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Steelers fan had heart attack after fumble
Fox Sports/AP ^ | 1/17/06 | AP

Posted on 01/17/2006 12:00:48 PM PST by Nexus

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Talk about a heart-stopping game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts.

Fifty-year-old Terry O'Neill of Pittsburgh says he was watching the game at a bar when he had a heart attack just seconds after Steelers player Jerome Bettis' fumble at the two-yard line late in the fourth quarter. The play allowed the Colts to have a renewed chance at winning the game.

O'Neill says Bettis is his hero, and he was upset with the idea the player might have ended his career with an error.

"I wasn't upset that the Steelers might lose," O'Neill told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I was upset because I didn't want to see him end his career like that. A guy like that deserves better. I guess it was a little too much for me to handle."

Doctors are planning to implant a pacemaker in O'Neill to help control an irregular heartbeat along with prescribing him medication to deal with hypertension.

When asked how he was feeling, O'Neill told the Tribune-Review: "The Steelers won the game and I'm still alive, so I guess I'm doing pretty good."

From now on, O'Neill says he will probably just take it easy and watch future games at home

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: bettis; colts; heartattack; indianapolis; nfl; pittsburgh; steelers
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I was almost there myself...
1 posted on 01/17/2006 12:00:48 PM PST by Nexus
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To: Nexus

"Bettis is still my hero, but he did cause me to have a heart attack, so I have no choice but to sue him." [/not actually in the article]


2 posted on 01/17/2006 12:02:33 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: martin_fierro; evets; xsmommy; Petronski

Now THAT'S a FAN! : )


3 posted on 01/17/2006 12:02:55 PM PST by TheBigB ("Pitts. has no chance indoors against Indy. NONE."~~maineman)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Now he knows how red sox fans used to feel.


4 posted on 01/17/2006 12:03:31 PM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Learn from the past, don't live in it.)
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To: All

"The Steelers won the game and I'm still alive, so I guess I'm doing pretty good."


Notice the Steelers winning comes before the being alive part, lol.


5 posted on 01/17/2006 12:03:45 PM PST by Nexus
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To: Nexus

Lucky for him he wasn't a fan of Vanderjagt.


6 posted on 01/17/2006 12:04:11 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Nexus

Looks like he and his team both survived the fumble.


7 posted on 01/17/2006 12:04:25 PM PST by CougarGA7 (Taco Bell is evil.)
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To: Nexus

as every year, cower will choke this weekend.


8 posted on 01/17/2006 12:04:44 PM PST by philsfan24
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To: TheBigB

It reminds me of the SNL skit about a certain Northwestern team that rhymes with Bicago.


9 posted on 01/17/2006 12:04:51 PM PST by Paulus
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To: Nexus

I've thrown pillows, food, even (non-breakable) plates, but a heart attack is taking it a little far.


10 posted on 01/17/2006 12:05:13 PM PST by JillValentine (To be compassionate to the cruel is to be cruel to the compassionate.)
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To: CougarGA7

He was one tackle away from becoming Bill Buckner.


11 posted on 01/17/2006 12:05:23 PM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: TheBigB

12 posted on 01/17/2006 12:05:33 PM PST by kenth (Schrödinger's dog is both happy and sad.)
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To: Semper Paratus
I don't know if Vanderjagt has any fans.
13 posted on 01/17/2006 12:05:42 PM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: Nexus
Sure it wasn't a combination of these?


15 posted on 01/17/2006 12:06:02 PM PST by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Nexus

If he is telling the truth, he needs to get a life. A heart attack over a game, what a loser.


16 posted on 01/17/2006 12:06:27 PM PST by kddid
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To: scott says

it can happen, pong ;~ )


17 posted on 01/17/2006 12:08:36 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Nexus

I did not have a dog in this fight, but after all the horrible officiating I was screaming like a idiot when Bettis fumbled and the Colts guy pick it up and ran. I couldn't believe that Pittsburgh might lose this game after overcoming what they had to overcome.


18 posted on 01/17/2006 12:09:51 PM PST by day10 (Whenever you come near the human race, there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: July 4th
I don't know if Vanderjagt has any fans.

He has as many fans as big kicks he's made.

I recall a similar colar job against the Patriots a couple of years ago.

19 posted on 01/17/2006 12:10:40 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Semper Paratus

"Lucky for him he wasn't a fan of Vanderjagt."

aka Idiot Kicker.


20 posted on 01/17/2006 12:11:03 PM PST by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: Nexus
I saw the last ten minutes of that game and I almost had a heart attack (and I'm not a fan of either team!)
21 posted on 01/17/2006 12:12:27 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: Paulus; kenth
Bob Swerski: With me as always are the Superfans. Gentlemen, how was your week? Any heart attacks?

Carl Wollarski: I had one.

Todd O'Conner: Had a couple.

22 posted on 01/17/2006 12:13:22 PM PST by TheBigB ("Pitts. has no chance indoors against Indy. NONE."~~maineman)
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23 posted on 01/17/2006 12:14:14 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: JillValentine; kddid
"...but a heart attack is taking it a little far."<>p> "If he is telling the truth, he needs to get a life." Yins never been to Picksburgh deurin' football season, has ya? "Steelers" is pronounced "Stillers." "Saturday" is pronounced "Saerday," and is defined as "The day before the Stiller's game."
24 posted on 01/17/2006 12:15:45 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"Saturday" is pronounced "Saerday,"

I'm still getting used to Midwestern-speak. Down South, It's "Satdy." : )

25 posted on 01/17/2006 12:17:12 PM PST by TheBigB ("Pitts. has no chance indoors against Indy. NONE."~~maineman)
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To: reagan_fanatic

The awesome part of that play was that Rothlisberger ran backwards after handing the ball off to be in position in case of a disaster.

Kind of ironic...Cowher's solid coaching and fundamental play design saved himself from his own inevitable playoff coaching error.

Of course the refs tried in vain to get superstar peyton to the next round.


26 posted on 01/17/2006 12:17:41 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: Wristpin

I told a friend of mine, that when the ref ducked under the cover to watch the interception replay, a shot of of Paul Tagliabue came on saying < bill lumberg voice >, "Ummmmmm, yeeeeaaaahhh...we reaallllly need for this NOT to be an interception, okay?"


27 posted on 01/17/2006 12:19:49 PM PST by TheBigB ("Pitts. has no chance indoors against Indy. NONE."~~maineman)
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To: TheBigB

LOL...I grew up in Western PA, but fled to Louisiana to escape the political corruption.


28 posted on 01/17/2006 12:19:51 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
fled to Louisiana to escape the political corruption

Isn't that like moving to Alaska to get away from the cold? : )

29 posted on 01/17/2006 12:21:06 PM PST by TheBigB ("Pitts. has no chance indoors against Indy. NONE."~~maineman)
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To: martin_fierro

I was working and had the game on the radio, just wish I had a camera. I thought some of the kids I was working with would pass out, when they head this.

And we are in Detroit!!!!!


30 posted on 01/17/2006 12:22:12 PM PST by Springman
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To: philsfan24

Amen and let's up so!!!

A DENVER DONKEY FAN!!


31 posted on 01/17/2006 12:23:31 PM PST by Mathews (Shot... Splash... Out!)
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To: TheBigB
"Isn't that like moving to Alaska to get away from the cold? : )"

If you're coming from Siberia, yes.

32 posted on 01/17/2006 12:24:46 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; TheBigB; kddid; JillValentine; xsmommy; Willie Green
"Saturday" is pronounced "Saerday"

It's true 'n'at! Ownoe why.

33 posted on 01/17/2006 12:34:32 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
"It's true 'n'at! Ownoe why."

Martin, you seen 'em deers by the crick?

34 posted on 01/17/2006 12:37:59 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Wristpin
Kind of ironic...Cowher's solid coaching and fundamental play design saved himself from his own inevitable playoff coaching error.

I puked in my mouth a little.

35 posted on 01/17/2006 12:39:01 PM PST by smith288 (The older I get, the dumber I become as im wise enough to acknowledge how much more there is to know)
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To: Nexus

lay off the pretzels and beer!


36 posted on 01/17/2006 12:41:10 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Joe 6-pack; xsmommy

Ah seen 'em deer dahn bah th' crick 'n'at, but ah wasn't askeered.


37 posted on 01/17/2006 12:42:10 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Wristpin

Running that play wasn't a coaching error, there was still lots of time on the clock and Indy had all their timeouts, going for the TD would have functionally ended the game by restoring the two score lead, kneeling would have resulted in a FG and giving Indy the ball back with about 1:00 and only 6 points behind. When in crunch time put the ball in the hands of your best player, and don't call passes or anything that might go out of bounds (make Indy call a timeout if you don't get the TD).


38 posted on 01/17/2006 12:46:31 PM PST by discostu (a time when families gather together, don't talk, and watch football... good times)
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To: TheBigB
"a shot of of Paul Tagliabue came on saying < bill lumberg voice >, "Ummmmmm, yeeeeaaaahhh...we reaallllly need for this NOT to be an interception, okay?"
39 posted on 01/17/2006 12:47:55 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: discostu

Thats arguable...With his track record if Harper makes the end zone and the Colts win it's bye bye Bill.


40 posted on 01/17/2006 12:51:02 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: Wristpin

It's not arguable at all. They needed a second score to secure the win, remember the first play when the Steelers played the Colts in week 12, do you feel secure with a 6 point lead and 1 minute on the clock knowing the Colts can get a TD in 1 play?! It was the first time in two years Bettis lost a fumble, every possible stat leading up to that play indicated a TD would secure the victory and Bettis was the safest surest way to get the TD. That was the right call, in the playoffs you can't wait for victory to be handed to you, you must go get the win, that's what Cowher called and it was the right call, the kind of call SB winning coaches make. Kneeling and praying for time to run out knowing the other team can stop the clock 3 times is the kind of call perenial also rans make.

Sometimes bad things happen even when you make the right call, that's how sports work. A bad thing happened on that play, but it didn't make it the wrong call.


41 posted on 01/17/2006 12:56:01 PM PST by discostu (a time when families gather together, don't talk, and watch football... good times)
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To: discostu

Proper strategy or not Cowher would have to sneak back to in P-Burg and clean out his house if that play loses the game.


42 posted on 01/17/2006 12:59:03 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: Nexus

Let's get down to brass tacks... did he go back to his pork rind hoagie after he was discharged?


43 posted on 01/17/2006 1:01:46 PM PST by ericthecurdog (The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain.)
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To: Nexus
In a similar story, a 76 yr. old Longhorn fan died minutes after the team from Texas won their 4th National Championship. His wish, before the game, was to live long enough to see Texas win another title. His family said; "He died a very happy man". True Story!
44 posted on 01/17/2006 1:06:07 PM PST by wolfcreek
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To: Wristpin

Doubt it. We were 9.5 point underdogs, losing on the last play by 1 point wouldn't be much of a disgrace. Though sometimes the fans react entirely with emotion and lack of football knowledge, the Rooneys are smarter than that.


45 posted on 01/17/2006 1:11:01 PM PST by discostu (a time when families gather together, don't talk, and watch football... good times)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Martin, you seen 'em deers by the crick?

Don't touch 'em deers 'ey got dizeeze.

SD

46 posted on 01/17/2006 1:12:53 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Wristpin
Proper strategy or not Cowher would have to sneak back to in P-Burg and clean out his house if that play loses the game.

Don't be ridiculous.

SD

47 posted on 01/17/2006 1:14:12 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: discostu

"We"...You got a mouse in yer pocket?

Youins was heavy favorites at home during the last two knock outs.


48 posted on 01/17/2006 1:15:10 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: discostu
going for the TD would have functionally ended the game by restoring the two score lead, kneeling would have resulted in a FG and giving Indy the ball back with about 1:00 and only 6 points behind.

Also, a FG is a riskier play for a snafu than an off-tackle run. Had he taken a knee three times and then had a FG blocked, everyone'd be crying how he didn't have the balls to try for a TD.

SD

49 posted on 01/17/2006 1:16:20 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Wristpin
Of course the refs tried in vain to get superstar peyton to the next round.

Joey Porter was so correct.

50 posted on 01/17/2006 1:16:41 PM PST by steelcurtain
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