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Forget Goodell; it's Big Ben who should be ticked

Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:07 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 3:46 pm
So James Harrison blasts NFL commissioner Roger Goodell again, calling him "a crook" and "a puppet." Big deal. To quote Forrest Gump, stupid is as stupid does, and James Harrison has about as much insight into Roger Goodell and the business of the NFL as social historian Rashard Mendenhall does 9/11.

So he rips Goodell, and we shrug because ... well, because that's James Harrison being James Harrison, and I'll leave it at that.

Except he didn't stop at Roger Goodell. Nope, for some reason Harrison thought it wise to include teammate Ben Roethlisberger in the line of fire, criticizing him for his two interceptions in Super Bowl XLV -- one of which was returned for a touchdown. What he doesn't tell you, of course, is that Roethlisberger was crushed while he tried to make that throw, an indictment more of an overwhelmed offensive line than the quarterback.

But let's not let the facts get in the way.

"Hey," said Harrison in the latest issue of Men's Journal, "at least throw a pick on their side of the field instead of asking the 'D" to bail you out again. Or hand the ball off and stop trying to act like Peyton Manning. You ain't that, and you know it, man. You just get paid like he does."

Yep, I'd say this guy has some serious anger management issues, and they go way, way beyond Roger Goodell and the league's fining of Harrison. In fact, it's not the Goodell comments that will make the biggest impact; it's the comments about Roethlisberger. Harrison can say what he wants about the commissioner because, hey, it's a free country and how much does he really have to do with Goodell in the first place? Blast away. New York City is a long way from western PA.

But taking it inside the locker room? That's a big no can-do. I'm not sure which is worse ... Harrison photographed in Men's Journal with two Smith and Wesson revolvers in his hands or his shredding of Roethlisberger. Both are bad ideas. But I just don't get ripping the star quarterback. I don't remember Big Ben saying anything about Harrison or the Pittsburgh "D" after he rallied the Steelers to a come-from-behind defeat of Baltimore in last year's playoffs, a win made possible by Roethlisberger's 58-yard third-down pass late in the game.

I don't remember Roethlisberger saying anything about Harrison and that vaunted Pittsburgh defense nearly squandered a 24-0 lead in last year's AFC championship contest, either. Seems to me that victory wasn't clinched until Roethlisberger made two critical first-down completions on the Steelers' last drive.

I don't even remember hearing from Roethlisberger after Harrison and Co. blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in Super Bowl XLIII, with Big Ben pulling his usual late-game magic to clinch the win. But let Roethlisberger throw a couple of interceptions in a Super Bowl where the Steelers' "D" allowed four scoring drives of 53 or more yards each -- including a 75-yarder late in the game -- and Harrison goes postal.

Sure, he should have been ticked ... but at himself and the Pittsburgh defense. Last time I checked, Harrison had one tackle -- a sack -- in a game where Rodgers threw for 304 yards and the Green Bay offense averaged 6 yards a snap. OK, so Roethlisberger wasn't himself, but he didn't lose the game for Pittsburgh. You want to blame someone on offense? Look no farther than Mendenhall. Just when the Steelers were pushing for a fourth-quarter lead he fumbles at the Green Bay 36.

Harrison's comments about Roethlisberger getting paid "like (Manning) does" make him sound like someone who is jealous, petty and bitter. Worse, they make him sound like someone who is divisive. Teammates are supposed to be guys you can trust, people who pull with you, not against you, but that's not how James Harrison comes off in the Men's Journal interview. The man has a lot of explaining to do, and I'm not talking about to Roger Goodell. I'm talking about to Roethlisberger and his teammates, and a good ol' fashioned apology might be a good place to start.

Someone who is close to Harrison -- someone with the Steelers, his family, his friends, somebody -- needs to take this guy to one side and teach him the facts of life. And the facts are these: James Harrison is a helluva football player who should stick to what he does best, which is playing football, and leave the public speaking to someone else.

Please. For everyone's sake.



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Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 6:47 pm

Forget Goodell; it's Big Ben who should be ticked

Goodell sucks, Harrison is right about that. Ben is a big boy, he'll be fine. Keep moving people, nothing to see here...

Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2011 7:55 am

Forget Goodell; it's Big Ben who should be ticked

Harrison is Harrison, he's outspoken, strong minded and frankly probably crazy and quite scary.  Should he have made some of the comments?  Absolutely not!  Are some of the things he said true?  Yup!  But, it was classless to rip the players in the media although I am sure he told them his opinion to their face as he is not the type to run from conflict.  I will say this, in an era where people often have a lot to say when they are faceless and can't be approached for it, I can appreciate (even while disagreeing with some of the things he said) his outspokenness. 

As far as Ben goes, I find it quite ironic that anyone would even want or feel the need to defend Ben given the things he's done.  Probably if Ben wouldn't have been involved with the quite scandalous and very much in the media, off the field behavior last year he would not have been criticized by Harrison as harshly, as he was.  While Ben is a very, very good player and it would seem that the Super Bowl play is unrelated to the off field behavior, I'm sure some teammates may still have some underlying feelings about it, which the loss of the SB may have brought back to the surface.  Now the Steelers are in a dilemna as far as how they handle it.  Of their star players of the last 2-3 yrs, you have Santonio Holmes who they got rid of for basically peanuts because of some recurring off the field behavior, you have Ben who they kept in spite of recurring off the field behavior, now what do you do with Harrison?  Of the three, if you're being honest, Ben's is by far the worse.  But, the general thought process is, you never get rid of your star qb.  Hmmm, now if Harrison is disciplined to harshly and Holmes was let go, yet Ben stays, you're going to have some players who are going to call bull on that.  And, it would look very bad. 

Long story short although Harrison shouldn't have called out his teammates in the media, I'm definitely not going to defend Ben.  And, Ben really isn't in a position to be ticked.  He should be more concerned with staying out of trouble himself and continuing to try and earn his team, the community and his fans back and continue to make amends for his transgressions.  And, he's the last person to be feeling sorry for. 

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:32 am

Forget Goodell; it's Big Ben who should be ticked

Judge sees the truth: Resumes speak louder than emotions. Just laugh it off.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:05 pm

Forget Goodell; it's Big Ben who should be ticked

The Steelers problem in the Super Bowl was that they were outclassed by GB on both sides of the ball.  The Steelers vaunted D sucked, plain and simple.  They couldn't stop Rogers at all.  If they wanted a break, stop him on 3d down.  The offense was also pathetic as well.  Rothlisberger wasn't great but he didn't get any help.  Dropped balls, fumbles it all adds up.  When the offense can't move the ball the D is on the field more.  When the D can't prevent a score they force the offense to change their game plan and get out of their comfort zone.  I wanted the Steelers to win because I'm a Bears fan, but it was clear that the best team won - Green Bay - and Harrison did not do anything to prevent that!!

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:18 am

Forget Goodell; it's Big Ben who should be ticked

      Are you and Goodies realted or something.  Perhaps you both sleep with your mothers.  Not sure.  But either way, again, your theory of Ben being a mass rapist is based on the same lengthy rape conviction that Goodies possess' I assume.  Regardless, you obviously didn't watch the superbowl last year.  If you had you would have noticed that Rodgers threw for over 300 yards and had two scoring drives that were over 75 yards.  Now how is that Ben and Mendenhalls fault.  Were the scores that Green Bay made during those two lengthy drives any less brutal than the fumbles or picks.  Nice try hater, but go get a clue and then try again.  Harrison is an idiot.  I could care less what he said about Goodell or anybody else for that matter, but to punk his own teammates is BS. 

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:37 pm

Forget Goodell; it's Big Ben who should be ticked

Oh no somebody insulted the rapist!  Quick, get the tissue and console him, Harrison hurt his feelings!

Who cares.  Those INTs were brutal and those two did lose that game for the Steelers, or at least played a huge role in that loss.  Can't just plug your ears and pretend otherwise.

There is nothing classy or professional about Ben in any way, shape or form.  That entire organization is nothing more than a bunch of thugs.  At least Harrison isn't out raping women in bathrooms, abusing drugs, or driving around while intoxicated.  He just said a bunch of mean things everyone else was thinking anyway. 

This crying is ridiculous.  D-Jax called out Vick after the playoff loss but nobody cried over that.

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:18 pm

Forget Goodell; it's Big Ben who should be ticked

Slow day huh? Sports reporters now don't report. They seek, really to get some crap going and then say "See what he said? What do you say in response to what I heard he told a guy about you"" And then back to the other side, like juveniles getting someone in a fight at school. Most of the "reporters" are not qualified to analyze the big shot, the reluctance to take the shot, have his number called, fumble the ball, play thru pain, injuries, concussions, migraines. It is my valued opinion the "reporters should be tackling dummies and then from the personal contacts with a player he could write something grown up and participate in team building exercises. This stuff, 'he doesn't like your wifes perfume, your haircut'. Please spare us your juvenile behaviour. You are not attempting to do anything worth while and should be ashamed. Your butcher uses knives but he shouldn't be a source for the latest surgical techniques on the human knee.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:51 pm

Forget Goodell; it's Big Ben who should be ticked

The Steelers should cut ties with this guy. No place on a team with comments like that. Is he potentially great? Of course but divisiveness like this is potentially far more harmful then anything possible gained by one player. You need a cohesive unit that trusts each other. If I was Roth I would "accidentally" rifle a 5 yd pass at his head during a no pads run-thru.

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 2:48 pm

Forget Goodell; it's Big Ben who should be ticked

Nicely stated SomeTimeFan,
    I think perhaps that James should watch the scene from the movie "Any Given Sunday" where Lawrence Taylor Cuts Jamie Foxx's SUV in half with a chop saw.  Now granted the circumstances are reversed in this situation, but Taylor's comment still holds true. 

"In football, you have the offense and the defense. You can't have one without the other. Respect will be paid."

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