What they’re really thinking: We’re screwed edition



Now can we start to panic a little bit?

1. Starting with the superficial, Ben needs to get rid of the porn ‘stache. However, Troy Polamalu can totally keep the beard he’s growing. Still hot. Troy would still look hot dressed entirely in bedazzled clothing from the Quacker Factory.

2. There is no doubt in my mind that something is not quite right with Ben. He has no touchdowns. He has lots of interceptions. Personally, I’m going with post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by the image of Martha Fleishman behind the wheel of her car seared into his brain.

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3. The trick play in the second with Gardocki faking out a punt? Even though it didn’t work, I was encouraged to see them try it.

4. I blame Bob Smizik for writing this last week:

Which also means the Steelers will win this one.

Way to jinx it, BOB.

5.   I fear that if Ben has one more game like this, the fans are going to start booing him and asking for Charlie.  I might be okay with that.


  1. cityworker
    October 9, 2006 9:00 am

    Don’t be ok with Charlie. Ben gave us a SuperBowl and will lead us to another, just not this year. Maybe 3 or 4 years from now. I know it is hard but after your team wins a championship they should atleast get a 5 year grace period. For 5 years you can be upset but you have to just say, yeah well they did win the super bowl. Just tell yourself that. They won the super bowl.

  2. Lino Gunn
    October 9, 2006 9:07 am

    That and $2.50 will get you a cup of coffee.

  3. Joey
    October 9, 2006 9:18 am

    Let’s remember though (and believe me, I’m a fan), Ben didn’t “give us” a Superbowl win. He actually had passer ratings in the 30s in the AFC championship and the Superbowl. It was the team that surrounded Ben that won. And it’s a different team right now. Ben very well might be playing to his real ability right now…he might develop as time progresses, as cityworker suggests. Could be that he needs some bench time to sit and watch.

  4. pittgirl
    October 9, 2006 9:19 am

    Actually, and believe me, it pains me to write it Joey, Ben’s passer rating in the Super Bowl was I believe a whopping 22.


  5. cityworker
    October 9, 2006 9:21 am

    OK, you are all crazy steeler fans and need a nice cup of reality. Ben was AWESOME in the playoffs and even though he had a subpar superbowl he didn’t have to win that game because it was just over to begin with. Seattle was not in the same league as the steelers last year. Thank God I don’t care that much about football.

  6. bern1
    October 9, 2006 10:07 am

    It’s clear that the motorcycle crash knocked out Ben’s mojo. What’s unclear, at this point, is whether he’ll ever get it back.

  7. PittinDC
    October 9, 2006 10:12 am

    My dad is already asking for Charlie.. so it can’t be far off for everyone else.

  8. jackie
    October 9, 2006 10:12 am

    I think its really sad that Steeler fans are running for the bridges in Pittsburgh. He is our FRANCHISE QB. Those come around about once every 20-30 years. Do your selves a favor and ride it our with him, he will work threw this. Charlie Batch would not have done any better. If he could have, then he wouldn’t be the back up QB in Pittsburgh. He would still be starting for the Lions.

  9. Matt H
    October 9, 2006 1:27 pm

    Smizik sucks.

  10. Denise
    October 9, 2006 1:58 pm

    Hey Pittgirl,
    Sorry about the game yesterday – I live in San Diego, but am a Steelers fan!! Being a fellow David Conrad groupie, I was just hoping he was in our fair city yesterday to check out the game…SDiegogirl

  11. Joe Vicente
    October 9, 2006 5:20 pm

    Pittgirl, I love your blog. I can relate to your sense of panic, but here’s some free advice from a former ‘burgher: be patient. I lost my voice more than once yelling from my 3 Rivers end zone seat for Noll to put Hanratty in, but everything worked out well in the end. I wonder how many of your readers are old enough to admit they were right there with me yelling the same stuff?

  12. Diane K
    October 9, 2006 6:38 pm

    I remember cheering when Hanratty would get put in the game. (yes I’m that old). But this is serious business. Ben is out of whack. Did the loss of Randel El, Hope, Von Olhoffen, and Bettis (anyone else) and the addition of Cancerio Holmes really cause the downfall of this team???

    Ummm, what’s next year’s schedule look like…anyone???

  13. rich
    October 9, 2006 10:02 pm

    Now that Ben is struggling how long before all those “great Steeler fans” start turning on him in Kordell-like fashion???????? Get rid of the porn stache. I guess it’s already starting. Nice. Real nice. Way to stay classy. Keep up the great work.

  14. PittCheMBA
    October 9, 2006 10:25 pm

    Steeler fans have always had a love/hate relationship with quarterbacks. Ben’s current slump is a test to see how he can deal with the critics. If Ben is having non-physical problems related to the motorcycle accident, the Steeler nation should be more concerned about his mental health rather than his passer ratings. Football is just game, it is not the end of the world, Chill Out!

  15. pittgirl
    October 10, 2006 8:05 am

    Rich, I love it that for all of the things I have said negative about Ben Roethlisberger since the beginning of my blog (and not just football related), the thing that ticked you off to the point of assuming I’m a classless chick is the fact that I hate his facial hair.

    I have not yet turned on Ben. My point was this, how long before it happens though?

    I’m not the type to throw trash on a QB’s lawn, and I never boo ANYONE; however, it must be said, something is wrong with Ben.