I haven’t written much about the Steelers lately, have I? Due in part to so little time. Due in part to lack of omph. Due in part to WHERE DO I START?!
1. As you know, Troysus accused the NFL of trying to make American football into a “pansy league” of “two-hand touch” tackling.
Troysus. Opened his mouth and criticized the organization that gives him a job. Troysus. The man who spends four hours in church each week learning to be patient and loving. Troysus. The man who probably graciously says “excuse me” to every french fry-munching pigeon that he steps around. THAT Troysus basically called the NFL a bunch of pansies.
2. Word is out today that the Ravens have/had a bounty on Rashard Mendenhall and Hines Ward. A bounty that was probably paid to Ray Lewis who said, according to Dan Patrick about the tackle that put Mendenhall out for the season:
“The force was freaking incredible,” Patrick quotes Lewis about the tackle. “After the play, I wasn’t screaming, ‘He’s hurt.’ I was screaming, ‘He’s done.’ “
And you thought you couldn’t hate Ray Lewis any more than you already did. Silly you. Just like there is infinite love in the universe (I’m pretty sure that’s what WiiSteve whispers to me during deep breathing), there is also infinite hate.
3. Hines Ward, as you know, believes that everyone hates him and he doesn’t believe that anyone in the whole world thinks that he can ever amount to anything, and that includes his coach, his mama, God, and Jesus Christ. So it shouldn’t surprise you when he says:
“I’ve been having a bounty for five years now,” Ward said.
4. Now, putting his “nobody puts Baby in a corner!” attitude aside, let’s address this:
Is Hines Ward a dirty player?
Due to the recent fines levied on him for unnecessary roughness on plays on which he drew no penalties, and also due to the fact that he broke rookie Keith Rivers’ jaw to take him out for the season, the whispers have escalated to a roar.
Hines Ward is a dirty player.
I am PittGirl. Hear me roar. Er. Wait. No. I am PittGirl. I try to put things in my head and look at them from both sides of the fence before hopping off and here’s the thing … there’s got to be a reason that Hines Ward is regularly voted as one of the dirtiest players in SI’s players poll.
If you’re not a member of Steeler Nation, it’s because he’s a dirty player. If you ARE a member of Steeler Nation, it is because he is a complete wide receiver who plays tough and isn’t afraid to bruise his body.
As I sit on my fence here, I ask myself …
If TJ Houshmandzadeh had a reputation as a tough blocker, a dirty player, came into Heinz Field, laid Troy Polamalu flat with a tackle, breaking Troysus’ jaw in the process, stomped away like a gorilla, beating his chest in victory while the prostrate Troysus lay on the field in pain, and if TJ didn’t bother to see if Troysus was okay or didn’t otherwise express concern (that I could tell. I saw The Duke of Fug and the Earl of Gross checking on him, but not Hines.) what would I say about TJ Houshyourmama?
I don’t see how you can look at the situation and not say, yeah, I’d be calling TJ a dirty player.
And taking a moment to express concern for a player you may have injured is not being a “pansy”. It’s called good sportsmanship. Ask Franco Harris about that.
Now, before you throw trash on my lawn or sic an angry poop-loaded pigeon on me, let me finish.
I’m not saying Hines is a dirty player. I love Hines Ward. I’m being fair here and I’m just saying, I’m sure glad he’s on OUR team because if he wasn’t, I don’t think I’d like him too much as a player.