Ben Roethlisberger gives John Daly company in sports dumb butt hall of fame
If John Daly was feeling lonely in sports’ stupidity ward, he needn’t fret. Here comes Ben Roethlisberger barging … er, skidding in … helmetless of course.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ cocky Super Bowl gifted quarterback - let’s face it, he played about as well as Joey Harrington did in Detroit during the big game - almost trumped Daly’s sound gambling recovery strategy with his motorcycle prowess.
All Big Ben did was play Big Dummy by driving his sports bike without a helmet or a valid motorcycle license - and getting the expected close encounter of the fender kind. Daly may throw his money away and blow short putts - and more talent than anyone since Mickey Mantle.
But it’s not like he ever set himself on fire while chainsmoking those Marlboros. That’s pretty much equivalent to what Roethlisberger did on his bike.
Of course, Steeler fans - one of the biggest, most annoying bandwagon bunches in all of sports - are having trouble dealing with this. TravelGolf.com’s own William K. Wolfrum has gone as far as hiding behind his K. and weeping like Michael Jackson at the closing of an amusement park.
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It's called freedom.
Sure, Chris, we could all live in your perfect world: A nanny state of endless rules and regulations where the government controls our every move. But people like Ben Roethlisberger and myself choose to make our own decisions, control our own destiny.
It's called freedom, something Ben Roethlisberger and I believe in. The freedom to live our lives, and make our own mistakes.
It's the American way. The old American way, mind you. The one where freedom was cherished and republicans believed in small government.
Ben and I believe in freedom. We believe in America. What do you believe in Chris?
Why is it that professional athletes have such a hard time giving up the, "it won't happen to me" and "I'm invincible" way of thinking? Most of us grew out of that line of thinking when were out of high school.
William- get your head out of the hazy clouds of silly platitudes and retreaded ideological slogans. Your silly attempts to turn this event into an ideological battle over fundamental freedoms is asinine. Legally, he did not have the freedom to do what he was doing, and he entered into that contract freely and with total recognition of the terms. To violate them and harm himself was an act of stupidity and hubris.
Hasn't everybody here heard thunder and still finished out the hole, or just kept on playing. hmmm ... risky. maybe even stupid ???
He did not have that freedom of choice, for the reasons I outlined. His contract limited him, legally, from making the choice to put himself at risk. You have that freedom of choice, because you (unlike Ben) still had that freedom. Ben voluntarily chose to accept employment that limited his freedom to do whatever he chose. If he simply can't live without that freedom, then he shouldn't have chosen to sign that contract and accept that job. (Though one wonders what else he'd be qualified to do, but I digress.) Regardless of whether he was a "true motorcyclist" or not, that's the reality. It's really not a difficult concept to understand.
No other QB in history has done what he has done. I think he can be given a little allowance for cockyness. I'm sure if you had back to back hole in ones in one round of golf you'd be a little proud of the accomplishment. Just go back to Seattle and cry in your Starbucks cup you Seahags fan.
Reheaaally now. What about the standard clause in his contract prohibiting off-field activities that pose "a significant risk of personal injury."? Or are we living in a parallel universe in which an activity that could result in a head whacking a windshield at 40mph somehow does not constitute a serious personal injury risk?
But I just had to comment about this guy's comments: The rest of the world (read: anyone who is unlucky or stupid enough to NOT be a Steeler Fan)has always been jealous of the Steelers. It was that way when they were the first NFL team to win FOUR Super Bowls and now that they have won #5 the jealousy has returned in full force.
The best this guy can do is compare Big Ben to John Daly? That is hilarious!! ooohhh...HOW insulting!
Steeler Nation listen up: these chowderheads are jealous, narrow minded LOSERS! I wouldn't be surprised if this guy is a Bungals or Browns or Raiders fan. But more than likely, he doesn't like or understand football. He just likes...golf?
So forget about him. He'll come up with some stupid, juvenile comment. He,no doubt, has lots of time to ponder these things as he tries to hit the little ball past the windmills and giant plastic dinosaurs.
HERE WE GO STEELERS! HERE WE GO!
And as far as Big Ben, which one of you has not made a stupid mistake in your young lives? While I agree, he had alot more at stake than most young people I know, he still is a young adult. It just happens that he is so talented in football that the whole world knows about his goof up.
I think the whole bunch of you should look back and think about your mistakes. They may not have been this grand, and yours may not have made front of all sports pages, but they were stupid. Disappointed, yes, we all are. You aren't a football fan if you didn't enjoy watching him. I bet he thinks alot about what happened in the next few weeks. The last thing he needs is all this crap from folks who haven't looked past the end of their own upturned noses.
Might be the Steel City, but your Roethlisberger numbskull is going to be living in Iron Lung City for a while. So get used to being scraped out of the Raiders' cleats like so much stepped in dog crap. Ha ha!
Steelers fans... band wagon? Do you even undertand that saying?
Ben has played in 31 NFL games and won 24... that is better than any QB ever? Did he play great in the SB, no? How about the playoff games leading up to it?
At the end of the day, broken face and all Ben will come out a winner because he learned from his mistake. You will be a 2-bit blog hack who never made it as a journalist.
Stick to golf moron...not that you're any good at writing about that either.
Who do you like? (Besides little boys that is)
You show me a more dedicated and loyal group of fans than Steelers fans. Maybe Packers fans...but no one else.
The Raiders???? The Oakland Raiders? I didn't know they were still in the NFL?! Think they'll break even and actually go 8-8 this year?
The Raiders! Woo hoo!That's even funnier than the whole John Daly comment!
Thanks for brightening my day!
HERE WE GO STEELERS!
Thank you for your insightful article, which must have taken an extraordinary amount of time and effort to research. I commend your willingness to put forth a set of opinions so far from the socially accepted norms of deceny, and without resorting to those standards of logic or restraint by which so many trained journalists find themselves fettered.
I look forward to your future work, which will no doubt include articles mocking cancer victims, extolling the virtues of drug addiction, and slandering the members of various cities, nations, and ethnic groups which present themselves as easy targets of the moment.
Yours in appreciation,
YOU MY FRIEND..NEEDS TO STICK TO THE SISSY SPORT OF GOLF.
Nevermind the irony of you calling out Steelers fans for hopping on the bandwagon while you joyously join the rest of the media in attacking someone who is seriously injured. I guess the term bandwagon jumping only applies to situations where you deem fit.
I found it especially brilliant the way you were able to compare a serious gambling issue to someone riding a motorcycle. And on top of that, you compare Daly's ability to hit a ball standing still to the same attributes required to hit a 91 MPH slider like Mickey Mantle. You have taken ridiculous comparisons and make it your own art form.
Your inside wisdom and understanding of professional athletes is amazing, even considering you cover participants of a sport which holds no danger, no economic disparity and no seriously negative media attention. It's obvious your background in such a difficult reporting job makes you overqualified to give us your opinion on issues of other sports. We appreciate you taking time out of your schedule to make sure pompous, rich, white men everywhere have another reason to think golf is an athletic endeavor, and not just a competition for other rich, white men everywhere.
On behalf of SteelerNation, once again, congratulations on your inappropriate, callous, shallow and extreme arrogant take on this whole situation. I knew reading your thoughts on it was going to be infinitely more satisfying than reading the same thing two days earlier from an actual journalist. I don't know where we would be without you.
Yes, it is hard to be humble when your team has the best winning percentage of all NFL teams in Cowher era.
Yes we love our team - SO WHAT!
Yes, Ben has made better decisions in his life but I think a closer analogy is to driving car down the road at 80 miles. Did you ever do that? Of course you have - you idiot.
Your comments where unprofessional, sophomoric and cheap.
fairy. He's nothing more than a lazy A S S- golfing F A G.
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