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Hopefully Ward decks Rivers again

The overwhelming story leading into Sunday's Steelers-Bengals divisional showdown has been the anticipated meeting between Steelers receiver Hines Ward and Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers.

The last time the two met, Ward ended Rivers' season with a crushing block. He fractured Rivers' jaw early in the game.

Steelers fans loved the play.

Steelers haters call the move a cheap shot.

The NFL banned such a block in the offseason, dubbed the Hines Ward Rule.

But it didn't rattle Ward.

I'd like to see Ward rattle Rivers again.

The idea behind making a rule because a wide receiver is too tough is just silly.

It's OK for a defensive back to knock out a wide receiver, but a receiver can't put a lick on a DB.

Jack Lambert was right when he said quarterbacks should wear dresses. But now it appears the league wants linebackers to wear them, too.

Pretty soon, it'll be flag football.

I'd like to see Ward land a few more hits before that happens.


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