The historical ugliness between the two teams has forced the NFL to literally rewrite parts of its rulebook.

Irving leads Celtics past PistonsAndre Drummond struggles, scoring just six points, as Kyrie Irving drops 16 to propel the Celtics past the Pistons 91-81.
DETROIT — Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy wasn’t necessarily surprised to see the Boston Celtics move down in the NBA draft and nab Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in June. “I thought he was the best prospect in the draft. He’s got all the tools,” Van Gundy declared before Sunday’s visit from the Celtics.

The Steelers and Bengals cannot allow this vicious cycle to continue to the point someone’s career and life are dramatically altered. Shazier’s could be, and what happened to him shouldn’t be immune from having a profound effect on changing things just because it wasn’t related to any of the other heated hits.

If Shazier’s uncertain future isn’t a harsh wakeup call to the teams to put aside revenge and extend full respect, then nothing will be. Smith-Schuster, all of 21 and who wasn’t there for that playoff game, provided a glimmer of hope when he delivered a quick, heartfelt apology toward Burfict after the game.

If the Steelers and Bengals won’t do their part to follow those new rules (or old ones), then the league shouldn’t be afraid to step in (again) and show zero tolerance in response to them taking the rivalry further in the wrong direction.

Mayfield also apologized after grabbing his crotch and cursing at the Kansas sideline on Nov. 18. In turn, coach Lincoln Riley suspended Mayfield from starting the final home game of his career and temporarily stripped him of his captain status. But after he sat out the first series, Mayfield passed for three touchdowns in the victory over West Virginia.

The following week, he passed for another four scores to propel the Sooners past TCU in the Big 12 championship game, which effectively punched Oklahoma’s ticket to the playoff — and clinched the Heisman for Mayfield.eagles_035_be44ad623b1f93a9-180x180

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