PittGirl defends Benny … and did you just see that pig fly by!?

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Oh my God, people! Benny doesn’t owe us anything, so stop with all the “OMG, I can’t believe Ben went to the national media first instead of showing up at the Regatta and doing the big reveal then!” as this letter to the editor writer feels:

It is a shame. As a matter of fact, I think it is a slap in the face of all the Steelers fans in this great town of ours. I was appalled to read the article “Surprise: Big Ben at ESPYs” (July 13). The fans of Pittsburgh deserved to hear from Ben Roethlisberger first. For goodness sake, fans held a vigil at the hospital the night of his motorcycle accident, and throngs of well-wishers clamored to express their heartfelt good wishes to the Roethlisberger family.

First of all, do you really think that 100% of the “heartfelt good wishes” were coming from the Burgh? Not from Ohio? Not from Steelers fans all over the world? That’s what makes the Steeler Nation so awesome … it has no borders. Hell, have you been to Mexico?!!?

Ben does NOT belong to us, Burghers. He is an athlete from Ohio who is throwing a pigskin around for massive amounts of money. He is world-famous, has fans all over the world, and has every right to use a national media outlet to speak for the first time.

Just because some crazy-assed nutjob chose to hold a vigil outside of the hospital … just because he wears a Steelers uniform … just because he has a house on Washington’s Landing in the Burgh … does NOT make him property of the Burgh.

I thought using the ESPY’s to come out of hiding was an AWESOME PR move and you can bet your Steelers tossel cap that had I been Ben’s publicist I would have told him to do the exact same thing. NOT show up on WTA freaking E with Sally Wiggin.

Ben has NOT suddenly forgotten about the Burgh and about the fans and gone “Hollywood.”

He told ABC … a NATIONAL outlet:

“I do feel bad for letting my fans down,” he said. “Steeler fans are the best fans in all of sports, and I feel bad for worrying them about me. But I want them all to know that I’ll be OK.”

Ben belongs to himself. He’s taking care of his brand, and he’s doing it the right way … on the national stage.

God. Look at what you’ve done. Me, PittGirl, coming to the passionate defense of Ben Roethlisberger.

This has got to stop. Ben is a schmuck. There, I feel better.


  1. The Hon. Rufus Peckham
    July 18, 2006 5:50 pm

    Amen. The local outrage over Ben having his coming out party on a national stage is contrary to the Pittsburgh tradition of honoring people who eschew Pittsburgh. In fact, if you want a bridge, a building or a street named after you here, your chances are greatly enhanced if you leave town (e.g., Andy Warhol, August Wilson, Gene Kelly etc.) But of course that standard goes out the window when it comes to local quarterbacks, who can do virtually nothing right around here.

  2. parakeethome
    July 18, 2006 6:32 pm

    Thank you PittGirl for saying what we all want to say and for your great blog. I look forward to reading it every day and am so glaaaaaad I found it!!!

  3. Lino Gunn
    July 18, 2006 10:53 pm

    Don’t feel bad defending Ben, he’s a big boy. The little boy in the picture is the asshat ( I like that too ) who wrote the letter to the paper and the many who feel the same. They are the same losers who said Slash was the second comming then were the first to kick him in the jewels on his way out the door. Besides your hot little rant just got carried away with itself.