Ben made Tomlin? Kiner the greatest Pirate ever?? Pittsburgh sports host Mark Madden has it all wrong (Aug. 7)

by Aubrey Bruce, For New Pittsburgh Courier

Hello all you successful rich new millennium millionaires out there in the “twitter-verse.” Are all of you self-made? Well, according to, self-made means, “something that is made by oneself or someone who has become successful through his own efforts.”

I have extracted a few excerpts from the deranged mind of Mark “mad dog” Madden that was posted online on July 26. The title of this round of Madden’s dumpster diving was: “WHEN BEN QUITS, TOMLIN QUITS.”

Madden wrote this: “Mike Tomlin will definitely be the Steelers coach through 2021. Ben Roethlisberger is signed to be the Steelers quarterback through 2021. When Roethlisberger quits, Tomlin quits. The Steelers organization might see that as a good time for an extensive reboot, anyway. Tomlin hasn’t had a starting quarterback besides Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger made a lot of receivers. He made Tomlin, too.”


There is an old saying about garbage that goes something like this. “One man’s garbage is another man’s gold.” However in many of the perverted and distorted rants of Monsieur Madden most of his thoughtless gobbledygook is doomed to remain an “intellectual dumpster,” forever defying any “rhyme or reasoning.” Hmm, Ben Roethlisberger “made” Mike Tomlin as a coach. The “history whisperer” tells me that is pure nonsense.

Herein lies a few nuggets of Mike Tomlin’s NFL coaching history. Tomlin was hired as the defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001. When the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII in January 2003, the team recorded a Super Bowl-record five interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns.

As great as Steelers NFL Hall of Fame coach Dick LeBeau was (and he remains one of my idols) LeBeau never coached a defense that snatched five picks in a Super Bowl, with three interceptions returned for touchdowns. Did Ben Roethlisberger help Mike Tomlin be a better coach in that decisive Super Bowl XXXVII Tampa Bay victory? The short, medium and long answer to that question is, “hell to the negative.”

Did Mike Tomlin coach Ben Roethlisberger to throw two ill-advised picks in Super Bowl XLV, a game that Pittsburgh lost by a mere 6 points by the score of 31-25? Negative?

If it wasn’t for former Steelers linebacker James Harrison returning a 100-yard interception back for a touchdown shortly before halftime coupled with a “non-coachable,” miracle toe-tappin’ touchdown catch by Santonio Holmes just before the game concluded, the Steelers might have been crying in their beer as the losers of Super Bowl XLIII.

Another tidbit from the compost archives of Mark Madden was the following jewel: “Ralph Kiner is greatest Pirates player in history.” Madden wrote: “John Steigerwald says; ‘if Roberto Clemente had played in any park besides spacious Forbes Field, he would have hit 900 home runs.’”

Mark Madden goes on to say this: “But the greatest Pirate ever is none of the above.

It’s Ralph Kiner. The Pirates finished last three times and second-to-last twice during Kiner’s seven full seasons with the team.”

In seven seasons with the Bucs Kiner stole seven bases. Seven! The Pirates won two World Series with Clemente! Madden used to even consider himself a political pundit saying this in 2008 about the late Sen.Ted Kennedy when he was diagnosed with brain cancer; “I’m very disappointed to hear that Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts is near death because of a brain tumor. I always hoped Sen. Kennedy would live long enough to be assassinated.”

He was fired for those unsavory remarks but did not remain unemployed very long. He now kinda shies away from politics now probably for employment’s sake.

Madden is not a garbage picker, he is a garbage creator.

Let’s get real. Bill Nunn Jr. discovered many of the Steelers’ hidden diamonds; players such as; Joe Greene, John Stallworth, LC. Greenwood, Mel Blount and Donny Shell. Bill Nunn Jr. was the diamond miner and Chuck Noll was the diamond cutter but neither could take credit for the other one’s achievements. They both did their jobs. Mark Madden should follow their lead, shut his big mouth and do his job.


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