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NFL denies targeting Steelers James Harrison

Posted on: December 4, 2010 12:05 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2010 12:05 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

Everyone that is in the NFL, around the NFL or talking about the NFL believes that the league is targeting the Steelers' James Harrison with its illegal hit policy.

This includes Harrison's boss, Pittsburgh's owner Art Rooney, and even his most bitter rivals (Terrell Suggs of the Ravens recently said that Harrison was 'red-flagged' by the NFL).

But it does not include the NFL itself.

"I would say that's misguided and, frankly, completely untrue," Ray Anderson, NFL VP of Football Operations told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Every team and every player, hopefully, will have the confidence that, if they play within the rules, we won't have this problem."

In fact, Anderson wouldn't even discuss the specifics of Harrison's complaint.

"We won't respond to any particular player and certainly we won't respond to players who may have appeal cases pending," Anderson said.

He then went on to point out that if a player can't adjust their particular playing style, then they will end up "sitting and watching games like you and me." (While I doubt that Anderson watches the game the same way as everyone else, his point is taken.)

Anyway, here's the thing: the NFL isn't targeting Harrison, or ordering their refs to "target" Harrison and continually hit him with fines. They just aren't.

Think of it like a third-grade classroom: there's always one kid who qualifies as the bully. This kid picks on other kids in a manner that's against the classroom rules. Said kid, for picking on others, gets in trouble frequently. Because of this, if the bully goes near a corner of the classroom inhabited by nerds, the teacher keeps a close eye on that kid.

It's just how life works -- and the exact same thing is applicable to Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, only with endzone celebrations.

If someone keeps begging the league and the public to watch what they do (note to Harrison here: threatening to retire is not a good way of keeping attention off yourself), well -- surprise-surprise! -- the league and the public will absolutely watch what they do.

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Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2010 1:18 am
 

NFL denies targeting Steelers James Harrison

What do you think, kenback?  How about their consistency tonight with no calls on a forearm to the face of a QB and a helmet to helmet on Heath Miller that looked like it broke his neck.  No flags.  Hmmmm.  Yeah, very consistent.



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2010 10:31 am
 

NFL denies targeting Steelers James Harrison

Did anyone really think that any of Goodell's soldiers would fall out of line and admit that they are making Harrison a target?  Of course they will deny that.  






Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 6:11 am
 

NFL denies targeting Steelers James Harrison

I have only been on these boards for a few days and it is easy to see the people obsessed with the Steelers and their fans. They dont post for their own NFL team, just get on to bash the Steelers and their fans.

Cowboys and Ravens fans both have pictures of Ben Roethlisberger and a Chargers fan has a picture similar to a Steelers fans.. They sound obsessed.

You need to treat them like children, don't encourage them and they will stop trying.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:05 am
 

NFL denies targeting Steelers James Harrison

kenbeck,
you aren't too smart are you?   if you were maybe you could read what harrison was fined for ... here are a few things the nfl has said

Harrison has not been suspended. League spokesman Michael Signora said there was no such penalty for the Fitzpatrick hit Sunday because it wasn't flagrant.

Signora said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "It was not a late hit. It was not a hit to the head. And he pulled off the quarterback when they hit the ground

see... even the nfl said it was not a hit to the helmet... hmmmm... the video has been out there,... seems you have been smart enough to watch it without your steeler hater glasses on... give it another try without  those glasses and see if you can figure out why he was fined.


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