For those of you who don't know, 1250 ESPN radio has a bit each Wednesday where they ask fans to call in or email the Stan and Guy show and vote on what sports personality they think was the biggest jerk or "bleep bleep" that particular week. It was formerly called the "Jagoff of the week" but I guess that was too harsh for radio.
Anyway, this week, a Steelers legend, Terry Bradshaw himself, was named the "Bleep bleep of the week" for his comments regarding Ben Roethlisberger during his pre-game commentary on FOX this past Sunday. I didn't see it live, but I've heard it replayed on the radio all week. In an attempt to mentor and give advice to the young quarterbacks of the league, Bradshaw used Jamarkus Russell as an example of how fast and hard a young quarterback could fall if he wasn't serious about winning and didn't do the things necessary to achieve success.
And then he addressed Roethlisberger. I'm not going to quote him exactly, but he really let Big Ben have it. He reiterated his earlier stance that he didn't agree with Roger Goodell shortening Ben's suspension from 6 games to 4. And he went on to say that if he was the owner of the Steelers, he would have cut ties with Roethlisberger for his actions last March in Georgia.
He said that Roethlisberger acted recklessly (true) and mistreated women (from all the stories I've heard, probably true.) But Bradshaw wasn't there and he doesn't know any more about the events in March than anyone else so for him to be so harsh six months after the fact is just bizarre. I know Terry and Ben haven't seen eye-to-eye recently, but this smacked of piling on by Bradshaw. I've heard it said that Bradshaw was probably told by his bosses to say something to really stir things up, but it just seemed really unnecessary considering Ben's recent attempt to repair his public image.
The timing was a bit out of place and the public backlash that Bradshaw has received is a testament to that. Back in April, when Bradshaw made his famous quotes about Ben, people were on his side because Roethlisberger was probably the most hated person in town. But Bradshaw being voted "Bleep bleep of the week" for his latest comments about Ben just goes to show you how willing the public is to forgive a person's transgressions, especially if that person demonstrates a willingness to change.
I guess the whole Terry/Ben feud started years ago when Bradshaw tried to encourage Roethlisberger to put his motorcycle away after the accident. Ben didn't like it and disrespected Bradshaw in some way. I don't know exactly what Roethlisberger said, but Terry obviously didn't take too kindly to it.
At the end of the day, it's just sad that the two greatest quarterbacks in franchise history have such a bitter and public feud.
Just curious, do Staubach and Aikman have this kind of animosity towards eachother? What about Favre and Bart Starr?