Tuesday, May 19, 2009

James Harrison, don't be an idiot

By Michael J.W. Stickings

How can I not like James Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers OLB who ran back that INT 99 yards for a TD to close out the first half of Super Bowl XLIII in January, a game my beloved Steelers came from behind to win, with Roethlisberger and Holmes hooking up for perhaps the greatest catch in Super Bowl history?

It isn't just that play. Last year, Harrison was, with Polamalu (my favourite player on the team), one of the two most dominant players on one of the most dominant Ds ever. He's one of the top defensive players in the game today, and one of the greatest Steelers ever.

But, come on, what's with turning down the trip to the White House to meet the president this week? "I don't feel the need to go, actually," Harrison explained. "I don't feel like it's that big a deal to me." Well, fine -- and I realize it's not all that special: all winning teams get the WH invite (the Cardinals would have gone if they'd won). But it's a big deal to your fans, to Steelers fans, and, even just meeting the president, the team just isn't same without you. And surely it's a big deal to Dan Rooney, team chairman, who was one of Obama's most prominent supporters in Pennsylvania during the campaign and whom Obama tapped to be ambassador to Ireland.

Are you not a Democrat, not an Obama fan? Then just suck it up. (And think of all those SB winners who had to meet Bush.)

Or is it that you're just a bit of an eccentric -- a loner, a maverick? Is it that you just like to go your own way and do your own thing? Then, again, just suck it up. Deal with it. Be a team player, as they say.

You're a fantastic player and a Super Bowl champion. Even if you're not making some grand political point, don't be an idiot.

Put the Black 'n' Gold before yourself. It's the Steelers way.

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  • Fifty Years of Math 1957 - 2007 (in the USA)!

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    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit ?

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    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

    3... Teaching Math In 1970s

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:40 AM  

  • Yeah, that previous comment certainly explains why Harrison passed on the WH visit -- WTF, Anonymous?

    Also, I believe I read that Harrison also passed when the Steelers won the Super Bowl last time (during the reign of George the Lesser), so I'm afraid that Harrison is simply an self-important idiot -- albeit a helluva football player.

    By Blogger Bob, at 1:03 PM  

  • I think it's plain from this made up story about education that the made up reason for the dumbing down of America is Mexico and not the real and endlessly idiotic giggling of the Republican giggling classes as they send their jokes to each other.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 9:00 AM  

  • Hey Fogg -- This joke has been circulating ALL OVER THE NET. I fowarded it to conservatives, moderates, and liberals (whatever the Hell that all means, as you like to say). LOL's came back to me evenly ditributed among all segments of the political spectrum. But, alas, ideologues, such as yourself, have no sense of humor. VAYA CON DIOS!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:17 AM  

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