Will Big Ben’s Time Run Out With The Steelers?

Posted on April 15, 2010. Filed under: NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Has The Steeltown Clock Struck Twelve On Roethlisberger?  I know.  I know.  Enough with the Big Ben clock references.  But it’s so easy, not to mention completely relevant to the self-inflicted situation Roethlisberger finds himself in.  Tick Tock . . . Tick Tock . . . Tick . . .

Okay I’m done.

But seriously, Ben could be done too.  It’s no secret that the Rooney family is none too happy with his off the field, unbecoming and un-Steeler like antics.  Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reported via Twitter that Ben Roethlisberger’s status with the Steelers “could [be] at [a] tipping point,” due to an unnamed source who says that the “onslaught of fan discontent over Ben has shaken Pittsburgh ownership.” 

We’ll find out at 2:30PM ET what they really think as Art Rooney II has scheduled a press conference.  I forsee a 2 game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.  Only time will tell . . .

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Why “Ben-A-Palooza” Says It All . . .

Posted on March 16, 2010. Filed under: Life, NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

BEN-A-PALOOZA?

Yeah.  That’s all you have to know about Ben Roethlisberger.  He names his club crawl excursion, BEN-A-Palooza.  It’s all about him.  What a self-righteous and conceded label for a drunken journey that keeps Mr. Ben in the spotlight.  If you had any doubts about the way Little Ben operates, this should surely put them to rest.  I’ve had defectors as close as friends and family who’ve championed Ben.  But that’s how old-school and current Pittsburghers are . . . blindly LOYAL.    It’s charming and a bit misguided at the same time. 

Each year, Ben Roethlisberger goes on a BENSCAPADE – yes, I made that up – and he hits all the bars and clubs in the area he targets.  I get it.  You’re a twenty-something millionaire and want to work it while you got it.  But Little Ben has a lot to learn about celebrity and all this says is that he is too self absorbed to realize what he is doing to his legacy.

Way too self absorbed.  He makes me sick.  Is it whatever Ben wants, Ben gets?  Not this time.  This year’s festival ended up a bit differently . . .

A word to the young, rich, single – or married, for that matter – your millions and stature do not precede you.  You are not above the law.  And as a Steeler fan, I hope Ben Roethlisberger is made an example of because this behavior defines everything that is wrong about professional athletes.

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The Clock Is Ticking On Big Ben

Posted on March 8, 2010. Filed under: NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What’s the difference between Ben Roethlisberger and Pacman Jones?  Their weapon of choice . . .

The gloc versus the . . . you can fill in the blank.

Listen, I am not saying Big Ben sexually assaulted either of his accusers, however I am saying that his situation is beginning to resemble that of Titan turned Cowboy turned NFL reject, Adam “Pacman” Jones.  In a way.  Eventhough Pacman wasn’t accused of pulling the trigger, he had difficulty staying away from people and places that brought him nothing but trouble.  He made terrible choices.

Eventhough Big Ben hasn’t been charged with pulling the ahem, trigger . . . he is having trouble with the ladies.  You would think after the first rape accusation, in which he is still facing a civil case in Nevada, he wouldn’t put himself in the situation to be accused again.  Especially with college kids!

That is the part that bothers me the most.  Roethlisberger is quickly becoming THAT OLD GUY in the college bars that won’t let go of his youth.  Hello McFly – You are almost 30 years old!  You look ridiculous trying to play frat boy college QB.  Dressed for the part, I might add:

Ben Roethlisberger modeling his upcoming "College Club Gear" clothing line

Why isn’t Big Ben going to mature, high end nightclubs?  It’s not like he’s searching for drink specials because he can’t afford bottle service.  Can’t he handle the WOMEN he’d find there?  Does he feel more in control and powerful with naive, young, star struck college girls?  An interesting psychobabble-type conversation . . .  

Today, Roethlisberger made a move that proved one of  two things.  In hiring the high-powered Atlanta attorney that had murder charges against Ray Lewis dropped 10 years ago, Ed Garland, Big Ben is saying, A) He is innocent and wants to nip this in the bud and FAST or B) He is guilty and wants to be sure NOT to get charged.  

Regardless of the outcome of these latest accusations, will the Steelers put up with Big Ben’s shenanigans?

The Rooney family has to be reeling.  Their face of the franchise is being dragged through the mud – rightfully so – and taking the proud prganization along for the ride.  How long until Dan Rooney decides Roethlisberger’s reputation is tarnishing Pittsburgh’s image?  Will Big Ben learn the hard way that he is not bigger than the Steelers?

We’ll have to wait and see . . .

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ROAD TRIP: Second Installment – Cleveland OH

Posted on September 11, 2009. Filed under: Beer, Life, MLB, NFL, Random | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

ON THE ROAD AGAIN:  After two great days in Cincinnati – props to the Cincinnatian Hotel downtown on Vine St, especially to the bartender Natasha – and don’t you meet the most interesting people in a hotel bar?   Not to digress, but I will, we met a wonderful, loving woman who along with her other daughter, was helping her eldest battle late-stage breast cancer, and a very talkative Australian guy in his sixties, who has traveled America coast-to-coast, visiting the nooks and crannies of our beautiful country.  Something most Americans never get a chance to do . . . 

Anyway, we drove the four hour trek to Cleveland in time to check into the downtown Wyndham hotel – which was a steal of a deal at $105 bucks for the night, and then walk the two blocks to the Jake.  Progressive Field, I mean . . . although most of the fans still sported THE JAKE shirts . . .

It’s a gorgeous ballpark, and I’d have to rate it ahead of the Great American Ballpark in Cincy.  The open “floor plan” was condusive to catching the game action from almost anywhere, and the beer prices were lower.  Plus any park that has an open bar in centerfield with the game cornhole set up next to it must have been well thought out . . .

The ushers at Progressive field weren’t very pleasant, you could even say they were annoyed at you being there, shooing people away and not making eye contact when talking to, or AT you . . .

A product of not winning a championship since the Browns did it in 1964?  Before the Super Bowl era?  Probably . . .

One of my favorite moments came after the game when we walked to down the street to “Harry Buffalo”, a rustic sports bar that had $2, 23oz Miller Lites – cheers – when a young girl who couldn’t have been older than 22 and was TANKED, approached me for directions with her two tagalongs – This is how the conversation went:

DLG (Drunk Little Girl):  Heyeyeyeyey!!  (while chewing gum with her mouth wider than Angela Jolie’s legs) D’ya know where the wess end issss?

ME:  No, I’m sorry but I’m not from here.

DLG:  Wowww, where ya from then? (chew, chew, chew, snap)

ME:  Pittsburgh, we’re visiting different . . .
 
DLG:  WAIT!  D’ya saya Pisssttburgh? (no more chewing, mouth just hung open)

ME:  Yes.

DLG:  Are ya Steelers flan?

ME:  Yes.

DLG :  F*#K OFF!   (chew, chew, snap)

Then she quickly stormed down the street sideways, with her tagalongs in tow, before I gathered my thoughts to say, “okay, and I’ll take our six lombardi trophies with me.”

I think I was in shock that this young chick would say something like that to me.  I’m a 30-year old woman.  Do kids have ANY respect any more? 

Or is it just a product of not winning a championship since the Browns did it in 1964?  Before the Super Bowl era?  Probably . . .

 

An Ode to Cleveland….

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