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08:04 AM ET 05.26 | Testing the theory that all publicity is good publicity, we find the "Steelers rule." Another NFL rule, another named in honor of the Steelers, although the team president does not embrace the reference. For a team associated with the Rooney Rule, the Hines Ward Rule and rules aimed at neutering the 1970s Steel Curtain, add one that some members of the media have dubbed the "Steelers Rule." The rule, which really is not yet a rule, includes possible fines and the docking of draft choices if a team's players ring up enough infractions. And it was coupled with actual new rules passed by the league owners Tuesday that widened the description of illegal tackles the Steelers so loudly fought against last season. "I'm not sure I like it being referred to as the Steelers Rule," Art Rooney II said Wednesday.

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May 26, 2011  08:21 AM ET

Can we get a Fan Nation Rule that says interns have to write something coherent? Is this what our our school system is putting out now? No wonder the Chinese are eating our economy alive.

May 26, 2011  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Can we get a Fan Nation Rule that says interns have to write something coherent? Is this what our our school system is putting out now? No wonder the Chinese are eating our economy alive.

To be fair, the Chinese eat a lot of things alive.

May 26, 2011  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

To be fair, the Chinese eat a lot of things alive.

But they taste so good. Just do not ask what you are eating.

May 26, 2011  08:37 AM ET

The poor Steelers. I hope those six Super Bowl wins will make up for this.

May 26, 2011  08:39 AM ET

I heard Sum Dum Phuk wrote this thread.

May 26, 2011  08:39 AM ET

The fines last year were ridiculous, if you are going to fine players, do it across the board. Goodell the Ginger Dictator has no soul.

May 26, 2011  08:44 AM ET

With all of the concussion problems in the NFL, it's unreal that some of the Steelers think this is a personal attack on them, and not meant for the safety of the players around the league. This rule won't take away anything from the game....just will add hopefully some years added playing for some players who have had to end their careers short due to cheap hits.

May 26, 2011  08:47 AM ET

"Some members of the media" have dubbed it the Steelers Rule ... "some members of the media" being loosely translated as "some putz at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette."

Posting this thread was a bigger waste of electricity than usual.

May 26, 2011  08:47 AM ET

It should be called the "Jets Rule"

May 26, 2011  08:54 AM ET
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Peggy?

May 26, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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Peggy?

It's all shoes. So, it's either Imelda Marcos or Rex Ryan.

May 26, 2011  09:03 AM ET

If you don't like thereferance than stop your players from killing people on the field. Steelers are the dirtiest franchise in any sport. period.

May 26, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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If you don't like thereferance than stop your players from killing people on the field. Steelers are the dirtiest franchise in any sport. period.

Al Davis thanks you for your support

May 26, 2011  09:15 AM ET

ha, well don't put a bunch of tools on the field (Hines Ward, Harrison, Rapistberger, Mendenhall...) and then you won't have all of these rules named after you!

May 26, 2011  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Al Davis thanks you for your support

Skellitor is the man, well at something I'm sure.

May 26, 2011  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

ha, well don't put a bunch of tools on the field (Hines Ward, Harrison, Rapistberger, Mendenhall...) and then you won't have all of these rules named after you!

Thats what I was saying. on that note, where are there not any cowboys rules? they are a bunch of tools also.

May 26, 2011  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

ha, well don't put a bunch of tools on the field (Hines Ward, Harrison, Rapistberger, Mendenhall...) and then you won't have all of these rules named after you!

oh and what is wrong with mendenhall?

May 26, 2011  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

ha, well don't put a bunch of tools on the field (Hines Ward, Harrison, Rapistberger, Mendenhall...) and then you won't have all of these rules named after you!

You wish you had some of these"tools" on your team

May 26, 2011  09:22 AM ET
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oh and what is wrong with mendenhall?

The dude made some pro-bin-Laden statements on Twitter. Anyone who pulls crap like that should be chopped up and fed to the seals.

 
May 26, 2011  09:23 AM ET
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Skellitor is the man, well at something I'm sure.

Thanks for qualifying that statement... because some of us aren't quite sure.

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