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Atlanta Dan
10-27-2006, 05:16 PM
No surprise about this - maybe Cowher should talk to Rooney about the need to maintain team discipline:smile:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2641027

$40,000 in fines after Sunday's game - talk about adding insult to injury!

stillers4me
10-27-2006, 05:53 PM
Steelers' Rooney fined $25K for criticizing officials By Len Pasquarelli
ESPN.com


Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who all but served as the campaign manager for new NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on Friday was hit hard by the man he helped shepherd into office less than three months ago.

Goodell fined Rooney $25,000 for his criticism of game officials after the Steelers' overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. Adding to the irony, the action came on the same day league officials announced Falcons defensive end Chauncey Davis, whose apparent helmet-to-helmet collision on Ben Roethlisberger knocked the Pittsburgh quarterback from the game in the third quarter, would not be fined.

Roethlisberger suffered a concussion on the play and missed one day of practice this week, but he will start Sunday at Oakland. Some observers felt Davis would draw a fine for the hit, but the league officials who review the videotape of every game and closely scrutinize every questionable play obviously disagreed.

On Thursday, the NFL fined three Steelers -- wide receivers Hines Ward, Nate Washington and Santonio Holmes -- $5,000 each for an excessive celebration in the game. The celebration followed Washington's 10-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Pittsburgh was penalized 15 yards for the incident, was forced to kick off from the 15-yard line, and Atlanta scored on the ensuing possession.

Rooney did not mince words in the aftermath of a bitter defeat, one in which he clearly felt referee Ron Winter's crew was in error on several calls.

"Those officials should be ashamed of themselves," Rooney told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "That last call, you don't get that kind of call."

The Steelers' chairman was referring to a false-start flag on Washington, a penalty that by rule required a 10-second runoff on the game clock, preventing the Steelers from attempting a potential game-winning field goal in regulation. He also was critical of the officials for a tripping call against kicker Jeff Reed on a return by the Falcons' Allen Rossum late in the second quarter.

"They said he tripped him," Rooney said. "He got beat out, the guy dodged him, and he got faked. He didn't trip him. [Rossum] ran over him and fell."

Asked about the calls Sunday, coach Bill Cowher declined to comment, noting: "I don't feel like giving [the NFL] any more money." But Rooney apparently had no qualms about speaking out, or about suffering the consequences that came down Friday. "I don't care. They need to know," Rooney said.

In fact, just to make sure he drove his point home, Rooney handed Goodell a copy of the Post-Gazette, including his quotes, at a league meeting in New Orleans on Tuesday. By that time, Goodell already was aware of Rooney's sentiments about the officiating. Further evidence that Rooney was determined to get the most mileage for his money: The Steelers actually announced the fine Friday.

One of the NFL's most influential owners, Rooney played a significant role in Goodell's selection as the successor to retired commissioner Paul Tagliabue. During the balloting, Rooney delivered a speech in which he championed the candidacy of the longtime NFL executive. And it was Rooney, serving in his capacity as co-chairman of the commissioner election committee, that went to Goodell's hotel room in Chicago to tell him that he had been chosen as Tagliabue's successor.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.


I don't think Dan Rooney gives a rat's ass.
Where was Holgrem's fine????? Consistancy problem??

stillers4me
10-27-2006, 05:54 PM
Maybe with that $40,000, the NFL can buy some new monitors that work in under 2 minutes and some Lasik procedures for some of the refs.

BBC
10-27-2006, 06:04 PM
Where was Holgrem's fine????? Consistancy problem??

In the league's defense, two different commissioners at the time.

Still though, I think we should be more worried about someone taunting a knocked out QB and an offensive lineman going low on a defender than the things that the Steelers lost 40K because of.

Jeremy
10-27-2006, 06:23 PM
Ladies and gentleman, Roger Duhdell reveals his true colors.

The small market teams in the NFL are in deep trouble boys and girls, make no mistake about that.

Ohio Steeler
10-27-2006, 07:25 PM
Maybe with that $40,000, the NFL can buy some new monitors that work in under 2 minutes and some Lasik procedures for some of the refs.

I was thinking thatmaybe they could tech the refs how to call a game right with that money..

BBC
10-27-2006, 07:39 PM
I was thinking thatmaybe they could tech the refs how to call a game right with that money..

Do you live in Seattle?

wildjames
10-27-2006, 08:54 PM
I didn't hear him complaining after the Superbowl when much worse calls were made, what a hypocrite.

tony hipchest
10-27-2006, 09:09 PM
I didn't hear him complaining after the Superbowl when much worse calls were made, what a hypocrite.

easy there tamejames.

the officiating last sunday wasnt bad. it wasnt like 1 incorrect call cost the steelers the game. 3 unforced fumbles and a great onside kick by the falcons cost the steelers the game.

reed tripped, washington moved, and 3 steeler wrs celebrated.

rooney is just frustrated, as am i. the old man blew off some steam, as did i. but it would be much cheaper for rooney to come to a message board and proclaim that the bengals suck rather than publicly stating the officials suck.

HometownGal
10-27-2006, 09:48 PM
easy there tamejames.

the officiating last sunday wasnt bad. it wasnt like 1 incorrect call cost the steelers the game. 3 unforced fumbles and a great onside kick by the falcons cost the steelers the game.

reed tripped, washington moved, and 3 steeler wrs celebrated.

rooney is just frustrated, as am i. the old man blew off some steam, as did i. but it would be much cheaper for rooney to come to a message board and proclaim that the bengals suck rather than publicly stating the officials suck.

Agreed, Tony, but $25,000 to Dan Rooney is like a nickel to us common folk. I think the fine is ludicrous in light of some of the behaviors of other coaches and players around the league.

Mr. Rooney probably had an inkling he was going to have to pay in some manner for his comments, but he wanted his feelings and outrage known and I commend him for having the cahoonans to stand up for what he believed.

Ohio Steeler
10-27-2006, 09:49 PM
Do you live in Seattle?

LOL

hell no

tony hipchest
10-27-2006, 10:10 PM
Agreed, Tony, but $25,000 to Dan Rooney is like a nickel to us common folk. I think the fine is ludicrous in light of some of the behaviors of other coaches and players around the league.

Mr. Rooney probably had an inkling he was going to have to pay in some manner for his comments, but he wanted his feelings and outrage known and I commend him for having the cahoonans to stand up for what he believed.

i hear ya sista! rooney probably was suprised he was fined. what he said was pretty mild, and the new commish probably figured hed fire a shot across the bow.

but like the multitude of correct calls made in the sb, the same correct calls were made last week. the refs HAD to call reeds trip and washingtons flinch. id be pissed beyond belief if the falcons did it and it wasnt called.

the thing is, is that the disgrunteled seahawk and bengals fans hung on john maddens every word during the sb, and like fat, bloated, bleating, sheep, will take his weak assed incorrect analysis of the calls to the grave.

i know most steelerfans are above taking rooneys comments, made out of frustration, with such heart.

SteelCityMan786
10-27-2006, 10:19 PM
Agreed, Tony, but $25,000 to Dan Rooney is like a nickel to us common folk. I think the fine is ludicrous in light of some of the behaviors of other coaches and players around the league.

Mr. Rooney probably had an inkling he was going to have to pay in some manner for his comments, but he wanted his feelings and outrage known and I commend him for having the cahoonans to stand up for what he believed.

The fine is ****ING REDICULOUS! How about this, if you are going to fine Rooney, FINE SEATTLE FOR WHINING OVER THE SUPER BOWL. Otherwise leave it alone.

HometownGal
10-27-2006, 10:23 PM
i hear ya sista! rooney probably was suprised he was fined. what he said was pretty mild, and the new commish probably figured hed fire a shot across the bow.

but like the multitude of correct calls made in the sb, the same correct calls were made last week. the refs HAD to call reeds trip and washingtons flinch. id be pissed beyond belief if the falcons did it and it wasnt called.

the thing is, is that the disgrunteled seahawk and bengals fans hung on john maddens every word during the sb, and like fat, bloated, bleating, sheep, will take his weak assed incorrect analysis of the calls to the grave.

i know most steelerfans are above taking rooneys comments, made out of frustration, with such heart.

Oh hell yeah - I agree that the refs made the correct calls in those instances, no doubt about it. I'm also 100% certain that Dan Rooney made those remarks out of anger at and frustration in general with how the game transpired and quite frankly, how the season has transpired thus far. Really - what owner who gives a damn about his team wouldn't?

Y'know - I should really have learned my lesson by now with regard to reading your posts and those of several others around here with something in my mouth. Cookies and cream ice cream through the mouth is much more appetizing than coming through the nose while laughing. :toofunny:

Livinginthe past
10-28-2006, 06:36 AM
The irony of the situation is that Rooney had such a huge part in getting the new commish his job and has now been fined by him.

I dont know what is going with Rooney at the minute, he has been a class act for so long but that outburst was pretty childish.

I believe he even brought a copy of the Pittsburgh gazette into a meeting with him where the Commish was present in order to drive home how pi**ed he was at the decisons.

If I was him i'd have saved that battle for a different day - because the calls he is whining about were correctly called.

I dont think there are many Steelers fans who actually think that Reed didnt do a great job tripping Rossum - you have to imagine that Old Man Rooney actually knows the rules.

NM

stlrtruck
10-28-2006, 07:46 AM
Personally, I feel that Rooney should have kept his comments to himself. If anything he should have had a closed door meeting with the commish to discuss the inconsistencies with the officiating crews.

Let's face it, the head officials all have their different interpretations of the rules and some even have their favorite players and/or teams. Or maybe they're just playing on a fix that has been set up by the head office.

Either way, since I can remember refs have always made bad calls. They've missed calls or called things that never happened. But it was never at the inconsistency that it is now. If the new commish had any balls, he would put these officials through some intense training starting now. It isn't like the refs are working games in the middle of the week!

polamalufan43
10-28-2006, 11:47 AM
They should take some of that money and buy some tape reviewing equipment, that one time when the tape wouldn't work and they had to rule the catch a TD made me so annoyed.

Anyway, I think I am going with Dan Rooney on the officating. I'm glad that he said what he said.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

Haiku_Dirtt
10-28-2006, 12:07 PM
Goodell probably called Rooney first to ask him how much he should be fined.:deal:

clarient
10-28-2006, 12:17 PM
Rooney was being petulant in complaining about some perfectly legitimate calls, but in the end all I can do is hope that maybe his voice has more weight than the thousands of football fans that are growing more and more discontent over the state of officiating in the NFL.

HometownGal
10-28-2006, 02:51 PM
Rooney was being petulant in complaining about some perfectly legitimate calls, but in the end all I can do is hope that maybe his voice has more weight than the thousands of football fans that are growing more and more discontent over the state of officiating in the NFL.

:iagree: Well said, clarient. :thumbsup:

Elvis
10-28-2006, 03:31 PM
:coffee: someone with a little authority has got to say something to the officials. But the officials are Not the reason we are losing games this year... Its The Turnovers thats killin' Our Team..:helmet: :wave:

stillers4me
10-28-2006, 04:06 PM
:coffee: someone with a little authority has got to say something to the officials. But the officials are Not the reason we are losing games this year... Its The Turnovers thats killin' Our Team..:helmet: :wave:

I agree on all points. Dan Rooney knew exactly what he was doing and fully expected to write a big check. What was that old commercial........."When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen." (I still think $25,000 is excessive....maybe his good buddy Roger's idea of a joke)

The turnovers are costing us an entire season.