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

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 13:  Emmanuel Lamur #59 of the Cincinnati Bengals holds back Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals while he argues with members of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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44 Responses to “Vontaze Burfict fails to get a rise out of his hated Steelers”
  1. 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.

  2. hallaudermilsmithsteen says: Jan 8, 2016 7:04 AM

    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.

  3. margoadams says: Jan 8, 2016 7:04 AM

    Pit vs Pats AFC Championship Game

  4. coltcountrysteelerfan says: Jan 8, 2016 7:10 AM

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

  5. baltimorons says: Jan 8, 2016 7:11 AM

    Burfict will be in jail within seconds after retiring from the NFL.

  6. babyjunkie says: Jan 8, 2016 7:14 AM

    Cool name

  7. superbowlchampsbengals says: Jan 8, 2016 7:18 AM

    Good joke, Ramon Foster. Good one

  8. firegoodell says: Jan 8, 2016 7:23 AM

    Burfict hating on the Steelers is like a little brother hating on his big brother who is always beating him up.

  9. rutchaser says: Jan 8, 2016 7:34 AM

    Vontaze- just play. No talk needed.

    Bengals fan

  10. jillontario says: Jan 8, 2016 7:38 AM

    No. Pittsburgh does all their hating when the refs aren’t watching.

  11. twenty6power says: Jan 8, 2016 7:39 AM

    HWGSHWG!!!!!!!

  12. 6superbowls says: Jan 8, 2016 7:53 AM

    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.

  13. vonkaiser2001 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:04 AM

    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…

  14. jtm12180 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:06 AM

    Pretty obvious there was a lot of sarcasm in their quotes, which typically pisses the person (Burfict) off even more…love it

  15. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Jan 8, 2016 8:10 AM

    I’ll believe the Steeler player’s rhetoric when the game has started, and they don’t throw cheap shots.

  16. jobotjones says: Jan 8, 2016 8:11 AM

    Bengals players failing at something?
    Color me shocked.

  17. dacatindahat says: Jan 8, 2016 8:16 AM

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

  18. ravensfan56 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:25 AM

    I hate Pittsburgh and Vontaze Burfict.

  19. rhamrhoddy says: Jan 8, 2016 8:25 AM

    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”.

  20. cnote94 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:33 AM

    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.

  21. theageofquarrel says: Jan 8, 2016 8:38 AM

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

  22. bigbensbathroombuddy says: Jan 8, 2016 8:46 AM

    27-27 Tie. Then they send each other Primanti Bros. and Skyline chili after trading jerseys.

  23. nyjfan111 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:51 AM

    Can players just keep quiet and play the game? The winner can do the talking afterward.

  24. kingdooley says: Jan 8, 2016 8:54 AM

    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.

  25. paulieorkid says: Jan 8, 2016 8:56 AM

    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.

  26. Steeley McBeam says: Jan 8, 2016 8:59 AM

    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.

  27. givemethehighgear says: Jan 8, 2016 9:13 AM

    As Mike Tomlin once said…”this is going to be a quality football game”

  28. toybkshr says: Jan 8, 2016 9:29 AM

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

  29. 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.

  30. ninkanpoopblog says: Jan 8, 2016 9:40 AM

    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

  31. theroc5156 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:40 AM

    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.

    ___________________________________

    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.

  32. sudz28 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:11 AM

    “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.

  33. theroc5156 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:25 AM

    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.
    __________________________________

    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?

  34. johngaltx says: Jan 8, 2016 10:36 AM

    Twitter FIGHT!!!

  35. kevo95 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:43 AM

    Vontaze a cheap shotter

  36. digitalsasquatch says: Jan 8, 2016 11:43 AM

    Everybody hates the Bumblebees.

  37. Knute's Knuggets says: Jan 8, 2016 1:27 PM

    Burfict just needs anger management training to channel it during play, then shut if off at the whistle. CIN 21-14

  38. bengals4lifer says: Jan 8, 2016 1:50 PM

    Burfict will be the best defender on the field Saturday!

  39. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 8, 2016 2:39 PM

    Dirty, dirty Burfict.

  40. earlywormgetseaten says: Jan 8, 2016 3:00 PM

    Go Steelers

  41. earlywormgetseaten says: Jan 8, 2016 3:02 PM

    And please take the Pirates with you

  42. cherrybop says: Jan 8, 2016 7:40 PM

    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.

  43. idontneedanfingblog says: Jan 10, 2016 11:02 AM

    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.

  44. DaCriticDatsRight says: Jan 11, 2016 12:23 AM

    AFTER his interception run into the locker room for a celebration, I lost all respect for him.

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