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Mike Tomlin joins Competition Committee

Steelers coach Tomlin looks at the scoreboard as he talks with safety Polamalu missed a tackle allowing Texans running back Foster to score a touchdown during their NFL football game in Houston Reuters

Steelers players now have one less reason to complain about safety rules.  Their coach has joined the body that helps make them.

The NFL announced on Tuesday that Mike Tomlin will become the newest member of the Competition Committee.  He replaces former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected to the Competition Committee by Commissioner [Roger] Goodell,” Tomlin said.  “I am excited for the opportunity to help maintain and strengthen the NFL game, and I look forward to contributing any way that I can.”

“Coach Tomlin will bring additional strength to the Committee from the coaching perspective,” Goodell said.  “Mike has strong, perceptive views about the game and is effective in expressing them.   We look forward to his contributions to the Committee’s ongoing mission to improve the game.”

Part of Tomlin’s contributions could be getting his players to buy in.  The volume (both in number and sound) of past complaints from Steelers players about changes to safety rules and the enforcement of rules already on the books suggested that the players were, to a certain extent, repeating things they heard in meeting rooms and at practice from their coaches.  The NFL likely sensed that dynamic as well during the 2011 season; Tomlin and owner Art Rooney received an invitation to meet with Goodell after safety Ryan Clark received a $40,000 fine for a hit that Clark said Tomlin praised in the film room.

If Tomlin has been privately saying things to his players that cuts against the league’s efforts to make the game safer, it’ll be interesting to see how he sells to the locker room the fact that he will now be part of the body that he and his players previously believed to be part of the problem.

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119 Responses to “Mike Tomlin joins Competition Committee”
  1. kylexitron says: Apr 9, 2013 1:04 PM

    A Stealer on the competition committee would be like hiring the shoe bomber to work for nike quality control.

  2. Pimpin' aint easy unless you are Chuck Norris says: Apr 9, 2013 1:07 PM

    Great, now next years asinine rules proposals will include:

    Players must pretend to be really tough and intense, and have an expression on their face similar to being constipated while also having an agonizing tooth ache. They must also ensure that their beard and hair is flawless prior to interviews…

  3. whatnojets says: Apr 9, 2013 1:09 PM

    Must be broke!

  4. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 9, 2013 1:11 PM

    kylexitron | Apr 9, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT
    A Stealer on the competition committee would be like hiring the shoe bomber to work for nike quality control.

    Sorta funny, but makes no sense what so ever. He is a coach you are not therefore his opinion in such matters means something..yours means you can type.

  5. chawk12thman says: Apr 9, 2013 1:12 PM

    First item of business for Tomlin is to get rid of the fad, read option offense.

  6. kylexitron says: Apr 9, 2013 1:13 PM

    Retroactive bonus paychecks to be distributed to officials of SBXL.

  7. bigbenownsthenfl says: Apr 9, 2013 1:13 PM

    Can’t wait for the anti steeler hate comments! The Steelers are like most of your moms when you were growing up. We beat you all the time!

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 9, 2013 1:14 PM

    Well as long as the subject is raised again, then I will reiterate that Goodell is full of BS and if he truly wanted to be on a mission to improve the game then he could prove that by stepping aside and letting somebody with a better vision for the game take over.

  9. gator2006 says: Apr 9, 2013 1:17 PM

    How does getting nominated for office “humble” you? It is the opposite. Same for people who say winning championships is “humbling.” What?

  10. marvinlewismiracleworker says: Apr 9, 2013 1:18 PM

    All potential rule changes must have involved at least one concussion related incident…

  11. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 1:19 PM

    Why? It won’t give them an advantage. They’re still going to remain irrelevant. Its a cold lonely place in the AFCN basement Pittsburgh. Cheers!

  12. folkcrusader says: Apr 9, 2013 1:22 PM

    Is he gonna be able to phone a friend like Dick LeBeau or Bruce Arians for like, football questions?

  13. lightcleric says: Apr 9, 2013 1:24 PM

    If he doesn’t reach out to Omar Epps and use this to play mind games with Goodell I will be very disappointed.

  14. morganstan100 says: Apr 9, 2013 1:24 PM

    He’ll probably try and ban the long arm of Flacco from picking apart his pathetic secondary.

  15. cornellsteelers says: Apr 9, 2013 1:32 PM

    The Steelers had the best pass defense in the league last season. There are many here who would be well served to do some research prior to spewing their ignorance for all to see.

  16. mwatts1 says: Apr 9, 2013 1:32 PM

    @bigbenownsthenfl says:
    “Can’t wait for the anti steeler hate comments! The Steelers are like most of your moms when you were growing up. We beat you all the time!”

    Who did you beat last year? Last time I checked your division rivals won the Superbowl and the Steelers missed the playoffs.

    Not a who lot going on in Pittsburgh (aka the city with the ugliest people in America…look it up, lolz)

  17. morganstan100 says: Apr 9, 2013 1:37 PM

    cornellsteelers says:
    Apr 9, 2013 1:32 PM
    The Steelers had the best pass defense in the league last season. There are many here who would be well served to do some research prior to spewing their ignorance for all to see.

    How does losing half your games translate into having the best pass defense? Games aren’t won on stats, they are won on points and when it counted the most, that pitiful secondary laid an egg.

  18. CKL says: Apr 9, 2013 1:42 PM

    I wish he had been there when Polian was on the CC. One would have thought that Fisher being a former defensive player would have been enough to slow down all the ridiculous pro offense nonsense, or maybe get PI in the mix to be changed but no. And I didn’t expect Dungy to be against anything Polian wanted when Dungy was associated with the CC.

  19. swirv78 says: Apr 9, 2013 1:43 PM

    Mike Huff… LOL! Dalton,Weden and Ben.. And let’s say everyone else on there schedule is going to destroy the Ravens D.. No ILB’s, and no Safeties = 7-9 season… One loss away last season from full turmoil in Baltimore last year..And throwing the pieces away from preventing that from happening = 7-9.. No leadership = 7-9 ..The Raven fans, might have taken over Dallas fans for the most bandwagon fans in the country??

  20. krispyone says: Apr 9, 2013 1:44 PM

    morganstan100 says:
    Apr 9, 2013 1:24 PM
    He’ll probably try and ban the long arm of Flacco from picking apart his pathetic secondary

    Again not knowing what you are talking about, do you ever think before you speak??? Last year the Steelers had the best pass defense in the league, and in 2 games against them, Flacco had a 54.5 completion % (36-66) for 1td and 1int. and a 68.5 QB rating. I wouldnt even come close to saying thtats picking them apart, but I guess if this is what you call picking them apart I can see why your happy with Flacco

  21. krispyone says: Apr 9, 2013 1:48 PM

    And in those 2 games he had a grand total of 352yds or a average of 176ypg….yup that picking them apart

  22. krispyone says: Apr 9, 2013 1:51 PM

    morganstan100 says:
    Apr 9, 2013 1:37 PM
    cornellsteelers says:
    Apr 9, 2013 1:32 PM
    The Steelers had the best pass defense in the league last season. There are many here who would be well served to do some research prior to spewing their ignorance for all to see.

    How does losing half your games translate into having the best pass defense? Games aren’t won on stats, they are won on points and when it counted the most, that pitiful secondary laid an egg

    Well you are the one who said he picks them apart, and the only way you can tell if a QB picks a secondary apart are by his numbers against them. Dont you ever get tired of showing you dont know what you are talking about?? You and Ravenator must be best friends!!!

  23. crosberries says: Apr 9, 2013 1:53 PM

    Great you’ll be on it for one year till you get fired after another disappointing season. Along with drafting terribly again thinking he can help guys with character issues by finding “Christ”. Get rid of him already he had almost a mistake a game in the coaching department and wants to be buddy buddy with all the players. The inmates are running the asylum and it shows

  24. lovefootball4life says: Apr 9, 2013 1:53 PM

    I’m not a Steelers fan and it isn’t hard for me to find reasons not to like them but I’m surprised no one jumped on the implication that the only reason Tomlin was added was to control his players. Maybe he was added because he is a winning coach of a physically tough team.

    Arg, now I feel like I have to wash my hands after typing that…

  25. swirv78 says: Apr 9, 2013 1:55 PM

    And I would rather hear about my coach looking like Omar Epps.. Or having a tight fade, with a perfectly groomed beard.. Than hearing stories about my coach playing with his easy bake oven with his brother as kids..

  26. morganstan100 says: Apr 9, 2013 1:57 PM

    Hey krisyone, did you have a confetti parade over all those meaningless stats?

  27. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 2:13 PM

    Tomlin is just setting up his next job when he gets fired for leading the steelers to a 4-12 record and last place in the division. Seriously, what a pathetic franchise. Their fans are going to suffocate themselves with their steeler snuggie this year. Cheers!

  28. krispyone says: Apr 9, 2013 2:20 PM

    morganstan100 says:
    Apr 9, 2013 1:57 PM
    Hey krisyone, did you have a confetti parade over all those meaningless stats

    No but what I did have was a laugh at your expense, from you not knowing what you are talking about. Nice to know that you cant say anything that would prove you right!!! It must suck not knowing what you are talking about all the time, like you.

    And just to let you know they werent meaningless stats, they are stats that proved you wrong, so I guess they did have some meaning!!

  29. MasMacho says: Apr 9, 2013 2:21 PM

    Presumably this will lead to a more physical brand of football, instead of the Mike Holmgren, Jeff Fisher (soft) brand we get today.

    “Take the head out of the game?” how about “Take your head out of your *** and let people play football.”

    Tomlin seems an ideal selection for fans that prefer the physical game. I hate the Stillurs, but I’m hoping he can do some good.

  30. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 9, 2013 2:21 PM

    Our greatness knows no bounds.

  31. morganstan100 says: Apr 9, 2013 2:27 PM

    Ravenator,
    where are you getting 4 wins? Steelers are going to be swept by the AFC and NFC North. Oakland and Tennessee whipped them last year so the beatdowns should be even more bloody this time. Then, they have to deal with rebuilt Miami, and Buffalo. And do you seriously think they can beat NE on the road? HAHAHAHA! That leaves only the Jets whose quarterback is …. wait … TEBOW!!! 1969, here we come!!!

  32. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Apr 9, 2013 2:28 PM

    morganstan100 says:
    Apr 9, 2013 1:57 PM
    “Hey krisyone, did you have a confetti parade over all those meaningless stats?”
    ——————————
    54.5 completion % (36-66) for 1td and 1int. and a 68.5 QB rating are pretty meaningful as per the discussion of Joe Flacco’s long arm being a factor in the two games played against that pathetic Pittsburgh secondary.

    You sir, got called out for spewing baloney on a football message board. Take ownership of that fact, learn from it, and try again later.

  33. lovefootball4life says: Apr 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    swirv78 let’s try grammar and punctuation. For starters, sentences end with a period. Just one period.

    For your rant about the Ravens going 7-9 next year I notice that it is one loss more than the Steelers last year. Be careful throwing stones about lack of leadership and losing key pieces. Not too long ago we were reading articles about the lack of leadership in the Steeler locker room and it was confirmed by the great Hines Ward.

  34. swirv78 says: Apr 9, 2013 2:35 PM

    Will one Raven fan, please tell me who is taking over for Lewis as your team leader?? You have 3 pro bowlers on the D.. Who is the other 8?? And what are you guys going to do when Flacco has his annually sub par games? I’m so happy you guys won.. Cause, now you guys kept Flacco.. And it makes it too easy for the rest of the NFL..

  35. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 2:44 PM

    swirv78 says:
    Apr 9, 2013 2:35 PM
    Will one Raven fan, please tell me who is taking over for Lewis as your team leader?? You have 3 pro bowlers on the D.. Who is the other 8?? And what are you guys going to do when Flacco has his annually sub par games? I’m so happy you guys won.. Cause, now you guys kept Flacco.. And it makes it too easy for the rest of the NFL..

    ———–

    Not as easy as slicing that swiss cheese you call an offensive line. Your team is a disaster. I encourage you to prove to me otherwise. The last sniff of success you had in a postseason and you lose to Tim Tebow…but oh yes – the future looks soooo bright when you restructure contracts pushing cap dollars into the future as that player ages and his talents decline. That’s what I call effective management. I swear, Colbert couldn’t run a fast food franchise let alone an NFL team. He alone has put your team into at least a five year blackhole. 8-8 was just the beggining – it will get much worse this season and this I promise you Pittsburgh. Cheers!

  36. lovefootball4life says: Apr 9, 2013 2:45 PM

    swirv78 whatever names we offer for the leadership of Ravens you will find ways to tell us we are full of crap. You can’t bait us into that nonsense.

    We’ll see what happens next year. For now, Ravens are still World Champs and reloading while Steelers are reloading after 8-8 and no playoffs.

  37. steeltroll says: Apr 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    When Flacco reverts next year, the nfl blog forums are going to be so much fun. Elite!

  38. ridnaway says: Apr 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    The Steelers were getting close to overtaking the St. Louis Cardinals as the whiniest team in pro-sports. But then James Harrison left. This reduced their cry-quotient by about half. Once Troy Pitypartylu retires they’ll be off the map again and vying with Jacksonville for the annual 1st round draft pick.

  39. steeltroll says: Apr 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    Ravenator thinks he’s British.

  40. swirv78 says: Apr 9, 2013 2:49 PM

    ….Your right Hines is great!>>?? I don’t throw stones…….. Just give facts!!!!????? You guys Stink! And it’s so true that you didn”t even sign Flacco last year..,,@@@! Cause you had no faith !!>>.&& So enjoy till September!!??:: Cause I could only imagine how horrible it was to lose to us in the Playoffs in those miserable 4 consecutive years.. !! $$ Where you band wagoned fans did nothing but complain, cry and point fingers!! How you like them stones??/<<..# Cause people that point out grammar points?? Are ticked off about something in a comment!!!??)()(

  41. steelcurtainn says: Apr 9, 2013 2:51 PM

    I’d say someone just got schooled. I love jealous fans who envy the steelers that post the same stuff every time I read an article on the steelers. The steelers may not win every year but they truly are the class of of the afc north not the ravens, bengals or browns.

  42. swirv78 says: Apr 9, 2013 2:52 PM

    I got all the Raven trolls Fired up! LOL! Just like your team a fragile mess!!>>>##@ Later Trolls!>> LOL!

  43. citizenstrange says: Apr 9, 2013 2:57 PM

    If the Steelers go for the third season in a row with no playoff wins this year is Tomlin on the hot seat or is he bullet proof?

  44. steeltroll says: Apr 9, 2013 2:58 PM

    @ Swirv78. Don’t lie. You’re coked up right now, aren’t you?

  45. peytonwantsaflag says: Apr 9, 2013 3:08 PM

    well, good – now we don’t have to worry about a new rule banning the unleashing of hell.

  46. swirv78 says: Apr 9, 2013 3:08 PM

    No Coke here. Just fun times getting people fired up with words. And a comment to this story. Tomlin will help the committee out. Fisher is a Roger robot. It’s better than a Harbaugh on the committee. Cause that would include the other brother,Jack, the mom,and videos of family picnics. Another overrated Thanksgiving game. And probably the Manning brothers too. Who Knows? I never thought there would be bigger divas than the Mannings?

  47. baltimoresnativeson says: Apr 9, 2013 3:11 PM

    Im a Ravens fan but this is a good idea. Tomlin loves smash mouth football so he might help prevent more powder puff rules from being instated.

  48. lovefootball4life says: Apr 9, 2013 3:13 PM

    Funny I don’t feel schooled and I’m not fired up but I am bored. If you just give facts then why are you speculating how we fans felt a few years ago? You are speculating on why Flacco didn’t get a deal done last year? You’re stating your opinion about the fragility of the team. If you don’t know you don’t have facts. Never mind. This is now getting boring too.

  49. swirv78 says: Apr 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    Your still talking? LOL!

  50. mullman76 says: Apr 9, 2013 3:18 PM

    @78: You’re a hot mess.

  51. swirv78 says: Apr 9, 2013 3:25 PM

    And Then?

  52. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 9, 2013 3:28 PM

    What are you smoking – since when is an 8-8 team who misses the playoffs considered the class of the north? Did the Pittsburgh special education instructors teach you this?

    Hey meathead your record has nothing to do with class as you eloquently prove on a daily basis.

  53. getyourownname says: Apr 9, 2013 3:28 PM

    Does this mean fewer posts from Steeler fans claiming he’s a bad coach and should be fired?

  54. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 3:49 PM

    Now I am a meathead? LOL – youre losing it Private Pyle

  55. ravenatorisreallyawoman says: Apr 9, 2013 3:53 PM

    Finally, someone who believes in smash mouth football. I hope this helps in decision making on the rules?

  56. steelcurtainn says: Apr 9, 2013 3:54 PM

    @ravenator
    Just because you go 10-6 on the season and luck out against denver on a bomb doesn’t mean your the class of the afc north. The steelers were 8-8, a two mere games behind Baltimore. We’ll see how far Baltimore gets this year with all their leadership gone. You want to talk more division titles in the afc north, baltimore doesn’t come close to the steelers. Yes, making the steelers the class of the afc north. Now get back in your own cold basement and keep your idotic remarks to yourself.

  57. mikebrownfaux says: Apr 9, 2013 4:02 PM

    Or it would be interesting to hear in the meetings, in the that uncomfortable setting, we he is constantly in opposition of changes being made..

  58. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 4:04 PM

    All their leadership gone? In case you missed it, Flacco lead his team to a superbowl. 11TDs, 0 picks – when’s the last time Ben threw up those stats. Oh wait, he didn’t. Under Caldwell, Flacco has been lights out – go ahead, prove me wrong. You are just hating because your franchise is in the dumps. It’s okay to admit it, in fact, it’ll help ease the pain of this upcoming season. Cheers!

  59. stainlessstill says: Apr 9, 2013 4:11 PM

    What are you smoking – since when is an 8-8 team who misses the playoffs considered the class of the north? Did the Pittsburgh special education instructors teach you this?

    —————

    AFC NORTH HISTORY

    The AFC North was formed in 2002.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers lead in division championships at 5.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the AFC North in Super Bowl appearances at 3.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the AFC North with Super Bowl victories with 2.

    The AFC North’s playoff record against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL playoffs is 0-4 (Browns 0-1, Bengals 0-1, Ravens 0-2.)

    Facts don’t lie. Now go back to that cold and lonesome basement where you belong and think about the statement you’ve just made about “class”!

  60. ravenatorisreallyawoman says: Apr 9, 2013 4:12 PM

    Mate, you couldn’t be more right with those stats. But, There were a lot more reasons your team won the Super Bowl. And most of those reasons are gone now. The Ravens have no leaders now. So, all the attention turns solely to Flacco. The pressure is on now. Cheers!

  61. tomthebombtracy says: Apr 9, 2013 4:15 PM

    Yep, these internet assasin comments are why PFT will soon follow other blogs in requiring a Facebook coordination where people will be identified…and reachable….and thus responsible with what they post. Happened with the Pittsbugh Ghost Gazette and what a difference.

    Ravenator will have to get a new life…that is, if had one.

  62. staff2cj says: Apr 9, 2013 4:16 PM

    Kudos for the committee for hiring a minority. I believe they’ve played the game before too. Thank you Roger Goodell

  63. stainlessstill says: Apr 9, 2013 4:18 PM

    All their leadership gone? In case you missed it, Flacco lead his team to a superbowl. 11TDs, 0 picks – when’s the last time Ben threw up those stats. Oh wait, he didn’t.

    ————————

    Anquan Boldin called. He wants his MVP trophy back without the red-bow tied to it that Rahim Moore put on it.

    Also, the last time Big Ben lead his team to the Super Bowl was in 2010, for the THIRD time. Again, stats don’t lie. I’ll bet the HOUSE Joe Flacco won’t SNIFF another Super Bowl appearance AGAIN but that’s an easy one. Cheers.

  64. nysteelerfan says: Apr 9, 2013 4:20 PM

    Tomlin is just setting up his next job when he gets fired for leading the steelers to a 4-12 record and last place in the division. Seriously, what a pathetic franchise. Their fans are going to suffocate themselves with their steeler snuggie this year. Cheers!
    ————————————-
    Seriously? A pathetic franchise? I sit here and read all the stupid stuff you write, and that’s fine b/c that’s what trolls do. But to actually say that the Pittsburgh Steelers are a “pathetic franchise” is just ridiculous. All it proves is A) you no nothing about football, B) you only hear what you want to hear and only see what you want to see, C) you think that the NFL started in 2012, and D) you are someone who is never to be taken seriously, at all. Ever.

    Yes, the Steelers had an off year. It happens. Yes, the Ravens won the super bowl. Congrats.
    But a pathetic franchise? Not a chance.
    You sir, are the pathetic one.

  65. kenstabler says: Apr 9, 2013 4:21 PM

    Now just kick Jeff (rule changer) Fisher off the committee, and I will be happy.

  66. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 4:26 PM

    The beauty of all these posts is that you reference the past, and by past I mean the last time the Steelers could call themselves competitive. We all know now that this is not the case. Pittsburgh will be lucky to finish at the .500 mark again. All I can say is prepare yourself. I will be here all season to say I told you so. As a consolation though and to show my good faith, I encourage the travelling Pittsburgh fans to meet me at M&T Bank Stadium for some crab cakes. It’s the least I can offer for the drastically disappointing season you all will endure.

  67. ravenatorisreallyawoman says: Apr 9, 2013 4:30 PM

    Mate, we don’t like crab cakes. We like real food. When we were are right with our comments. You sir will run like a baby. You have commented over 10 or more comments to this post. You sir need a life. Cause times are about to get tough in Baltimore. Cheers!

  68. sportsfrenzy says: Apr 9, 2013 4:38 PM

    Haters everywhere !

  69. yepurwrong says: Apr 9, 2013 4:39 PM

    nator you know you’ve never gone to a game in Baltimore before. if i had to guess i’d say you live in PA and are surrounded by Stiller fans and that’s why you hate your life.

  70. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 4:40 PM

    Tough times? We just won the superbowl and the team got younger and better in the one area of weakness – the defense. The only tough times coming are for Ben when he has to scramble every passing play cause Sizzle and Doom are breathing down his neck. Are you suggesting your oline will stop them? Hahah that my friend is hilllllaaaaarious Oh and FYI – I have many steeler friends and they all seem to thoroughly enjoy our crabcakes. You must be in the minority.

  71. getyourownname says: Apr 9, 2013 4:40 PM

    stainlessstill says:
    Apr 9, 2013 4:18 PM
    I’ll bet the HOUSE Joe Flacco won’t SNIFF another Super Bowl appearance AGAIN but that’s an easy one. Cheers.
    ****************
    Too bad Lamar Woodley’s humiliation teach you anything. This IS a house in Pittsburgh, right? OK, I’ll put up equivalent value, as soon as I can find my paper clip collection. Cheers.

  72. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 4:46 PM

    yupurwrong – Actually I live in the city in a rediculous condo and I goto every game via skybox ala season ticket holder. Get on my level.

  73. ravenatorisreallyawoman says: Apr 9, 2013 4:49 PM

    Mate, Could you give me the recipe for these crab cakes? Cheers!

  74. yepurwrong says: Apr 9, 2013 4:49 PM

    You didn’t win a thing. My hometown Ravens won and I’m pretty sure you’re not on the roster. I know what a crab cake is I know a lot of things about Maryland. You cheers boy are a fake.

  75. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    Clearly I did not play on the team – do I really need to state that? I swear the stupidity of some people – smh

  76. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    yupurwrong – Actually I live in the city in a rediculous condo and I goto every game via skybox ala season ticket holder. Get on my level.

    But if this is true what are you doing posting EIGHT times on the same thread meat head. Some life in your lonely condo with mom. You sir are truly a lost soul.

  77. ravenatorisreallyawoman says: Apr 9, 2013 4:56 PM

    Mate, what do you do? To have this lavish lifestyle that you claim to have. And post 1,100 comments a week on Steelers Posts on Pro football Talk. Cheers!

  78. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 4:58 PM

    The key is to use 100% real crab meat – no filling, no substitutes. When outside of Baltimore and I see a menu that says Maryland Crab Cakes, I simply scoff.

  79. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 9, 2013 4:58 PM

    yupurwrong – Actually I live in the city in a rediculous condo and I goto every game via skybox ala season ticket holder. Get on my level.

    To get on your level I would have to shrink down to fit under a dime . A mind is a terrible thing to waste…. I feel for you…no I take that back…

  80. yepurwrong says: Apr 9, 2013 4:59 PM

    lol funniest comment ever. ravenatorisreallyawoman wins.

  81. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 5:00 PM

    You all do realize the power of media devices right? Theres this crazy thing called a cell phone, an IPAD, a laptop, a desktop, and now I can even use my TV to post on the internet. Does Pittsburgh not have this technology?

  82. yepurwrong says: Apr 9, 2013 5:05 PM

    what are you doing? you lost. that means you have to go away. you can try again tomorrow with the same comments about snuggies and afc basements your love of ozzie but today you are done.

  83. ravenatorisreallyawoman says: Apr 9, 2013 5:07 PM

    Mate, Times are tough in the Burgh! There is a shortage of crab meat here. Cheers!

  84. stillers213 says: Apr 9, 2013 5:08 PM

    It’s always the same pathetic idiots posting ridiculous statements here. Have any of you ever had a reasonable or intelligent conversation online or otherwise?
    Ravenator: From what I can tell, I’m pretty sure that I would not be able to watch a football game with you without having to beat your arse by halftime. Don’t worry, I will be sure to say “cheers” when I’m done with you. :)

  85. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 5:08 PM

    No I will be done when it’s time to take my dog out to drop a steeler.

  86. yepurwrong says: Apr 9, 2013 5:12 PM

    Good times but I gotta get to my JV baseball game tonight. You’ll never make varsity without hard work. Cheers to all us real people from Baltimore and not the ones who watched 2 seasons of the wire.

  87. stainlessstill says: Apr 9, 2013 5:17 PM

    yupurwrong – Actually I live in the city in a rediculous condo and I goto every game via skybox ala season ticket holder. Get on my level.

    —————————

    Good for you! So that means you’ve probably witnessed all 9 times the Steelers whooped you in Baltimore? (Steelers alltime record in Balty is 9-8; 13-7 in Pittsburgh including an 3-0 playoff mark and an 21-15 overall series) including Charlie Batch’s recent performance? I’d hate us too as bad as you do.

    You say we focus on the past in head to head matchups. So lets talk present. How does Charlie Batch’s butt taste? Crab-like?

  88. ravenatorisreallyawoman says: Apr 9, 2013 5:22 PM

    Mate, Does your condo have it’s own dog park? Cheers!

  89. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 5:26 PM

    Yes let’s talk present – you make this too easy btw – just last year it was Pittsburgh fans clamoring saying Baltimore fans are celebrating a regular season victory like it was a superbowl. Well now looks who’s celebrating a regular season win over a division rival as the crowning moment of their season. Meanwhile, I was too busy sampling the jambalaya from our New Orleans Superbowl victory. You keep celebrating that Charlie Batch win, I will keep reminding you of Tebow and the fact that that the Ravens are defending superbowl champions – a position you would desperately like to be in. Cheers!

  90. youcallthatreporting says: Apr 9, 2013 5:27 PM

    You say we focus on the past in head to head matchups. So lets talk present. How does Charlie Batch’s butt taste? Crab-like?

    Isn’t that circular logic to not talk about the past and head to head matchups but then use a head to head matchup in the regular season in the past as an example? You can have the Charlie Batch win. Its all you got to show for the season.

  91. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 9, 2013 5:29 PM

    ravenator | Apr 9, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT
    No I will be done when it’s time to take my dog out to drop a steeler.

    You be good to your dog ….it’s the only person who could love you …and he has to because because your mom is vie for your attention meathead. Be sure to pick that steeler up you dont want to litter that pitiful city you call home.

  92. ravenator says: Apr 9, 2013 5:33 PM

    Actually, the neighborhood has its own dog park but no we just have a steeler drop zone area marked off

  93. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 9, 2013 5:41 PM

    ravenator | Apr 9, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT
    Actually, the neighborhood has its own dog park but no we just have a steeler drop zone area marked off

    Figures….you just let stuff pile up in that beautiful city. So fashionable that charm city. A joke of course. If J Hopkins wasn’t there it would e condemned as a toxic waste dump.

  94. ravenatorisreallyawoman says: Apr 9, 2013 5:42 PM

    Mate, that’s amazing! You are truly nothing but pure class. And you represent Raven fans tremendously! the city of Baltimore is lucky to have you. and when i think about raven fans? You will be on top of that list. Your an inspiration lad. Cheers!

  95. chillyball says: Apr 9, 2013 5:49 PM

    Just think, the Vikings could have had Tomlin over Chilly. What was Ziggy thinking?

    Ziggy, bring back Meathead! (Mike Tice).

  96. morganstan100 says: Apr 9, 2013 5:53 PM

    Ravenator,
    Suffice to say you have Torry Smith’d this crowd to death. You are witty and clever. They heave mindless insults at you and Baltimore. But guess what? Their team still finished 8-8. They got Tebowed the last time they were lucky enough to get into the post season. And they blew their last chance at a SB, something the Ravens have never done. So, good luck, Steelers. Say hi to the fans in Oakland and New England and give our best to Tim Tebow and Aaron Rodgers. You remember them, right?

  97. stainlessstill says: Apr 9, 2013 6:07 PM

    just last year it was Pittsburgh fans clamoring saying Baltimore fans are celebrating a regular season victory like it was a superbowl.

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    Over a simple victory? I don’t think so, I mean, *GASP!* the Steelers have lost to the Ravens before but the week 9 Gatorade baths sure was, in fact, hilarious! That right there is the reason why Baltmore will always be second fiddle, even in the midst of having one simple season to gloat! I just want you back when the Ravens tank. Too funny.
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    Well now looks who’s celebrating a regular season win over a division rival as the crowning moment of their season.

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    Lmao, the 2012 Steelers were doomed before the opening kickoff of week 1! We lost our whole draft class and lost every key puzzle to injury in a transition year. To go into Baltimore as frail as we were with Charlie Batch and beat you on your home turf was nothing short of hilarious from circumstance. No Gatorade baths, though! And to think we were 3 points away with Byron Leftwhich 2 weeks earlier.

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    I will keep reminding you of Tebow and the fact that that the Ravens are defending superbowl champions – a position you would desperately like to be in. Cheers!

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    Ohs nos, we lost to Tim Tebow in a playoff game. What am I ever so going to do? Big deal, Denver was a playoff team representing a division on their home turf against a beaten down Steelers team that lost their bite. Anything can happen in the NFL playoffs… ANYTHING. Tim Tebow and Joe Flacco are proof of this. Almost makes you think that Tony Romo is next!

    In a nutshell, I love your attitude. Keep it up. You have no idea what it’s like being defending champions and that bigmouth of yours will find out real quick what it’s like to keep it shut after coming back down to Earth. It will happen. Don’t act like we’ve never been there. We’ve done it 2 times this decade and 6 times overall.

    You’re a fool if you think the collapse can’t happen to you in one short year. Gloat now, obviously a Lombardi gives you bragging right, but that wears off. Baltimore is no different than the Johnny-Come-Lately’s and their still nothing special to be a threat LONGTERM like the Steelers ALWAYS will be.

    Second fiddle, Balty. That’s all you ever will be regardless of present, and short lived, success’s. Cya in September!

  98. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 9, 2013 6:13 PM

    morganstan100 | Apr 9, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT
    Ravenator,
    Suffice to say you have Torry Smith’d this crowd to death. You are witty and clever. They heave mindless insults at you and Baltimore. But guess what? Their team still finished 8-8. They got Tebowed the last time they were lucky enough to get into the post season. And they blew their last chance at a SB, something the Ravens have never done. So, good luck, Steelers. Say hi to the fans in Oakland and New England and give our best to Tim Tebow and Aaron Rodgers. You remember them, right?

    My guess sir is you wouldn’t know witty or clever if it ran over you. Then again a room temp IQ makes you think strange things like ravenator. Enjoy you brief stay at the top ladies your luck and karma are about to pay a visit.

  99. steeltroll says: Apr 9, 2013 6:13 PM

    The first mistake is bothering to respond to Ravenator. Why feed a troll? I mean, look at the play offs and SB appearances and wins under Colbert. But Raventor makes posts about how clueless Colbert is. This is just one example.

  100. stainlessstill says: Apr 9, 2013 6:21 PM

    The first mistake is bothering to respond to Ravenator. Why feed a troll? I mean, look at the play offs and SB appearances and wins under Colbert. But Raventor makes posts about how clueless Colbert is. This is just one example.

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    It’s simple logistics into feeding the troll because trolls, in the end, always go back down to the crap-pile they came from under. This guy forgets that the NFL doesn’t stop at year 2012 and his pompousness attitude makes for a good ribbing for future preference. It’s all good, Balty fans have one season winning it all and puff their chest out to alltime lengths. Mistake #1.

  101. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 9, 2013 6:41 PM

    ravenator says:
    Apr 9, 2013 4:40 PM
    Tough times? We just won the superbowl and the team got younger and better in the one area of weakness – the defense. The only tough times coming are for Ben when he has to scramble every passing play cause Sizzle and Doom are breathing down his neck. Are you suggesting your oline will stop them? Hahah that my friend is hilllllaaaaarious Oh and FYI – I have many steeler friends and they all seem to thoroughly enjoy our crabcakes. You must be in the minority.

    3 4 Friends? We talkin friends? ….funny how can a boring idiot have friends, besides his/her dog? Stop lying tool

  102. scoobies05 says: Apr 9, 2013 6:44 PM

    for those of you posting that the ravens had no faith in flacco and didnt offer him a contract before he won the superbowl…you couldnt be more wrong. flacco turned down a grear offer from the ravens because he thought he could get a better one. basically joe bet on himself and won. being super bowl mvp will do that for you. and for all of you steeler fans who predict the demise of the ravens because they have no leaders…who is on the steelers that provides leadership? your qb is falling apart…your hall of fame safety has one leg. and no one wants to play for your team so you have to keep extending deals to your current players. face it steeler fans…the rivalry is now in favor of the ravens. go ravens!

  103. steeltroll says: Apr 9, 2013 6:47 PM

    In Ben’s defense, Ngata can punch him the face, break his nose, and Ben can then still beat the Ravens. Just sayinnnnnnnnnnnn’!!!!

  104. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 9, 2013 6:49 PM

    Lol this thread is full of Steeler and Ravens zombies. Its like an episode of the Walking Dead with the infection spreading in the middle of a game between the two teams.

    Lol

  105. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 9, 2013 6:50 PM

    scoobies05 | Apr 9, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT
    for those of you posting that the ravens had no faith in flacco and didnt offer him a contract before he won the superbowl…you couldnt be more wrong. flacco turned down a grear offer from the ravens because he thought he could get a better one. basically joe bet on himself and won. being super bowl mvp will do that for you. and for all of you steeler fans who predict the demise of the ravens because they have no leaders…who is on the steelers that provides leadership? your qb is falling apart…your hall of fame safety has one leg. and no one wants to play for your team so you have to keep extending deals to your current players. face it steeler fans…the rivalry is now in favor of the ravens. go ravens!

    Back on LSD again scoobie? I am sure you found the white suit….ssshhh stop being a raven troll like ravenator you are better than that. How’s the slashers statue collections going? You better guard my eight ent donation.

  106. Deb says: Apr 9, 2013 7:09 PM

    I’m thrilled to have Mike on the Competition Committee because it means he’ll have a better chance of being heard. But it doesn’t necessarily mean the Steelers–or any other players concerned about the integrity of the game–will have less reason to complain. Lately Goodell has been initiating changes to the safety rules, usually without doing any research to determine whether they’ll actually make the game safer. And what Goodell wants, Goodell gets no matter what anyone on the Competition Committee thinks about it.

  107. scoobies05 says: Apr 9, 2013 7:39 PM

    my buddy nofool. long time no argue. how have you been my friend. i guess its not much of an arguement when you didnt refute anything i said. guess the truth is sinking in. not much of a drug user but i did like the lsd comment…very 60’s of you. last rumor i heard was you had the white suit and wore it to disco nite at the local watering hole. and your 8 cent gift is under lock and key. got special plans for it. its really gonna help make the statue look awesome. hope all is well in pittsburgh and i eagerly await your response

  108. ravenatorisreallyawoman says: Apr 9, 2013 7:42 PM

    I just want to say, the Ravens are best thing since crab cakes. and there is no leadership in the Raven locker room. The biggest thing the Raven fans will have this upcoming season. Will be when they announce on the Thanksgiving game between the Ravens an 49ers, which Harbough brother will play Santa at the Harbaugh family Christmas party? Cheers!

  109. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 9, 2013 7:56 PM

    scoobies05 | Apr 9, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT
    my buddy nofool. long time no argue. how have you been my friend. i guess its not much of an arguement when you didnt refute anything i said. guess the truth is sinking in. not much of a drug user but i did like the lsd comment…very 60′s of you. last rumor i heard was you had the white suit and wore it to disco nite at the local watering hole. and your 8 cent gift is under lock and key. got special plans for it. its really gonna help make the statue look awesome. hope all is well in pittsburgh and i eagerly await your response
    Momma said never to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person, especially one from Baltimre. You have no answer for the white suit and never will which is why IiNever take you seriously

  110. andylucksneck says: Apr 9, 2013 8:27 PM

    Just what the NFL needs….. Another self righteous egomaniac on the competition committee. Is it just me? Or do the fans of the 31 other teams (other than the steelers) wince when this guy is on the mic. Seriously, if he could open his eyes any wider, he would have an act in a circus show. I can’t stand him. That all being said……. He is a very good coach, and his players do play hard for him. So with a little bit of dislike, there is some praise as well.

    HTTR!!!!!!

  111. scoobies05 says: Apr 9, 2013 8:31 PM

    i gave you my opinion once and i will be happy to give it again. everything in the case says that ray killed no one and i believe that. the two men that died that night started the fight. rays friends acted in self defense. thats all in the record. ray got blood on the suit and panicked and probably destroyed the suit. he tried to cover up what happened and thats where the obstuction of justice comes in. he paid his penalty. time to move on. the country that you defended put him thru their legal system. he paid his penalty. but folks like you who refuse to look at facts..thats why you cant be taken seriously. i guarantee if ray was a steeler…well i cant say you would have a different opinion but i am sure you would take more time to learn about what happened

  112. contract says: Apr 9, 2013 9:00 PM

    Steeler players have had issues with Roger Goodell … not the rules committee.

  113. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 9, 2013 10:26 PM

    I like the move. Tomlin is one guy who I think will try to maintain the integrity of the game as we all have known it to be for years. As long as he doesn’t become a Goodell butkissin’ sell out like Jeff Fisher.

  114. steelcurtainn says: Apr 9, 2013 11:00 PM

    Let me first point out that I am not a raven hater and really have no reason to be, the steelers have had great success against bmore, having swept them 3 times in the post-season. Secondly, the ravens are going to find out the hard way this year getting back to the post season is going to be very difficult much less getting to the superbowl. The steelers had to go through it so now will the ravens, not hating but its gonna happen. The steelers have lots of work to do themselves especially on the offense side of the ball, leadership issues as well but the comment made about the steelers qb falling apart, polamalu having on one leg and no one wanting to play for the steelers is just such nonsense…..I’m sure there are tons of players who would love to play for Big Ben and the great organization of the steelers.

  115. mlbbal52 says: Apr 10, 2013 12:51 AM

    I’m a Raven fan and I like Tomlin hes a good coach…not sure why all the hate…

  116. scoobies05 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:06 AM

    you make very good points. truth is i respect the steelers. its the fans that post on here that make the same insane points about the ravens that causes these responses. the ravens and the steelers are clearly two of the marquee franchises in the league. rivalry between fans aside, anyone who doesnt admit that is nuts. and to the same point anyone who doesnt think that right now today the ravens are better is also nuts. the ravens have the longest playoff run in the league and are coming off a superbowl win. they lost a lot of guys off an aging defense and have done a great job replacing them on paper. what will happen..we will wait and see. as far as ben…he is getting older and has been beat up. same with troy. these are 2 great players but injuries are taking their toll. i hope they can recover..makes the rivalry better

  117. morganstan100 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:32 AM

    You can’t compare Ravens and Steelers like that. First, Ravens DID make it back to the playoffs and won after winning a SB, something the Steelers never could do in modern times. Second, Ravens aren’t stuck with a scandalized quarterback but rather an elite passer who proved to the world that he can shine not only under the pressure of competition, but under the financial pressure of trying to get a contract. He’s a good person and represents the decent hard working people of Baltimore well. He doesn’t stand up there and read non apology apologies in order to salvage his career. He doesn’t disobey rules by endangering himself. He doesn’t go out and get rip roaring drunk for all the world to see. He’s an asset not a constant embarrassment and when he gets knocked down, he gets back up again and makes his team and Baltimore proud. Every year he has played he has led his team into the post season and won.

  118. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Apr 10, 2013 9:45 AM

    It’s been difficult watching this contest to crown the Coolest Kid on the Short Bus. Florio please add a poll so the people can decide.

  119. morganstan100 says: Apr 10, 2013 11:29 AM

    Personally, I think ALL the kids on the “short bus” are cool and deserving of respect. Make fun of something else, bully.

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