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James Harrison’s suspension stands

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Steelers linebacker James Harrison appealed his one-game suspension to a former NFL linebacker and defensive coordinator, Ted Cottrell.

But even though Cottrell, like Art Shell, is jointly appointed and paid by the league and the NFLPA, Cottrell agreed with the decision that the time has come to suspend Harrison for a game.  As a result, he won’t play Monday night against the 49ers.

The outcome isn’t about whether the hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy merits a suspension standing alone.  It’s an issue of progressive discipline.  Based on his history of fines and the apparent unwillingness to change his behavior, the time had come to increase the punishment in the hopes of sending the message.

Former NFL safety Rodney Harrison has said on NBC’s Football Night In America that, while fines had no effect on his play, a suspension got his attention.  Based on comments made by and attributed to James Harrison, a one-game suspension may not do the trick for him.  This means that, if James Harrison continues to apply illegal hits, the next punishment will be a multi-game suspension.  And even more games beyond that.

Steelers linebacker James Farrior said Thursday that James Harrison and other players need to change their way of playing.  Time will tell whether James Harrison agrees.

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121 Responses to “James Harrison’s suspension stands”
  1. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 16, 2011 10:52 AM

    He’s already making smart ass twitter comments regarding James Farrior’s comment.

    “When the grass is low the snakes will show! I guess I cut it too short!”

  2. takingbacksundays5 says: Dec 16, 2011 10:55 AM

    Get those black and gold tissues ready!

  3. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Dec 16, 2011 10:58 AM

    sucker

  4. neuteronomy says: Dec 16, 2011 10:59 AM

    Good. Dude should’ve been suspended last year. Frankly, if he keeps this up and hurts someone, he should be charged with assault. Enough warnings.

  5. packerjer says: Dec 16, 2011 11:00 AM

    The NFL says Harrison must change the way he plays. Harrison says he can play no other way.

    Something has to give, and it’s not going to be the NFL. Are we at some point going to see Harrison expelled from the league entirely?

  6. ducksouped says: Dec 16, 2011 11:00 AM

    does everything in Pennsylvania suck this much? I mean i know the state is pretty much a waste, and the people are weird, but i mean come on. State seems kinda rapey to me.

  7. tinbender2000 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:01 AM

    The next time, and there will be a next time, give him a year off. See if that gets his attention.

  8. joetoronto says: Dec 16, 2011 11:01 AM

    He’s lucky he didn’t get more, the guy deliberately tries to injure.

  9. steelbydesign says: Dec 16, 2011 11:02 AM

    He’s already making smart ass twitter comments regarding James Farrior’s comment.

    **************************************

    Farrior saying they need to change the way they play is not being a snake, and I’d bet a lot of money his comments have nothing to do with Farrior.

  10. vincentbojackson says: Dec 16, 2011 11:05 AM

    Don’t know why any player would waste time on an appeal when it is reviewed by the same guys that handed it down in the first place.

  11. benh999 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:06 AM

    I thought he was retired anyway.

  12. thefnlimit says: Dec 16, 2011 11:06 AM

    OK Harrison, don’t change the way you play. Be stubborn and continue to be suspended. You are the definition of numb skull. Figure it out you dumbass

  13. cmich2006 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:07 AM

    Of course it was upheld…no chance Goddell would allow it to be over turned…Cottrell and Shell are puppets collecting a paycheck

  14. holeinone09 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:08 AM

    Hey Harrison, I love you as a member of the Steelers. But please shut up, wake up, wise up and smell the coffee. Right or wrong, Goodell is on a mission with these fines and suspensions, and you are on the list. You have to do what is necessary for the best interests of the team. Sitting out the game is not in the best interests of the team.

    Now, next time when you go to hit somebody, put your head to the side, drive your right shoulder squarely into the opponent’s midsection as hard as you can, and wrap him up with your arms. You won’t be responsible for anything that happens if you just do that. Even if you break somebody completely in half, you are following the “rules”, no matter how they may be currently interpreted.

    GO STEELERS!!

  15. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 16, 2011 11:10 AM

    For some reason, I think it’s funny that you always say that Art Shell and Ted Cottrell are jointly-appointed by the leage and union. Okay, we get it.

    And I think Harrison’s teammates are beginning to realize what a psychopath he is, and they are beginning to distance themselves from him and his on-field antics.

  16. cruells says: Dec 16, 2011 11:10 AM

    Why doesn’t he just retire.. He can’t and won’t chance and the next time it will likely be for 2 – 4 games and then he will just complain like last year..

    Just retire.. And the NFL will be well rid of the dirtiest player.

  17. Land Snark says: Dec 16, 2011 11:11 AM

    Cue the comments about “B. S. ruling” and “He got off easy.”

    The NFL got it right this time whether fans or players like it or not.

  18. Stiller43 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:11 AM

    And the 9ers will STILL lose.

  19. jam412 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:12 AM

    “twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 16, 2011 10:52 AM

    He’s already making smart ass twitter comments regarding James Farrior’s comment.

    “When the grass is low the snakes will show! I guess I cut it too short!””

    I figured he just cut his pubes.

  20. kidpresentable says: Dec 16, 2011 11:12 AM

    Pittsburgh Sports Fan: This is an outrage! Football is played by men and they’re wussifying the league. Mean Joe Greene and and Jack Lambert must be sick to their stomach.

    (flips on Penguins game)

    It’s awful that Sydney Crosby might never play again because of concussion-like symptoms.

    (fails to put 2 and 2 together)

  21. eastsideballa says: Dec 16, 2011 11:15 AM

    As a Lions fan, I wish we can somehow get James Harrison in a Lions uni. Can you imagine a Harrison-Suh combo? We’ll even have a “Fine Jar” to help pay off their fines.

  22. psmith7716 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:15 AM

    Long time Steeler fan. I thnk the one game suspension for this specific hit, coupled with his history, is appropriate. Shame too on the Browns for allowing McCoy back into the game.

  23. Deb says: Dec 16, 2011 11:15 AM

    @twitter:Chapman_Jamie …

    So glad I took the time to go to Twitter and read the feed. He did not make that comment about James Farrior, you vicious little troll–and you know it. Guess we have our share of snakes right here, don’t we. PFT should check his Twitter feed and remove your lying little post … and you with it.

    And all this stuff about Shell and Cottrell being independent thinkers is nonsense. Their league puppets–and Al is rolling in his grave at Shell shilling for the league. They just suspended a linebacker for making a tackle of a runner during a game. If they think he lowered his head too much, flag it. Ray Lewis, who’s been fined multiple times, launched at a defenseless receiver for a helmet-to-helmet in our last game and received just a fine. Goodell is grandstanding to take the heat off the Browns for failing to follow the concussion protocol. They’re the snakes in James’s grass, not his teammates.

    People who don’t see this for what it is haven’t looked up the multiple times other players have continued to apply the same hits despite being flagged and warned. James is just an easy target because he has a big mouth.

  24. bravin4evr says: Dec 16, 2011 11:19 AM

    If he doesn’t change, he will only hurt his team more.

  25. steelerfanjo says: Dec 16, 2011 11:19 AM

    A joke.

  26. usmarine75 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:19 AM

    Over/under for his next suspension?

    I’m going with 1/1 Steelers v Browns… start the year right Harrison with another helmet-to-helmet “it was the way I was taught” hit, bro.

    Everyone appreciates a hard hit (Sheldon Brown on Reggie Bush in ’07) not a dirty hit (Jack Tatum paralyzing Darryl Stingley).

  27. qball59 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:19 AM

    It is physically impossible to tackle a ballcarrier correctly without leading with your head. Regardless of what Roger Goodell thinks, it cannot be done. Period. An athlete ALWAYS leans forward when they run, therefore a football player will ALWAYS lead with his head when making a tackle. (To tackle someone without leading with your head would require a player to run backwards and then sit on the ball carrier. Is that the type of football you want to see played in the NFL?).

    As for this BS about “tackling with the shoulder” a.k.a. arm-tackling, that’s a great way to 1) dislocate your shoulder, 2) get run over by the ball carrier as he breaks your lame-ass tackle and 3) get your butt chewed out by your coaches. If you don’t understand that, then please stop posting here and making a public display of your ignorance of the game of football.

    Furthermore, while it is perfectly legitimate to outlaw blatant attempts to clobber an opposing player in the head (like the NFL did back in the ’70s when it made head slaps by defensive linemen illegal), it is utterly ludicrous to penalize a player for unintentional, incidental contact caused by two athletes colliding with one another at full speed. I have watched all of the hits for which James Harrison has been fined over the last two seasons and see nothing legitimately dirty with any of them. He’s just an intense, hard-hitting football player who’s very good at what he does.

    As for all of you “just play by the rules” types, Deb and other posters have correctly observed that fines for helmet-to-helmet contact have nothing to do with player safety, and everything to do with the NFL trying to cover its rear-end with respect to lawsuits from disabled former players, as well as staving off potential Congressional involvement in the matter. Roger Goodell enforces rules based solely upon the shifting winds of popular opinion, and not what’s best for the game. It’s not the players who need to adapt to “the rules”; rather, it’s Roger Goodell who needs to adapt to the game.

    The real solution to the issue of head trauma in the NFL lies with improved helmet technology, and not with vague, arbitrary and capricious fines and suspensions. Right now, the helmet, which is supposed to protect players, is, in fact, the single most dangerous piece of equipment on the field. Helmets are simply too hard. To really understand the shock involved when two helmets collide, pick up two football helmets by the facemask, one in each hand, and bang them together. The impact is substantial and, due to the hardness of the ABS plastic, a significant amount of shock is transmitted to the brain of the player. Helmet manufacturers need to experiment with softer plastics such as polyethylenes, as well as more flexible designs like the older, lace-up style lacrosse helmets. Anything would be an improvement over what they are using now.

  28. psuravens19 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:22 AM

    kidpresentable says:
    Dec 16, 2011 11:12 AM
    Pittsburgh Sports Fan: This is an outrage! Football is played by men and they’re wussifying the league. Mean Joe Greene and and Jack Lambert must be sick to their stomach.

    (flips on Penguins game)

    It’s awful that Sydney Crosby might never play again because of concussion-like symptoms.

    (fails to put 2 and 2 together)

    ________________________________

    This is great… can’t wait to see how Pitt fans react to this one.

  29. primetime0552 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:23 AM

    vincentbojackson says:Dec 16, 2011 11:05 AM

    Don’t know why any player would waste time on an appeal when it is reviewed by the same guys that handed it down in the first place.

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

    Maybe because it’s not reviewed by the same guys that handed it down in the first place.

  30. steelersmichele says: Dec 16, 2011 11:23 AM

    Just like the fines, fans won’t care about suspensions until it starts to affect their team. So many people laughed when Harrison started getting fined, yet when their players started losing money, the comments on here changed. People became outraged.

    This was the first step for Goodell. I have no doubt he is going to start suspending more players…and wait until it is for something stupid–like being a repeat offender for roughing the passer or horse collar tackles. Don’t laugh. It will happen, and when it affects your team during the playoffs, some of you will be on here complaining.

  31. cmich2006 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:25 AM

    If Ngata isn’t suspended for his next ‘infraction’ then the league is a joke…he has 4 fines in the last 2 years for taking out the QB

  32. waxthat says: Dec 16, 2011 11:27 AM

    NO EXCUSES Steelers and your obnoxious fans. Come Monday night, you’ll be crying ” well if Big Ben wasnt playing hurt and Harrison didnt get screwed by the league” blah blah blah. We wont be b**ching when Willis doesnt play and WE STILL BEAT YOU!

    On a lighter note, good luck ;)

  33. Ted says: Dec 16, 2011 11:27 AM

    +1 @ kidpresentable

  34. Deb says: Dec 16, 2011 11:30 AM

    What idiot is giving a thumbs down to qball59???? Is an intelligent, factual post that doesn’t say “nah nah nah boo boo” just too much for your brain to process?? Or is it just more fun to Steeler troll than to consider real issues that affect the lives and health of players?

    @usmarine75 …

    James Harrison’s hit on Colt wouldn’t have paralyzed anyone. That’s not the kind of hit that paralyzed Stingley … or Eric LeGrande. It’s not the kind of hit that nearly took out Kevin Everett and Dennis Byrd. This is a lot of smoke and mirrors to keep Congressional heat off the league so they won’t have to spend the money necessary to make real safety changes.

  35. kidpresentable says: Dec 16, 2011 11:30 AM

    @qball59

    Tackling with your shoulder is not arm-tackling. From Pop Warner on, you are taught to hit with your shoulders, aim your head at the side with the ball, and wrap your arms around his legs and drive through the ball carrier. If 8-year-olds can learn to tackle correctly, certainly a professional should know how.

  36. dachozen1 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:31 AM

    It’s funny how some fans of different teams are celebrating as if their team is exempt from this type of foolish discipline. There was a hit yest the announcers rightfully stated a case couldve been made for a H2H contact on a receiver linebacker play but there was a no call. I will guarantee you 2 things: 1) Harrison is 1 of many players that will eventually be suspended, 2) These hits will continue every single week until football is banned. And while we are at it, let’s stop calling this football. I think soccer is a little more tougher now and has the right to be the lone owner of that name. How else would you explain a 13-0 team with offense and defense on 2 separate ends of the spectrum. Offense 1-2 and defense 31 in the league. That definitely isnt football and is a testament to what this league has become.

  37. dirtyback says: Dec 16, 2011 11:32 AM

    I just moved here from England and I was always being told how much more awesome american football is to our rugby. Well I can now see that is complete bullsh*t!!! The thing about rugby is that these are fullgrown men placing devastating hits on each other, the same cannot be said about the NFL anymore. Rugby players dont even wear pads or helmets!

  38. gmen1987 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:32 AM

    Thank God for Commissioner Goddell. Crackdown on the criminal element of the National Football League.

  39. Deb says: Dec 16, 2011 11:33 AM

    holeinone09 says:

    Now, next time when you go to hit somebody, put your head to the side, drive your right shoulder squarely into the opponent’s midsection as hard as you can, and wrap him up with your arms.
    ————————————————
    London Fletcher tried something similar on Tom Brady. You see how that worked out. And Fletcher isn’t even the league’s favorite go-to guy when they need to distract the press from egregious failings on the part of a club. James will be accused of trying to rupture gall bladders and led in handcuffs from the field.

  40. rwmilli says: Dec 16, 2011 11:34 AM

    Philly fan here so yeah I hate the steelers, ^ post above nailed it, why are we resorting to changing the game before the equipment, at my work I was told before anything you try and find an engineering fix, last time I checked desean Jackson was wearing a helmet made to reduce concussions, after his Dante Robinson decapitation, now why aren’t all players wearing these? Not only that but be realistic throw on all the gear charge full speed at your buddy and tell me before you hit him exactly where and what he’s going to do with himself to make an attempt at avoiding you, now picture this but 4x faster because these guys are animals…the NFL is just as dumb as the NHL for not realizing they made the game this way, fans like fast paced excitement so they adjust the game to create a better fan experience, now it’s back firing and they try to blame the people playing rather than themselves. As far as leading with the helmet, when I played highschool ball I was middle backer and always told to keep my head up and drive my cage into the ball, shoulders square arms around and nail them with your upper body ” chest, shoulders, etc…” so last time I checked leading with the helmet is how were taught….not only that but you guys all say suspension hurts the team well what about all the guys saying they ducked a tackle because it wouldn’t of been legal….? It’s lose lose you Hurt your team with a suspension and you hurt your team by giving up the first down an or touchdown, quit whining and leave Harrison alone, the NFL targets him because it’s easy and he also made all the comments about goodell

  41. waxthat says: Dec 16, 2011 11:36 AM

    James Harrison should take the class:

    The fundamentals of football: Tackling 101

    Professors: Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman

  42. steelerfanforlife says: Dec 16, 2011 11:37 AM

    This is crap! You are suspending a player for making a tackle! I know just about everyone on the Steelers posts come here to bash the Steelers and I get that, however take a step back and see this for what it is! The league just suspended a player for making a tackle! And Rodney Harrison of all people should be the last person to comment on this subject!!
    What happens when someone else gets a helmet to helmet hit? What is the magic # for a suspension to occur???

  43. joetoronto says: Dec 16, 2011 11:43 AM

    Hats off to a couple of Steeler fans here, saying it the way it really is, instead of shilling for their team.

  44. rj88888 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:52 AM

    Like many other fans of football, I enjoyed the tackle made by Harrison. I waited for the slow motion replay and was greatly entertained by the hit. These pro’s are protected with state of the art equipment so they can play tackle football at a high level. To suspend a player for a great effort is very disappointing. I fear the game of football will lose it’s luster if this keeps happening. :(

  45. Soulman45 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:52 AM

    First to ask where are the men on this site.
    All these Pa$$y comments won’t the mansit down for a year kick out the league.
    Now I see why SUH can’t get a break on this site a bunch of wooosh is on it.

  46. erikinhell says: Dec 16, 2011 12:00 PM

    qball59 says:

    As for this BS about “tackling with the shoulder” a.k.a. arm-tackling, that’s a great way to 1) dislocate your shoulder, 2) get run over by the ball carrier as he breaks your lame-ass tackle and 3) get your butt chewed out by your coaches. If you don’t understand that, then please stop posting here and making a public display of your ignorance of the game of football.

    ===================================
    I coach youth football for kids in the 10-14 year old range. We teach that you tackle with your shoulder. A player is supposed to put himself in a ‘break down’ position, with his shoulders lowered and his arms set to grasp the ball carrier. They should then drive their shoulder into the midsection of the ball carrier with their head on the side of the body with the ball and the arms wrapping around the body. If they do everything right, their shoulder hits the man, their helmet hits the ball, and their arms wrap up the ball carrier around his thighs. We pull kids aside all the time that try to use their head as a weapon, for the simple purpose of keeping that kid from injuring himself. We also teach that you don’t ‘arm tackle’, as sticking your arm in the way of a ball carrier’s legs/knees/hips is a great way to break you forearm. The shoulder pads are there to be used to tackle, and the game is taught that way. I have no idea where you got your idea.

  47. habsman says: Dec 16, 2011 12:03 PM

    @Deb,

    “They just suspended a linebacker for making a tackle of a runner during a game.”

    Really? Thats all you got? Hon.

  48. takingbacksundays5 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:08 PM

    Let me try to predict some of the comments from Steelers fans:

    1) Goodell hates the Steelers (even though they have one of the largest fanbases in the NFL, and he’d have to be a real terrible business man to purposely piss them off and alienate them)

    2) Colt McCoy was a runner! (except for the fact that um, he actually passed the ball and was hit afterwards)

    3) Wahhhhhhh (self-explanatory)

  49. jeffsmoker says: Dec 16, 2011 12:10 PM

    All you people on here need to take your wifes panties off and be a man. Its Football all these players know the risks, goodell is a non player and corporate suit, he doesnt like harrison plain and simple. Im not being a homer i just feel there is no precedence set on these rulings, so harrison has had 5 or 6 flagged hits so the 6th time you get suspended or does a guy like Ray Lewis or Patrick Willis get 10 chances to break the so called rules. ITS FOOTBALL, he led with the front of the mask not the crown of his head, Harrison is the poster boy of all this because Goodell doesn’t get respect from him, So if harrison said yes master yes master, whatever you say he would be fine you give the guy the Defensive player of the year award and then you tell him he has to play defense a different way. BS

  50. 4evrnyt says: Dec 16, 2011 12:18 PM

    @qball59:”It is physically impossible to tackle a ballcarrier correctly without leading with your head. Regardless of what Roger Goodell thinks, it cannot be done.”
    —————————————————-

    Not only couldn’t you be more wrong but you’ve clearly never played tackle football before in your life which makes me wonder why you even bother posting about it.

  51. johnnyblumpkin says: Dec 16, 2011 12:22 PM

    qball59 says:
    Dec 16, 2011 11:19 AM
    It is physically impossible to tackle a ballcarrier correctly without leading with your head
    ————————————————-
    Are you kidding? The issue stems from the fact that Harrison doesn’t tackle with his head “up”. Watch the replay again. As he approaches, he drops his head down and hits McCoy with the crown of his helmet. He could have made the tackle with his head up and achieved the same results except fot the fine and suspension. PeeWee’s on up are taught to tackle heads up. I guess the physics in your world are different than ours.

  52. billyrocket says: Dec 16, 2011 12:23 PM

    Everyone likes to say that he is out of control and will never learn. It been ‎17 games, 1000+ snaps, 100+ tackles, 12+sacks and 2 forces fumbles since his last incident.

    The NFL just needs to be consistant.

  53. macbull says: Dec 16, 2011 12:23 PM

    The NFL is not focused on the real issue…

    …today’s football helmets are no better at protecting players from brain injuries than the helmets worn 40 yrs ago. The NFL continues to use the same basic helmet, with a rock hard plastic outer shell with padding and airbags added to the inside.

    Air bags and padding on the inside of a football helmet will only provide “so much” protection and obviously, it is not enough.

    The NFL is fully aware that safer alternatives have been used by some NFL players and those designs worked, protecting and extending the careers of players who wore the safer helmets…i.e., the Willie Lanier prototype and the ProCap.

    The question needs to asked of the NFL, why they do not mandate the use of these safer alternatives.

    I would much rather see safer equipment that better protected the players than the bosses at NFL Hqtrs deciding which hits are finable and which are not.

    Better and safer helmets and pads are the solution to the problem…

    Now, who is going to ask the NFL why they are not pushing for “this” solution?

  54. das14 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:26 PM

    Basketball on grass

  55. dickroy says: Dec 16, 2011 12:26 PM

    Caught the vicious little troll on another sight this morning, trying to put words in Troy Polamalu’s mouth about Tebow too.

  56. dickroy says: Dec 16, 2011 12:30 PM

    @waxthat

    There will be no excuses. The standard is the standard. If you beat us, it means you beat us!

    Go Steelers!

  57. billionsvsmillions says: Dec 16, 2011 12:31 PM

    psuravens19 says:Dec 16, 2011 11:22 AM

    kidpresentable says:
    Dec 16, 2011 11:12 AM
    Pittsburgh Sports Fan: This is an outrage! Football is played by men and they’re wussifying the league. Mean Joe Greene and and Jack Lambert must be sick to their stomach.

    (flips on Penguins game)

    It’s awful that Sydney Crosby might never play again because of concussion-like symptoms.

    (fails to put 2 and 2 together)

    ________________________________

    This is great… can’t wait to see how Pitt fans react to this one.

    ~~~ IM a Pens fan, Crosby a p*ssy Canadien. Man up, or get out of town. Just like the clowns on the browns.

  58. theglap says: Dec 16, 2011 12:33 PM

    Lambert to Lloyd and Greene to Porter to Harrison.

    Stay nasty, Pittsburgh. It’s why I, and every other Steelers fan, love you.

    I leave this comment thread with some quotes:

    “I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.” – Jack Tatum (non-Steeler but a great quote)

    “Who is Joe Namath? This is a guy who, if he played in the league today, I’d probably just go hit him late and see what he did, just for the hell of it. Joe Namath can go to hell; he can kiss my ass.” – Greg Lloyd, after NBC commentator Joe Namath accused Lloyd of playing dirty

    “I believe the game is designed to reward the ones who hit the hardest. If you can’t take it, you shouldn’t play.” – Jack Lambert.

    “If I wanted to hurt a quarterback and knock him out of the game, I’d go for his knees. When you hit him high, that’s just football.” – Greg Lloyd

    “This isn’t one of those games — unlike the commissioner and all those SOBs want it to be — to put on PBS so all the little kids can watch it, and they can show it in the classroom. It’s not a game like that. It’s a violent damn game. It’s a game that players play with anger, frustration and emotion. And’s that how I play the game. If people don’t like it, so be it.” – Greg Lloyd

    “Yes, I get satisfaction out of hitting a guy and seeing him lie there a while.” – Jack Lambert

    “Quarterbacks should wear dresses.” – Jack Lambert

  59. patriotinvasion says: Dec 16, 2011 12:34 PM

    Pats fan here. I miss the days when football was football and all we did was kill the Steelers in AFC Championship Games. (With INT’s, punt returns, and blocked FG’s for TD’s — spygate responses derailed)

  60. obithejedi says: Dec 16, 2011 12:37 PM

    I’m glad he was suspended. There is no excuse for him to hit as he does. The most recent one involving McCoy was typical of his play. He launched his body with his forearms up and leading with the crown of his helmet. He uses his body as a battering ram and goes at the opponent’s upper chest/head area. It’s clear after several years of this type of technique the NFL will no longer tolerate his behavior. The sad thing is he’s such a physical talent that if he tackled instead of doing this he’d be even better than what he is now.

  61. johntonioholmes says: Dec 16, 2011 12:40 PM

    That’s cool.

    I expect to see more suspensions. Next time Ray Lewis, Cortland Finnegan, Haloti Ngata, Brandon Merriweather, or Dunta Robinson hit someone illegally, they better be suspended.

    Or it will just be more evidence that league is favoring certain teams and players.

  62. agent6burgh says: Dec 16, 2011 12:45 PM

    Roger Goodell wants us to think this angry, unapologetic, gun-toting jerk is the reason pro football is, on occasion, violent and unsafe. But the uneasy reality is that James Harrison doesn’t make the NFL dangerous. Football makes the NFL dangerous. And it’s dangerous on every play, not just those infrequent instances when Harrison gives some quarterback’s brain a bumper-car ride around his skull.
    The players we should worry about are the ones who don’t appear on a highlight reel or an injury report or underneath James Harrison—the tackles and guards bashing each other on every snap, the fullbacks incurring tiny, unnoticed traumas on every block. What new policy will save these guys from CTE? Players will keep ramming into each other for as long as the NFL exists, no matter how many fines Roger Goodell levies.

  63. daburgher says: Dec 16, 2011 12:45 PM

    these comments are ridiculous! this was harrisons first fine this season and people are calling for assault charges and a year off?!?!?! haha you guys are INSANE. I asked someone about what they thought about james the other day… his response was that they agreed w/ the fine and then proceeded to say that he has not watched james play this year but he hears he plays dirty. I wonder how many of you are just like that guy. I am positive that most of the comments stem from personal hatred of the steelers and not actually what has taken place. Seymour punches 2 people w/ in a year and gets fined. Harrison plays football and gets suspended

  64. daburgher says: Dec 16, 2011 12:46 PM

    correction, he agreed w/ the suspsension

  65. waxthat says: Dec 16, 2011 12:47 PM

    @dickroy

    Thanks for being a realistic fan. I appreciate your response. You are absolutely right! Its all in good spirits…

    Gonna be fun Monday night!

  66. agent6burgh says: Dec 16, 2011 12:48 PM

    @patriotinvasion

    Tom Brady is the most protected pu#*ified QB in existence. Just checking, on Oct 30. 2011, how many yards did Brady throw for against Pittsburgh ?

  67. kidpresentable says: Dec 16, 2011 12:48 PM

    “~~~ IM a Pens fan, Crosby a p*ssy Canadien. Man up, or get out of town. Just like the clowns on the browns.”

    You’d think, with all of the concussion stories that have circulated the last few years, you’d have read at least one or two. If you don’t think head injuries can have lasting effects that can mess you up for years, read about Mike Webster, Justin Strzelczyk, Andre Waters, Dave Duerson, or to change industries, Chris Benoit.

  68. Deb says: Dec 16, 2011 12:51 PM

    habsman says:

    @Deb,

    “They just suspended a linebacker for making a tackle of a runner during a game.”

    Really? Thats all you got? Hon.
    ————————————————-
    ROFL … I had to give you a thumbs up on that just because it made me laugh out loud :)

    Are you a Browns fan? You need to beef up your QB. He’s too lil to play Big Boy Ball. That’s what the problem is. Sugar.
    :D

  69. weegiethompson says: Dec 16, 2011 12:54 PM

    @qball59

    Spot on. Most of these clowns never played a down in their life with pads on and yet they comment. The head will always be in the lead when making a tackle or running.

  70. browns11 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:55 PM

    The following rule should be adopted by the NFL when it comes to illegal hits to the head: “The player in violation of this rule shall be suspended as many games as the player subjected to the hit misses.”

    I’d bet this would reduce the number of helmet to helmet hits throughout the league and improve player safety. Most players would then be reluctant to lead with their head.

  71. danrooneyii says: Dec 16, 2011 12:55 PM

    waxthat says:
    Dec 16, 2011 11:36 AM
    James Harrison should take the class:

    The fundamentals of football: Tackling 101

    Professors: Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman

    —————————————

    Don’t ever put James Harrison and NaVorro Bowman in the same sentence again.

  72. qball59 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:03 PM

    @4evrnyt says: Dec 16, 2011 12:18 PM

    @qball59:”It is physically impossible to tackle a ballcarrier correctly without leading with your head. Regardless of what Roger Goodell thinks, it cannot be done.”
    —————————————————-

    Not only couldn’t you be more wrong but you’ve clearly never played tackle football before in your life which makes me wonder why you even bother posting about it.

    ————————
    Actually, while I never played in the NFL, I did play college football on a team which had a total of 26 future NFL starters, including two Hall of Famers. Furthermore, while I didn’t earn any of them myself, there are a total of four Super Bowl rings in my family, so I am going to crawl out on a limb here and say that I’ve probably forgotten more about football than you’ll ever know…

  73. agent6burgh says: Dec 16, 2011 1:09 PM

    Colt McCoy did bring the ball down and run out of the pocket – at that precise moment what is his status ? Is he defenseless or not ? What is the precise definition of “defenseless” – or is a QB “defenseless” the entire game ?
    How is a linebacker at that moment to “guess” if the QB is going to run the ball or release it ? Is the LB supposed to yell to the QB, “Hey McCoy, are you going to run the ball or release it?”

  74. jpele says: Dec 16, 2011 1:11 PM

    How can they justify suspending Harrison when absolutely nothing is done about Richard Seymore ?

    Three ejections minimal fines but all is well in Goodell’s NFL

  75. pigskinswag says: Dec 16, 2011 1:27 PM

    There was no way this suspension was going to be overturned. This was a non-story

  76. srobert1117 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:31 PM

    I can’t say I have ever seen a guy try to tackle a RB the way that Harrison tackled McCoy. He jumped and lead with his head. If Harrison’s helmet ended up getting McCoy around the waist there would have been no penalty and no suspension. He jumped lead with his helmet and pushed McCoy down after he hit him with his helmet. The only value in going high is if you though the QB was going to throw it and you wanted to knock down the pass.

  77. waxthat says: Dec 16, 2011 1:37 PM

    @danrooney

    you’ll be eating crow in a couple years. james harrison is a psychopath. Good for you, buddy. Good for the steelers. I’ll take Willis and Bowman.

  78. erikinhell says: Dec 16, 2011 1:37 PM

    agent6burgh says:
    Dec 16, 2011 1:09 PM
    Colt McCoy did bring the ball down and run out of the pocket – at that precise moment what is his status ? Is he defenseless or not ? What is the precise definition of “defenseless” – or is a QB “defenseless” the entire game ?
    How is a linebacker at that moment to “guess” if the QB is going to run the ball or release it ? Is the LB supposed to yell to the QB, “Hey McCoy, are you going to run the ball or release it?”

    ===================================
    Browns fan here.
    Harrison did not get suspended for hitting McCoy. He got suspended for using the crown of his helmet against a QB. Even though McCoy was running, had left the pocket, and was close to the line a scrimmage, the rule book states that he gets the same head protection as a QB if he throws the ball. Harrison could have broken McCoy in half if he’d hit him anywere but the head, and there would have been no suspension, fine, or flag.

    Harrison has been a headhunter his entire career. He leads with his head a lot. I actually said something to a steeler fan friend of mine earlier this year, that Harrison had stopped leading with his head so much. I guess he just fell back into his usual pattern.

  79. flavadave10 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:45 PM

    Harrison probably got the suspension because he has a history. Fines clearly aren’t getting the message across to him, maybe suspending him will get it across. That being said, Harrison does get a bit of an unfair reputation.

    This goes far beyond protecting the QB. Harrison did a helmet-to-helmet hit. All helmet to helmet hits should be illegal and penalized. There are some things that are a little bit more important than a “game”. One of those things is brain injuries.

    And whoever said Ngata did a helmet to helmet hit, nice try but he led with his helmet.

  80. hehateu says: Dec 16, 2011 1:56 PM

    hell suspend him for life if you want-he’s rich, besides we’ll just grow more linebackers

  81. westclaims says: Dec 16, 2011 1:58 PM

    Good, that sets a tone. If he does it again (and he will just to test it and to show he doesn’t have to play by the rules), it will be more games.

  82. vaphinfan says: Dec 16, 2011 1:59 PM

    Do RBs get penalties for running over DBs? Do WRs get penalites for cracks on DBs or LBs? Both of these things happen with helmet to helmet contact and maybe they have been called but I have never seen it. All the NFL wants to do is score more points to try get more money from more fans to be entertained. I get tired of watching games where you can barely hit a player. They know the consequences and they still play the game.

  83. dickroy says: Dec 16, 2011 2:01 PM

    I didn’t see Harrison launch himself or jump.

  84. thom4msu says: Dec 16, 2011 2:04 PM

    Thom90876

  85. njhitman says: Dec 16, 2011 2:08 PM

    ducksouped says:Dec 16, 2011 11:00 AM

    does everything in Pennsylvania suck this much? I mean i know the state is pretty much a waste, and the people are weird, but i mean come on. State seems kinda rapey to me.
    ————————————————
    And what state are you from and cell block ?

  86. habsman says: Dec 16, 2011 2:09 PM

    @Deb,

    First “Hon” and now “Sugar”………….people are going to start talking.

    Been a Pat’s fan since Jim Nance, Babe Parilli, andGino Capalletti. (dating myself).

    Always enjoyed your posts but I think you’re way off base on this Harrison issue. He deserves every second of his suspension. He says he wont change so he’ll be sitting more games in the future if he continues to spear QB’s in the head.

    Anyway, I’m done with this until Mr. Harrison spears his next victim. Hope we see the Steelers in the AFC title game.

  87. thom4msu says: Dec 16, 2011 2:10 PM

    “I wouldn’t piss on Goodell if he was on fire”. Didn’t win any favors with that line. (pretty sire)

  88. dowhatifeellike says: Dec 16, 2011 2:16 PM

    Maybe Harrison should take some wrestling lessons. The best tacklers I ever played with were also on the wrestling team.

  89. flavadave10 says: Dec 16, 2011 2:21 PM

    @vaphinfan:

    Actually, they should if it’s a helmet to helmet hit. All helmet-to-helmet hits should be illegal. If you want to know what taking hard hits to your head can do to you, look at Muhammad Ali. Thanks, I’ll sacrifice a small part of a GAME to help make sure that players’ brains can actually function correctly when they retire.

    They don’t just hurt the guy that gets hit either. Look at the McGahee-Clark… collision for lack of a better term.

  90. dickroy says: Dec 16, 2011 2:35 PM

    In this fast hard hitting game of football, if we get to the point where every time two helmets touch each other I hope they just get penalized and not suspended.

  91. okiesteeler says: Dec 16, 2011 2:52 PM

    I am a bigtime Steeler fan. I do not have any problem with the penalty, fine, and suspension. The problem I have is the inconsistencies of the referees and the league. In the same game Browns vs. Steelers, Big Ben comes back from his injury and the first hit he takes is a DL right at his knees, no flag, no fine!! All I ask for is consistency in the calls, fines, and suspensions!!

    Also, all this talk about tackling correctly is absurd. You can break down lead with your shoulder and at the moment of impact, the runner can move, as he should to avoid the tackle, and the target area is now totally different then intended. I am not saying this is what happened to Harrison, so back off trolls. I am saying at the speed NFL players play at, a tackler can target the midsection with his shoulder, head off to the side and when the target adjusts to avoid the tackle, the area of impact is going to be different then expected.

  92. lawyermalloy says: Dec 16, 2011 2:53 PM

    What a NITWIT!

  93. dickroy says: Dec 16, 2011 2:59 PM

    @okiesteeler

    I agree with you on the inconsistencies. I have seen Ben take hits late and to the head with the Ref looking right at him and not throw a flag.

    Heck, Pretty Boy Tom can draw a flag by throwing up both arms and looking at the Ref.

    I do not agree with Harrison suspension, only the penalty.

  94. qball59 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:12 PM

    @erikinhell

    While I applaud your involvement in youth football, I believe the tackling technique you are teaching is fundamentally flawed.

    The most secure means of bringing down a ballcarrier is to try to put your center of mass, i.e. your facemask, on his center of mass, meaning his chest. If you put your head to one side or the other of the ballcarrier, then it just becomes that much easier for him to break your tackle to the side away from your head.

  95. PantySTEELER says: Dec 16, 2011 3:23 PM

    As a REAL Steeler fan(not a delusional unclassy bandwagon hopping douche) I can admit that hit was dirty. This moron could of simply gone at his chest and probably would have still accomplished his goal of taking him out of the game with a possible broken rib and not concussed the kid. Harrisson is a moron and is not reflective of our coach Tomlin who I believe is a decent straight up man. Even his teammates think he’s coo coo for coco puffs(look up Farrior’s comment about his first impression of this retard). I hope a playoff contender in desperate need of a pass rusher gives us a high draft pick so we can finally be rid of this cancer.

  96. erikinhell says: Dec 16, 2011 3:24 PM

    qball59 says:
    Dec 16, 2011 3:12 PM
    If you put your head to one side or the other of the ballcarrier, then it just becomes that much easier for him to break your tackle to the side away from your head.
    ===================================
    That’s why we also stress wrapping up. Shoulder in the midsection, facemask on the ball, arms around his hips or legs, and drive through the ball carrier is the optimal tackle. How many times have you seen a defender pound the hell out of a ball carrier an not wrap up, just to see the ball carrier keep running? As long as your shoulders are lined up with your hips, you can provide the most leverage and power on a tackle.

  97. dowhatifeellike says: Dec 16, 2011 3:24 PM

    qball59 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:12 PM

    @erikinhell

    While I applaud your involvement in youth football, I believe the tackling technique you are teaching is fundamentally flawed.

    The most secure means of bringing down a ballcarrier is to try to put your center of mass, i.e. your facemask, on his center of mass, meaning his chest. If you put your head to one side or the other of the ballcarrier, then it just becomes that much easier for him to break your tackle to the side away from your head.

    ——
    If you think a defender’s center of mass is his facemask, you need some science lessons. The center of mass is just above the hips for everyone.

  98. danrooneyii says: Dec 16, 2011 3:24 PM

    @waxthat

    I’ll take a psychopath who is a former DPOY and made the most remarkable defensive play in a SB history. Speaking of psychopaths, you don’t see Harrison throwing punches like Goldson on the field.

    Our linebacking core has been the best in the league for years. I’ll take Harrison, Timmons, Farrior and Woodley any day over your crew. Keep getting giddy but remember your team has been an embarrassment this decade.

  99. qball59 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:35 PM

    @dowhatifeellike said:
    If you think a defender’s center of mass is his facemask, you need some science lessons. The center of mass is just above the hips for everyone.

    I stand corrected re the defender’s center of mass; however, he still needs to lead with his face mask when making a tackle.

  100. kidpresentable says: Dec 16, 2011 3:39 PM

    “The most secure means of bringing down a ballcarrier is to try to put your center of mass, i.e. your facemask, on his center of mass, meaning his chest. If you put your head to one side or the other of the ballcarrier, then it just becomes that much easier for him to break your tackle to the side away from your head.”

    What’s more important? Making the tackle or walking off the field when the clock reads 0:00? These rules about leading with the head are there to protect the tackler as well as the ball-carrier.

  101. qball59 says: Dec 16, 2011 4:11 PM

    @erikinhell

    Assuming the ballcarrier is carrying the ball in his right hand, if the tackler puts his head on the side of the ballcarrier’s body where the ball is, then the only way for him to wrap up with his left arm is to reach across his own body to try to grab the ballcarrier’s right leg. In doing so, his upper body mass is going to move to the left, and eventually to the side, of the ballcarrier. Once that happens, the bulk of his mass is no longer in the line of travel of the ballcarrier, plus his right arm is going to be extended which further weakens his hold on the ballcarrier, making it that much easier for the tackle to be broken.

    On the other hand, by putting his face mask squarely in the ballcarrier’s chest, he can wrap up the ballcarrier using the equal, balanced strength of both arms, as well as keeping his own body mass and momentum squarely in the line of travel of the ballcarrier.

  102. qball59 says: Dec 16, 2011 4:23 PM

    @kidpresentable

    You are confusing leading with the head with spearing. They are not the same thing.

    Leading with the head means having your head up, your neck bulled and your eyes on the ballcarrier when making a tackle. This is textbook technique.

    Spearing is launching yourself at the ballcarrier with your head and eyes down, and striking him with the very top, or crown, of the helmet. It is an excellent way for the defender to suffer a broken neck and has been illegal for most of the last half-century. No NFL player tackles like this; in fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a high school player doing it.

  103. woski767 says: Dec 16, 2011 4:37 PM

    @twitter:Chapman_Jamie

    Hey dingleberry!! JH was actually talking about doing yard work. So get your facts straight before flying off at the mouth.

  104. packerfantastic says: Dec 16, 2011 5:36 PM

    If James Harrison is concerned about Goodell making the game soft, perhaps he should trade in the weapon of a helmet he uses now and replace it with the old-time leather helmet. I wonder if he would still lead with his head like he does now.

  105. Deb says: Dec 16, 2011 5:59 PM

    @habsman …

    You go back far enough to appreciate what you have now :) I’d like to give Harrison a V-8 whomp occasionally, and would have been okay with a flag and even a fine on this. But can’t support the suspension. It really doesn’t matter how linebackers hit–that’s not going to stop long-term brain damage associated with playing football. And Goodell knows it. The league needs to invest in new helmet technology. James may need to wise up and make some adjustments, but that doesn’t absolve the league of its responsibilities to players. Goodell is just scapegoating people instead of fixing systemic problems because that’s cheaper.

  106. ilikesteveyounggirls says: Dec 16, 2011 6:14 PM

    danrooneyii says: Dec 16, 2011 12:55 PM

    waxthat says:
    Dec 16, 2011 11:36 AM
    James Harrison should take the class:

    The fundamentals of football: Tackling 101

    Professors: Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman

    —————————————

    Don’t ever put James Harrison and NaVorro Bowman in the same sentence again.

    —>I agree. NaVorro Bowman has too much class and will be a way better LB, don’t insult him like that!

  107. jimmer2372 says: Dec 16, 2011 6:28 PM

    erikinhell — What responsibility does the offensive player have?

    More importantly based on what you teach about putting your head into the ball how do we know that is not what Harrison meant to do. All it takes is for the ball carrier to lower his head a little and you have …well what we saw. Like we see countless times.

    So many haters here . You nuts cannot even think straight . The mind reading also is incredible. Please.

  108. jimmer2372 says: Dec 16, 2011 6:29 PM

    oh and I have to add I have seen almost no comments from the haters even admitting that MCCoy was a runner. You can just feel the hate and envy. I will know the Steelers are a bad football team when the hate ends.

  109. steelcurtainn says: Dec 16, 2011 7:04 PM

    GODell should Stand! Stand Right on the Hines Field in his skirt so Silverback can run him right over.

  110. antibenapalooza says: Dec 16, 2011 7:10 PM

    Harrison is just another example of what is wrong with the Steelers today. The first example is Pig Ben Rottenberger.

    At least they got it right in blurring out the victim in this photo. There is another photo floating around with someone other than the victim blurred out (her sorority sister) by mistake.

  111. steelersownyou says: Dec 16, 2011 7:49 PM

    @antibenapalooza…..that ho in milledgeville followed ben to 3 different bars…there would of been evidence. But the skank swallowed all of it! DTF…

  112. mrlynch33 says: Dec 16, 2011 8:24 PM

    danrooneyii says: Dec 16, 2011 12:55 PM

    waxthat says:
    Dec 16, 2011 11:36 AM
    James Harrison should take the class:

    The fundamentals of football: Tackling 101

    Professors: Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman

    —————————————

    Don’t ever put James Harrison and NaVorro Bowman in the same sentence again.

    —————————————

    WOW!! DanRooneyii has some serious learning to do. Bowman has over double the tackles that Harrison has this year…..Bowman ranked 8 in tackles with 113, Harrison is ranked 133 with 52 tackles.

    Also, this is Bowman’s first year as a starter….It only took Harrison until his fifth year in the NFL to get 101 tackles.

  113. colliedogg says: Dec 16, 2011 9:27 PM

    You what hitting dudes like that gets you? DPOY. Ask Troy.

  114. jimmer2372 says: Dec 16, 2011 10:02 PM

    AntiBen you realize that is old news. Hey but at least you recycle right?

    I love the losers who give thumbs down and aren’t smart enough to give a reasoned response. heh.

  115. dmobey says: Dec 16, 2011 10:14 PM

    What brilliant analysis!!!!

    “It doesn’t matter that Harrison is a cheap shot artist; they’ll be brain damage anyway.”

    Are you serious???

    “Hey, it doesn’t matter that Bathroom Ben is a rapist. It’s unlikely they would remain a virgin for life anyway.”

    Wow.

    Just wow.

    ***************************************
    Deb says:
    Dec 16, 2011 5:59 PM
    @habsman …

    You go back far enough to appreciate what you have now I’d like to give Harrison a V-8 whomp occasionally, and would have been okay with a flag and even a fine on this. But can’t support the suspension. It really doesn’t matter how linebackers hit–that’s not going to stop long-term brain damage associated with playing football. And Goodell knows it. The league needs to invest in new helmet technology. James may need to wise up and make some adjustments, but that doesn’t absolve the league of its responsibilities to players. Goodell is just scapegoating people instead of fixing systemic problems because that’s cheaper.

  116. dmobey says: Dec 16, 2011 10:18 PM

    Maybe someone should chop block him and cripple him for life.

    After all, wouldn’t want to make the game soft.

    Oh no, that’s different. That’s a cheap shot.

    Pittsburgh fans have as little class as their team.

    If that’s possible.

    ***************
    packerfantastic says:
    Dec 16, 2011 5:36 PM
    If James Harrison is concerned about Goodell making the game soft, perhaps he should trade in the weapon of a helmet he uses now and replace it with the old-time leather helmet. I wonder if he would still lead with his head like he does now.

  117. critter69 says: Dec 17, 2011 6:30 AM

    Andre’s Johnson wrote:
    “For some reason, I think it’s funny that you always say that Art Shell and Ted Cottrell are jointly-appointed by the leage and union. Okay, we get it.”

    Unless you include the Stiller fans in that ‘we get it’, we do get it.

    But if you include the Stiller fans …

  118. critter69 says: Dec 17, 2011 6:38 AM

    qball59 wrote:
    “It is physically impossible to tackle a ballcarrier correctly without leading with your head.”

    Then there should be a flag on EVERY hit. But there isn’t, because players have learned to tackle without leading with the head. Some learned it from their first coach; some in high school; some in college; some as a pro (depending on what age they were when the rules changed).

    Oh, and a QB is carrying the ball on almost every play, even if they eventually throw it. How do you think the ball gets 5, 10 or more yards from the Center before the QB throws the ball in the direction of a Receiver and/or gets sacked?

  119. critter69 says: Dec 17, 2011 7:33 AM

    packerfantastic,

    LOL at your reference to the old leather football helmet.

    When I was in college (NAIA college, in the early 70s), one of my roommates had one of those leather helmets (as a souvenir), and it was OLD then! Some of the members of the football team commented that even they would not be foolish enough to wear one of them in a game.

    And to those who are talking about faceguards? Ever look at some of pictures of games between teams after they went to the hard shell helmets? The QB was usually the only member of the team with a ‘face guard’ – a single horizontal bar across the face at about the ‘mouth line’ – an attempt to protect the teeth of the QB?

  120. qball59 says: Dec 17, 2011 11:05 AM

    critter69 says: Dec 17, 2011 6:38 AM

    qball59 wrote:
    “It is physically impossible to tackle a ballcarrier correctly without leading with your head.”

    Then there should be a flag on EVERY hit.

    Yes, and that is exactly why players are so upset with what Goodell is doing: they very well COULD be a flag on every hit. The fact that there isn’t only serves to underscore the arbitrariness of the fines, and now suspensions, being handed down by the league.

    It’s also why players say they can’t, and won’t, change their technique, since doing so would mean either 1) running backwards into the ball carrier or 2) being decapitated.

    Of course, a third option would be playing with their heads stuck up their a**es, but we’ll have to defer to the league office for instruction on that technique since they appear to be the foremost authorities on the subject…

  121. pravin68 says: Dec 17, 2011 5:43 PM

    For the genius who thought he could get Pittsburgh fans on hypocrisy by pointing out the Crosby issue, here is some news. When Matt Cooke a fan favorite was suspended , hurting an already depleted team for the playoffs, guess what, Pens management and Pens fan went along with the punishment without much whining. Harrison does deserve something, but his last 3 infractions have all been borderline enough where you could say his actions on the field are an improvement over his past. His first two or three were incurred when there was still a lot of confusion about the rules in the NFL.

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