The Broncos play the Steelers today in the NFL Playoffs and I just wonder who’s going to get all the attention in the buildup. Hmm…
In this USA Today article from earlier this week, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says what we’ve all been thinking: that ESPN is overhyping Tim Tebow. Roethlisberger notes that it’s “got to be tough” for Tebow, and that the rest of the Broncos team (which actually has a pretty solid defense led by rookie Von Miller) seemingly gets ignored when talking about the team:
“I don’t think Tim calls up ESPN and says, ‘Hey, put me on every day, and make it the Steelers vs. Tebow.’ It’s probably tough for him to deal with that stuff.”
“Every time you turn it on, you see something about Tebow. I can only imagine what it’s like for his teammates. Just watching today, it’s the Steelers versus Tim Tebow. No, it’s the Steelers versus the Broncos, so I can only imagine what it’s like for him with all the eyes and the attention on him and the pressure. It can’t be fun. I feel for him a little bit.”
I’m not going to send Big Ben to the gallows for speaking the truth about ESPN’s overhyping of Tebow, but I am wondering in the back of my head if there isn’t something else at play with these comments from the Steelers QB. I mean, it *was* ESPN that seemingly ignored Roethlisberger’s sexual assault allegations from three summers ago, and when they finally did mention the story on ESPN.com, it happened close to midnight. I’ve noticed a seemingly hero-worship attitude towards Roethlisberger in the past from the mothership about his on-field exploits and toughness, but then again, maybe that’s because I’m a Ravens fan and get angry when he’s talked about as an all-time great.
In any regard, Roethlisberger did tell it like it is regarding ESPN’s massive crush on Tim Tebow. And hell, even Roethlisberger and divisional rival Terrell Suggs (who spends his time on the field with Roethlisberger trying to kill him) agree on the situation. When a Raven and a Steeler are agreeing on a point, you know there’s something strange in the air.