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Old 01-06-2008, 01:11 AM   #1
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Default GOLDBERG on FOOTBALL: Steelers May Lose, But Always Act With Class

The last loss was tough. But there is this one nice article on us that I wanted 2 share. Here we go, Steelers, here we go!

GOLDBERG on FOOTBALL: Steelers May Lose, But Always Act With Class

PITTSBURGH (AP) -Dan Rooney walked down the row of lockers in the Pittsburgh Steelers' locker room, patting shoulders, whispering words of consolation, telling the team's distraught players there's always a next year.

It's called class, and Rooney and his organization exemplified it Saturday night, especially in the face of a gut-wrenching 31-29 loss to Jacksonville in the first round of the NFL playoffs.

"Mike did a great job," the Steelers' 75-year-old owner said of 35-year-old Mike Tomlin, who took over as head coach for Bill Cowher, who stepped down exactly a year ago after 15 seasons on the job. "We had the right game plan, we did the right things. We had a lot of guys hurt. We just came out on the wrong side."

The most notable thing the Steelers did right was staying in a game that looked over in the third quarter, when Jacksonville jumped ahead 28-10. The team from the small market with few name players was favored entering the game and played like it, forcing three first-half interceptions from Ben Roethlisberger and getting brilliant play from the mercurial Maurice Jones-Drew.

But Roethlisberger came back, the Jaguars started making mistakes and Pittsburgh got three fourth-quarter touchdowns to go up 29-28; the Steelers failed twice on 2-point conversion attempts, one from the 12-yard line after a penalty on what would have been a successful conversion. They finally lost after Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard's 32-yard run set up Josh Scobee's 25-yard field goal to win it.

The Steelers were underdogs for an obvious reason: injuries to star running back Willie Parker, defensive end Aaron Smith, and offensive tackles Marvel Smith and Max Starks. Safety Troy Polamalu was at less than full strength. That was enough to make the Jaguars a favorite over a team that is one of the league's most storied franchises, and a strong home team.

David was favored over Goliath, but had to work hard to advance to the next round.

Pittsburgh's sophisticated fans understood that, and so did Rooney.

"We did OK," he said after he finished consoling his players, one by one. "We did the best we could with what we had and we never quit. That counts for a lot."

Rooney wasn't the only one who understood that sometimes things go right and more often they go wrong. It was, after all, just two seasons ago that the Steelers won their fifth Super Bowl, doing it as a wild-card entry, getting hot when it counted the most. That year, they won their final four games just to get into the playoffs, then four more in the postseason.

"There are 31 teams that end the season unhappy," said linebacker James Farrior. "They just made a few more plays than we did. You stay disappointed for a while and then you start to get ready for next season. That's all we can do."

Even the fans seemed to understand.

A few grumbled as they were interviewed by local television as they exited Heinz Field. A few questioned why Tomlin tried a 2-point conversion twice: if he'd kicked both times and the game finished as it did, it would have been tied at 31 and headed for overtime.

Many people put it in the same perspective exhibited by Rooney and his son, team president Art Rooney II.

"It's tough to lose," the younger Rooney said. "It always is. But it's the way this league can be. A lot of teams wouldn't have come back the way we did."

True.

And a lot of teams wouldn't have lost with such class.

Almost all of them, in fact.

http://sports.excite.com/news/01062008/v3858.html
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Old 01-06-2008, 01:29 AM   #2
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Nice article.
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Old 01-06-2008, 03:31 AM   #3
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That was a nice article to read before calling it a night. I think I'll print it out and display for students on Monday when I'm sure a lot of grumbling will be taking place! Steelers are a high class organization, and they sure do define the NFL standards IMHO when it comes to sportsmanship. i.e. Big Ben awaiting Garrards TV interview to congratulate him, although thinking to himself 'that should've been me'.
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think about it this way...our young guys played and played well... AND with ben having another offseason under his belt the patriots colts jags and chargers better be afraid!
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Rooney said it was right gameplan? Pah! He must not read this board!
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"Mike did a great job," the Steelers' 75-year-old owner said of 35-year-old Mike Tomlin, who took over as head coach for Bill Cowher, who stepped down exactly a year ago after 15 seasons on the job. "We had the right game plan, we did the right things. We had a lot of guys hurt. We just came out on the wrong side."
sounds like mr. tomlin got the dreaded "vote of confidence" from the owner.

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sounds like mr. tomlin got the dreaded "vote of confidence" from the owner.

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Except a "Vote of Confidence" from Dan Rooney is exactly what he says it is----unlike some other owners.
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That was a nice article to read before calling it a night. I think I'll print it out and display for students on Monday when I'm sure a lot of grumbling will be taking place! Steelers are a high class organization, and they sure do define the NFL standards IMHO when it comes to sportsmanship. i.e. Big Ben awaiting Garrards TV interview to congratulate him, although thinking to himself 'that should've been me'.
A writer for the Washington Post noticed it too:

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Writing today about the remarkable class of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the wake of his team's 31-29 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night would also be easy. While Jaguars quarterback David Garrard was being interviewed on NBC, Roethlisberger stood to the side and waited patiently for Garrard to finish so he could congratulate him. You don't see that very often from star athletes today.
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A writer for the Washington Post noticed it too:
Is the Washington Post reading your forums? I had mentioned this in a post in the 'Morning after thread' .

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Just wanted to pop on here and say what a class organization you have, along with with probably the best fans in the league. A few of my friends were at the game last night, and what a game. What was striking , was that even though the Steelers suffered a truly sickening loss, your fans that were in my friends section(sorry don't know which one), were the epitome of what supporting your team to the end should be and had enough class, when it was all over, to wish our team all the best next week. That , coupled with watching Roethlisberger patiently wait until Garrard had finished his interview, to congratulate him. You just don't hear or see that type of stuff enough anymore.

Anyway, with all that said, words probably can't get rid of the knots that are in your stomachs this morning, but I felt compelled to come on here and thank you on behalf of my friends that were at Heinz field last night and I just hope that our fans( keyboard warriors included) and players can emulate the sportsmanship that was on display last night in Pittsburgh. Good luck next year and nothing but respect from this Jags fan.
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