Today’s NFL divisional playoff games are already ripe with potential controversy. On a cold day in January, there’s some nice heat generating from social networks related to NFL officiating.
First, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted this news from the NFL front office:
“Ray Anderson [NFL senior vice president of football operations] warned teams if any illegal acts occur during this weekend’s games, past comments will be considered in evaluating discipline.”
Though not playing this weekend, Jacksonville Jaguar RB Maurice Jones-Drew quickly replied to Schefter’s post with this:
“So in other words they want us to be robots… Have no emotion or passion and we are talking about playoffs (jim mora voice)”
Jones-Drew’s tweet is another shot at the NFL – oft referred to as the No Fun League – for its crackdown on players who show a lot of emotion, character or celebratory actions during games.
The Pittsburgh Steelers fired their own salvo of sorts at NFL officials not long after.
Just hours before the Steelers were to take on the Baltimore Ravens in Heinz Field, the team’s Facebook page posted this interesting item (courtesy of their research team I’d imagine):
NFL players – Steelers ROLB James Harrison inparticular – have been hit with a barrage of fines and flags for illegal hits this season. Some of his teammates and even other players in the league came to his defense following the fines.
Now it appears the Steelers front office – or at least its marketing department – is doing its part to rile up fans with that post today.
What’s especially interesting is the timing. It was posted early enough in the day where many ticket holders would be able to see it, and would thus be prepared when they enter Heinz Field and begin cheering for their beloved Steelers – or perhaps more importantly, boo the officiating crew.
Is the post a little off-limits by the Steelers? It definitely stirred the pot with fans, based on the more than 1,000 comments left on the post. I think it’s great info to have for fans – nothing erroneous was reported.
And what of the subject of trash-talking? The NFL is putting its foot down for sure. But it’s hard to cool the emotions around a divisional playoff game when SO much is at stake.
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