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Ben is married now & I'm sure this nonsense dragging on for 4 years was taking it's toll on the new marriage. It's clear this woman is not sane & this would have dragged on forever since her lawyers knew, and rightly so, that Ben would eventually settle just to be done with it.
2 years, 8 months ago on One Down, One to Go: Roethlisberger Reaches a Settlement in Lake Tahoe Case
Fair enough on the Foote issue, although I do seem to recall him spelling Farrior last season as well. I saw Farrior miss a possible tackle on Rice on his TD run. He knifed in just as he should have but then led with his shoulder instead of putting his arms out in an attempt to wrap up. Not saying he would have made the tackle, but he certainly may have. After that he was spelled by Foote. @AdamMeckler
3 years ago on Mike Tomlin: The Heat Is On
Saying a guy has earned playing time is not a promise. It's coach speak. Anyone who has played sports knows that.
And if you look at each of those teams since '92 you will find reasons. Players gone, coaches gone, injuries, etc. Getting to the SB is one of the HARDEST things to do in any sport. I'm far more surprised when a team does return than doesn't. Shesh, it's hard enough just to make the playoffs, and that's what really matters is making the playoffs. You can't get into the SB without making the playoffs. I bet that streak doesn't go back to '92, does it? @Kimmy
"Essentially"? What *exactly* did he say? Because "essentially" was likely just coach speak. And remember what they say in the betting world, regarding your SB comments, "trends are for suckers". If you research teams that fail to make the playoffs the following season you'll see that in most cases there were legitimate reasons for them missing. It has nothing to do with them having played in the SB the year before. 2006 for example. Cowher clearly mailed it in, Faneca wanted out and a young Ben, due to a motorcycle accident & appendectomy, had NO time to work with the offense in the offseason. I still believe that if Cowher had held Ben out the first few games things *may* have gone differently for us that season.
This is similar to people who believe in the stupid "Madden Curse". HUNDREDS of players are hurt in the NFL every season. Many of them STAR players. Has absolutely noting to do with being on the cover of Madden. Hell, many of those players are hurt in years they aren't on the cover as well.
McFadden was left in single coverage most of the day as we were doubling Evans. Why I don't know, but that's the route LeBeau chose. Our defense is going to give up passing yards. That is by design. Bend but don't break. Give up yards, but keep the opponent out of the endzone. I know what's coming next, but before you reply, research how many teams have given the ball away 7 times in one game & managed to keep the opponent out of the endzone. I think you'll find a very short list.
If people want to buy into something foolish without examining it beyond the surface and I see it you'd better believe I'm going to call them on it. @Kimmy
First off, moving a guy from the focal point of our O line (center) to tackle is simply foolish at best. Moving a guard is not nearly as critical.
Secondly, this piece is full of fail...but I'll stick with the most obvious. NFL personnel use a draft value chart when making trades. It helps them determine the value of what is being offered. Link is here: http://www.sportznutz.com/nfl/draft/draft_point_value_chart.htm
Mike Pouncey was taken 15th overall. According to the chart his value is 1,050. Assuming the Dolphins were willing to trade out of 15 to let us take Pouncey we would have to give up our #1 pick (Heyward, 31st overall) for 600 points, our #2 pick (Gilbert, 63rd overall) for 276 points and we STILL have 174 points to make us somewhere. That's a mid 3rd round pick. We didn't even have one of them to give. We took Curtis Brown 95th overall. That's only 120 points. Still leaves us in a 54 point deficit.
Simply put, we would have given up far too much to take one player who had yet to play a down in the NFL.
The Steelers front office is not that foolish. Thankfully.
3 years ago on Is Pouncey Answer to Colon's Injury and Steelers O-Line Woes?
McFadden had great coverage on the TD to Boldin. It was a perfect throw to a spot where only Boldin had a shot at it. If Mike Wallace catches a TD like that we all praise him for making an amazing catch. But when an opponent does it we blame our DB. Can't have it both ways. Give credit where credit is due.
To assume that a coach "promises" playing time to someone is asinine at best. 51 missed a few opportunities and looked winded. Foote came in, just as he has before. Nothing more.
The "grape squashing" comment makes perfect sense. You don't just squash grapes & then have wine ready to consume. There are a lot of steps in between. Tomlin is saying in that game they didn't take those steps.
Antonio Pierce said sometimes a team in your division has your number on a certain day and that's what happened to the Steelers. Anyone remember when we had their number on MNF with Ben throwing FIVE scoring passes in the first half alone? We had their number that night. We beat them 38-7.
Blowouts happen from time to time. They are a rare exception and not the rule.
@MikeCruz True that & thank you! Btw, my comments weren't directed at you...just at the fans with the "holier than thou" attitude. Those are the fans who give the rest of us a bad name!
3 years ago on Is Big Ben Ready to Be Captain Again?
It matters to me because the man was never convicted of any crime yet Steelers fans didn't hesitate to turn their backs on him and/or judge him due to this misguided notion that the Steelers are held to a higher standard. Do the names Bam Morris, Ernie Holmes, Greg Lloyd, Carlton Haselrig, Justin Strzelczyk, etc etc etc ring any bells?
Most fans didn't even wait to see what type of supposed evidence there was before deciding his guilt. Did you know they only needed a DNA sample ONE BILLIONTH the size of a raisin to prove there had been sexual contact...and that they didn't even have that? Did you know the chick in GA talked to the police only after her friend, who was kicked out of the VIP area earlier that night for calling Ben a rapist because he wasn't paying any attention to her, called a cop over and coerced her into telling this tale?
And don't give me that "he shouldn't have been behaving this way" bullshit. Have you ever been around professional athletes when they were out and women were around? As a person who has tended bar for nearly 2 decades I can tell you that I have, and I've seen A LOT. People are clueless as to what women do to get close to these athletes. The only thing Ben is guilty of is doing something thousands of pro athletes before him have done...pursuing the pussy that was offered up to him.
The Steelers have a history of players with issues just like other teams. Some teams have more, some have less, but all have some. And that's something that won't change.
It doesn't matter what the fans think...what matters is that his teammates wanted him to be captain and he's captain. Fuck off fans...it's not for you to judge. The fans need to get over themselves...the sooner the better.
That's why it matters to me.
Thankfully the players don't give a shit what you think. @MikeCruz
His teammates voted for him. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.
I believe there are petitions floating around the www and I'm pretty sure there is a firegoodell.com or something like that too. But fans love the NFL & will continue to support it. People will grumble about it and eventually move on like they always do. Goodell's not going anywhere unless the owners want him gone or he decides to leave on his own. I don't like it either, but that's the way it is. @dfm
3 years ago on Roger Goodell's inconsistency issuing penalties is tainting his tenure as NFL commissioner
Unfortunately, the owners are Goodell's employer & they like what he's doing so he's not going anywhere. The Rooney family fully endorsed his hiring. Goodell is a lapdog doing the dirty work for the owners & the owners love it. We're stuck with this guy for the forseable future. @dfm
To clarify, Goodell doesn't call me from time to time, he calls fans who have left him messages from time to time. I happened to be one of those fans once. My call was about the "going to the ground rule" for pass receivers. I was shocked to hear a voicemail from him LOL!
You're wrong again. The length of his suspension isn't an indicator of anything.
The NFL, per their rules, HAD to let him into the Sup Draft otherwise they are subject to lawsuit.
The NCAA *did* change his situation after the regular NFL draft because Pryor came out and said, "I took money." As soon as he said that his NCAA eligibility was gone.
So to sum it all up, Pryor said he was going to go back to school, changed his mind AFTER the NFL draft, was told he wasn't eligible for the Sup draft because his situation hadn't changed so he admitted to taking money (something he previously FAILED to admit) so that his situation did change. Once he admitted that he lost his NCAA eligibility and the NFL had to allow him to enter the Sup draft, or face all kinds of employment & labor lawsuits.
So Goodell did the only thing he could do to send a message that this loophole is not one the NFL will accept: he issued a suspension. A suspension that had absolutely NOTHING to do with the NCAA.He had to punish Pryor in some way to prevent the floodgates of players trying to take this same route to the NFL. It undermines the entire system that is in place.
Do yourself, and all of us, a favor...google "Bernie Kosar Rule" and do some reading so you'll see what this is all about. Educate yourself so you understand the importance of not allowing players to skirt the NFL draft unscathed.
I do not like Roger Goodell. I have called his office several times (he even called me back once, as he does from time to time), I have emailed his office and I tweet @nflcommish all the time telling him how I believe he is ruining the NFL with rules that penalize the defense for playing football & for his inconsistency when it comes to punishments.
Despite my hatred for what this man is doing to the game I have loved for over 4 decades now, the Pryor situation is one that he got right & I applaud him for it. If you understood fully why he did it & what could happen if he didn't then I believe you would agree. He needed to do something or the draft as we know it (and love it) would become a shadow of itself. I don't want that and I don't think you do either.
That's not true. He was suspended for violating the spirit of the NFL draft. He said he was going to go back to college, then AFTER the draft he said he wanted to go pro. The NFL said, "You can't enter the supplemental draft because you are still college eligible." So TP said, "I took cash...there...I'm not NCAA eligible anymore so let me in."
So the NFL did the right thing in an attempt to prevent others from trying this tactic.
His NFL suspension has absolutely NOTHING to do with NCAA violations.
Actually, Ben was suspended for SIX games & it was later reduced to four. Don't forget no suspension for Albert Haynesworth or Cedric Benson either. Then there's the whole Perrish Cox matter as well. Goodell is a fraud.
The fact that you feel the same way a lot of people do shows that you didn't take the time to really examine what he tweeted. Because a lot of people simply read & react without putting any thought into it. You can keep justifying your position, but just as you've done with Mendenhall, my opinion of you will not change. I can move on too, but I will always know that you are just another person who has an opinion on something they didn't put much thought into. Peace. @Kimmy
3 years, 1 month ago on Steelers MMQB: Should players like Ward and Harrison be punished for “violations” of the personal conduct policy during the lockout?
That's a cop out. "Controversial" or not, he did nothing illegal or immoral. He did nothing wrong. But jumping on the Mendenhall bashing bandwagon satisfies your need to feel superior so float on.... @Kimmy
I see that you stated he shouldn't be punished, but I still don't think you understand what Mendenhall was trying to convey in his tweets. You, like many others, let your righteous indignation get in the way of understanding what he meant. He wasn't showing sympathy for bin Laden, he was talking about mankind as a whole. I understand where he's coming from. I didn't celebrate the death of a man when bin Laden was killed. I celebrated the end of his ability to terrorize people. Can you see the difference?
As for the 911 Conspiracy stuff, I disagree with him, but there are tons of 911 conspiracy theorists out there. I simply dismiss them, as most people do. If that's his opinion, disagree with it all you want, but don't you dare challenge his right as an American to express it. Steelers player or not, it doesn't matter. We are Americans first and foremost, and the Constitution guarantees us the right to express our opinions.@Kimmy
Agree with everything except your shots at Mendenhall. It's clear you, like so many others, choose to ignore what it is he actually said and instead insist he said something he didn't.