Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Big Ben Calls Steelers "The World's Team"

At one time it was gridiron magic whenever the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys met on the football field. I'm talking about some of the best games in football chock full of big hits, big plays, and all the action that a fan could hope for.

Of course it helped just a little that these guys have a knack for playing in the Super Bowl like few teams can claim. Together they have played in 16 (three times against each other) winning 11 (Steelers six and Dallas five).

In recent years the rivalry has been pretty quiet. All in all the two have played 30 times, the last being in 2008 (a Steelers win). Over the years the two have remained a pretty good match; the series record going into Sunday's game is dead even-- each has won 15.

So with bragging rights on the line and going to the victor--not to mention staying alive in the playoff hunt--the rhetoric has begun. Throwing the first salvo was Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. A local reporter tweeted the following comment of Big Ben's:
Ben Roethlisberger says if  are "America's Team" then  are "The World's Team.''
Does anyone else get the urge to respond with "I know you are but what am I?

Yeah, I know; it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. The point I'm trying to make is that ole Benny boy is being pretty darn childish here. We all knew a kid like this growing up (heck, I know a few adults like this); the one that has to one-up you no matter what you say.

It sounded stupid back on the playground. It sounds stupid whenever your co-worker/ relative/ whoever you  know that does it. It sounds just as stupid to hear a professional football player do it.

The only thing I can hope is that Big Ben was smiling when he said it. That way we know that he was just acting a fool instead of being one (not that Big Ben would ever act a fool...).

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