Good day to Steeler Nation, it's good to be back, eventhough I am three weeks late I have been reading up on the site. Great posts by Micheal Bean and maryrose (as always). I hope you all enjoyed your summers, and I think we all feel good about the domination our D has been showing.
So this off season us sports fans had countless reports to read on Big Ben and LeBron James. Both have been 'labeled', both our talented. One couldn't handle the fame and stats championships gave him, while the other endured the brunt of a nation towards his behavior on seeking championships. The two aren't to be compared, morally LeBron didn't do anything bad, sinful, illegal (call it what you may), whereas been, even though not charged with anything, did raise a few eyebrows questioning his judgment and antics.
And again, the two situations aren't to be compared but the reactions are. But let's focus on our QB, Big Ben. I've read enough posts by people who wish this franchise loss after loss, a championship less future for Big Ben, that the sports God karmic power takes it toll on this "devil" of a figure. My question is does it matter? I mean sure, they are overpaid, millionaires, who live lavish lifestyles. But with that aside, do we watch sports for the athletes' characters? Or do we watch it for their abilities?
We started 3-0, and if we beat the Ravens that's 4-0 without BB, D's playing like a super-bowl caliber unit, and yet so much negativity on some guy's behavior. I may ruffle up a few feathers by saying this but honestly, the league has it's policies on judging and disciplining it's players, if we as fans focus so much of our attention on these athletes behaviors its just a sad waste of time. How do we know who's a nice guy or not? Would Hines Ward be your best friend if you knew the guy? Would it be fun to have beer with Brett Keisel? Maybe we can go to church with Troy Polamalu? I wanna know if Troy can make turnovers, I wanna know if Keisel can return for a touchdown again, I wanna see if BB can get us that come from behind 4th quarter win. I honestly don't care what these men do in their personal lives. That's why we have the law, if any one of them commits a crime, let the justice system handle it. Do they get special treatment? Ofcourse, is that unfair? Yes. But let's not call people hypocrites or point fingers, we are in it as fans.
Big Ben didn't go unpunished and I commend the commissioner for doing so, these are role-models to children and people with influential characters, and of course they must act accordingly. But to expect, perfect citizens, non sinning individuals is kind of digging your head in a Utopian hole, it's not like that, they are people too. It's just sad how much attention goes to this while there's so much we can devote our time to, or focus on. The time, effort and money to report such gossip, is all such a waste. If we were to raise up our noses as the morale police, then where do we cross the line? Is it ethically warranted to then devote so much time on judging another, without judging yourself first, and devoting so much time to it, whilst in turn you could have gone and helped a person, fed a person or just listened to a person's bad day and actually made a minute, yet important impact? I'm not trying to be a hippy, or the Socrates of this blog. I like this blog because it does have respected opinions and pretty smart individuals on here. Reading all the things going on really made me stop and wonder, and why it has all come to this.
All in all, this organization is well respected, our players have usually conducted themselves very well on and off the field, and we'll never be as cocky as the Patriots of a few seasons ago, or be the 'bad boys' of the league like the Jets, at least that's a good thing. But next time you're gonna whine and piss and moan about some guy you dont know's antics and what he did and if he's guilty or not, stop and think, life is short. How's your dad doing? Do your kids need help with their homework? We see these guys for football, and that's all it really is.