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Who, Us Bloodthirsty?

Posted on Jan 31, 2011
AP / Mike Roemer

By Mark Heisler

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Signaling how insufficient the adjudication was to Roethlisberger’s employers, Steeler President Art Rooney terminated his deal to market “Big Ben’s Beef Jerky.”

Roethlisberger apologized to teammates and fans, presented a humbler face and took his team back to the big game, leaving just one thing to earn general forgiveness ...

Winning the big game, of course.

If his apology was more than pro forma, it was less than abject, admitting, “I made a lot of mistakes,” but demurring on specifics.


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“Those chapters in my life, I’ve closed that book and I’m not opening it up,” he told WTAE-TV’s Sally Wiggin in a sit-down in his home.

“All that matters is what I do from here on out.”

I can think of one young woman in Georgia for whom that might not be good enough.

Whether he wants more chances to be real or not, Roethlisberger will have lots by Super Sunday. Whichever way he goes, it’ll be more interesting than everything else everyone will be yammering about.

To sum up the coming week of Xs, Os and Bs, not to mention more than you wanted to know about Maurkice Pouncey (Steeler Pro Bowl center, injured, may or may not play), whoever runs the ball better should win.

Also, what if the Packer pass rushers make sure they don’t let Big Ben get outside and extend plays? Oh yeah, Green Bay wins.

Not that it gets crazy but Al DeRogatis, doing color on one of the early games, actually announced before the opening kickoff:

“Believe it or not, this is a big play.”

Ain’t they all on Super Sunday?

A really super Sunday would have an exciting game, after which the losing quarterback or some other unlucky schnook isn’t devoured by teammates, peers, viewers, et al.

I know, what’s the fun in that?

Mark Heisler is a superstar NBA columnist for the Los Angeles Times who, from time to time, shares his wisdom and gets deep with Truthdig readers looking to dig into the substance of sports.

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By LocalHero, February 8, 2011 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

The Big Game has come & gone as I write this but it delivered what I expected - the same as it does every year now.

It’s nothing more than an obscene, jingoistic display of military-masturbation. You can’t watch 2 minutes without being assaulted by arrested adolescents standing in front of their fighter jet or on the deck of their phallic-shaped aircraft carrier.

One minute it’s a big-budget Pentagon recruiting commercial with sissy-boys wielding a joystick to rain down death two-thousand miles away (now, there’s uncommon bravery!) and the next it’s a “tribute” to some murdering jarhead back from slaughtering dark-skinned innocents in Af-Pak.

And the seals watching clap and smile at it all. What a disgusting, pathetic joke.

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By bmeisen, February 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment

First a fan’s confession and now this!?! Can’t Truthdig find someone who can write critically about this cultural monstrosity called the Super Bowl. It’s pretty low-hanging fruit. See my comments under a fan’s confession for what is possible.

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By Marc Schlee, February 7, 2011 at 12:03 am Link to this comment
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Well, God DAMN, then.  Let me be the first.

May all living beings be well, happy and peaceful. May no harm come to them. May no difficulties come to them. May no problems come to them. May they always meet with success.



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By rollzone, February 6, 2011 at 11:58 pm Link to this comment

hello. i roll on the side of the bloodthirsty. this
was a mediocre game, and contrary to pregame hype, Pittsburgh had the better running game: and lost.
this false adulation written of does not interest me.
i am the customer, the one in the seat, the one
without the body gifted by God, the one not being
paid ten to a hundred working peoples’ salary, to
play a game. it is not about the analysis, the
statistics, or the commercials. i want to see
competition at a super level, with super coaching,
and super players. how could people be happy paying
thousands of dollars for tickets to see such a
mediocre contest? all the background soap opera is
for some other show, and this game needs to return to
blood and guts football. these athletes need to
sacrifice their contracts for the game, and if it’s
not broken, they should be back in it. with all the
players across the nation whom never make it to the
position these players are in, with only so much room
at the top: the players owe it to us customers to
give it all they got. they have to show us they
belong where they are at, especially at the Super
Bowl. every Super Bowl game should be a great game.

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By drbhelthi, February 1, 2011 at 5:20 am Link to this comment

“I’m just saying… when the world has gone insane,
even the analysis can only be insane.” JDmysticDJ


I hold the opinion that such magnanimous idolatry is
strictly earth-bound. 

Some of it is related to the human characteristic so
clearly demonstrated by the “children of israel”
during the “Kings period”.  Who demanded, “give us a
king whom we must look up to-”.  Thus Saul, who was
shoulders and head taller than average, was chosen.

With females, a beautiful face and figure are pre-
requisites.  While with leadership, only one
characteristic was significantly, statistically
associated: being taller than “average”, and this
discovery was made in the 1960s.

However, the selection of Saul occurred a bit earlier;
5,000 - 4,000 yrs earlier.

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By reynolds, January 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment

well said?

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By JDmysticDJ, January 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment

Rather than obfuscating the truth, and selectively criticizing fans and players, why not recognize the most obvious truth. Our popular idols are not worthy of being idolized. They are just random representatives of a decadent society. When these idols are exposed as being unworthy, it should be instructive as social commentary, but instead, these exposes’ are treated as anomalies that occur over and over, and over again.

It might be argued that we are all human, and subject to human failings, but our society seems to be prone to human failings. Entertainers of all kinds, athletes, politicians, you name em.’ The one thing they seem to have in common is a powerful drive towards self aggrandizement, and the propensity to give the credit for their success to God.

If there is an omnipotent and omniscient God of virtue, he seems to be using these false personas to his advantage, and discarding them when they are no longer credible. They seem to be God’s sleazy PR reps who fall from grace only after they are exposed.

Tiger’s got no game, but maybe he’ll be rehabilitated, after all even Solomon was able to bounce back; he became a wiser but sadder man.

I’m just saying… when the world has gone insane, even the analysis can only be insane.

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