So Terry Bradshaw is opinionated. That's why FOX pays him the big bucks. So he makes ridiculous remarks. That's why we watch him.

So what?

He's entertaining, if not always insightful. It's just football, after all.

So, the other day, Bradshaw calls Mike Tomlin, who coaches Bradshaw's old Steelers, a "cheerleader guy" and not a particularly great coach. Now, all of a sudden, NFL scribes think Bradshaw has gone too far.

Obviously, any NFL head coach who can get his team to 10-5 and atop the AFC North at this juncture is doing a little more than cheerleading. I doubt Tomlin has lost any sleep over Bradshaw's remark.

So, why should we be so upset now by Bradshaw running his turbocharged mouth with his four-cylinder brain?

Actually, what set it off wasn't that spectacular.

This is what Bradshaw said about Tomlin on Fox Sports that got the NFL pundits all in a tizzy: “I don’t think he’s a great coach at all. He’s a nice coach. To me, and I’ve said this, he’s really a great cheerleader guy. I don’t know what he does. But I don’t think that he’s a great coach at all.”

I immediately thought of Tommy Lasorda when I heard Bradshaw's description of Tomlin. Great cheerleader, nice but not great manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hey, Lasorda drove that jalopy all the way to the checkered flag. Why not Tomlin?

Personally, I thought the most telling part of Bradshaw's remark was that he didn't really know what Tomlin does. I have my doubts whether Bradshaw knows what any NFL head coach does.

Tomlin didn't react much to the Bradshaw remark until his regular meeting with the Pittsburgh press last week, when he was asked about it. His response was a doozy.

As relayed by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, here's what Tomlin said, in part: “Criticism and critiques are very much part of our business. It’s an element of our business that as a competitor I embrace. The term ‘great,’ that’s something I have a great deal of respect for. I certainly don’t think that my resume to this point reads as ‘great.’ ...

"Now that being said, terms like ‘cheerleader guy,’ to me, maybe fall outside of the bounds of critique or criticism. They probably fall more toward the area of disrespect and unprofessional. But what do I know? I grew up a Dallas fan. Particularly a ‘Hollywood’ Henderson fan."

At first, I didn't get it. Then, my memory was jogged in an enlightening and amusing way.

Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson was a playing contemporary of Bradshaw's and, as a Cowboys linebacker, faced Bradshaw many times across the line of scrimmage.

It was Henderson who, way back then, made the now famous remark about Bradshaw being “so dumb, he couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him a 'c' and an 'a.'"

Now that's personal, and I'd say we have a win for the coach. Game over, Bradshaw.

John Nelson spent 27 years with the Associated Press in New York, covering sports all over the world. He can be reached at jnelson@tehachapinews.com.