HEINZ FIELD SOUND CREW BADLY MISHANDLED MCGAHEE INJURY

A league source who was watching the AFC title game contacted us by e-mail on Sunday night while Ravens’ trainers were tending to running back Willis McGahee, who at the time possibly had sustained a serious head and/or neck injury.
The source was livid regarding the fact that, while McGahee was laying on the turf, the folks who operate the sound system at Heinz Field opted to play rock music over the P.A. system.
Specifically, the selections were “Down On The Corner” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and then “Smooth” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas.
Said the source:  “There is a player on the field who may have suffered a life changing injury and the Steelers are playing party music.  There are about five teams in the league that would engage in such horrific behavior.  All others would cease all entertainment.
“‘Down on the corner’ . . . uh, there’s a man down on the field.  About twenty-five to twenty-seven teams would cease all entertainment.  Oh, now it’s a Santana song.  This is beyond offensive. . . .  Most teams would fire them on the spot.  It’s disgusting.”
The source is on the money.  The Steelers should address this situation immediately, so that it doesn’t happen when players are injured in the future.
And it would have been nice, as a commenter pointed out, to hear someone/anyone on the podium during the presentation of the Lamar Hunt Trophy express concern for McGahee, who was still willing to give his all at a time when the cause was all but lost.

138 responses to “HEINZ FIELD SOUND CREW BADLY MISHANDLED MCGAHEE INJURY

  1. What the hell are they supposed to do? Silence would be worse in that situation if you ask me.
    Also? Do you need a “league source” to give some kind of opinion on what s/he believes is a bad idea? I’m starting to think Florio’s “sources” are the angel and devil on his shoulders.

  2. I noticed that too. That guy is either of the same compromised intellect as Simple Ben or he is a first class prick. If he did that on purpose and isn’t just some dopey hick, I tip my cap to him.

  3. I thought I heard music playing while McGahee was down and I thought that was bad by itself. And now we find out they were playing “Down on the Corner”? Wow, you seriously can’t be that stupid can you?

  4. As a lifelong Steelers fan, I totally Agree with these comments. And said as much at the time.
    I believe the hit was clean, I believe the music started while the Steeler was still down too.
    That said… no debating it…
    It should have been silent.
    I expected a comment of concern from the podium as well.
    This was mis-handled badly by a historically very classy organization.

  5. I heard that music – are those guys nuts or what? If they were visiting and Hinesy was laid out like that at the Ravens – there would be hell to pay from the Rooney clan.
    You can’t buy class/

  6. I get the feeling that the hit on Willis will be a topic of discussion for several weeks on this site. BTW, they played music on the P.A. when Ben got injured in week 17 and had to be carted off the field.
    Music is played at EVERY stadium during ANY down time in a game. Are you new to football?

  7. At least it wasn’t Comfortably Numb….I heard Black Betty earlier in the game. I still can’t believe the NFL allows that one.

  8. Maybe they didn’t want everyone to sit there in silence and instead of playing somber music they played something?
    Guys are so sensitive.

  9. My god Mike, put the bottle down and go to bed.
    Maybe your next report can be on the Steelers fan who didn’t hold the door open for a Ravens fan.

  10. It was flatout bs. Very tacky, and must be addressed pronto. People wonder why those outside Pittsburgh hate that organization.

  11. McGahee was moving all extremities on the field. Its not like he was paralyzed and might never walk again. The steelers players were praying for him when he was down. What more do they need to do??? And last i checked its his job to give his all when hes on the field.

  12. Amen. I thought the same thing. My local news also had Hines Ward, who was knocked out of the game, giving an interview talking about how nice it was to beat up the Ravens because they “asked for it.”

  13. that is very true and also very troubling. I spent the whole time watching the trophy presentation waiting for somebody to mention willis. Especially for the fact that it is the “Lamar Hunt” trophy, a man who gave his all to everybody in the NFL. And the dude who runs the sound crew should have been thrown out of the press box immediatly what a jerk off

  14. Get over it Florio – does this whole freakin country have to be PC all of the time?? What about Mcgahee taunting the fans after he made the score 16-14 (he was still losing) – why didn’t he act like he had been in the endzone before? The music was probably an oversight – AND there was a Steeler player hurt as well. Baltimore was walking around before the playoffs saying they were going to hit everyone until they knew there name – I wonder if Mcgahee knows his own name now!!

  15. Yea, that added on to the fact that Limas Sweed was booed when he walked off the field after an injury and the crowd was yelling “Bullsh*t!” after a bad call just makes the city of Philadelphia look like a Saint compared to Pittsburgh.

  16. you missed the fact that the lyrics to the song were offensive too.
    Down on the corner
    Out in the streets
    as a player is laying motionless on the field? Completely classless. I hope they fire the individual responsible.

  17. Cling to whatever you need to in order to comfort yourselves Ravens fans. We feel yor ya….really. Not. Willis was moving his arms throughout the whole process. Enjoy your offseason and hopefully your feeble cries of “Steelers fans are classless!” will make you feel better about your loss. LOL. Enjoy the offseason chumps. 3rd time’s a charm? I guess not.

  18. That’s why players get paid the big bucks! This is football and that’s why women don’t play the game. Besides, the dude is fine. So maybe the sound guy made a mistake, when did this nation become so intolerant of everything little thing? Gees.

  19. C’mon Mike. This is making mountain out of a mole hill and pathetic attempt to tarnish the Steelers’ victory. Your lameness grows by the minute.

  20. You are such a wet-noodle, Florio. Is this really that big of a deal?
    By the way to the person earlier who said Hines said “they asked for it”, he said “they asked for us”.

  21. As a Browns fan I look to find any reason to hate on either of those teams but this is just ridiculous. Childish.
    Is this really a story? This reminds me of the times when I would be writing a term paper and had to write some crap just to meet the 3500 word requirement.
    Now we get offended when they play music at a sporting event and then to top it off we just re-interpret lyrics of songs to apply to the situation at hand? I have to think that at the very least, the music drowned out would-be hecklers who were probably enjoying the injury.
    Get over it.

  22. It’s easy to say the sound crew should be blamed, but it would be hard to believe that Heinz Field doesn’t have a standing policy for when to play music. DJs and sound guys do what they’re told to do, except at weddings. Then, they just automatically play “Love Shack” and “Brick House” regardless of what anybody wants. Under all other circumstances, they do exactly what their boss tells them to do.

  23. I was thinking the exact same thing when this was going on, McGahee is laying there, there are players on the field kneeling in prayer, obviously it’s a grave situation, and they’re blasting out Top 40 hits on the P.A. I couldn’t believe it.
    I just thought it was in poor taste. Disgusting doesn’t begin to describe it.

  24. –I get the feeling that the hit on Willis will be a topic of discussion for several weeks on this site. BTW, they played music on the P.A. when Ben got injured in week 17 and had to be carted off the field.–
    That’s true. The Steelers’ PA guy plays music anytime there’s a break in the action, injury or not. It’s pretty stupid. To be fair, the PA did the next closest thing to not playing music- he played a 40 year old CCR song and a 10 year old Rob Thomas song, both of which have been so incredibly overplayed that they’re white noise for all intents and purposes. This is basically a non-story (they weren’t doing it because it was a player from the other team, they were doing it because it’s their standard operating procedure). However, I think that that practice might change next year.
    Mentioning McGahee in the trophy presentation might have been a nice gesture, but I can’t fault them for not mentioning him. They only spoke for a combined two minutes max.

  25. While i agree the injury was serious, I thought the same thing about the music a couple of weeks ago, but this time Big Ben was on the ground, not moving with his face mask being taken off and the Steelers were playing some lame Santana from 1994. So while I understand your point, at least they are consisent.

  26. Once again, the Stealers fans prove they have a lot of class…
    And all of it is 3rd.
    The only way you win the Super Bowl is if Bill Leavy is the ref again.
    Go Cards!

  27. Florio, the Steelers hater to the very, very, very end. I really wondered how you would twist the victory into some slam against the Steelers, nice to know you got creative with this one.

  28. Well, I just posted the same sentiment on a previous post, and now I see Florio (do you mind if I call you Florio?) expressing the same sentiment.
    I don’t think you need a “source” to conclude that it was wildly inapproporiate given what was going on on the field. Another example of why the Steelers organization is despised almost universally…not, as their fans insist, because of their “success”.

  29. Florio, they played music when Ben was down and out last game against Cleveland, check your sources. While you certainly can make a case about music during an injury, to imply it was somehow because it was an opponent is ridiculous.

  30. SteelerJim says,
    I believe the hit was clean
    What?!?!?! Are you on crack? After the 25 replays you didn’t notice that the hit was pure helmet to helmet? Since when is that legal?????
    No, I’m not a Ravens fan. I just can’t believe there wasn’t a penalty flag thrown on such an obvious helmet to helmet hit.

  31. Yeah, poor tase I’ll admit but how about the CBS crew nailing the crowd audio as they were carting Willis off. Getting the “Good Luck Willis” being yeleld out a few times by the fans.
    Balances it out.

  32. The Steelers are amongst the most respected organizations in football. But I thought it was tacky at the time. I was in a mood of concern over the player and I caught myself singing along to Santana. Certainly a lesson learned from all stadiums on proper injury etiquette. But really hardly worth commenting on (yet I felt compelled to comment on it)
    As to mentioning the opponents player. I think that was not expected nor needed and certainly doesn’t tarnish the Steelers going to the Super Bowl.
    But this story does show exactly how much of a microscope the Super Bowl teams are under.

  33. Hey Vox;
    HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    Go Kill yourself!
    HAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  34. Maybe there’s just too much loud music. In the Metrodome, the Vikings play loud music during all time outs, so fans at the game can never talk to one another.
    The other thing is the choice of music. This is all 40-year-old mullet rock. If they’re going to play annoying music, mix it up a little. No “Who let the dogs out” either.

  35. How can anyone call Florio a Steeler-hater after he dedicated a post to how Tomlin should be ‘Coach of the Year’?

  36. sure the sound guy was wrong, but calling the steelers classless, thats just wrong…and werent the ravens the team that spit on Mitch Berger the last time they played?

  37. Where is it the Steelers are despised at? I’ve lived in Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, New York… I’ve seen a pretty good amount of Steelers fans everywhere I’ve gone.
    I’m trying to figure out where these universal places are.

  38. i noticed that too but who cares..u have to keep teh fans entertained and it was a member of teh Oppostie team…Doesnt matter if it could be major or not thats teh risk EVERY nfl player makes when they play..if u dont like it or want it to happen then dont F/n play the game!…every game i watch i want someone to get hurt,perferably of a team other then the Browns

  39. Cant say that I dont go “WOW!!!” when i see a good, clean, bone rattling hit during a game, Seems im not the only one either, there is no lack of “hardest hits” highlights on any of the news/sports networks. The hit by Clark on Willis, fantastic. Does that mean I want him dead or paralyzed? Nooooo
    As for the PA guy playing crappy music during his woozy wakeup from the turf, could have done without it I suppose. Not worthy of an article honestly.

  40. i would guess it was a major oversight and nothing more
    you really think they were being disrespectful
    what a joke
    you are really reaching
    btw mcgahee will be fine thank god
    it was a legal hit as well. mcgahee lowered his head causing the helmet to helmet contact.

  41. who cares. Florio’s pissed the Steelers are in the SB and he’s pissed he got his Ravens pick wrong. sorry Florio that the Eagles aren’t in there because that’s obviously ur team, i guess you might as well come up with any story that is against your most hated team.

  42. Vox Veritas says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 11:49 pm
    Gotta be a Pennsylvania thing.
    _______________________
    If you’re speaking of the playoffs then yes you are correct as it wouldn’t appear to be a Texas thing.

  43. The sound crew was stupid. I don’t like to advocate firing someone, with the current economy, but someone on the sound crew should be severely punished.
    As for the rest of the debate, all I can say is success breeds comtempt. The Steelers just won the AFC Championship at home, the first time in the last four tries. Are they really supposed to focus on McGahee? Dan Rooney clearly was uncomfortable to begin with. Everyone else just thanked the fans. Very brief.
    Silly arguments here, other than the music issue.

  44. Way to make something out of nothing, Florio. These are the tracks they normally play during a lengthy injury time out. The same songs were played when a Steeler (I think it was Andre Frazier) was down and had to be carted off the field on a stretcher at the beginning of the first Ravens game this year, which I was at. What do you want them to do, play a funeral dirge? Some sappy love song?

  45. bigtrav425, “every game you watch, you want someone to get hurt”? You’re a sick human being. I also heard the Steeler fans yelling “Good Luck Willis”. Classy fans, great organization but the music was bad. Good Luck in the Super Bowl.

  46. party music ??? wow….don’t recall any party i have been at where that was ever played ….sounds as if you just have a bitter source who was rooting for the other team….and damn OLD ,to claim that as party music …the three games these two teams played this year against each other were a joy to watch ….hard hitting at it’s finest

  47. I can understand why some might be offended. However, I seriously doubt it was intentional or that it was intended to deflect attention away from, or (even worse) celebrate the injury to McGahee.
    Pittsburgherers are tough football fans, but theyre not callous animals.
    Suggestion: be thankful that McGahee is ok and dont try and make something out of nothing.

  48. This story is for all the cry babies that hate the Steelers to come out and moan about something.
    If you want to talk offensive, how about Ed Reed bending Chris Johnson back after the play was over against the Titans, injuring him and changing the game?
    The Ravens have no business talking about class, they have zero.
    How about all the Steelers, including Tomlin, coming over to make sure Willis was ok. How about the ovation he got leaving the field? Or the fans that could be heard sitting near the tunnel saying “Good luck McGahee.”
    The Steelers are the classiest organization in the NFL. No wonder they have so many fans across the world

  49. Florio, is this the best you could do to try and cover for your favorite Baltimore Bounty Hunters who got their asses kicked by the team you despise (Steelers). C’mon man, get a life and end the vendetta!

  50. “Yeah, poor tase I’ll admit but how about the CBS crew nailing the crowd audio as they were carting Willis off. Getting the “Good Luck Willis” being yeleld out a few times by the fans.
    Balances it out. ”
    Sounded more like “Whatchu, Talkin’ bout Willis” to me.

  51. It’s better than having dead silence. I’m pretty sure that as Willis was lying there he wasn’t thinking “Damn, these morons are playing music!”
    Hey Florio, you and your so-called source are idiots.

  52. “Music is played at EVERY stadium during ANY down time in a game. Are you new to football?”
    Not true! During injuries it is very common place to *not* play any music. Silence is appropriate when there is a player down. I thought it was tacky when they played music when Roethlisberger was down in week 17. It was tacky tonight.

  53. I thought the exact same thing when I was watching/hearing it. Classless move, but I don’t think it gets elevated to the whole “firing people” bit.

  54. The Bengals and Colts don’t play music during an injury time out.
    And, to all the 20/20 hindsight armchair QB’s and amateur trainers out there who said “Well he’s okay now anyway.” David Pollack was moving around too after he broke his neck a couple of years ago on the field, and we see how well that turned out.
    But then again what should we expect from teams that take “clean” shots at “turd” players like Carson Palmer and Keith Rivers.
    Pittsburgh and their mobile home raised fans continue to show why their team is so “loved” around the rest of the country.
    Keep is clASSy, Pittsburgh. Keep it clASSy.

  55. I heard that on TV and I was like “Are you kidding me?”
    Stop playing music, don’t do ads, just shut up and let the team doctors communicate.

  56. All people talk about in the days leading up to this game is how much these teams HATE each other. The huge RIVALRY. The BOUNTY’S.
    Now “UNNAMED SOURCES ” (which equals Florio) are sickened by it.
    ANYWAY……is Ryan Clark going to get fined for the hit? If it was up to the “UNNAMED SOURCE”, he would be suspended for the super bowl.
    Injury Prone Willis McGahee up to his same ol’ tricks.

  57. Florio: This site is becoming a little too much about drama for my taste.
    As far as the outrage about the sound crew, as pointed out, they have played music during injuries all season, including when it was a Steeler laying on the field. Why no outrage until now?
    And I do agree it would have been a gracious thing to mention McGahee in the postgame, but it’s not like they had a totally callous approach to his injury. They showed Steelers praying while McGahee was down. Both Roethlisberger and Tomlin were on the field checking on McGahee (Clark was on the sideline at this point).
    And while they didn’t mention McGahee during the presentation, Ben did dedicate it to the troops who have been doing what the government has asked and sacrificed a great deal for every one of us.
    It’s not exactly the exhibit in classlessness that it’s being made out to be.

  58. It’s not about being PC all the time. How about a little respect for someone who just got laid out flat. Anyone with a little medical knowledge could tell you that just because he can move his extremities doesn’t mean he’s not seriously injured. One wrong move and he could have been paralyzed even after laying on the ground. As it was the choice to play those songs was truely disgracefull. And on a more personal note I wish I had seen more than one player take a knee. Regardless it’s not about who you want to win or being politically correct, but why not show respectfor human life. Is there anything more important?

  59. yreid says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 11:24 pm
    I noticed that too. That guy is either of the same compromised intellect as Simple Ben or he is a first class prick. If he did that on purpose and isn’t just some dopey hick, I tip my cap to him.
    ——————————-
    Hey, why don’t you stick to telling us all how the Steelers and Ravens are playing for the right to lose to the Eagles in the Super Bowl? How’s that prediction working out, Nostradumbass?
    I don’t think you’re one to lecture others about “compromised intellect.” You’ve cornered the market, moron.

  60. Not one comment I read so far mentioned this. My first reaction was outrage at the playing of the music while a player (or two….the Pitt player was up and off the field for quite awhile though) was down and it appeared serious. Many comments to this article are that he was moving his arms and legs…..like that makes the “injury” no big deal. BOTH medical staffs took every step to stabilize the potential of injury; FOR GOOD REASON. I have gotten off my point though…..my first reaction was outrage to the music….BUT…..after a minute or two I figured that if I was down on the field in that situation; I would WANT the music playing and could give a S+++ what spectators thought. It would calm my nerves….NO MATTER WHAT TUNES WERE PLAYING. I am a musician though and realize I might have that extra acceptance towards stadium music if I were in that situation.

  61. Yeah, this is completely classless, like when everyone’s favorite murdering middle linebacker stood over Rashard Mendenhall after the bounty was placed on him, and screamed “he’s done” over and over again. Screw off Baltimore. Seriously complaining about music? Lame. You guys are grasping at anything. Try complaining about an 18.2 passer rating and 3 interceptions.

  62. CaptainFantastik says:
    Cling to whatever you need to in order to comfort yourselves Ravens fans. We feel yor ya….really. Not. Willis was moving his arms throughout the whole process. Enjoy your offseason and hopefully your feeble cries of “Steelers fans are classless!” will make you feel better about your loss. LOL. Enjoy the offseason chumps. 3rd time’s a charm? I guess not.
    _______________________________________________________
    Ravens fans have been very complimentary and respectful of the Steelers even in defeat. Which is far harder to do than winning with style, which you’re obviously not capable of. You stay classy, Pittsburgh.

  63. I don’t get this, Florio…they played music while Big Ben got crushed against the Browns a few weeks ago and nobody got pissed about that. Now McGahee gets floored and Pittsburgh should change what they do because it’s a visiting player? Pick your battles, dude.

  64. this had no effect on anything…this is a way for people to bitch about the steelers even though they were the better team sunday…and to say the fans are classless is a good way out for those who are jealous of the steelers success…in week 15 at baltimore you constantly heard “pittsburgh sucks” chants…out of 60,000 drunken assholes don’t you think some of them are going to be classless…go to oakland or philly in an away jersey and get spit on…this shit happens everywhere but way to focus on the steelers: everyone bitching about this is just green with envy…whether you like it our not the best fan base out there is steeler nation bar none

  65. “Who cares?” “Why is this an issue?”
    Well I’m one of the biggest Steelers fans there is, and I say I care and it is an issue because to play that music while someone was injured on the field was tacky, heartless and callous…much like many of the comments on this board. Come on folks, We Steelers have more class than this. Have some respect. Those guys on the field aren’t stick men. They are human beings.

  66. WorldChampionBears2008 says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 11:40 pm
    Yea, that added on to the fact that Limas Sweed was booed when he walked off the field after an injury and the crowd was yelling “Bullsh*t!” after a bad call just makes the city of Philadelphia look like a Saint compared to Pittsburgh.
    _________________________
    No it doesn’t.

  67. A couple people have said it already:
    Music never stops playing. It didn’t stop when Ben was carted off during the Cleveland game week 17.
    It didn’t stop in Buffalo when Everett wasn’t even moving.
    And he was laying on the field for 15 minutes.
    When players are injured, music plays to occupy the crowd. It’s not some slight against the visiting team. It’s standard operating procedure for ALL NFL TEAMS.
    Stop being an ambulance chaser, Fiorio.
    It was said before, I’ll say it again. Are you new to football?

  68. Not that I want players to get hurt, but this sounds like anti-Steeler fans are already nit-picking… wait until February 31, they’ll be coming out of the woodwork.
    Why can we report comments as inappropriate, but not the article itself?

  69. Oh boo hoo. They were playing music while there was an injured player? It’s a football game, people get hurt. What is everybody supposed to do? Stand and watch in silent respect for the injured? Did you ever think that they may have been playing music to keep the people occupied or maybe to make sure no catcalls came out of the stands.

  70. My question is, “What in the hell was the guy in charge of the music thinking?” I know it reflects poorly on the entire Pittsburgh organization but don’t they establish guildelines on when and when not to play music?
    If not, a head or two should roll for a lack of commnon sense. And since Rooney can’t fire himself, he should start with the guy who pressed the “Play” button.

  71. It’s unfortunate, but nobody needs to lose his job over this. He should apologize and move on.

  72. You’ve always been a critic of the Steelers organization, Florio. I think that’s called being a poor loser.
    When I looked back at your postings on the Ravens bounty talk, there was no criticism of the statement. In my opinion, that is far more “classless” and “offensive” than playing music during an injury timeout. Further, as many commenters have pointed out, there was a Steelers player down for a significant period of time as well. Finally, I do not blame the players for not mentioning McGahee during the trophy presentation. The players prayed during the injury timeout, the fans were yelling words of encouragement — were they also supposed to dedicate the win — or the whole season — to McGahee?

  73. Imagine if a player was down on the turf hurt in Philadelphia and they were playing music over the loud speaker…..OMG…talk about the end of the world.

  74. I guess the only thing more shocking to me than the lack of respect shown by the Steelers’ stadium crew is the commentary on this board. A man’s life or career could hang in the balance and the stadium parties? And you guys are okay with that? Back when Tatum nailed Stingley, players/staff/fans all understood the gravity of something like this. Now people act like it is a video game and every “killshot” deserves party music.
    I just don’t get it. That is heartless man.
    By the way Florio, your story on this made Sports Illustrated’s Truth and Rumors segment today. I guess a few other editors agree that this was a completely classless move. And I agree that historically, the Steelers have been a class organization.

  75. lol at all the Steeler fans defending that classless BS. Hey its just music dude who cares if the guy might be paralyzed lets par-ty!!
    Cheap shot hit from the Team of Cheap Shots.

  76. The same as so many others have already posted: music was played while Big Ben was on the field. EVERY NFL stadium plays music during injury time outs.
    And regarding the hit. Even Phil Simms commented on how it was completely legal as it was a tackle downfield.
    Steeler haters need to get a life.

  77. Lifelong Steeler fan born and raised in western PA, but I agree – WTF was CCR playing while McGahee lay on the ground like dead man.
    Watched the game with the girlfriend and expressed at the time just how blown away I was that they were blaring that crap while a man could have suffered a serious (and perhaps permanent) injury.
    Just thankful now that McGahee has been determined to be neurologically okay and just got his eggs scrambled pretty good.

  78. Florio, in the words of the monday night countdown crew…C’MON MAN!!!These guys are multi-millionaires who play on teams that hate each other. That was an awesome and legal hit. If I were in the booth I would have played “Another one bites the dust” after that collision.

  79. @Mpcharles25
    “Yeah, this is completely classless, like when everyone’s favorite murdering middle linebacker stood over Rashard Mendenhall after the bounty was placed on him, and screamed “he’s done” over and over again”
    I completely forgot about that.

  80. “Music never stops playing. It didn’t stop when Ben was carted off during the Cleveland game week 17.
    It didn’t stop in Buffalo when Everett wasn’t even moving.”
    Every game I’ve ever been to has music throughout, no matter the situation. The only time it stops is when a play starts.
    The reason you can’t hear music throughout is because of crowd noise. The fans were silent after the hit, therefore it sounded like Pittsburgh was blasting music.

  81. So should the sound man have played “Taps” instead…..something is better then nothing…shouldn’t more outrage come over the fact CBS replayed the hit 4x while the player could have been dead or paralyzed on the field?

  82. Down on the corner, out in the street
    Willie and the Poorboys are playing
    Bring a nickle, tap your feet
    Followed by Smooth
    just an innocent mistake

  83. “If you’re speaking of the playoffs then yes you are correct as it wouldn’t appear to be a Texas thing.”
    Bet you didn’t know that even though the Cowboys haven’t won a playoff game in like forever, they still have more playoff wins than the Steelers, who have been around since your grandpappy was a bitter Steagles fan.

  84. Wow, what it takes these days for peolpe to get out raged. It seems the Douche bag the sent in the email regarding this to PFT is really bored. Get a life jag-off!

  85. “you missed the fact that the lyrics to the song were offensive too.
    Down on the corner
    Out in the streets
    as a player is laying motionless on the field? Completely classless. I hope they fire the individual responsible.”
    OK, now you’re reaching and being a complete PC doosh. I hope you grow a pair.

  86. it doesn’t make it any better that they play music when their own players are hurt. Every Ravens game I’ve been to, music stops as soon as someone is down, REGARDLESS of what team they are on. If you were a doctor, and someone was potentially paralyzed, you would want silence too. Everytime someone gets injured at M&T bank, the entire stadium goes silent. It’s basic respect. And Clark was barely down at all. He got up and walked away himself, a little rattled but he was obviously fine. When McGahee didn’t move for a good minute and a half, that’s serious.
    I’ve not trashing the steelers, but i do feel that the field staff should have enough respect for EVERY player (regardless of the team) to tone things down when someone is significantly hurt. It has nothing to do with the players, because they werent the ones upstairs popping in cds.
    I have always, and always will, love the ravens. But I do put that aside when i say that Ray Lewis should not have been the only one taking a knee. Yes, all the players from both teams looked concerned, but when one out of who knows how many can take a knee, thats sad. And that reflects on both teams.

  87. Let’s see.. Can’t blame the refs, can’t blame cheapshots, can’t figure out a way to spin that the Steelers cheated…
    Let’s nitpick the music they played during an injury. Dopey people.

  88. Hey Florio, you realize that music was playing during the Browns game as BEN was being strapped to a board and carted off too, right?
    I mean you do know that, right? Did you write an article about that? If so, I’d like to see it…because I’m guessing you didn’t.

  89. I am a huge Steeler fan and I have to agree with Florio’s article. It is not about being “PC”, it is about class. Steeler fans in general have a tendency to think that their team is above all teams as far as class. Well, sorry, THIS Steeler fan thinks that was very classless. I mean, read the lyrics: “Down on the corner. Out into the Streets.” I mean, come on man. You have a guy laying there with an injury that looked horrible from a very hard hit. McGahee could have had a career ending injury, or been paralyzed, and they are playing music.

  90. I thought Ray Lewis trying to get the spotlight with his overacting to be more offensive than this…
    This is the same guy that whacked Welker a few weeks ago and it’s just as clean of a hit. This happens and honestly it’s the type of tempo the Pats have lost in their defense the last couple of years. It was a great hit and unfortunately it was one that injured a player…it’s the NFL and it happens.
    I hate the Steelers, but man would I love to have Troy Polumalu on the Pats…best overall defensive player in the league right now.
    When a guy goes over the middle full speed and a defender is doing the same this is going to happen. The music was tacky, but worthy of firing someone? I don’t think so.

  91. Wait a minute, isn’t the Ravens the ones that put “the hit” out on one of the Steelers?? Oh yes, they are. A little music is NO BIG DEAL, it’s football! Not the MAFIA!!!

  92. I’m sorry that this league source went this low. It was a nasty crash and I hope for a speedy recovery for McGahee but there’s one thing missing from this article: for a while, they were both down. Don’t try to pin this on the Steelers just because McGahee was on the opposing team and didn’t get up. If these injuries were flip-flopped and Clark was taken off on a stretcher, you would have heard nothing about music being played in the background. This league source is pathetic and should be fired.

  93. All the talk about the rivalry and you think we are going to be respectful towards the Ravens? LOL, I swear, do analysts actually watch the games or read other announcers/analysts columns and cut and paste?

  94. I am a Ravens fan. I am appalled at the tenor of this discussion and the choice to PLAY music especially considering the selection, while Willis was receiving medical attention. As the person stated earlier, at the Ravens stadium, music ceases in similar circumstances. This is not to disparage the Steelers or their fans, it is just how it is done in our stadium. Regarding the selection of music, please examine the chorus lyrics:
    “Down On The Corner out in the street
    Willy and the Poorboys are playin’;
    Bring a nickel; tap your feet.”
    I submit that this was intentional and not coincidental. Clearly it is not a stretch to infer that the person(s) that made the decision to play the music were equating “Willie and the Poorboys” to Willis McGahee and the Ravens. This blunts assertions that it was not directed at the Ravens. I would like to think that someone else realized the mean spirited intentions and transitioned the music to Santana to deflect the obvious backlash.
    Did the person(s) who did this think that a reference to being down and out was funny, witty or even cute while a player lays there and everyone is thinking paralysis or worse?
    Folks this is football not ROLLERBALL. I want my team to best the other team on the field and in the end, I want everyone to be able to go home to their families and enjoy life. I want fans to realize that as much as we want our teams to win, that we are all fortunate to be able to expend our energies enjoying sport rather than using it all on our basic survival. Please everyone take a note from the Ravens expression of fan policy where it implores “Have fun, root hard, but don’t be a jerk!!!

  95. As a UK viewer not limited as a fan of any particular team the discussion is very interesting.
    So, the words of the song taken out of context can be offensive – only if you take them out of the context of the song. Was Willis stuck in the corner, or onthe street – NO, he was playing a darned hard game – ducked his head to hit Clark and came off worse for wear. (Yes I watched it from many angles and immediately thought “Why duck your head?”).
    Finally – as my wife, who has no interest in NFL whatsoever said – what’s with the “I am so holy, I must be seen to be praying out on the field”. Come on Ray Lewis, we don’t need to see you, or was it a case of “gosh, someone else is getting all the attention, I had better get out on the pitch and bend a knee in supplication”.
    Classless for playing music – sorry I was worrying for Willis McGahee and Clark – I didn’t even notice the music.

  96. The Steelers Clark was down on the field too when the music played. I don’t see anyone whining about that. And the lyrics “Down on the corner, Out in the streets” doesn’t down on the field frrom an injury, and out cold. Too much sensitivty and stretching the meanings of lyrics. I just McGahee comes back from this in solid form and no long-term sustainment of injuries. He’s a great player on a rival and makes every Steelers-Ravens game worthwhile to watch.

  97. After watching the past two playoff games at Heinz Field, they need to fire that guy just simply based on his horrible taste in music. The Steelers tough image doesn’t mix well with gay ass techno.

  98. “His time will come. He’ll get his,” Bart Scott said of Ward. “He’ll come across the middle one day and someone will hit him or take out his knee. The guy will be fined and [Ward] will be gone. No one will care. No one will even care. No one will send him any cards saying they’re sorry. Not to that guy.
    “You reap what you sow.”
    Wow i feel really bad the stadium sound guy played “Down on the Corner”. You wanna talk about having no class… read the quote above. Quit being so damn sensitive.. weak story.

  99. Heinz Field is a union shop.
    No one’s getting fired.
    If the Steelers get enough complaints and deem it worthy,
    they’ll simply adjust the guidelines for the PA operator.
    If it is a problem, it deserves a solution instead of retribution.

  100. 1. All music at professional events from radio stations on up is pre-set and on a schedule, played by the Program Director. Therefore, the fact that Down On The Corner played during the big hit was coincidental. Blame the Program Director. I’m sure you can use Google and find out who the Program Director for Heinz Field is. If you really care about blaming a guy who picked music BEFORE the game even started.
    2. In fact, the playing of the song actually started BEFORE the hit. However, due to the delays in live broadcasts, it appeared to be playing after the hit had been made, because live audio is delayed when showing a replay. In this case the song had already started before the hit was made.
    3. Even if they were playing party music, it wasn’t apparent that McGahee had been injured at first. Which is not to say that the injury isn’t a horrible thing, nobody knew though. People get hit all the time and don’t wind up with injuries.
    4. In the end, this is just someone (i.e. a ‘source’ – which is really another name for Florio blowing his own whistle, if you know what I mean) who is way too sensitive about what was an accident and a coincidence. Nobody intended for McGahee to get hurt. I guarantee that someone would’ve said something if the Trophy Presentation wasn’t scripted (which, it is. Players and Coaches write and practice their speech BEFORE they take the podium for the Hunt Trophy, and their speech must be timely and approved by the NFL).
    5. Get well soon McGahee. Can’t express this enough.
    6. Go Steelers, win the Super Bowl.

  101. Great job, Florio. You have a knack for getting people to believe in things that just aren’t there.
    Are we really getting to the point where people are analyzing the lyrics of a song played when a guy is hurt? Really?
    I blame this mass pussiness (that’s EXACTLY what it is) on the internet and these types of discussion forums. It gives anonymous losers a reason to think of something besides the fact that the team they hate is in the Super Bowl. It gives people a forum to whine in and say things they wouldn’t say in a face-to-face situation. Great.

  102. I gotta say, I was sitting at home wondering about the music choices while McGahee was laying on the ground too. Should somebody lose their job? I don’t think it was THAT serious, since the person playing it was likely just doing their job, but under the circumstances, it DID seem to be in poor taste

  103. When Big Ben got hurt the music played, why did no one cry then? Maybe Florio’s source, what a freaking joke that is, did not call him. Take the L shut up and move on

  104. You can hear the music during the youtube clip on PFT of the hit. Even as a Steeler fan, that was in beyond poor taste. Someone needs a talking to if not a canning, then again, if you know their O-Line coach sent Goodell and the entire NFL fake Britney porn and was not fired, do you think the music guy is getting the axe?

  105. Vox Veritas says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 9:56 am
    “If you’re speaking of the playoffs then yes you are correct as it wouldn’t appear to be a Texas thing.”
    Bet you didn’t know that even though the Cowboys haven’t won a playoff game in like forever, they still have more playoff wins than the Steelers, who have been around since your grandpappy was a bitter Steagles fan.
    __________________________________________
    That just tells me they’ve choked more since they have the same number of championships. Bitterness lives is Dallas.

  106. Lets face it. Very classless by the steelers org. But thats what the league wants is the steelers in the superbowl. When they beat the seahawks they had the nfl officials on there side. The cardinals better be prepared for a game against the steelers and the nfl officials. Its ashame but the game probably shouldnt be played the nfl has decided who the champs will be. I for one wont watch what i watched when they and the nfl beat the seahawks.

  107. as was stated earlier ryan clark was also down on the play while the music was playing and they played music when ben was down 2 weeks ago. now what did they want us to do as we were accepting the chapionship trophy dedicate the game to mcghee or something. as a football player they probably realize that every play has the potential to be catastrophic. did ray lewis cry when he broke mendehalls shoulder during the first meeting between these teams…no he did not. instead suggs went on a radio talk show and said that there was a “bounty” out on mendenhall and ward….now theres some class for ya

  108. It’s music. I for one had no idea what was playing and certainly did not know the lyrics. Maybe they should have played “Amazing Grace.”
    The offending music came from Baltimore fans who completely disrepescted the singing of the NatiIt’s music. I for one had no idea what was playing and certainly did not know the lyrics. Maybe they should have played “Amazing Grace.”
    The offending music came from Baltimore fans who completely disrespected the singing of the National Anthem. Rather than honor America, Ravens fans make the Anthem about themselves waiting until “Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave” to scream out “O!” for the Orioles. Very sad how this disrespects the Anthem and the singing of it by one of country’s best female vocalists, Martina McBride. I have to think CBS thought it was cute as well because on the telecast the only time they cut away to the few Ravens fans singing was for this line to show them yell emphatically “O!”
    Very classless Ravens fans. Do what you want during the game but leave the National Anthem to respect this country.
    onal Athem.

  109. Some people are awfully cavalier about another man’s job. It was a song at an inopportune time. There’s no victim here. Life’s tough, kids, suck it up.
    If you would seriously put a man and his family in financial peril, in this economy, because he played some Creedence, you probably don’t know much about management. Or people.

  110. I explained this in my post earlier today.
    The music actually started playing during the play. However, after the hit was made, CBS switched back from live audio to recorded audio that was taken during the replay, and meshed into live audio using fillers (common practice in live televised events). However, this made it appear that Down On The Corner was playing AFTER the hit when the song actually started playing DURING the play.

  111. all week…”blah, blah, ray-ray gonna kill you”…”blah, blah, suga’s comin”…
    now look at you. look at this mangled wreckage of lost hope. are we really suggesting that kid (clark) purposely risked his own head and neck to intentionally paralyze another man during a relatively meaningless part of the game – and potentially be suspended (if not crippled himself) from playing in a game that would probably be the highlight of his life – then celebrate such action by dancing to a pre-planned arrangent of santana and “down on the corner” (neither of which have a literal interpretation remotely similar to the situation on the field).
    face it, if it wasnt the hit, it would have been someones face mask, or some poor referees blown-call fumble. its futile to argue with the delusional.
    you got busted up. mcgahee said it himself…and he found a way to say it absent all the drama. you got busted up. deal with it.
    sincerely,
    steeler nation

  112. I remember in week 17 when Big Ben was on the same field under the same conditions, I heard the EXACT same music when he was lying on the field with no idea what was wrong with him. Where was the uproar then?

  113. a really good article…it was truly terrifying watching the replay and concurrently listening to that music…maybe they thought it would be a good distractor?….i wonder if any of those who posted a negative response to the article had a son, and that was their son, potentially facing a life-altering injury or even death…would they be so flip with their responses to the music…one really has to wonder?….it’s frightening how anesthetized some people have become

  114. @ fugitive:
    Yeah because the refs were playing qb when Hasseldouche threw that pass directly to Ike Taylor, the refs were the ones playing DB when Willie Parker took off for the longest run in SB history, the refs couldn’t sack Roethlisberger when he threw the bomb in the first half to Ward that set up the first TD, and the refs were the ones who didn’t know the end around pass from Randle El was coming.
    The refs also were in the steelers pocket in the divisional round when they freaking admitted they blew Polamalu’s interception.
    And by the way, if you ever have even watched a single Steelers game you would know that had the same refs let James Harrison get held on oh, 100% of the plays.
    Very intelligent argument you pose.

  115. Be quiet about the silly sound system operator. As Hines ward clearly stated, the Ravens “wanted” the Steelers and did they ever get them! Good to see McGahee and Corey Ivy both wake up from the devastating hits. By the way, someone tell Ed Reed the game was LAST Sunday, cause he sure failed to show up. Polamalu was clearly the BEST safety on the field Sunday!

  116. Why the 2 references to “a few other teams would have done this”? You’re not suggesting that Baltimore is a one of the squeakier teams in the league are you? Your argument lost all credibility with the inclusion of that.

  117. “Justice4All says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 11:35 pm
    It was flatout bs. Very tacky, and must be addressed pronto. People wonder why those outside Pittsburgh hate that organization.”
    ARE YOU KIDDING ME THE STEELERS HAVE LIKE THE 3RD BIGGEST FANBASE IN THE COUNTRY…GET OVER IT PEOPLE THEY COULD OF PLAYED L.L COOL J’S “MOMMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT”

  118. One truly offensive thing in this world is not the unfortunate music played at the time of the hit but RATHER the amazingly disturbing crime statistics in the pit called BALTIMORE. How about cleaning up that putrid place of its dirtiness and criminals then complain about a song. This world’s priorities are whacked.

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