This week Steelers fans have had to get on the defensive in arguing against the usual phalanx of haters that claim that Hines Ward is a dirty player because of his recent spate of fines and the supposedly "dirty" block he put on Keith Rivers on Sunday. As per the usual, the classless Baltimore Ravens are on the scene to show the world that they wrote the book on being dirty little dickheads who require discipline from the league, as their linebacker with the incredibly lame nickname has been bragging on the radio that his team had a bounty on Hines Ward and Rashard Mendenhall when the teams played in Week 4, and bragged about putting the rookie running back out for the year. Class-E.
[Ward] also said he's not worried about Internet reports that Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs claimed the Ravens put a "bounty" on Ward the way they did on halfback Rashard Mendenhall, who was knocked out for the season with a fractured shoulder by Baltimore's Ray Lewis.
Suggs acknowledged recently on the syndicated sports radio talk show "2 Live Stews" that the Ravens had a bounty on Mendenhall and on Ward.
"We definitely like to send our messages to rookie running backs who think they've made it." Suggs said. "We did a good a job of sending a message."
As for Ward, Suggs said, "Hines Ward is definitely a dirty player, a cheap shot artist."
"If he chooses to say that, so be it," Tomlin said. "We respect that guy. He's a heck of a player. I saw him run with the ball on somebody last week. We don't lose any sleep over what anybody says."Wasn't there supposed to be a culture change in Bawlmer with the departure of Brian Billick? Nothing beyond lip service, of course. This is still the same band of obnoxious thugs that have cost their team victories time and again with stupid penalties and undisciplined antics like these. Whenever people charge the Steelers with being a dirty team, all you have to do is point to shit like this.