PITTSBURGH - Maybe Matt Cooke should talk to James Harrison.
Cooke is the aggressive Pittsburgh Penguins winger who will sit out the third game of a four-game suspension when his team plays at the New York Rangers this afternoon.
Harrison only got fines rather than suspensions for his controversial hits during the Steelers' season.
Cooke needs to do what Harrison did - adjust and tone things down.
Cooke is out of the lineup at a time when the injury-depleted Penguins need every able body they can get. He's making enemies who may retaliate against his teammates.
He's placing his teammates and organization in the awkward position of commenting on his reckless play. If the roles were reversed, there would be a lot of Penguins people screaming about the kinds of hits Cooke has been delivering.
Cooke is an intelligent person who needs to redefine the line between aggressive and dirty.
He needs to make that adjustment quickly.
Commerce makes for some strange partnerships.
Prior to the AFC Championship game, the Steelers invited Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa (real name: Cameron Thomaz) to perform at Heinz Field.
Khalifa, who boasted of a $10,000 per month marijuana habit in an interview, has a new CD due out shortly called "Rolling Papers."
Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" recently hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. There are a couple of versions. Check the Internet and look up the lyrics of the original "Black and Yellow."
Like a lot of works in the genre, it has a raw street feel. There are words that can't be printed here. It's no "Renegade."
Funny thing about that is anyone else using those words could get thrown out of Heinz Field.
The Steelers publish a fan code of conduct that bans, among other things, "foul or abusive language."
So if a ticket holder loudly quoted the lyrics from Khalifa's hit, he would be in violation of the Heinz Field code.
The Steelers operate a message board on their official website, which also bans, "material that contains vulgar, obscene or indecent language." The policy further states, "Masking foul language in any way, shape or form is not a way around this."
Also banned are "posts with obvious or hidden sexual content or innuendos" and "statements that are bigoted, hateful or racially offensive."
Read those "Black and Yellow" lyrics again and see what fits that description.
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