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I called him Drama King ... and you got mad

Posted on: February 9, 2009 5:20 pm

Well who's laughing now? Huh? I am. Loudly.

Ben Roethlisberger is doing it again. He's inventing injuries even his own team doesn't know about. Maybe he has broken ribs. Maybe he ate ribs last night, and got confused. Whatever the case, Big Ben is the biggest drama king I've ever seen.

And Steelers fans, you know it.

The guy's a great quarterback. Clear leader. Brave player. All of that.

And a first-class drama king, as I said in this article that  made so many of you so mad. Granted, the prediction was off. But Drama King? Dead-solid perfect.

Category: NFL

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2009 5:27 pm

I called him Drama King ... and you got mad

Dicklessberger is a little B*TCH and you can't even compare him to Curt Schilling. The team actually knew about Curt's injury and you could see him playing through the pain. Ben goes off and claims he had broken ribs which the team had no idea about and it's probably a false claim.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2009 5:15 pm

Never heard Ben complain!!

Ben tells it like it is, if he is hurt he says so.  When you are big and fight to stay alive in the pocket you will take more hits than anyone else.  He gets banged up more.  He does not complain just tells the truth.

BEN holds onto the ball too long - says everyone, well do you think that may lead to more hits which is more minor injuries?

He played with a bad shoulder with the x-ray showing the seperation.

Ben fights the pressure of a defense - there is your DRAMA

He wins due to his will and strength  - there is your KING


Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2009 3:22 pm

I called him Drama King ... and you got mad

I think you don't use your head for thinking.

Ben is neither a great player, or a tough player.

Just as you don't know football

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2009 11:16 am

I called him Drama King ... and you got mad

This is hilarious.  I missed the first article that called him the drama king, but this latest admission of his injured ribs is pretty ironic.

Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 9:59 am

I called him Drama King ... and you got mad

I will not be fooled twice.   This is the second time that Big Ben has done this, I am pretty sure the Steelers would have also taken an MRI before the SB. BTW, how could fractured ribs not have shown up on an X-Ray?  He had a good reason to "manufacture" a broken toe last time...he played like crap!  This time he played great and could've/should've been named MVP, he didn't need to do this.  If I could say one thing to him, it would have to be --

It has only been a week since the Super Bowl Ben, we haven't forgotten about you. Just don't go on any motorcycle rides to celebrate this time.

Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 8:45 am

I called him Drama King ... and you got mad

He's a 26 year old superstar playing for a six time SB champ...........he led his team on a two minute drive to win the game........he deserves all the accolades he receives.

Seriously, I'm sure that Ben didn't hold a press conference to announce his injury. More than likely some reporters were following him around like the hounds that they can be and asked him about the MRI that he had and he told them the truth......

Success brings jealousy.........always has, always will. Ben is a clean player that will lead his team to more SB wins in the future, so get used to him being in the news.........

It's sad that some people have to try and tear someone down as often as they can, especially when it's a great guy like Ben. Just plain shameful, IMO.

Go attack some of the thugs in the league and leave Ben alone.

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2009 5:05 am

Yeah, and team doctors are always on the up & up

Gimme a break.  The guy led his team on one of the great game-winning drives of all-time, with the title at stake.

The fact is that Ben only had x-rays in Tampa that didn't detect any rib fractures pre-game.  An MRI in Pittsburgh (with his own surgeon, not team medical staff) the week after the game showed slight fractures.  Look, there is nothing any doctors can do for cracked or broken ribs anyway.  He played through pain.  So did most of his teammates and the Cardinals.  And lots of players give themselves props for playing through pain.  If you're going to call out Roethlisberger, call out guys like Terrell Suggs, too.  The week leading up to the AFC Championship, all you heard about was how courageous he was to even think of playing with a shoulder harness, yada, yada, yada.

Saying Big Ben is a drama king is like saying Michael Jordan is a drama king for all the times he won championships despite playing with the flu (probably Vegas Flu), or some kind of ailment that just added to his legacy.

Or like the stories of Mikey Mantle slugging pinch-hit home runs when he swung at the ball in the middle during a day game he couldn't start because he passed out at the bar the night before after trying to dial the grandfather clock to call a taxi.

You can look at these stories as a skeptic, fine.  But your skepticism only serves to add to the legend!  That's the genius of this PR play by Big Ben and his team.  Either way the media chose to look at this story simply grows the legend of Big Ben Roethlisberger.

Writers will either react like Doyel or....for an example of a guy who doesn't buy the drama king story....

Doyel gives us 108 words, most of them tooting his own horn and trying to dent the armor of, simply put, a Two-Time Champion Quarterback.

King gives us 2,399 words that represent some of the better football journalism you can find anywhere.

Sure, you can argue that King is taking the bait and buying into the drama thing.  And those of you who do can expend all of 15 seconds to enjoy Doyel's 108 words about the alleged Drama King.

Me, I'm savoring every one of Peter King's 2,399 words about the proven Super Bowl QB King.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 2:34 am

I called him Drama King ... and you got mad

fyi - The title of your 'article' makes you sound like you're two years old.  don't be a hater.

Also, I think Curt Schilling is a far bigger drama king than Ben will ever be.  This is football, after all.  

I wouldn't be surprised if Ben did break a rib or two after the shots he took in Baltimore and Cleveland (maybe you should watch the tape).  I also believe that when someone is deemed to have impaired sensation in their limbs after a blow to the head or neck, a spinal injury is #'s 1, 2, and 3 on the list of things you must rule out, because a simple 'concussion' doesn't cause numbness in your extremities for any extended period.  So, the diagnosis of a spinal concussion seems very possible, in my board-certified medical opinion.  Do you have your MD yet, Doyel?  I also think that teams downplay injury reports, in order to not tip off the opposition to potential weaknesses.   (see Bill Belichek - who hides player injuries seemingly every week)  So I'm not surprised the Steelers didn't disclose more then, and I'm not surprised they still aren't disclosing more now, as it might lead to fines from the NFL.

Drama king? Maybe.  But I bet there's more truth to Ben's claims than you think, Doyel.  If that MRI report gets any cred, you'll look even more foolish than usual.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 2:17 am

I called him Drama King ... and you got mad

Good call doyel. Big Ben seems to have taken a page straight out of Brett's book (granted he does have 1 more SB), although he might be more Kobe or as Freeman loves to call him "Ko-Me".

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2009 1:20 am

I called him Drama King ... and you got mad

I'm a diehard Steelers fan but very simply Big Ben is a total drama king and of all the bad things I've said about reporters on this site I have to say, although he's pointing out the obvious and something that already has been reported, Doyel is dead on. Ben is also a tremendous jerk. But I'd still make him my first pick for QB of my Steelers.

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