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Steelers won’t be docked a draft pick for Tomlin’s sideline incident

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As the new league year begins, some lingering business from the previous one has been concluded.

The NFL has informed the Steelers that no draft picks will be taken or modified as a result of last year’s sideline incident involving coach Mike Tomlin.

In the second half of an eventual loss to Baltimore, Tomlin strayed toward the sideline during a kickoff return.  He eventually had a foot in the field of play as Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones approached.  Tomlin flinched and jumped out of the way, and Jones cut to the inside.  Though he was then caught from behind, it wasn’t clear that he would have made it to the end zone even without Tomlin’s interference.

Tomlin was fined $100,000, and the league explained that adjustments could be made to a 2014 draft pick.  Further punishment would have been more likely if the four points the Ravens didn’t score on the drive (they settled for a field goal) had been the difference between qualifying for the postseason and staying home.  But the Ravens missed the playoffs without that tiebreaker being relevant.

In a footnote that Ravens fans would be tempted to call karma, the Steelers eventually missed the playoffs due to a missed call in the Chiefs-Chargers game that would have given Kansas City another shot at a game-winning field goal.  Instead, the Chargers won the game — and bumped Pittsburgh out of the postseason field.

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116 Responses to “Steelers won’t be docked a draft pick for Tomlin’s sideline incident”
  1. troy43mvp says: Mar 20, 2014 2:52 PM

    Of course they won’t. The whole thing was over blown in the first place.

  2. doe22us says: Mar 20, 2014 2:56 PM

    Much ado about nothing honestly, now we can finally lay this to rest.

  3. blackngold4life says: Mar 20, 2014 2:56 PM

    Waits….

  4. bengcolt says: Mar 20, 2014 2:57 PM

    Ok, then we better not see the Colts being docked for their owner’s mistakes.

  5. jetslakersfan says: Mar 20, 2014 2:58 PM

    Not a Steeler but they shouldn’t.

  6. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 20, 2014 2:58 PM

    The Steelers are fortunate there. That could have gone either way.
    Under the circumstances, though, with Tomlin being fined like that, and the incident not being relevant to any outcome, it was probably the right call.

  7. skleech22 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:58 PM

    If this were the Pats…..that game tape would have been destroyed by now!!!

  8. flash1283 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:58 PM

    In a footnote that Ravens fans would be tempted to call karma, the Steelers eventually missed the playoffs due to a missed call in the Chiefs-Chargers game that would have given Kansas City another shot at a game-winning field goal. Instead, the Chargers won the game — and bumped Pittsburgh out of the postseason field.

    Way to drum up the trolls Florio. Always good to get those hits.

  9. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 20, 2014 2:59 PM

    hahahahaha….let the hatred of the 6 time Lombardi wines wash over you like the sands of time……..how sweet it is!!!

  10. 49erdynasty says: Mar 20, 2014 2:59 PM

    Convenient: NFL releases this on a day most people are focused on NCAA MM.

  11. FlashPatterson says: Mar 20, 2014 2:59 PM

    Its ok to cheat for some people.

  12. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 20, 2014 2:59 PM

    hahahahaha….let the hatred of the 6 time Lombardi wins wash over you like the sands of time……..how sweet it is!!!

  13. rhamrhoddy says: Mar 20, 2014 2:59 PM

    Ol’ Tippy Toes got away with one there!

  14. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 20, 2014 3:00 PM

    hahahahaha….let the hatred of the 6 time Lombardi wins wash over you like the sands of time……..how sweet it is!!

  15. youtubeingravenvids says: Mar 20, 2014 3:00 PM

    That’s crap. But whatever. moving on.

  16. nflsecurity862 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:00 PM

    Yeah, why discipline blatant cheating.

  17. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 20, 2014 3:00 PM

    Ian Rapoport strikes again!

  18. seatt1ej0nes says: Mar 20, 2014 3:00 PM

    Looks like the Steelers are still getting the NFL to cheat for them. Just like a certain superbowl a while back… Oh well, Steeler fans, your team continues to suck while we have the best team in the league. #KissTheRing

  19. seaeagle707 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:01 PM

    Awww c’mon! At least cut off his small toe. What is this, the sissy league?

  20. fedupincleveland says: Mar 20, 2014 3:01 PM

    Another example of Rooneys power over the Commissioner.

    There is no way an organization should not be penalized for having a coach that blatantly cheated.
    Any other NFL teams coach interfere with play on the field, and there would have been much harsher penalties.

    Ridiculous.

  21. kylexitron says: Mar 20, 2014 3:02 PM

    Of course not. Steelers are above reproach. SBXL robbery.

  22. coonsqualler says: Mar 20, 2014 3:02 PM

    Don’t understand. 95%of other franchise would have been docked. Rooney must have something on NFL front office…

  23. baltimorons says: Mar 20, 2014 3:02 PM

    How could the steelers be fined yet the cheating rats in New England get nothing for their latest scandal?

  24. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 20, 2014 3:02 PM

    League office looked at what’s been happening to them this off season and said “we can’t punish them, they are hurting bad enough”

  25. scw1993 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:02 PM

    The Ravens’ Jones could have been seriously injured by Tomlin if he didn’t have the presence of mind to cut quickly as he ran. Steelers should have been fined a lower draft pick, or, at least some additional consequence. Other teams are heavily punished for lesser offenses. What was that smile on Tomlin’s face after the incident?

  26. richheddleson says: Mar 20, 2014 3:03 PM

    Ratbird fans are whining everywhere…..

  27. steelerfanjo says: Mar 20, 2014 3:04 PM

    Wow… Goodell isn’t going to create a new rule once again top punish Steelers. Maybe he feels sorry for the fact that allof our players are being signed by other teams on a daily basis, while Steeler management does nothing. Ring 7 is not coming this season. Colbert is a joke – suspend him Goodell for failure to field a team.

  28. wakaflaccoflame says: Mar 20, 2014 3:05 PM

    The Steelers aren’t relevant. They should try doing something like recently winning a Superbowl, like the Baltimore Ravens. And not failing to make the postseason 2 seasons in a row … Like the Baltimore Ravens.

  29. pbastille says: Mar 20, 2014 3:06 PM

    My lost respect for Tomlin is penalty enough. Used to love that guy…

  30. djstat says: Mar 20, 2014 3:06 PM

    Bunch of BS

  31. blackbug99 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:07 PM

    A fair result. A 100K fine isn’t peanuts. This “gunners” running out of bounds thru the teams is BS. Get rid of that nonsense!

  32. jtm12180 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:07 PM

    Oh sweet Jesus…cue the whiners

  33. cheapseater says: Mar 20, 2014 3:07 PM

    Why would the eventual importance of the game play into the punishment?

  34. DaveKShape says: Mar 20, 2014 3:07 PM

    I’m shocked.

  35. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Mar 20, 2014 3:07 PM

    “Wow… Goodell isn’t going to create a new rule once again top punish Steelers. Maybe he feels sorry for the fact that allof our players are being signed by other teams on a daily basis, while Steeler management does nothing. Ring 7 is not coming this season. Colbert is a joke – suspend him Goodell for failure to field a team.”
    ——————–
    Shush! This thread is for butthurt Raven fans.

  36. mudmandenny says: Mar 20, 2014 3:08 PM

    Once again Roger`s kissing Rooneys patootie.

  37. russellwilsonismymvp says: Mar 20, 2014 3:08 PM

    Jones should have ran him over and face-planted him.

  38. bodybysnake says: Mar 20, 2014 3:09 PM

    Of course not, just another slap on the wrist just like when Dr. Rydze was caught having massive quantities of HGH and Anabolic Steroids to the Stealers team facilities in 2006, a “naughty naughty” and a slap on the wrist.

    Goodell and Co need to just come out and put it on record Pitt and New England are invincible under his watch.

  39. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Mar 20, 2014 3:09 PM

    I just “thumbs-upped” every Raven fan post (so far). I need the laughs today, keep em coming!

  40. 12444uggg says: Mar 20, 2014 3:10 PM

    We’ve got an idea of how Tomlin really is now, punishment enough, I suppose.

  41. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 20, 2014 3:11 PM

    Well duh.
    It’s not like he videotaped opponents practices, or lied on injury reports or anything…

  42. blackngold4life says: Mar 20, 2014 3:11 PM

    You right about Colbert..But he’s a Pittsburgh guy..he wont be going anywhere any time soon

  43. flexx91 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:11 PM

    Must still suck to be a Saints fan knowing what was allegedly said (money paid to injure other players) by the coaches never actually happened on the field. Yet they lost draft picks and the head coach was suspended for an entire year. Yeah, the NFL definitely didn’t want the host team playing in the Super Bowl that year…..

  44. aceakking says: Mar 20, 2014 3:13 PM

    Stealers need to be docked for cheating the referee-apologized SB40.

  45. ravensbob says: Mar 20, 2014 3:16 PM

    Steelers are on their way back. James Harrison and his AARP card say so.

    What a joke that team has become.

  46. chief0727 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:16 PM

    Bad precedent being set by the NFL. What’s to keep some other coach this year from “accidently” stepping into the path of the guy with the ball to try and prevent a score. Based on what happened to Pittsburgh, the penalty is a public reprimand and a $100,000 fine. That unbelievably is couch change to today’s million dollar coaches.

  47. mumfio says: Mar 20, 2014 3:17 PM

    I don’t get the hate here. He was overly fined $100,000, that should be more than enough. Why should the team be penalized for a spur of the moment mistake by the coach?

    The refs probably should have awarded a TD on the play due to interference but didn’t. That’s not the Steelers fault.

  48. randallwoodfield says: Mar 20, 2014 3:18 PM

    Jones should have just put his head down and stuck the crown of his helmet in the base of Tomlin’s skull. He would have turned Tomlin into a babbling gork retard, just like Roethlisberger.

  49. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 20, 2014 3:18 PM

    Looks like the Steelers are still getting the NFL to cheat for them. Just like a certain superbowl a while back… Oh well, Steeler fans, your team continues to suck while we have the best team in the league. #KissTheRing

    The ring says it all. No problem if you kiss THE RINGS .
    Your lips will be very sore skippy and stop crying about a SB from so long ago.

  50. sbchampsagain says: Mar 20, 2014 3:20 PM

    The punishment was actually much worse than losing a single draft pick.

    Goodell is actually punishing the Steelers by making them keep Colbert as their GM indefinately.

  51. sumkat says: Mar 20, 2014 3:21 PM

    was there anybody that thought the NFL was going to penalize the Steelers? Of course not

    Should they have lost a pick? Yes. If Tomlin didn’t get suspended (which he didn’t).

    A 100k fine is useless, Tomlin doesn’t care, and it certainly doesn’t help the Ravens any

    Tomlin SHOULD of been fined the 100k, and suspended the rest of the year. Which would of happened it it was the Jags, or the Raiders or something, but was never going to happen to the Steelers

  52. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Mar 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    “Jones should have just put his head down and stuck the crown of his helmet in the base of Tomlin’s skull. He would have turned Tomlin into a babbling gork retard, just like Roethlisberger.”

    ———–
    YOUR QB IS A BIG MEANIE-FACED BOOTIE HEAD!!

  53. dbfan4ever says: Mar 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    Wow! That is awful decision. Please tell me that the front offense doesn’t believe Tomlin’s story that it was unintentional?! The tape don’t lie.

  54. dbfan4ever says: Mar 20, 2014 3:23 PM

    Wow! That is awful decision. Please tell me that the front offense doesn’t believe Tomlin’s story that it was unintentional?! The tape don’t lie.
    ————————————————————

    Oops that was supposed to read NFL front office not front offense!

  55. citizenstrange says: Mar 20, 2014 3:26 PM

    Tomlin blatantly cheated and then blatantly lied about cheating and got away with it.

  56. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 20, 2014 3:28 PM

    Jones should have just put his head down and stuck the crown of his helmet in the base of Tomlin’s skull. He would have turned Tomlin into a babbling gork retard, just like Roethlisberger.

    I am sure this would have satisfied your bloodlust…..right? Why are their so many knuckle dragging mouth breathing drooling raven trolls. The water in Baltimore needs to be checked.

    Funny the biggest babies on this thread are raven trolls who won the bloody game. Sssshhh it’s over.

  57. sumkat says: Mar 20, 2014 3:29 PM

    BTW, for all the Steelers fans talking about the “massive” fine Tomlin got, it was roughly 1.5% of his salary.

    That’s right, even after blatatnly cheating, and getting fine, he made over 300k JUST FOR THAT GAME (that included the -100k for the fine)

    Just becuase it would be a massive fine for you, doens’t make it one for him

  58. weepingjebus says: Mar 20, 2014 3:29 PM

    “incident involving coach Mike Tomlin”?

    You mean when he demonstrably used the bigscreen jumbotron to gauge just how close to time his interference with pending TD return, and then leapt out of the way at the last second to then smirk at his success?

    That “incident”?

  59. skippynj says: Mar 20, 2014 3:30 PM

    So the demonstrably false allegations of bountygate, including a federal judge who ruled that the NFL had clearly overstepped its bounds with reference to Vilma, costs the Saints money, 2 2nd rd. draft picks and its coach a one year suspension which blows up an entire season with an elite qb in his prime, while Tomlin purposely interferes with a player on the field in prime time and the team gets diddly. Thanks Rodger. Your inconsistency remains consistent.

  60. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Mar 20, 2014 3:35 PM

    Get it all out…let the world know how you feel! There there everything will be ok :)

  61. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Mar 20, 2014 3:39 PM

    Thread needs more tears and posturing.

  62. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 20, 2014 3:39 PM

    wahhhhh mommy big bad steelers beat my team all my life. I hate them. wahhhhh…lol lil girls

  63. mumfio says: Mar 20, 2014 3:43 PM

    skippynj,
    Should the team lose any draft picks over a stupid mistake by the head coach? Should the Colts lose draft picks because Irsay got a DUI? Do the Steelers have a history of doing such things? Can you link this incident to others that would prove collusion by the Steelers? The answer for all of these questions is obviously,NO.

    Tomlin was fined $100,000, which is way over the top despite what poster,sumkat,said before. The mistake was made by the refs for not awarding the Ravens a touchdown, again not the Steelers fault.

  64. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 20, 2014 3:43 PM

    keep crying. steeler nation loves the taste of your tears! hahahaha…so many tears its like Niagara falls in here!

  65. clashpoint says: Mar 20, 2014 3:44 PM

    Put it in context. The jets weren’t penalized a pick when their strength coach actually tripped a player who was running for a touchdown he was sure to make. If you watch the tape, it is pretty clear Jones wasn’t going to make it anyways. The fine was appropriate. Let it go, haters.

  66. sb44champs says: Mar 20, 2014 3:46 PM

    Yeah… If it was the Saints, GODell would have laid down the hammer pretty hard and Saints would’ve been without a head coach….again.

  67. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 20, 2014 3:46 PM

    What a joke that team has become.

    Funny that a fan of the police blotter trotting ravens would call another team a joke. You do realize outside of the inner harbor the joke is the ravens starting with mr Lewis and continuing with mr Rice….Nuff said.

  68. axespray says: Mar 20, 2014 3:47 PM

    Free Shot at the Head Coach, the Return Man should’ve blasted him.

  69. thatmulekicks says: Mar 20, 2014 3:51 PM

    Gee…Finally a rational decision. This was ridiculous.

    Kind of tough to dock a pick with absolutely no precedent or rule in place to govern it. Without a formal punitive action they need to stick with fines.

    I’d be more concerned about these coaches walking 25 yards onto the field to dispute calls and yell at refs and the affect that it has on continuity and huddles.

    For an example look at either Harbaugh. At least the one in SF gets flagged periodically.

  70. mikey2594 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:52 PM

    let me try to understand this….Belichick gets fined $500K, NE fined $250K and docked a first round pick for filming signals from the sideline. If they filmed the signals from the stands a mere 20 feet away, that would have been within the rules…

    Tomlin, a coach, trips a player during a game and it’s apparently ok with Goodell…what’s cheating and is not…I think it sets a bad precedent

  71. cjas9298 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:55 PM

    –consistent with the league’s desire to quiet any discussion of cheating–and wrong

  72. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 20, 2014 3:56 PM

    What’s the point of retarding the “progress” of an irrelevant team by taking away their draft pick? Just leave the Forever 500’s alone.

  73. jackburtonsmullet says: Mar 20, 2014 3:58 PM

    Steelers cheated and still couldn’t win the game. That team is a joke now, and it’s all due to the overrated Tomlin.

  74. mumfio says: Mar 20, 2014 3:58 PM

    mikey2594, Tomlin DIDN’T trip anybody. He kind of got in the way & then moved out of the way.

    As another posted pointed out, The Jets strength coach actually tripped a Dolphin player & prevented a TD. No draft picks were taken from the Jets. That’s the precent you should be talking about.

  75. phukurmouf says: Mar 20, 2014 4:00 PM

    Course not. The rooneys r too much invovled in the league

  76. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 20, 2014 4:02 PM

    Tomlin, a coach, trips a player during a game and it’s apparently ok with Goodell…what’s cheating and is not…I think it sets a bad precedent

    Mikeee please show the film where Tomlin tripped anyone. Please please show me! Lying and cheating are for Pats and their fans, but you need to be more discreet.

  77. dbones750 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:02 PM

    Goodell must have docked WITH tomlin instead

  78. infectorman says: Mar 20, 2014 4:02 PM

    skleech22 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:58 PM

    If this were the Pats…..that game tape would have been destroyed by now!!!
    __________________________

    If this were the Patriots, there would be 5 times as many hater comments than there are now.

    Mainly because the Pats are 5 times better than the Steelers, but I digress…
    Hate on Haters!
    your hate is pure Love to us here in Gods Country

  79. whatjusthapped says: Mar 20, 2014 4:06 PM

    Considering the NFL handed the Steelers a Superbowl win over the Seahawks, not taking a draft choice is mild by comparison.

    Rooney was never going to let the NFL punish his Steelers so why this is even a story is beyond me.

  80. floriosbigtoe says: Mar 20, 2014 4:07 PM

    Personally, I don’t understand all the hatred toward the Steelers. It’s not like their fans are first class delusional a-holes or anything.

  81. steelerben says: Mar 20, 2014 4:09 PM

    I’m guessing that everyone who has decided that it was intentional because of the goofy face he pulled has never done anything stupid.

    Personally, when I do something particularly boneheaded I make a similar expression. It is known as a “sheepish grin”. And I’m sure no one on the sideline was ribbing him about it, either.

  82. deflateddome says: Mar 20, 2014 4:15 PM

    The best thing Tomlin did was stay out of LeBeau’s office when he first was hired…

  83. cincinasty87 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:23 PM

    If I was Jones I would have ran Tomlin over . Imagine that cheating steelers never get penalized

  84. steelcurtainn says: Mar 20, 2014 4:24 PM

    This was all on Tomlin. The steelers should have never even been docked a draft pick in the first place. Whose dumb idea was it to try and steal a draft pick. Oh let me guess, Goodell. Good for the Rooneys for the standing up to him on this one. I bet the crooked Goodell is already planning his next move against the steelers.

  85. jmblosser82 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:24 PM

    seatt1ej0nes, one bad call does not negate the Seahawks inability to take control and put the game away earlier. Officiating that who game was pretty bad.

    Bengcolt, Jim Irsay’s predicament and what Tomlin did is comparing apples to oranges. Tomlin made a snap decision or even truly lost his bearings on the field, we wasn’t there we will never know for sure. $100,000 is nothing to joke about even with a 5-6 mil salary. The Rooney’s had no hand in it. Jim Irsay on the other hand makes hundreds of millions off of the Colts. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, along with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. A fine just wouldn’t be enough to send a message(altho I would be fine with just a fine). Draft picks would be the only way to get the message across to an owner.

  86. denverwally says: Mar 20, 2014 4:25 PM

    Revis signs with the Pats. Browner signs with the Pats. Edleman back, LaFell signed, more to come.

    2014-15 Super Bowl Champs – Patriots!

  87. shinedown37 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:25 PM

    Don’t matter he’s fired afer this year!

  88. mikey2594 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:28 PM

    Tomlin interfered with the player. I must have been recalling the Dolphin coach tripping a player. My bad, but to suggest I was lying is a bit excessive, don’t you think? We’re just having a discussion.
    But both actions were of similar intent: a non player trying to effect the outcome of a play, which in my opinion should be looked at very negatively. A draft pick penalty would be another Goodell mountain out of a molehill, yet my point is the infraction by NE did not match the excessive penalty.

    Stealing signals from opposing coaches vs coaches who intentionally interfere with the play…which one is cheating?

  89. balsalmd says: Mar 20, 2014 4:33 PM

    I wonder if he saw himself on the big screen, or did he want to know what is that idiot doing on the field.

  90. getyourownname says: Mar 20, 2014 4:33 PM

    It would be surprising if anyone is surprised by this development.

    Still have to wonder about the ref who had to run around everyone on the play yet didn’t call a penalty.

  91. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 20, 2014 4:36 PM

    SteelerBen has a great point which I mentioned at the time. The look on his face was priceless…..I could hear him say, what a boneheaded move. He was also smiling as they kept running the replay over and over to fuel the drool spittle faced in raged raven knuckle draggers who wanted blood revenge. Too funny now.

  92. mogogo1 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:08 PM

    They got off pretty darn easy. When some assistant strength coach flips out and does something similar he’ll get banned for life, I’m sure.

  93. mcmccii says: Mar 20, 2014 5:10 PM

    Goodell is soft-handed in front of the certain owners that have the power to bury him.

  94. opneon says: Mar 20, 2014 5:16 PM

    I’m a Raven’s fan who thinks a draft pick would be extreme…BUT…
    he WAS on the field and MAY HAVE impacted the play (if you watch Jacoby’s reaction) but the refs looked the other way for such a flagrant foul. But that happens. We’re used to that.

    What gets to me are the ridiculously narrow-minded Squealers fans who want to compare this direct act by an NFL Coach to a possible bad call in a KC game they weren’t playing in as some conspiracy against the pure Steelers.
    SOOO stupid!

  95. TheWizard says: Mar 20, 2014 5:35 PM

    If he would have filmed it from there, that’s half a million.

    Trying to block the guy? No problem.

    Makes sense to me.

  96. lanman11 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:39 PM

    I wonder what the outcry would be if it were Bill Belichick that eyed the jumbotron and manuevered his way into position and interfered with on field play, in order to gain a clear, in game, competitive advantage? I don’t think the Internet could handle it.

  97. thethunderofgunns says: Mar 20, 2014 5:41 PM

    Yes. Instead they are going to dock my Raiders a pick for the incident.

  98. billytodd2013blbaad says: Mar 20, 2014 5:48 PM

    love the seahawks fans making comments about their super bowl loss, get over it, the refs didn’t cost you that game, willie parkers td run and randal el’s pass to hines wards cost you that game!

  99. blackngold4life says: Mar 20, 2014 5:57 PM

    Exactly

  100. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 20, 2014 6:18 PM

    Why is anyone making a big deal about this? Did anyone see the player getting clotheslined in the playoffs more recently on the sideline? I believe that it was a 49ers or Seahawks game. That was blatant and there was no fine or penalty involved. Tomlin did not do it intentionally. Who in their right mind could conceivably time it almost perfectly in the split second that it took Jones to get there? Please. Seahag fans need to stop it about Super Bowl XL, There was no conspiracy…get over it. What are you going to do when your underpaid players all want big contracts soon and start the mass exodus?

  101. bert1913 says: Mar 20, 2014 6:31 PM

    even the pats thought tomlin was cheating

  102. dicknh says: Mar 20, 2014 6:35 PM

    If this were Bill Belichick, there would be calls for his suspension and a $500,000 fine !!!!

  103. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 20, 2014 6:39 PM

    Typical, Stealers get a pass, the’ve been cheating since the 70’s. Rampant roid use the Steal Curtain years, Given last two superbowls, by refs on the take. The Rooney family has always been in the pockets of the NFL front office. Finally, due to their lack of talent and so called stars such as Ruthlessbooger, and Chic hair Polamolu are average at best the cannot overcome the breaks given to them by the league. They will find their rightfull place in the bottom of the AFC North for the next decade.

  104. raidermick3sb3rings says: Mar 20, 2014 7:16 PM

    I have no problems with the Steelers – They can’t beat the Raiders!

    Late…

  105. besdayz says: Mar 20, 2014 7:16 PM

    This hurts the integrity of the game much more than anything the bounty gate crap failed to show.

    He literally tried to change outcome of game from sidelines.

  106. theravens1 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:25 PM

    Good! It was a lapse of judgement bone-head move. Nothing more.

  107. ravensterps says: Mar 20, 2014 8:46 PM

    That was still one of the dirtiest plays I’ll ever see, but it didn’t affect the outcome of the game. If it had, and the Ravens missed the playoffs because of it, the Steelers definitely should have forfeited a pick. But, given the circumstances, this is the right call.

  108. jmblosser82 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:04 PM

    Ravensterps, they missed the playoffs cause they sucked, losing that game to Pittsburgh wouldn’t have changed a thing.

  109. buzzbeaubank says: Mar 20, 2014 10:23 PM

    So Colbert gets one more chance to not step on his own d!ck in the draft and ravens fans should care why?

  110. coltraven says: Mar 20, 2014 10:33 PM

    I don’t believe they should lose a draft pick over twinkletoes, but please don’t try and tell me he didn’t know what he was doing!

  111. shnakeriver says: Mar 20, 2014 11:05 PM

    Lots of delusional steelers haters here. “Roids in the 70s”??? Seriously? I think there plenty of evidence of roids all around the league during that period. Ever hear of Lyle alzado? And all these Seahawks fans crawling out of the woodwork to whine about SB XL?? Try stopping Willie Parker’s 75 yard run or the randle el pass to ward….then the score would have been close enough for the bad calls to have made a difference. Jeesh

  112. eleventyeight says: Mar 21, 2014 3:22 AM

    As a Steelers fan I was very happy for the Seahawks to win such a big-time Superbowl where no one gave them much though yet all but put a ring on Manning’s finger before the game.

    When Seattle came out and destroyed the Broncos I was ecstatic for them. They won that game in every phase. A victory for the ages. As a Steelers fan i recalled clearly their disappointment and frustration in losing XL. From there on out i secretly rooted for the Seahawks to get back and win a SuperBowl- and you did!

    Even when their front-7 guys came out later an proudly announced that they’d figured out the Bronco’s calls at the line i thought “Hey- that’s football”.

    But now, with so many of you turning into what you accused Steelers fans of being: poor winners, I realize WHY you had to wait so long for a ring- your football fans are bitter, hateful, childish jerks who feel entitled to victory.

    I know their are decent folks among Seahawks fans, and to them i say: Congratulations!

    To the rest of you- well, good luck with that mirror every morning, because you’ll be looking into the eyes of a witless dullard, and no amount of NFL success can ever fix stupid.

    Love- SteelerNational #17642089

  113. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 21, 2014 7:00 AM

    That was still one of the dirtiest plays I’ll ever see, but it didn’t affect the outcome of the game. If it had, and the Ravens missed the playoffs because of it, the Steelers definitely should have forfeited a pick. But, given the circumstances, this is the right call.

    Not even close to Ngata breaking Ben’s nose and no call or maybe Bell getting head to head at the goal line ….now that’s dirty. Shuck the purple shades dude and see the world as it really is.

  114. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Mar 21, 2014 9:29 AM

    “Stealing signals from opposing coaches vs coaches who intentionally interfere with the play…which one is cheating?”

    Both? You indicate that “intent” was proven in the Tomlin case, but not in the New England case. When did that happen? What’s more likely, accidentally stepping onto the playing field, or accidentally setting up cameras in the wrong location?

    Look at it for what it its…New England broke a rule, and so did Tomlin. Fines, punishments, whatever, but to claim that intent matters or has been proven is baloney.

  115. realfandan says: Mar 21, 2014 4:24 PM

    It would be unfair to take a draft pick from Pittsburgh since Coach Tomlin’s actions did not affect the playoff standings.

    However, if you break the rules you can’t make the rules. Coach Tomlin’s integrity is in question and he should be removed from the NFL Competition committee. Failure to do so brings into question the integrity of the NFL.

  116. tobiasjodter says: Mar 22, 2014 11:43 AM

    Can we all stop the overuse of the word “karma?”

    There is no such thing as karma and the constant referring to bad news as a result of such said mystical fantasy is unscientific and getting old.

    Thank You.

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