Cowher Says Big Ben Slapped In Face

DETROIT - FEBRUARY 05: Head coach Bill Cowher of the Pittsburgh Steelers jokes with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 during the final seconds of the game before defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at Ford Field on February 5, 2006 in Detroit, Michigan.The Steelers defeated the Seahawks 21-10. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Much has been written and said about wayward Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  Lord knows nobody has had the guts and integrity to approach the topic with such honesty as yours truly.   But the truth is, I like the big lug.  He reminds me of Rain Man, an idiot savante at the game of football.  What people don’t understand is I kid because I love.   And, to be fair, Steeler Nation has done more than their fair share of laughing at the criminal element on teams such as the Bengals or Cowboys.

If we can’t laugh at ourselves, then we really are the sanctimonious dicks which other cities claim us to be.

With that in mind, it’s important to acknowledge the past.  And in the case of Benjamin J. Roethlisberger, that is not a pretty subject at all.  I repeated for years that Big Ben has been a bad teammate and a bad apple to a skeptical readership, many of whom live in other cities and therefore are woefully uninformed.   Recent stories such as the must-read in Sports Illustrated have since validated my statements.   Thus the lesson to remember is I always speak the truth.

The good news it appears that is all changing.  When the Steelers public relations tools in the local media (ie: every reporter in this city) say Ben is kissing babies and helping old ladies across the street, I never believe them.  The local media is in bed with Big Ben and the Steelers and should always be considered suspect.

However, when somebody such as legendary Steelers coach Bill Cowher says Ben has started to come around, you take it seriously.   Cowher is the greatest coaches in history and a man of the highest integrity.  He doesn’t kiss anybody’s ass.  And considering he and Ben weren’t exactly the best of friends, his opinion of the man should count more than most.

In a recent interview, Cowher says the recent events have “slapped Ben in the face” and made him realize what a colossal dick he has been.  He says that they have been closer than ever and he’s seeing the much needed maturity the 28 year old frat boy has sorely lacked for years.

While I still believe Ben has a lot to work to do to repair his reputation (a single off-season without a rape accusation would be a nice start), this is indeed great news.   The Steelers have a pre-season game against the Broncos on Sunday night which brings this situation into crystal clear focus.   Denver has a Christian gentleman by the name of Tim Tebow at quarterback.  Regardless of whether the team wins or loses, that fan base can hold their heads high because they have a classy honorable man representing their city.  It’s unfortunate that Steeler Nation can no longer say that but hopefully the disgraceful actions of the past five years will allow us to be similarly proud of our quarterback going forward.

Or, as Coach Cowher so eloquently told Ben, winning isn’t the important thing, “It’s the whole body of work. It’s you as a person, what kind of legacy you want to leave.”    Let’s hope when the legacy of Big Ben is written, it’ll be a story of redemption rather than shame.

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  • Sarah

    Hey uh, Sweetie? Since I was unable to post a response to your comment to me, let me just inform you once again that YOU are the one who doesn’t have your facts straight — the sorority chicks in Georgia DID know about his civil rape case – it was the reason that Aliesha Scholten was ousted from the VIP section – she “jokingly” called him a rapist. But of course, you would have had to actually read about that in the numerous stories/articles on the events of that night….to much to ask for you apparently.

    • chris

      I closed the thread because I didn’t want to embarrass you, sweetie.

      But since it seems to be your time of the month, listen here. Sholten was ejected from the VIP because he hit on her and she called him “a rapist” in a joking manner is correct. But she never once mentioned Vegas or Andrea McNulty or anything of the sort. The two aren’t the same thing which is what you have incorrectly claimed, thus showing your ignorance.

      The sorority girls did not know of the prior lawsuit against him. This is a false claim made by somebody who is jumping to conclusions in order to justify their hero’s reprehensible behavior. She was teasing him and he flipped out, end of story.

      Going from that to “SHE OBVIOUSLY KNEW OF THE RENO CASE!” is so laughably stupid, I am embarrassed for you.

      Anyway, that is not the topic of this post. I’m done discussing the details of the Milledgeville case because nobody is intelligent enough to discuss them at my level.

      No more posting on this, okay? You’ve made a fool of yourself twice now, I educated you, let’s leave it at that. I don’t want to ban you but I will because I’m the boss. Now either say something about what I wrote, assuming you are able to comprehend it, or leave. But enough Milledgeville talk. It’s unsavory and you shouldn’t worry your pretty little head about things like that.

  • Siggy00

    “The sorority girls did not know of the prior lawsuit against him.”

    So when Biancofiore says “we had heard about Ben’s reputation” that would mean what?

    They knew. One of the girls in their group was a Steelers fan. They knew about Reno.

    • chris

      When did she say that? Cite your source. The BAR OWNER told her that “He wouldn’t do anything to hurt his reputation” when she complained about his pimps/bodyguards not letting them get the victim out of the bathroom. You may be confusing details, which wouldn’t be surprising. This is a complicated case and it often confuses the less intelligent people out there.

      So, cite your source or never post here again.

      • Siggy00

        “When did she say that?”

        In her interview with police. Which is available on in the CD/DVD section of that case. Biancofiore mentioned “Ben’s reputation”.

        DA Bright also mentioned that one of the girls in her group was a Steelers fan.

    • chris

      Okay, I listened to the audio. As I figured, we’re operating on two separate levels of understanding. As mine is clearly more advanced than yours, I will attempt to explain this in as simple a manner as possible.

      They did not know who Ben was in the sense of his “That’s Ben Roethlisberger, QB of the Steelers. The guy who won the Super Bowl and got into the motorcycle accident.” Somebody just told them, “Hey, he’s an NFL Qb. He’s a big star.” Those are two totally different things. Specifically knowing who he is (and thus, the stuff like the Reno case) is not the same as being vaguely told he’s some sort of famous athlete.

      She didn’t even know who Willie Colon was. So that pretty much puts to rest that they were “Steeler fans.”

      When she refers to Ben’s “reputation,” she was referring to the fact he was a known flirt and man whore. You’ll note at the end of the video, when they talk about rape, she even says, “You need to tell somebody because maybe he gets away with this sort of thing all the time.” If you were going to bring up the Reno case, THAT is when you do it. Instead she was just making a general statement that, “Hey, you should tell somebody because this big time celeb probably gets girls drunk and take advantage all the time.”

      Again, two TOTALLY different things.

      So let’s review: I’ve listened to Biancofiore’s interview, then I listend to the Scholten one that ditzy chick above mentioned. TWO INTERVIEWS, ZERO MENTIONS OF RENO. None. Zip. Nada.

      As I surmised, you, just like that crazy chick above, are jumping to wild conclusions in some sad attempt to spin a conspiracy theory that makes your beloved QB look like a doe-eyed innocent. Sorry, doesn’t work that way. Thanks for playing.