NFL  > General NFL  > Harrison hit on Fitz
November 29, 2010, 10:28 AM
Again, Harrison will probably be fined. Again it was a **** call. Harrison hit him square in his chest with his face mask first. Total bs!
November 29, 2010  10:49 AM ET

I can't comment on it just yet. The only hit I've seen is from the highlights of the game and when James makes his hit, he disappears behind an Olineman for just a second.

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November 29, 2010  11:44 AM ET

That would really suck if Harrison got suspended. I mean, come on man. Sanders never even drew a fine for the the concussion he laid on Hines Ward and it was a clear helmet to helmet hit. I think the only thing that might save him this week however is the AJ and Finnegan bout!

November 29, 2010  12:07 PM ET

This call, like the one last week against the Raiders, was complete BS! I've been watching football for more than 35 years and this was not an illegal hit, period!

November 29, 2010  12:11 PM ET

I watched the game, and numerous replays form different angles.

Borderline call - Harrison DID drop his head at the last instant and hit forehead first.
Not total BS.

(And it's not like the Steelers didn't benefit form a few "non-calls" of their own. )

Refs happen - just like freak tips, and Wideouts forgetting how to catch....

November 29, 2010  09:19 PM ET

BS......plain and simple. Read ANY publication on tackling and you'll notice that this was a TEXTBOOK sack, well within the rules. No helmet-to-helmet, no aggravated post-sack activity...just pure 100% defensive playmaking. The zebras just refuse to allow the Steelers to make contact with ANY QB, without a penalty and the League quickly tacks on a fine. If Harrison gets a suspension, and Seymour didn't for hitting a QB in the chops....the Rooney's should demand an investigation into the whole NFL process of determining who gets what punishment and how that is determined....seems pretty arbitrary at the moment.

November 29, 2010  09:57 PM ET

Sorry dude, you suffering from "persecution-itis".

Fitz got hit multiple times that game. That was the one that drew the flag because it WAS borderline. Harrison dropped his head just before he hit and hit high center. Rules state that leading with the helmet into any part of the helmet, including the facemask, that is used to spear an opponent, even in the chest, may be a flag. It says "special attention" will be given to defenseless players. The ball was out of his hand and there was no time for Fitz to do anything to defend himself. The zebra must have considered it "spearing."

I honestly *don't* expect a fine - but the zebra was looking RIGHT at Harrison when they threw the flag.

Borderline call - but that's why they play the games....
(Besides - when you run your mouth off - you DO get extra attention. Can't blame anyone but Harrison for that)

November 30, 2010  03:29 PM ET

You are misquoting the rules.....

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November 30, 2010  03:53 PM ET

I find it alarming that the head NFL Fairy - Roger Goodell - can't tell the difference between the man about to get hit 'lowering his own head' in anticipation of the *whack* that's coming his way and a blatant spear to make the highlight reel, yet he's steady sucking up fines for the NFL, like a gumball machine sucks in quarters

November 30, 2010  04:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I watched the game, and numerous replays form different angles.Borderline call - Harrison DID drop his head at the last instant and hit forehead first.Not total BS.(And it's not like the Steelers didn't benefit form a few "non-calls" of their own. )Refs happen - just like freak tips, and Wideouts forgetting how to catch....

Are you freakin serious? The Steelers benefitted from non-calls?!?!?! Did you even watch the game?

Steelers--10 penalties for 107 yards
Bills--4 penalties for 20 yards

You should be ashamed of yourself for even making that statement.

November 30, 2010  04:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I find it alarming that the head NFL Fairy - Roger Goodell - can't tell the difference between the man about to get hit 'lowering his own head' in anticipation of the *whack* that's coming his way and a blatant spear to make the highlight reel, yet he's steady sucking up fines for the NFL, like a gumball machine sucks in quarters

Exactly. Since when did a player not lead with his head in making a form tackle? It's impossible not to. There is, like you said 3Ds, a huge difference.

November 30, 2010  04:21 PM ET

The hit Harrison made would have made my High School Defensive coach proud! Exactly the way we were taught, head on, head up, face mask to the chest.. perfect form....

November 30, 2010  04:33 PM ET

I wouldn't be surprised if Harrison retires. They watch him so closely and they are killing his style of playing (i.e. real football)

November 30, 2010  09:03 PM ET

QUOTE (#7): "I honestly *don't* expect a fine - but the zebra was looking RIGHT at Harrison when they threw the flag.

Borderline call - but that's why they play the games....
(Besides - when you run your mouth off - you DO get extra attention. Can't blame anyone but Harrison for that)"



REALLY? guess you were WAY off on that huh? Goodell wasted no time in slapping another $25K on Harrison....As far as "running your mouth off" goes...the last time I checked there isn't any mention in the NFL rulebook of being penalized/fined for comments made after a game, unless of course, it's directed negatively against the officiating crew......IF there is a less than objective view that the officials are taking towards Harrison's play SPECIFICALLY, then that, by definition is BIAS.......;)

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November 30, 2010  10:38 PM ET

QUOTE (#17): "Yeah, it sucks when they won't let you get away with cheap shots anymore...

Leading with the crown of the helmet is a penalty. Get over it."


Wow.....imagine that....a cheesehead that doesn't like James. Putting your facemask into an opponent's chest while tackling is not using the "crown" of your helmet. I can send you some literatue from Riddell illustrating the different parts of the helmet FYI, if you like..........;)

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December 1, 2010  12:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

QUOTE (#7): "I honestly *don't* expect a fine - but the zebra was looking RIGHT at Harrison when they threw the flag. Borderline call - but that's why they play the games....(Besides - when you run your mouth off - you DO get extra attention. Can't blame anyone but Harrison for that)"REALLY? guess you were WAY off on that huh? Goodell wasted no time in slapping another $25K on Harrison....As far as "running your mouth off" goes...the last time I checked there isn't any mention in the NFL rulebook of being penalized/fined for comments made after a game, unless of course, it's directed negatively against the officiating crew......IF there is a less than objective view that the officials are taking towards Harrison's play SPECIFICALLY, then that, by definition is BIAS.......;)

Guess I was. I didn't think the hit was fineworthy - just worth penalizing. :)

Still - the video is pretty conclusive - he dropped his head forward JUST before he hit Fitz in the chest - AFTER the ball was out of Fitz's hands. The zebras called it spearing and i don't see conclusive evidence they are wrong.

As far as bias goes - no. It's called being SMART. If a player says "Hi - i don't care about the rules - I'm gonna hit guys the way i wanna hit guys" - then gee - you watch that player to see if he's going to break the rules. Harrison DID say that.

It's like standing outside a bank and saying "I'm going to rob this place" then going inside. Sure - it's a free country and you can say what you want - but don't complain if your words or deeds get you in trouble.

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