I was watching Sportscenter today and they were talking about a poll that asked "Who is the best team in the NFL?" The choices were the Jets, Patriots, Ravens, Steelers, or Other. So, I wanted to go find the poll and vote but I was already close to being late for class so I decided to wait until later. I usually can find these polls pretty easily on my phone but I could not find this one. So when I got back to my room I searched on Google " Who is the best team in the NFL poll" and while looking through my results I found this Head Coaches Approval Ratings page.
While I had no problem with where Tomlin was ranked (3rd) or his overall rating (86%), I found the 'recap' comment that ESPN chose to use embarrassing. Not only embarrassing to me as a Steelers fan or to the Steelers team or to Ben Roethlisberger, but also embarrassing to ESPN. The quote is "JeromeTodd: Good thing Big Ben is back. Now the Steelers are the fourth-best team in the AFC. Without him they are the second-best."
I immediately went back to Google and searched 'Jerome Todd' in an attempt to figure out if this guy is an actual sports writer or just some random person who has a vendetta towards Big Ben. Turns out my search was unsuccessful and this JeromeTodd is just some random
idiot person and it seems that is the case with every 'recap' comment. This discovery calmed me down for a little bit until I realized that this was the comment that ESPN chose to represent the Steelers for this week. While I do not know where they choose the comment from I'm sure that they have hundreds if not thousands of comments to choose from every week, and the fact that this of all comments is the one that they chose to use is just disturbing. I mean think about it, somewhere there is one or a few people who are respected enough to work for the World Wide Leader in Sports that thought that this comment was the most relevant thing posted about the Steelers this week.
It got me thinking about how any right minded person could possibly think that adding Ben Roethlisberger to a team who's previous starting quarterback was Charlie Batch (no offense to Charlie) would make that team worse. I realize that some Ravens and Browns fans still cannot face the fact that Ben is a top five quarterback in the league. But to think that one or a group of people that work for ESPN thought that a quarterback that won two Superbowls in his first five years in the NFL could possibly make this team worse is just mind-blowing. It also had me thinking about what the overall public view of Big Ben is, and makes me wonder if there are a lot of people out there that believe that he is a bad person and that personal view automatically clouds their view of him as a football player.
Anyway, to end on a positive note, I ended up finding my original poll and obviously voted for the Steelers. The results actually somewhat surprised me because while I expected the Steelers to be either barely in first or a close second, there were the overwhelming favorite. The Steelers were first in overall votes with 35%, followed by the Jets 23%, Other 19%, Ravens 13%, and Patriots 10%. The Steelers won 40 states, the Pats had five, Other won Indiana (the Colts) and Louisiana (Saints), the Jets won New York, and in North Dakota the Steelers were tied with Other while in New Jersey the Steelers were tied with the Jets. So i guess in the end there is still some sense left in the football world.