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Latest Roethlisberger Accusations Changes Perceptions
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“The Assembly has witnessed over the last weeks how historical truth is established; once an allegation has been repeated a few times, it is no longer an allegation, it is an established fact, even if no evidence has been brought out in order to support it.”
-         Dag Hammarskjold 
 
Isn’t that the truth, at least in how it pertains to Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger?
 
For Big Ben, as he’s come to be known by the fans and media, you would imagine that the first allegation would have been enough of an ordeal to have to go through. Sure, the court filings show that the woman involved more than likely entrapped the quarterback with the hopes of a get rich scheme of some sort, but it still left some nasty taste in people’s mouths.
 
Now comes the news of a new case involving the star quarterback in Milledgeville, Georgia, where a 20-year-old college student is alleging that Roethlisberger assaulted her on Friday, March 5th in the bathroom of a nightclub where Roethlisberger was celebrating his 28th birthday. The difference in this case is that the woman took her case directly to the police, rather than going for civil damages, and she did so immediately after the incident.
 
So where does that leave Roethlisberger, both in the eyes of the public or in the eyes of the law?
 
Well, in the eyes of the law, he is now a two-time accused sex offender. You can give a guy the benefit of the doubt after the first case because of the evidence against the accuser and the fact that it was a civil proceeding, but given the latest accusations were taken directly to the police, one has to wonder just how innocent the accused really is.
 
Then there is his decision to hire on Ed Garland as his attorney in the matter. Garland is the attorney that has represented many troubled sports stars when they’ve crossed the law, including Jamal Lewis in his cocaine distribution trial and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, when he faced charges in a double-homicide in 2000. The one thing that these clients share in common, as well as Dana Heatley and Adam “Pacman” Jones, who were also represented by Garland’s firm, is that all parties involved were guilty to some degree in the crimes they stood trial for, only to plead their charges down.
 
What does this say for Roethlisberger remains to be seen, but given that the police are already requesting DNA evidence from the quarterback, it already doesn’t look good.
 
So where does that leave Big Ben in the eyes of the public?
 
Well, Roethlisberger has done all the right things on the field. He’s played hard, fought through injuries, and he’s delivered two Super Bowls to the Steel City in his short career. Then again, he’s also contributed his share of headlines off the field, spotlighted by the two sexual assault allegations and the memorable motorcycle accident where Roethlisberger was missing both a helmet and a valid Pennsylvania motorcycle license.
 
While these are just three incidents, they are also three high profile situations that show a severe lack of judgment from a player who serves as both a role model for kids, as well as a leader on the field of play. Half the responsibility of being a quarterback in the NFL is being the marketable figurehead of the team. If the public sees you as a playboy loose cannon who cannot be trusted within the confines of the law, then in one of your primary roles as a player. As I said before, the public may be willing to overlook the first incident, and perhaps even the motorcycle crash, but when there is repeated pounding on the can, eventually its going to look dented, and nobody wants to buy a dented can.
 
And none of this even considers how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is going to handle this situation. And let’s face facts, Goodell isn’t exactly one that waits to hear things out either is he?
 
As the facts unfold, both the law and the court of public opinion will cast their verdicts, but this much is true; you can only do so much to repair an image and part of that is making the right choices. Its obvious the lessons of right or wrong have fallen on deaf ears here.
 
 
Where Is Belichick Now?
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Purdue's Forward Robbie Hummel went down in a pile last night making a Wes Welker jump stop and blew out his ACL. So I ask... Where is Belichick? Was the HARDWOOD floor too soft? Was it raining in the arena and made the base questionable? This is one of those moves that pushes the limits of the knee beyond what it is created to do. If an athlete does this over and over and over, it's going to wear and tear on the ligaments. At what point does the knee say ENOUGH and give up the goat like it did Wednesday night and when it happened to Welker in the season finale vs Houston...

Now I know 50% of you will say that the two can't be compared because they are different sports. Bull$hit. It's the same move whether on grass or hardwood. The knee is being forced into a sideways motion while trying to flex in it's normal range. It just won't work. It's like trying to hold your fists together one on top of the other and having someone knock them apart with just two fingers. Why? Because the muscles are trying to keep it going in one direction and not resisting the other direction. Pop goes the ligament.

All in all... My point? Quit your crying Belichick. Your player got hurt because he was making a football move and his body decided it didn't want to make that move. The turf didn't give out... Did the floor under Hummel give way? Did the boards come apart and swallow his foot causing his knee to buckle? Didn't think so.

And that is why I Yell At My TV...

S.

Remembering A True Patriot
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It’s a sad day in Patriot Nation. Especially for those of us who were Patriot Fans long before they became team of the decade. As one of the most Iconic figures, in Patriots history has passed on. Mosi Tatupu a stallworth on special teams for 12 years in New England passed on yesterday at the age of 54. the news came rather matter factly on the Radio as just a quick one line. 

Thinking about this guy and what he did for the Patriots for years. Memories of this crazy Someon guy running wild in the crazy weather we get here in New England and his cheering section who got even more crazy when he was in the game. Thinking about old number 30 it just brought a smile to my face. The Patriots were different back then they weren’t the corporation they are now.

Mosi Tatupu who had his own fan base and almost cult following among Patriot Fans especially those who wore moose hats in the west end zone of the old Foxboro Stadium were going to a game was an adventure in itself especially if you came out without being punched or thrown up on. For twelve years thiese guys would be their every game to cheer Mosi on. They called themselves Mosi’s Mooses. It was the ultimate tribute to the ultimate blue collar football player. He wasn’t John Hannah or Steve Grogan what he was a football players football player just a hard worker.

Tatupu wasn’t the greatest  he never rushed for more than 553 yards in a 12 year career but he was everything. He could give you that key block to spring another back or he was the suicide guy on special teams. Tatupu was a player that you always knew was on the field. The guy was a joy to watch even if he played for some incredibly bad teams. Tatupudid have 1000 passing % he was 2 for 2 completing passes in 1986 and 1989. Tautupu was known for his special teams play. He was to put in perspective for today’s Patriot Fan. He was Larry Izzo(now of the Jets) but better he was much better and more hard nosed. He was a running back after all with a low center gravity that made him hard to bring down.

Tatupu, was on the Superbowl XX Pats team and made the Probowl in that year in 1986. He played his college ball for USC. He was the first Samoen American to play in the Pro Bowl. Tatupu grew up in Hawaii and was all-state there.

More recently, Tatupu was Head Coach at King Phillip Academy in Wrentham Mass. And was also the coaching stuff of Curry College. He also Coached at Northeastern University as well.

Tatupu is the father of Seahawks Lofa Tatupu. Mosi passed away possibly iog health issue related to High Blood pressure. He was a Patriot that you would always remember.
It’s a sad day today in Patriot Nation one of it’s most popular members has passed.
 

Ravens Sign Stallworth
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ESPN.com news services

Embattled wide receiver Donte' Stallworth, whose contract with Cleveland was terminated last week, signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

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The Ravens announced the signing Wednesday, a day after Stallworth worked out for the team. The deal will be worth $900,000, with Stallworth able to earn another $300,000 in incentives, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Stallworth was reinstated Feb. 7 by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after serving a year-long suspension for killing a 59-year-old pedestrian in Florida while driving drunk.

Stallworth spent 24 days in prison and reached a financial settlement out of court with the family of Mario Reyes, a construction worker who was crossing a causeway when he was struck by Stallworth's vehicle.

"There was a time I felt the mistake I made was the end of the world for me," Stallworth said in a statement released by the Ravens. "I've had trouble putting it into words. So, when teams started inviting me for workouts, and the Ravens called, I was excited. It means a lot that they would be willing to take a chance with me.

"I have a lot of people I am thankful for, and that now includes the Ravens. I can't let any of these people down, including my family, Commissioner Goodell and the Ravens."

Stallworth, 28, played just one season for the Browns after signing a seven-year, $35 million contract in 2008. That year he recorded 17 receptions for 170 yards and one touchdown in 11 games.

Baltimore's top four receivers from last season are not under contract for 2010 and the team is in desperate need of playmakers. The Ravens hope Stallworth can contribute next season.

"Our goal is to become a better team, and we work on that every day. Adding Donte' gives us the opportunity to improve," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I observed him and interacted with him for a year when we were both in Philadelphia. He's the kind of person and player who can help us. It's clear that he is determined to play, that he has been working hard and that he wants to have a positive impact off the field, too."

Information from ESPN.com AFC North blogger James Walker and The Associated Press was used in this report.

So much For The Cheap Seats
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -

The Buffalo Bills may no longer be the best bargain in the NFL.

The team has announced that it's raising ticket prices for season ticket holders, and single game tickets too.

Sideline seats in the lower bowl of Ralph Wilson Stadium will cost about $10 more per game.

The average season ticket price will rise to a little over $59, up from about $51.

Barring price increases by other teams, the hike would cost the Bills the spot they held last year as the cheapest ticket in the NFL.

The team says prices for individual game tickets will also be going up, to a total of $90 dollars for lower level sideline tickets, to $47 for the upper level corner seats.

Dallas still holds the distinction of charging the most for a single game ticket.  The average for a ticket to see the Cowboys is nearly $160 per game.

In 2009, the Bills were at the bottom of the leagues 32 teams for ticket prices.  This 15% increase moves them up two spots, above Cleveland and Jacksonville.

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