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This week’s “U mad, brother?” Ranges from the Steelers, to the restart of the Big Ten, to the incompetence of the Pirates, to Justin Timberlake.
It also varies from substantial to stupid.
The program of Alejandro Villanueva. Mason Rudolph̵
Besides … well, he’s more tame.
Pfft! Who am I kidding?
WBROWN makes us work. He sent me this email before the Steelers defeated the New York Giants on Monday night.
He was very worried that the officials had been taken!
Because … you know … New York doesn’t.
“We all need to be very careful about the refereeing, as it involves making calls against the Steelers. Intervention, as well as making calls against the offense when major plays are completed, which either push them back or give the Giants the opportunity to continue the game, blocked by the Steelers’ defense.
I’m not saying they’re going to cheat, but what I’m saying is that the Steelers need to be on “p and q,” because that’s about the NFL, which wants to get the Giants to start well.
After all, this is New York. That always counts as something to do with the NFL.”
Based on that pass call from Joe Hadden in the first half and TJ Watt’s missed retention in the second half, I thought for a while that Mr. Brown was doing something.
But, come on. A compromising game for a team in New York? When do Steelers have one of the largest national fan bases?
Far be it from me to understand a good old-fashioned conspiracy theory, WB, but let’s be real.
The Giants have had one winning season since 2012. And the Jets have not reached the playoffs since 2010. If the NFL seeks to fix games for teams in New York, they’re doing a pretty nasty job.
Someone named GMoney commented on our story of Steelers’ decision to deal with Alejandro Villanueva’s decision to stick Antwon Rose’s name on his helmet with the name of the late Army Sergeant Alwyn Cashe.
“He does not owe an explanation to anyone. He did more for this country than most.
Well done to (head coach Mike) Tomlin for not making it a problem. Because it is not so.”
No, GMoney, Villanueva ABSOLUTELY owes an explanation. And his status as an army veteran has nothing to do with it. This is irrelevant to this discussion.
You can agree with what Villanueva did or not. I do not.
You can agree with the team’s decision to put Rose’s name on their helmets first or not. I do not.
You can choose to snatch Villanueva from his teammates, while distinguishing him from what Colin Kapernik did. I don’t do it again.
But if the team makes a decision and Villanueva decides to leave the net, and his teammates say they did not know about the decision, then he must explain why it happened.
At least Kaepernick did.
Why should Villanueva feel obligated to consider the issue?
• When the same thing happened in Chicago, players throughout the year said that the effects of the anthem’s debut were part of the reason they lost the game. A game that ultimately helped them host the playoffs in 2017.
So why risk this again in 2020?
• Villanueva was one of a team of 53 people who deviated from the plan. He deliberately makes a statement.
So explain the statement. Why stick Rose’s name instead of just putting Kashe’s name above Rose’s name? Why avoid doing what everyone else on the team did?
There are many nuances and middle ground that can be found on many topics on this argument. This is not one of them. Villanueva needs to step up and answer questions.
And this is an area where the lack of open access to the locker room in the coronavirus era is a very important issue.
Let’s mix in a media one. It comes from USA Today writer Christine Brennan. She is crazy about the late decision of the Big Ten to play football against the background of the coronavirus crisis.
Note the date: 16.9.20, the day the acclaimed Big Ten became the SEC. He choked. Get scared. He sold his soul for football. My @usatodaysports column on the darkest day in the history of the Big Ten: https://t.co/uaWfgpgSqO
– Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) September 16, 2020
Come on! Talk about hyperbole.
I mean, we all know it won’t be the darkest day in the history of the Big Ten.
That was the day the conference allowed Rutgers to join.
David emailed me about my First Call post about the Cleveland Browns defense ending Miles Garrett. He would like to “clear the air” with Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.
“You remind me of people from the media on Fox, MSNBC and CNN. Your article is basically your opinion. I’m tired of the media interpreting and preaching instead of just reporting the facts. Most people draw their own conclusions. We don’t need the media to tell us what to think. I don’t know why the media has to run on their own all the time things. “
David, I do this because I’m a columnist and I get paid to give my opinion. It was an opinion-based piece, as all my records have the freedom to be.
Maybe that’s why?
By the way, I am 110% sure that you would never send this email if you agreed with the opinion I expressed.
People complain about the opinion of others – or their right to express these opinions – only when these opinions differ from their own.
I have never received a tweet or email that reads, “I wholeheartedly agree with your opinion, but I do not agree to use your platform to give it.”
And I can guarantee you that I will never take one.
Finally, Ed thought about the news that Justin Timberlake might want to bring a Major League baseball team to Nashville, Tennessee.
“I I thought he might want to bring an MLB franchise to Pittsburgh (with owners who work with management).”
Ed, in JT’s words, “Cry My River” and “Chop Me Up.” Because this email is “Dirty”.
Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review writer. You can contact Tim at email@example.com or via Twitter. All tweets can be reposted. All emails are subject to publication, unless otherwise stated.
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