Thursday, October 21, 2010

Drama Queen

Let me state for the record that I think Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison is one of the best players at his position and, perhaps, one of the best players in the entire NFL.

Let me also state for the record that I don't encourage the kinds of violent hits being discussed by the NFL this week, especially in light of all the mounting scientific evidence coming out these days about concussions and their effects on premature dementia and early-age Alzheimer's.

I understand why NFL defensive players might be wary of any rules changes that will impact the way they play the game and, more importantly, the way the league issues disciplinary action. NFL defensive players' reservations are warranted.

What isn't warranted, however, is the melodramatic posturing that James Harrison put on display yesterday with his retirement talk. Please, cut the crap. You're not retiring. You never truly considered retiring. Don't make like Brett Favre and have us beg you to grace us with your presence.


Mighty Mike said...

Absolutely agree. If he wants to go do something else in life I wholeheartedly encourage him to. He was a repeat offender and basically channeled Ivan Drago "If he dies he dies" with his post game comments. If he only wants to play if he can give forearm blows to the head then good riddance. In the meantime not sure who is being swayed by acting like a martyr.

MJ said...

To sum it all up: fuck James Harrison. Don't do us any favors by being a dickwad on our TV screens once a week.

Gutsy Goldberg said...

I'm glad someone else posted about James Harrison... let me be clear about this. He is #1 on my hate-list now. Yes, he passed LeBron.

His retirement talk was like "i've been learning to play like this for 20 years... if i can't play the way i'm used to then maybe i should walk away." You know what, James Harrison is the dirtiest player! He's always been dirty. He can still make great plays without recklessly trying to injure others.