Good Wednesday to you Steelers fans.
July means fireworks, hot dogs and oh yeah, “what kind of shape will Ben Roethlisberger be in this year?” questions. Those questions have already started getting answers according to reporter Ryan Burr. As most of you know, Big Ben is quite selective with whom he speaks regarding the media. We’ve learned that Seven is dedicated to a new diet, is working out vigorously and is as motivated as he’s ever been entering a season. Alright, we’ve heard all of this before right? No one is going to ever put Roethlisberger in the “workout warrior” category. I’ve also commented about the fact that he’s a big man who carries his weight well. Go back and look at his draft photo from 2004. He was 240lbs!! What should be the story here is not what he’s physically and mentally like to start the season. It should be more about what he’s like at the end of the season. Will he stay motivated with his diet and training through October, November and December? A lot of that could be rendered meaningless if the offensive line and running game excels beyond expectations. The bottom line here is that this team will go as Seven goes but other factors have to come into play too. Burr mentioned how tired Roethlisberger has grown of all of the lazy narratives that have persisted for the last 10-12 years. The best way to stop those is by playing well. Of course not even that will stop some of the negatives though right?
Tweet of the Day… The HoF’er chimes in.
Bill Cowher or Big Ben: "I would be very surprised if he didn't have a great year this year … he continues to play the game with great passion and a great competitiveness and I think you will see that this year."
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) July 13, 2021
I realize I’m veering of the topic of the Steelers here but I can’t help myself. Now that NCAA athletes are allowed to make money from their Name, Image and Likeness, some former players like Reggie Bush and Terrelle Pryor are asking for their names to be cleared of wrong-doing. Bush was stripped of his Heisman following evidence that he accepted money and housing for his parents while Pryor was among five Buckeyes who traded OSU memorabilia for tattoos. That scandal cost Jim Tressel his job. While I totally agree that these situations would be fine under the new rules, those were not the rules back then. We can’t just go back and change things now. Our government calls this “ex post facto” or “after the fact.” If I get a ticket for doing 45 in a 35 but then 10 years later the speed limit is set at 45 I can’t go back and ask for my ticket to be erased. I broke the law. I feel for these guys and the rules the NCAA have had are almost always stupid for lack of a better term but you can’t change the rules after the fact.
Off-season into the New Season
One of the biggest reasons I love when Training Camp opens isn’t because it’s finally football it’s because these morning shows and radio shows can stop talking about Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson etc. Don’t these talking heads ever get tired of it??
We’ll return with the SCB Steelers Podcast presented by DEK Roofing, Inc tomorrow night. We have some really cool things coming that I can’t really say much about just yet but one thing I can tell is that we are moving to a video format. That’s right, you’ll be able to see our ugly mugs. You’ll still be able to get just the audio on all of our platforms but we’re excited to bring you some new features.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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