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View Full Version : Roethlisberger's Offseason Plan (by Chidi29 - February 13, 2011)



fansince'76
02-13-2011, 07:18 AM
Hello Ben. Come on in and have a seat. I'm sure you're still disappointed about the Super Bowl loss. But there are other matters we must discuss. The offseason is here and if you recall, the public hasn't been too kind to you. Not to worry, I'm here to give you all the advice you need to get through the summer months without a hitch.

You need to be like us. Fans have to be able to relate to you. Forget the fact that you're a $100 million quarterback and one of the best in the game. Act like a common man. When you fly, only take coach. Be sure to have your chair kicked repeatedly by a six-year-old. Get rid of your fancy cars. Buy a used station wagon. Put a "My rookie center is a Pro Bowler" bumper sticker on the back.

Oh yeah, before I forget, don't make any mistakes. Ever. Be like the fans. If us fans weren't flawed and capable of making mistakes, that is. You need to be like the fans without being like them at all. How does that not make sense?

Don't drink alcohol at bars. What? No, that's not ridiculous. Don't you know that it's illegal for an athlete to ever consume any alcohol? Someone didn't pay attention to the chapter on the Constitution in history class. If I'm feeling generous that day, you can have a drink on your birthday. But take a page out of Scrubs' Zach Braffs' book. An appletini, easy on the "tini". Now it's a party!

On second thought, it's better to never leave your house. You should have learned your lesson after, gasp, actually leaving your hotel during Super Bowl week. What were you thinking? Trying to enjoy your life and reward yourself for the work you've put in to reach such a high level. I hear there's a Golden Girls marathon on. Won't that be fun! Let the witty one-liners of Estelle Getty be the highlight of your time off.

If you do feel compelled to leave your house, go to the nursing home and play shuffleboard with Old Man Jenkins. Stay away from the chess games. It can get pretty intense. Keep a watchful eye out for any who look out of place. The TMZ staff is crafty.

There you go, Ben. Follow these guidelines and the NFL will think you're a changed person. What's that? You wanted to actually become a better person?

This isn't about what you think of yourself. This is about us. The fans' perception comes before everything else. Get your priorities in order. When it comes to you, listen to us.

Guess I'll be clearing my schedule for the rest of the week. We've got a lot of work to do.



2011 Steelers Universe

HometownGal
02-13-2011, 07:31 AM
Bravo Chidi! :applaudit: :applaudit: Another work of excellence! :thumbsup:

How DARE Ben have a life outside of football!!!

Chidi29
02-13-2011, 06:55 PM
Bravo Chidi! :applaudit: :applaudit: Another work of excellence! :thumbsup:

How DARE Ben have a life outside of football!!!

Thanks Marianne!

I hope everyone else gets the point I made, especially in the last couple lines.

People, the media, the fans, whoever, talk about what Ben needs to do to make him look good in their eyes. But if he is just doing those things to get back into our good graces, has he really changed? No. He needs to do what he thinks will actually make him a good person and how he wants to live his life, regardless of what we think. I can't say for sure that he will do that but from all indications he's given so far, he's making a lot of progress.

It's funny to listen to the people that blast Ben for going out to bars. They imply they don't want living in the one extreme, the partying and bar hopping, but they're telling Ben to live in the other extreme. The seclusion, not leaving your house or having some fun. The goal is to find something in the middle.

HometownGal
02-13-2011, 07:07 PM
I heard one of my neighbors a few months back absolutely slamming Ben for going to bars and drinking *God forbid* alcohol. This guy could drink me and the other neighbors on my street under the table. Because I really like both he and his wife, I shut my yap (though it was all I could do not to say something). I so wanted to scream "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones". I'm not condoning Ben's past reckless behavior - not by any means, but there isn't a one of us who hasn't had a day, week, month - a time in our lives when we behaved recklessly, myself included.

I'm with you - it appears Ben is on the right path in turning his life around and I'm behind him 100%. :thumbsup:

BPS3akaWirels3
02-13-2011, 07:12 PM
No worries.. Here is Big Ben in his Mini Cooper

http://images.rcs.realclearpolitics.com/40012_1_.jpg

stillers4me
02-14-2011, 05:31 AM
Ben could pull a family of 5 and their dog out of a burning house and there would still be people that would criticize him for not putting out the fire.

steelerdude15
02-14-2011, 02:36 PM
Even though he is changing for the better, there are always going to be people who won't let Ben's past behind him. Everyone makes mistakes in their lives, but we have to learn from them to become better people. It's unfortanate that Ben had to learn the way he did, but it had to come. As Willie Colon said about his second accusation and becoming a better person, "this could have been a blessing in disguise."

SMR
02-19-2011, 11:53 AM
Ben could pull a family of 5 and their dog out of a burning house and there would still be people that would criticize him for not putting out the fire.

Well dang, he better go back and put out that fire!

:heh:

zulater
02-19-2011, 10:06 PM
I got three bits of advice for Ben this offseason.

1. If you really are getting married this offseason, make sure your best man knows no hoes at the bachelor party. I wouldn't even get a stripper. For Ben better stick with the porno's.

2. Instead of hooking up with your o-lineman this offseason, get together with your young receivers. Particuarly if there's a lockout I want Ben and these guys working out together, syncing up, learning how each other thinks.

3. Come into camp in shape again.

That's it, other than that, have a great offseason Ben, and hope the marriage thing goes great!

Craic
02-19-2011, 11:52 PM
You'd think that Ben just was just in trouble for J-walking.
Sure is a shame Troy P., Farrior, and host of others have always been in trouble in the off-seasons as well.
Guess some people should just be above the consequences of their own actions, and never have to deal with the repercussions of bad decisions.


Go ahead Ben- Head out to 'em bars. Matter of fact, let's make sure they are college bars with lots of underage women. After all, don't listen to anyone else--just do what you've been doing. You've gotten along pretty in the off-seasons thus far!

zulater
02-20-2011, 06:17 AM
You'd think that Ben just was just in trouble for J-walking.
Sure is a shame Troy P., Farrior, and host of others have always been in trouble in the off-seasons as well.
Guess some people should just be above the consequences of their own actions, and never have to deal with the repercussions of bad decisions.


Go ahead Ben- Head out to 'em bars. Matter of fact, let's make sure they are college bars with lots of underage women. After all, don't listen to anyone else--just do what you've been doing. You've gotten along pretty in the off-seasons thus far!



Actually I think Ben has got it, and realizes that he can't behave as he used to. Whether he goes into bars or not, that's up to him, but if he does, he can't ever get out of control, not for an instant. That's the consequence ( such as it is) of his prior actions.

And I was serious about his bachelor party, if there is one. Because if Ben takes one step out of line with a female again, even with a stripper, even if his actions fall into line with normal bachelor party behaviour, someone will use it to try to take him down. That again is a consequence of his previous pattern of behaviour. I don't know if it's fair or not, but that's the reality of the situation.

Craic
02-20-2011, 12:49 PM
Actually I think Ben has got it, and realizes that he can't behave as he used to. Whether he goes into bars or not, that's up to him, but if he does, he can't ever get out of control, not for an instant. That's the consequence ( such as it is) of his prior actions.

And I was serious about his bachelor party, if there is one. Because if Ben takes one step out of line with a female again, even with a stripper, even if his actions fall into line with normal bachelor party behaviour, someone will use it to try to take him down. That again is a consequence of his previous pattern of behaviour. I don't know if it's fair or not, but that's the reality of the situation.

Zu, once again, we completely agree.

Personally, I'd tell him to stay away from bars in the offseason. It has all types of potential for bad. It's his own choice, but public perception is a big deal, when he has to be able to reform his image in order to make money off his name in the future.

But you are exactly right. It's his burden to carry now, and his choice as to how he carries it. I DO think that so far, everything he has said and done shows that he gets it. Let's hope and pray that is true-just for him as a person. It seems he is much more comfortable in his own skins now as well-so let's hope this whole reform thing continues for his own sake.

Chidi29
02-20-2011, 02:48 PM
You'd think that Ben just was just in trouble for J-walking.
Sure is a shame Troy P., Farrior, and host of others have always been in trouble in the off-seasons as well.
Guess some people should just be above the consequences of their own actions, and never have to deal with the repercussions of bad decisions.


Go ahead Ben- Head out to 'em bars. Matter of fact, let's make sure they are college bars with lots of underage women. After all, don't listen to anyone else--just do what you've been doing. You've gotten along pretty in the off-seasons thus far!

I've never condoned Ben for his actions. While I don't personally think he raped or sexually assaulted anyone, I don't admire his decision-making and easily agree that changes needed to and have been made.

My point was not to tune everyone out. But tune out the people that don't know the whole story. The fans, the media, the random people chirping out what Ben should do and how he should do it. That's stuff we want to see because it'll make us happy. Make it look in our eyes that he's really a changed man.

I want Ben to sincerely change and think he is doing so. That means listening to only a select few people. His close friends and most importantly, his family. Those are the people he has to ultimately answer to. Not us.

Craic
02-20-2011, 09:54 PM
I've never condoned Ben for his actions. While I don't personally think he raped or sexually assaulted anyone, I don't admire his decision-making and easily agree that changes needed to and have been made.

My point was not to tune everyone out. But tune out the people that don't know the whole story. The fans, the media, the random people chirping out what Ben should do and how he should do it. That's stuff we want to see because it'll make us happy. Make it look in our eyes that he's really a changed man.

I want Ben to sincerely change and think he is doing so. That means listening to only a select few people. His close friends and most importantly, his family. Those are the people he has to ultimately answer to. Not us.

Chidi- based on that clarification, I completely agree with you. He needs to find (or has found) some very good mentors, and listen to them-and not worry about anyone else. His mentors however, should at least have an eye to what the general public perception is, since that'll affect his ability to trade on his name after retirement.

But again, since you clarified, we are in agreement.

zulater
02-21-2011, 11:02 AM
I got three bits of advice for Ben this offseason.

1. If you really are getting married this offseason, make sure your best man knows no hoes at the bachelor party. I wouldn't even get a stripper. For Ben better stick with the porno's.

2. Instead of hooking up with your o-lineman this offseason, get together with your young receivers. Particuarly if there's a lockout I want Ben and these guys working out together, syncing up, learning how each other thinks.

3. Come into camp in shape again.

That's it, other than that, have a great offseason Ben, and hope the marriage thing goes great!

http://www.steelersgab.com/2011/02/20/ward-and-roethlisberger-to-hold-passing-camps-this-offseason/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SteelersGab+%28Steelers+Gab%2 9

Seems that Ben has taken my advice to heart already.


:wink02:

zulater
02-21-2011, 12:09 PM
Wonder if anything will get resovled with McNulty this offseason?

SMR
02-25-2011, 07:31 AM
I've never condoned Ben for his actions. While I don't personally think he raped or sexually assaulted anyone, I don't admire his decision-making and easily agree that changes needed to and have been made.

My point was not to tune everyone out. But tune out the people that don't know the whole story. The fans, the media, the random people chirping out what Ben should do and how he should do it. That's stuff we want to see because it'll make us happy. Make it look in our eyes that he's really a changed man.

I want Ben to sincerely change and think he is doing so. That means listening to only a select few people. His close friends and most importantly, his family. Those are the people he has to ultimately answer to. Not us.

Great post man!

Chidi29
02-25-2011, 02:33 PM
Wonder if anything will get resovled with McNulty this offseason?

Have no idea but I pray that ordeal is taken care of as quickly as possible.

Chidi29
02-25-2011, 02:33 PM
Great post man!

Thanks!

venom
02-26-2011, 08:11 PM
His Offseason plan consists of his wedding on July 23rd 2011 according to TMZ