MMQB Mail: Big Ben deserves at least two-game suspension in 2010
"I'm a pretty hardcore Steelers fan (and father of 2 young daughters). I'm done with this team as long as Ben is a part of it.''
You're not alone, Marc. There's dissatisfaction all over Steeler Nation, about
I'm not sure who's going to suspend Roethlisberger to start his NFL season -- I suspect it will be the Steelers who will sit him for conduct detrimental to the team for a game or two -- but there's no question he needs to be suspended, though he's been formally charged with nothing. Make no mistake -- he's done plenty wrong, even if it's just as the prosecutor detailed Monday: drinking way too much, then plying underage girls with alcohol until one of them was overly intoxicated and he followed her down a dark hall, and bodyguards got in the way, and no one but the two participants is certain what happened next. Whatever it is, it's beyond bad judgment.
The Steelers, rightfully, are ashamed. Roethlisberger over the past nine months has brought that shame on the team himself, twice, and he deserves to pay for it with two games off. Without pay. Or, better yet, with the pay donated to Pittsburgh-area women's shelters.
And by the way, I would have liked to hear a little more I-screwed-up in Roethlisberger's statement Monday night. Whoever crafted that thing, here's a nugget: Who gives a darn about Big Ben being "more determined than ever to have a great season'' on a day he should be solely concerned with telling the world what a knucklehead he's been and that it will never, ever happen again?
The next step for Roethlisberger comes today, when he's summoned to the principal's office to get rapped on the knuckles. When Roethlisberger walks into his meeting with NFL commissioner
The commish will be right. The best thing that came from the Georgia district attorney who declined to prosecute the case Monday was
He should have two September Sundays to think about it, without football getting in the way.
Now for your e-mail:
Absolutely, totally true. Great e-mail, Mark.
I don't think so. I think it's more likely that they interview and poke and prod for three reasons: to see if he'd be a good fit with the team, to smokescreen other teams particularly with high draft choices to keep others guessing about their true interests, and to file thoughts on players away for the day when they might be able to pick them up on waivers or trade for them.
Three things would have to occur. One: The Eagles would have to have a disastrous year. Two:
All good points, but I think if a team like Tennessee (which is interested, I can tell you that with certainty) wants to pursue Haynesworth, it would have to find good compensation to offer Washington. I doubt a second-round pick this year is good enough. My gut feeling is Washington will keep Haynesworth this year, experiment with him on the nose early, and if it doesn't work, use another player on the nose and use Haynesworth as a 3-technique tackle to get to the quarterback on second and third downs.
I doubt it. Teams, as usual, are over-valuing draft picks as D-day gets closer. But you know it and I know it: The Cowboys should do this deal eight days a week.
Gut feeling is Owusu-Ansah will be picked somewhere between 80 and 110, probably late in the third, early fourth.
No, but I'm with you. MLB has to get to players, and to the players union, and tell them enough is enough. Get in the box and hit.