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Zach Leibowitz
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Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

The Steel Makers


This whole notion that the Steelers play dirty is absurd. They are no dirtier than the Baltimore Ravens players putting out a so-called bounty on certain Steelers players. And it's not dirtier than players like Rodney Harrison (who also got caught using HGH) or incidents like the Vikings boat party or Spygate 2007. I saw Brian Dawkins deliver shots to opponents when they were already on the ground. He wasn't called for late hits, even though they probably were. That's dirty, right? But then again, what is and isn't dirty? And how do we know there isn't something "dirty" going on during every play from scrimmage?

This is not to say that Hines Ward and James Harrison aren't "dirty" themselves, but that's all part of football. Sure, they may hit a little harder when the play is over or taunt a little too much, but they're doing what needs to be done to win the game. They're taking advantage of opportunities as they arise and if that means playing a little dirtier, then so be it. It's all about winning and doing what it takes to win a championship. Rodney Harrison won two in New England playing what many considered dirty football. Ward and James Harrison have already won a Super Bowl and are a win away from their second.

Football is a rough, tough and often dirty game. Players know the risks they are taking when they step out onto the football field. May the best man win. And so far it's been the Steelers.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  January 29, 2009; 7:25 AM ET  | Category:  Arizona Cardinals , Pittsburgh Steelers , Zach Leibowitz Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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This is one of the most unimaginably stupid articles ever. It contradicts itself before it gets out of the second sentence. You say that it's absurd to say that they play dirty, then you compare them to other teams, saying that they are "no dirtier" than anyone else. Which means... THEY'RE DIRTY. See what you did there?

Excusing the Steelers' play via evidence of other teams playing dirty is a facile, childish argument. Here's a primer on what you just did:

No mention of the fact that Rodney Harrison is often voted the dirtiest player in the game (that, remember, is the guy that you referenced in trying to prove that the Steelers don't play dirty, in case you've forgotten.) No mention of the hit that tossed Carson Palmer to the hospital and sidelines (and into mediocrity) for well over a year. You don't mention any one of the myriad pieces of evidence that might possibly derail your sophomoric drivel.

And then, the glorious ending. You say that football is an "often dirty game", directly contradicting your opening statement (which, for lack of a better term, I'll call your "thesis"). If anything, you've proven the opposite of your thesis, and frankly, anyone writing at more than an eighth grade level should have recognized that long before they published this crap.

Posted by: charlesbakerharris | January 29, 2009 5:18 PM

Looks like someone forgot to take their Midol...

Posted by: Keystroke | January 29, 2009 8:39 PM

Yeah, it was lack of Midol, uh huh. Or maybe it was that articles this bad deserve to get flamed. You pick.

Posted by: charlesbakerharris | January 31, 2009 8:29 AM

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