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tony hipchest
10-03-2012, 10:09 AM
right wing steelerfans will certainly hate him now.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rashard-mendenhall/having-an-open-mind_b_1933942.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003



Rashard Mendenhall.
Running back, Pittsburgh Steelers

Having an Open Mind

One of my favorite things to do is going to the bookstore. When I'm walking through a bookstore or a library, I feel like a kid at a candy factory!

Being around so many different books and so many different titles, you can feel the variety of great ideas coupled with beautiful experiences, just screaming out at you, begging for an attentive ear.

As I walk up and down the aisles, and through the walls of books, I wish that I could be that ear. I wish that I could spend time with all of these stories, because my main goal in life is to learn everything. I know that is not very realistic, however I genuinely enjoy learning and taking the time to understand the truest meaning of things. I put that same effort into trying to understand people. The people close to me, people I may come into contact with, and also people I've never met -- be they in different parts of the country or on the other side of the world. I earnestly try to understand everyone's story, none excluded.

I understand that I am just one man, and this is just my point of view, but I believe that we live in a very self-focused, self-promotional and -- I hate to say it -- narcissistic culture. Often times we are too interested in talking about ourselves, justifying ourselves and selling ourselves. We're interested in just about anything that has to do with us!

Granted, we should all be proud of who we are. When I talk to kids, a point that I emphasize is to understand who you are and be proud of it. Having knowledge of your history is key to a bright future. However I think our pride becomes a problem because our natural tendency is to side with people who think like us, act like us and agree with us. At the same time we push away people who disagree with us, challenge us, question what we believe, or just don't see things the way that we do. We often have the attitude that even if a person didn't grow up in the same neighborhood, with the same parents, and share the same religious and political background as me, they should see things exactly the way that I do because I'm right basically 95 percent of the time! It may sound ridiculous, but is our mentality really very far from that?

The problem with having such a closed mind is that nothing can ever get in! So in your own mind, where some of us never consider the possibility that we are wrong, you will actually remain correct most if not all of the time. But when we're not open to learning something new or hearing a different perspective, we can think one thing and actually be dangerously far off.

I believe that anyone who has ever drawn breath has at one point or another felt like they were misunderstood; or that people don't really fully and truly get who you are. I certainly know that I have been misunderstood. No one likes that feeling. And if at this time you can recall that feeling, you can probably remember it being a very lonely and empty place. Just maybe at that time, you wished that someone would stop for just a second, to try to see how you feel; that someone would just consider your point of view.

How often have we been on the other side of this? How often are we the ones too selfish and too focused on ourselves to empathize with someone who isn't us? I would bet that many of us have been in that spot in life more times than we would realize. It's in that state of thinking that we have trouble understanding the full scope of the issues that we face.

If we're being honest with ourselves, that alone can make you wonder, 'what else could we be wrong about'?

I appreciate you guys taking the time to read my thoughts, as I enjoy sharing them with you. An idea is a powerful thing. If we can continue to share in them, then the world will change. Lets make it for the better!



well done :applaudit:

Fire Arians
10-03-2012, 12:15 PM
mendenhall's gonna get his voter ID application denied lol

tanda10506
10-03-2012, 12:41 PM
Why would any right wing Steeler fans hate him over that? That wasn't political, nor did he say anything that should bother anybody. Maybe above the link you should have instead put "left wing moderator will jump to conclusions".

maddog78
10-03-2012, 01:01 PM
And yet he blogs and has several links so we can "Get updates from Rashard Mendenhall"...

"I understand that I am just one man, and this is just my point of view, but I believe that we live in a very self-focused, self-promotional and -- I hate to say it -- narcissistic culture. Often times we are too interested in talking about ourselves, justifying ourselves and selling ourselves. We're interested in just about anything that has to do with us!"

Vincent
10-03-2012, 02:22 PM
right wing steelerfans will certainly hate him now.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rashard-mendenhall/having-an-open-mind_b_1933942.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

well done :applaudit:

These "right wing Steeler fans" you speak of Tony, do they lurk in your closet or under your bed? Have you ever seen one?

Yeah, Rashard's cut out of different cloth. I have no idea how he survives in the violence and scrutiny of the NFL, but he seems to have retained who he is. Always liked the kid. Wish we'd open some holes for him.

He certainly has added some beef since coming out of high school...

http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/18/186129.jpg

FrancoLambert
10-03-2012, 04:55 PM
It reads and sounds like he's smarter than 99% of all NFL players.
I hope he can regain his form and helps us out the rest of the way.

teegre
10-03-2012, 06:17 PM
It reads and sounds like he's smarter than 99% of all NFL players.
I hope he can regain his form and helps us out the rest of the way.

He's isn't smarter than me is.
Sincerely,
Dexter Manley

Riddle_Of_Steel
10-03-2012, 07:30 PM
I understand that I am just one man, and this is just my point of view, but I believe that we live in a very self-focused, self-promotional and -- I hate to say it -- narcissistic culture. Often times we are too interested in talking about ourselves, justifying ourselves and selling ourselves. We're interested in just about anything that has to do with us!

A.K.A. the hip-hop subculture-- the most narcissistic, egocentric, presumptuous, "consequences-be-damned" youth movement ever. Pretty much any rap song equates to ME ME ME ME. My rides, my b1tches, my loot, my problems, my emotions, my feelings, my rides-- all superimposed over a software-generated drum track.

I listen to it from time to time as well as the next guy, but being completely serious-- rap doesn't teach kids to seek peaceful resolution to their problems or to try to find a common ground with others. It teaches kids to be angry, narcissistic, self-centered, chauvenistic, foul-mouthed thugs.

I cannot accept Mendy's previous comments about the Bin Laden killing (it was fully justified for the benefit of all civilized nations), but his thoughts above are something I can get behind.

casteeler
10-03-2012, 07:41 PM
Why would any right wing Steeler fans hate him over that? That wasn't political, nor did he say anything that should bother anybody. Maybe above the link you should have instead put "left wing moderator will jump to conclusions".

Ha,good call:thumbsup:

Bayz101
10-03-2012, 07:52 PM
Why would any right wing Steeler fans hate him over that? That wasn't political, nor did he say anything that should bother anybody. Maybe above the link you should have instead put "left wing moderator will jump to conclusions".

"The Huffington Post was launched on May 9, 2005, and is known as a left-leaning commentary outlet, but Arianna Huffington has stated that its goal is to go beyond the traditional liberal/left and conservative/right divide in American politics and news media."

That's what Tony was trying to point out, nothing more. I see nothing leftist in his column, but the company he's writing for has a leftist reputation.

tony hipchest
10-03-2012, 07:54 PM
Why would any right wing Steeler fans hate him over that? That wasn't political, nor did he say anything that should bother anybody. Maybe above the link you should have instead put "left wing moderator will jump to conclusions". you mean the huffington post isnt the devil and all its content and satanic contributors to be hated by all on the right? whew! a teeny tiny bit in my faith of humanity has been restored.

These "right wing Steeler fans" you speak of Tony, do they lurk in your closet or under your bed? Have you ever seen one?

Yeah, Rashard's cut out of different cloth. I have no idea how he survives in the violence and scrutiny of the NFL, but he seems to have retained who he is. Always liked the kid. Wish we'd open some holes for him.

He certainly has added some beef since coming out of high school...

http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/18/186129.jpg

why hello there, vinnie! :wave:

what brings you up from the basement and has drug you away from the political discussions down below? you mustve seen Huffington Post in a title and taken the bait. :fishing:

anyways i wonder if mendenhall also believes people should have a open mind towards islam or liberals?

quite a thought provoking and beefy fellow he is. :drink:

Fire Arians
10-03-2012, 07:55 PM
dude looked like geordi laforge on steroids in high school

Bayz101
10-03-2012, 07:56 PM
:popcorn:

SteelerJay
10-03-2012, 08:43 PM
Mendy is a class act!! Hope he has a great year.

Fire Haley
10-04-2012, 08:49 AM
just shut up and play

maddog78
10-04-2012, 09:15 AM
you mean the huffington post isnt the devil and all its content and satanic contributors to be hated by all on the right? whew! a teeny tiny bit in my faith of humanity has been restored.



why hello there, vinnie! :wave:

what brings you up from the basement and has drug you away from the political discussions down below? you mustve seen Huffington Post in a title and taken the bait. :fishing:

anyways i wonder if mendenhall also believes people should have a open mind towards islam or liberals?

quite a thought provoking and beefy fellow he is. :drink:

Nice backpedal...can you play CB?

tony hipchest
10-04-2012, 09:54 AM
:rolleyes:

...can you even define "backpedal"?

Vincent
10-04-2012, 11:48 AM
why hello there, vinnie! :wave:

what brings you up from the basement and has drug you away from the political discussions down below? you mustve seen Huffington Post in a title and taken the bait. :fishing:

It's "dragged" Tony. We drug our opponents before killing them. We drag curmudgeons from the basement.

anyways i wonder if mendenhall also believes people should have a open mind towards islam or liberals?

One could infer.

quite a thought provoking and beefy fellow he is. :drink:

Do you fancy him?

ricardisimo
10-04-2012, 12:09 PM
It's "dragged" Tony. We drug our opponents before killing them. We drag curmudgeons from the basement.


So that's how conservatives do it. I mostly talk people to death myself. Just as effective, I find.


Do you fancy him?

I mussst agree... he's sssuper-beefy and sssupersssexsy!
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Hawaii 5-0
10-07-2012, 01:56 AM
October 6, 2012
By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mendenhall confident

It might not have seemed like a significant moment when running back Rashard Mendenhall participated in both indoor practices last week during the off week. After all, he had been practicing almost on a daily basis with the Steelers for more than a month while he continued his recovery and rehabilitation from anterior cruciate ligament surgery on his right knee.

But, when he did, it was one of the final steps the coaches needed to see before they proclaimed him ready -- physically and mentally -- to return to the lineup.

The reason?

Mendenhall had no trepidation about practicing both days on the indoor facility's artificial turf -- a surface that tends to generate more stress and pounding on the knee. That convinced the coaches, who knew he was physically ready, that he was mentally ready, as well.

Mendenhall will make his return against the Eagles, his first game since he tore the ACL on New Year's Day in Cleveland.,

"That's just part of it," Mendenhall said about practicing. "Each day is a unique day. That was one of those days where it feels good and continues to feel good.

"For me, I've been taking steps accordingly, so I feel confident in everything I've been able to do. And the next step is getting out there, and I'm confident in that. The game will kind of tell its own tale."

The return of Mendenhall, a two-time 1,000-yard rusher, comes at a good time.

The Steelers have struggled in the running game, ranking 31st in the league and averaging just 65 yards rushing in three games. Worse, Mendenhall's replacements, Isaac Redman and Joanthan Dwyer, have averaged just 2.4 yards per carry and don't have a run longer than 13 yards.

That has been one of Mendenhall's signatures. In the past three seasons, he has had 23 runs of 20 yards or longer, including 11 in 2010.

"I thought he has looked good for a couple of weeks," said offensive coordinator Todd Haley. "You could tell he was gaining confidence and moving around pretty well. Like I said from the start, he is a heck of a football player. He is a difference-maker. The more of those you can have on the field, the better."

"It's awesome, man," center Maurkice Pouncey said. "He's a great back. He has speed and explosion. It gives us another force back there to go with the backs we already have."

The Steelers will waste little finding out about Mendenhall because he is expected to start against the Eagles.

Still, he likely will be rotated with the other backs Haley has employed in the first three games, at least for now.

"He will give us pretty good feedback through his actions, with how he is doing," Haley said.

"We will see how it goes."

Either way, Mendenhall is ready for his return, physically and mentally.

"There are little things to stepping back out here, from making certain cuts to getting in the game to getting hit on [the knee]," Mendenhall said. "It's just a progression that I'm preparing myself for.

"Periodically, there are different cuts, different movements -- making a jump cut where you weren't even thinking about it -- things like that are just steps toward being able to do everything you're asked to do as a running back."

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/steelers-plan-to-rotate-outside-linebackers-to-avoid-fatigue-656431/#ixzz28aO16uaI

lardlad
10-07-2012, 08:38 AM
He always has thoughtful posts on Twitter. Definitely a different kind of nfl athlete.

teegre
10-07-2012, 09:18 AM
He always has thoughtful posts on Twitter. Definitely a different kind of nfl athlete.

"thoughtful posts on twitter"
Isn't that any oxymoron? :wink02:

lardlad
10-07-2012, 10:14 AM
"thoughtful posts on twitter"
Isn't that any oxymoron? :wink02:

Yeah nice one. :thumbsup:

Curtain_of_Steel
10-07-2012, 08:16 PM
Well, its apparent when he walked through the library in shock at seeing all them books on the shelfs, he cross paths with a little steeler fan who said, "stop dancing when Ben hands off to you, you dumbass". Its also apparent, he listened to the little kid, because he finally ran like he is supposed to do.