I don't believe for a minute that Ben Roethlisberger is healthy enough to play against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Could he hobble around and throw the ball? Yep.
Is it worth the risk? Nope.
The Steelers should know around kickoff if their game against the Browns has any meaning. If the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens, then a Steelers' win gives them the AFC North title. If the Ravens win -- and I think they will -- then the Steelers' game is meaningless.
Roethlisberger should sit either way.
The Steelers shouldn't risk further injury to Big Ben.
I understand his desire to play.
But the Steelers need to understand the need to keep him healthy. Do you think the Browns would like a shot at injuring him as payback for Colt McCoy's concussion? I do.
Any playoff run needs Roethlisberger to be as close to 100 percent as possible.
I don't see how letting him play gets him closer to that goal.
I liked the Todd Graham hire by the Pitt football team in January.
I was looking forward to seeing his high-powered offense in action. I liked the idea of his commitment to Pitt he said after his hire. He talked a great game.
Less than a year later, I have lost all respect for the man.
Graham up-and-left for Arizona State, leaving Pitt, his players and the program on a whim.
Well, maybe it wasn't a whim. Maybe he knew his up-tempo style just wasn't going to work in Year 2 at Pitt. Maybe he couldn't get the right quarterback to run his offense. Maybe he wanted to leave before everyone else figured out that he wasn't as good of a coach as he made himself out to be. Maybe he didn't like the weather.
He's a Sun Devil now.
Ask a Pitt player, and I'd guess they'd say he's something like the devil instead.
Graham notified his players by text or email -- how nice. Nothing being committed to your job.
Ready or not, Steelers fans, you could be looking at a 13-win season and a wild-card berth.
It's not the end of the world, especially when it's not impossible to win the Super Bowl as a wild-card team.
But what do you do when your first-round opponent is Tim Tebow -- I mean the Denver Broncos?
The Broncos, winners of six straight, have a one-game lead over the Oakland Raiders. It looks like a lock that the AFC West division winner will be the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. That means the top wild-card team, and unless the Ravens lose it looks like the Steelers, would get the Broncos.
I keep waiting and waiting for Tebow to fail, and he just keeps winning and winning. He'll play the ugliest three quarters of football and somehow spur his team to victory.
I'm sure the league will catch up to him, just like the league caught up to the Miami Dolphins' Wildcat offense.
But for now, it looks like Steelers Nation will square off against the mystic powers of Tebow.
When Ben Roethlisberger left the field in the second quarter Thursday night, I thought the Steelers were going to lose to the Browns.
There was no way Roethlisberger was going to return from that injury, I thought.
The heck with losing to the Browns. From the looks of that injury on the replays, I thought you could kiss any dreams of a Super Bowl run goodbye.
Yeah, I was way off on that one.
Roethlisberger returned to start the second half and the Steelers did just enough to beat the Browns on national television.
It looked like one of those games the Steelers would squander away. Hines Ward and Heath Miller each lost a fumble inside the red zone, and the Steelers started another drive inside the Browns' 40-yard line and came away with zero points.
Ward, as a side note, didn't have another catch after that fumble.
Even at the end, with Roethlisberger doing his best Willis Reed, it looked like the Browns would take the lead after the Steelers were stopped fo…
For years now, we've been told it's great by the people who created it. We've been told how it matches the two best teams in the country for college football's national championship.
Instead, we're usually left without the two best teams playing for the title.
We complain, gripe and do everything we can to slam the system. Ideas are tossed around, but they never gain traction. Five of six weeks later, everyone turns on their television after the new year to watch college football again and the slime that run the BCS and the bowls smile while counting their dollars.
Yeah, college football is grand.
Sunday night was another reminder of how bad the system is. For this year's version of the national championship, we're left with a rematch of LSU and Alabama. The two team's played earlier in a battle of field goals -- yawn! -- with LSU beating 'Bama 9-6.