Don’t say “THUMB”!

I cannot take another day of Benny and the Steelers acting like Ben’s injured thumb needs to be shrouded in more secrecy than Area 51.

Is it injured? Is it not? “We can’t say. All we know right now is that he’s alive. There’s so much more we DON’T know.”

When did Ben Roethlisberger’s thumb become “that which we don’t speak of”?

Case in point:

Asked yesterday if the thumb is fractured, Roethlisberger flashed a slight smile.

“You know I can’t comment on that,” he said.

Roethlisberger’s approach to discussing the injury is much different than coach Bill Cowher, who’s been relatively tight-lipped. Cowher said at his news conference a day earlier that he would not get into details.

“I don’t think it would serve any purpose,” Cowher said. “He is playing. What difference does it make?”

In that same article Benny accuses a Bengal of a dirty hit; he is on record that he thinks Indianapolis is artificially amping up their crowd noise, yet ask him about his first phalanx and suddenly, it’s hush-hush.

Another instance:

The Steelers might not make the playoffs this season, but they already have one for the thumb: A painful, mysterious, unexplained injury that Ben Roethlisberger said would affect his passes the rest of the season.

There have been reports the quarterback’s right thumb is broken, but neither he nor coach Bill Cowher will say. Even many of his teammates say they don’t know what’s wrong with it.

Is it a ROBOTIC thumb? Did he get a bionic thumb that doesn’t meet league regulations. Is this a recurring injury due to adult thumb-sucking? Is that why he can’t comment on it? I bet the Steelers even have a code word for his damn thumb.

Had about enough of this. It’s enough to make a girl go samurai.

Update: Grabass has a wonderful article on this.


  1. Anonymous
    December 8, 2005 1:39 pm

    Thanks Pittgirl for the props. I didn’t even speculate on the “contraption” that Ben said he would be using for the Bengals game last week.

    Who the hell uses the word contraption anyway?


  2. pittgirl
    December 8, 2005 2:41 pm

    Apparently, you do.

    See next to the last paragraph.

    :D Don’t you just love me?

  3. Anonymous
    December 8, 2005 3:19 pm

    Oh. My. God.

    (sheepish grin)