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Old 06-18-2007, 03:48 PM   #1
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The Pittsburgh No-Shows
Players fail to show up at mall for autograph signing event, but Steelers fans make do with memorabilia
by MARIE GILBERT marieg@herald-mail.com


HALFWAY - There was no mistaking his allegiance.


Wearing a Hines Ward jersey and holding a Terrible Towel, Brad Byers had to be a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.


Byers came straight from his overnight shift at a local warehouse to stand in line on Saturday at Valley Mall for autographs from four current Steelers.


Admitting he was tired, he quickly brushed it off.


"I can sleep tomorrow," Byers said. "The Steelers are in town."


Unfortunately, he was wrong.


As Steeler Nation converged on the mall, word spread that the noon autograph session with defensive backs Anthony Smith and Ryan Clark had been canceled.


Clark, who was visiting family in New Orleans, arrived at the airport to find out his flight had been delayed. He would be unable to get another flight until early afternoon - too late for the autograph session at the mall. Anthony Smith wanted more money for his appearance.


"When he found out that Clark was unable to make it, he wanted us to double his fee," said promoter Pete Ausiello of B&G Sports Memorabilia, who represents the four players who were to appear at the mall.


"We won't be held ransom for more money," he added...

I hope he doesnt turn out to be an a##hole.
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Old 06-18-2007, 03:56 PM   #2
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"When he found out that Clark was unable to make it, he wanted us to double his fee," said promoter Pete Ausiello of B&G Sports Memorabilia, who represents the four players who were to appear at the mall.
Reeeeeeal classy move there Anthony. Keep letting that great personality of yours shine through and keep proving to me that you have such a high level of commonsense and maturity. Your doing a damn good job, keep it up buddy!

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Old 06-18-2007, 04:04 PM   #3
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Old 06-18-2007, 04:16 PM   #4
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Well that sucks.

You know in years gone by that this guy would have taken a pasting from the vets in practice for pulling a stunt like that - as it is Tomlin will probably have to pull him back into line.

Its not that big a deal when compared to the Bengals fiasco, but then nobody likes to have an as*hole on their team (especially a guy barely out of football diapers).

What odds an apology for the 'misunderstanding' from Smith in the next few days?
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Old 06-18-2007, 04:16 PM   #5
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I remember when Joe Montana did a similar thing when Monongahela, PA (near where I grew up) wanted to hold a "Joe Montana Day" celebration in his honor a number of years ago. He refused to show unless they threw buckets of money at him (they didn't, and he didn't show), and we've all heard the rumor that money was why he didn't show for the pregame intro during Super Bowl XL. Athletes pull that kind of primadonna stuff all the time.

Now, Anthony Smith is no Joe Montana, and even if he were, it was still a pretty boneheaded thing to do. I'll bet Coach Tomlin has a few words with young Mr. Smith about the perils of believing your own hype, and the professional responsibility a player has to the fans. Wonder if he'll show up in The News?

I feel bad for those poor fans in Hagerstown, for whom this appearance was obviously a huge deal. Anyone who makes their living performing for an audience would do well to remember that without the audience, you have no job...think of all the goodwill Anthony Smith could have earned just by smiling and signing autographs for those folks.

It's too bad he's struggling to pay the bills on an NFL player's paltry salary. Sheesh.
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Players fail to show up at mall for autograph signing event, but Steelers fans make do with memorabilia
by MARIE GILBERT marieg@herald-mail.com


HALFWAY - There was no mistaking his allegiance.
marie gilbert (?whoever she is?) cant write an article worth crap and needs to be fired. what a hack.
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I agree its B.S....he wanted more money since the others couldn't make due to travel problems and James Harrison attending a friends football camp.....But lets not nail Smith to the cross just yet for making one bonehead move......Now if this becomes a pattern for Smith acting like an A-hole then by all means blast the guy and nail him to the cross.....lol

Really though just as long as Smith is knocking the crap out of TJ Humpshismama and picking footballs off then I could careless if he is an A-hole.....lol
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I wonder what it would sound like if it read.....

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Palmer, who was visiting family in California, arrived at the airport to find out his flight had been delayed. He would be unable to get another flight until early afternoon - too late for the autograph session at the mall. Chad Johnson wanted more money for his appearance.

"When he found out that Palmer was unable to make it, he wanted us to double his fee," said promoter Pete Ausiello of O&B Sports Memorabilia, who represents the four players who were to appear at the mall.
Interesting how some things work. Bonehead move #2 on Anthony Smith's part. Personally, I'm not crucifying the guy, I'm just keeping tabs.
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Whats interesting?....I could careless what the Bengals players do.......lol I just think Smith deserves a break before we jump to nail him on the cross...........thats all....The players are being paid to help the team win games not to be nice guys...lol
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