Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Has Big Bungy ever actually been injured?
After the Browns game, Big Ben had a very strange interview with Andrea Kramer.
Ben clearly avoided answering any of the 4 questions Andrea asked him about his injured shoulder. All week we heard that Ben had a sore shoulder that wouldn't limit him for the game. Curiously, during the game, one of the announcers throws out there that Ben had a partially separated shoulder. There was no mention of this all week from any sources. Tomlin said after the game he was not aware of the separation, saying the media knew more than he did. Now comes this article, where Tomlin denies that the shoulder was separated.
Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Remember back to 2005, after the Steelers lost to the Patriots in the AFC championship game? (I know it seems like a long time ago because most of us have blocked it from our memory) After the game, Ben told reporters that he had been playing with two broken toes. Then it got interesting when Coach Chin told the press that Ben was exaggerating about the broken toes, "We are unaware of any problems with his toes, OK?" Cowher said. Why would Ben exaggerate about an injury? If he did it before, it begs the question, would he or has he done it again? Why do it all? Maybe he did it after the AFC championship game to have an excuse for his poor play. This week he was doing it after a game where he played well. Here, it makes him seem more heroic. He overcame the injury and still led the team to victory.
Anyone that watches the Steez, knows that Ben seemingly gets banged up every game. He always seems hurt. I am starting to think that maybe he has never actually been injured. Maybe it's all a rouse. We all saw his knee bend backward in San Diego, didn't we? We all were glued to our television sets for days when news of the motorcylce accidnet broke. I have news people. The motorcycle accident was staged, just like the moon landing. Ben was feeling unappreciated by the city of Pittsburgh after an incredible rookie year, followed by winning the Super Bowl. He decided to give us a little taste of what it would be like if he weren't around anymore by setting up a life threatening motorcycle accident. And then, just when everyone thought he was fine, thought we had dodged a major bullet, Ben faked a burst appendix sending Steeler nation plunging back into the depths of despair, without Big Ben to come back and save us again. Ben knew our thoughts would drift to QB's of yesteryear: Neil, Bubby, Kent Grahm, Kordell and Tommy Gun. We would pine for him, the wunderkind, the one who saved us from quarterback hell and led us to the promised land. Well, Ben, it worked. We went 8-8, did not make the playoffs and did not defend our crown. Even though you played, we knew it wasn't the real you. Everyone wished for the Roethlisberger of old. When Ben came back with a vengeance last year, the city was his. He tore us down and he built us back up.But then Peter King ranked him as the 18th best QB in the league. Once again Ben felt dissed. What could he do to restore his status as a top QB? How about digging into the old bag of tricks? Embellish an injury so that everyone can see how gutsy and awesome he is by overcoming a serious injury to not only play, but play well and lead the team to victory once again. But alas, his own coach has once again thwarted his chicanery by throwing the BS flag. Another wacky page to the Big Ben saga.
So has Ben ever really been hurt? I am pretty sure he has, but for the most part it is never as bad as it seems with Ben. Except for that little run in with the Chrysler.
UPDATE: Profootballtalk.com is reporting that Ben was the source of the NBC in game report saying his shoulder was separated.