James Harrison In Men’s Journal IIBy
James Harrison In Men’s Journal Part II
ROLEMODEL: Thank You James!!! I’ve been saying this forever, hell, I said it in 2001, before the whole spy-gate thing went down. It was too obvious when Kordell’s killing them in the first half, then he’s being accused of “starring down receivers” in the second half. That cost Kordell Stewart his career in Pittsburgh!!! What’s worse is, that game should have been Oakland and Pittsburgh, but the league invented a tuck rule for New England. Funny how no-one ever heard of that rule until then…
In 2004, when the Steelers were 15-1, with one of those games being a dominating blow-out against the Patr-idiots on Halloween, and momentum on our side, the Patr-idiots somehow stop everything we threw at them. It didn’t make sense, because it was as though they knew where everyone was going to be at all times. A few years later, when Spy-gate happened, it turns out we know why.
How good do you think Tom Brady would be if he wasn’t cheating? It’s funny how average Matt Cassell looks in Kansas City, yet he was a winner when the team was allowed to steal signals. Tedy Bruschi is a stroke, I mean joke, and never would have won shit if he didn’t cheat. And let’s not forgetting old roid rage himself, Rodney Harrison, who was another average at best player when he was in San Diego playing by the rules. Not in the city ESPN built however. Once he got to New England, he became a great cheater, I mean player, no, I mean cheater…
What’s worse is, this offense is far worse than anything Pete Rose did, or Shoeless Joe Jackson for that matter… Spy-Gate was the worst form of cheating in the history of pro sports because not only did it go on for years, but it’s still going on. For those who still don’t get it, allow me to explain how much of an advantage knowing your opponents signals gives you.
In 2003 (2002 season) the Oakland Raiders were heavy favorites to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for Oakland, first year head coach Bill Callahan was still using the playbook and signals used the previous year by then head coach, John Gruden. Well, it just so happens, John Gruden was the head coach of Tampa that year, and he knew everything to expect. There’s even a sound-byte where Tampa defensive back John Lynch is saying, “everything he told us is happening, they’re using the exact same play calls he said they’d use. This is too easy” or something to that matter.
Bottom line is, it was a travesty to see Bill Belichick get nothing more than a slap on the wrist $500,000 fine, which was paid off weeks later when he signed a contract extension with a $750,000 signing bonus. Beli-Cheat should be banned from football on all levels, pro, college, high school, hell, even pee-wee football. He’s the lowest form of life as far as being a coach is concerned, because he can’t teach his team to win fair, which disgusts any real football fan. ESPN even helped cover the extent of how serious this CRIME was by taking Cris Carter’s rant from the 4pm edition of NFL Live off the re-broadcasts because they didn’t want anyone ruining their favorite teams reputation…
So my response to James is, I hate those motherf***ers too my brother in black-and-gold, and I give you (and Joey Porter who is also outspoken about that issue) props for not being afraid to tell the truth…
This is one topic that get’s my adrenaline pumping, so I apologize for going on and on. Byron also asked if I thought James should be fined or suspended. No, he shouldn’t even be taken aside to “have a talk”. These statements were said during the NFL lockout, and even though the ESPN guys disagree, it’s not against the law to speak your mind. Hell, I’ve often wondered why more players don’t take Roger No-Goodatall to court for violating their freedom of speech laws. Dictator Goodell needs to realize he’s in the USA, where people can express themselves freely because our amendments gave us that right, and he also should realize that in the USA, if you STEAL $100,000 from someone because you want to play judge, jury & executioner, then he has the right to take your useless ass to court and sue you for his money back, and more money for deformation of character. Roger ruins reputations because he has no clue what football is about, and I can’t wait for the day someone does take him to court for his dictator-like actions…
This has been one long ass edition of Ask Your RoleModel,
-Your RoleModel Ric Lieb