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Hines Ward “really depressed” after Super Bowl loss

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Steelers receiver Hines Ward said on Tuesday that he’s still reeling from Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV loss to the Packers.

“It’s tough,” Ward told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I was really depressed. I didn’t want to watch TV because all you saw was Green Bay and stuff. It hurts more I think because we had an opportunity to win the game.”

Ward said that when the Steelers got the ball back, down six points, late in the fourth quarter, he was sure they were going to march down the field for the game-winning touchdown. Ward had visions of being the hero, but after he caught one pass for five yards, the Super Bowl ended when Ben Roethlisberger threw three straight incompletions.

“I’m thinking deja vu, here we go again,” Ward said. “Two minutes, let’s go down there. I really felt like I was in a zone, that anything that came my way it was going to get caught no matter what. I didn’t get an opportunity. I would like to have gotten opportunities [on the final series] but it didn’t happen.”

Soon Ward will have surgery on his left knee and left thumb, and then he’ll start getting ready for next season.

“They said it’ll feel much better,” Ward said of his knee. “I’ve been playing for so many years on it and never really had surgery on it. They’ll go in there and clean it up a little bit and I’ll be fine.”

At least, he’ll be fine physically. It may take more time to get over the depression.

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  1. polamalusboyfriend says: Feb 9, 2011 7:27 AM

    Hard to fault him, he’s one of the few that played well.

  2. kyleortonsarm says: Feb 9, 2011 7:30 AM

    Mmmmm the tears of Hines Ward sustain me. Cry for me.

  3. tomthebombtracy says: Feb 9, 2011 7:42 AM

    Glad he’s coming back. Ward has mentored Plaxico, Holmes, Wallace and this year’s rooks Sanders and Brown. He’s another coach.

    I did think going to Wallace three straight times at the end was Ben trying to make Wallace into 2008 Holmes. Wallace still has a way to go running routes and fighting for the ball although his first two years compared to Santonio’s first two are very favorable.

    You Hines Haters are going to have put up with him event when he stops playing. He’s in been in the NFL’s announcing programs and he will be very good.

  4. bleedingreen says: Feb 9, 2011 7:42 AM

    He can’t be that depressed. He already has two rings.

  5. frankvzappa says: Feb 9, 2011 7:43 AM

    i was really depressed too when i found out i had to watch Hines Ward play another season…not watching a cheap shot artist anymore would have been the only good thing about a steelers win…but thank god they lost, so we dont have to pretend that Rapistberger is one of the greatest of all time and listen to announcers try to convince us of such nonsense…

  6. connie75 says: Feb 9, 2011 7:45 AM

    awwwwwww pooooor whines

    : (

  7. airic31 says: Feb 9, 2011 7:54 AM

    so in other words, every time from now on when i hear people say, ‘oh hines just ALWAYS has a smile on his face…even when he gets hit’, i can laugh in their face cuz he ain’t smilin now!!

    ….he smiles for attention because like most other overrated steeler fans, he gets more media attention than most mediocre WR’s, anyone other than steeler fan’s know what i’m talking about too….

  8. jackhall00 says: Feb 9, 2011 7:57 AM

    **Ward said that when the Steelers got the ball back, down six points, late in the fourth quarter, he was sure they were going to march down the field for the game-winning touchdown. **

    But they didn’t because they have a medicore QB who gets confused by good defensive game plans, like he always has.

  9. footballgiants says: Feb 9, 2011 7:57 AM

    I really feel sorry for him…oh wait, he has two rings and has been on a constant contender throughout his long career. Play a season in Detroit or Buffalo to put your football life in perspective.

  10. tantrim says: Feb 9, 2011 7:59 AM

    So he didn’t smile for 5 minutes

  11. beerbaron says: Feb 9, 2011 8:04 AM

    Probably not as depressed as that crazy lady who writes 5,000-word comments here convincing herself Roethlisberger never raped anyone.

  12. edgarpoe2 says: Feb 9, 2011 8:05 AM

    The dirtiest player in the league is sad. If only he had the calls he got in the Miami game, things would be better.

  13. jaguarsman says: Feb 9, 2011 8:06 AM

    You can’t win them all.You have to learn how to deal with a loss and learn how to improve.This game is for men and not for cry babys.

  14. chapnastier says: Feb 9, 2011 8:08 AM

    Go away

  15. mangoldbond says: Feb 9, 2011 8:08 AM

    I vely deplessed

  16. hnirobert3 says: Feb 9, 2011 8:09 AM

    I wonder if he was this depressed when he realized he got a Mighty Mouse tattoo.

  17. kyleortonsarm says: Feb 9, 2011 8:09 AM

    Ward is a long shot for the Hall of Fame, but at least he’s closer then Ben. The closest Ben will get to the HOF is if he crashes his motorcycle into the physical building while running from the police on an outstanding sexual assault warrant. He shouldn’t beat himself up over having an over rated and out matched QB who would be lucky to back up Curtis Painter if he were on a team that didn’t carry him and cover for his inadequacies and turn a blind eye to his glaring sexual deviancy .

  18. jc1958coo says: Feb 9, 2011 8:13 AM

    if he could get open maybe they would throw to him! too old, too slow, too bad, so sad can’t get seperation can’t get the ball!

  19. footballhistorian says: Feb 9, 2011 8:14 AM

    This is friggin’ sweet – now if someone can level him (from the blind side) when he comes across the middle next season…

  20. JimmySmith says: Feb 9, 2011 8:16 AM

    Good to know that he is coming back for another season of cheap shots. The Stealers must have forgotten to buy off the ref’s in this year’s Superbowl, it worked so well against the Seahawks.

  21. 52crabcakes says: Feb 9, 2011 8:18 AM

    Booo freakin whooooo!

  22. samoanjungle says: Feb 9, 2011 8:18 AM

    Awe is wittle Whines Hard got his sad face wif no smiles?
    Maybe he should go hit someone when dey not lookin den him feel better

  23. spungy says: Feb 9, 2011 8:22 AM

    Anything to wipe that stupid smile off his face.

  24. stinkfist5 says: Feb 9, 2011 8:22 AM

    Good news! Go Ravens!

  25. calloustongue says: Feb 9, 2011 8:25 AM

    Maybe he should have been watching game film instead of carousing around strip joints.

    Just sayin’.

  26. smokehouse56 says: Feb 9, 2011 8:50 AM

    Take your $$$$$ and shut the hell up. I made the mistake of having you on my fantasy team and you sucked big time. Following your stats week after week told me you were a weak WR, no yardage, no TD’s. I won’t make the same mistake next year.

  27. abninf says: Feb 9, 2011 8:56 AM

    He had to go home to his mansion and Ferraris he earned by playing a sport. I feel so bad for him.

  28. raven4life21 says: Feb 9, 2011 8:57 AM

    why so serious? haha no smiling today Hiney! you thought you had a chance to win eh? the only reason the Steelers were still in that game is because of 6 dropped passes… atleast one of those would have been a TD… your team got beat down Hines… you didn’t keep your team in the game the Green Bay Packers kept you in it… the better team won on Sunday and it showed… Aaron Rodgers was the X-factor and he may be well on his way to greatness… way to go Green Bay… finallly someone shut Hines up! im lovin it!

  29. jerruhjones says: Feb 9, 2011 8:57 AM

    This is news worthy? Come’on man.

  30. bubbabart says: Feb 9, 2011 8:59 AM

    Awwww….Smiley is hurting…too efing bad. I wonder if your rapist is hurting too…that’d be nice.

  31. holeinone09 says: Feb 9, 2011 9:10 AM

    @connie75 says:
    Feb 9, 2011 7:45 AM
    awwwwwww pooooor whines

    : (

    * * * * * *

    I am sure that everyone is familiar with connie75′s many many posts during football season, claiming to be a Steeler fan living in Pittsburgh, but hating Ben. But more recently this person has proven to be nothing more than a Steeler hater, likely living in Siberia. Not a fan at all, but posing as one while hurling insults. Funny how people put on a front on the internet when no one really knows, but in the end the true colors come out. Life must really suck for some people. Pity.

  32. orangeflh says: Feb 9, 2011 9:13 AM

    “*I* really felt like *I* was in a zone…”

    “*I* didn’t get an opportunity…”

    “*I* would like to have gotten opportunities…”

    Anybody picking up on a theme here?

  33. supashug says: Feb 9, 2011 9:15 AM

    I am depressed that PFT keeps talking about the Superbowl Loser Steelers

    Ike Taylor…so
    Idiot Secondary Coach…so
    Hines is Sad…so

    Maybe he will go buy another womens fur coat to feel better. I hope he comes back with a sub par knee. It will make him an easier target target to get pummeled going across the middle.

    and no more stupid steeler comments like “you would want him on your team” no I wouldn’t

  34. packersrule12 says: Feb 9, 2011 9:16 AM

    I guess all that experience in the super bowls doesn’t help after all. Green Bay was there to WIN the game, not just show up.

    btw- you had the whole second half to do something with Shields being out for part of it and Woodson out for the rest of the game. Booo Friggin’ Hooo!

  35. drexelvol says: Feb 9, 2011 9:17 AM

    It makes me very happy to hear he is depressed.

  36. negativten says: Feb 9, 2011 9:21 AM

    Could be worse Hines,
    your name could be Barrett Robbins

  37. occamssabre says: Feb 9, 2011 9:23 AM

    Its OK Whines…you can hit a defender in the back of his knees, 20yds from a play, when he’s not looking.

    You’ll feel all better then, right? Cause you know, that’s why Stooler fans think you’re just the toughest WR ever, your cheap shots on defenders when they’re not involved in plays! You be ‘da man then, dog!!

  38. 11inthebox says: Feb 9, 2011 9:24 AM

    @raven4life21:
    uh, you do realize Hines Ward isnt reading your post, right?

    I mean, its one thing to address Steelers fans, but when you address Hines Ward himself, your words ring somewhat hollow..and stupid.

  39. tatum064 says: Feb 9, 2011 9:31 AM

    footballhistorian says: Feb 9, 2011 8:14 AM

    This is friggin’ sweet – now if someone can level him (from the blind side) when he comes across the middle next season…
    ==============================
    That Bengal whose jaw he broke owes payback, Maualuga never backed that “revenge” claim for that hit on Keith Rivers. Typical Bengals..

  40. urworstnitemare58 says: Feb 9, 2011 9:37 AM

    @samoanjungle,
    You write like you are in pre-K.
    But really Ben threw 2 of those balls to who? He wasn’t close to anybody on 2nd and 3rd down, but then alot of his passes were like that the whole game. The O line gave him the time he just blew it. Pittsburgs offense did score more than Greenbay, butBens TD pass to Greenbays defense was the game breaker and the fact that Pittsburgs defense didn’t make the plays like Greenbays defense did.
    They the defense were the real MVP of that game, not Rogers.
    Great game and congrats to Greenbay they are a class team and being a Steelers fan it doesn’t hurt that bad losing to a team like them.

  41. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 9, 2011 9:41 AM

    of course he’s really depressed, that makes perfect sense to me. Have you ever seen anybody that more fit the textbook def of bipolar.

    He runs around on the football field inappropriately grinning like so sort of 2 year old-

    I hope somebody’s keeping an eye on him.

  42. raven4life21 says: Feb 9, 2011 9:43 AM

    11inthebox…

    yeah that’s why my likes/dislikes were 23 to 2…. seems like everybody else enjoyed what i said… i didn’t realize there was a certain “point of view” you HAD to use while commenting on here… yeash… bitter much?

  43. pervyharvin says: Feb 9, 2011 9:46 AM

    Losing to a rag tag team like the Packers in the SB would be reason for great depression. It was your game to lose Steelers and you gave it away.

  44. steelchampions says: Feb 9, 2011 9:51 AM

    Hines didn’t get many opportunities on the last drive because Ben was trying hit a potentially bigger play with Wallace (considering his speed). He probably should have targeted Hines more but ‘Hines-sight’ is always 20/20.

    And what’s with all the Hines Hating? He plays as hard or harder than any defensive player. It’s only cheap if you are the one getting knocked on your a** by WR. And tell me what defensive player would Ever let up or not hesitate to completely clean any offensive player’s clock when the chance comes along. I liken the mentality to how Walter Payton always described his intent to punish defenders trying to punish him.

    The next Steelers to go the HOF… Dermonti Dawson, Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward!

  45. steelersmichele says: Feb 9, 2011 9:55 AM

    Hines Ward is depressed he lost the Super Bowl.

    Players on 30 other teams are also depressed they didn’t make it to the Super Bowl.

  46. raven4life21 says: Feb 9, 2011 10:02 AM

    Packers outplayed, outcoached, and outclassed the Steelers in the SB… score never should have been so close… the game was NEVER the Steelers… most of what happened was forced by a determined Packer defense that never gave up no matter who got injured… Packers had a better game plan and Aaron Rodgers OWNED the Steeler secondary (especially Troy which usually doesn’t happen)… the Packers themselves made plenty of mistakes as well… like the entire 3rd quarter (almost thought i was watching the Ravens all over again) in my opinion… there was no way Pitt was going to win that game… Aaron Rodgers was just too good… his lookoffs and accuracy in particular were unbelievable… they took away the strengths of the Steelers and stuck with it all game… the Packers deserve every bit of credit… even stubborn fans gotta give it up for them… it was super impressive

  47. vahawker says: Feb 9, 2011 10:11 AM

    Guess the refs wouldn’t give you the game becasue you playing NFC West teams like the last two times. Just saw the replay of Harrison’s TD return at the end of the half against Cards. Blatant two shove in the back as a Card defender is in position to make the play on Harrison at the sideline. Holmes with only foot down on the winning “TD” catch. No way could they srew the Packers like that so the Steelers had to win one honestly and couldn’t do it.

  48. tjinphilly says: Feb 9, 2011 10:13 AM

    Please Hines…I pity you..your championships..your millions and the good fortune you have after so many years to just have to worry about a ‘scoped knee..

    Excuse me while I go puke now

  49. mvp43 says: Feb 9, 2011 10:18 AM

    Steelers had their chances. In a league with parody like this, the team that takes advantage of those opportunities will win. 3 Steeler turnovers = 21 Packer points…..

  50. vahawker says: Feb 9, 2011 10:22 AM

    Need and “edit post” feature for when illteracy strikes.

  51. steelnation82 says: Feb 9, 2011 10:28 AM

    For all of you who are hating on Hines Ward, he is one of the top 3 or 4 receivers this league has had in the last 15 years. And for those of you saying he’s a cheapshot artist, um, I’d be interested to see what team you root for and the players you root for. I am a Steelers fan and very proud to say so, but I still greatly respect what the Ravens do and also what Ray Lewis does on the field. He’s been called dirty before as well. This is football, not cheerleading. For Hines saying he’s “depressed”, isn’t it kinda refreshing to see a sports figure who is this passionate about their job. Isn’t it kinda nice to not have a T.O. or a Albert Haynesworth attitude about playing football?

  52. igottz5onit says: Feb 9, 2011 10:30 AM

    It’s amazing how the haters love to kick the Steelers when they are down. I guess it is because it happens so rarely. Jealousy is a hell of a motivator. And to the Packers fans; congrats, it was a good game, you beat a great team and earned the championship.

  53. gdeli says: Feb 9, 2011 10:31 AM

    Well the 2 turnovers did them in. and on the other hand boo hoo, tell that to our vikings who screwed up their only chance last year with 5 turnovers! and have jack squat to win next year and look to have jack squat in the future. 50 years of nothing up here in the frozen, barren deserted wasteland but it still beats green bay! except all their rings. Kudos to aaron rodgers, no more second fiddle to the “wonderful, legendary” farve. Give me a break farve.

  54. steelnation82 says: Feb 9, 2011 10:34 AM

    Hines is the ultimate team player, so for the idiot that said there was a theme to the word “I” being in his statements, Ward is only depressed because he wanted the new guys who never got a ring to get one. It was totally not about him. He already has 2 rings and a MVP.

    orangeflh… orange, so that means you might be a fan of who, Dolphins? Browns maybe? Broncos? add all their great players and titles together, you don’t match up with Steelers, bud.

  55. packerfanfordecades says: Feb 9, 2011 10:34 AM

    It was a privilege to play Pittsburgh in the SuperBowl. Two great franchises with enormous history. I don’t think any Green Bay fan was without genuine concerns going into that game.

    I’ve heard nothing but very nice things and authentic respect for the ownership of the Steelers. It is my hope that next year the Steelers peform well, bringing honor and distinction to their owners again.

    Of course, my good wishes for Pittsburgh do NOT extend to the SuperBowl next year. Everyone frozen with me in Wisconsin hopes Green Bay will be champions next year too.

  56. steelnation82 says: Feb 9, 2011 10:37 AM

    Mediocre Quarterback? Really? Can someone get that guy an IQ test? Please?

  57. tresmang says: Feb 9, 2011 10:54 AM

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha…..

    this is the best news Ive had all week…….

    poor Hiney Ward…he’s depressed……

    “yeah, I really thought the refs would give it to us…you know through a hold in the end zone or a PI call down around the goal……you know, shoot man, they’ve done it in the past why not this time…I really thought they would give it to us”

  58. edgarpoe2 says: Feb 9, 2011 10:54 AM

    steelchampions says:
    How dare you compare Ward with Sweetness. Wards has been consistently voted as dirtiest player in the league by his peers. He made his bed as they say…he invites hate…you reap what you sow. Walter Payton never ever resorted to cheap shots. He did it on talent alone. Shame on you. Payton was a great man on and off the field. Ward – not so much.

    Ward is a talented player and could have been a great one, if he didn’t tarnish his rep with all the cheap and illegal plays. That’s not being tough, it’s being a thug. He is lucky he never hurt anyone. That would have been something to cry about.

  59. edgarpoe2 says: Feb 9, 2011 10:56 AM

    I wish we could edit our posts when we see typos, etc.

  60. mswravens says: Feb 9, 2011 11:04 AM

    Hey Deb – this just made my week!!!

    Maybe if he spent more time preparing, and less time in Dallas strip bars, things would of turned out differently…guess we’ll never know…too bad, so sad!!!

  61. steelersmichele says: Feb 9, 2011 11:07 AM

    packerfanfordecades: congrats on the win. 21 points off of turnovers–you sure know how to take advantage of another teams mistakes :) That will get you the W almost every time! Besides the loss, my only disappointment was that the game wasn’t played outside. Both our teams thrive in the cold and to put us indoors was a little insulting.

    vahawker, quit living in the past. You’re not going to change the outcome of that game, so give it up. Speaking of the refs, not one Steeler player or fan has blamed our loss on them. We’re giving props to the Packers. To bad you can’t be that “classy.”

  62. scotchrocks says: Feb 9, 2011 11:07 AM

    I’m a little tired of the love/hate fest he has with Rothlisberger.

  63. goawayeverybody says: Feb 9, 2011 11:10 AM

    Awwwww, poor baby! Hey Hines, two Super Bowl victories wasn’t enough for you?

    Look on the bright side Hines, the officials and the commentators were on your side (as usual), but karma is a biatch!

  64. steelersmichele says: Feb 9, 2011 11:10 AM

    edgarpoe2 says: He [Ward] is lucky he never hurt anyone. That would have been something to cry about.

    Actually, his catches have hurt the Ravens many times…especially in the playoffs.

  65. steelnation82 says: Feb 9, 2011 11:11 AM

    I wish YOU could edit YOUR posts, there is NOTHING cheap and ILLEGAL with Hines Ward. Absolutely NOTHING. Hate now because we still got 6 rings. If Hines played for, say the Panthers, no one would say he’s dirty. He is definitely not a thug. A thug is Allen Iverson, Terell Suggs… Hines Ward???????? I have never seen a thug smile as much as Hines does… Just sayin, go to the streets of Chicago and look for a thug smiling. Ain’t gonna find it.

  66. bleedingreen says: Feb 9, 2011 11:14 AM

    I be willing to bet that Santonio Holmes is smiling right now!

  67. steelnation82 says: Feb 9, 2011 11:14 AM

    I must say, “packerfanfordecades” truly gets it. That is a fan who completely understands what the deal is. I said from the beginning, Steelers vs. Packers is how it should be. The REAL America’s Team(s)!

    Congrats to Green Bay, you outplayed us and deserve to be Champions!

  68. quittsburghsquealers says: Feb 9, 2011 11:17 AM

    ————————————————

    igottz5onit says:
    Feb 9, 2011 10:30 AM
    It’s amazing how the haters love to kick the Steelers when they are down. I guess it is because it happens so rarely. Jealousy is a hell of a motivator.

    —————————————————–

    “Rarely”?

    The Steelers have won 6 titles in their 77 year history. That means that 71 times out of 77 they haven’t won a darn thing.

    6 titles in 77 years is less than 8% of the time… compared to a team like the NY Yankees who have won an average of about 1 out of every 4 titles (27 titles in the last 107 years) so tell us which team is more dominate in their history?

    Seems your definition of what’s “rare” isn’t very “well done”…

    .

  69. raiderinpa says: Feb 9, 2011 11:49 AM

    Waaah, waaah, waaah!! Guess you havent had that obnoxious smile on your face this week.

    Hope youre back next year to get punched like Worthless-burger did…

  70. trickbunny says: Feb 9, 2011 11:52 AM

    This is what happens when you have spoiled rotten players who have already been in multiple Super Bowls. Whines Hard is so used to winning (either on thier own or with a little help from the refs when things weren’t going their way) that he actually feels ENTITLED now. Never mind he’s already been there a couple times in the past handful of years. That’s not enough. The Super Bowl *belongs* to him and the Steelers.

    Wah. We’re *supposed* to win this. We are entitled to win because we’re the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s where my whole comment about being sure we were gonna win with that last drive comes from. Wah.

    Jeez, learn to lose graciously already.

    Days later and I’m still riding high on watching those puds get beaten like a mangy dog. And seeing headlines like “Hines Ward is Depressed” makes it 10 x sweeter still. What a great, great week.

  71. twindaddy says: Feb 9, 2011 11:57 AM

    Good ol’ Wines Hard…

  72. deepbacksidedig says: Feb 9, 2011 11:59 AM

    Pats fan.
    Ward is probably the only WR who flips the script.
    Cornerbacks hear the footsteps, get lit up.
    Boom, out go the lights.

    I love that guy. Loves the game, lives to play, comes to play, every down, every game, lives for the next win.
    Take him on my team in a second.
    Opposite of the standard diva WR.

    I’ll leave it to Steeler fans to decide, but I would rank him with the great ones.
    This is saying a lot, I know.

    So as a Pats fan, I would prefer to see him retire.

  73. steelersmichele says: Feb 9, 2011 12:04 PM

    quittsburghsquealers, Yankees is baseball. Go over to HBT.

    And thanks for putting my team in your username.

  74. raven4life21 says: Feb 9, 2011 12:05 PM

    maybe if you weren’t so busy smiling about all the illegal hits you make and all the careers you try to end, then maybe karma wouldn’t have come around to bite you in the butt, but karma still has some serious work to do with you Mr. Ward

  75. Deb says: Feb 9, 2011 12:13 PM

    bleedingreen says:

    He can’t be that depressed. He already has two rings.
    ————————————————-
    That’s just the nature of the true competitor. You see the same thing with Olympic athletes when they lose a race even though they’ve already won the Gold. Tom Brady always seems stung after a playoff loss and he has three rings. If it didn’t matter that much to them, they wouldn’t be motivated to keep going for it year after year.

  76. deepbacksidedig says: Feb 9, 2011 12:15 PM

    mangoldbond says:
    Feb 9, 2011 8:08 AM

    I vely deplessed
    50 22
    **********
    50 upvotes for that?
    You packer fans are a class free bunch.
    I got to step out, the odor in here has gotten bad.

    Lombardi would smack you losers off the head for this.
    You are a disgrace.

  77. raven4life21 says: Feb 9, 2011 12:17 PM

    anyone who says Hines isn’t dirty is blind and stubborn… they even made a RULE named after him based on his illegal elbow blocks in the back… it’s called the “Hines Ward” Rule… so take that… the best players in the league say the same thing about him… so no matter what you might think or how big your pride is… the proof is in the pudding… a big fat BOOOOOO to you Hines Ward!

  78. Deb says: Feb 9, 2011 12:22 PM

    @beerbaron …

    Awww, how sweet of you to think of me! Just a writer/researcher surrounded by lawyers with contacts who worked Ben’s case. Sorry the legalese taxes your lil brain. Poor baby.

    Not depressed at all!! Was happily congratulating the Pack Sunday night on a well-deserved win. As for the Steelers … we were six points from #7 and are in great shape for next season. Knowing how that pains so many of you has been balm to my soul :lol:

  79. ppdoc13 says: Feb 9, 2011 12:26 PM

    @SteelNation82 – sorry. you are wrong. Hines Ward has always been a cheap shot artist. You can call Ray a lot of things, but his hits are clean and very hard. Hines Ward hits someone 30 yards away from the play who isn’t looking. That is the definition of a cheap shot artist. I hate the bastard, but I respect his game and if he were on my team I would love him. But he is without a doubt the Conrad Dobler of his generation.

  80. Deb says: Feb 9, 2011 12:32 PM

    @vahawker …

    Um … what was that bit you tried to sell me last week about having no bitterness over SBXL? Uh-huh LOL

    @mswravens … That’s funny, this thread made my week, too! You guys are a hoot. My favorite was ravens4life21 enumerating how we were thrashed so soundly that the score should never have been so close … but it was. Just a short six points from #6 to #7. But for the rest of you … still mile and miles to go before you sleep :lol:

  81. steelers24019 says: Feb 9, 2011 12:41 PM

    I love the haters!

    Steeler fans and Packer fans apparently have more class than most fans of other franchises.

    Yes, Steeler fans don’t blame Steeler losses on the refs.

    GO STEELERS!

  82. ampats says: Feb 9, 2011 1:01 PM

    steelersmichelle,

    Not 30 teams do not wish they played in the SB to lose. Maybe 15- 20.

    As a Patriots fan I can honestly say that there is nothing worse than losing a SB. It took me a month to speak with anyone I didn’t need to on a daily basis.

    Congrats to the Steelers on winning the AFC and knocking that blowhard out of the playoffs. We in New England could not have envisioned another two weeks listening to the clowns that havent won anything on paper for 42 years. That team would have been thrilled to play and lose.

  83. dsh97 says: Feb 9, 2011 1:42 PM

    He’s physically fine? He’s about to undergo a couple of surgeries…

    1) An ACL he’s dealt with all season long.

    2) a thumb he completely bent back to his wrist in against the Titans.

    But please, carry on talking about the Packers losing 15 players and winning. It’s not like any of the Steelers are resilient.

  84. callieqw says: Feb 9, 2011 2:11 PM

    It’s sad reading some of the hateful responses to Ward’s comment. I look at it this way. When you love what you do , and you try your best and still come up short it’s going to be disappointing. Was he supposed to be happy about losing? All of the anti Steelers on this site simply are frustrated that their teams regularly DON’T make it to the playoffs and if some do, blow it somehow. If the refs were in it to make the Steelers win alot, then they would win alot more than they do. Some of you need to get a life!!!!!!!

  85. vahawker says: Feb 9, 2011 2:20 PM

    Deb, never said I wasn’t bitter. Said the Hawks should have played better and were mainly responsible for the loss. Doesn’t change the horribly biased officiating. If it is called straight up…Steelers likely lose XL and definitely against the Cards, IMHO. Two gift “TD’s” for Steelers against Cards plain and simple. I will ALWAYS hate the Steelers(despite respecting how well run the organization is) The Rapist should be 0-3 intead of 2-1 in SB’s. And Hine Ward is a dirty cheao shot artist…according to NFL players, they should know.

  86. 7sdoor says: Feb 9, 2011 2:21 PM

    Here’s what I know. The Steeler fans are faithful to their team . . . win or lose. And yes, whiners/haters/green-eyed monsters, the Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowl titles. They, and their fans, are entitled to be proud.

    So . . . please stop calling our quarterback a rapist. He’s not and has not been charged as such. Stop calling our players dirty. They are not. They play real-man football. Stop saying we win because of the refs. Because for every instance someone says the refs were in the bag for the Steelers (and I’m talking to you, Seahawk whiners), we can cite instance after instance in any NFL game where the refs called-it-like-they-saw-it, whether the fans liked it or not.

    The Steeler Nation and Steeler franchise are one of the most respected in the league. The Rooney’s wouldn’t have it any other way. You follow their rules or you’re out, regardless of the impact on the team.

    Most Steeler fans were happy to play the Packers. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them as an NFL institution, playing football the way it was meant to be played. We applaud their win and congratulate them as Super Bowl champs. They earned it.

    Keep rippin’ on the Steelers. We’re tough. We can take it. And we’ll be back.

  87. stampnhawk says: Feb 9, 2011 3:23 PM

    Boohoo…but here’s the easy way to get back into good spirits Hines:
    1)Take a post season motorbike ride with Ben. Wear your helmet.
    2)Spring break is coming soon…tag along with Ben, as his extensive itinerary is already set (Atlanta and Vegas excluded) and make sure you bring your entourage to hand pick the ladies out (literally and figuritively) for you. Wear your helmet.
    3)Get another cartoon tattoo
    4)Call up your pal Santonio in NYC and go get a another manicure that you’re so fond of.

  88. stairwayto7 says: Feb 9, 2011 4:27 PM

    The Steelers will be fuming after handing the game to the Packers! Ben had more completions than Rodgers, Rodgers had over 80 yards passing off turnovers, and the Pack scored 21 points off turnovers so tehy ahd 2 drives that produced scores! By the way, why si no one talking about B.J.Raji and his ZERO TACKLES! Fat boy was exposed by Luguersky and media says nothign about it. Steelers will be back next season while Packers struggle and win 8 games!

  89. Deb says: Feb 9, 2011 5:10 PM

    @vahawker ….

    Nah, you’re not biased. LOL SBXL was horribly officiated. Understanding the difference between incompetence and bias is a maturity issue.

    The NFL doesn’t benefit by throwing games, and Rooney has less money to bribe people than many other owners–including Paul Allen. The Rooneys have owned the Steelers since 1933, so if they were inclined to bribe refs, they wouldn’t have gone 40 years without one playoff win, or 26 years between Super Bowl victories. What motive would the NFL have for favoring the Steelers? Because Bettis was a good story in 05? Then why was the worst call of the post-season that year against Pittsburgh in Indy? In 2008, the better story would have been for Arizona to win. But there were no officiating problems in SBXLIII except in the imaginations of people obsessed with finding problems in Steeler games. And what about this year? The money guys in Vegas took a bath. Wouldn’t the NFL want to throw the game to Pittsburgh to keep them happy?

    If it’s Pittsburgh, it’s news. We keep hearing that a whistle was blown early in our Dolphins game but not that cameras showed Roethlisberger as the last man with the ball before the pileup. Had officials not wrongly told him to let go of the ball because we’d scored, he would have come up with it–and it would have been a TD. The Dolphins had two and a half minutes needing only a field goal to win but went three and out. The refs didn’t cost them that game; they just can’t cope with their own inability to perform when they had to. Green Bay beat the Vikings on a bad call this year. Where’s the ongoing publicity over that debacle?

    It’s well documented that players from all teams used steroids in the 70s–they weren’t banned until the late 80s. So why do commenters only mention it with the Steelers when it involved only a couple of players on our o-line? The Packers had seven players accused of rape this year–an accusation that’s plagued players around the league. You’re quick to attach that label to our QB even though the evidence shows clearly it’s not true. One woman’s texts prove their interaction was consensual. The other’s medical exam proves they never had sex and the DA said publicly he hopes she learned her lesson. Ben may be the biggest jackass in the world, but no man deserves to be tagged with the rapist label just because a lot of snot-nosed little boys hate his team. All I see is a lot of peoplek, including you, who can’t handle what happens on the field, so they need to build ridiculous dramas around it.

  90. vahawker says: Feb 10, 2011 12:38 AM

    Well deb not sure where most of that comes from.. Never said anything about steroid use in the 70′s-they weren’t banned so therefore using them wasn’t cheating-we agree.

    Never said the “NFL” threw the games..said the refs were horrible(and only you and other steeler fans dispute that) in XL and blatantly biased for the steelers. Please, watch Harrison’s “TD” run again and see the Card defender in position to make a play at a bout the ten and watch him get a two handed shove in the middle of his back and tell me no flag should have been thrown. But take your black and yellow glasses off first. Watching on NFL network the replay over and over of Holmes admittedly amazing catch it was obvious that his right foot was on top of left foot and not on the ground when he caught the ball.
    I saw Ben with the ball in end zone against Miaimi and wondered what all the fuss was about-TD for him.
    You talking about the Barney Fife cops in podunk Ga who allowed the bar to “accidentally” erase the security video and allowed the janitor to wash the bathroom from ceiling to floor with bleach? Yeah, that investigation has integrity. You are aware that there are other forms of penetration besides vaginal?
    The vegas woman’s story was an attempted money grab hoping to get a settlement, IMO.

    See Deb we only really disagree about the two gift SB’s that the refs gave to your beloved steelers and the fact that Ben is (in my opinion) a woman abuser/rapist which makes him nothing more than trash as a human being. and I don’t understand how a woman could defend him. Otherwise we agree on most things.

  91. Deb says: Feb 10, 2011 12:58 PM

    @vahawker …

    Have always said the refs in SBXL were horrible … just like the refs in most games. Where we disagree is in the belief that it was deliberate. Sure, I’ll go back and look at Harrison’s runback … if you’ll look at the entire game with me and we’ll see how many calls they botched that would have gone in our favor. There were several in the Seattle game.

    You’re wrong on multiple counts about the Georgia investigation. It wasn’t investigated by locals but by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation–a state agency that has a national reputation for investigative excellence. Roethlisberger never disputed being in the bathroom, so finding his DNA or fingerprints in the room wouldn’t have proved anything. It wasn’t scrubbed top to bottom. It was routinely cleaned as it is every day.

    No videotape was erased. That’s a motion-activated hard-drive similar to a DVR. It records until full, then begins to overwrite. There were no cameras in the VIP area, the hallway, or the bathroom. The only footage showed Roethlisberger and his crew enter the club, then the woman and her crew follow him a short time later. The GBI viewed the footage, determined it had no relevance, and chose not to download it, so the system overwrote it as it’s designed to do.

    The accuser followed Ben from bar to bar, buying her own liquor on a fake ID, engaging him in graphic sexual dialog, and inviting him to a private party at her place. When he declined, telling friends that was a lawsuit in waiting, her sorority sister began ragging him about the Nevada suit. He tossed her from the party. Later, he and the accuser were alone in the bathroom less than 10 minutes. Afterward, the woman he tossed from the party and a friend dragged her to police and said she’d been raped while she denied even having sex. Coincidentally, the medical exam also showed no signs of sex. It is impossible to have vaginal intercourse and leave behind no trace of semen, pubic hair, nothing. Even if he wears a condom or withdraws, there will be chemicals from the condom and/or traces of semen and pubic hair. Those two sorority sisters were the only ones who told the story of the bodyguard blocking the door, which was refuted by all other witnesses and conflicted with the accuser’s written account. Those sorority sisters later took the accuser to the police station where she alleged vaginal rape and no other sex act. The medical evidence did not support the accusation, and she changed her story multiple times.

    In explaining why no charges would be pressed, the DA, a long-serving and well-respected prosecutor, said he hoped those women had learned their lesson. That’s not something a seasoned prosecutor says when a rapist is getting away for lack of evidence.

    I’m a rape survivor who’s been involved with dozens of other victims, so save the righteous indignation regarding what I can defend. I’ve actually studied the evidence, and have no patience with women who play these kinds of games. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon. I also have no patience with men who enable them because they haven’t bothered to read a police file or listen to a prosecutor but have decided guilt based on a few salacious headlines coupled with their own prejudices. The only thing this nonsense does is harm real victims and make it more difficult to prosecute the real predators that endanger society.

  92. donnieiris says: Feb 10, 2011 10:31 PM

    @VAHAWKER

    Hey man I am a steeler fan that agrees superbowl XL was a terribly called game. But it bothers me that so many people think that Santonio’s catch was not a catch and its because of the camera angles they always show on NFL network where it appears that one foot is stacked on the other. So to give u some closure look at the Sports Illustrated issued right after the game and you can clearly see both feet on the turf.

  93. donnieiris says: Feb 10, 2011 10:33 PM

    The reverse camera angle is never shown on superbowl highlights because u can’t see the greatness of the catch itself.

  94. dmobey says: Feb 11, 2011 9:10 AM

    Maybe it’s simply Karma against a team and a fan base who supported and protected a rapist.

  95. dmobey says: Feb 11, 2011 9:11 AM

    And to whmoever writes those 5000 word posts explaining how their personal experience makes their misguided opinions more valid than facts…

    Karma sucks.

  96. 7sdoor says: Feb 11, 2011 10:27 AM

    Again with the ignorance. BR is not a rapist. I’m sure you must get a tickle every time you say it, but saying it doesn’t make it true.

  97. Deb says: Feb 11, 2011 1:54 PM

    @dmobey …

    After what I’ve endured in life, do you actually think your mindless digs get to me? :roll:

    The most comical thing is your assertion that losing a Super Bowl would be karmic justice for rape. The only karmic justice for rapists is imprisonment or worse. Real rape victims don’t care whether their attackers win or lose football games, you fool.

  98. worsethingss says: Feb 11, 2011 3:11 PM

    How do you know he is even referring to you?

  99. Deb says: Feb 11, 2011 3:40 PM

    Oh, hello … what’s your new name? worsethingss. How appropriate!

    Aw, gee, can’t imagine what made me think he was talking to me … or that you’re talking to me :roll: Of course, you two have been trolling after me for months and usually call me out by username. Yes, yes, everyone can see how I never touch on the case facts but just go by my personal opinion. You guys are clearly sooo much more well-versed in the facts than I am. :lol:

    BTW … no matter how many Super Bowls we lose … or how many trolls mouth off at us … nothing will ever change …

    21-10.

    Have a nice day :)

  100. Deb says: Feb 11, 2011 3:44 PM

    So sorry Hines is depressed. Never thought I could feel this good after a Super Bowl loss. The ongoing bitterness of our rivals despite our falling six points short of trophy #7 is just delicious! I could eat it up with a spoon!!! Yum ;)

  101. 7sdoor says: Feb 11, 2011 4:04 PM

    It’s called nervous chatter, Deb. This is as close as some of them will ever get to a Super Bowl. ; )

  102. axespray says: Feb 13, 2011 6:13 PM

    some say the steelers losing could be considered karma, if you consider the nightclubs/stripclubs/rape/beatingupwomen with glasses/headhunting opposingwrs/disrespecting the national football league/etc……

    but I like to consider that it was just the GREEN BAY PACKERS whoopin’ some Butt on a Football Field….

    I could care less whether it’s the steelers/jets/colts/any afc team, they were not gonna deny us of our Championship!

  103. Deb says: Feb 14, 2011 2:23 PM

    @axespray …

    If I were a Green Bay Packers fan, I wouldn’t be talking about any other team and mentioning nightclubs, stripclubs, rape, or beating up women. No one one my team has been accused of anything that even more guys on your team haven’t been accused of …

    You can enjoy the spoils of Super Bowl champion … but you cannot cloak yourselves in any kind of moral superiority.

  104. mrcmos says: Feb 15, 2011 5:52 PM

    Hey Boyfriend:

    Played well, he was invisible. Tell me where he was visible.

  105. beelicker says: Feb 15, 2011 10:21 PM

    The word “dominate” is a VERB.

    It’s rather disturbing the sheer number of otherwise apparently literate individuals making themselves out to be retarded troglodytes by cluelessly typing “X team/player is dominate”(sic).

    The adjective form is “dominant”.

    Seems the same crowd is also inordinately flummoxed by the simple noun “bias”. Someone with a bias is thus described by the adjective “biased”.

    It’s stunning how often you see these same two mistakes made in the same (football-related messageboard) post.

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