Monday, April 12, 2010

Slime Bowl XXL

Apart from the Steelers losing Super Bowl XXX and a few AFC Championship Games, I'd be hard-pressed to find a worse day in franchise history. It amazes me how the two most critical players from Super Bowl XLIII -- Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes in the corner of the endzone -- both got into such serious trouble in the offseason. By now, we all know the (alleged) stories, so I won't get into them again.

But we awoke this morning to news that the Steelers had traded Holmes to the N.Y. Jets for a fifth round draft pick. That's all a Super Bowl MVP is worth these days? Actually, that price seems way above market value considering Sanantone's frequent run-ins with the law and his Twitter followers. He told one Twitterer (or is it Tweeter?) to "go drink the worst thing you can drink and kill yourself." That's one way to keep a loyal fanbase. And now he's been suspended for the first four games in 2010 due to a second violation of the NFL's substance abuse police. Apparently, Sanantone likes to "wake n' bake" at his crib. Good riddance to that spoiled idiot.

Amazingly, that wasn't even the biggest headline on Monday. Instead, we were all waiting to hear whether a Georgia prosecutor would file charges against Big Ben after a 20-year-old college student suggested he raped her in a bar bathroom. Although the prosecutor declined to press charges for lack of concrete evidence, his vivid and disgusting details of the incident that occurred in a 5-by-5 foot bathroom made me want to vomit. I'm wondering if public backlash against Roethlisberger might be more ferocious than felony rape charges.

However, District Attorney Fred Bright had a good suggestion for Roethlisberger that both he and his teammates should follow: "Grow up ... You need to be a role model for your team, your city, the NFL. You can do better."

I'll second that.


  1. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say that the events laid out by the prosecutor made Roethlisberger look like a sexual predator. Maybe nothing happened, but it sure didn't sound good.

  2. Tell me what DA you know that would offer so many details about a case? This DA knew what Roethlisberger did, but couldn't prove it, so he decided to convict him in the court of public opinion. And I'd say Big Ben was convicted swiftly. Now there are reports that a similar incident might have happened last year in Las Vegas.

    As far as I'm concerned, they should trade him to the Rams for their first round pick.

  3. My 13-year-old nephew is taking down all of the Ben stuff from his bedroom walls.

  4. It's sickening, and I don't blame your nephew for ripping that stuff off the walls. It also might be a good lesson, though, that athletes aren't role models.

  5. If I were Steelers management and the Rams offered the overall No. 1 pick, I'd jump at it. You have to be willing, however, to pay the freight for a No. 1 overall pick, and the Steelers are pretty frugal. But imagine what Ndomakong Suh could do for the team for the next 10 years.

  6. I would take that deal in a minute. Some reports even suggest the Rams would give up next year's first round pick, too. And although it would be expensive, the Steelers would benefit with this being an uncapped year.

    I have defended Ben and asked others to wait until the facts came out. The story is now public, and the facts are disgusting. Get rid of him and get a player who cares about the city and fans as much as he does about the game.