The Pittsburgh Steelers have had all they can stand and they can’t stands no more…
A day after James Harrison was slapped with yet another ludicrous fine, his teammates are firing back. And they’re not just speaking in the bland sound bites you typically hear from athletes. Nope, they’re taking aim directly at the corrupt dictator doing everything in his power (and many things which aren’t) to bring them down: Roger Goodell.
Hines Ward is one of the most intelligent, well-spoken players in football. That’s why President Obama named him to his Advisory Commission on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. Hines sees the big picture and isn’t afraid to speak his mind. I have no doubt Hines will be a Senator or Congressman some day. But in the meantime, he’s reserving his verbal beatdowns for the idiots running the NFL.
The league doesn’t care about us anyway. They don’t care about the safety of the game. If the league was so concerned about the safety, why are you adding two more games on? You talk about you don’t want players to drink … and all you see is beer commercials. You don’t want us to gamble, but then there are [NFL-endorsed lottery scratch-off games].
Ouch. Hines just gave the Ginger Dictator the ass-beating his momma should have gave him. I wonder if any of his bought-and-paid-for minions in the media will dare call him on any of these things. My guess is they won’t because heaven forbid anybody question the precious NFL.
Oh and make no mistake, Hines reference to not wanting players to drink is a direct shot at Ben Roethlisberger‘s unwarranted suspension. To enlighten the uninformed, Ben wasn’t suspended for banging some skank in a bathroom stall. Ginger’s official statement when announcing the suspension didn’t mention that at all. The league’s ruling was Ben was being punished for “being in the presence of and facilitating the ability of minors consuming alcohol.” As if it’s Ben’s fault some dopey sorority chick decided to get bombed and the local hick bartender can’t stop staring at her boobs long enough to card her.
I used to think the NHL and MLB were run by two of the biggest fools in sports history but Ginger has them beat by a long shot. Everything Hines said was true. Even more, the NFL sells sex (stripper poles in Cowboys Stadium?) and violence (seen those DVD compilations of vicious hits? They sell ‘em on NFL.com) in addition to the booze and gambling. Yet if their players engage in any of those actions, they earn a letter from the Ginger Dictator.
Does anybody realize that if dogging a groupie while drinking a beer and then going out the next day and laying out a QB was frowned upon in the 70s, half of the Steel Curtain would’ve been suspended EVERY WEEK?
Hines isn’t the only one fed up. LaMarr Woodley, on his fantastic Facebook page, is posting pro-Silverback photoshops in his album. The human ATM one is my personal fave. Everybody hates their boss but how many times have you seen a player openly goof on their assclown commissioner like that? Mad props to Mr. Woodley for also standing up for what is right.
Oh and for the one or two mouthbreathing Raven fans who’ve decided to visit this blog before your annual gut-punch courtesy of Big Ben, even your boys are standing up for James Harrison. Terrell Suggs, who has made his dislike of the Steelers well-known, had this to say yesterday:
Your guy over there, No. 92 [Harrison], I think he is red-flagged. The referees are kind of looking for him. Even if he breathes on a quarterback wrong, he might get a flag. … I think they are looking at him more closely than they are everybody else in the league.
Suggs even stood up for Ben, who was roughed up while on the ground by dirty Bills players on at least two occasions a week after the league turned a blind eye to the criminal assault perpetuated by Richard Seymour. Suggs noted:
The league has their favorites. One being in Indy [Manning] and one being with that team up north [Brady]. Besides those two, everybody is fair game. Like I always said, Carson Palmer got his knee hurt in 2005, but there was no rule made. Then Tom Brady got hit in the knee and all of a sudden there is rule and possible suspensions, excessive fines. It’s just getting ridiculous.
It’s pretty sad when I’m not only quoting Ratbirds on my blog but AGREEING with them. At least for once they’re whining over a worthy cause. See, you can use your powers for good. When even those thugs can see the league has it out for the Steelers, you know something is terribly wrong.
So what about the man at the eye of the storm? What has James Harrison have to say about the controversy surrounding him?
It’s starting to look like it’s OK to cheat, it’s OK to fight, but if you hit somebody too hard, we’re going to fine you a whole bunch. Maybe it’s because I play for the Steelers, who knows?
We know, James, we know. It is because you play for the Black and Gold. The Steelers players know it, the Steelers opponents know it, Steeler Nation knows it, even the media is beginning to recognize it. It’s funny, there used to be a time when the Raiders were the rebels of the NFL. But they earned that reputation through all sorts of underhanded and borderline criminal actions. It looks like the Steelers are the new rebels, although just like in Star Wars, they’re on the side of good fighting against an evil Empire hellbent on bringing them to their knees. And we all know how that story ends.
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