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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.



Category: NFL

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 2:35 pm

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

   Your highly intellectual, yet comically ignorant statement is made with what?  Ben's extensive conviction records for rape?  Oh, wait, that's right.  He was never even formally charged with a crime was he?  But your right.  He's a rapist.  And Tom Brady is a petifile. And Peyton Manning is a narcotics dealer while Donovan McNabb is a murderer.  No you say.  They're not?  But they were never charged with those crimes either.  So what makes them innocent.  They could be guilty.  Couldn't they?  Stick to living in your moms basement and spanking it to Mens Health magazines bro and let the grown ups talk. 

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 2:26 pm

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

To ThumperBru,
   I believe the guts of this article are meant to be about the extent of the ripping on Ben.  Yeah, Harrison called Mendenhall a fumble machine but he went way above and beyond that with Ben.  It's kinda like he slapped Rashard in the face but then took a sledgehammer to Ben's head.  So, before you yourself berate someone's expertise at their occupation perhaps you should read an article more carefully and try to interpret it's content and what it actually means before you make "your arguments" sir. 

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 8:29 pm

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

"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."

Mr. Judge, if you read the interview, Harrision does rip Mendenhall, calling him a "fumble machine." If you're getting well paid to state your opinion based on facts, you might want to read the entire interview before making your arguments.

Please. For everyone's sake. LOL. Otherwise, nice job.

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:15 pm

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

Ben is a Rapist, nuff said!

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:38 pm

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

It would make front page news if Ben or Mendenhall ripped this jerk like he did them, in the media.  They and the Team for the most part are more professional than this jerk.  All the "facts" stated above are correct, sure Ben had a bad game and aided in the loss, but the "D" gave up the points, as in the games of past, not once do I remember Ben taking it to the press about the D.  Not once.  I'm not a particular fan of this Pitt team, but of teams past.  This guy should get fined by the Commish (imagine someone with a normal job doing this to his boos, what would happen?) and then get cut by the team.  after all, if he thinks the QB and the running backs aren't worth anything why would he want to stay on the Team?  Come on big man, stand behind the meaniings of your words.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:31 pm

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

Prediction....Harrison will be homeless within 2 years of leaving the league.....the sooner the better!

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:24 pm

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

Bingo! Great read. Nailed it.

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