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Hines Ward gives the straight dope

Written by Dan Gigler on .

Jeff Pearlman from Sports Illustrated, writing on his excellent personal blog, lauds Hines Ward for actually telling it like it is earlier today:

hinesrant"Most professional athletes refuse to speak out. They pride themselves on toughness, but when it comes to taking a stand 99% of them are lemings, cowering behind the nearest tree. Come day’s end, it’s almost always about getting paid, getting pub, getting ladies. Never about actually being proactive; about being strong.

"So all hail Hines Ward, who spoke out today and is—unambiguously—100 percent in the right:

"From SI.com:

“The league doesn’t care about us anyway. They don’t care about the safety of the game. If the league was so concerned about the safety, why are you adding two more games on? You talk about you don’t want players to drink … and all you see is beer commercials. You don’t want us to gamble, but then there are (NFL-endorsed lottery scratch-off games).”

"I mean, amen. The safety issue is the biggest bit of hypocricy. The NFL talks safety, safety, safety—and wants to add two regular season games? It makes no sense whatsoever. None. The whole drinking thing is just as bad. You talk, talk, talk about drinking responsibly, etc—than have your fans get sloshed on $12 cans of Miller.
"A new respect for Ward. Big time." 

More praise for Ward:

Shutdown Corner (albeit a rather backhanded compliment) 

Bleacher Report 

SB Nation

Also for your viewing and reading pleasure ...

1. LaMarr Woodley is postying fan photoshop pictures on his Facebook page in support of James Harrison (for which he almost certainly get a financial rap on the knuckles from Park Ave.). My favorite:

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2. If you're local, Lindsey Patross of the great I [Heart] Pittsburgh blog is hosting a game watching party Sunday evening at the Double Wide Grill on the South Side, starting at 6 p.m.

The event will benefit Community Human Services, a nonprofit that has been supporting Oakland and Pittsburgh for 40 years through a variety of programs to assist with homelesness, mental health, and health issues in Pittsburgh.

Attendees are encouraged to bring gift cards to donate to CHS. There will be raffles for all manner of Steelers prizes, and you get more chances to win the more you donate.

3. A nice profile by Sean Conboy of Pittsburgh Magazine about Heath Miller, aptly titled: The Quiet Riot. Which gives an excellent excuse to link to this:


4. James Harrison should just punch the quarterback next time. So says our man in Argentina, Keith Thomas.

5. Random Inbox item: The 2010 "team" picture of the Tulsa Steelers Fanatics outside of their weekly meeting place, Mulligan's Sports and Spirits in Tulsa, OK.

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6. And finally, the new video from the Benstonium lads, the first installment of their new series: untold stories of The History of Da Stillers. Epsiode 1 -- how the release of Jeff Reed "really" went down:

click image to launch video
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