Monday, November 22, 2010

300th POST A HAPPIER OCCASION, OR IS IT?

STEELERS KILL HATED "RAYDAS"

Yes, today marks our landmark 300th post here at "Pittsburgh's Black and Gold", and thank goodness that we have something good to write about...or do we?

While the Steelers did kill the despised Oakland Raiders 35-3 as well as sullying their well-known "Commitment to Excellence" bullcrap theme, this wonderful victory was nonetheless troubling as this game featured a record breaking number of penalties against the Steelers as the zebras once again were in a penalty-calling frenzy.

ABOVE: Officials masquerading as zebras "get what they deserve" from fed-up lions. The officials yesterday would have been given the same treatment had they ventured into the stands.

Friends I almost hate to say this, but this already-watered-down version of the NFL that we're now seeing every weekend is only going to get progressively worse. The league is now in the process of legislating "gentleness" into tackling and defense so that none of their precious offensive players get hurt. In the meantime, they're calling a helmet-to-helmet penalty on Ryan Clark who hit a player in the middle of the back and then calling roughing the quarterback on poster-boy James Harrison for having the audacity to fall into a quarterback with a glancing blow. That second penalty also cost the Steelers a touchdown!

If you think this league isn't watered-down already, go watch a tape of football in the 70's. You'll wonder what game you're watching.

Of course now everyone is waiting breathlessly to see what penalty Richard Seymour gets for decking Big Ben after he'd thrown a touchdown pass. Please. Retribution in this case should have been left up to the players. You don't punch a team's quarterback and get away with it.

The NFL is eroding in front of our eyes.

This game of football will certainly continue long into the future, but just as people of my age will remember that head slaps were once legal, so too will younger people remember years from now how Hines Ward used to love to "earhole" unsuspecting opponents. This is no longer real football.

Until the NFL can develop recyclable football playing robots (as was shown in an episode of "The Jetsons" cartoon show back in the 60's) look for the NFL to continue to legislate more and more rules into the game not because they're so worried about the welfare of their players, but because they're worried about their millionaire investments.

All the while, the calling card that's always been the Pittsburgh Steelers...their toughness...is being pulled, one tooth at a time by this horrible commissioner, Roger Goodell. Note to Commissioner: It would be a bad idea to try tailgating in Pittsburgh as you did two weeks ago in Cincinnati. Pittsburghers boo Gary Bettman vociferously (who did nothing to ever hurt the Penguins). Can you imagine the reception they'd ever give to you at Heinz Field?