Vontaze Burfict fails to get a rise out of his hated Steelers

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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict said this week he hated Pittsburgh.

The Steelers chose not to continue the fight, responding with love, or at least a shrug.

That’s bad because we are such great guys over here,” Steelers guard Ramon Foster said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I honestly don’t know why they hate us. I don’t know. Maybe it is something personal, but it is just a game.”

No Ramon, it’s the playoffs, when blood lust causes temperatures to rise to a boil and men destroy one another, . . . oh wait, that’s right, it is just a game.

“If that’s the way he feels, that’s the way he feels,” Steelers tight end Heath Miller said. “We know he is going to be ready to play not because he hates Pittsburgh but because this is the playoffs and he’s trying to get to the next round like we are.”

Frankly, a more civilized discourse is refreshing, considering the way the two sides bantered back and forth when they met last in the regular season, with social media sniping and $147,000 in fines after a pregame scuffle and a chippy game.

So perhaps this time, we’ll just get to enjoy a good game between two quality teams.

And then maybe a big group hug.

44 responses to “Vontaze Burfict fails to get a rise out of his hated Steelers

  1. He must not be Christian because you are taught to love all people, even those that want to kill you. Oh well, my guess is he will show a lot of love tomorrow. Buckle up your chin straps boys.

  2. Burfict is a punk and should’ve been suspended after last Steelers-Bengals game for his multiple incidents in 1 game and his history.

  3. Get your clicker ready and count how many knee-shots Burfict gives. Last game there were 5 blatant attempts at taking someone’s knee out in the first half alone. This guy’s not a football player. He’s a punk. He avoids contact, runs around blockers (which usually takes him out of the play), and goes low any chance he can. Zero in on him Saturday night. You’ll agree.

  4. Steelers fan here. Burfict is trash. And so is Mike Mitchell. Preemptively suspend them both BEFORE the game and let’s just play. Oh…and if everyone else on both teams could just shut up also that would be great. I’m looking at YOU Pacman…

  5. Burfict is the kind of player everybody loves to hate…but would love him if he played for their team…

  6. Love Heath Miller’s response basically saying “aw that’s cute but he doesn’t really hate us, he just really wants to win this weeks playoff game. The little guy prob just needs a nap”.

  7. Is this the same Steelers team whose LB who called out Burfict out on twitter “I catch Vontaz on South Beach im painting that boi on sight” ?

    Ok – but they can’t understand why he would say this.

  8. Of course he didn’t. When one team has owned the other like the Steelers have. There really isn’t anything to say back.

  9. Burfict is one of the most disgusting human beings in the NFL and on television. His antics are pathetic and cowardly and pretty much coincide with everything the Bengals do.

  10. Based on Burfict’s years of spotty character going all the way back from his days at ASU to the present — coupled with his expressed hatred for the Steelers is not a good mix.

    A enraged man fueled by hatred that also is known for possessing weak moral fiber is the recipe on how Ben gets torpedoed at the knees both before and after the whistle.

    This factor will become particularly worrisome if the game gets out of hand – either way, but especially if the Steelers have the ball and are up by 21 with 4 minutes left.

    Hopefully, the “stripes” can keep the game in check – before anything outrageous happens.

  11. Steelers are in Burficts head AGAIN. He ran around like a madman last time and took himself out of the game both strategically and literally. He was constantly out of position and the only camera time he got was with trainers on the sidelines.

    By all means, please continue as you were Burfict.

  12. Does anyone (regardless of who you root for) really believe Burfict won’t commit some dumba*s penalty?

  13. Vontaze has disappeared into the training room every time a reporter tried to find him this week. So he’s obviously not trying to stir the pot, but someone got him to say something, and my guess it was a response to a question like “how do you feel about the Steelers?”

    If I’m Mike Tomlin I’m sliding cash to the first player that takes a cheap hit on Burfict, and even more if they get him to retaliate with a penalty. If I’m Burfict’s teammates I’m dragging him away from every play after the whistle. If I’m the NFL I’m assigning a ref to stare at Burfict all day, throwing flags at all attempts to cheap shot him and throwing him out as soon as he does something questionable. That last game wasn’t football and the refs are responsible for maintaining order. Both Dre Kirkpatrick and Antonio Brown threw punches in the first quarter and both were allowed to keep playing. That told everyone everything they needed to know about what they could get away with.

  14. It’s irrevelent remember the linebacker Bart somebody can’t wait talk these two teams match up well whoever makes the least mistakes and gets a few ciose calls wins just hope the winner can knock the snot out of Peyton or tommy

  15. rwhite84 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 6:56 AM

    Cincinnati drafted Vontaze Burfict because he was a character concern, it was just a hat on a hat that he turned out to be talented.

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    Bengals didn’t draft him. He was signed as an undrafted free-agent. Burfict CHOSE the Bengals over other teams. No lose situation for the Bengals and it has turned out to be a great signing for the Bengals.

  16. “Vontaze Burfict fails to get a rise out of his hated Steelers”

    Add this to the long list of other things Vontaze Burfict has failed at.

  17. jm91rs says:
    Jan 8, 2016 9:31 AM

    Vontaze has disappeared into the training room every time a reporter tried to find him this week. So he’s obviously not trying to stir the pot, but someone got him to say something, and my guess it was a response to a question like “how do you feel about the Steelers?”

    If I’m Mike Tomlin I’m sliding cash to the first player that takes a cheap hit on Burfict, and even more if they get him to retaliate with a penalty. If I’m Burfict’s teammates I’m dragging him away from every play after the whistle. If I’m the NFL I’m assigning a ref to stare at Burfict all day, throwing flags at all attempts to cheap shot him and throwing him out as soon as he does something questionable. That last game wasn’t football and the refs are responsible for maintaining order. Both Dre Kirkpatrick and Antonio Brown threw punches in the first quarter and both were allowed to keep playing. That told everyone everything they needed to know about what they could get away with.
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    Tomlin doesn’t need to do that. The players have already tried to do that on their own. There were a few attempts at Burfict’s knees during the 2nd game. Matt Spaeth dove at his knees trying to “block” him while he was in the end zone.

    The refs are already staring at Burfict. They need to stare at Mike Mitchell as well. In fact, maybe they need to stare at David DeCastro and make sure he doesn’t try to gouge the eyes out of Wallace Gilberry again?

  18. Well, Vontaze is gonna be mad about this one for sure. Expect at least 4 unsportsman-like conduct flags from him over this trolling tomorrow.

  19. It’s spooky how accurate these predictions were above. Although many moments can be pointed out as the cause of the bengals loss, there is only one: When burfict prematurely celebrated the win by running his interception into the locker room with time still on the clock. The universe always punishes this. Oh, you’re suspended now burfict. Perfect ending to your long season of antics instead of playing football.

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