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    Gorman: Lost opportunity for Roethlisberger

    Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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    Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the third most-hated man in sports, according to a Forbes magazine poll.

    He received a 57 percent disapproval rating.

    For the second consecutive year, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick ranked No. 1 at 69 percent, and Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis was second at 66 percent. Jerry Jones and Tiger Woods (53 percent) tied for fourth.

    With Mike Tomlin serving as moderator, football campers were free to ask anything of special guest Heath Miller.

    The Steelers' Pro Bowl tight end must have been caught off-guard by one question:

    Do you have a bodyguard?

    Ben Roethlisberger's name is no longer associated with what is now known as the Coach Tomlin Football Camp, but it was a telling display of the damage Roethlisberger has done to his reputation.

    Kids know that Roethlisberger has been run through the ringer since March 5, when in the company of two law-enforcement officers serving as bodyguards he was accused of (but not charged with) sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman at a nightclub in Milledgeville, Ga.

    Miller handled it deftly, asking, "No ... are you looking to help me out?"

    After relying on self-serving, sit-down interviews with hand-picked local television stations, Roethlisberger could have used the camp to begin repairing his image in front of his most impressionable fans.

    Instead, Monday was another example of the Steelers covering for their franchise quarterback amid the chronicling of boorish behavior that recently brought Roethlisberger a No. 3 ranking in a Forbes magazine poll of the most-hated men in sports.

    "This is normally a camp that Ben does," Miller said. "Obviously, he wasn't able to do it this year, so we'll all step in and pick up the slack for him."

    The move to replace Roethlisberger with Tomlin and rename the camp was fallout from the conditional six-game suspension the NFL handed Roethlisberger in April after two sexual assault accusations in nine months.

    It was a collective decision, one that served both the interests of the sponsors and Roethlisberger's charitable foundation, over concerns that parents would resist sending their children to a camp run by the Steelers quarterback. It's one that apparently is killing Roethlisberger, who is said to love the camp but was advised that the wounds still were too fresh.

    They found a good replacement in Tomlin.

    The 38-year-old father of three bounced from drill to drill and playfully interacted with the campers, ages 7-14 including his two sons yesterday at Mars High School.

    "Are you kidding? I coach kids every day because I've got three waiting in the driveway for me when I get home from work, two of which are out here," Tomlin said. "We're parents first. What I do is what I do. Dad is who I am. Working with kids is a passion of mine. I happen to get a lot of work at it, a lot of opportunity to get better at it. We're doing that here."

    The Steelers coach said he was only baby-sitting, that it was his "full intention" for Roethlisberger to headline the camp next year, and he objected to an assertion that the switch was meant to rehabilitate the Steelers' image.

    "We're not interested in rehabilitation," Tomlin said. "We're just interested in doing what's right by these young folks. We're looking forward to these three days. I'm glad to be a part of it.

    "This really has nothing to do with what's going on with us professionally as a football team or organization."

    That's the shame of it, really.

    Too often we put professional athletes on a pedestal, only to pounce upon their mistakes when learning from them would be more beneficial. It's understandable that no one wants to be associated with negative publicity when it's easier for companies to distance themselves from trouble.

    But what kind of message does that send?

    The youth football camp would have been the perfect venue for Roethlisberger to show some accountability by making himself available to young Steelers fans. What was lost was a chance to humanize Roethlisberger, to let him show children the lesson of admitting that we all make mistakes and the importance of picking yourself up after falling down.

    "Hopefully," Miller said, "this will be a lasting experience for these kids that they'll remember for awhile."

    No doubt they will.

    You just wonder what kind of message was sent.

    If the campers ever get in trouble, will they show up and answer for it or expect someone else to step in and pick up the slack?

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    Re: Lost opportunity for Roethlisberger

    These witch hunters have two camps:

    One if he does that youth camp he is just trying to look good, but isn't.

    The other, he looks bad if he doesn't do the youth camp, because he's a putz.

    Media, media, blah, blah, blah.

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    Re: Lost opportunity for Roethlisberger

    Quote Originally Posted by Djfan
    These witch hunters have two camps:

    One if he does that youth camp he is just trying to look good, but isn't.

    The other, he looks bad if he doesn't do the youth camp, because he's a putz.

    Media, media, blah, blah, blah.

    Just win, Ben.

    very true, that strategy has worked well for Kobe.

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    Re: Lost opportunity for Roethlisberger

    Like Mr. Myagi says: Not everything is as seen.

    There's a reason Gorman was stuck covering high school sports for so long. This BS article only proves that point even more.

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    Re: Lost opportunity for Roethlisberger

    Quote Originally Posted by Djfan
    These witch hunters have two camps:

    One if he does that youth camp he is just trying to look good, but isn't.

    The other, he looks bad if he doesn't do the youth camp, because he's a putz.

    Media, media, blah, blah, blah.

    Just win, Ben.
    Very true. If Ben was at the camp some media witch hunter would be writing about "how terrible it is for someone like Ben to be around these young kids." He isn't there so now it is a missed opportunity.

    The reality is that if Ben was there you would have some parents who are newly minted Ben-haters pull their kids out of the camp. You also would have had media crawling all over the place trying to ask Ben questions distracting from the kids and worse yet in their typical scummy media way trying to ask the kids questions. The only ones losing had it played out like that are the kids.

    The way they have done it is the right way.
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    Re: Lost opportunity for Roethlisberger

    Quote Originally Posted by Djfan
    These witch hunters have two camps:

    One if he does that youth camp he is just trying to look good, but isn't.

    The other, he looks bad if he doesn't do the youth camp, because he's a putz.

    Media, media, blah, blah, blah.

    Just win, Ben.
    Actually they're all in the same camp. Had Ben done his hosting duties this same dude would be writing a story about how Ben's insistence on hosting the camp cost some kids the opportunity to go since their parents pulled them out.

    Blah, blah, blah.

    Just another opportunity to try and get web clicks by using Ben's name.

    Some photoshopper should design a STFU award and we should start bombarding writers like this, via email, with said award!

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    Re: Lost opportunity for Roethlisberger

    The media hates the Steelers. Had Tony Romo's career followed the same paths as Ben's, the type of media coverage would be very different. I agree with what DJfan said, he's damned if he does & damned if he doesn't. We just have get used to it.

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    Re: Lost opportunity for Roethlisberger

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozey74
    The media hates the Steelers. Had Tony Romo's career followed the same paths as Ben's, the type of media coverage would be very different. I agree with what DJfan said, he's damned if he does & damned if he doesn't. We just have get used to it.
    Agreed, as I think this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    I just hope training camp doesn't turn out to be a circus because of it...
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    Re: Lost opportunity for Roethlisberger

    hey is Kobe on the list?
    If not, then Ben's name will drip off when the next idiot comes along.
    Frankly, I'm not entirely sure Ben did anything wrong legally. And as a fellow that was once 28 and living in a college town, I had sex with a few 20 year olds. 20 year olds aren't 15. Big difference. Hell I was taken home drunk one night by a 20 yr old who hadn't been drinking. In case you are wondering, I didn't claim rape.

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    Re: Lost opportunity for Roethlisberger

    Quote Originally Posted by aggiebones
    hey is Kobe on the list?
    If not, then Ben's name will drip off when the next idiot comes along.
    Frankly, I'm not entirely sure Ben did anything wrong legally. And as a fellow that was once 28 and living in a college town, I had sex with a few 20 year olds. 20 year olds aren't 15. Big difference. Hell I was taken home drunk one night by a 20 yr old who hadn't been drinking. In case you are wondering, I didn't claim rape.
    Broke the law = NO!!!

    Used less brain cells than he should have = YES!!!!!!!
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