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Nothing more quickly sobers or more aptly reminds us of the inherent risk involved in professional football than when a player lies motionless on the field, as was the case with Ravens running back Willis McGahee late in the fourth quarter of yesterday's AFC Championship after a hard hit by the Steelers' Ryan Clark. 

Thankfully, McGahee reportedly has movement in all his limbs, and doctors have labeled him "neurologically intact," according to Sporting News. But that hasn't quelled online chatter about the Steeler sound crew's etiquette (or perceived lack thereof) during the injury time out -- a point during which the seriousness of McGahee's injury was unclear. 

Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com quotes a league source as being "livid regarding the fact that, while McGahee was laying on the turf, the folks who operate the sound system at Heinz Field opted to play rock music over the P.A. system. Specifically, the selections were 'Down On The Corner' by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and then 'Smooth' by Santana featuring Rob Thomas."

This begs the question as to whether there's a protocol that teams follow when there's a player injured on the field? Would the Steelers have cranked Rob Thomas if it were one of their own lying motionless on the field?

Perhaps as surprising as the actual playing of the music during the injuries is the callousness  Florio's commenters seem to have about the issue, including the gem, "Who cares ... players get injured all the time ... why is this an issue?"

It's clear to me why this is an issue. What are your thoughts?

If you haven't seen the hit and the musically underscored aftermath, John Fogerty comes in at about 1:15:

While McGahee was motionless, party music played [Yahoo! Sports]

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To be honest, I didn't even notice the music playing in the background. And both those songs seem pretty innocuous.

The worst example of this is when the Buccaneers used the Scorpions' "Rock you like a hurricane" in their first match-up against the New Orleans Saints immediately following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. That was bad. And seemingly intentional. Last night, I didn't see anything wrong.

They played music still when Ben was on the field during the Browns game. I don't think music was their concern in either situation. More concern over whether or not either of them would be alright. Remember too that Ryan Clark laid on the ground for a time before being able to get up with assistance.

Kevin Replies: Good point -- definitely worth mentioning that a player from the home team could have also been critically injured at the time.

the steelers are hNds down some of the roughest in the game ,period. They probably think if he's moving his limbs then yea, he's probably ok. If you ask me the little truck/cart should have been out there to get him off the field before they had time to play two songs... Especially those two songs !! Thank you , farewell

It may seem innocuous until you play 'Down On The Corner' and 'Smooth' backwards and hear the hidden subliminal message.

Kevin Replies: Well said, Martin. My point exactly!

I'm really not sure what the problem is. Neither of those songs seem insensitive to the situation to me at all. They were just trying to pass the time and ease the tension while the situation was being taken care of. If they had played Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck by Prong or something like that I would see a major problem and say someone should be fired. But as it is, the songs they played seem just fine to me.

I DID notice the music playing in the background, and I remember specifically wondering if it would have been weirder for them to turn it off, and listen to the quiet of the stunned fans watching the huddle of trainers on the field, or just keep playing it, like the odd background music it was.

Honestly, it breaks my heart when those guys go down that hard, even if they're making big bucks - their bodies pay the price. I hope he makes a full recovery!!

c'mon...are we grasping for a story here? The sound people push the buttons and play music. I was watching thegame and only noticed the hush that fell over the stadium. Unlike the Eagles fans who cheer such things, the Steelers fans were very respectful. Perhaps a better story would be how Ray Lewis had to capture 3 camera angles by coming off the bench and pick a spot on the field by himself (yoo-hooo, I'm over here by myself. )showing him "praying" . Music selection - REALLY?

Kevin Replies: Music selection - really. It's worth questioning whether the NFL has a protocol when these situations come up -- seeing as though they come up at all.

I do not think anybody was thinking of the music, everybody just wanted to make sure he was going to be ok. There is no need to be dramatic. I do not think there is any need to make a big deal of this situation, just forget about it and be thankful McGahee is most likely going to be fine.

I do not think anybody was thinking of the music, everybody just wanted to make sure he was going to be ok. There is no need to be dramatic. I do not think there is any need to make a big deal of this situation, just forget about it and be thankful McGahee is most likely going to be fine.

I understand that the player was hurt. I myself was praying during that time. The choice of music means nothing to me and I am sure many other fans. They need to focus on the game and the injury not the music.


GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin Replies: Ms. O'Brien, your ability to so adroitly pat yourself on the back for your selfless religious devotion in one paragraph and insult me in the next reminds me why I love America.

Are you joking? If it is so clear to you why this is an issue, you have real issues dude.

Kevin Replies: haha.

yeah, I don't see CCR or Santana as salt on anyones wounds...remember also that Ryan Clark was injured for the Steelers on that play also. I think the music was more related to the turn-over on that play to ice the game and end the AFC Championship. There are a lot of worse cases to explore for inappropriate music. Seems like they just had those two cued up.

I don't think there was anything intentional in regards to the music playing -- I believe there was probably a music plan in place prior to anything that happened. Whatever was in cue probably played in the order the music was set up. I DO however agree that there should probably be nothing in the background when the seriousness of an injury is unknown.

WOW!! Is this really an issue? Come on get over it! This in no way means the steelers were taking this light. The guy playing the music more than likely didnt even realize what he was doing. They play music all the time. Find something better to write about. I am not a Steeler fan either.

It is not fair to hold it against the sound crew for playing music during the injury. In fact, that is their job. I am sure that nobody understood the gravity of the situation initially. However, after the team had gathered around and the reality started to set in, it would have been nice if someone had cut the music while they determine whether he was seriously injured or not. Ray Lewis was the best example, in my opinion. With his head bowed and on one knee, he best demonstrated his respect and admiration for his teammate. I would have liked to see the entire team display the same reverence but I am sure that they were just as shocked as everyone else. My point is that I am for protocol. Music off, team on one knee after it is apparent that serious harm is possible. Okay, off my soapbox.

I agree that the writer of this article is trying to pick a fight. C'mon, the situation was dealt with as smoothly as possible. If you're looking for the story, what about Gaza, Obama, the economy and the guy who got stomped at Wal-Mart? There are REAL fights in the world, real struggles. When the world knows peace, you can be the nitpicker who ruins it for everyone.

Kevin Replies: Are you really suggesting that on our blog, the name of which is Sports Pros(e) -- "sports" being inherently what we write about -- that we should cover Gaza, the White House and the man who was trampled at Wal-Mart on Black Friday -- nearly two months ago? Kyle -- any thoughts on this? Perhaps a new direction for the blog?

Worse would have been silence. The crowd would have started talking and yelling and the noise would have been worse than the music. Music keeps the crowd in check

get over it.

Gee, maybe you should have written a story about how the Steelers' championship hats were crooked. Or better yet, perhaps you should write nothing at all.

also did not hear or notice the songs and dont care....but....while watching the game i could hear what i presume was a steelers fan yell "get the **** off our field" while only McGahee was on the field and it sounded like a woman, figures. Regardless arizona will stomp the steelers in the super bowl.

Maybe there was a bounty on him, like the ravens put on ward and mendenhall. No bad calls 2 cry about this time? F**k off!

"Would the Steelers have cranked Rob Thomas if it were one of their own lying motionless on the field?"

Yes. I was at browns game when Ben got carted off the field, which was about 4 weeks ago now. They played the EXACT same songs.

You can't have silence. And there is no perfect injury music. I'd say this is really a non-issue.

It's not WHAT songs were played, its that music was played at all. High School band geeks who hate football know you don't play music during an injury. I don't think somebody was doing it to be rude, but they were definitely asleep at the switch and at the pro level that is inexcusable.

I do remember thinking that the music was a little to upbeat for the situation, but it may have been unintentional. But to B Mango's comment that Ray Lewis was putting himself in the spotlight is ridiculous!!! The Ravens are a tight-knit group and when one is hurt, they all hurt for him. Ray Lewis was simply praying for his friend and team mate to be okay. At least he wasn't standing there smiling or laughing as were some steelers players! While they may not have been smiling about McGahee's injury, smiling they were still! I do not fault anyone for this or for the music played, it's just the game! And the players LOVE the game and the physicalness of it, even when one is injured.

You are a moron. Seriously.

They are going to play music any time anyones down, the fans are their to be entertained, and there's a guys job to do it. Should he have played the music, maybe not.... But let's not pretend like it was as an insult?

I mean putting a bounty on people that's cool, but playing random music (THE SAME SONGS THEY ALWAYS PLAY) that's down right offensive.

You are a hack, this blog is a hack job, had 2 hacks, like Ray Lewis and 2 hacks, he stabbed 2 people, he's a murderer.

You moron

Although I primarily agree with the many of you that music in general isn't much of an issue. I would love to someday see an organization call for the audience to pray. I know... not PC. At least ask for a moment of silence for respect for the injured and his family/friends/team. That wouldn't be much to ask. Then go and play music to help keep the fans occupied.

However, One HUGE issue that no one has mentioned is the choice of the first song. Don't any of you know the song? The lyrics?

"Down on the corner, out in the street,
Willy and the poorboys are playin;
Bring a nickel; tap your feet."

WILLIS McGahee = Willy

That is uncalled for. I bet when Ben went down a few weeks ago, they didn't play that song. Rob Thomas/Santana sure, but not a song about Willy

Dauvis, am I right or did they play Down on the Corner? I personally doubt it.

Sorry Kevin Allen but that is bad reporting. One of the steelers' own was in fact down on the field when the music was playing. Ryan Clark was also pretty motionless. Pointless article and no point in getting upset about it. Thanks to God for both of them being ok!

This is a horseshit article. The music is always about pacifying the crowd...that's why they do it. It's no different that any other fklng game.

Kevin Replies: Who says we need to raise the level of discourse in American sports?

It is amazing to me that the most Dignified Sports Franchise in the US is under attack....Only in America....this is what political correctness does to a society....pathetic....i am sick of tree lovers

Steeler suck and their organization blows.

This is professional football, not a school playground .. Get out of your precious little glasshouse world and find reality.

There shouldnt be any issue with the music thats just to keep the crowd calm and have something to listen to while they await a timeout or injury in this case its not like players were bouncing there head and getting hyped they all were praying and talking if you were looking at this though Ben was the only person out ther talking on the field acting like everything was funny as he was talking on the field in the center but everybody else was talking a knee. my opion who cares about the music. He got rocked its part of the game. hopefully hes allright but thats what i pay to see hard hits that was just a unfortunate one that he could spring up from. he have all off season to recoup fromit hell be in hawaii on the side lines just because his pride and too let everyone know hes allright but HE GOT ROCKED............ THATS WHAT THEY SHOULD OF PLAYED WE WILL ROCK YOU............

Hey B Mango, you say Eagles fans cheer stuff like that and the Steelers do not. Obviously you do not remember the game against the Cowboys in 1996 when Deion Sanders got crushed playing the WR position and while he laid there on the ground, the Steelers crowd went absolutely nuts cheering about it.

Kevin, get a grip. It's not like they played " WE WILL ROCK YOU".

Serious injuries occur in football all the time. The stadiums play music when the action stops - no matter what. To think that the Steelers were mocking the player or celebrating the injury is asinine.

Note to "Ravens Fan": - how can you expect compassion when the Raven's players offer rewards for injuring Steeler players.


I don't watch many Steelers' games, so I don't know if this was their normal someone-could-be-paralyzed-on-the-field set list. Repetition doesn't make it more appropriate. My first thought while it played was that it was unnecessarily upbeat for the situation.

Listen closely and you can hear Santana's "Smooth" in the background as Ben is being worked on and carted off due to injury during the Browns game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzNWeGthpCk

Perhaps it's better to have no music at all, and as the crowd is silent any "boorish" shouts from idiotic fans will be heard loud and clear?

Quote: "This begs the question as to whether there's a protocol that teams follow when there's a player injured on the field? Would the Steelers have cranked Rob Thomas if it were one of their own lying motionless on the field?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzNWeGthpCk

As a matter of fact, yes, they would have and did.

In the video you can hear "Smooth" by Rob Thomas and Santana "cranked" as the Steelers' $100 Million Dollar, Superstar, Face of the Franchise Quarterback lay strapped on a backboard with an injury of who knows proportion.

This music-gate issue is much ado about nothing.

I understand it when teams get mad at the opposing band in high school football for playing during an injury... afterall, hey, there are high school kids, this is just a game.

but in pro football? The tickets are priced rediculously high (ticks for this game were running second hand at $400 and up each) so I would expect to be entertained... and the staff of Heinz field knows this. They want everyone there to be entertained as much as possible. So if there is down time for any reason, I think they can fill it with music. It was a hard hit, and I feel bad for the guy, but hey, he is playing a contact sport at a professional level, and getting paid a salary that reflects the dangers inherent in the activity. The music was just an attempt to keep everyone in the stadium entertained. I don't think the field staff intended any disrespect to the injured player. I think it would be hard to argue that that is the case, since initially it was a player from each team on the turf, and up to the point they started the music, it wasn't clear even to the announcers the extend of injuries to either player.

In summary: unacceptable when the sport is "just a game," but when the players are getting big dollars to take the hard hits, and the audience is shelling out big dollars for a few hours entertainment, you can't blame the stadium for playing a little music to keep everyone in pittsburgh rocking on a cold night.

The other point of the music is...It is all screened ahead of time to be certain nothing errant is broadcast over the stadium speakers (profanity, Sexually explicit lyrics). They may well have played it
cause that's all they had. No one I have ever known has planned (Injury) Music. so yeah they just went with what they had and this is NOT a big deal. In fact it isnt even a quarter f the volume it normally would have been had there not been an injury at all.
Now with regard to the nonchalant talk of the announcers, Well let me tell you. They were all pretty ticked off at how Big ben had been taking Numerous Nasty Helmet to the Chest and Spine hits Long after the ball had been thrown on several plays, Hines Wards injury (Yeah that player only needed to touch him as he went over the top, No need to grab the pads and wrench him like he didt. I guess that's the Ravens "Hot Sauce” Ray Lewis Speaks of so Fondly.

Are you seriously worried about what kind of music was playing rather than how the staff reacted or how not just mcgahee was injured on that play. im not making light of his injurys but if you read some of the reports on mcgahee he blacked out and that why he was motionless he himself said that the doctors believe everything is fine he has a concussion and that about it along with his neck being sore. while youre complaining about the sound crew playing bad music keep in mind two things one if music is youer concern during the injury time out just remember that the song choices could have been much worse(that is of course if the sound crew was playing those songs intentionaly) such as Let The Bodies Hit The Floor by drowning pool or we will rock you by queen. secondly if you listen to some of the interview of both teams players the choice in music never even came up in any interview, i think that this is youre way to gain attention in youre sad and lonely life. the next time you want to complain about somthing over the internet like this make sure its a valid and possibly agreeable point.

Are you seriously worried about what kind of music was playing rather than how the staff reacted or how not just mcgahee was injured on that play. im not making light of his injurys but if you read some of the reports on mcgahee he blacked out and that why he was motionless he himself said that the doctors believe everything is fine he has a concussion and that about it along with his neck being sore. while youre complaining about the sound crew playing bad music keep in mind two things one if music is youer concern during the injury time out just remember that the song choices could have been much worse(that is of course if the sound crew was playing those songs intentionaly) such as Let The Bodies Hit The Floor by drowning pool or we will rock you by queen. secondly if you listen to some of the interview of both teams players the choice in music never even came up in any interview, i think that this is youre way to gain attention in youre sad and lonely life.
the next time you want to complain about somthing over the internet like this make sure its a valid and possibly agreeable point.

and also if i may add the post about pplaying the song backwords and hearing the subliminal messages is rediculous. for one the song wasn't being played backword and 2 i dont think anyone in the sound crew knew what the subliminal message was. and not to burst your bubble but studies have shown that sublimnal messages are what the listener hears not whats actually put into the song. so iagin if you would like to believe that these songs have messages and the the song crew knew that and played them intentional then be my guest but the rest of us half sane people will continue to see the reality in the situation that it was purely just a means to keep the crowd in check and or simply just the next songs being qued up.

Not surprising at all. We are talking about PA and both the steelers and the eagles are notoriously rude and poorly behaved. Not sure what's in the water in PA, but I certainly have not seen a less polite group.

I was watching the game, and I litteraly jumped out of my seat in anger and started a rant about this in front of the party guests while this was going on.

This is a poorest example of sportsmanship I have seen in years. To play party music while a man is having convulsions on the field, its 100% dispicable.

If there is justice, the Cardnals organization will teach the Steelers a little manners in a couple weeks.

If "Another One Bites the Dust" was playing in the background, you might have a point. But alas, you are pointless.

I am surprised the Steelers did not have costumed men have a hot dog race in the middle of the field while they were at it.

Dispicable organization. Lousy sportsmanship to play party tunes with a man down.

I honestly cannot believe that this is a story. You're grasping for straws like Hillary Clinton making a fuss about Obama's use of the word "bitter." The music was played to break the tension. Of course everyone was concerned, nobody likes to see injuries like these (notice that was plural) happen. It's hard enough for the players themselves to get back into the game after such occurrences, but can you imagine trying to get an entire stadium to do so? If music was not played, the situation would have been much worse. Injuries are part of the job, deal with it. And as for the argument that they should not have played "party music," what other kind of music do you ever hear at a football game? I know, perhaps they should have blasted "Sometimes When We Touch." I'm sure you treehuggers would have a field day with that one.

i remember hearing the music played while he was injured and thinking to myself that it was rather awkward. they shouldn't play any music while there is an injury timeout, someone just needs to enforce that protocol. it is a distraction to the emergency crew.

mabn man took a shock

Cliff is right. Very poor sportsmanship. The Steelers would NEVER have played any music if it was one of their men down!

And, yes...Cardinals will shut up all of the so-called "experts"!

If they had been playing "Paralyzer" by Finger Eleven, I could see the point about the music. As is, it's much ado about nothing.

i find that absolutely disrespectful, thoughtless, and careless to do; and im not even a ravens fan. The NFL needs to change the rules here because I actually did notice the music and thought what an inappropriate time it was to be 'rocking out.' Show some class pittsburgh

Could Have Been Worst. They Could Have Played "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen. lol

You play football, you get hurt. I don't care what kind of music is playing while your lying on the field. I think I would have went with "Momma said knock you out". You get paid enough to have the whole world laugh at you when you get bulldozed.

I actually did notice the music and thought it was rather callous if you put yourself in the player's shoes (especially had the neck injury been bad enough to paralyze him): imagine lying there not knowing if you are ever going to walk again or fully recover, ever work again, and that music is blaring over the speakers. It's easy to say in retrospect that it wasn't a big deal, but it was noticeable at a point where no one was sure exaclty how bad the injury was.

I believe there should have been not music played during the injury. I made the comment to my husband during this time that I could not believe they were playing music. My sons play youth football and they have more respect when there is an injury on the field then they did on Sunday. The boys are all taught to "take a knee" while the injured player is being attended to and the crowd is quiet. Maybe Pittsburgh needs some lessons.....

I'll give you the same answer that I gave my 11 year old son who asked the same question. When you have that many people gathered in one place, you need to keep the mood light - otherwise fights break out. The music they played was not disrespectful and it kept people entertained and jovial. It allowed security and emergency personnel to focus on the injured player not on what was happening in the stands.

I thoght that Ben was pretty classy going over to talk to the Ravens and making sure that everyone was as ok as could be. I saw many of our players show concern. My son wondered why everyone didn't take a knee. Our suggestion was that perhaps they were trying to block the view of the cameras. In the event that he was paralyzed or worse - they may have been trying to prevent viewers from seeing something that would be hard to explain to their kids.

To all of the people talking about how Pittsburgh needs to get some class... get a grip. The Steelers are a very classy organization, Steelers fans have more class than most other fans I've met and all in all Pittsburgh is still the #1 place to live in my opinion - wish I could move back there. Having a child who plays football - I can tell you that I hold the Steelers up as an example to him of the kind of player and person I want him to be... very few times have I been disappointed.

Kevin Replies: Good point. No matter how you feel about the issue, you can't fault the entire organization. I guess the main question I was trying to have answered was whether or not there's a league-wide protocol for this type of situation. If there is -- what is it? And if there isn't -- should there be? I really don't know.

"By Giordano on January 20, 2009 1:48 PM

Cliff is right. Very poor sportsmanship. The Steelers would NEVER have played any music if it was one of their men down!

And, yes...Cardinals will shut up all of the so-called "experts"!"

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Actually they did play music when Ben was down and being strapped to a board in the Browns game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzNWeGthpCk

Whiny Ravens fan. We beat you 3x in one season...crybaby.

This is great, I love the fact that people have nothing better to do then try to cause problems, that or they dislike the Pittsburgh Steelers and try to start negative propaganda.

I was at the Steelers-Browns week 17 game and the Steelers-Ravens AFC Champ game, both times that players were down on the field music was being played. And both times there was only one replay. If the stadium media personnel kept replaying the hit over and over again I could see where people would be upset, but this article is garbage.

This really isn't that big of an issue or an issue at all. Are you really that desperate for a story that you think the music is controversial? now i could understand your position if they were playing taps but they weren't. they were just playing songs to keep the crowd entertained while they were dealing with the injury on the field. would you rather have this music playing or a dead silence and random blurts from fans swearing and worsening the situation. personally i think this is no big issue at all i hope Mcgahee turns out to be OK and the Steelers win the Super Bowl and i hope to God they don't play any argue mental songs during that game or we'll have to read another one of your desperate stories.

Kevin Replies: Pardon me, Philmyster, but what's an "argue mental" song?

You NEVER play music when a player is laying motionless on the field, what the hell is wrong with you people. The Steelers needs to be fine, period. A total lack of disrespect. Music wasn't playing with Big Ben was carted off was it? I didn't fucking think so

What a ridiculous article. I am a huge Steeler fan but I was looking for an update on the condition of Magahee because I was concerened about the poor guy, but what do I find??? I find this STUPIDITY! It's not like they played "Another One Bites the Dust" it was music to pacify the crowd. I am glad these people put you in your place. Now, get a new job you suck at this one.

Kevin Replies: Why does everyone go to Queen when they refer to a worse song that could have been played?

What a ridiculous article. I am a huge Steeler fan but I was looking for an update on the condition of Magahee because I was concerened about the poor guy, but what do I find??? I find this STUPIDITY! It's not like they played "Another One Bites the Dust" it was music to pacify the crowd. I am glad these people put you in your place. Now, get a new job you suck at this one.

When the hit happened and Mcgahee layed on the ground. I noticed the music playing in the background, but what is new at a NFL game. There is always music playing. I, like most other people was praying for Mcgahee's health, and not trying to find some stupid reason to criticize the Steelers. I think sometimes people's focus is not where it needs to be, when these things happen.

Raven/Steelers Fan

I didn"t really notice the music during the whole situation myself. I was just in shock that one of the best players in the game was seriously injured but none the less to all of you steelers fans out there who are attacking this article... TAKE A RIDDLIN! I mean come on some of the shit you guys are saying in your replies is completely rediculous. Please if you don't have anything constructive to say than don't attack this article.

Ravens Fans: 1
Steelers Fans: 0

Wow! People are really rude on here. I was just looking to see if he was okay and found this article. I did notice the music and thought it was indeed tasteless. Silence is mcuh more appropriate to me when players are lying injured on the field in any sport. Could you imagine if he had died on national television to Rob Thomas? Now that is seriously offensive.

I too was looking for a status on McGahee and found this. As someone who has witnessed the spinal injury of a family member firsthand, it is very tense and watching the situation on the field from my own living room was nerve-wracking. Especially considering I don't know the guy. But I also agree that music as background noise was a good way to keep the crowd from becoming restless and hostile, and was most likely not born of bad intentions. If not for the ambient noise provided by the music, who knows what you would have heard on the field. And besides, how often do you get to hear Creedence at games? That was great.

I also found Stabbin' Ray Lewis' display of 'emotion' over-the-top and classless. Obviously looking for some camera time.

Lastly, I think it quite ironic that Ravens fans are bent out of shape by this. Baltimore is the worst behaved team in the league, none of their players can go a quarter without a late hit or something similar. Look at their whole game with Tennessee, it was one shoving match after another, like they are common thugs trying to settle some playground dispute.

Kevin Replies: Agreed. I often find myself tapping into the transcendent calming powers of Rob Thomas' voice. Keeps me from being restless and hostile during injury time outs. Just ask Kyle ... who's been forced to endure many a music-less injury time out with me. It isn't pretty.

I think the biggest problem here isnt that they played the songs during the injury but that everyone was forced to listen to those horrible songs.

I am a Ravens fan. I am appalled at the tenor of this discussion and the choice to PLAY music especially considering the selection, while Willis was receiving medical attention. As the person stated earlier, at the Ravens stadium, music ceases in similar circumstances. This is not to disparage the Steelers or their fans, it is just how it is done in our stadium. Regarding the selection of music, please examine the chorus lyrics:

"Down On The Corner out in the street
Willy and the Poorboys are playin';
Bring a nickel; tap your feet."

I submit that this was intentional and not coincidental. Clearly it is not a stretch to infer that the person(s) that made the decision to play the music were equating "Willie and the Poorboys" to Willis McGahee and the Ravens. This blunts assertions that it was not directed at the Ravens. I would like to think that someone else realized the mean spirited intentions and transitioned the music to Santana to deflect the obvious backlash.

Did the person(s) who did this think that a reference to being down and out was funny, witty or even cute while a player lays there and everyone is thinking paralysis or worse?

Folks this is football not ROLLERBALL. I want my team to best the other team on the field and in the end, I want everyone to be able to go home to their families and enjoy life. I want fans to realize that as much as we want our teams to win, that we are all fortunate to be able to expend our energies enjoying sport rather than using it all on our basic survival. Please everyone take a note from the Ravens expression of fan policy where it implores "Have fun, root hard, but don't be a jerk!!!

Hey Ryan B.,
Steelers - 3
Ratbirds - 0

I'll make sure to request some Celine Dion and Rod Stewart to the Stadium personnel take time I'm at Heinz Field. That should keep the crowd into the game for 10 or so minutes, because its not the AFC Conference Championship Game or anything.

This is a Ravens team that:

1) publicly puts bounties on players

2) has Ray Lewis celebrate immediately after realizing he injured a player they had a bounty on (Mendenhall...Ray Lewis clearly says "he's not coming back" after diving in on another tackle after his teammates made it)

3) and has their spiritual leader as a man who was indicted in a murder trial

yeah, we are the bad guys for one idiot soundguy

As a Ravens fan, I noticed the music but give the stadium staff the benefit of the doubt. It's probably just what was next on the playlist, and songs played at stadiums tend to be upbeat. What I DID object to, however, were a couple of things. First, that the fans in the stands continued to cheer while McGahee and their own player laid there. Absolutely uncalled for. Second, that the camera crews kept focusing in on Ray Lewis. The man was trying to pray for his teammate and friend, and the cameras did not have to continually invade his moment of prayer. And for those who, in this discussion, have said he was trying to pull focus, you should know that he kneels in prayer while any player is hurt. You just don't always get to see it over and over again on television.

I wasn't aware that the NFL had expanded their rosters to include any passing fan of an organization, but based on the rampant use of the pronoun "we" in this thread, I better go check into the rules again.


By jackson on January 19, 2009 10:34 PM

This is a horseshit article. The music is always about pacifying the crowd...that's why they do it. It's no different that any other fkng game.

Kevin Replies: Who says we need to raise the level of discourse in American sports?

Jackson Replies: My point is that if your precious Bears had even made it to the playoffs that you wouldn't even be talking about this. It's never good when someone gets injured, but what are we supposed to do have a funeral? Have a funeral at a game that is 150% about violence to begin with. No, we move on....just like the music did. This is what we're taught as players. The players all know the they could have potential life changing injuries, but they choose to play and that has nothing to do with people that paid to go to the game to be entertained.

Mr. Koster, truer words have never been spoken. Here in Washington, the team has players stretching all the way to Spokane. What freaks me out is some of the 'we' are part of scoring plays while watching on television.
"We just kicked a field goal!" "We recovered a fumble" "We made a game-winning drive!"
So not only do you play the game while sitting here in the same bar as me, you play both sides of the ball and special teams? Incredible talent, sir.

Can anyone please tell me what song was played when the Steelers first came out of the locker room and what song was played when the Cardinals came out of the locker room and the very beginning? Thanks!

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