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Old 10-16-2008, 07:14 AM   #1
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Default Troy Criticizes Current State of the NFL

Couldn't have said it better myself, Troy!

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08290/920304-66.stm

Steelers Notebook: Polamalu criticizes current state of NFL

Thursday, October 16, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Troy Polamalu looks at the recent fines to Hines Ward for unnecessary roughness, the penalties to players who hit quarterbacks and wonders what those running the NFL are turning the sport into.

They're taking the physical nature of the game out of the game, Polamalu said.

"It loses so much of its essence, and it really becomes like a pansy game," the Steelers' Pro Bowl strong safety said.

"I think regarding the evolution of football, it's becoming more and more flag football, two-hand touch. We've really lost the essence of what real American football is about. I think it's probably all about money. They're not really concerned about safety."

Polamalu said it's tough to know when you can even hit a quarterback anymore.

"You have to figure out how to tackle people a new way," he said. "There's such a fine line. I guess, hitting quarterbacks late and whether they're going to slide or come forward -- it's too much.

"If you look at any sport, maybe besides mixed martial arts, it's a real gladiator sport. We go out there at a high speed, killing each other."

Players from previous generations would not make it today, Polamalu said, not because of talent but because they were too physical.

"You see guys like Dick Butkus and those types of really raw, old-school, pound-it-out football players; they could never survive in a game like this today.

"The Ronnie Lotts, the Jack Tatums -- these guys who really went after people. They were that way because the game was physical. They couldn't survive in this type of game. They wouldn't have enough money because they'd be paying fines, and then they'd be suspended for a year after they did it two games in a row."
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:30 AM   #2
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Well put Troy! Now get ready to open up your wallet for the commish!
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:32 AM   #3
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Default Re: Troy Criticizes Current State of the NFL

Well, I guess we know where all the refs eyes will be this week.
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Well, I guess we know where all the refs eyes will be this week.
Yeah.....I have a feeling the Steelers are going to feeding the fund all season and everybody will be calling us "dirty" because we play a physical game the way it's meant to be played.

Now let's go do some Bengal hunting..................
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Troy FTW!!!


Gooddell is a douchebag who's ruining this league with his rules and Bob Kraft loving
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:12 AM   #6
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Troy FTW!!!
Gooddell is a douchebag who's ruining this league with his rules and Bob Kraft loving
Isn't his "rule" bob kraft loving?
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Better be careful with what you say, Troy - that idiot Goodell might tag you for $25-$30K too.
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What really annoys me about Goodell is the inconistency. He can fine Hines some coin about unncessary roughness (that was not even called at the game) and yet let a jackass like Shaun Rogers slide for an obvious late hit on Ben. Don't get it....
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What really annoys me about Goodell is the inconistency. He can fine Hines some coin about unncessary roughness (that was not even called at the game) and yet let a jackass like Shaun Rogers slide for an obvious late hit on Ben. Don't get it....

seriously....wtf is this double standard with the Steelers...Id force them to watch that play over and tell the national media that there isn't a double standard or inconsistency here
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WOW!!! I never expected this from a soft spoken guy like Troy.

He is absolutely correct though!!!! You cant even argue with what he said, especially when he references the games of Jack Tatum, Dick Butkus and Ronnie Lott.

I hope Goodell gets the message, or the league ownership committee puts him in his place.......out of a job.
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