Joe Starkey's column is titled "Jagr, Bonds...who else." It attempts to create a Mount Rushmore of the biggest villains in the history of Pittsburgh sports. He's calling it Mount Cuss More. Read it for yourself here.
Actually props to the Trib for making a photopshop about it.
We're gonna break this down.
The criterion is simple: The athlete had to have played in Pittsburgh. Whether the public vitriol erupted while he was here (Dave Parker) or when he left (Marian Hossa) is immaterial.
We will not include coaches (Todd Graham), general managers (Dave Littlefield) or owners (Bob Nutting). We certainly will not include college athletes (insert Pitt quarterback of your choice).
Several casual conversations, combined with the magic of Twitter, helped narrow the list. I even contacted two of the grand pooh-bahs of Pittsburgh sports — Stan Savran and John Steigerwald.
Steigerwald cited a Steelers quarterback named Bill Nelsen from the 1960s and Penguins defenseman Ron Stackhouse from a decade later. Nelsen was run out of town, only to become an All-Pro with the despised Cleveland Browns."Classic example of a good QB getting all the blame on a terrible team — a regular occurrence in Pittsburgh," Steigerwald said.
Needless to say, Steigerwald vehemently defended Kordell Stewart, a sure-fire finalist for Mount Cuss More.
Savran started with Jaromir Jagr, whose appearance tonight at Consol Energy Center — in a Filth-a-delphia Flyers jersey — inspired this project.
Jagr's qualifications are impeccable. First, he soiled the sacred franchise captaincy — his immediate predecessors were Ron Francis and Mario Lemieux — by asking to be traded when the going got tough.
More disturbingly, he flirted with the Penguins last summer only to blow them off just when people were ready to forgive and forget.
Then third on the Mount Rushmore is Neil O'Donnell. Since Super Bowl XXX, overzealous Steeler fans have planted rumors of O'Donnell owing money to the New York mob and threw SBXXX because of it. Coincidence that O'Donnell signed with the New York Jets via free agency after Super Bowl XXX? If the rumors are true, then O'Donnell immediately leapfrogs Barry Bonds in hate.
But that seems pretty hard to believe doesn't it? A player throwing a game, let alone the Super Bowl? This surely would have been dealt with by the FBI or even the Steelers for that matter. Dan Rooney's balls would have flown off if this was true. But it's not verified, and we personally can continue claiming Corey Holliday missed a couple hot routes.
Some guy named Stoudt is #4. He's included because fans threw snowballs at him. Really, Joe? We wanted to look like we care and act like we know who the Stoudt guy is, but we weren't in the Steelers locker room in the '70s. What a mistake.