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A Packers fan and a Steelers fan exchange some friendly barbs at a Packers party

A Packers fan and a Steelers fan exchange some friendly barbs at a Packers party

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  1. Irma says:

    I went out on a shaky limb to say what I said, because so many of my fidners on and off-line are Steelers fans. But I was moved to make a public statement because despite all of what you’ve listed here (very typical and admirable for a person from your city, and I fully expect it. Loyalty is cool.) the interview after the game specifically addressed not Troy’s kids or how awesome Tomlin reportedly is, but all that Big Ben had been through this year. The implication? How great is it that he overcame all of that messy business to win this big game. To me that was unacceptable. And I know he wasn’t convicted. Hell, he was barely punished by his employer. And I absolutely acknowledge that he is a great football player, and I am actually frequently heard to say that I don’t think athletes should be expected to automatically be role models for children, which is another somewhat unpopular view. But I know in my gut that he is a sleazebag who has been lucky so far in not being held accountable, so apologies to him and ANY positioning of him in the media or by the team’s fans as someone who has overcome ANYTHING besides other football teams to win a championship? I couldn’t take it. That is the context for my comments and that I will stand behind, whether or not every other player on the Pittsburgh Steelers from the waterboy on up to the owners was a Nobel Peace Prize winner. The Vick saga has worn me out on apologies to and for and celebrations of privileged male athletes, although I know full well that with the exception of Favre who has finally gotten old and pathetic enough that it’s cool to bash him now it will continue ad infinitum. (Just to be clear that I wasn’t hating on the Steelers for kicks. I can do that in private. Besides, having been flipped off and told to go back to Baltimore by some of your PGH colleagues, I feel a little more license to do it for awhile. )

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