Antonio Brown's moronic pre-TD backpedaling has been a big topic. Brown says he's sorry, but not because he looked like a jackass or because he showed up the opposition. He's sorry about the flag. BIG DIFFERENCE. LESSON NOT LEARNED.
Mike Tomlin says he talked to Brown and told him his act was "not respectable." But was that message delivered sternly, or with a wink and a smile? BUDDY FIRST, COACH SECOND.
What do Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher make of all this?
What Brown did was not entertaining. It was SILLY. Brown hadn't scored yet. He could have stumbled. More than anything, it's not what we expect from the Steelers.
Some celebrations are fun, and funny. Alexei Kovalev once moonwalked on skates after he scored. HILARIOUS. The Lambeau Leap is FUN. It doesn't embarrass your foe. Hines Ward handing a touchdown ball to a fan wearing his jersey seemed ORGANIC. I'm no Hines fan, but he was never openly disrespectful to the game or the other team.
Mario Lemieux once scored a goal, then took $6,600 from me. WAY OUT OF LINE.
Brown makes me INSANE when he performs the closing number from "South Pacific" after a 4-yard gain. That really SUCKS.
But it's all indicative of a bigger malaise.
Brown hot-dogs, and the rebuke is minimal. Alameda Ta'amu drives drunk, and he's right back on the team. The coach is everyone's friend. Thugs dot the roster.
The Steelers have changed with the times. For better, or for worse? That's your call.
One thing is certain: The Steelers are no longer any different than other NFL franchises. At the very least, they should stop saying or pretending so.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images.