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U mad, bro? Steelers fans sound off on Rocky Bleier, X-ray-gate and negative vibes

| Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, 8:27 a.m.
Former Steelers running back Rocky Bleier
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Former Steelers running back Rocky Bleier

It's all Steelers today in "U mad, bro?" After three straight losses, of course it is. Some of it is spot on. The rest of it is unhinged.


It appears I need to write a clarification of my Rocky Bleier clarification story.

Well, Cassie, if he didn't mean it, what was he trying to say? Or — as I suggested — was he just trying to get a reaction in the first place?

If I'm right (which I am), then Bleier shouldn't have been surprised when he wasn't entirely happy with the reaction.

The rest of Bleier's speech was fine. But I scoff at the notion that we were supposed to treat Bleier's statements with such incredible gravitas and applause because — you know — IT'S ROCKY BLEIER saying "he's done!" And when "the Rock" says something, it means something!

Yet, then when he gets uncomfortable with what he said and retracts it, we are just supposed to say, "Oh, well, he didn't mean it."


Melissa wants to remind me what my job is.

Agreed. But you're a fan. It's your job to root.

I cover the team and express my honest opinion about it. That's my job.

By the way, they didn't have to throw a red-zone pick two plays after James' touchdown was reversed either.


Skip is mad at my interpretation about how Mike Tomlin handled Ben Roethlisberger's injury situation Sunday.

Skip, what's "mind boggling" is that you were gullible enough to buy that red herring about the X-ray machine.

That faulty X-ray simply explained why it took so long for Roethlisberger to get out of the locker room. It had nothing to do with the delay as to when he got into the game once he returned to the sideline.

Because they obviously had enough information to have made the statement that they could've put him in "a drive or so earlier." And they, themselves, said fuzzy X-ray images or not, it was determined that Roethlisberger would only re-enter "in an emergency-like situation."

Hence, they are, at that point, admitting game situation — not uncertainty over the nature of his injury — dictated his playing status. Whether he went back in with three drives to go, or two, he's still risking injury.

Try to keep up. This seems self-evident.


Gwenn just wants a little gosh darn optimism! A little ray of sunshine, and good vibes!

After a loss ... for a third straight week ... to the Raiders ... with the Patriots and Saints on the horizon.

So, yeah. Let's tell ourselves how everything is fine.

They can "beat any team in the league?" Really? You sure about that? The have one win against a team over .500. That was against Baltimore. A team that had previously beaten them.

Then there's the fact that they have lost to the two really good teams they have played — Kansas City and the Chargers. And they lost to Oakland and Denver while tying Cleveland. All those clubs are sub .500. There's more evidence to suggest that they can lose to any team in the NFL than there is to suggest they can beat any team in the NFL.

I love how Gwenn suggests the Saints and Patriots are "overhyped." But, what, the Chargers aren't? And that's why they'll beat Baltimore? And why they already beat the Steelers?

She doesn't "believe" that. She's "hoping" that. Because there nothing but blind faith to support those claims.

Which, as a loyal fan, you should have. But I don't have the luxury of tweeting a Christmas wish. I have to write what is really happening.


John just wanted to vent after the loss to the Raiders.

"It is time for Coach Tomlin to go. The defense is pitiful. The kicking is an embarrassment. The loss (Sunday) was once again on him. Obviously, Ben thought he was going in and yet he did not. They had nothing without him. It is like Hurdle pulling the starting pitcher who tossed a one hitter through 6 but has thrown 95 pitches to get to a bullpen that stinks.

Why is your best player on the sideline in a game you have to win? This loss is directly put on the coach. He has no clue.

— John W. Bennett"

Well, John seems to have the concept of this page down without me. Merry Christmas! I'll just be over here by the eggnog if you need me.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TimBenzPGH. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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