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(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)   Steelers to retire #75. Thanks Mean Joe   (post-gazette.com ) divider line
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2014-07-31 12:48:42 AM  
 
2014-07-31 01:46:16 AM  
I finally get to say, I submitted this with a better headline, and from the same farking source. Out yourself, TFer.
 
2014-07-31 07:15:45 AM  
Thanks, mean joe!
 
2014-07-31 07:16:42 AM  
As a Cowboys fan I remember crying when the Cowboys lost to the Colts (I was five) and then crying when they lost twice to the Steelers.  I always found it odd that the Steelers didn't retire numbers - didn't realize that #70 was retired, but after reading the article, I can see why they are/were hesitant to retire some of those numbers, too many great players, too many numbers, but Greene is a good starting point.  Congratulations Joe.  And pretty awesome for the Steelers fans.

/now cries every Sunday
 
2014-07-31 07:25:56 AM  
superhypeblog.com
 
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2014-07-31 07:54:30 AM  

riverwalk barfly: As a Cowboys fan I remember crying when the Cowboys lost to the Colts (I was five) and then crying when they lost twice to the Steelers.  I always found it odd that the Steelers didn't retire numbers - didn't realize that #70 was retired, but after reading the article, I can see why they are/were hesitant to retire some of those numbers, too many great players, too many numbers, but Greene is a good starting point.  Congratulations Joe.  And pretty awesome for the Steelers fans.

/now cries every Sunday


I think the Steelers want to retire numbers of players who were not just players who were worthy but also great ambassadors of the franchise and the league....unlike some of the shiatbags who are on the Cowboys' wall of fame.
 
2014-07-31 08:31:23 AM  

LancePGH: Hey kid...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xffOCZYX6F8


One of the best ads - never gets old
 
2014-07-31 08:38:45 AM  
As a Steelers fan, I can only assume they finally got around to doing this to help push tickets during what is probably another down year
 
2014-07-31 08:48:14 AM  

182: riverwalk barfly: As a Cowboys fan I remember crying when the Cowboys lost to the Colts (I was five) and then crying when they lost twice to the Steelers.  I always found it odd that the Steelers didn't retire numbers - didn't realize that #70 was retired, but after reading the article, I can see why they are/were hesitant to retire some of those numbers, too many great players, too many numbers, but Greene is a good starting point.  Congratulations Joe.  And pretty awesome for the Steelers fans.

/now cries every Sunday

I think the Steelers want to retire numbers of players who were not just players who were worthy but also great ambassadors of the franchise and the league....unlike some of the shiatbags who are on the Cowboys' wall of fame.


Well there goes Roethlisberger's chances.
 
2014-07-31 08:50:15 AM  

Lost Thought 00: As a Steelers fan, I can only assume they finally got around to doing this to help push tickets during what is probably another down year


One thing in their favor is that this looks like a down year for the entire AFC North, so the Steelers still have a good shot at winning the division and making the playoffs.
 
2014-07-31 08:50:54 AM  

182: riverwalk barfly: As a Cowboys fan I remember crying when the Cowboys lost to the Colts (I was five) and then crying when they lost twice to the Steelers.  I always found it odd that the Steelers didn't retire numbers - didn't realize that #70 was retired, but after reading the article, I can see why they are/were hesitant to retire some of those numbers, too many great players, too many numbers, but Greene is a good starting point.  Congratulations Joe.  And pretty awesome for the Steelers fans.

/now cries every Sunday

I think the Steelers want to retire numbers of players who were not just players who were worthy but also great ambassadors of the franchise and the league....unlike some of the shiatbags who are on the Cowboys' wall of fame.


So a fan of a rival franchise comes in and makes an honest show of respect for an all time great player and you had to pop in an spill your douche all over it. I hope your parents are proud.
 
2014-07-31 08:53:53 AM  

DanZero: I finally get to say, I submitted this with a better headline, and from the same farking source. Out yourself, TFer.


What was your headline?
 
2014-07-31 09:02:33 AM  
About time.
 
2014-07-31 09:19:59 AM  
Thanks, Mean Joe!

/going to Steelers/Texans in October
//might just sport a Mean Joe jersey
 
2014-07-31 09:23:32 AM  
They're retiring Señor Mr. Mean Joe Sir's number NOW??

That number should have been retired a long time ago.

Well, better late than never.
 
2014-07-31 09:39:17 AM  

Lost Thought 00: As a Steelers fan, I can only assume they finally got around to doing this to help push tickets during what is probably another down year


Well they aren't serious Super Bowl contenders so it is a "down" year for them. But they are easily playoff contenders, and I don't think anyone but maybe Ravens fans would even be surprised if they won the division.

So yeah, their "down" year is aka "the best Browns' season in decades".

/58 next, Rooneys
 
2014-07-31 09:53:38 AM  
Always a rival of the Stillers, but I have to say this is a good way to start retiring numbers. You guys should do Franco next. I had the pleasure of meeting Mean Joe at a fundraising dinner here in Baltimore. A very nice, very huge man.
 
2014-07-31 09:55:49 AM  
I wonder if  that kid ever grew into his face.
 
2014-07-31 10:22:55 AM  
Jack Lambert's Missing Teeth:

/58 next, Rooneys

That's a worthy choice, and one befitting your handle.

I'd love to see Webster's 52 be next, though.

RIP Iron Mike
 
2014-07-31 11:42:45 AM  

espiaboricua: They're retiring Señor Mr. Mean Joe Sir's number NOW??

That number should have been retired a long time ago.

Well, better late than never.


FTFA the number has been defacto retired since Greene retired, since no player has been issued it since. The Steelers are just making it official. Apparently his number isn't the only one on a potential to-do list. The team has also not issued 12 (Bradshaw), 32 (Franco Harris) and the numbers a bunch of other former distinguished players since they retired. The article states that the team has such a distinguished history and so many top players, that if they retired all of those numbers they might not have enough for existing players. However, Greene certainly deserves it.
 
2014-07-31 11:54:08 AM  
Congrats to Mr. Greene!
 
2014-07-31 12:08:16 PM  

jonathan_L: Jack Lambert's Missing Teeth:

/58 next, Rooneys

That's a worthy choice, and one befitting your handle.

I'd love to see Webster's 52 be next, though.

RIP Iron Mike


I actually have to concede that would be the best choice.

Besides, as was mentioned there are several de facto retired numbers anyway that no player has worn since and 58 is one of those so making Webster's the next to be official would be a classy move given his circumstances.
 
2014-07-31 12:38:56 PM  
Art Rooney said he had wanted to retire Mr. Greene's number for years, but the concern always was the number of other jerseys that would have to be retired because there were so many Steelers greats from the 1970s.

That's for sure. Those were great teams loaded with great players. They could retire enough jerseys that current players would have to use three-digit numbers.

/Not a Steelers fan
 
2014-07-31 12:53:32 PM  
Retiring numbers is tricksey business, especially for the 'great old ones' type franchises. When you've been around so long and won so much, you have to be cautious about having enough available numbers to field a bloody team if you are retiring 'greats'.

Its a nice problem to have, surely. But I empathize with the Stillers having a tough time deciding on these...my Packers, the Bears, the Gints, etc go through it as well and it's hella tough.
 
2014-07-31 01:24:44 PM  
Huh would have thought Mean Joe's number would have been retired years ago.
 
2014-07-31 01:27:43 PM  

Cybernetic: Art Rooney said he had wanted to retire Mr. Greene's number for years, but the concern always was the number of other jerseys that would have to be retired because there were so many Steelers greats from the 1970s.

That's for sure. Those were great teams loaded with great players. They could retire enough jerseys that current players would have to use three-digit numbers.


After 33 losing seasons, being part of Steagles, and a lot of break even seasons,  the Steelers finally became good in the 1970s.   This is long overdue,   Decades.    Who cares if you need another digit?

/had this conversation in the mid 1980s...  geez.  overdue.
//not a Stealers fan.
///The Pennsylvania Steagles.   Look em up.
 
2014-07-31 01:29:00 PM  
Rhypskallion:
//not a Stealers fan.

Meant to type Steelers there.   Whoops.
 
2014-07-31 05:26:12 PM  

Lost Thought 00: As a Steelers fan, I can only assume they finally got around to doing this to help push tickets during what is probably another down year


Down year? They are probably going to win the division this year. Seriously.

Anyway, it's good to see Mean Joe have his jersey retired.  If anybody deserved it from those teams it's him.
 
2014-07-31 11:23:07 PM  

xaks: Retiring numbers is tricksey business, especially for the 'great old ones' type franchises. When you've been around so long and won so much, you have to be cautious about having enough available numbers to field a bloody team if you are retiring 'greats'.


Doubly so in a sport with 50-man rosters and strict(ish) rules about which positions can wear which numbers.

The Yankees are out of single-digit numbers once they officially retire Jeter's 2, and they've retired 18 total, but they'll never have a problem keeping enough numbers around. A team like the Packers decides to retire numbers of all of their greats instead of just 5 of the greatest? They'll have to apply to the league for some more freedom with positional numbers.
 
2014-08-01 12:00:23 AM  

JayCab: They'll have to apply to the league for some more freedom with positional numbers.


Seriously, though, why not expand to triple-digits for the linemen at this point (and then let other positions use 60-79)? Lord knows they won't have problems fitting the numbers on.
 
2014-08-01 12:11:49 AM  

182: riverwalk barfly: As a Cowboys fan I remember crying when the Cowboys lost to the Colts (I was five) and then crying when they lost twice to the Steelers.  I always found it odd that the Steelers didn't retire numbers - didn't realize that #70 was retired, but after reading the article, I can see why they are/were hesitant to retire some of those numbers, too many great players, too many numbers, but Greene is a good starting point.  Congratulations Joe.  And pretty awesome for the Steelers fans.

/now cries every Sunday

I think the Steelers want to retire numbers of players who were not just players who were worthy but also great ambassadors of the franchise and the league....unlike some of the shiatbags who are on the Cowboys' wall of fame.


Closest I can come to picking out a shiatbag would be Michael Irvin, not totally convinced.

Since you said shiatbgs plural, just who are these others? Tom Landy? Roger Staubach? Bob Hayes? Randy White?
 
2014-08-01 01:45:47 AM  

mikaloyd: DanZero: I finally get to say, I submitted this with a better headline, and from the same farking source. Out yourself, TFer.

What was your headline?

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be retiring Mean Joe Greene's No. 75 during their home game vs the Ravens so that even they can have a Coke and a smile


Similar, but better? Slightly.
 
2014-08-01 03:59:32 AM  
As a life-long Browns fan, who has always detested the Steelers, the only thing I can say is "Well done, Mr Greene.  You were an outstanding football player and the honor is well deserved."
 
2014-08-01 09:59:50 AM  
I met him once at the Monroeville Mall in the late 70s. I asked him for his autograph and he angrily told me to write to Three Rivers Stadium. He really was mean.
 
2014-08-01 11:38:32 AM  

rotsky: I met him once at the Monroeville Mall in the late 70s. I asked him for his autograph and he angrily told me to write to Three Rivers Stadium. He really was mean.


I shook his hand at the Heart of Dallas Bowl - Mean Joe was a UNT alum. Hell, they named the football team after him: The UNT Mean Green. Seemed a pleasant enough guy.
 
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