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Johnny Footstool
02-02-2006, 10:13 AM
With little else to hype this year's Super Bowl, the media is now taking innocuous comments and trying to set up a war of words. Joey Porter is taking the bait, as usual.

My favorite part of the article is the headline, which is both inflammatory and inaccurate (Stevens is a tight end, not a "defender").

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=afp-amfootnflsuper&prov=afp&type=lgns


Seattle defender's boasts spark Super Bowl war of words

AFP
February 2, 2006

AFP - Feb 2, 9:39 am EST
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DETROIT, United States (AFP) - Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter ignited a Super Bowl firestorm, firing verbal volleys at Seattle tight end Jerramy Stevens over boastful words that were taken as a victory declaration.

Four days before their squads meet here for the National Football League crown, Porter took issue with Stevens after the Seahawk said Steeler star rusher Jerome Bettis' homecoming and possible farewell would end in defeat.

"It's a heartwarming story and all that but it will be a sad day when he leaves without that trophy," Stevens said. "We feel like we have been the best team in the NFL all year and we are going to show everybody Sunday."

Stevens also made it personal by saying that Porter was impressive in a playoff victory at Denver but would have a tougher time against Seattle blocker Walter Jones.

"He had a huge game in the AFC championship game coming off the edge on the blitz," Stevens said. "I don't think he is going to have such an easy day against Walt, though."

Porter has needed little rousing to start trash talking in the past but had vowed a day earlier not to be goaded into comments that might inspire Seattle players.

Stevens' comments, however, were enough to set Porter's tongue wagging at full speed.


"I've been asleep all week, but now I got woke up. I've got my first taste of blood and now I'm thirsty for more," Porter said. "When they say you are looking for something to get you going, that was it.

"I feel like he definitely was 'out of pocket' to say what he said. I'm going to make sure he owns up to those words.

"He should know his role. He hasn't done anything that makes anybody fear him, while Jerome is a Hall of Famer. He definitely is one who hasn't earned the right to say what's on his mind.

"He said it. It's done now. He will have to face the consequences. Now I'm looking for Stevens. He has to line up in front of me. I'll be out there looking for him. Stevens can't hide from me.

"I'll remind him of it every time I put him on his back."

Stevens continued the exchange upon hearing of Porter's reaction, saying he could not understand what the fuss was about in his self-confident comments.

"I don't feel like I said anything inappropriate. I told the truth," Stevens said. "If he doesn't know who I am, then the surprise will be on him come Sunday. If he's worried more about me than someone else, that's fine with me."

Stevens has caught 54 passes for 649 yards and six touchdowns, four of the scores coming in the past six games.

But Porter dubbed Stevens unworthy of making such comments, calling him a "first-round (draft pick) bust who barely made some plays this season."

"He's too soft to say something like that. He has a lot of nerve," Porter said. "I've got to argue with somebody who is starting, not somebody who is just running on and off the field."

Stevens was not backing down either, escalating the tension factor as teams began their final preparations for the game, the Steelers' first Super Bowl in a decade and the first in the Seahawks' 30-year history.

"I wasn't trying to disrespect Pittsburgh. I respect them a lot and they are a great team," Stevens said. "But we're not here to roll over for anybody. I don't think I said anything too 'out of pocket.'

"I just said we're here to win the game and other than that there is no reason to be here. They are here to win, too. We respect them but don't fear them. We're going to go out there and do what we do."

CrackerJack
02-02-2006, 10:27 AM
As usual, Porter was way out of line in his response. Ugh, gotta love the two weeks of ridiculous over analysis and hype. I haven't tuned in to ESPN the last two weeks as a result.

That said I absolutely hate the Steelers, go Seahawks.

Reds Fanatic
02-02-2006, 10:29 AM
The whole thing is stupid. Stevens just believes his team is going to win. Every player should believe they are going to win. Porter is a loud mouth idiot. Anything he says I disregard immediately.

deltachi8
02-02-2006, 01:15 PM
Wait till the Media starts talking about Ben's late nights....ah, to be 23 again....

http://images.break.com/static/break/images/benr1.jpg

Johnny Footstool
02-02-2006, 02:27 PM
They'll never do that. They want him to be a hero like Tom Brady who goes to bed at 8, eats his vegetables, and calls his mother every week.

redsfan30
02-02-2006, 02:33 PM
Joey Porter just makes me laugh harder every time he opens his mouth.

Yeah Joey, that's such a disrespectful comment he made about Bettis....

Why don't you check the stats sheet, Joey before you call him a nobody.

OOOOHHHHH....that's right!!! You don't like to think. I forgot. Silly me.

Moron.

:rolleyes:

Heath
02-02-2006, 02:35 PM
Nice to see Ben pickup on the big thing to do at Miami. :)

KronoRed
02-02-2006, 02:49 PM
Anyone know how many articles have come out complaing about it not being in a warm weather city?

Hoosier Red
02-02-2006, 05:36 PM
They'll never do that. They want him to be a hero like Tom Brady who goes to bed at 8, eats his vegetables, and calls his mother every week.

Of course according to the article in GQ, he goes to bed at 8, but brings his laptop with him.

TeamBoone
02-02-2006, 05:42 PM
What about this story is the media's fault?

Johnny Footstool
02-02-2006, 10:14 PM
What about this story is the media's fault?

The fact that they took an innocuous comment by Stevens, ran over to Joey Porter with it, and now they're seizing on his response and trying to portray it as if it will result in WW III on the field on Sunday.

I seriously doubt Joey Porter read that quote from Stevens in a newspaper or online. I'll bet he first found out about it when some reporter asked him something like, "How do you feel about the boasts Seattle's Jeramy Stevens is making, claiming that it will be sad when Jerome Bettis leaves without the trophy?"

Even the headline is inflammatory. "Seattle defender's (sic) *boasts* spark Super Bowl war of words".

GAC
02-03-2006, 08:23 AM
The fact that they took an innocuous comment by Stevens, ran over to Joey Porter with it, and now they're seizing on his response and trying to portray it as if it will result in WW III on the field on Sunday.

And that is exactly what they are trying to do... spice up the Super Bowl.

Chip R
02-03-2006, 10:31 AM
And that is exactly what they are trying to do... spice up the Super Bowl.

And it's a good thing cause otherwise no one will be watching. :rolleyes:

GAC
02-04-2006, 05:33 AM
And it's a good thing cause otherwise no one will be watching. :rolleyes:

Just because it involves teams that are not "market media darlings" does not mean it won't be a good game. I think it will. I thought the World Series was good. Each game was close and competitive.

There seems to be more emphasis on everything else surrounding the Super Bowl anymore then the game itself. You have an all day pre-game show, then the commercial competition. It's gotten kind of ridiculous IMO.

I'm a 3rd shifter, so that means I start work on Sunday night (10:30). Every year at Honda it's the same thing. They only have two machines scheduled to run in my dept. that night because of all the scheduled vacation days and expected call-ins, due to the Super Bowl.

Me? I'll turn on my TV around 6:30, watch most of the game, and then go to work.

Now when the Browns make it, that'll be a different story. ;)

Chip R
02-05-2006, 12:22 AM
Just because it involves teams that are not "market media darlings" does not mean it won't be a good game. I think it will. I thought the World Series was good. Each game was close and competitive.

Actually what I meant was that the press doesn't need to hype the game since it will have a large audience no matter what.


There seems to be more emphasis on everything else surrounding the Super Bowl anymore then the game itself. You have an all day pre-game show, then the commercial competition. It's gotten kind of ridiculous IMO.

I'm a 3rd shifter, so that means I start work on Sunday night (10:30). Every year at Honda it's the same thing. They only have two machines scheduled to run in my dept. that night because of all the scheduled vacation days and expected call-ins, due to the Super Bowl.

Me? I'll turn on my TV around 6:30, watch most of the game, and then go to work.

I hear you. I'll probably be flipping it back and forth between the Super Bowl and something else.


Now when the Browns make it, that'll be a different story. ;)

It's nice to have a dream. :)

OnBaseMachine
02-05-2006, 01:28 AM
Found this while browsing the net: :laugh:

Detroit Native Jerome "From Detroit" Bettis to Play Super Bowl in Detroit (His Hometown)
In a story that SPN's writers are calling the biggest Super Bowl scoop ever, SPN reports that veteran Steelers RB Jerome Bettis is a native of Detroit. That’s right – the same city that’s hosting Super Bowl XL. The very same Super Bowl in which Bettis is playing! Is this an amazing story or what?! We're not grasping at straws!

• Pasquarelli: It’s true, he is from Detroit. I checked | Clayton: If so, why is no one reporting on this?
• Vote: Should we run this story into the ground?
• Does he actually like Detroit? | Is he insane?!
• Also, Jerome Bettis is obese and he's playing in Super Bowl XL | Get it? Like the size extra large? | It's funny because, you know, he's a big guy

savafan
02-05-2006, 01:35 AM
Hi guys, I'm Ben Roethlisberger. My friends call me "Big Ben" :beerme:

http://www.deadspin.com/sports/firstbenpicture.jpg
http://www.deadspin.com/sports/secondbenpicture.jpg
http://www.deadspin.com/sports/thirdbenpicture.jpg
http://www.deadspin.com/sports/fourthbenpicture.jpg
http://www.deadspin.com/sports/fifthbenpicture.jpg

http://www.timesonline.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16051748&BRD=2305&PAG=461&dept_id=478568&rfi=6

A Pittsburgh Steelers spokesman said late Wednesday afternoon that the team refuses to acknowledge pictures of Ben Roethlisberger posted on a Web site.

On Tuesday, a Web site posted five photos of the Steelers' second-year quarterback while in the company of a few female companions either at a party or a drinking establishment. In the pictures, Roethlisberger wore a jersey that had the following words printed across his chest: "Drink like a champion today."

The Web site describes itself as "Sports news without access, favor or discretion," and claims it doesn't know when, where or under what circumstances the photos were taken.

"Someone sent them to us," is the explanation posted on Web site.

"We don't have any comment," said Dave Lockett, the Steelers' Communication Coordinator. "Those pictures won't have any effect on the game."

Along with his teammates and the entire Steelers' coaching staff, Roethlisberger addressed the media Wednesday morning at a press conference in Pontiac where the Steelers are staying during Super Bowl week. But Roethlisberger wasn't asked about the pictures. Either reporters didn't know of the photos posted the web site, or, if they did, didn't feel the pictures had anything to do with Roethlisberger's performance in the Super Bowl.

- Mike Bires

GAC
02-05-2006, 04:05 AM
It's nice to have a dream. :)

I hear ya. I'm one miserable fan. I must love the game of baseball and football to be a fan of both the Reds and Browns. At least that's my story, and I'm sticking with it. :lol:

But my optimism for both organizations has been given a boost in this last year. The hiring of Savage and Crennel (with the booting of Collins aka John Allen), and the ownership change in Cincy.

"Everytime I thing I'm out, they pull me back in again." ;)

deltachi8
02-05-2006, 02:04 PM
Steelers and Reds fans here as well.

Why?

Jack Lambert and Johnny Bench.