PittGirl is okay.

You know what? I’m okay with this.

And I’m not just saying that but then later finding myself curled in the fetal position, sobbing on the floor of my shower. I mean okay as in tomorrow morning I am going to grab my coffee, catch my bus, pick up the Post-Gazette, kick a pigeon, and greet the security guards and I won’t have thought of Joey Porter one time.

That surprises me.

Now if this was Troysus, there would definitely be rending of the garments, running of the shower water and sucking of the thumb.

Hat tip to Chris.





39 Comments

  1. Dave
    March 1, 2007 8:09 pm

    I think we’ll miss Joey! Either that or one of our divional enemies will grab him so he gets to play us twice a season. He was a leader, and his play wasn’t going downhill for a few more years. This is one of those…OK what really happened? I don’t want Big Ben pasted by this guy trying to prove he shouldn’t have been cut. You want to face Joey when he’s pissed? Who’s gonna kiss the coach now, Casey?



  2. My Brilliant Mistakes
    March 1, 2007 8:24 pm

    I’m heart-torn, but I console myself by remembering that I felt the same way in the past when … well, when any Steeler I liked was released. Some of them went on to good things elsewhere, some fizzled. In any case, the Steelers as a team went on.

    In some cases, opening a spot allows someone unexpected to step forward.

    Pre-season holdouts are a huge burden to a team, and the Steelers have a big enough hurdle this year with taking on a new coach. I’m not saying that a player shouldn’t hold out — that’s just about the only tactic they’ve got against a monopolistic employer system, and the NFL is a bitch of a monopoly. But holding out has these other repercussions in the team dynamic, and even a team leader would have a lot of ground to recover after a nasty contract negotiation. (Just ask Hines.) Pile that on a team with their first major change in head coach and coaching staff in 15 seasons.

    So. Porter is gone, and we’ll miss him like the dickens. The big question now is: Who bids highest to pick him up?



  3. SteelerTribute
    March 1, 2007 10:39 pm

    “What really happened” is that J Peezy is NOT a good player anymore. The guy who sits next to me at Heinz Field and I made it a point to watch Porter from start to finish on a bunch of plays the past two seasons because we were trying to prove to each other that he lost a step, and the only time he would even get remotely close to the QB is when he was unblocked. True, he provided some great memories, but it’s time for the Steelers to move on.



  4. bucdaddy
    March 1, 2007 11:05 pm

    Steelers have a pretty good track record at knowing when to let go of washed-up players. One less loudmouth drawing attention (and bullets) to himself won’t hurt either.



  5. Woy
    March 1, 2007 11:31 pm

    As Bob Sugar once said, “This ain’t show friends, it’s show business.”



  6. Jeeperz
    March 2, 2007 8:33 am

    Ehh…Steelers front office seem to know when to hold em and when to cut ’em….I always thought he was over rated for the most part to be honest. Before you know it, someone will step in, play out of his mind and then we will all be like “Peazy? Puh-leezy”

    Lets all “move forward” now and look forward to the new season. DRINK! Sorry I had to get a Lukey reference in : )



  7. Sofa King
    March 2, 2007 8:44 am

    At first I was set back by this move, but as someone stated, Kevin Colbert & Co. seem to know what they’re doing. Besides, it wouldn’t be a Steelers pre-season if we didn’t lose at least 1 or 2 players that I couldn’t imagine losing.



  8. Matt H
    March 2, 2007 8:50 am

    It was a good move that had to be made.



  9. Chris
    March 2, 2007 8:52 am

    Ya problem is now I need to buy another jersey! Last three I bought players were released the next year (Burress, Randel El, Porter). Is there anyone that you guys think needs to go because I will buy their jersey?



  10. the_suburbanite
    March 2, 2007 9:02 am

    What are his pit bulls going to eat?



  11. Sofa King
    March 2, 2007 9:07 am

    Stay away from Ward, Polamalu, and Parker, please!

    How about a nice Jerame Tuman jersey. He’s pretty much expendable now, right?

    Okay, not to contradict my prior comment, but does anyone else think the “cap casualty” excuse is pretty thin?



  12. Erin
    March 2, 2007 9:58 am

    I say good riddance. Overrated and makes the team look bad with his mouth.



  13. bucdaddy
    March 2, 2007 10:09 am

    I like that in his laudatory column today, Cook says Porter was the victim of a random, drive-by shooting, as if Porter has just as much chance of getting shot if he’s home asleep in bed as when he’s hanging out in front of gangsta bars at 2 in the morning.



  14. Diane K
    March 2, 2007 10:53 am

    Sorry, but this is crap. You don’t boot the emotional leader of your defense (if not your whole team), because he is going to get a million dollar bonus.

    I think this is a bad sign about our new “coach” who is obviously peeing in his big girl panties at the thought of big bad peezy holding out for money due him. He doesn’t want anyone “questioning my author i tay” so he cuts an All Pro player who got this team to a Super Bowl victory only a year ago??? What a pussy.

    This is BS and I am really really worried about my beloved Steelers.



  15. parking chair
    March 2, 2007 11:14 am

    Porter had a bad season, lost a step, and as cook pointed out, six of his 7 sacks came against sorry teams. This tells me one thing – expect a linebacker in the first round of the draft. Also, every time I’d see Arnold Harrison in the game, he made a play. This may be his time to step up and become a star. Remember, Joey Porter came in and replaced Greg Lloyd.

    This also is a way for Tomlin to say “there’s a new sheriff in town.” Porter was Cowher’s guy, and this is his way of reminding the entire team that the past is just that.

    Oh, and they DID need to make cap room, that was the easiest way to do it. On a side note, too bad for Veron Haynes – guess that “Pittsburgh Magazine Cover Curse” is real.



  16. Kendal
    March 2, 2007 12:46 pm

    It had to happen–salary cap–it was a matter of time. I will miss him. Oh, and Erin–your QB isn’t a distraction?



  17. Pat
    March 2, 2007 12:49 pm

    I’m sorrier than most to see Porter go (I once took the same flight as he did — he rides coach!) but the realist football analyst in me doesn’t see this as a tremendous blow to the team.

    While I do think Porter isn’t necessarily past his prime, the Steelers have a knack for letting go of a player at the point where everyone says, “What are you doing dumping this guy?” until said guy proceeds to fade away. Porter has probably three great seasons left, and will be an instant contributor to whichever team pays too much money to sign him (hey there, Dan Snyder!) But while he’ll make a lot of impact to spite the critics in the first year, I wonder whether he can keep that up past this first year.

    Also, this has nothing to do with Tomlin, it was the front office saying “there’s a new sheriff in town” as well as “we can’t afford this dude”.

    I think Joey will actually play the Rod Woodson role here: sad to leave, but without the long-term bitterness.



  18. Diane K
    March 2, 2007 1:10 pm

    This has everything to do with Tomlin – although I agree that he doesn’t have the balls to make this decision all by his little self. This is the front office protecting their new coach from a strong player.
    There has already been talk about how some players preferred Whis or Grimm (which is pretty standard, I guess) and this is the Rooney regime making sure that no one upsets their precious new boy.

    I think this move is much more than cutting someone who is moderately expensive and might be done in about 4 years. I think this is the sign of a whiny pussy of a supposed ‘coach’ who is going to hide behind the skirts of the Rooney family so that the big bad players won’t hurt his wittle feelings.



  19. The Comet
    March 2, 2007 1:35 pm

    Two words: RODNEY BAILY



  20. Jeeperz
    March 2, 2007 2:27 pm

    Those are some big assumptions youre putting up there…it sounds as if someone isnt a big fan of the new coach…

    Diane…you sure your last name isnt Grimm? You seem a little bitter

    Porter and his midget-horse eatin dogs are outtie..thanks for the memories Joey…lets move forward….DRINK…Giddy-up!



  21. Diane K
    March 2, 2007 2:33 pm

    No Grimm here. I don’t think he would have been the best choice, IMHO it would have been Whis.

    However, I was psyched for the new coach until this dumba$$ move.

    I agree it sends out all kinds of signals. I just think they are the wrong kind.

    His honeymoon is offically over. There’s a new a$$hat in town.



  22. Jeeperz
    March 2, 2007 2:52 pm

    I agree D…Whis was my first choice and what we all thought would have been the logical choice.

    I dont think it was that big of a deal…the Steelers have cut loose some great players…Rod Woodson is the first guy that came to mind…and the Yinzer-nation was thinking that it was crazy…and team was going to crap…and they dont know what theyre doin (actually I was on that bandwagon Ill be honest)

    But after things died down and players started stepping up in his place…it wasnt that big of deal afterall…

    Im just tryin to give the new coach the benefit of the doubt…now if they loose more than 2 games in a row…EVER…who knows..I’ll join you on the a$$hat bandwagon



  23. Pinto Alegre
    March 2, 2007 3:29 pm

    Wow….the first action under the Tomlin regime and Diane calls him out as a pussy? Give me a break. The Rooneys have always been smart business people and saving the $5 mil Joey was owed this year. I appreciate the years of service he gave to us, but I don’t think it’s appropriate to make those comments about Coach Tomlin or the Rooneys. If you sit back and look at the big picture — instead of chiming in while you’re still emotional about the news — you’ll see that it’s a smart move for the Steelers. Hearing this makes me respect Coach Tomlin more, not less!



  24. Erin
    March 2, 2007 3:34 pm

    Kendal, I still don’t have 100% use of my voice after screaming for Charlie Batch all season. Roethlisberger was great before he got his ego. Watching Brady and Manning made me realize just how far Roethlisberger has to go. And yeah, definitely a distraction. The Steelers are supposed to be the classy team in the NFL – no trash talking, no arrests, no distractions…and I really feel like we’ve been losing that distinction in the past couple of years.



  25. ed
    March 2, 2007 4:29 pm

    when we’re able to re-sign faneca and polamalu with ease, we’ll take it for granted, but make no mistake, it’ll be because we let porter go. i don’t like it any more than pittgirl, but when you have players like troy polamalu, ben roethlisberger, aaron smith, alan faneca, casey hampton, hines ward, willie parker, and now santonio holmes, you have to make some sacrifices for the future of the team and for the fans.



  26. Kendal
    March 2, 2007 5:17 pm

    Maybe you are right–I guess distractions are distractions. But at least Porter is a jackass for all to see. I used to be quite a fan of Roethlisberger, but after the season (and some of it was understandable) and MOST notably his 2007 Television Tour–I’m officially off the bandwagon of Ben Roethlisberger. He is cocky and ridiculous. I have never seen such a walking contradiction. I’ll miss Porter, but hopefully it was for the best and the Steelers will do well this upcoming season.



  27. BURGH
    March 2, 2007 10:51 pm

    Porter’s play declined. End of story.

    Diane, go bake me a pie.



  28. Diane K
    March 3, 2007 9:24 am

    We just cut a 29 year old All Pro who was key in our super bowl victory. We’ll see how the story plays out.

    Burgh, go wash my car.



  29. bucdaddy
    March 3, 2007 10:44 am

    Fresh pies and clean cars? You two sound like you’re made for each other. … And what kind of nickname is J Peezy anyway? Inspires fear, doesn’t it? Ugh. Nothing like “Mean Joe” (“Mean Joey”? hahahahaha. That’s so scary it makes me think of “Full House.”) or even “The Hammer.” Get a REAL nickname, JoPo. And enjoy your time with the Browns.



  30. Bruce Flach
    March 3, 2007 10:46 am

    Diane I’m with you. This is all about protecting the new coach. Hey Pinto Bean (Closet Browns fan?) the Rooneys are not always the great buiness men you claim they are. Chad Brown, Mike Vrable, Len Dawson, Johnny U, (just to name a few)I could go on and on. One thing is for certain, evaluating the relasing and trading players can only be done in retrospect. Only time will tell if this was a good move or not. Get ready Steeler fans, Alan Faneca may be next. This would be a far more damaging move. Thanks for the memeories Joey. I’m glad to see James Harrison get a shot. Let’s see how well he handles the road.



  31. Toni
    March 3, 2007 3:03 pm

    Alright I’ll curl up fetal for ya. I loved Joey Porter…yeah he had a big mouth, yeah he’s got pit bulls with even bigger mouths. So he’s not at his peak. The players loved him…he was a leader and a warrior. I shudder to think the Bungles, Ravens, or Brownies will get him and yes, all 3 are seriously looking him over. Hope ya get the big bucks Joey, you’ve given me alot of memories. God I hope the new memories aren’t you playing for a rival divisional foe. Best of luck to ya Peezy!



  32. Pinto Alegre
    March 3, 2007 10:01 pm

    Good ole Bruce….has to resort to name calling to make a point. This is the same sh*t you pulled in another posting about the Steelers — so I’m not really surprised by your immature comments. They are to be expected now.

    As for being a closet Browns fan — are you kidding me? I step up to defend the Rooneys and their decisions and you accuse me of being a traitor? You really are retarded.



  33. francophile
    March 4, 2007 3:00 pm

    So, take away the money issue, who else on the team has proven (PROVEN) to be as productive and inspiring as JP. Can’t say anything for sure about Tomlin but I sure hope he wasn’t intimidated by Joey’s influence. It’s good to see that so many Steeler fans are willing to wait another 25 years by praising what has ALWAYS happened? They always replace with better talent? Really? So why the quarter century gap?



  34. James
    March 4, 2007 6:27 pm

    It’s nice to see Bruce and Pinto at it again. There may be nothing worse than a “racist closet Brown’s fan”.

    Porter will be missed in some way shape or form, but he was definitely on the decline and it was time. Sadly, Porter may have actually benefitted from a 4-3 getting away from the blockers. Unfortunately for such a conservative team we are cap heavy.

    James Harrison will get a shot and he is a beast in his own right. Look for possibly two stud linebackers to be picked up in the draft. Porter’s not the only one that’s aging…

    Any thoughts on the 1st pick?

    Posluszny,Timmons, Adams?!



  35. Pinto Alegre
    March 4, 2007 10:45 pm

    I’m glad you find some humor in Bruce’s replies to my postings. I feel sorry for him. I really do. Being a racist and closeted Browns fan is the furthest thing from the truth.

    I’d like to know how many years Bruce has been a season ticket holder — if at all. Let his actions speak louder than his words. Anyone can post comments on a blog for free. I want to know how much of his hard earned cash he’s put into supporting his team. Zero? You don’t say! Wow..I’m totally surprised. NOT!

    I’d actually buy him a beer at a game if I met him. It’s always good to be nice to the less fortunate in our world.



  36. Bruce Flach
    March 5, 2007 2:36 am

    Pinto Bean

    You are so easy. You have To have a thicker skin dude. I guess you have never been anywhere but the burgh. I have traveled to Steeler games across America in my own Chauffeured Limo, as well as frequent flyer miles out the wahzoo. I have been to almost every venue (Some now extinct) in The NFL. Been to countless games in Pittburgh and on the road since 1970. I was in attendance at Super Bowl XL ($$$) AND Super Bowl XIII ($$) (Which was probably before you were even born.) You couldn’t afford to pay my driver($$$) what I’ve spent on games over the last 30 something years. And I always arrive with an Entourage of rabid Steeler fans ($$$).

    You started with the name calling when you labled people racist just because they disliked Tomlin being picked over others for head coach. I just paid you back in your own coin sir! All people were really doing was disagreeing with you. In America we have freedom of speech – the right to disagree. You really need to get ahold of your emotions dude, it’s just a blog. Meet me at the Hall of Fame Game this summer (One of many Steeler Games, home and away, I will attend). I’ll stand you for that beer. If you have never been to the Hall come check it out. We can stroll together. When we get to the Steeler wing I’m sure we will have lots to agree on!!
    PS I was only kidding about you being a closet Browns Fan! No hard feelings man.



  37. Pinto Alegre
    March 5, 2007 2:50 pm

    Bruce, let’s stop the name calling. The name is Pinto Alegre, not Pinto Bean. If you actually looked my name up, you’d get a kick out of it!

    Let’s also agree that we love the Steelers. I’m old enough to remember all of the Super Bowls even though I couldn’t go to any of them in a limo!

    Let’s channel our energy into discussing the team like adults. I come to this blog for the humor of PittGirl’s writings as well as the lively discussions that her postings create. I do not want to argue with you or anyone else. OK?



  38. Susanne
    March 5, 2007 8:29 pm

    I understand this was a business move. I do not question this fact. Only thing is, if our F.O. is supposed to be one of the best at managing the cap, why couldnt this be avoided? Not so good with projected figures there FO. There are just SO many changes now. I liked the Tomlin hire and thought we could give it a great run again this year. Not so sure right now. Lost ALOT of the pieces of the puzzle 2005. Now I have to agree with the glass half empty rebuilding year blow hards….. good bye Big Nasty D



  39. porter is a pussy
    March 20, 2007 3:45 pm

    this guy is nothing but a thug and pussy… he starts a fight in a casino and needs his crew to back his loud mouth, overrated ass up…. goodbye “joey”.. you da fag now.