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Losing to the Ravens on Sunday isn’t the only thing that has the Steelers upset this week. They’re also mad about the way they say Ravens beat them: By using a healthy dose of chop blocks.

Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton accused Ravens guard Marshal Yanda, in particular, of playing dirty. But the officials never flagged the Ravens for any illegal chop blocks, and Hampton said that if the officials aren’t going to protect defensive linemen, he expects offensive linemen to go after him.

“You can get hurt from an illegal chop block, but I guess it isn’t an illegal chop block if they don’t call it,” Hampton told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith noted that chop blocks — when a defensive player who is already being blocked gets hit below the waist by a second player — are illegal, as are cut blocks below the waist from behind. But Smith said he thinks the officials are missing a lot of those blocks.

“They made rules to protect guys from so-called chop blocks,” Smith said. “I don’t know if it is hard for the referees to see that stuff because there are multiple people falling on the ground to determine what happened.”

Added Steelers nose tackle Chris Hoke of the Ravens’ tactics, “Some of the things they were doing were questionable rules wise and dangerous.”

Hampton says offensive players have reached the point where they just assume they can take cheap shots at defensive players and get away with it.

“If you can cut a guy when he is engaged and the referee is not calling, why not do it? Hopefully my knees don’t get blown out,” Hampton said.

The NFL has taken a lot of steps toward protecting the heads of receivers and quarterbacks. Referees need to do a better job of protecting the knees of defensive linemen.

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  1. feldman9000 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:30 PM

    Wow just like the fans with the excuses. Seriously admit you got stomped and move on to losing this week.

  2. profootballwalk says: Sep 15, 2011 1:30 PM

    Typical Pittsburg sore losers. Nuff said.

  3. jaggedmark says: Sep 15, 2011 1:30 PM

    Awwwwww, is the dirtiest team in the league upset with another teams’s blocking tactics? (here’s your violin)

  4. dukemarc says: Sep 15, 2011 1:30 PM

    What a bunch of crybabies.

  5. gulaid26 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:31 PM

    As a Steelers fan, I didn’t see it during the game some video proof would be nice. At least they aren’t complaining about that Johnson block on Ward. That was pretty sweet.

  6. h8trsgonnah8 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:31 PM

    Let me get this right, if as Steeler hits someone and is flagged for it they are targeted and the hits a just a part of football. But when it happens to them, now they wanna wine about it. Hey pot meet kettle.

  7. jgreeno1980 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:32 PM

    Here we go with the excuses. If I’m not mistaken your offense turned the ball over 7 times that’s why you lost. Joe also passed for 3 td’s so I guess they were chop blocking on those too.

  8. Southpaw says: Sep 15, 2011 1:32 PM

    Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Say something to the ref during the game, get them to watch out for it, and they’ll call it if there’s something illegal going on.

    They would’ve called it AT LEAST ONCE if something illegal or questionable was going on all game, as they claim.

    All of the excuses and deflections in the world going full steam this week from the Steelers and everyone in their camp.

  9. angrycorgi says: Sep 15, 2011 1:32 PM

    LOL…All this fan-pushed tripe about how tough and old-school the squealers are and how the league is getting soft, but not the squealers…and here they are…squealing like small children with a boo-boo…

  10. tritan306 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:34 PM

    LOL I know pit isn’t complaining about non-calls and dirty play?!?!?!

    Just shut it and bring it next time.

  11. jw731 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:34 PM

    Are the tissues yellow in Pittsburgh as well?

  12. mmmpieyummy says: Sep 15, 2011 1:34 PM

    Just making excuses for a total beat down…typical Sh|ttsburgh Stoolers.

  13. feldman9000 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:34 PM

    If we lose, it’s never our fault.

    Signed

    The Steelers and their fan base.

    JOKES

  14. joetoronto says: Sep 15, 2011 1:34 PM

    Time to call the wambulance, again.

  15. turgidsen says: Sep 15, 2011 1:35 PM

    They ought be upset that they got their asses kicked

  16. umbra7 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:35 PM

    Wow. It’s just one game. Just focus on the next team. The Ravens were the better team that day. You were outplayed and you play them again. Stop talking.

  17. feldman9000 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:35 PM

    You may have 6 rings, but guess what, you don’t have 7.

  18. that_e says: Sep 15, 2011 1:35 PM

    Steelers are lucky they’re playing Seahawks next. Quality teams would take advantage of “Steelers mad about Ravens’ _____”

  19. yzguy431 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:36 PM

    are we still talking about football?

  20. watermelon1 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:36 PM

    That’s funny because EVERY SINGLE TIME the Steelers run a bunch formation… their receivers (Hines Ward) starts blocking way before the ball is ever caught. Last time I checked… that’s illegal! But it’s never called.

    We can play this game all day. What else you got Steelers? And please don’t say 6 rings. NONE of the Steelers have 6 rings. The most rings any Steelers player has is 2 rings.

  21. mustbejealousof6 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:37 PM

    We will show all of you the definition of the Steel Hammer. It is coming down. It is coming down on every opponent until we win 7 this year. We will win this last Lombardi and start our own league. Worthy players will be allowed to join our greatness.
    We will lol at the NFL. This league is soft and scared of Steel. 7

  22. postfixer says: Sep 15, 2011 1:38 PM

    The Steelers and/or their fans crying isn’t news, it’s business as usual.

  23. steelfla says: Sep 15, 2011 1:38 PM

    The Steelers have and will continue to win despite the double standards and dictatorial tactics of the Stalinst Roger Goodell.Check the game tape.

  24. turk2875 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:38 PM

    O SHUT UP!! Just move on already and stop crying.

  25. packerrube13 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:39 PM

    Taking away my feelings about the Steelers, their fan base, the hypocrisy of the players, etc….

    These guys have a point, if it in fact was happening. Those types of injuries, caused from chop blocks, are much more dangerous than ANY illegal hits on offensive players. These defensive linemen just won’t recover from their knee being torn apart. And if Goodell is so concerned about offensive players’ safety, then maybe he should also protect the other 50% of NFL players.

  26. aequitas83 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:40 PM

    Film or it didn’t happen.

  27. steelbydesign says: Sep 15, 2011 1:40 PM

    Not taking anything away from the Ravens, they whooped my team… and the chop blocks probably didn’t affect the outcome of the game…

    But the chop blocks did happen often, and were effective… and dirty.

    Take a look at #98 in the picture here. This was the first Ravens run (which went for about 30 yards).

    LINK

  28. mustbejealousof6 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:41 PM

    I’d also like to add that we win BIG games. We lost last week to psych the Rats out into think they are good! Great tactic by Tomlin. You’ll all see week 9 when we bring the Steel Hammer down on the Rats in classic fashion. 7 here we come.

  29. Tribe&Browns&Cavs says: Sep 15, 2011 1:41 PM

    Those Ravens need to be careful, roughly 65% of the Steelers players are in an at-risk age group for breaking a hip.

    Osteoporosis is no joke.

  30. steelbydesign says: Sep 15, 2011 1:41 PM

    Guess you can’t do links here, copy and paste this…

  31. gustavejfrerotte says: Sep 15, 2011 1:41 PM

    If they would have won this game you wouldn’t have heard a thing about chop blocks.

  32. jimbobobjr says: Sep 15, 2011 1:42 PM

    Seriously, guys-SHUT UP AND PLAY! Your big mouths continually disgrace this great franchise!

  33. bigboi30 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:42 PM

    Come one Steelers, show some class. Be a man, stand up, wipe the tears away, and accept the whoopin that was handed to you. You guys, and all your fans, are always bragging about how great you are. Then once you loose, you cant be men and take it, no you have to cry like little babbies. Im not even a Ravens fan, but this is stupid. Just shows what the Steelers have become. What a shame.

  34. fancyleague says: Sep 15, 2011 1:42 PM

    I can’t wait until the Steeler OL takes out Ngata’s knees. That should put a damper on the Ravens’ season.

  35. ravensfan4life52 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:42 PM

    AWWWWWWW…poor babies

  36. b7p19 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:44 PM

    I don’t say rediculous things just to tick off a teams fan base. It is just a fact that the Steelers defense seems to complain about something every week.

  37. dickroy says: Sep 15, 2011 1:45 PM

    Yea, we did get our butts kicked and kicked good. The Ravens were better than us that day, and I give them credit, but chop blocks are still dangerous and illegal.

  38. evomike06 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:45 PM

    HAHA…The team that talks a lot of trash and is claimed to be one of the dirtiest teams starts crying because they got there butts handed to them. Take the loss and move on!

  39. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 15, 2011 1:46 PM

    Too funny. The stealers whine so much, they’re like the vikings of the east.

  40. stealersfannot says: Sep 15, 2011 1:47 PM

    These illegal chop blocks were so blatantly obvious that not a single field judge saw one instance of them the entire game.

    No commentator noticed them during the game.

    In five days since the event, no enterprising sports writer opined about the chop blocks.

    You never saw Tomlin complain about them.

    And I have yet to see any Steelers fans complain about them.

    So what the hell are we talking about?

    Sounds like sour grapes to me.

  41. tristansiegel says: Sep 15, 2011 1:49 PM

    You stay classy, Pittsburgh..

  42. twigsandberries says: Sep 15, 2011 1:49 PM

    maybe it was Flacco’s unibrow chopping their legs?

  43. beyofparadise23 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:50 PM

    Thats funny most of the plays I watched the Squealers D-Line were getting pancaked not cut blocked.

  44. southpaw2k says: Sep 15, 2011 1:51 PM

    Yep, it’s because of those nasty chop blocks that Roethlisberger threw 2 picks and fumbled 3 other times. Right, chop blocks led to Mendenhall getting squashed by Ngata and fumbling the ball away. Chop blocks also had to do with the 2-point conversion. It’s all because of those chop blocks.

  45. rwjk says: Sep 15, 2011 1:51 PM

    casey hampton never talks

  46. asublimeday says: Sep 15, 2011 1:52 PM

    Wow, the excuses keep flooding in, players and fans alike.

  47. daytonaken says: Sep 15, 2011 1:52 PM

    I am now convinced that Steeler fans should be worried. The Steelers are crying? Are you kidding me? The tough Steelers are crying? The team with Hines Ward is crying foul. OMG I can die now because I have heard it all.

  48. sonvar says: Sep 15, 2011 1:53 PM

    If they thought they were constantly doing chop blocks or illegal blocks have they brought this to the league’s attention? Going public on this instead of just going to the league makes them appear like whiners more than anything. Not to mention if it was happening so frequently why wasn’t any flag thrown on it.

  49. bray72 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:53 PM

    You haters are great. I know of no other team that takes responsibility for their shortcomings like the Steelers! IT’S THURSDAY,

  50. carnboys says: Sep 15, 2011 1:54 PM

    bankwagon steeler fans stop whinning. You got you buts kick.

  51. asublimeday says: Sep 15, 2011 1:55 PM

    I can’t wait until the Steeler OL takes out Ngata’s knees. That should put a damper on the Ravens’ season.
    ———–
    They’re on their backs before they can even think about chop blocking.

  52. bray72 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:59 PM

    …(to finish) and you haven’t heard a word from any Steeler till some reporter looking for a story asks a question. Not a word from anyone Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed. I guess you need some to justify your jealous-based hatred, eh.

  53. jgo304 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:59 PM

    How about teaching your starting free safety to learn how to tackle anyone with launching with his helmet first before you start pointing fingers. What a joke….this team has become the past 2 seasons.

  54. myspaceyourface says: Sep 15, 2011 2:00 PM

    So you people want it both ways. . .

    1. You want the Steelers to stop using illegal hits

    2. You want people to use illegal hits on the Steelers

    That is amazing. . . It seems the Steelers have actually made the effort to monitor their hitting. When someone does it to them no one cares.

  55. turdfurgerson68 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:01 PM

    Right on cue: excuse, excuses, excuses

    Congratulations Dallas..no longer are your team and fans the NFL’s #1 divas….pittsburgh takes diva to a whole other level.

  56. raylewis52 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:01 PM

    What a bunch of losers ! Just take the beating like a man and admit you got outplayed.

  57. tuxbirds says: Sep 15, 2011 2:02 PM

    Hampton and Smith get the Whining and McNabb award for not knowing the rules- if 2 linemen are lined up beside each other on a running play, the ‘chop block ‘is legal. Maybe Tomlin can explain it to the dumb nose tackle and end.

    Article 16 A chop block is a foul by the offense in which one offense player (designated as A1 for purposes of this rule) blocks a defensive player in the area of the thigh or lower while another offensive player (A2) occupies that same defensive player in one of the circumstances described in subsections (1) through (10) below.
    (Passing play 1-4 omitted and 5 omitted- does not apply)

    (6) On a running play, A1, an offensive lineman, chops a defensive player after the defensive player has been engaged by A2 (high or low), and the initial alignment of A2 is more than one position away from A1. This rule applies only when the block occurs at a time when the flow of the play is clearly away from A1.

  58. twigsandberries says: Sep 15, 2011 2:02 PM

    Enjoy it now Raisin fans as this won’t happen again. It was week 1 and the Steelers were flat. The Steelers/Ravens will split this series and then play at Heinz Field in January. And we ALL know what happens at Heinz Field in January when the Raisins come to town. I wonder who would win, Troy’s hair or Flacco’s uni…ready, set…discuss

  59. cmich2006 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:03 PM

    Moving the referee is causing this…no one in position to see them anymore

  60. bostonbias says: Sep 15, 2011 2:04 PM

    Just the Ravens being what they are..the direst team in the league. They act like they are not. But just watch game film. Anyone who is not totally bias could see it.

    what kind of world do we live in when no matter what you do, the argument people have is..we won.

    You guys do not even take the time to think, it could be right. Nope…you are stuck with the mind of 7 year old…”

    yeah..we won….who cares about rules…rules suck..we rule…I do know how to think”

  61. carnboys says: Sep 15, 2011 2:04 PM

    The steelers are known for there holding and cheap blocking for years and getting the ref’s calls.you whinning steelers fans.except you got you but kick.

  62. myspaceyourface says: Sep 15, 2011 2:04 PM

    @steelbydesign

    It’s funny how you provided a link with proof and you get all those thumbs down votes. ha, ha, ha

    That says it all about the intelligence in this room.

  63. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:05 PM

    for the record, he (casey hampton), and several others, did admit that “they whupped us” and offered no excuses after the game.
    another instance where a reporter asks a question, it gets a response and it’s printed as though the players chased the reporters to the parking lot to make sure they print this stuff. some of you are unbelievably gullible.

  64. cardmagnet says: Sep 15, 2011 2:07 PM

    Oh, the Ravens are just playing big boy football. Such hypocrites. Steelers dirty blocks (Hines) and dirty hits (Harrison, Polamalu on occasion, etc.) are all fine and ‘clean’ though, huh Pittsburgh?

  65. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:08 PM

    @Tribe&Browns&Cavs
    gotta give it up for a good one, no matter your team affiliation…good stuff!

  66. turdfurgerson68 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:12 PM

    Right on cue: excuse, excuses, excuses

    Congratulations Dallas..no longer are your team and fans the NFL’s #1 divas….pittsburgh takes diva to a whole other level.

    I bet those great Steeler defenses from the 70’s wouldn’t be whining days later….then again, those CHEATERS were so jucied up on the steriods that they probably wouldn’t have noticed.

  67. steeltownblitz says: Sep 15, 2011 2:15 PM

    In the history of this rivalry, no one has had big running – and Ray Rice is one of many good backs the Ravens have had that the Steelers have always shut down..

    Shutting down the run was the core of the defense, the pass was always the weakness. The use of chop-blocks is what Denver used to do under Shanahan, and it was also not ever called – he could manufacture great backs using those tactics so I don’t think this is a “whine” even though we did get our ass kicked.

    I think the ravens just used these tactics and got away with it like any team.

  68. clintonportisheadd says: Sep 15, 2011 2:16 PM

    Let me get this straight….

    The team that employs the person generally regarded as the dirtiest player in the league (Hines Ward) and the player with the most fines for dangerous /illegal hits (Harrison) is crying about other teams tactics?

    That loss to the Packers must have really really messed with these guy’s minds.

  69. steelcurtainn says: Sep 15, 2011 2:20 PM

    Thats Right! And their gonna be dealt with on Nov 6th. Big Hamp, The Diesel, and Aaron Smith are coming for ya.

  70. Lev says: Sep 15, 2011 2:21 PM

    Because it was chop blocks that caused 5 turnovers??? I’m confused o_O

  71. feldman9000 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:22 PM

    Prediction. Week 8. Steelers are 2-6. No Steeler fans on PFT. Bank on it.

  72. andrewfbrowne says: Sep 15, 2011 2:23 PM

    I would be mad about losing by 4 touchdowns if it was me.

  73. ranksarot says: Sep 15, 2011 2:24 PM

    i am a steelers fan since the 70s, have moved a lot and always root for my current town as well.
    But the Steelers endless whining is really getting old. If they have an issue with the calls, take it to the coach who can take it to the league. i dont care if steelers are right. stop whining to the media. surprised tomlin lets this keep happening.

  74. ravenfan820 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:25 PM

    mustbejealousof6 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 1:37 PM
    We will show all of you the definition of the Steel Hammer. It is coming down. It is coming down on every opponent until we win 7 this year. We will win this last Lombardi and start our own league. Worthy players will be allowed to join our greatness.
    We will lol at the NFL. This league is soft and scared of Steel. 7

    Please do start your own league so the rest of of can have good natured banter and honest football discussions without all of this BS…..the rest of us can only hope!!!!

  75. beyofparadise23 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:26 PM

    steelcurtainn says:
    Sep 15, 2011 2:20 PM
    Thats Right! And their gonna be dealt with on Nov 6th. Big Hamp, The Diesel, and Aaron Smith are coming for ya.

    ————————————————–

    We will crush them again!

  76. steelernation1 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:26 PM

    the people who moderate this thread are pathetic.i post facts and they dont want anyone to see the proof.must be steeler haters as well…sure the steelers didnt lose cause of the chop blocks

    if any of you pea brains understand the point hampton is making you wouldnt be so fast to ridicule his statement..but since it has to be put in plain english which most of you still wouldnt understand would be a waste of time.

    its the fact that the illegal hits are happening and they are not getting called..if that was a steeler making the hit he would be fined before he got off the field.an illegal hit is an illegal hit.would it have made a difference in the game we will never know.i think not cause of the horrible play by the steelers.

  77. hooptie says: Sep 15, 2011 2:26 PM

    I guess when Tomlin told the team to “swallow it like men” they didn’t realize he meant the game. if it truly is only one loss let it go….whiners.

  78. feldman9000 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:29 PM

    mustbejealousof6 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 1:41 PM
    I’d also like to add that we win BIG games. We lost last week to psych the Rats out into think they are good! Great tactic by Tomlin. You’ll all see week 9 when we bring the Steel Hammer down on the Rats in classic fashion. 7 here we come.

    ————

    Perfect example of in denial, immature, retardedly idiotic Steelers fan. Thought you had 7 in the bag last year DAAAAWWWWWWG!?

  79. jealousyisanuglything says: Sep 15, 2011 2:29 PM

    PFT YOU SUCK.. As a matter of fact that article was so CHOPPED up. Casey really said that is was no excuse for how they played and that it was no big deal..You just love to put crap out here just to see how many hits you will get. At least run the whole thing so people can comment on the real thing. But if you did that you wouldn’t get that much attention.

  80. jlv3gem says: Sep 15, 2011 2:30 PM

    Steelers suck. Too slow now.

  81. feldman9000 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:31 PM

    dickroy says:
    Sep 15, 2011 1:45 PM
    Yea, we did get our butts kicked and kicked good. The Ravens were better than us that day, and I give them credit, but chop blocks are still dangerous and illegal.

    ——–

    Chop blocks or not, none of that has to do with 7 turnovers. Do you enjoy CHEESE with your WHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE :(

  82. feldman9000 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:34 PM

    @turdfurgerson68 IS MY DAWWWWWG

  83. letemplay says: Sep 15, 2011 2:37 PM

    You really have to think that the refs would have seen at least ONE of these and called it. If something like that is going on, and multiple players inform the ref, they start looking for it. If this happened on the first play of the game like Hampton said, then You would have seen at least ONE called.

    This would be different if there was a big run as a result of a chop block that broke a tie late or won the game for the Ravens. I don’t buy it, this just seems like a sorry excuse. The steelers would be better off concentrating on Seattle and worry about the Ravens blocking in November.

  84. feldman9000 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:38 PM

    mustbejealousof6 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 1:41 PM
    I’d also like to add that we win BIG games. We lost last week to psych the Rats out into think they are good! Great tactic by Tomlin. You’ll all see week 9 when we bring the Steel Hammer down on the Rats in classic fashion. 7 here we come.

    ——–

    I’m going to make this quote pop up on my screen so i know how stupid some people are.

    1. Win big games? How’d that last one work out for you boy genious?
    2. Is that 12 turnovers in two games? That’s poor coaching. Better start chanting Cowher.
    3. Why would a coach purposely encourage his players to lose a game?
    4. How can you compare a rat to a bird?

    The fact is if you’re not standing in traffic, you should be. You’ve made your team and fan base look that much worse.

  85. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 15, 2011 2:38 PM

    “The NFL has taken a lot of steps toward protecting the heads of receivers and quarterbacks. Referees need to do a better job of protecting the knees of defensive linemen.”

    And your reason to make this sweeping recommendation is because the Steelers (of all teams) say so? Please.

    After Shanahan and Broncos (Texans, Falcons, etc.) have used these tactics for over twenty years, the Steelers just discovered it during their beatdown over the weekend? Please.

  86. dickroy says: Sep 15, 2011 2:43 PM

    @ feldman9000

    Seven turnovers is part of getting our butts kicked, like I said. Whine only has one i in it.
    I love cheese, but I would rather have beer with it.

  87. danrooneyii says: Sep 15, 2011 2:44 PM

    Funny because all you losers always complain about Hines Ward and James Harrison being dirty.

  88. fifel1144 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:45 PM

    Who was making excuses? …………………..waiting…………………..

    I love how the haters call the Steelers the dirtiest team in the league and say they always make excuses ( not one player said that is why they lost), sounds like Lombardi Trophy envy to me.

  89. mcfluckey96 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:45 PM

    they laid down like a bunch of losers!

  90. tropicpurple says: Sep 15, 2011 2:45 PM

    Pot calling the Kettle black.

  91. Steeler's Will says: Sep 15, 2011 2:46 PM

    Love how the evidence posted earlier is getting ignored.

    Nobody has used this as an excuse. Hampton’s just warning the rest of the NFL, that the Ravens are hungry for a championship, and will let NOTHING stand in their way.

  92. rockhill32 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:48 PM

    Oh, so that’s why PIT lost so badly.

  93. carnboys says: Sep 15, 2011 2:49 PM

    The steelers are 0-2 in there last 2 games.

    Lost against the Greenbay Packers in the superbowl and the Ravens first game of the seasons. instead of whinning. Why don’t you work on getting your football team better.

    The Ravens kick your butts and that is final.

    GreenBay beat you in the Superbowl and that is final.

    You should be concern about your football team.
    not whinning so the ref’s can pay more attention to your team. I have lost all respect for the steelers. If the game don’t go there wat they start whinning.

  94. Steeler's Will says: Sep 15, 2011 2:50 PM

    Here is an example of whining:

    rmm9090 says:
    Sep 11, 2011 4:39 PM
    pacificnw7722 says:

    Polamalu the punk had NO BUSINESS pushing and shoving Rice when down on the ground!

    ——————————————————

    That’s exactly right! Someone soon is gonna give this long haired punk a good “tuning up”.

  95. supashug says: Sep 15, 2011 2:52 PM

    wow, way to make the week even better for Raven fans, what an idiot. They got beat and then bitched like little girls

    If I were Tomlin I would get his guys ready for Seattle

  96. lbdpatch says: Sep 15, 2011 2:53 PM

    Just wait until the Ravens repeat the beating for a second time in Pittsburgh,then what will be the excuse.

  97. carnboys says: Sep 15, 2011 2:53 PM

    The Ravens put the Steelers away by the start of the third quarter. Stop Whinning and get your team better.

  98. Steeler's Will says: Sep 15, 2011 2:54 PM

    Hahaha even better…

    descendency says:
    Sep 11, 2011 4:19 PM
    The dirty Steelers started it. No wonder their uniforms are “flag yellow”

  99. turk2875 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:56 PM

    Also, nice to see Hines Ward get what he deserves. I wonder if he was still smiling after that hit.

  100. markszyl11 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:58 PM

    @jw731 “are the tissues in pittsburgh yellow?”

    yea they are called terrible tissues, you get the free when you buy a terrible towel

  101. feldman9000 says: Sep 15, 2011 2:59 PM

    fifel1144 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 2:45 PM
    Who was making excuses? …………………..waiting…………………..

    I love how the haters call the Steelers the dirtiest team in the league and say they always make excuses ( not one player said that is why they lost), sounds like Lombardi Trophy envy to me.

    ——-

    Uh this article is an excuse. The Dline is blaming officiating for why they lost. Oh and Lombardi envy would indicate being jealous of the team that has it, which you don’t, which i recall you losing that game on turnovers too. Steeler Nation needs to be buried.

  102. johntonioholmes says: Sep 15, 2011 3:02 PM

    Umm just for all of those who aren’t smart enough to read (which is apparently most of you):

    They didn’t say the cut blocks are the reason that they lost.

    In that case, they made no excuses, but complained about lousy officiating, which could have resulted in injuries.

    So here’s my advice: Take a course on reading comprehension.

  103. johntonioholmes says: Sep 15, 2011 3:07 PM

    feldman9000

    Can you read? They didn’t say that’s why they lost. They said they were getting illegally blocked.

  104. jikkle49 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:07 PM

    This is coming from the team that told Seattle to shut up and quit whining about all the non calls in the Super Bowl XL?

  105. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 15, 2011 3:09 PM

    here’s my advice johtonioholmes – don’t favorite your own comment until you get at least a couple thumbs from other people

  106. steelerfan999 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:09 PM

    JUST LIKE THE LAST TWO SEASONS,RAVENS WIN A GAME,STEELERS WIN A GAME,AND THEN THE STEELERS KNOCK THE RAVENS OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS AGAIN.ILL TAKE THAT ANY YEAR.

  107. humbleminded85 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:11 PM

    Deb what you think about all this? Your the “unofficial voice of reasoning” in my book when it comes to steelers news. Oh and just so you know Deb, I went two years visiting this website and never posted until I saw alot of your posts and realized that we think alot alike and ive really enjoyed your thoughts over these past few years. Keep up the great work!!

  108. squealcity says: Sep 15, 2011 3:13 PM

    @ johntonioholmes

    Come on, you know thats one of the reasons they are saying they lost. If not why bring it up after being embarassed by your division rival?

  109. letemplay says: Sep 15, 2011 3:16 PM

    “Umm just for all of those who aren’t smart enough to read (which is apparently most of you):

    They didn’t say the cut blocks are the reason that they lost.

    In that case, they made no excuses, but complained about lousy officiating, which could have resulted in injuries.

    So here’s my advice: Take a course on reading comprehension.”

    No. There is no player who is going to say, “They chop blocked me and that is why we lost the game.” They simply do the interview and throw their side of the story out there for everyone to see. The implication isn’t directly stated, it is implied. That’s the effect of taking accusations public. You even throw in the statement that that is not why we lost the game. With 7 turnovers, he knows that’s a lost cause anyway.

    The right thing to do? The manly thing to do? The “tough guy steelers” thing to do? You go over tape with your coaches, point out exactly what you were talking about, validate that it was in fact an illegal block, send the tape in to the NFL and …. here’s the big one…. keep your mouth shut about it when you are in the public eye. Because you know, I know, and deep down Casey Hampton knows that when you bring this up to the public, it’s an attempt to validate getting the football ran down your throat.

    So here’s my advice: Start concentrating on Seattle.

  110. flabtreesports says: Sep 15, 2011 3:17 PM

    So someone posts a freeze frame of a LEGAL chop block, and the Steeler fans conveniently ignore tuxbird’s comment with the ACTUAL RULE. I know you Pittsburghers prefer pictures to words, but I’ll repost here for posterity:
    ————————–
    Article 16 A chop block is a foul by the offense in which one offense player (designated as A1 for purposes of this rule) blocks a defensive player in the area of the thigh or lower while another offensive player (A2) occupies that same defensive player in one of the circumstances described in subsections (1) through (10) below.
    (Passing play 1-4 omitted and 5 omitted- does not apply)

    (6) On a running play, A1, an offensive lineman, chops a defensive player after the defensive player has been engaged by A2 (high or low), and the initial alignment of A2 is more than one position away from A1. This rule applies only when the block occurs at a time when the flow of the play is clearly away from A1.

  111. johntonioholmes says: Sep 15, 2011 3:18 PM

    peytonwantsaflag–

    I favorited my own comment? Really?

    You still didn’t address the focus of my post–if you read Hampton’s comments, he explicitly made no excuses. Yet every brain-damaged poster on this page can’t seem to understand that.

    This is either the result of chronic laziness, or the lack of comprehension skills that comes from having an irrational hatred of a certain sports organization.

  112. ravensfan4life52 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:19 PM

    Let me give you people a life lesson. Rules in football are the same as laws in life. It’s only illegal if you get caught. No flag no foul. Get over it. The 24 hour rule obviously isn’t in place in Pittsburgh. I guess that loss is really bothering them.

  113. rayriceisnice says: Sep 15, 2011 3:19 PM

    Chop blocks On fat unintelligent dt’s do not make ben and your pathetic offense turn the ball over 7 times. I hope Seattle upsets this weekend, this team is losing all of it clout each day they keep whining, it’s only one game my Irish a$$. This is stinging like bens wife’s wooha I tell you.

  114. NoRespect says: Sep 15, 2011 3:25 PM

    I am not a Steelers fan, but the reason why most people think the Steelers are dirty is because it appears to me that the Refs target the Steelers. I have watched a lot of Steelers games and they seemed to get called for the little stuff while there opponents rarely get called, sometimes even for the blatant stuff. The Ravens are dirty and get away with it. Notice the game last year where their QB had his nose broken. Was there any call on that? Clearly that was a blow to the head of a QB, but because it was the Ravens doing it and the Steelers to whom it was done, no call. That was not the only blow to the head during that game where there was no call against the Ravens, but that was the most obvious.

  115. NoRespect says: Sep 15, 2011 3:28 PM

    “It’s only illegal if you get caught.” Typical Raven’s fan comment, also typical criminal comment. It is illegal, even if you get away with it. This is the cry of a cheater.

  116. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:28 PM

    YOU LOST. Next!

    That’s what happens when you spend all offseason bragging.

  117. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 15, 2011 3:28 PM

    Getting walloped in their first game coming off their Super Bowl loss doesn’t bode too well for the Steelers.

    History doesn’t paint a pretty picture of their seasons following the Super Bowl and if they are still crying about Baltimore on Thursday it seems as if history will repeat itself.

  118. johntonioholmes says: Sep 15, 2011 3:30 PM

    @squealcity

    Why would they bring it up? Maybe because it could end their season? Maybe so the officials watch for it in the ravens next game, thereby lessening the chance of them winning? Maybe because it’s a clear violation of the rules, and if the Steelers are subject to penalties for illegal maneuvers, their opponents should be too?

    This really isn’t that complicated. There’s not a Steelers fan in the world who would say they lost that game because of the officiating.

    Even if Hampton is making an excuse, chop blocks are still illegal and should be penalized as such.

  119. ravensfan4life52 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:31 PM

    @NoRespect

    Or maybe it’s because Roethlesberger is…well…we all know what he is

  120. dickroy says: Sep 15, 2011 3:34 PM

    @humbleminded85

    humbleminded85 says:

    Deb what you think about all this? Your the “unofficial voice of reasoning” in my book when it comes to steelers news. Oh and just so you know Deb, I went two years visiting this website and never posted until I saw alot of your posts and realized that we think alot alike and ive really enjoyed your thoughts over these past few years. Keep up the great work
    ————————————————-

    I too think a lot like Deb and find her comments very interesting. I love the way she comes right at people, that try to get the best of her, and never can. She really has a way with words.

    And we are both die hard Steelers fans and that makes it even better.

  121. NoRespect says: Sep 15, 2011 3:35 PM

    So that makes it ok to break the rules? Again, typical cheater, typical Ravens fan

  122. johntonioholmes says: Sep 15, 2011 3:36 PM

    @letemplay

    Whether they are making excuses are not is irrelevant. Chop blocks are illegal and the Ravens got away with them.

    That’s the only thing that matters.

    Maybe the officials will do their job properly next time.

  123. ravensfan4life52 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:36 PM

    @NoRespect

    If breaking the nose of someone like Roethlesberger is against the rules then the rules need to be changed

  124. kravenm3 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:44 PM

    Tribe&Browns&Cavs says: Sep 15, 2011 1:41 PM

    Those Ravens need to be careful, roughly 65% of the Steelers players are in an at-risk age group for breaking a hip.

    Osteoporosis is no joke.
    —————————————————————-

    Osteoporosis might be no joke but the Indians, Browns, and Cavs sure are. Keep on laughing, tool.

  125. pigskinswag says: Sep 15, 2011 3:55 PM

    Call the WAAAAAAAAAAAAHMBULANCE for the Steelers.

  126. pigskinswag says: Sep 15, 2011 3:57 PM

    On the other hand, you have to wonder if Wiz Khalifa come out with a song about the Steelers getting chop blocked…

  127. letemplay says: Sep 15, 2011 3:58 PM

    @johntonioholmes

    I totally agree, and in no way do I ever want to see a player get hurt.

    Having said that, you’re the one who said we all lack reading comprehension and that the steelers were not making excuses. It is very relevant to your previous post.

    Apparently the refs did their job properly and the steelers lack reading comprehension in regards to the rules.

  128. makeanoise22 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:59 PM

    Damn, you people are hard on my Steelers! Look, he’s just complaining about some of the cut blocks, he didn’t blame that on their pitiful performance, so give it a rest will ya?

    We got beat by a better team, doesn’t matter if it was 35-7 or 9-7, a loss to the Ravens is all that matters…and come November, you can bet the outcome will be different.

  129. steelerfan999 says: Sep 15, 2011 4:00 PM

    WHY WOULD THE STEELERS SHOW WHAT THEY GOT THE FIRST WEEK OF THE SEASON TO A TEAM THEY WILL SEE IN THE PLAYOFFS,LIKE EVERY YEAR WE SAVE OUR BEST FOR LAST.IT SEEMS TO ME RAVEN FANS STILL HAVENT GOTTEN OVER THAT PLAYOFF LOSS LAST YEAR AND THE YEAR BEFORE.

  130. swinefloo says: Sep 15, 2011 4:21 PM

    Steelers are just upset because of the possible HGH testing.

  131. delsol1872 says: Sep 15, 2011 4:25 PM

    Awwwwww the poor steelers got their feelings hurt cuz of LEGAL chop blocks, get over it, u guys got clipped in the first round and we made u tap in the second, move on

  132. fifel1144 says: Sep 15, 2011 4:28 PM

    fifel1144 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 2:45 PM
    Who was making excuses? …………………..waiting…………………..

    I love how the haters call the Steelers the dirtiest team in the league and say they always make excuses ( not one player said that is why they lost), sounds like Lombardi Trophy envy to me.

    ——-

    Uh this article is an excuse. The Dline is blaming officiating for why they lost. Oh and Lombardi envy would indicate being jealous of the team that has it, which you don’t, which i recall you losing that game on turnovers too. Steeler Nation needs to be buried.

    They said thats why they lost? I must have missed that part somewhere oorrrrr your a complete efing tool……Ummm they dont have it, they have six, did you finish your homework and after school snack before you got on the computer?

  133. feldman9000 says: Sep 15, 2011 4:42 PM

    It doesn’t matter, the Steelers will never be the franchise the Panthers are. Ben Rape is OK doesn’t hold a candle to Cam Newton. Panthers 15-1. Never be beat again.

    –This is how Steelers fans sound. Now you know how others feel.

  134. Deb says: Sep 15, 2011 4:53 PM

    Do you suppose if I shipped a box of duct tape to the stadium, the equipment manager could apply it to their mouths???? As a Steelers fan, I’m at the end of my rope here. What’s it going to take to get them to just STHU and focus on their game? First it was “just one game” and “I had a bad day.” Now the refs missed the calls and the Ravens were mean to us???? Really. From my Steelers???

    And I thought the game was embarrassing.

  135. deadmanwalking47 says: Sep 15, 2011 4:58 PM

    i think the steelers need to quit whining and complaining like little girls,and just shur up and play football! actions speak louder than words ever will!

  136. Deb says: Sep 15, 2011 5:05 PM

    @humbleminded85 and dickroy …

    Thank you for the kind words. I’d prefer the Steelers stopped talking about that game and focused on preparing for the next one. I didn’t notice chop blocks and cut blocks, which doesn’t mean they didn’t happen. But even if they did, the players should keep that to themselves and game-plan for it. Complaining to the media won’t stop it and makes them sound like whiners. Saying they’ll handle it themselves next time will just make the officials look more closely at every move they make. It’s foolish and unprofessional.

    If an opponent engaged in a blatantly dangerous and illegal maneuver, the team should send the film to the league. But the players should keep their mouths shut. They have nothing to gain by continuing to comment on that game.

  137. bcar1023 says: Sep 15, 2011 5:28 PM

    Fine Suh. It must be his fault. Lol

  138. tjstyles says: Sep 15, 2011 5:45 PM

    My buddy is a Steelers fan and I love to bash them as much as anybody.

    But, I don’t see them using this stuff as an “exuse”. They are just commenting on the illegal blocks. I did not watch a whole lot of the game, and I did not see any cheap blocks, but I wasn’t looking for them. If they were there, the Steelers have as much right to complain as anyone else.

    Also, I don’t think this is a case of the pot and kettle. Well it is, just not in the way that people here are suggesting. If Harrison is going to get fined by Goodell for hits on other players, then Goodell had better fine players for making illegal blocks and hits on the Steelers. It works both ways. While I do think it would be nice to see some TE or RB just lay Harrison out with a block some time, I don’t think it is “justice” for an offensive lineman to get a torn ACL because people think Harrison is “cheap”. The rules should be enforced evenly across the league.

    That being said, 7 points to 7 turnovers? Superbowl-bound!!! At least there is a team out there to make me feel better about my Vikings. 8)

  139. stealersfannot says: Sep 15, 2011 5:58 PM

    The case isn’t whether they were illegal blocks, because it’s been proven that they weren’t.

    Now the case is why the Steelers are ignorant of the rules. You can excuse fans for being ignorant of the rules. They don’t make a living doing this stuff. But an entire franchise?

    Then the case is, why are the players still bitching about it on the back end of the week?

    Talk about hang over.

    Get over it, you got beat. Now get your act toghether and prove you’re the better team the next time these guys come to your neck of the woods.

  140. steelernation1 says: Sep 15, 2011 6:01 PM

    why is it you idiots are saying that the steelers are using this as an excuse on why they lost?nowhere in the correct article did any steeler say that.are all ravens fans lacking comprehension?

    all this animosity towards the steelers is because they find a way every year to shut the ravens down..yea they split the series just about every year but when the big game is played the steelers are always 1 or 2 plays better.this is just a way for you deadbird fans to rant and rave..enjoy it cause i dont think either of these teams will win the super bowl this year.get over yourselves already

  141. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Sep 15, 2011 6:08 PM

    Cry me a river. Wait a minute, cry me THREE rivers. You have the dirtiest player in the NFL in Harrison. Suck it, you got beat and deserved it!

  142. matthewmtg45 says: Sep 15, 2011 7:32 PM

    wow.

    Raven fans win one game against the steelers, and they react/act as though they just won a super bowl.

    Look guys- I’ll be the first to admit that the Ravens kicked our ____, period. Chop Blocks or not. I don’t even care. A win is a win.

    However- I suggest you guys remain humble, for the bottom-line facts are that the Steelers have won the Big Game six times. Ravens have won it ONCE.

    Remember that. Stay humble. Season just getting started, lookin’ forward to showing you guys yet again who is/has been the superior organization.

    The End.

  143. dumbaseinstien says: Sep 15, 2011 8:43 PM

    Typical, refs & the media have been against the Steelers since the beginning of last year. If the Steelers complain about something, regardless of whether what they’re saying is the truth, everyone & their brother (who’s also their father) starts calling the Steelers names. Grow a tooth in those brainless heads all you in-breads!

  144. pensacolasteelers says: Sep 15, 2011 9:53 PM

    Steelers fan here. Respect Ravens for playing Steelers football (most of the time). AND, I didn’t see the chop blocks the other day (that’s not to say it didn’t happen) But have to say whether it’s true or not that it doesn’t surprise me that the ref’s turned a blind eye and that Ravens fans have nothing to spew but hateful rhetoric. I bet you (Ravens fans) also didn’t see anything wrong with Hiloti Ngata swinging at Ben Roethlisberger’ head last year and breaking his nose? Where, if it had been Harrison or Woodley the field would’ve been littered with the flag of every official there.

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  146. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 18, 2011 12:25 PM

    still trying to find where anyone blamed the loss on the chop blocks

  147. steelernation1 says: Sep 18, 2011 8:26 PM

    steelerdynasty2010 says:
    Sep 18, 2011 12:25 PM
    still trying to find where anyone blamed the loss on the chop blocks

    these guys that post here lack the ability to comprehend what they read thats why…guess ravens are nto as good as they were first game lol..where are all the raven fans now.steelers had a bad day at office last week..the ravens were just better THAT DAY..

  148. bigblacksteel says: Sep 20, 2011 4:36 PM

    listen up, my beloved Steelers lost, it’s that simple. By the way, Raven fans, it’s just the first game…..and ……………..we own YOU RAVENS WITH YOU CRY BABY COACH WHEN HE LOSES. WHEN AND IF YOU CAN BEAT US IN THE PLAYOFFS, THEN AND ONLY THEN YOU CAN JUMP UP AND DOWN DOING THAT STUPID BIRD DANCE OR FLY AROUND LIKE THE JETS DO. how pathetic, act like you’ve been there like the PITT. STEELERS have and will again. by the way, what happened, shot your lo—–ad too soon on Pitt.. Tennessee fans get the license of the truck they were driving last Sunday against the Ravens. I think they threw those fictitious plates in the river near by to cover the hit and run against those Super bowl ravens.

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