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BlitzburghRockCity
05-25-2011, 10:31 AM
Well, that didn't take long. (http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/28039/steelers-lbs-not-happy-with-rule-change)

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Harrison
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Woodley
Less than 24 hours after the NFL ruled it would increase punishment (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6583638) next season for multiple flagrant hits, two members of the Pittsburgh Steelers (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/pit/pittsburgh-steelers) bashed the decision via Twitter.

"I'm absolutely sure now (http://twitter.com/jharrison9292/status/73198862352916480) after this last rule change that the people making the rules at the NFL are idiots," Pittsburgh Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4433) tweeted.
Steelers teammate and fellow linebacker LaMarr Woodley (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10490) agreed.

"Thoughts on 'the steelers rule'??? lol im sorry that im not sorry we hit 2 hard," Woodley tweeted (http://twitter.com/LaMarrWoodley/status/73370563460079616).
Pittsburgh has been the poster child for increased defensive penalties and fines over the past year. The Steelers continue to play a hard-hitting brand of football, while the NFL is dramatically shifting to offense and high scoring. This scenario has presented an ongoing clash between the league and its most successful franchise.

Harrison became the NFL's biggest target (http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/20759/are-the-steelers-being-targeted) last season. He paid a league-high $100,000 in fines last year.

Many teammates stood up for Harrison, including Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4474), receiver Hines Ward (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1494) and safety Ryan Clark (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4301). The NFL also cringed in February as the Steelers used the league's biggest platform during Super Bowl week to speak out against recent changes.

steelersgal86
05-25-2011, 10:38 AM
I agree..they are idiots!!!! :rant2:

connecticutsteel
05-25-2011, 10:51 AM
Not only did they sue to not play games now they might as well take the defense off the field for christ sake this should be decided by the players after all the league doesn't take care of the brain damaged players anyway this is the equivelent of the UFC saying no closed fist blows only slaps lol they are pussifying football its gonna be unwatchable soon next rule change no contact flags f@#K this S#$T it sucks

LatrobePA
05-25-2011, 11:06 AM
See Rashard, this is how you tweet! lol

I like what the boys said!

steelersbabex25
05-25-2011, 11:34 AM
James Harrison speaking out against rule changes? No way..

Scorp
05-25-2011, 11:44 AM
Wow, this is unique news. Never knew James felt this way. lol. Damn, i can't stand the Goodell and the other bitches in that office.

LatrobePA
05-25-2011, 11:44 AM
James Harrison speaking out against rule changes? No way..

I think they also made holding him and Woodley a leagal act..

steelersbabex25
05-25-2011, 11:48 AM
I think they also made holding him and Woodley a leagal act..

That's been legal. :lol:

Rampage
05-25-2011, 12:41 PM
That's been legal. :lol:

It hasn't been legal, but it is a lot like failing to use your turn signal: For the most part, they don't care, but sometimes they'll call it.

steelersbabex25
05-25-2011, 12:42 PM
It hasn't been legal, but it is a lot like failing to use your turn signal: For the most part, they don't care, but sometimes they'll call it.

It was a joke. I know it hasn't actually been legal...

Rampage
05-25-2011, 01:30 PM
It was a joke. I know it hasn't actually been legal...

http://i356.photobucket.com/albums/oo5/Bluth54/thats_the_joke.jpg

Callax
05-25-2011, 09:06 PM
Leave it to the Now Flozzie League to make MORE rule changes (LEGISLATING FROM THE FRONT OFFICE) to make it a panzy league ( no hard touchies,,, hey that was too hard boo hoo

They want to punish the players for playing the game the right way
"Imposing your will on the other team, lessen their desire to win"

King GODell

F**KIN MORONS!!!!

LarryNJ
05-25-2011, 09:59 PM
It hasn't been legal, but it is a lot like failing to use your turn signal: For the most part, they don't care, but sometimes they'll call it.

I actually got pulled over for that on the turnpike a couple months ago. I was luckier than James, No fine just a warning. :)

Real Deal Steel
05-26-2011, 12:20 AM
Give Goodall a little more time and in 7 years, this will be a game that has Lombardi spinning in his grave. They want to sisify the game.

BlitzburghRockCity
05-26-2011, 11:19 AM
Ed: James Harrison Explains His Position (http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/pro-sports/steelers/110034-ed-james-harrison-explains-his-position)


Thursday, 26 May 2011 08:33
Written by Ed Bouchette http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/templates/pg_twn/images/emailButton.png (http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/component/mailto/?tmpl=component&link=cc3496ad1138680452ac7dae1dad3eb81f755686)

Good morning,

I could not catch up with James Harrison Wednesday to give him a chance to elaborate on his much-quoted Tweet. However, he did write more on his blog to try to explain his position on the new NFL rules. It’s not as sexy as his “idiots” Tweet, but here it is:
It’s been weighing heavy on my mind all day, so I figure I might as well just let it out. I want to make it clear that I am all for player safety. I don’t disagree with all of the rule changes.

But come on…REALLY? Now you have to wait until a guy catches, or even worse, you have to let them catch the ball before you can even attempt to tackle him. Along with that, you cannot let any part of your helmet or facemask touch any part of them basically from the chest up. If you are following the letter of the rules exactly, now most tackles, if not ALL tackles can be flagged, fined and/or result in ejection from that game, or future game(s).

I understand the intent behind making the rules, but in their attempt to make the game safer, they are actually clouding what is allowable. Even the referees are confused. A close look will show you that the referees were calling things that were not even supposed to be called, and NOT calling things that were actually illegal.
The decision to call a penalty or impose a fine is seemingly, at least some of the time, dependent upon the uniform and the player. After my meeting this past fall with Roger Goodell, Ray Anderson, and Merton Hanks and some others, who I now have absolutely no respect for (to keep it PG), I definitely believe there is no equality in their enforcement of these rules.

These rules are targeting hard hitting players and defenses i.e. STEELERS. I guess the NFL needed a poster child for their campaign.

The quarterback rule clarification (Rule 12, Section 2, Article 13) is a great change. But that’s just saying “Hey Steelers..by the way…Ben’s nose getting broken last year really did not deserve a penalty.”

I know there are hits out there that could go either way, but if it’s me I already know which way they are going to go. I love this game, but I hate what they are trying to turn it into.

I wonder why the NFL is suddenly coming down so hard on player’s safety issues. I can’t help but think it’s not actually for the safety of the players.

LarryNJ
05-26-2011, 12:01 PM
After my meeting this past fall with Roger Goodell, Ray Anderson, and Merton Hanks and some others, who I now have absolutely no respect for (to keep it PG)



:lol: That's great..you gotta love him...



I wonder why the NFL is suddenly coming down so hard on player’s safety issues. I can’t help but think it’s not actually for the safety of the players.

It's very simple James..they are being sued for millions and millions of dollars by ex-players for injuries, workmans comp and health issues 10 and 20 years after they retire. They simply are trying to protect their money. The simple solution is for the players to give up their right to sue and the owners to provide some sort of health care for retired players.

SteelDad
05-26-2011, 12:12 PM
Granted this is from a Clowns Paper, but nevertheless it's a good article about the new rules.

http://news-herald.com/articles/2011/05/26/sports/nh4051244.txt?viewmode=fullstory

BlitzburghRockCity
05-26-2011, 01:11 PM
This is getting a lot of media attention today. I was reading some tweets alittle while ago about what some of the "experts" at NFL Network and ESPN think about Harrison and Woodley's comments. I believe it was Warran Sapp that thinks both of them are out of line and if they don't like it they can leave the NFL.

Now seriously, don't tell me that when Sapp was playing he wouldn't be fighting these new rules tooth and nail just as much as the current players are. Not everyone speaks out like Harrison does but that doesn't mean the majority don't feel the same way.

Personally I would expect nothing less from Harrison, he wears his emotions on his shirt sleeve. He's not a dirty player, but people take his comments and run with them like he is. We've covered this a million times, he's has an old school mentality when he plays the game. He is out to separate the ball carrier from the ball or otherwise make sure he gets no further yardage. That's how you are supposed to play the game.

The league refuses to acknowledge the fact that it is near impossible to pull up if not completely impossible, when you are going for a textbook tackle and the ball carrier ducks down.

When you let a receiver catch the ball, get set, and start to run he's already beaten any linebacker or lineman covering him. If you can't hit them as soon as they catch the ball then you might as well concede the touchdown if it's against any good WR.

SteelDad
05-26-2011, 01:14 PM
Let's remember also that Sapp is the same guy that blind-sided the Packers Clifton I believe on a 'legal hit' following an interception knocking him out for the season. According to the new rules, I believe it would be 'illegal' today. Either way it was a cheap shot and Sapp shouldn't be throwing stones from his glass house.

BlitzburghRockCity
05-26-2011, 03:33 PM
You can check out Harrison's blog post here as well.

http://jharrison9292.wordpress.com

connecticutsteel
05-26-2011, 04:49 PM
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82002dea/article/focus-on-fines-penalties-takes-away-from-game-woodley-says?module=HP_headlines this is disgusting they should be fired short jokes seriously. i bet James is a cool dude they probably never met him as a crazy guy who wants to maim people that a little much don't you think

BlitzburghRockCity
05-26-2011, 10:08 PM
Jamie Dukes and Warren Sapp really lit into both Harrison and Woodley today on the NFL Network. Dukes was later on Trib Live Radio where he talked with Ken Laird and he somewhat backed down from what many Steelers fans perceived as persecuting James Harrison. In a nutshell he told the Trib that he loves both guys, and they are 2 of the meanest, toughest, players in the game. If he were to start an NFL team he would have both guys on his roster. However, the way that the NFL rules are changing means they have to adapt.

steelersbabex25
05-26-2011, 10:22 PM
The NFL's announcement that it will punish teams if their players commit multiple flagrant hits is being called "the Steelers rule" by some.

Hey, if nothing else, atleast it's yet another rule to be named for the Steelers.

mos07
05-26-2011, 10:28 PM
Bust out the skirts!!!! This is getting ridiculous!!

Are they allowed to hit anybody?? I would hate to mess up Tom Brady's or Aaron Rodger's pretty little faces or their diva WR's, but I guess it is still ok to punch our QB in the face ................

Give me Hines and Ben every day of the week..................

Shove it, Commish.

steelersbabex25
05-26-2011, 10:32 PM
Now seriously, don't tell me that when Sapp was playing he wouldn't be fighting these new rules tooth and nail just as much as the current players are. Not everyone speaks out like Harrison does but that doesn't mean the majority don't feel the same way.

I feel like that's a huge part of the negative media attention that guys like Harrison and Woodley are getting. It's easy for someone sitting in a studio to say, "they shouldn't speak out against the NFL like this," or, "these rules are just made for player safety." But you better believe that if those people were thrown on the field, and they knew what it was like for these players to be flagged for legal hits, or to see members of the other teams not being flagged for illegal hits, then it would be a horse of an entirely different color. I have never heard one defensive player in the NFL say that they loved all these new overprotective rule changes. Walk in someone else's shoes for once, Sapp.

BlitzburghRockCity
05-27-2011, 08:08 AM
At this point I honestly don't know why people get so worked up about Harrison mouthing off to the NFL about a rule. It's not like this is the first time he's done it nor will it be the last. He is who he is and that's part of his personality and what makes him a great football player. He's as passionate about football off the field as he is on.

jpele
05-27-2011, 08:49 AM
The reality of the situation is the league has no interest in player safety, their only intent is for games to end with scores like 75-70 or maybe 55-54 would suit them.

Clevelandsux
05-28-2011, 12:56 PM
Ron Cook is a douchebag first of all.He's a hypocrite.

Goodell is targeting the Steelers. We are the poster children. Just watch last years Raiders game. OK I understand player safety. BUt they are making it flag football. I don't think he truly cares about player safety, but more because of lawsuits.

As far as I'm concerned they can stay on strike. If it gets this idiot Goodell out of office it would be worth it. This guy is bad for the NFL and especially the Steelers.

The fans are what keeps this game going. We buy the tickets etc. This jagoff is ruining everything. If they implement these rules, there will still injuries. Its a contact sport.

Real Deal Steel
05-28-2011, 01:35 PM
The powers that be are trying to turn the NFL into high scoring Arena Football games. That's what is going on.

steelersbabex25
05-28-2011, 02:11 PM
The fans are what keeps this game going. We buy the tickets etc. This jagoff is ruining everything. If they implement these rules, there will still injuries. Its a contact sport.

Very true. There will always be injuries in any sport, even if it's not a contact sport. I played varsity volleyball for 2 years and in those years we've had a girl fracture her pinky, another one break her ankle, another one split her chin open, etc etc. Obviously these are somewhat minor compared to concussions and such, but you get the idea. It seems like they're trying to make it so that no injuries occur, and that just simply won't happen in any sport, contact or not.

Callax
05-28-2011, 07:22 PM
Ed: James Harrison Explains His Position (http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/pro-sports/steelers/110034-ed-james-harrison-explains-his-position)


Thursday, 26 May 2011 08:33
Written by Ed Bouchette http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/templates/pg_twn/images/emailButton.png (http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/component/mailto/?tmpl=component&link=cc3496ad1138680452ac7dae1dad3eb81f755686)

Good morning,

I could not catch up with James Harrison Wednesday to give him a chance to elaborate on his much-quoted Tweet. However, he did write more on his blog to try to explain his position on the new NFL rules. It’s not as sexy as his “idiots” Tweet, but here it is:
It’s been weighing heavy on my mind all day, so I figure I might as well just let it out. I want to make it clear that I am all for player safety. I don’t disagree with all of the rule changes.

But come on…REALLY? Now you have to wait until a guy catches, or even worse, you have to let them catch the ball before you can even attempt to tackle him. Along with that, you cannot let any part of your helmet or facemask touch any part of them basically from the chest up. If you are following the letter of the rules exactly, now most tackles, if not ALL tackles can be flagged, fined and/or result in ejection from that game, or future game(s).

I understand the intent behind making the rules, but in their attempt to make the game safer, they are actually clouding what is allowable. Even the referees are confused. A close look will show you that the referees were calling things that were not even supposed to be called, and NOT calling things that were actually illegal.
The decision to call a penalty or impose a fine is seemingly, at least some of the time, dependent upon the uniform and the player. After my meeting this past fall with Roger Goodell, Ray Anderson, and Merton Hanks and some others, who I now have absolutely no respect for (to keep it PG), I definitely believe there is no equality in their enforcement of these rules.

These rules are targeting hard hitting players and defenses i.e. STEELERS. I guess the NFL needed a poster child for their campaign.

The quarterback rule clarification (Rule 12, Section 2, Article 13) is a great change. But that’s just saying “Hey Steelers..by the way…Ben’s nose getting broken last year really did not deserve a penalty.”

I know there are hits out there that could go either way, but if it’s me I already know which way they are going to go. I love this game, but I hate what they are trying to turn it into.

I wonder why the NFL is suddenly coming down so hard on player’s safety issues. I can’t help but think it’s not actually for the safety of the players.

Don't EVEN get me started on Ben's nose getting broke and the NON PENALTY call.... if that was tommie (bitch) brady or Peyton Manning, flags would have been flying and the fines would have been in the mail by the time the flag hit the ground!!!!!!! GODell=:willybs: