It’s the punch to the gut when the ref isn’t looking. It’s the extra hard hit to the head. It’s the twisting of an ankle or the wrenching of something more personal at the bottom of the pile. It’s called “Steelers Sportsmanship,” and it’s something the New York Jets must overcome if they’re going to make it to Super Bowl XLV.
In the new and improved NFL, poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated. But the NFL’s undertrained, underpaid, semiprofessional officials don’t have the skills or the attention spans to police the tougher policy.
That’s why the Pittsburgh Steelers will be getting away with this roster of dirty tricks when they play the New York Jets this Sunday.