This is Wednesday, okay, and I am in no mood to glorify and sanctify idiocy, incompetency, indifference and just, just, just, plain stupidity. This past Sunday Ben Roethlisberger , the resident blunderer, oh paleeeees excuse me, I meant future hall-of-shame, uh oh, I slipped again. I should have said hall-of fame quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers insisted that the Indianapolis Colts have at least a fighting chance to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Lucas Oil Dome in Indianapolis. The Steelers managed to slither by the Colts, 23-20.
In last week’s installment of “As The Black and Gold Turn” I took the media to task by pointing out that they were in error when; “[they] crowned the Ravens AFC North Champions a tad after just one lopsided victory over [the Steelers].”
These were the same “flock of idiots” that announced in the most grandiose way standing upon a “mega” soapbox with over 100,000 watts of power generated from bull dung that the Steelers lopsided win over the hapless, “sleepless in” Seattle Seahawks was a great indicator that the Pittsburgh had repaired and righted the ship that had been torpedoed by the Ravens in the 1st game of the season down at M&T Bank stadium in Baltimore.
The following messed me up. Big Ben had the nerve to freakin’ say this after the game: “Our defense, they’re fun to watch they make exciting plays when they need to and they’re on my side.” How in the heck can it be fun for the defense when game after game, season after season year after year they have to consistently bail his dumb butt out because of holding the ball too long while in the process of “trying to make a play.”
When you watch Roethlisberger closely, he appears at times to be a first or second year QB still in the process of learning to read defenses while “trying to make a play.” In the first three games, Roethlisberger has been a part of the commission of nine turnovers and in my most humble opinion only one, the Rashard Mendenhall fumble in B-More was not his fault. Roethlisberger and his boss the “legendary” offensive coordinator Bruce Arians always seem to want the “deep ball” to be at the forefront. Well in the NFL, when your offensive line resembles some of the finest Swiss cheese that Zurich has to offer, you must gorge yourself on short and medium passes on your way to the end zone. Big Ben and “medium” Bruce Arians must now understand that if their offense cannot run the ball or throw long passes down field because of offensive line deficiencies then as “Oakland” Al Davis might say; “just dink and dunk, baby.”
There are times when it seems as if Roethlisberger is the best weapon that the opposing team has to offer. As I alluded to a couple of weeks ago, there were folks who had the nerve to say that when the Steelers were thrashed by the Ravens in B-more that the defense of the Black and Gold appeared confused and were a bit too “old” and were no longer cutting the mustard. Well my gee, any defense that has to sustain the “Roethlisberger Follies” probably ages faster than most. When a player, any player has an arrogant disregard for what their colleagues will suffer as a result of their “ego state” and their insatiable narcissistic quest for glory and self gratification then there is always the possibility and the probability that chaos and disaster are waiting just around the bend. I am going to tell you again, just in case you missed it the last time.
The Steelers have advanced to three Super Bowls during the last decade. Ben Roethlisberger has been the starting QB in all of them. The Black and Gold won Super Bowl XL not because of Ben Roethlisberger but in spite of him. Roethlisberger’s QB rating of 22.6 in Super Bowl XL the lowest rating of a winning quarterback in Super Bowl history. The Ex-Steelers now NY Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes made the second “immaculate reception” in the Steelers history to clinch Super Bowl XLIII. And of course we all saw the result of his blundering ways in Super Bowl XLV. Don’t get it twisted boys and girls, I would choose Big Ben over 90 percent of most QB’s but he has to grow up. Throw the ball away; don’t take sacks that put you out of field goal range, live for another day. When you continue to throw needless picks and fumble the ball away that is almost relative to playing “double dare” with the opposing offense. It seems as if he is looking for a cliff to jump from. “Go ahead, I dare ya.” My defense is better than your defense. So what if I make a mistake; my “D” will bail me out, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah. When anyone continues to play with fire, fire, fire they will eventually get burned, burned, burned. Catch you on the rebound.
(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the AFC North and NFL analyst on; ‘The Odd Couple Show’ every Wednesday streaming live from 11-11:30 a.m. on Fox Sports Radio WCWA 1230 Toledo, Ohio.)