26 June 2006

I See Dead People

Okay. You've heard enough about The Pittsburgh Steelers Football Team winning the NFL Championship Superbowl in February 2006 after the 2005 season. The Steelers closed out the 2004 season with a record of 15-1, yet they couldn't get through the playoffs without making enough mistakes to take themselves out of the running that year. The failures rested mostly on the shoulders of humble QB Ben Roethlisberger in his rookie year. That's what it comes down to in endurance sports. Whichever golfer doesn't bogey on the 18th, wins. Whatever team makes the least mistakes, wins. The talent is already there by that point. In the NFL, it's just a matter of being King of the Mountain for the final four or five games.

The Steelers' other star QB, 4-time Superbowl winner Terry Bradshaw had already counseled Ben to "...ride that thing when you're retired from football..." So how does the Captain of the Offensive Team -- with advance knowledge that riding a motorcycle without a helmet is deadly -- carelessly risk his future, and that of the entire Steelers organization? How? Only a 23-year-old knows.

Ben Toothlessberger broke his jaw and lost some teeth when he collided with a motorist who made a left turn in front of his motorcycle. Million-dollar contracts and no common cents. He'll be setting off airport metal detectors for the remainder of his traveling years. You just know that his phone was ringing for weeks after every insurance salesman licensed in the state of PA heard the news.


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