February 14, 2006

Tainted Steel: Our mission is to raise money to put up a billboard in front of Heinz Field in which the truth will be on display for all to see. Its location will draw attention from the national media and embarass the NFL.

posted by mick to football at 01:08 PM - 60 comments

More funny than anything, my Catholic upbringing does like the idea of using shame though.

posted by mick at 01:09 PM on February 14

It was the politics of the game. I was pulling for Seattle, but I knew that no matter what, Pittsburgh was to win. Seattle should have had that game...

posted by kevs at 01:26 PM on February 14

Its time to stop the cry'n and get over it guys. Better luck next year to your teams, I know mine could use some.

posted by GBFan at 01:30 PM on February 14

So stupid. So stupid.

posted by fabulon7 at 01:30 PM on February 14

(If this had happened to the Packers, GBFan, you'd be "cry'n" and thinking about stunts like this too, and you know it.) Is this misguided? Maybe. Not really thought all the way through? Definitely. Is it going to happen? Probably not. If it does, will it change anything? Of course not. All that doesn't mean it isn't a decent and non-destructive way to vent after a cruddy Super Bowl.

posted by chicobangs at 01:37 PM on February 14

The game was rigged, everyone knows it, and the NFL will never admit to it of course. This idea is hilarious and I would love to see it happen, but doubt it ever will.

posted by jmbraun773 at 01:44 PM on February 14

I like the Religion forum near the bottom. The subhed is "Christians vs. Smart People". What's the over/under on that?

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:46 PM on February 14

I'm just curious if any of these people cared when the interception by Polamalu was reveresed? I'm guessing they thought that call was ok.

posted by scottypup at 01:49 PM on February 14

God bless sports and the human factor.

posted by njsk8r20 at 01:50 PM on February 14

The game was rigged, everyone knows it, I'm not aware of that. Kind of blows up your claim.

posted by yerfatma at 01:50 PM on February 14

The Steelers won that's all that matters! Dropped passes and poor clock management (2 times) killed the Seahawks, not the refs! I don't hear any of you saying any thing about the block in the back that was NOT CALLED during the run back of an interception! It was very clear! If you were worried about being fair, you would mention all of the plays you thought the Refs missed not just the ones that feed your need to cry! Besides a great team can overcome mistakes, that's what makes them great! (The Steelers made enough of their own mistakes but still managed to win! One thing about the USA, you have a right to keep whining, so go ahead, knock yourselves out having what you call a "Good time"!

posted by steelerchooks at 02:04 PM on February 14

pittsburgh desrved that win

posted by soccerplaya16 at 02:05 PM on February 14

My favorite part: Too many events "happen to" the public... and we are forced to stand by and just accept the outcome from the powers that be. Well, fine! If it's gonna be that way, then it's time they get the public humiliation they deserve. I love the place at which this guy draws the line. Starvation in Africa ... eh. Terror attacks on American soil ... klik. War in Iraq ... yawn. Bad calls in football game ... FIGHT THE POWER! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!

posted by rcade at 02:12 PM on February 14

steelers won the game there were a few bad or missed calls but defence wins games not offence and any smart person knows that . And anyone who thinks the game is rigged your STUPID too many players kick out of the league for varyous reasons that would have sold that story to the world in a heart beat i mean look at the niners you could not pretend to suck that bad look at the L.A rams cornerback don henley now serving life in the feds penitentry for drugs and the players ass set him up. Seabirds guit your bitchin as ive been told theres always next year

posted by 9erftbl at 02:18 PM on February 14

Whaaaaaa!!!! We didn't win the Super Bowl. Whaaaaaa!!!!

posted by dbt302 at 02:21 PM on February 14

First let me qualify that I am a Steeler hater and wanted the Seahawks to win - this coming from a guy who grew up in Western PA but have hated the Steelers since the IMMACULATE RECEPTION - yes I am a Raider fan. The officating did not win or lose the game - there were questionable and missed calls against both teams in the game. The Seahawks lost simply because they made more mistakes than the Steelers in what was probably one of worst played Super Bowls in a long time.

posted by iamdwizard at 02:22 PM on February 14

worst coaching game by HOLMGREN ever !! and i have seen him since his oak grove ( h.s. ) days , back here in san jose . terrible clock managment !!

posted by trrron at 02:31 PM on February 14

Lets realize that THE STEELERS and Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl because they were the champions in their division. So all season THE STEELERS were GIVEN games? This OHIO girl loves the Steelers and they could very well do it again next year!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!

posted by darladombroski@sbcglobal.net at 02:32 PM on February 14

Not only is it foolish, but for somebody who's trying to whip NFL fans into a "power to the people" moment, you choose a billboard company owned by Clear Channel, a multi-billion dollar enterprise that has killed hundreds of local local radio stations and put more people out of work than anybody but Wal-Mart. Oh, the irony. Not only that, but you can't embarass the NFL. Nothing embarasses the filthy rich...just look at Paris Hilton.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:36 PM on February 14

And to think things were quieting down around here.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:38 PM on February 14

stop all your crying the game is in the books.sorry ass losers.

posted by 8cylinder at 02:42 PM on February 14

Ya know if you would stop your cryin and watch the game again you would have seen TWO fumbles that should have went pittsburghs way!! "If your seahawks were such a SUPER team they would have made the plays they needed to win!! The better team won......Get over it already, if all you keep cryin your shitty little city might be under water soon!!!! HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO !!!!!

posted by steelerfan1970 at 03:02 PM on February 14

I'm really enjoying the post superbowl lull this site is experiencing.

posted by HATER 187 at 03:03 PM on February 14

My car is made of tainted steel. It smells pretty bad.

posted by cobra! at 03:11 PM on February 14

I really wasn't seeing the other side of these arguments until people started expressing the salient points in all caps. Sincerely Yours, 230 pounds of tainted steel and . . . that's about it, I guess.

posted by yerfatma at 03:14 PM on February 14

salient points You're a fancy boy ain't ya, with $50 words and your indoor plumbing.

posted by HATER 187 at 03:20 PM on February 14

I see the "Monday morning" quarter backing of the superbowl is still going strong. Get over it !! The Seahawks beat the Seahawks. It is what it is ..... The END.

posted by ozzie at 03:29 PM on February 14

I like the idea of doing something to let the NFL realize that fans do care if officiating is good. Maybe they should put a fan on the rules committee. By the way, the people who are complaining about the officiating are not all disgruntled Seahawks fan. I don't even know any Seahawks fans, but the officiating in the Super Bowl really wasn't good. Steelers fans can understand that, right?

posted by bperk at 03:59 PM on February 14

I'm a Steeler fan & I think the officiating was bad it hurt both teams-peace

posted by yvonne28 at 04:09 PM on February 14

I can't figure out what's more funny: The site itself, that people are still, apparently, hung up on the Super Bowl outcome, or the seemingly incessant need for "Stiller" fans to run in and form a 'tard circle so they can all get their "shut-up! we won! You lost! Quit whining!! Go Steelers!!" rocks off at the mere mention that the officials may have had a slight hand in determining who won the game... Not much else going on it Pittsburgh?

posted by srw12 at 04:10 PM on February 14

This is my favorite one:A Note to "taintedsteelXL" and his delusional fol

posted by wingnut4life at 04:25 PM on February 14

Wouldn't Seattle fans be better served worrying about if Shaun Alexander will return next year? After all the Super Bowl loss is now 9 days old and should have become a painful memory by now. Steeler fans are concerned with repeating their Super Bowl victory next year as it should be.

posted by DrBill at 05:07 PM on February 14

The rules committee should learn one thing from this game. Any play under review should require indisputable evidence to counter what was called on the field, ...except a touchdown. A touchdown under review should not be assumed a score unless absolute evidence indicates the ball crossed the goal line. If you don't cram it in, it shouldn't be worth 6 points. Micro guesses just isn't football.

posted by sageman at 05:14 PM on February 14

For nine days I have read the comments and have enjoyed them immensely. As a neutral observer who was rooting for the Steelers( loyal to my home state of PA) let's call the Super Bowl what it was: pretty poor football. Neither team played that well, the officiating sucked and Mike Holmgren got out-coached. I did however enjoy the fact that the two biggest shit talkers before the game, Porter and Stevens, produced very little. SHUT UP and play football. The best thing about the game was the food, the beer, and my widescreen TV. The game is in the books and nothing can change that.

posted by PAPhinFan at 05:21 PM on February 14

srw12 is still a little mad as a Bengal bandwagoneer that the Steelers may have been better that the Bungles. Nice to have a forum to fianlly get your jab back at them? Anyone still complaining about the Superbowl a week and a half later is pathetic. I would be overjoyed if miraculously my Lions could get screwed in the SUPERBOWL after finally gettting in for the first time.

posted by bigdutch78 at 05:26 PM on February 14

I don't know about the billboard idea but I do have to agree that the officiating was horrible in not only the Super Bowl but the entire playoffs too. But then again, what do I know about the world of football.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:26 PM on February 14

Most of us have bitched about the officiating all season. Bad calls have been the only thing consistent about the season. Until the refs are full time nothing is going to change. I like what coach Stoops said when asked about being robbed of a win because of a bad call against Texas tech: "That call didn't matter, our team should not have been in that position in the first place." As far as a national movement bullsh:t there are other more important things in life.

posted by kosmicdebris at 05:38 PM on February 14

STEELERS DRINK CHAMPAIGN, SEAHAWKS WHINE! Hearing this bad call, fixed game stuff is total bullshit and holds no water. ANYONE who is whinning, needs to learn the rules of football and know that while some calls were somewhat questionable to the "joe average" fan, the calls were by the rules of the NFL...PERIOD Maybe Holmgren should have been reading the "play menu" instead of the "breakfast menu"! Bottom line is that DEFENSE and EXACUTION wins games..PITTSBURGH had both and the Cryhawks did not! With his post, "kosmicdebris" put the ball between the uprights...unlike Brown (who by the way, the Steelers dumped because he sucks!)

posted by CountDracula58 at 06:05 PM on February 14

I'm the first to admit I HATE THE STEELERS but they won the super bowl and hats off to them. As far as officiating went it sucked all year and in the big game it was the same. So get over it and knock the Steelers off next year

posted by what the? at 06:11 PM on February 14

It never fails to amaze me how some 'neutral' fans can be such assholes with regularity. I actually made over $150 from bets not on the game or the outcome, but on whether or not the Seattle fans would be incensed with the outcome. They have been pissing and moaning about every one of their losses this year, and it will continue until their players don pads for next year. Just get over it, huh? What a bunch of sorry assed whiners. If they try to put a billboard like that up in Pittsburgh, the Steeler fans will have it torn down before it goes up.

posted by mrhockey at 06:33 PM on February 14

The most memorable thing about any of the past 40 super bowls is the Jackson girl's boob, and people bitched about it. And, it was such a nice boob. I don't care who won or lost or got snookered by the refs, but I did watch the first part of it and saw that the refs appeared to be getting a lot of camera exposure, which is normal, but they all looked like Dick Cheney, so I went home and watched an old Sam Peckinpah western. A lot of people there looked like Dick Cheney so I went out and peed in the pool to feed the mosquito larvae ... maybe I was just bored.

posted by Bud Lang at 06:39 PM on February 14

And the commercial ads sucked too!!!!! Yes nice boob, was glad mick or keith didn't show theirs, ewwhh.

posted by kosmicdebris at 06:45 PM on February 14

Hey, I agree with the billboard. The only thing missing is the "one for the thumb" which will be going up the Steelers' players asses. That "thumb ring" should have black and white stripes on it, and should also be pictured on th billboard

posted by joecab at 06:54 PM on February 14

Just tell the NFL to stay the hell out of southern California. We have had enough of Al Davis, Georgina Frontiera and the like. You have taken us before .......so get lost!

posted by westcoast at 06:56 PM on February 14

Yes nice boob, was glad mick or keith didn't show theirs, ewwhh. Keith's might be decomposing.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:58 PM on February 14

Might have been a nice boob but are you sure it was Janet's or was it Mike's

posted by what the? at 07:43 PM on February 14

The game was rigged, everyone knows it, and the NFL will never admit to it of course. What makes this funny is that the same team for whom the NFL supposedly fixed the Super Bowl, was complaining about a game being "fixed" against them just two weeks earlier. Really, if a team gets screwed by the officials one week and helped by them the next, is the fix really in?

posted by grum@work at 08:43 PM on February 14

Not to worry, kiddies- Remember all the people having coronaries over Tom Brady, the Raiders, and the 'tuck rule' reversal that we were told would forever taint the Pats' chamionship run of that year? In 5 years, all anyone will remember is that the Steelers won, they beat the Seahawks, and I think they won by like 10... we'll all be too busy bitching about the next batch of horribly called games to remember any of this drama..

posted by don-peyote at 09:59 PM on February 14

The horse is dead, already. What's done is done. I can probably fathom a guess on how many Super Bowls either the Steelers or Seahawks even get to in the next 5 years.... none. It is what it is....a poorly played, poorly officiated game for and by both teams.

posted by skooby717 at 11:03 PM on February 14

I remember when a post like this would have gotten some quality snark and a few LOLs. I'm starting up www.taintedFilter.com.

posted by mick at 06:45 AM on February 15

I remember when a post like this would have gotten some quality snark and a few LOLs. You probably also remember when the average IQ around here was still in triple digits, old timer.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:06 AM on February 15

srw12 is still a little mad...blah blah blah... Bungles... No, he's not mad at all. In fact he's amused at the website linked above as well as people's reactions to it. He's also amused by himself making comments in the third person so he want's to thank you, bigbutch, for causing it. ...oh, and he thinks you meant "finally"...

posted by srw12 at 08:24 AM on February 15

I didn't have a dog in the stupid brawl fight, but exactly how many field goals did the "squawks" miss? Close game...huh. Of course the ball was magnetized and the goal posts where fixed so the judges could change polarity with their whistles. Conspiracy, I tell ya...conspiracy!! The world must know...billboard time.

posted by kosmicdebris at 08:55 AM on February 15

What makes this funny is that the same team for whom the NFL supposedly fixed the Super Bowl, was complaining about a game being "fixed" against them just two weeks earlier. Really, if a team gets screwed by the officials one week and helped by them the next, is the fix really in? The Colts were the better story for the NFL for that game....but when the Steelers won that game (which would have been highway robbery if they hadn't) they became the better story for the NFL. And how do you make money in the entertainment business...good story lines.

posted by jmbraun773 at 09:38 AM on February 15

while I agree the officiating was terrible and I feel the Seahawks were probably the better of the two teams out there, if the garbage that passed as officiating in the first three rounds didn't bother the nfl, a billboard certainly won't.

posted by loudrew56 at 12:38 PM on February 15

Ya know if you would stop your cryin and watch the game again you would have seen TWO fumbles that should have went pittsburghs way!! Make that four fumbles.

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:55 PM on February 15

Wouldn't Seattle fans be better served worrying about if Shaun Alexander will return next year? I here he's going to Pittsburgh. HA!

posted by sumokenobi at 08:30 PM on February 15

I live in a converted mill -- the walls in my apartment are huge, about the size of a billboard. I will write anything anybody wants on them. Highest bid. (I was going to put this on e-bay, but I didn't want it to compete with my auction for jars of Super Bowl gripes that have taken the form of congealed milk and stale beer mung in the bottom of my refrigerator crisper.) You know, I saw this post and I wasn't going to read it, but then I did and I am so glad I did. It was so worth it. YES!!

posted by BullpenPro at 09:30 PM on February 15

Is this one of those joke articles????? Just checking.

posted by kjones00 at 05:41 AM on February 16

If Kimo Von Cheapshot won't have cheapshoted carson palmer in the first round of the playoffs, Palmer would have carved up the suspect defense of the Steelers, just like Hasselbeck did. Hasselbeck owned the Steelers D, like no one since Carson Palmer did the second time the two teams played. Is it Hasselbecks fault the officials called back every big play? Is it Hasselbeck's fault when the Seahawks made a big stop on the goalline the official ruled Ben Worthlessberger in anyway? Is it Hasselbeck's fault he got called for block below the back making a great takle on Ike Taylor? The ref were obviously paid off by Rick Thoccet, obviously Gretzky's wife had about half a million on the game and Rick couldn't let his boy's wife take a hit like that. If you think the Stealers won the game, and not had it handed to them, you are just a blind homer, that has nothing insightful to say, and shouldn't be wasting people's time. Face facts, If you lost to the Ravens when Antony Wright was quarterbacking, your not a superbowl worthy team. There was no champion this year, as far as I'm concerned the Patriots are still defending champs next year, they are the last time to win the superbowl.

posted by taprootkicksass at 11:07 AM on February 19

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