Drrrrrty.

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.

Heart.

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.

Okay.

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.

[ducks]

Flame away.





47 Comments

  1. maxtalbot
    October 23, 2008 7:57 am

    Brian Billick used to say, “I hate the SOB, but I’d love to have him on my team.” I don’t think the hit was dirty, but the preening afterwards was really unnecessary. Not to mention in poor taste and juvenile. As you say, it indicates bad sportsmanship. So to be clear – Hines Ward: clean hitter, bad sport. That about wraps it up for me.



  2. SK
    October 23, 2008 8:05 am

    Even though I know you Pittgirl are right and you maxtalbot said it spot on also. It still just kills me to read anything bad about a Pittsburgh Steeler. I feel like I am betraying my town and I will be accused of treason, taken out back and shot by my family members just for having read that stuff.

    Steeler Nation really is in our blood.



  3. pittgirl
    October 23, 2008 8:08 am

    SK, you could also look at it as this. If we hold our Steelers accountable for their actions when their actions are not very Steeler-like, then we’re doing our part in keeping them grounded and Steeler-like.

    Letting them get away with being poor sportsmen is only going to hurt Steeler Nation.

    In other words, we gotta call them on their shit.



  4. Bulldog
    October 23, 2008 8:22 am

    I’m with you PittGirl and I think that it’s the “preening” part that bothers me the most. I absolutely love the way Hines plays the game and there is also a very good reason that he has been voted into more Pro Bowls (2/3 of the votes are from NFL players & coaches) than any other Steeler.

    That said, there are sometimes I’d rather the players just let their play “between the whistles” speak for itself. Overall I absolutely believe that Hines is not a dirty player, just one who gives it 100% on every play whether he gets the ball or not. Many, many more players have been criticized for taking plays “off” when the ball doesn’t come to them like T.O. and Chad Johnson. Hines never takes a play off whether it a run or pass and his downfield blocks are becoming legendary.

    If he’d do it without the gloating, I’d be happier, but I also understand that this happens in the context of the guys on the other team constantly running their mouths at him trying to rattle an 11 year vet. Sometimes in those situations, it’s hard to just walk away.



  5. rachel
    October 23, 2008 8:28 am

    My boyfriend, the Browns fan, has acknowledged that Hines is NOT a dirty player. Although he used to hate him a lot, I think he realizes he’s not dirty, he’s just playing football differently than other WRs. His hit wasn’t illegal, and it just happened to hurt someone. Either he was being a poor sport or just didn’t take the time to notice he could be hurt, but that doesn’t make him dirty. Placing a “bounty” on someone, in my opinion, is in fact “dirty.” Pre-meditated threats bother me.

    But, if everyone continues to concern themselves with Hines, it’ll benefit our team, and that’s what he’s going for. Sure, go after him all you want, we’ll just send the deep ball to Nate or Santonio and you won’t even see it coming.

    But look how many times huge linebackers have laid out the Duke — many other QBs would have received some sort of protection on it, because they were ILLEGAL hits, but he gets none. I think there’s a stigma on WRs — they shouldn’t play physical, they should leave that up to the linebackers. Which, frankly, I think is a bit ridiculous. So maybe the NFL needs to redefine what they consider dirty and fine-worthy.



  6. bucdaddy
    October 23, 2008 9:03 am

    “Unnecessary roughness” leads to an obvious question: NECESSARY roughness?



  7. jason
    October 23, 2008 9:07 am

    i happened to be in town watching the game with pgh comet and dannation, and i must say, said block was great. yes it sucks that the rookie broke his jaw, and it was in very poor taste that ward raised his arms walked away. but he has shown concern, last year against the ravens he called for the trainers after he laid ed reed out.

    he’s a football player, and football players hit each other. the best thing about it is he gets into the other teams head and draws extra yards via late hits.



  8. JamieO
    October 23, 2008 9:21 am

    PG,

    I stood and applauded your post and now my office mate wonders what is wrong with me. No matter.

    The Golden Rule of the sports fan is If My Guy Does It, He’s a Tough Player, If Your Guy Does It, He’s Dirty. People don’t like to be reminded of it, but it is true.

    Hines will be fine. I get the feeling he enjoys all this.



  9. Greg
    October 23, 2008 9:35 am

    I do not believe Hines Ward is a dirty player. He plays every play till the whistle and is very aggressive on the field. That being said I agree that he could show more sportsmanship especially when a player is down on the field. Maybe that will change after he reads this blog….. I think he is a great player and probably a good guy. Anytime a player is injured its cause for concern. Just my opinion….



  10. Pittsburgh Tom (in NJ)
    October 23, 2008 9:40 am

    At least one story I read about this said Hines was fined for “Unnecessary Toughness”. I think that sounds a whole lot cooler than unnecessary roughness.



  11. TheJim
    October 23, 2008 9:42 am

    Crack backs like that aren’t technically illegal, but it’s frowned upon because you’re hitting a guy that isn’t looking and is quote-unquote defenseless. I’m not crazy about calling any professional football player “defenseless”, just saying that’s the prevailing frame of reference.

    Hines goes out and actively looks to throw that type of block, whereas most guys stay away from it, save the occasional wacky play.

    So I guess I’m saying he’s not really a dirty player, he’s just an asshole.



  12. Sooska
    October 23, 2008 9:46 am

    #1- You really have to listen to Troysus say the words, rather than just read them. You can find it on DVE’s podcast site. The soft voice belies the violence he is talking about- the players he is talking about. It’s so contradictory and conflicting, my brain felt it was being torn in half, but I love him anyway.



  13. Three
    October 23, 2008 10:02 am

    A lot of good comments in here. But here’s another take: I don’t think a lot of linebackers (especially rookie LBs) are expecting WRs like Ward to be coming at them with THAT much speed and that much intensity. I mean, most WRs are giving up about 50 lbs. and don’t have blocking skills. So, throughout their careers, these LBs don’t expect to take a big shot from a WR, because, well, they probably haven’t. They’ve become accustomed to WRs just trying to hold them up instead of throwing a shoulder. And even when it comes down to watching film, listening to the vets, etc., I don’t think they get how hard Ward is coming at them UNTIL Ward puts that shoulder into them.

    Unfortunately, that “ignorance” (for lack of a better word) resulted in the LB getting a broken jaw this time. I’m sure Rivers will pay more attention next year.

    (On a side note, I know Cincy fans who STILL call Kimo von Oelhoffen a “dirty player” because he was blocked into/rolled up on Carson Palmer. So sometimes I wonder if that tag is more of a whine of frustration — because there’s a big difference between playing the game aggressively and cheating.)



  14. Mia`
    October 23, 2008 10:04 am

    Okay, here’s my issue with the whole thing. Either it’s an illegal play and gets the flag or it’s not. If it’s not then why the fines? Then the league comes in and says well a large number of our fines don’t result in a flag on the play…that doesn’t make it right. That’s like if I walked up to you and punched you in the face, and when you get upset about it I tell you oh but I just punched 30 other people in the face too. Oh well in that case it’s okay.

    It’s football…not powderpuff. It’s a tough game, it’s hard on the players bodies. That’s why they get paid the way they do. If it was easy everyone could/would do it. Or maybe Troy is right and it is a pansy league these days.

    If you want it to stop, then fine, throw the flag and take the yards. That will stop it far faster than a fine.

    And on a pigeon note: I recently started working downtown and while walking to my car the other day there were a few people standing in a bus stop shelter and a pigeon walked his way in and one of the guys standing there kicked it! Okay he may not have actually connected, but it sure looked like it from the angle I saw it. I immediately thought of you and wished I’d had the camara ready!



  15. unsatisfied
    October 23, 2008 10:31 am

    legal hit, no fine — it should be that simple.

    but, I agree with the posters above about all of the preening. what’s the old adage: “act like you’ve been there before.” ward, ray lewis, TO, plax, others — it’s NOT necessary.

    I think that whenever a preen occurs, it should be legal for another player to knock off the preener — kind of like jack lambert did to cliff harris after roy gerela missed a FG in super bowl X — you fellow old timers out here know what I’m talkin’ ’bout….



  16. a can o' worms
    October 23, 2008 11:05 am

    I love PittGirl (in a strictly platonic way!)

    I thought i should say that first, because the next thing i’m going to say is probably going to bring on a load of hate in my direction. But here is my statement and my question:

    I really, really don’t care at all about the steelers.
    Wouldn’t go to a game if you gave me a ticket. I can understand being a fan but i don’t understand the obsession.

    Am i the only one?

    (duck and run)



  17. pittgirl
    October 23, 2008 11:08 am

    a can o’ worms,

    As long as you don’t love SOME OTHER TEAM, you’re fine. We still love you.



  18. BagitTagit
    October 23, 2008 11:12 am

    #11 (The Jim) is exactly right… it’s not the blocks specifically that make the rest of the league hate Hines Ward. It’s also not his “Super Strength”. It’s the ANGLE Hines is constantly looking for. His favorite hits are the ones where he’s angled for the element of surprise. And then he hits as hard as he can…

    Illegal? Absolutely not.
    Dirty? Not quite.
    A-Hole? maybe.
    Smart for a guy his size? Absolutely.

    But at some point it’ll come back to him.



  19. MoreRoth, LessBurgher
    October 23, 2008 11:14 am

    Was it a legal block to assist a teammate in gaining yardage? Check
    Did it occur before the play was blown dead? Check
    Did it occur in bounds? Check
    Was the blockee wearing all NFL approved protective gear? Check
    Were any knives, guns, ninjas or hand grenades used against the blockee? Negative
    Am I glad Hines Ward is a Steeler? Check and Check

    Go Steelers. Beat NY.



  20. Summer
    October 23, 2008 11:33 am

    I don’t love sports, but I have a great deal of respect for anyone who pursues their career with the intensity, dedication, passion and commitment that Hines Ward does.

    He puts it all out there. That’s great.

    I just wish that he’d realize that there’s no need to swagger. We get it, Hines. Really. You the man. Now show us that you’re a gentleman.



  21. Still A. Dad
    October 23, 2008 11:35 am

    MoreRoth, LessBurgher…………Best comment yet? Check



  22. Three
    October 23, 2008 12:03 pm

    16. A can o’ worms: Careful! You never know when the Pittsburgh Taliban will strike!

    (And as long as you don’t run the vacuum during the game, your still OK in my book.)



  23. Pensgirl
    October 23, 2008 12:09 pm

    Can anyone remember him doing that self-congratulatory crap earlier in his career? Because I can’t. In fact, I’d say his not doing that stuff was part of what endeared him to Steeler fans in the first place – he hit hard, he held the ball and came up smilin’ when he got hit hard, he loved playing the game, and he was a professional. To my recollection, when other guys (Plex) went all look-at-me, everybody said “Be like Hines, just play!”



  24. Still A Fan
    October 23, 2008 12:11 pm

    A dirty play is Warren Sapp taking a guy out on the same kind of hit 5 or so years ago when the guy who was hit was 30 yards away jogging behind an interception return. Hines hit that guy and gave his teammate more yardage. The other thing is, the preening (IMHO) is done before you know if that guy is hurt or not. If he shook the cobwebs and got up and walked away fine, then you don’t hear that much about preening. its not like 1 second after the hit you can dial back all of that adrenaline and stuff….plus, who knows what the guy may have called his mother after the last play…..i’m just sayin’. i agree with the point….hate ulf sammuelson until he’s a penguin and then love him. i get it. i also get the hines may “look” for that angle every once in a while. a-hole? who knows? what if that dude stepped on hines hand intentionally 3 plays earlier? how would we know that? we don’t.



  25. ic lion
    October 23, 2008 12:13 pm

    The sweeper. . . as long as you dont run the SWEEPER during the game you are ok in our books.



  26. NY Luvs Pitts
    October 23, 2008 12:16 pm

    I heard Fines Ward… I mean Hines Ward is giving out Jawbreakers for Halloween. (lol)

    Let me just say I love the picture. It is surely worth 1000 words. Hines looks all brute like.

    I once heard Tom Coughlin (NY Giants Coach) say he would take a Hines Ward for his team in a NY Minute. I think it’s all a love/hate thing with Hines. They would LOVE to have him on their teams but they HATE him because they can’t have him. oh well, TOO BAD!!!

    “I hate you because I love you” -Prince (Album: The Gold Experience)



  27. bucdaddy
    October 23, 2008 12:49 pm

    Summer,

    (Going back a couple posts, since you’re here)

    They have (thankfully) toned down the couch-burning nonsense. The gendarmes still go on high alert for nights like tonight, but it’s not nearly as out-of-hand crazy as it was maybe 10 years ago.

    (Also going back a couple posts)

    Esquire’s endorsement issue is out, and this not particularly conservative piblication puts Murtha among the 10 worst congressmen:

    “Murtha’s principled early stand on the war must never be forgotten. But neither must his stand against his own party’s ethics reforms in 2006. The reforms were, he said, ‘Total crap.’ Not because they were bad public policy, mind you, but because they might rein in Murtha’s breathtaking earmarks — more than $100 million annually for his Johnstown district, the richest handout in the country. Oh, and as Defense Appropriations Subcomittee chairman, he routinely punishes other members by taking away their earmarks. Murtha’s got to go.”

    He sends $100 million a year home? He’s not going anywhere. People in his district ought to put him on life support NOW, so as not to take any chances, and he’d be good for another 50 years.



  28. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    October 23, 2008 12:49 pm

    I love Hines, but I can also do without the celebrating afterwards. This really goes for most types of celebration after a play. Why do it at all? you make a tackle/sack/block/interception/etc, you celebrate and pose for the camera/fans. That’s your job. That’s what you’re getting paid to do. Touchdown celebrations are ok, so long as they don’t go into to some Solid Gold Dancer routine. Go watch a Pop Warner football game sometimes — I was at one on Saturday and some kid started to celebrate a tackle and next thing you know, he’s on the bench. There has to be a balance somewhere, just not sure where it is.

    As for the hit Hines made — I thought it was a good, clean hit. It’s like in hockey, they tell the player to not skate with the puck with his head down — you’re just asking for trouble. From some of the replays I saw, Rivers had his head down. I’ve noticed that a lot this season and think it is part of the reason helmets are going flying everywhere.

    Oh well, 8 hours until I’m on a flight to the Burgh for the weekend. Have a great one everyone.



  29. Spud Mom
    October 23, 2008 1:17 pm

    To can o’ worms:

    I feel ya. I’m the same way. Part of it is that I wasn’t raised here so I wasn’t indoctrinated at birth. The other part is that I hate any and all football. I just genuinely don’t like the game.

    Now, hockey? Get outta my way – I’m a fan.

    But I can’t disclose what team I root for because I would probably be hunted down, beaten to a pulp, and left for dead.



  30. DW
    October 23, 2008 1:24 pm

    Ditka speaks the word here (while in Pgh for his steakhouse opening. Mentions Hines and Troy:

    http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008/10/23/ditka-advocates-dumping-facemasks/



  31. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    October 23, 2008 1:32 pm

    Ditka’s also quoted in the PG:

    “The first thing you’re taught as a defensive player is to put your head on a swivel. Don’t get caught in that position. If this would have happened 40 years ago, nobody cares. You’re making thousands of dollars. Now you’re making millions. So you’re losing players who are making that much money. You can’t afford that as organizations. That’s why they’re going to crack down.”



  32. captain dummy
    October 23, 2008 1:46 pm

    speaking of love/hate and awesome pittsburghers… could you imagine how much we’d HATE crosby if he were say… a flyer? lol. ugh… i just threw up in my garbage can!



  33. Sofa King
    October 23, 2008 3:10 pm

    Pensgirl, you read my mind. I have a Hines jersey, actually two, and he’s been one of my favorite athletes for years- not just for his hard-nosed style, but for his great attitude, as well. I’m not sure where all of the preening has come from, but it’s not the Hines of old.

    I think that in the Cincy incident, though, his actions may have been more of a response to the fines he’s amassed lately more than anything—kinda saying “Here I am, did it again, fine me.”



  34. maxtalbot
    October 23, 2008 3:19 pm

    Captain Dummy, I always rooted for R.J. Umberger when he was with the Flyers. I always wanted the Pens to beat the Flyers 5-3, but for Umberger to score all of Philly’s goals. I’m so glad he’s not there anymore. I can unleash my full fury on the entire Philadelphia squad now.



  35. Mitch Cumstein
    October 23, 2008 3:23 pm

    TheJim and some others said this type of block is out of the ordinary and to me it seemed like they were saying unnecessary.

    Yet I heard former NFLers Mike and Stink (from Mike and Mike in the Morning) talking about it this morning and they said it happens on pretty much EVERY kickoff during a game and they both applauded the block. And I played a little football and it happened in just about every game I was involved in. Granted, guys jaws don’t get busted…that was out of the ordinary. Thirty yards away from the play is unnecessary. Doing it to get Spaeth more yards, totally necessary and expected.

    And gime me a break on the preening. Hines not only dishes out big hits, but he takes em, too. The linebacks and dbacks preen and he comes up grinning from ear to ear. It’s a game. It’s fun.

    I try to look at the Steelers objectively (can’t stand the way Tyrone Carter celebrates and gets in people’s faces or the way Plax and Edwards did that kind of stuff). But I think most football people respect Hines’ game immensely.

    Just not those gansta Ravens, and really who cares about them.



  36. Can o' Cans
    October 23, 2008 3:49 pm

    ‘worms, no relation: I am a neutral nonfan partially surrounded by fans 24/7. My personal rule is not to make a federal case out of it, like being a nonfan makes me better than everyone else, like I’m “going against the herd” in some noble quest of indie rock attitude, or any other such statement or elaborate metaphor involving sheep, high school cliques, and/or anything else that makes any reasonable person want to drop-kick you.

    I think if you avoid that common pitfall, then nobody really cares otherwise what you like or don’t like.



  37. kkinLA
    October 23, 2008 4:41 pm

    Love Hines. Think it’s total BS all of the fines that are being levied after the fact. Just like instant replay, these things are slowly eroding the integrity of the game that we all love.

    Back to my aforementioned love for Hines, PensGirl said it best that Hines of old would never celebrate or preen after a (spectacularly awesome), yet pretty routine play. As my daddy always says, “Act like you’ve been there before.” That’s church.



  38. Ms. Trois-Rivieres
    October 23, 2008 5:04 pm

    Well damn, girl, you made me think a little harder than I did initially. I was happy to indict the NFL for picking on The Hines and “his style,” but now I’m thinking how it would make me feel if someone were lying on the ground in pain, unable to speak, because of something that I did, and it’s making me sort of feel like crying. It’s weird to me now that The Hines doesn’t have that response…

    Good thing I don’t play football, I guess.



  39. Elmer Palmer
    October 23, 2008 7:30 pm

    Personally, I find Hines to be okay. This view doesn’t reflect my family, my colleagues or the guys over at Ruggers on the South Side.



  40. Burgh Wanna Be
    October 23, 2008 9:15 pm

    I believe if you do not get a penalty, there should not be a fine. Not that I am saying you should get fined for every penalty. If you get a flag for a face mask and try to rip someones head off, then maybe there should be a fine. I also believe that Troysus is correct in saying that the NFL commissioner and the powers to be are trying to turn football players into a bunch of pansies. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.



  41. Taco Grande
    October 23, 2008 9:32 pm

    This “Preening” everyone is complaining about is what happens every time a defensive player makes ANY tackle even if it is on the 1 yard line. No one gets mad at James Harrison when he gets up and “preens” after a sack. The fact is there is a double standard all around. I wish every player that gets up and celebrates after any hit would be flagged for taunting, Steeler or not. That’s the only way its ever going to stop.

    Hines is not a dirty player, if he was a Bengal and did the same thing to a Steeler I wouldn’t call him a dirty player. Every non-biased football commentator has praised Hines and said there was nothing wrong with what he did. All of Hines’ hits are 100% legal and the fact he’s been fined is a joke. He plays football and people get hurt on legal plays all the time.

    As for Hines being on the dirty player list, any player that plays hard 100% of the time is on that list, except for Troysus for some reason. Hines was also voted as the smartest Non-QB in the game in a similar poll, so it all depends on how you look at it.

    Think about if Hines hadn’t blocked that guy and Matt Spaeth got hurt, wouldn’t we all say “Why didn’t you blast that guy like usual Hines?”



  42. unsatisfied
    October 24, 2008 7:18 am

    taco grande — I could also do without james harrison’s preening — along with his baby mama beating….



  43. Sue
    October 24, 2008 7:18 am

    There are so many great posts here.
    I do have conflicting feelings about Hines.
    Reality is, I do not like anything negative to be said about my Steelers. Preening? I dont think so. Hines said in an interview that he has been “hunted” and taunted for years, being called a chinamen and all sorts of names on the field. I think he is as they say,
    BRINGING IT.
    anything else that needs to be said..
    (see More Roeth, Less Burger)
    dont forget the E in the Roeth, that is what tips off the Swiss connection.



  44. unsatisfied
    October 24, 2008 7:21 am

    uh, oh — the asshat’s busted for the chronic — oh, the shock….

    Steelers’ Holmes arrested on drug charges
    Friday, October 24, 2008
    By Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes was arrested yesterday afternoon and will face marijuana possession charges, according to Night Court.

    Holmes, the Steelers’ first-round pick in the 2006 draft, was arrested yesterday afternoon by Pittsburgh police, and will receive a court summons charging him with possession of a small amount of the drug.

    The details of his arrest were not immediately available.

    In June 2006, Holmes was arrested in Ohio on domestic violence charges, which were later dismissed. The charges stemmed from an incident involving LaShae Boone of Columbus, the mother of one of his three children. The charges were dismissed after the judge in the case was assured by Holmes’ lawyers that their client was participating in ongoing counseling offered through the NFL.

    Holmes was also arrested in South Beach, Fla., for disorderly conduct during a Memorial Day weekend crackdown by local authorities in 2006.



  45. still a. jet
    October 24, 2008 10:39 am

    Since when is the NFL supposed to be a nice or clean sport anyways? It’s a battlefied. Hines is a throwback and a warrior and he plays the game like it’s supposed to be played. It’s great to be a nice guy BEFORE and AFTER football games but not during them. Do you notice that the NFL keeps saying they are trying to “protect” their players (especially QB’s), yet more and more are getting hurt? I don’t wanna hear anyone say that the game is tougher now than it was forty years ago either because that’s ridiculous. Pro football players today (at least the majority of them) work out twelve months a year, have personal trainers, planned diets, take supplements, have the latest technology in training equipment, and are supposedly “protected” more by NFL rule changes yet they are getting injured more than players did prior to the 1980’s. Or can it be that todays players simply aren’t as tough as the old-timers?
    No doubt at some point early in his career, Hines Ward was unexpectedly sideswiped by a linebacker from an opposing team. He learned his lesson. You can bet that linebacker from the Bengals will forever be a different player. I’m glad Hines is on our side;-)



  46. Bulldog
    October 24, 2008 11:06 pm

    Sorry to disagree, but football is NOT a battlefield, players are NOT warriors and the games are NOT battles. We have enough actual battlefields, actual warriors and actual battles. Let’s stop confusing the two. One of them is NOTHING like the other. On actual battlefields, one side is trying to KILL the other, not just ruin their day or throw them off their game.



  47. Foghorn Tom
    October 29, 2008 5:24 pm

    testing 1, 2, 3

    testing the HTML waters here, Ijust tried to post a link and fugged it up :(

    <img src=”http://icanhascheezburger.wordpress.com/files/2008/01/funny-pictures-scared-cat-bed-couch.jpg”