Jan 252012

All season long, I’ve pointed out the Pittsburgh Steelers penchant for lying. The national media even jumped on the story briefly when Mike Tomlin repeatedly used the term “concussion-like” symptoms rather than straight up saying whether or not a player had been concussed. As annoying as I find Tomlin’s weekly misinformation campaigns aka press conferences, I do kinda understand why he does it. A lot of coaches have an almost dictatorial attitude when it comes to keeping team secrets. Bill Belichick is legendary for putting every single malady right down to the last hangnail on his team’s injury report in an effort to cloud the issue. So while I may find it ridiculous for Tomlin to tell reporters one of his lineman has a broken toe when he actually tore his ACL, I sort of understand why he thinks he has to do it.

But now we have the saga of Bruce Arians.

When news came down that BA had “retired” from his job as offensive coordinator, I put that information in quotes because something smelled fishy. During the season, rumors swirled that Arians was a contender for the head coaching job at Georgia Tech, a rumor Arians squashed by saying he had no interest in kissing the ass of high school punks. When the season ended, Tomlin told local reporters he expected his entire staff back next year. Then team president Art Rooney gave an interview where he basically threw the offense under the bus and next thing you know Arians is “retiring.”

Arians was recently interviewed by the York Daily Record and now it comes out that he did not leave of his own accord as the Steelers would have you believe. The “retirement” angle is evidently the cover story floated by Steelers management to obscure the fact they didn’t offer him a contract for next season. Arians went on to say he would not rule out a return to coaching while currently weighing “five or six” offers from other teams. He also confirmed the rumors that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is “not happy” about his dismissal.

The key part of the story is where Arians says Tomlin told him several times he wanted him to return. Which means either Tomlin lied to his face or the decision to replace Arians came from Art Rooney. Neither is a particularly positive option. If Tomlin fibbed, well, lying to the media is one thing but being dishonest with your fellow coaches doesn’t exactly speak well of your leadership. If the decision came from Artie, nothing ever goes wrong when you have an owner who interferes in the day-to-day operations of his team.

Ask Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder.

A Dark Knight In Pittsburgh

 Posted by at 6:48 am  Big Ben, Bill Cowher, Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu  Comments Off on A Dark Knight In Pittsburgh
Aug 082011

How’d you spend your weekend?

The Pittsburgh Steelers spent theirs filming a scene for a little flick by the name of The Dark Knight Rises.  This may mean little to some of you but to a comic geek like me, it’s the perfect melding of my two favorite things in the universe.  Words cannot express how anxious I am to see this film.  This news is even more exciting to me than the prospect of seeing Art Rooney’s great-granddaughter’s tits in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

[intlink id=”14″ type=”category”]Ben Roethlisberger[/intlink], [intlink id=”34″ type=”category”]Hines Ward[/intlink], [intlink id=”57″ type=”category”]Troy Polamalu[/intlink], James Farrior, Ryan Clark, and several other Steelers took on the guise of the Gotham Rogues for a scene set at Heinz Field.  The Gotham coach was played by none other than [intlink id=”49″ type=”category”]Bill Cowher[/intlink], who was greeted by a raucous ovation when introduced to his beloved hometown crowd.  I’m not sure what the scene entailed (mostly because I tend to avoid spoilers) but the tire tracks and appearance of the Tumbler seem to indicate Batman is chasing someone into the stadium.  I realize Bane is basically a juice monkey but I swear if they make him an ex-football player…

While Pittsburgh has become Hollywood East in recent years, the team had a special “in.”  One of the team’s minority owners is a producer on the film and he was the guy who steered production away from Chicago (the location used in the first two films) to the ‘Burgh.  Yes, the Steelers have minority owners, a by-product of Dan Rooney having to buy the team out from his brothers and sisters a few years back.  Thanks, Roger Goodell, you prick.

Anyway, as if one needed additional incentive to look forward to The Dark Knight Rises next summer, now we can also look forward to seeing our favorite Steelers flee in terror as Batman rampages over their field.  This already in addition to scenes filmed all around town, including some at my Alma mater, Carnegie Mellon.  I wish I had the time to sit around Heinz this weekend but I learned my lesson years ago after I spent six hours in the Igloo for a split-second cameo in Sudden Death.   Speaking of which, where’s my IMDB page?