Big Ben’s future in the Steel City

Quarterback A’s Super Bowl passing statistics (two Super Bowls, two wins):  30 of 51, 379 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs.

Quarterback B’s Super Bowl passing statistics (one Super Bowl, zero wins):   30 of 51, 357 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs.

Although quarterback A has two Super Bowl wins, quarterback B has better numbers while only playing in the Super Bowl once compared to twice. Quarterback B’s opponent was far more difficult than quarterback A’s opponents were. So, who is the better quarterback in the clutch? A or B? I’d go with B. However, the public’s perception of quarterback A’s playoff resume says he is one of the most clutch players ever, while simultaneously suggesting quarterback B is a choke artist. How can this be? You saw the stats. Stats don’t lie.

Quarterback A is Ben Roethlisberger. Quarterback B is Donovan McNabb. Roethlisberger won Super Bowl XL. When asked about that game, the majority of people will tell you the officiating was horrendous. He also won Super Bowl XLIII, on a “touchdown pass” to Santonio Holmes. ***I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again: HOLMES DID NOT GET BOTH FEET DOWN IN THE END ZONE WITH COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE BALL. HIS RIGHT FOOT WAS ON TOP OF HIS LEFT FOOT (OFF OF THE GROUND)=NO CATCH!*** Watch this, and you’ll see what I mean.

The point being, Ben Roethlisberger isn’t as great of a quarterback as people think. With these latest allegations brought against him of sexual assault, that’s three major off-field incidents, that we know of, that have put him and the Steelers organization in a negative light.

In 2006, Roethlisberger crashed his motorcycle while not wearing a helmet. In 2008, he signed a contract extension: eight years, $102 million, $36 million guaranteed. Since then, He has allegedly committed sexual assault twice. What does this all mean? He is the face of a model franchise. He’s been paid like it. However, his recent alleged crime raises a fair question: What is Ben Roethlisberger’s future in Pittsburgh? Even if these allegations aren’t true, the fact is that, at times, his off-field judgment is very poor with regards to how he conducts himself.

In the NFL, there is big money and there are big egos. Money will prevail. In other words, if you’re a player that thinks he can do it all and doesn’t care about his team, the coach would just assume get rid of you and play someone who is humble, even if they are less talented (Mike Singletary and Vernon Davis). Greedy players hinder their teams from winning. Selfless players propel their team to win. “Cannot play with them. Cannot win with them. Cannot coach them. Can’t do it. I want winners.”-Mike Singletary. Umm, I think he knows a thing or two about how to win in the NFL!

Are all these Roethlisberger distractions worth it to Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers? Time will tell. As for me: if he is guilty of this most recent charge of sexual assault, he’s gone. If not, he’s suspended for eight games and anything from here on out that puts the team in a negative light that he is responsible for will result in his dismissal from the team.

Quick note on my policy of commenting on celebritie’s lives: for the money they make, and especially regarding any problem of theirs that is self-inflicted, that is fair game.

Thanks for reading.



Filed under 2010 Off-season

2 responses to “Big Ben’s future in the Steel City

  1. Melo15

    Mike, let me start by saying this blog thing you got here is very well put together. Anyways, i want to say something about the Santonio Holmes Super Bowl catch. it was indeed a catch no doubt about that, i think the rules say 2 feet down plus possession is a catch. Well that is exactly what happened. The picture in the video you are displaying is showing his feet after the catch while he is falling out of bounds. So to get a clear picture and view of this “game winning touchdown” here is a very clear video you can use.

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