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mesaSteeler
03-07-2011, 10:08 PM
Hines Ward on Dancing with the Stars: 的知 in it to win it. I want to win that trophy.
March 7, 2011 8:45 am by Michael Bean
http://sportsradiointerviews.com/2011/03/07/hines-ward-dancing-with-the-stars-pittsburgh-steelers/

To be honest, I致e never watched one minute of Dancing with the Stars. I don稚 despise the premise of the show. I love to go out dancing myself in fact. Just never seen it. That will change this coming season when one of my favorite athletes of all time will be on the show, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.

Ward joined WCNN in Atlanta to talk about how much of a distraction he thinks Dancing with the Stars might be, how good of a dancer he thinks he is, the process of how he was selected as a contestant, the preparation he痴 already started to put in, how he痴 been practicing as much as five hours a day already, and how he痴 still very skeptical that a new CBA will be reached before a lockout.

On how much of a distraction does he think being on Dancing with the Stars will be and how long will the commitment last:

的 don稚 think it will be too distracting. The filming, it goes all the way through like mid-May, June 1st. So it really won稚 be that much. It will be like 10 or 12 weeks or episodes. And for me, I get to start off early with my training camp.

Just how good of a dancer is he?

徹h, I like to cut up the rug at the club. But I致e never ballroom danced before. That痴 a whole other level itself. The good thing about is nobody痴 ever ballroom danced before.

On how he got on the show was he contacted or did his associates approach the show:

添eah my marketing team came to them and they threw my name in the panel. And with a lot of hard work and negotiation and stuff like that, they thought I壇 be a pretty good fit for the show. So when they came to me and asked me, I really didn稚 know because when you see it on television you say oh I can do that. But I致e started, I知 on my third day of practice and I don稚 know what I致e signed up for. You池e hitting the uncertainty or the unknown areas. But all in all, It痴 going well. I致e got a great partner, she痴 very encouraging. We池e almost halfway through our whole routine so things are looking good.

After hearing about how much practice he痴 been doing (up to five hours some days), Ward was asked if he is married?

哲o.

But would he agree that it might be awkward to spend that much time around a beautiful woman if he were married?

哲o, it痴 not like that. Kim [Johnson, his dancing partner] is cool. You know, at first, it was just a respect trying to feel each other out. It痴 like a cool relationship because she痴 from a different country. Last night she said I had to throw my hand back, and I was like oh kind of like you池e going to pimp slap someone. She didn稚 know what that was. She was like pimp, what痴 a pimp? So it痴 just a good relationship. I知 going to be with her for a long time, hopefully all the way until the championship. So I would never cross the line as far as jeopardizing our relationship. I知 in it to win it. I want to win that trophy.

Whether there痴 a first dance or first few dances that he痴 preparing for right now:

的 can稚 reveal the first dance, but it痴 definitely something that I致e never come across before. But I知 picking it up pretty fast. You know, it痴 easy because we池e looking at ourselves in the mirror so it痴 like a whole day using that mirror to try to get synchronized to make sure we池e on the same page and same beat so it looks good on television.

Whether it is as good a workout as some say it is:

的t is. It definitely is. Just going through the whole workout, it痴 definitely the shoes. I get a better understanding and new found respect for all the ladies who wear high-heeled shoes. It痴 amazing what they go through. So almost every night I知 soaking my feet for precautionary reasons, because I知 starting to feel the soreness on the balls. So I understand what all the females go through when they go out and purchase that new pair of shoes.

If he thinks the CBA extensions are a sign that a new deal is close to getting done:

哲o I don稚 think so. To be honest with you, it seems like you keep adding on time for nothing. So I understand they池e adding seven days to get something done, but it shouldn稚 have to come down to this anyway. Right after the Super Bowl, they should have locked themselves in a room and gotten a deal done all the way up until the deadline. We would have had a new deal. But to sit there and keep extending it for a day, and then talk about extending it for another seven or ten days, that right there shows me we池e so apart that it痴 not even worth the time. To be honest, we don稚 know. I don稚 know really when football is going to happen. For me, I知 staying in shape. I知 enjoying Dancing with the Stars. I think the closer we get towards the season next year, that痴 when the pressure will be added on to it. But it just messes up the guys in the draft, because if you池e drafted you can稚 even talk to the coaches or the staff until the deal gets done.So it just mess everything up. If we didn稚 get a deal done, coaches would have to take pay cuts, people are going to get laid off, all the free agents are stuck in limbo because they don稚 really know what痴 going on. So it just messes everything up. But I don稚 foresee getting it done before when the season starts or comes around and something eventually will get done around then.

SteelCityMom
03-10-2011, 11:45 AM
Ward staying busy dancing
By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com
Posted 18 hours ago
http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Ward-staying-busy-dancing/a23d02aa-92cc-4f07-bab6-44759596cfa3

Hines Wardhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/hines-ward/8a520076-6343-42ce-a89f-28a7dc97c67a/) isn稚 afraid of hard work. He doesn稚 mind sweating. He enjoys a challenge.

But even he admits that he had no idea what it would be like to be on the hit reality show 泥ancing With The Stars, when he agreed to take part.

的 didn稚 have a clue what I signed up for, said Ward. 添ou watch it on television and then you actually get in to the practice and moving around and stuff like that. It痴 harder than most people think.

Ward has been practicing with his dance partner from the show, Kym Johnson, in Atlanta six days a week, five hours a day with two 30 minute breaks getting prepared for the season premiere of the show on ABC March 21.

的t痴 very rigorous, said Ward. 擢or me this is the offseason. It痴 supposed to be a time to relax and get away, but it痴 definitely keeping me in shape.

摘very day I am soaking my feet. I have new respect for the ladies who wear high heel shoes. It's a challenge being on the balls of your feet all of the time. But my knee is fine. I just feel soreness from dancing around and moving around the ballroom.

Contestants on the show compete against each other weekly in ballroom dancing, a far cry from anything Ward has done before. And some of the adjustments have been tough.

典he biggest problem I have is posturing, having broad shoulders, keeping your chest forward and tucking things in, said Ward. 的 have never had to stand like that. The posturing is something I am working on every day.

的 have to be in dancer mode and not football player and at the same time have fun with it. The times I am having fun, my posture is bad. The time I think about my posture I look like I am not having fun with it. I just have to keep practicing and get to the point where I have fun and correct posture.

Ward is relying heavily on Johnson to guide him through learning the dance routines and he is happy to report he is making progress.

的 am learning the steps, said Ward. 典he steps I learned I did it in three or four days. Getting the whole routine down and getting my arms flying a certain way where they look crisp and not sloppy, that is what I am working on now. I keep telling Kym it feels weird, and she said that is good. I have to get used to feeling weird because when I feel weird I am doing the proper technique.

的 told her to push me. I have been pushed my whole life. I told her if she sees something let me know. I just love her energy. She is real upbeat, real positive. Even when I do bad she encourages me. You have to have a rapport, like Ben (Roethlisberger) and I have with quarterback and receiver. It's something you have to establish and have on the dance floor. It has to show through your dance to look well. We have to be synchronized as one.

Ward didn稚 even get time off for his birthday on March 8, knowing that he still has a lot of work to do.

的t痴 definitely tougher than football, said Ward. 的t was my birthday on Tuesday and I still put in four or five hours of work. Never on my birthday have I done anything like that. But it was good. She said I took 10 steps forward yesterday. I am happy, I am getting better. I still have a little more than a week to learn this dance then learn another dance routine after that because there is no elimination the first week.

的 want to get the dance down so then my personality has to come out, smile and laugh. Certain parts of the dance allow me to be myself, and at other points I have to a dancer. You have to really get in to it. I have to pick and choose when I can be myself.

Ward and Johnson will continue to work in Atlanta until the end of this week and then head to Los Angeles for the final week of preparation before the show kicks off.

的 have to stay out there, said Ward. 典he show is on Monday, elimination on Tuesday. If you keep going you have to practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and you are off on Sunday. Then you have dress rehearsal and the next show on Monday.

Survival on the show is based on scores from the judges and viewers votes and Ward is really hoping that Steelers fans tune in and vote, because he knows what a difference they can make and he wants to represent the black and gold well.

的 want to win, said Ward. 典he previous football players have done well. I watched those guys. It's about getting on the stage. Kym is always asking me how I handle pressure. This is different than football because I did that my whole life. Going on stage and performing a dance routine in front of millions might be uncomfortable, but that is why we are practicing. The more I get it and the less thinking I am doing the better I can become a dancer. I teach that to the rookies. The less thinking you do on the field, the better your performance. When you feel comfortable you go out and perform at your best. I have to apply that to myself.

One way for Ward to feel comfortable will be wearing the right costume. He has seen some of the costumes contestants have worn in the past, and he wants to make what he wears isn稚 too far out there.

的 know it's going to be tight pants, said Ward. 典here is nothing I can do about that. But I don't want my chest hanging out. My son goes to a great school and I don稚 want to go to the PTA and have them look at me different. I want to be classic and conservative, but stylish too. I am all about style.

Ward laughs when he says he isn稚 in the competition to become a ballroom dancer. Instead, it痴 about being a competitor, having fun and proving he can do it.

溺y whole life has been people telling me what I can稚 do, said Ward. 撤eople are asking can you even dance. I can dance, but nobody in this competition has really had formal ballroom training so we are all starting off at the same level. For me it痴 me wanting to prove to myself if I can do it or not. It痴 something new to me and challenging.

SoCalFan
03-10-2011, 11:50 AM
Man,cant believe im actually going to watch that show!Hope he doesnt pull something...

SteelCityMom
03-10-2011, 11:53 AM
Man,cant believe im actually going to watch that show!Hope he doesnt pull something...

:chuckle: I know...I've never watched it before myself, but since it's him I know I'm going to have to.

Gotta love this. :sofunny: Apparently she was Sapp's dance partner as well. (Kym Johnson)

http://www.starmagazine.com/media/originals/HinesWardKymJohnson.jpg

And apparently...Warren didn't seem to mind her at all. :chuckle:

http://scottsspotlight.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/kym-johnson-and-warren-sapp.jpg

Merchant
03-10-2011, 01:01 PM
Hines isn't married? Strange.. thought he was for some reason.

Fire Arians
03-10-2011, 01:23 PM
Hines isn't married? Strange.. thought he was for some reason.

yah same here. i hear he's a ladies man though lol

stb_steeler
03-10-2011, 07:47 PM
yah same here. i hear he's a ladies man though lol

Thats why he's not married.......:toofunny:

Riddle_Of_Steel
03-10-2011, 08:58 PM
yah same here. i hear he's a ladies man though lol

Thats why he's not married.......

Smart man.....reminds me of that part in "Little Miss Sunshine"...when the grandpa is telling the boy when he gets older to "fxxk a lot of women. Not just one women, but a LOT of women!"

If you want to play around, don't bother to get hitched, lest you end up like Tiger Woods, whose reputation, image, and even his performance were permanently, mortally damaged.

SteelCityMom
03-17-2011, 06:48 PM
Video of Ward's rehearsal.

http://www.wtae.com/video/27230058/detail.html

kirklandrules
03-17-2011, 08:26 PM
Prediction ... there will be a Kym Johnson notch in the Ward bedpost before this is over. :wink02:

SteelCityMom
03-22-2011, 08:35 AM
Hines on the season premiere.

_0Evt3Jo7aw

P.S. This is pretty much my first time watching this show.

Those are some creepy judges. :nervous:

Yay for Franco with the towel! :tt02:

Wallace108
03-22-2011, 11:39 AM
Hines on the season premiere.

_0Evt3Jo7aw

P.S. This is pretty much my first time watching this show.

Those are some creepy judges. :nervous:

Yay for Franco with the towel! :tt02:

There should have been a flag thrown at 1:44. That was clearly hitting a defenseless dancer. :sofunny:

Hines looked like he had a ball out there. Good for him.

mesaSteeler
03-22-2011, 11:47 PM
Once upon a time I did competitive ball room dancing and cha cha was, and still is, my favorite. Hines is not bad but I do agree with the judges. He's not smooth enough. He is too stiff in the hips and his footwork was off. His posture was badly off as well. You have to be on the balls of your feet and he leaned forward far to much which threw off his balance and made him clumsy. He was also understandably nervous and it showed particularly when he was not dancing close to his partner. Most importantly, in ballroom dance the man leads, and the woman follows. Hines wasn't leading.

If you really want to see how it should be done watch a real dance sport competition on your local PBS station. If you can catch the world championship or you can check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYAKrcTvZ4s

SteelersinCA
03-24-2011, 01:38 AM
So what you want me to do is take my eyes off the hot chics and look at the flaming men....uhhhhh....

bornaSteelersfan
03-31-2011, 05:00 PM
Check out this past week's routine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeCozCgZVbQ

mesaSteeler
04-03-2011, 05:44 PM
Check out this past week's routine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeCozCgZVbQ

Hines did a very nice job. Unlike last week he was actually leading some of the time and his posture was excellent. He was also very light on his feet and traveled well which is essential for dancing the quickstep.

Hines seems more comfortable as a Ballroom dancer rather than a Latin dancer. Quickstep is International Ballroom dance in the same category as the Foxtrot while Cha-Cha is Latin dance. Quickstep is a tough dance to do well but Hines carried it off nicely.

mesaSteeler
04-03-2011, 09:44 PM
Times guest blogger Hines Ward discusses Week 2 on 'Dancing With the Stars'
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/03/times-guest-blogger-hines-ward-discusses-week-2-on-dancing-with-the-stars.html
March 30, 2011 | 11:39 am

Hw The Times is pleased to have Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward guest-blogging for us while he competes on "Dancing With the Stars." Every Wednesday, Ward, a Super Bowl MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion, will answer a few questions from Fabulous Forum editor Houston Mitchell and give some insight into the competition. Here are Ward’s thoughts about Week 2, which he offered via email.

Q: This week was the first elimination week. Give people at home a sense of what it is like to be standing on that stage waiting to find out if you are safe or in jeopardy.

It's nerve-wracking. I didn't think it would be that bad, but when those lights dim and that serious music comes on, you are just hoping your name is not called as being the one with the lowest score. I was fortunate enough this time to continue on and it's a good feeling. I really want to go all the way to the end and win this thing.

Q: Are any of your teammates giving you a hard time (good-naturedly) about appearing on the show?

Of course. At first I got a bunch of texts from my teammates teasing me about being on a dancing show. And I was worried about having to wear costumes that are too tight and too colorful and all because I try to be very fashion conscious. But I think I earned their respect after these first two performances and fortunately was able to wear outfits that weren't too off the wall. I owe a lot to my partner, Kym. She is a great coach and choreographer. My first week I had Franco Harris, Mel Blount and Jerome Bettis at the show. This week my teammate Rashard Mendenhall came. And so far they all thought I did pretty well so I guess they don't think my dancing is that bad.

Q: If you win the Mirror Ball trophy, will you consider this as the seventh Super Bowl trophy for Steeler Nation?

I really don't think you can compare the Mirror Ball trophy to the Lombardi because they both stand for two totally different things. But I am going to try to win the Mirror Ball trophy just as hard as I would the Lombardi. I feel bad that we couldn't bring our third Super Bowl championship back to the city of Pittsburgh so I really want to bring our fans back their first Mirror Ball trophy and represent the Steel City well. I want to become the first active NFL player to win it and make all of Steeler Nation proud.

Q: Should DWTS have a special "Football Edition" and bring back all the NFL players and compete for the Mirror Ball? And who would win?

I would love to see an all NFL edition of players on DWTS. To compete against Emmitt [Smith], Jerry Rice, Jason Taylor, Chad [Ocho Cinco] and big Warren Sapp would be an honor. As far as who will win, I guess we'll have to wait and see if or when it happens. Right now, I am just concentrating on trying to win this season's competition. It's not gonna be easy. There are a lot of great competitors as you can tell by these first two performances.

Besides being a Super Bowl MVP, Hines Ward is the founder of the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation, which focuses on improving literacy among children and provides programs and services to better equip them for achieving and handling success in life.

bornaSteelersfan
04-05-2011, 02:01 AM
If you missed it or just want to see it again, check out Hines and Kym here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQEBiVxve0U

FIRST 9 OF THE SEASON!!!!!!

MACH1
04-05-2011, 01:16 PM
If you missed it or just want to see it again, check out Hines and Kym here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQEBiVxve0U

FIRST 9 OF THE SEASON!!!!!!

Here ya go.

jQEBiVxve0U

I'm sorry but I didn't hardly see Hines in that video. :chuckle:

mesaSteeler
04-05-2011, 08:40 PM
Kym Johnson’s DWTS Diary: Riding High With a Big Tie!
April 5th, 2011 4:22 pm / Author: OK! Staff
http://www.okmagazine.com/2011/04/kym-johnsons-dwts-diary-riding-high-with-a-big-tie/

Hi, everyone, and welcome to my OK! blog! Every week, I’ll be sharing with you all the behind the scenes stories as I train NFL wide receiver Hines Ward for this season’s Dancing With the Stars, trying to make the Pittsburgh Steelers pro look as cool in the ballroom as he does on football field for season 12!

Hey guys! What a week this has been already!

Doing so great, like with our tie last night, has been great for Hines and his confidence! Especially last night because it was personal stories and it meant so much to him — to have his mom and his son in the audience, it was a really great feeling. The audience was with us from the get-go so that was just amazing. (Kym is feeling the power of the mighty Steeler Nation! - mesa)

OK! EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: BEHIND THE SCENES AT DANCING WITH THE STARS

We were having so much fun! It was just a great night with everybody. Everyone’s got a story to tell and it was a really sweet, emotional night. All the celebrities put their heart and souls out there by telling their stories, and each dance meant so much to everybody. It was a beautiful night.

We have a busy week coming up! We have to go to Pittsburgh tonight because Hines is getting an award, and then he’s talking at The Mel Blount Youth Home All-Star Celebrity Roast, which honors former Steelers player, Jerome Bettis. So we’re going back for that and I have to go and train him so we’ll work during the day. He goes to these two events then I’ll fly back really early Saturday morning. This is going to be a tough week for us with all the travel! The producers will find a local dance studio so we’ll go there during the day and work all day long.

OK! VIDEO: WATCH HINES WARD & KYM JOHNSON DELIVER A SEXY SAMBA ON DANCING WITH THE STARS!

I’m really excited to go to Pittsburgh because Hines has told me so much about Pittsburgh, and from what I’ve seen of the Steeler Nation fans, they’ve been so support of us so it’ll be really nice to go back there. I’m sure Hines will show me around the city which I’m really excited about. I want to get one of his football jerseys to wear! (Well dressed like that she will fit right into the burgh!. - mesa)

With Hines being an athlete he has the best mentality for this competition, because he treats it like a football game. It’s play by play and now that this this one’s gone, it’s next week. He never rests on his laurels. He’s never like, “Okay, I did great last week, I’ll take it easy next week.” No way, he works just as hard every single week. He will be working even harder this week because it’s a new dance — he did really well on the samaba and he wants to be consistent or even do better every week. If there’s one thing Hines does is works very hard.

We have to take the redeye out tonight — we’re going to Pittsburgh just hoping we get through! We’ll do the show, I’m going to race home, walk my dog and say goodbye to her, and then we’ll head out to the airport, take the redeye and go straight to rehearsal. It will be exhausting, but that’s okay! I just hope we can get through and we end up going to Pittsburgh.

We all end up having a lot of fun together before the show, but because we’ve got such a stressful week coming up, I’ll start working on our next dance just hoping we get through, just so I’m prepared. I’ll probably spend most of today in my trailer choreographing our next dance.

Fingers crossed and thanks for all the support!

Kym

floodcitygirl
04-05-2011, 08:53 PM
I thought Hines did a terrific job! Great story about his Mom, great dancing, black and gold outfits and terrible towels flying....what more could you ask for in a dance show???!!

mesaSteeler
04-09-2011, 09:09 AM
For Ward, it's eat, sleep, dance

By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hines Ward took a break from a different kind of practice to which he is accustomed, tugged at his pant leg and revealed a white sock with black rings that he bought recently while celebrating his and former Steeler Jerome Bettis' birthdays in Las Vegas.

Words on the sock carried Ward's current mantra: Eat. Sleep. Dance.

"That's really all we have time for," the Steelers receiver said Friday morning, about 12 hours after he was presented with the Art Rooney Award at the Westin, Downtown.

Ward and professional partner Kym Johnson spent much of the rainy day inside Art & Style Dance Studio on the South Side working on the paso doble, a lively dance step modeled after the drama of Spanish bullfights that they will perform Monday night on "Dancing With the Stars."

The pair have emerged as early favorites to win the competition. Since the premiere, they have inspired judges to wave Terrible Towels. They have also prompted past and current Steelers such as Franco Harris, Jerome Bettis, Rashard Mendenhall, Antwaan Randle El and Larry Foote to fly to Los Angeles for a live viewing.

Linebackers James Farrior and James Harrison and offensive tackle Max Starks are expected to be in the audience Monday.

"For them to come out and show their support," Ward said, "I guess they're impressed."

The support Ward has received from fans, he said, rivals what he has gotten during a decorated playing career.

"We're getting lots of e-mails and messages about how great he is doing, so there's no question Steelers Nation is paying attention," Steelers president Art Rooney II said. "It's fun to watch. I haven't watched that many dance shows, so it's a little different for me."

Ward's performing on "Dancing With the Stars" was almost a year in the making -- his business manager gauged his interest prior to the start of the 2010 football season -- but before last month, Ward said, he hadn't danced since college.

"I had never done a dance routine before. I was surprised at how quick I could pick it up," Ward said. "Sometimes (Johnson) thinks I've taken some lessons somewhere because I just react to it."

"You're an athlete, and you're really agile and smart," Johnson said while sitting next to Ward at the South Side studio. "You pick things up quick."

Watching the two off the dance floor makes it easy to see why they have so much chemistry on it. They have known each other less than a month but have the same give-and-take in conversation as they do while dancing.

Johnson throws back her head and laughs when Ward explains how his frequent use of slang confuses the Australian dancer, and it is not uncommon for the two to finish each other's sentences during an interview.

Johnson said she didn't know Hines Ward from Ward Cleaver when she learned she had been paired with him. She used Google to research Ward, who holds just about every major receiving record in Steelers history.

Ward, though, felt compelled to show her another side of him on the football field, one in which he plays to the whistle. That is how Johnson ended up watching a video of Ward flattening Ravens safety Ed Reed with a block in a 2007 game.

"I said, 'I can't imagine you being so aggressive on the field' because he's so sweet and gentle and really humble," said Johnson, who danced with former NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp in 2008.

As much as Johnson has gotten to know Ward -- the two are together almost every day for at least five hours of practice -- she didn't understand why he wanted to incorporate a Terrible Towel into their routine last week.

"I was worried people would think you were off to clean some tables," Johnson said in her distinctive accent. "Now being in Pittsburgh I see how important the football team is to the city and how much they love Hines."

Johnson accompanied Ward for his two-day trip to Pittsburgh so they could practice before returning to Los Angeles today. All went well, though Johnson nearly got Ward's man card revoked Thursday night while they were at a South Side bar.

"There was a jukebox and all of the songs were cool, and the next thing I know Barry Manilow (starts playing)," Ward said with a laugh. "I kind of put my head down."

That is one of his few complaints about Johnson, who is as meticulous as any coach Ward has had. In addition to guiding him through practice and different dance steps, Johnson choreographs their routines.

Their attention to detail is one reason Ward and Johnson have enjoyed success on the show.

Johnson said she has trouble sleeping because she is always thinking about the next dance she has to choreograph. And Ward said he frustrates Johnson, at times, with his need for perfection.

Earlier this week, Ward refused to move to another part of their routine until he mastered a step that had been giving him trouble.

Eat, sleep and dance, indeed.

As his confidence grows, Ward said he would like for Lynn Swann to catch his act in Los Angeles. After all, they now have more in common than excelling at receiver for the Steelers.

"I see why Lynn Swann did ballet because it definitely helps your footwork," Ward said. "I'm trying to reach out to Lynn. I would love for him to come out there."

Scott Brown can be reached at sbrown@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.



Read more: For Ward, it's eat, sleep, dance - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/print_731329.html#ixzz1J1z6uI1b

mesaSteeler
04-12-2011, 08:21 AM
Steady on his feet, Steelers' Ward shines

By Dan Stefano
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

As tough and gritty as they come in the NFL, Hines Ward is a throwback to classic era of football known for leather helmets, bloody knuckles and knock-'em-flat hits.

Turns out the Steelers receiver is smash as a classical dancer, too.

In Week 4 of "Dancing with the Stars" -- dubbed Classical Week -- Ward and partner, Kym Johnson, earned their second straight score of 25 (out of a possible 30) for their smooth Paso Doble routine Monday night. The pair received a nine from judge Carrie Ann Inaba and eights from Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, with their total placing them in second for the night, one point behind the duo of Disney star Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas.

"You are the most determined of all of our celebrities," Goodman said. "You come out every week 100 percent. Keep it up. This competition, the longer it goes, the tougher it gets. Work hard because you are really doing great."

Upon ending their performance -- one punctuated with pyrotechnics throughout -- Ward and Johnson garnered a standing ovation from the crowd, including Ward's Terrible Towel-waving Steeler teammates James Farrior, James Harrison and Max Starks.

But the crowd turned to boos when the pair's scores came in, seemingly expected higher marks from Goodman and Tonioli.

"You were in the zone, my friend," Inaba said. "You nailed it."

Not unlike Ward's comments before his Week 2 Quickstep routine, the Super Bowl XL MVP expressed some reservations in practice for the paso doble -- Spanish for "two step" -- as shown an introductory clip. Saying he succeeded in previous weeks by timing his steps to lyrics, Ward thought dancing to a live orchestra would provide a challenge.

There weren't any false steps once he hit the stage.

"It was very tough," Ward said in his post-dance interview with Brooke Burke. "I had never listened to classical music before, but it was awesome."

Dan Stefano can be reached at dstefano@tribweb.com or 412-380-5697.

Read more: Steady on his feet, Steelers' Ward shines - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/print_731823.html#ixzz1JJKkc1OE

kirklandrules
04-12-2011, 12:51 PM
This just in from the Blah, Blah, Blah news wire:

Later in the night, Ward scored a perfect 30 on a solidly executed crack back on Ralph Macchio. Judge Len Goodman originally gave a score of 9 stating Ward did not get low enough in the hips, but subsequently changed his score to a 10 when it was learned Macchio will be out for 3 weeks with a concussion. "Sometimes it's easy deducting points because you felt the form wasn't perfect, but the overall performance really nailed the spot and hey, Mr. Ward's smile after that hit really helped sway my vote!" declared Goodman. In a post-hit interview with Brooke Burke, Ward said "Karate kid or not, that dude has to learn there's more than just being light on your feet .... you gotta keep your damned head on a swivel. Wax-off Danielson!".

Roger Goodell, after reviewing tape of DWTS, decided Ward led with his head. He immediately fined James Harrison $75,000 stating "He obviously hasn't learned his lesson."

bornaSteelersfan
04-12-2011, 03:47 PM
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson are looking more and more like champions. I loved the music and Hines killed it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEL-Ixpc10o

bornaSteelersfan
04-12-2011, 03:48 PM
:applaudit::tt04:

Lady Steel
04-12-2011, 09:27 PM
Hines and Kym are safe for this week. WTG Steelers Nation! :tt:

Tx777
04-13-2011, 04:01 PM
My wife has been maxing out the vote limit on every phone she can get her hands on lol

Steeler13
04-15-2011, 01:37 PM
I don't watch the show either, but the athletes usually do really well. Bodog has Hines listed as the favorite.

Lady Steel
04-18-2011, 05:48 PM
STEELERS NATION ALERT!!!

Hines Ward will be dancing the Rumba during an All-American theme tonight at 8:00 on ABC. Plz show ur support by calling 1-800-866-3403 and/or by voting online at abc.com. AT&T customers can also text "vote" to 3403. HERE WE GO, HINES, HERE WE GO!!! :tt:

SteelersinCA
04-19-2011, 02:08 AM
Hines did well, my wife says.

Lady Steel
04-19-2011, 08:03 PM
DWTS results show tonight. Steelers Nation better have pulled through for Hines or I'm going to break everyone's kneecaps for not voting. :chuckle:

fer522
04-22-2011, 11:57 PM
Hines did well, my wife says.


my wife says :toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny:

Lady Steel
04-25-2011, 07:07 PM
STEELERS NATION ALERT!!!

Hines Ward will be dancing the Viennese Waltz (boring) during a guilty pleasures theme tonight at 8:00 on ABC. Plz show ur support by calling 1-800-866-3403 and/or by voting online at abc.com. AT&T customers can also text "vote" to 3403. HERE WE GO, HINES, HERE WE GO!!! :tt:

Don't forget to remind the wife, SteelersinCA. lol