HEINZ FIELD SOUND CREW BADLY MISHANDLED MCGAHEE INJURY
A league source who was watching the AFC title game contacted us by e-mail on Sunday night while Ravens’ trainers were tending to running back Willis McGahee, who at the time possibly had sustained a serious head and/or neck injury. The source was livid regarding the fact that, while McGahee was laying on the turf, the folks who operate the sound system at Heinz Field opted to play rock music over the P.A. system. Specifically, the selections were “Down On The Corner” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and then “Smooth” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas. Said the source: “There is a player on the field who may have suffered a life changing injury and the Steelers are playing party music. There are about five teams in the league that would engage in such horrific behavior. All others would cease all entertainment. “‘Down on the corner’ . . . uh, there’s a man down on the field. About twenty-five to twenty-seven teams would cease all entertainment. Oh, now it’s a Santana song. This is beyond offensive. . . . Most teams would fire them on the spot. It’s disgusting.” The source is on the money. The Steelers should address this situation immediately, so that it doesn’t happen when players are injured in the future. And it would have been nice, as a commenter pointed out, to hear someone/anyone on the podium during the presentation of the Lamar Hunt Trophy express concern for McGahee, who was still willing to give his all at a time when the cause was all but lost.