize that refs miss calls, etc. BUT it is blatantly obvious that in the last two games Steelers have been charged with a combined 24 penalties at 270 yards – what an incredible shift of field position. While the opposing teams have 11 calls at under 70/80 yards. The Steelers players, admin., and owners don’t want to see this marquee match-up with the Ravens decided by penalties. Whether it’s on them or Baltimore. We all want to see more consistency Ie. when R. Clark (SS) hit a Raider receiver with his shoulder he got called for a Per. Foul? It was a bad call. Hines attempted to be noble and say the Pat’s game hit was ‘just football’ …but he realizes now that something needs to be said about the uneven calls. The NFL isn’t targeting Pittsburgh, BUT they do need to review those games AND remind the refs to be consistent each game with both teams.
    bravo drizzo311 & pbrady89 – good points

  89. Kaz says: Dec 3, 2010 12:48 PM

    buckmelanoma says:
    Dec 3, 2010 12:32 PM
    No wonder they’re called the Squealers.
    _

    They’ve made a complete and utter joke of themselves through all this whining….

  90. anpsteel says: Dec 3, 2010 12:56 PM

    It is abundantly clear that the NFL is targeting Harrison.

    His last two fines were for completely legitimate hits.

    He had his weight on Brees and his face mask touched Fitzpatrick.

    I defy anyone to explain how it is possible to tackle an opposing player, without either of those “actions” occurring.

    (playing devils advocate- yes there are circumstances that your weight won’t land on the player- and it is possible to avoid contact with your face mask- BUT probably 50% of all tackles and sacks include both.)

    So why is it that NO other player has been fined for those types of actions during these last weeks???

    Have there not been any other sacks? No other QB pressures??
    Any given game there are likely 15 – 20 “hits” on both quarterbacks. At 50% probability – you’d figure that 7-10 of those are “fineable” under the new league restrictions.

    So that means 112 – 160 instances of potentially fineable activity occur on any given week-

    and only James Harrison is getting penalized???

    WTF? Seriously, WTF?

  91. thejuddstir says: Dec 3, 2010 12:57 PM

    It’s rather obvious that the league has made the steelers and ravens the poster boys for “too tough football” and Brady, Manning and Rodgers as the poster boys for “wearing skirts”. The Steelers and Ravens play football the way it was intended, maybe they should start their own league of “real football”, they could have teams who like to play real football like the raiders, jets, vikings, bears, titans, etc. and make the sissy teams like pats, colts, packers, texans etc. start their own league. When Harrison gets fined for clean legal hits on field of play before the whistle blows and andre johnson can assault another player (albeit a scumbag) and only get his hands slapped in beyond ridiculous.

  92. ercin13 says: Dec 3, 2010 12:57 PM

    they need to start suspending them instead of fining them

  93. rlr79 says: Dec 3, 2010 12:57 PM

    jimmy1smith says:
    Dec 3, 2010 10:29 AM
    Rooney has balls the size of Texas. Notice how you didn’t hear a peep when the NFL was handing 2 Superbowls to the Steelers via the refs.

    And now he complains?

    Couldn’t of said it better. Whats good for the goose right?

  94. anpsteel says: Dec 3, 2010 1:01 PM

    @jimmy1smith
    2 superbowls???
    I’ll conceed that XL had some bad officiating- (not as bad as many would suggest)
    but XLIII was completely clean.

  95. airraid77 says: Dec 3, 2010 1:01 PM

    The nfl is going to be forced to back up on this issue…would have been smarter to wait until the new cba was done…..they have no chance of enforcing these rules next year.

  96. trickbunny says: Dec 3, 2010 1:04 PM

    fancyleague says:

    “Ward nailed Goodell to the wall”
    ——————————————————

    Ha ha.. Hardly. Something tells me no one is gonna fire Goodell from his post over what Whines Hard has to say about anything. Between the two of them, wanna take a guess at which one will be out of football in the next 2-3 years?

  97. 6isgr8lamehaters says: Dec 3, 2010 1:18 PM

    @ anpsteel says:
    Dec 3, 2010 12:56 PM
    It is abundantly clear that the NFL is targeting Harrison.

    His last two fines were for completely legitimate hits.

    He had his weight on Brees and his face mask touched Fitzpatrick.

    I defy anyone to explain how it is possible to tackle an opposing player, without either of those “actions” occurring.

    ————————————————

    You nailed it correctly. The Steelers and particularly Harrison have a target on their backs. The league is trying to find the easiest path forward to turn the NFL into the NFFL (National Flag Football League) and to extend the regular season to 18 games, to ensure millions more in revenue.

    Florio – you R a disgrace of a journalist. Get your head out of Roger’s BEE-HIND and stop trying to appease the front office. These JACKS are trying to change the game and take it in a direction that will change it forever. The physical nature of football MUST be preserved not neutered so that we can have pretty boy QBs throwing 5-6 TDs per game against DEFENSELESS defenses with all of the current and forthcoming restrictions.

    If the hit is HELMET to HELMET, fine ‘em. If it’s intentional, SUSPEND ‘em. But, if it’s a legitimate tackle like the one on Brees and the one on Fitzpatrick, the STRIPES should stop throwing the EFFIN flag and the NFL should stop levying the fines. They are a JOKE, you’re now the BUTT.

  98. drizzo311 says: Dec 3, 2010 1:37 PM

    realitypolice says:

    Maybe they were always the most dirty, they just didn’t start suffering for it until the league decided to start enforcing rules that have been on the books for years.

    ==============================

    I noticed that you edited the statistics right out of my post before commenting on it, smart move by you. By what measuring stick are you using to call them the dirtiest (apparently un-penalized until now). Your personal opinion? I’m using the league’s own stats to say that until the last few games, the Steelers, IN THE LEAGUE’S EYES, have been a model franchise, and have not been penalized an inordinate amount until the past few games.

    In fact, I even conceded that, despite his or anyone else’s complaints about changing his style of play, James Harrison would have to adjust to the new reality of the NFL.

    My point was that since the Steelers started griping about the issue (and they have been), they have consistently been targeted by the officials. The thing is, YOUR ENTIRE POST PROVES MY POINT!

    “Wonder if they would still be targeted if they could figure out how to shut the hell up.” — Well, no crap, but why should they have to? If they feel they are unjustly being targeted, and there is evidence to support that, than complain.

    “They have, through their own words and actions, painted a giant target on themselves and have become the perfect test subject for the NFL to use to make their point to the rest of the league.” — So, because they are talking about getting targeted, that justifies the unfair penalization?

    “As I’ve said before, the Steelers show once and for all that no matter how much people try to make football out to be rocket science, you don’t have to be very smart to be successful.” — Now this is just stupid. You know you’ve never said that before.

    I’ve never once complained about James Harrison’s fines/penalties. Do I think they are excessive? Only in the sense that if he even gets near a QB (which he does quite often), he will be penalized. The most recent one seemed to be in line with the league’s ‘head to a defenseless player’ rule. But the ‘landing with the full weight of his body’ one was just idiotic.

    I’m also not complaining about some BS conspiracy from the league office. I just think that a whole lot of officials keep reading the Steelers’ combative (but accurate) quotes, and are using that emotion against them in the game.

    And don’t even get me started on the whole fighting vs. hitting fines…

  99. bunkmcnulty says: Dec 3, 2010 1:40 PM

    It’s obvious that the Pittsburgh folks have no respect for the issue of player safety. Your own cheap shot artist has a concussion and the team won’t even identify it as such during a game (remember the neck injury that turned out to be a concussion for Ward). Anyone else think that was because they were contemplating putting him back in the game? And don’t give me that “it was strategy” to not report it as concussion thing. Really? I guess the staggering off the field wasn’t obvious enough.

    Obviously, only the folks in Pittsburgh know there are no safety issues with concussions. To hear you all Harrison should be teaching tackling. Oh, and I will hear more of the flag football stuff and Goddell is ruining the game…blah, blah, blah. They don’t allow head slaps anymore either. I guess that ruined the game too? You all don’t get it. Didn’t you own guy (Hoge) retire because of concussions? Guess he wasn’t man enough the way you all talk.

    The whole helmet to helmet stuff is far from perfect, but there is much more knowlege about this issue today. I am sure it will be worked on further. But in the meantime adapt and move on.

    Oh, Steeler fans, can we use real english instead of the vulgar abbreviations. Really! Can’t you find intelligent comments to make instead of your street and text messaging jargon.

  100. richie500 says: Dec 3, 2010 2:25 PM

    So what does the NFL want, 50-55 scores a game.
    What about defensive players making less money because they can’t be aggresive? The union better get on this.
    The NFL wants defenses to be the Washington Generals to the offenses Harlem Globetrotters!

  101. lawboy2000 says: Dec 3, 2010 2:46 PM

    The league made it clear that the Steelers are being targeted when they failed to hand out a penalty and fine against Patriots Safety Patrick Chung for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Hines Ward in Week 10. Ward was clearly in a defenseless position when His helmet was struck by Chung’s. The hit even resulted in a concussion that forced Ward out of the game.

    Let’s hear Ray Anderson explain this one.

    I’ve read the rules and Chung’s hit was illegal but the league took no action on or off the field.

    While he’s at it, Anderson can explain how exactly Harrison’s hits on Jason Campbell and Ryan Fitzpatrick were different. Watch the video. They were the same.

    By the way, why can’t I find video of the Chung hit on Ward on the Intergoogle but ever Harrison hit is still out there?

  102. timblong says: Dec 3, 2010 2:49 PM

    Excellent article, excellent analysis, as always.

    Let’s face it, the Steelers, and their fans, are used to having things always go their way. The 2008 AFC North? Walt Coleman handed them that. Super Bowl XL? Bill Leavy admitted to handing that one to them. The game this year against Miami? Well, we all know how that turned out.

    So now we have a situation, where a known headhunter — Harrrison — who was #2 on the TSN “dirtiest players” poll (a poll of other NFL players!) speaks out the media about how he “likes to hurt people,” and that he won’t change his style, and that he is being singled out, wah-wah, finds himself being held to the same rules as every other NFL player… well, this team, and their fans, aren’t sure what to make of it. Tomlin goofed by not telling his players to keep his trap shut, and now Rooney has goofed by not telling Tomlin to keep his moth shut. They need to figure out that that there are 31 other teams in this league, and the days of them expecting to be handed wins they didn’t earn are over. If Big Ben’s suspension wasn’t news enough, now they need to stop whining and focus on beating a team with a winning record.

  103. Spoonthis says: Dec 3, 2010 3:17 PM

    Guess I have to repost? What the hell?

    @poprock48

    How can you call James Harrison a head hunter? Name all of the illegal hits to the heads of other players.

    Massaquoi is the only one and he ducked into the hit. Please name another. Brees? No. Fitzpatrick? No. VY? No. Cribbs? No. Jason Campbell? No.

    Please help me here with some names of players that James has hit helmet to helmet.

  104. masteel says: Dec 3, 2010 3:18 PM

    At this point in the season we all have seen and heard plenty about hits, fines, and penalties. I am a Steeler fan, and this isn’t about whining or strong arming the refs. When I watch the Steelers vs Ravens tilt, I want to be confident that the game is called by the refs on both sides consistently. Interference, Off. holding, Personal Fouls, etc. This is an interesting game upcoming since we know that the league and others consider both teams to be overly aggressive and hard hitting …..both teams can attempt to point at games in the past when they were called for penalties that shifted the outcome of a game. I just hope the outcome reflects the players efforts this time and not the refs definition of tackles or hits or … a lot of factors will play out in the upcoming playoff seedings with this game. Do I want Pittsburgh to win – of course. BUT I don’t want to see the game won/lost on a ref’s call that is dubious at best …..

  105. realitypolice says: Dec 3, 2010 3:30 PM

    drizzo311 says:
    Dec 3, 2010 1:37 PM
    realitypolice says:

    “As I’ve said before, the Steelers show once and for all that no matter how much people try to make football out to be rocket science, you don’t have to be very smart to be successful.” — Now this is just stupid. You know you’ve never said that before.
    ========================

    Are you sure I’ve never said that before? Here is an excerpt from my post on the Hines Ward article yesterday:

    The fact that this band of retards is one of the best teams in football shows how smart you really have to be to be a football player.

    So, yes, I have said it before.

  106. realitypolice says: Dec 3, 2010 3:37 PM

    drizzo311 says:
    Dec 3, 2010 1:37 PM
    realitypolice says:

    I noticed that you edited the statistics right out of my post before commenting on it, smart move by you. By what measuring stick are you using to call them the dirtiest (apparently un-penalized until now). Your personal opinion? I’m using the league’s own stats to say that until the last few games, the Steelers, IN THE LEAGUE’S EYES, have been a model franchise, and have not been penalized an inordinate amount until the past few games.
    =================

    I edited out a lot of your post, because it kind of droned on and on a little.

    My comment about them being the dirtiest team in the league was a direct reference to your comment.

    My point was when a league begins emphasizing enforcement of rules that have been underenforced in the past, and a particular team suddenly is getting many more penalties, you can draw your own conclusions.

    I have no opinion about the Steelers being dirty or not. I do believe they handling this situation very poorly.

    Life isn’t fair. If you make thing better for your team by shutting the hell up, that’s what you should do, regardless of how fair or unfair this may seem to you.

    An intelligent team would realize this.

  107. realitypolice says: Dec 3, 2010 3:42 PM

    anpsteel says:
    Dec 3, 2010 12:56 PM
    It is abundantly clear that the NFL is targeting Harrison.

    His last two fines were for completely legitimate hits.

    He had his weight on Brees and his face mask touched Fitzpatrick.

    I defy anyone to explain how it is possible to tackle an opposing player, without either of those “actions” occurring.
    ======================

    If you think the hit on Fitzpatrick was legal, you don’t understand the rules. He stuck his helmet in his chest.

    And if you don’t see how it would have been possible to avoid that fine, you don’t understand football. With a very small twist of his torsoe, he could have led with his shoulder. Any professional athlete would have enough body control to do this.

    But Harrison didn’t do this because, as he has said himself, he enjoys injuring players.

  108. airraid77 says: Dec 3, 2010 4:06 PM

    if you cant see how they have it both ways….
    first its helmet to helmet hits, then its leading with the helmet, next it will be if you touch the offensive player with your helmet…..a.k.a for liberal tree huggers, if you tackle the players you get suspended….a.k.a bye bye NFL.

  109. airraid77 says: Dec 3, 2010 4:08 PM

    can somebody show me how you tackle without using any part of the head?
    and before you laugh? that is where this is going.

  110. drizzo311 says: Dec 3, 2010 4:18 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Dec 3, 2010 3:30 PM

    The fact that this band of retards is one of the best teams in football shows how smart you really have to be to be a football player.

    So, yes, I have said it before.
    ========================
    Touche’. I now agree that you HAVE made an idiotic statement more than once.

    ========================
    realitypolice says:
    Dec 3, 2010 3:37 PM

    My point was when a league begins emphasizing enforcement of rules that have been underenforced in the past, and a particular team suddenly is getting many more penalties, you can draw your own conclusions.

    ========================
    Apparently I have to reiterate my point for the THIRD time. I am not arguing that all of the fouls/fines against James Harrison are unjustified. In fact, I’ve stated (several times) that despite the fact that I do not agree with the rule or enforcement, the LEAGUE has been consistent with their fines of certain penalties against him. They also did NOT fine him for the ‘full weight of the body call’, which I felt was appropriate.

    That being said, the Harrison penalties make up a very small percentage of the overall number of penalties and penalty yards in the past few games. He had a total of one penalty this past week for 15 yards. The Steelers had 10 penalties for 107 yards (correct me if I’m wrong on the number). I’m stating that the officials have taken it upon themselves to go vigilante and uphold their own good names. That’s what I have a problem with. It’s the BS pass interferences, the phantom holding calls and the occasional ‘blow to the helmet’ when Ryan Clark hits the receiver in the small of the back.

    How about this, I’ll save you the trouble and play devil’s advocate to myself. We’ve all heard various analysts/broadcasters/former coaches state that ‘holding or pass interference can be called on almost every play’. Well, what if these officials are justifying it to themselves by saying we’ll just do what the Steelers want, and enforce the letter of the law. They are still adjusting their personal interpretation of the rule to fit the team playing the game.

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    realitypolice says:
    Dec 3, 2010 3:37 PM

    Life isn’t fair. If you make thing better for your team by shutting the hell up, that’s what you should do, regardless of how fair or unfair this may seem to you.

    An intelligent team would realize this.

    ========================
    I know you have trouble with my ‘droning’ post (though you read it well enough to comment on it), so this will be my final point.

    The basis of your argument seems to be that the Steelers’ lack of intelligence precludes them from realizing they are hurting themselves. Well, what if they’ve tried the silent method and it didn’t work, so they are trying to draw attention to the issue so that the scrutiny will realign the officials’ enforcement of ALL of the rules to where they would normally call them for other teams.

    Seems pretty smart to me.

  111. Spoonthis says: Dec 3, 2010 4:30 PM

    For you realitypolice (because you always distort the facts).

    ”I don’t want to injure anybody,” Harrison said following Pittsburgh’s 28-10 victory. ”There’s a big difference between being hurt and being injured. You get hurt, you shake it off and come back the next series or the next game. I try to hurt people.”

  112. childressrulz says: Dec 3, 2010 6:19 PM

    They deserve to be targeted for the next twenty years to even things out anyway. So cram it up your butt Rooney.

  113. footballrulz says: Dec 3, 2010 6:29 PM

    ” and Brady, Manning and Rodgers as the poster boys for “wearing skirts”.

    How in thw wide world of sports did Rodgers get in your list. He’s taken more “no calls” than any QB in the league. Watch a few Packer games–Rodgers rarely gets a RTP or PF call on the hits he takes.

    You can chide him all you want for that stupid little celebration thing he’s got going on, which pains me every time I see him do it, but the league has put no “skirts” on him. It’s almost seems like they want to see him get hurt for so seamlessly replacing the Lord of the NFL for the past 20 years.

  114. stixzidinia says: Dec 3, 2010 7:00 PM

    Spoonthis:

    99% of the anti-Steelers posters on this thread are ignoring and distorting the facts to make their agenda-driven points. Jealousy can be an ugly thing.

    I’ll pull stills and youtube clips for every supposed “dirty” hit by Hines Ward or James Harrison…..and make you all look like punks in the process. You’ll maybe find 10% of their hits have crossed the line. Wanna talk about “officials handing rings to Pittsburgh”? I’ll thoroughly humiliate every one of you to the point you have to re-register under new names out of shame for being seen posting under the old one. I’ll go play by play on you morons.

  115. dumbaseinstien says: Dec 3, 2010 7:00 PM

    I realize there are countless fans of other teams who are reveling in the officiating attention the Steelers are harboring this year. They see the officials whistles & flags as thier teams best opportunity to win (given the past results when all teams were treated equally & the Steelers consistantly prevailed). This, too them, results in an opportunity like going to Vegas with a Psychic! Regardless of where you sit on the issue…it’s cheating if not called evenly & winning like that is worse than facing a team who lost thier key players to injury. Lets just say the feeling of triumph is watered down. I personaly prefer to see 2 teams face off fairly & healthy with a system designed to allow the best team win. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the environment the NFL offers this year. Today, it’s just politics & individual agendas. I would turn to CNN or Fox if that’s what I wanted to hear / see. Football was meant to be an escape from that crap! Now, we have a bunch of pencil necks forcing their way into the real “national passtime”. For the true football fans, you wouldn’t want that…would you??? It’s either fair…or, it’s just another version of All-Star-Wrestling (garbage).

  116. goldsteel says: Dec 4, 2010 1:21 AM

    bunkmcnulty says:
    Dec 3, 2010 1:40 PM
    Your own cheap shot artist has a concussion and the team won’t even identify it as such during a game (remember the neck injury that turned out to be a concussion for Ward).

    Oh, you must mean the head to head shot to Hines Ward that wasn’t called for unnecessary roughness? That kind of behavior is something we’ve come to expect from the National Fine League.

    Oh, and I will hear more of the flag football stuff and Goddell is ruining the game…blah, blah, blah.

    Blah, blah, blah? And this passes for intelligent discourse? Goodell is ruining the league and now the owners have finally realized it. Goodell is all about appearance. If Goodell was concerned about safety then why do they want an 18 game season?

    They don’t allow head slaps anymore either. I guess that ruined the game too? You all don’t get it. Didn’t you own guy (Hoge) retire because of concussions? Guess he wasn’t man enough the way you all talk.

    They don’t allow clothes line tackles, spearing, crack back blocks or horse collar tackles either. Yes Merril Hoge did retire because of concussions. So did Troy Aikman, he had 10. But Troy doesn’t support the over officiating either. Neither does Chris Carter. And both aren’t afraid to mention it.

    The whole helmet to helmet stuff is far from perfect.

    That is the world’s greatest understatement. And the officiating isn’t perfect either.

    Fire Goodell.

  117. majikbullet says: Dec 4, 2010 4:30 AM

    footballrulz says:
    Dec 3, 2010 6:29 PM
    ” and Brady, Manning and Rodgers as the poster boys for “wearing skirts”.

    How in thw wide world of sports did Rodgers get in your list. He’s taken more “no calls” than any QB in the league. Watch a few Packer games–Rodgers rarely gets a RTP or PF call on the hits he takes.

    You can chide him all you want for that stupid little celebration thing he’s got going on, which pains me every time I see him do it, but the league has put no “skirts” on him. It’s almost seems like they want to see him get hurt for so seamlessly replacing the Lord of the NFL for the past 20 years.
    ==============
    Don’t get too worked up over this ignorant poster, he obviously doesn’t watch the games! The only QBs who are wearing skirts are Brady and Favre. Putting A Rod or Manning on the list shows stupidity!

    And also how can you not like the titlebelt? Julius Peppers is now stealing it, and Rodgers and Ruvell Martin started the Titlebelt back when they were on the practice squad having fun, what’s the big deal?

  118. majikbullet says: Dec 4, 2010 4:39 AM

    m1k3g says:
    Dec 3, 2010 10:09 AM
    Florio,
    You’re a sleezeball.

    You know damn well 70-80% of FOOTBALL fans; not just Steelers fans believe Harrison is being singled out.

    As usual, you’re wrong on this one.
    =====================
    I want to know where this a**clown get’s his numbers???LOL

    Also, all of you complain non stop about Florio posting “bad” articles, yet you all continually read them, post on them, and return to this site that he basically runs….why don’t you all leave?

    Again, why the Steelers are crying over this I don’t know, I liked Tomlin until he brought up Harrison’s kids regarding money…LOL…the Steeler Nation didn’t complain when refs gave them a few calls that helped them win some SBs….

    While I don’t think Goodell is doing a good job anymore, crying will not help, just ask Vikings fans!!!

  119. igottz5onit says: Dec 4, 2010 9:45 AM

    @majikbullet
    Espn did an open poll the other day where, last I saw, 11,000 people had voted and surprisingly 76% of the voters thought that James Harrison was being targeted by the NFL.

  120. footballrulz says: Dec 4, 2010 10:58 AM

    It’s not the title belt as much as the skip majik. Just a personal preference, he’s obviously earned the right to do whatever he chooses. He plays, I write on a blog. Haven’t seen Peppers do the belt though, then again, I don’t watch many Bears games. They keep playing like they have been though, I suppose I should start watching. That last game of the season looms larger & larger.

  121. dmobey says: Dec 5, 2010 11:43 AM

    Of course they’re targeting him.

    He’s a dirty player.

    They are targeting dirty hits by dirty players.

    He should be suspended.

    All this whinning by the Pissburgh fans is flipping funny.

    For once they’re not being given an advantage and they just can’t understand why.

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    igottz5onit says:
    Dec 4, 2010 9:45 AM
    @majikbullet
    Espn did an open poll the other day where, last I saw, 11,000 people had voted and surprisingly 76% of the voters thought that James Harrison was being targeted by the NFL.

  122. Deb says: Dec 5, 2010 8:27 PM

    Oh dear … I have been censored … again.

    Now Art Rooney and Mike Tomlin are deliberately protesting to intimidate officials from flagging the Steelers? Yeah, that’s working great so far. We gave up what? 120 yards in penalties in the Raiders game alone? On penalties like “picking someone off the pile.” Uh-huh … that gets called every day.

    Thank God, though, for the news that Dan Rooney is taking a personal interest in this. Perhaps he can persuade some of these other dipsticks that a kinder gentler pass rush won’t make an 18-game season more palatable to players and fans–nor is this the way to win hearts and minds.

  123. Pooped says: Dec 6, 2010 1:50 AM

    Why does Florio assume his opinion on this issue is the only right one? I hate to tell you this Florio, but you’re in the minority here. There are tons of people who are getting tired of seeing this stuff happen, but they’re not going to yell about it if it’s not affecting their team all that much.

    The fact of the matter is, Goodell is running the NFL like any other business and his No. 1 goal is making more money. That leads to overprotection of certain NFL properties (Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Favre, etc) because these commodities are more valuable to them. Period. James Harrison is expendable to them, because he’s not a marquee guy doing soap commercials and going on SNL.

    If anything, the inconsistencies we’re seeing in terms of the league’s “enforcement” of its “rules” are as transparent as it gets, and that’s where most Commissioners have realized the disconnect between running the greatest sports league of all time and running just another company. Goodell clearly does not recognize his errors and will be asked to step down within the next two years.

  124. chefloudini says: Dec 6, 2010 4:55 PM

    Well as a journalist, you should at least appear to be unbiased!!! Can you really say that Pittsburgh isn’t a target?? I can refer to several instances and I would love to hear something reasonable and intelligent to explain. How is it a ref has his flag already in his hand before Harrison even hit the qb? How is it you are permitted 1 .5 steps to hit the qb, and we hit the qb as he throws the ball and we get flagged? how is it when our corner played a pass perfectly when going for a ball and get flagged for forcing a receiver out of bounds? I thought both players has a right to the ball or is that a new rule as well? How is it our TE gets killed but no flag?? How does our qb gets mauled but no roughing penalties are ever called??? Ben got hit in his face ( head contact) then when Ben fought off suggs while having him pull at his helmet (head contact) but no flags. I can just refer to the entire Oakland game. ( Are you serious) And to correct your comments on Coach Tomlin, he on a consistent basis state that “he won’t speak on the issue and will just play within the rules” !!

  125. rebalt says: Dec 7, 2010 2:02 AM

    easyeddie,

    Thanks for reminding us why Troy is the best safety in the league. He plays fair and no one can say anything negative against him. I LOVE YOU TROY!

  126. rebalt says: Dec 7, 2010 2:09 AM

    The media is siding with the Steelers, except for Florio. Get a new team to criticize buddy! Harrison is being singled out. The Rooneys are right to speak in his defense. Goodell doesn’t dare mess with a Rooney. He is on the verge of the unemployment line. Bu-bye Goodell! The owners can vote him out and the players can strike till he is gone.

    The Rooneys pull BIG weight in the NFL. I dare Goodell to even think about fining a Rooney! Laughable. Let’s count… uh, “6” of them!!! On the way to “7”! Read it and weap BOYS!

  127. rebalt says: Dec 7, 2010 2:14 AM

    Where are the fines for the Miller hit? Breaking Ben’s nose? Horsecollar tackle on Keomatu? No player can grab a jersey and swing with his feet off the ground! Refs totally missed that one.

    Why don’t the refs pay a fine missing calls? The Miller hit was OBVIOUS! The Rooneys will highlight this to Goodell! What a “f” up for the league and the refs! More ammunition! Oh yeah! Go Rooneys!

  128. lionsfan20 says: Dec 7, 2010 11:45 PM

    Ste”a”ler Fans:

    I have an idea:

    Harrison gives all of his fine money back and you guys give the Super Bowl XL (Lombardi) Trophy to the Seattle Seahawks organization (where it belongs/deserves to be).

    Is that a fair trade?

    Oh, wait, you creeps only want your cake and to be able to eat it too.

  129. m1k3g says: Dec 8, 2010 2:13 AM

    majikbullet says: Dec 4, 2010 4:39 AM
    I want to know where this a**clown get’s his numbers???LOL

    Also, all of you complain non stop about Florio posting “bad” articles, yet you all continually read them, post on them, and return to this site that he basically runs….why don’t you all leave?

    Again, why the Steelers are crying over this I don’t know, I liked Tomlin until he brought up Harrison’s kids regarding money…LOL…the Steeler Nation didn’t complain when refs gave them a few calls that helped them win some SBs….

    While I don’t think Goodell is doing a good job anymore, crying will not help, just ask Vikings fans!!!
    ====================================

    I “get’s” (do you seriously not know how to spell “gets”? – wow) my numbers from interacting with other fans (obviously not scientific, but I never claimed to work for Rasmussen).

    I’m a Steelers fan that grew up in PA and now lives in SoCal. Since there are a lot of people out here that are originally from other parts of the country, I talk to fans of random teams all the time. I talk to fans at work, bars, etc, that are fans of teams other than the Steelers. The general consensus that I get from these people is that aside from the Massaquoi (sp?) hit, all of the fines Harrison has received this year have been for clean hits; the type of hits that football fans love seeing for the most part.

    In my opinion, the Steelers fans that are touting some conspiracy against the Steelers are making the rest of us look bad. Having said that, it seems pretty obvious at this point that the league is out to make an example of Harrison (notice I said Harrison and not the Steelers). If you don’t agree with that statement, look at what transpired in Sunday night’s game. Roethlisberger was hit in the head/helmet on multiple plays and there were no flags.

    Ben says that after his nose was broken, he went to one of the officials and told him basically, ‘yo this guy just hit me in the nose’, and the ref’s response was something to the effect of ‘he was just trying to tackle you’. If that’s true, the official basically acknowledged that he saw the infraction and didn’t call it. Suggs basically earholed Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter on the play where he was able to somehow escape and get rid of the ball to the left sideline. No flags.

    And don’t even get me started on the McClain hit on Miller. That hit was WAY worse than any of the hits Harrison has made this year. The initial point of contact was Miller’s head; this is the exact type of situation for which the ‘defenseless receiver’ rule was created. No flags.

    Can you tell me with a straight face that the situation would’ve been the same if Harrison had made that hit? He may have even been ejected for it.

    As far as the calls in the SB’s go. Seriously, get some vagisil. The Seahawks and Cadinals both choked. They had their chances to win the games. Was it a bad call that caused Hines Ward to be wide open on the pass from Randle El? Was it a bad call that allowed Holmes to torch the Cards for like 70 yards on that last drive (including being wide open in the endzone TWICE)?

  130. pensacolasteelers says: Dec 8, 2010 2:24 PM

    In my view, Mike Florio you’re an idiot. It’s obvious that you’re prejudiced against the Steelers but how can you continue to ignore the facts and mislead the public? If it wasn’t clear before the last two games then after playing the Bills and the Ravens your opinion should’ve changed, IF you were to be fair and impartial. Bills game Pittsburgh was penalized 10 times for 107 yards and the Bills just 4 times for 20. Harrison was flagged for hit on Fitz and it was a text book tackle. NFL show on Sunday morning Merill Hodge even showed the same exact hit by Harrison on Oakland’s QB Jason Campbell and it wasn’t flagged or fined! Same game Arthur and Stroud are allowed to hit Ben, who is already down on his hands and knees, Stroud rolls over the top/back of Roethlisberger and contorts his body so that he and the Steelers are lucky he wasn’t seriously injured. Yet guess what?, there was no penalty and no fine that I’m aware of being imposed the next week. Continue——

  131. pensacolasteelers says: Dec 8, 2010 2:36 PM

    –Continued
    Although the penalties/yards were nearly identical in this game, Ravens weren’t once called for roughing the passer or for the hit on a defenseless player (Miller) that resulted in his injury. Everytime Suggs or Ngata were within arms reach of Ben their hands slapped his helmet. Ngata, for crist sakes, broke his freakin nose… AND THERE WAS NO PENALTY? On the play before the TD in the 4th quarter, Suggs slaps Ben’s helmet twice before Ben is able to escape and shuffle the ball out of bounds… and yet again, there was no stinking penalty. McClain’s hit on Miller was EXACTLY what the NFL is trying to prevent, or so they say. Did you see a flag? Because I surely did not! One of the commentators said afterward that they were contacted by the head of officials or someone, I didn’t quite catch who, who confirmed that there most definitely should have been a penalty on that play. Why wasn’t there? ummmmm. Collinsworth then spoke up and said that was the second one they (Ravens) got away with. Admittedly I didn’t see the first. But there sure seems to be something wrong with this picture if you ask me. But hey, you go on misleading the rest of the public but you have absolutely NO Credibility where I’m concerned. I rather put my trust in the Inquirer. And that’s my view.

  132. mebamike says: Dec 8, 2010 3:20 PM

    The Steelers targeted? lol,,yeah, just like when the reff’s gave Big Ben the TD to win a Super Bowl over Seattle. Cry baby’s,,,,
    (and i ain’t a Seahawk fan either)

  133. pensacolasteelers says: Dec 8, 2010 8:18 PM

    Oh boy, another fool I have to explain this to, lol. Even the blindest of fools would have to admit that that play could’ve been called either way. Ref called it a TD. Was it? I think so, but hey I’m biased no doubt. After it was called a TD the Seahawks challenged and the challenge was INCONCLUSIVE! Meaning that after review there wasn’t ENOUGH EVIDENCE to overturn the call made on the field. You can’t possibly have seen it better then the ref under the hood or the millions of others who saw the replay. It looked like to me the ball crossed the goal line but to be fair and honest I will admit that it might not have… it was that close. So you, and all the Seahawks fans can continue to cry about it all you want but THAT alone is not why they lost. Maybe they should’ve scored more then 10 points? Or held the Steelers to less then 10? lmao

  134. pensacolasteelers says: Dec 9, 2010 4:04 PM

    Oh and Mikey, the disparity in the #of penalties, not only in the Bills game but quite a few games this year. But, in the Bills game in particular they were not called for holding once and we have the two best pass rushers in the game with maybe the lone except on Freely & Mathis. Yet probably half of our penalties were for holding and Buffalo’s OL is not widely thought of as one of the best.

  135. goldsteel says: Dec 9, 2010 11:06 PM

    mebamike says:
    Dec 8, 2010 3:20 PM
    The Steelers targeted? lol,,yeah, just like when the reff’s gave Big Ben the TD to win a Super Bowl over Seattle. Cry baby’s,,,,
    (and i ain’t a Seahawk fan either)

    Are you pissed about the trophies? What was the score again? More than a touchdown’s difference? It’s good to be hated.

    GO STEELERS!

  136. bryjord says: Dec 10, 2010 5:00 PM

    Florio and PFT continues to suck up to the NFL daily!

    Please explain the Ward and Heath hits going unflagged, you didnt even have to see the hit on Miller, you could hear it just fine. They are turning a blind eye on the Steelers to make a point.

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