Ben Roethlisberger and Terry Bradshaw Meet for Interview, Patch Things Up

Ben Roethlisberger and Terry Bradshaw are the two best quarterbacks in Pittsburgh Steelers history. Bradshaw won four Super Bowls while leading the Steelers in the ’70s, and Big Ben is seeking his third. You figure two men with as much in common as they have would get along well. That hasn’t been the case.

Bradshaw’s issues traced back to 2006 when Roethlisberger got into a motorcycle crash while not wearing a helmet. The crash nearly killed Big Ben and it ruined Pittsburgh’s season. Fast forward four years to Roethlisberger’s second rape accusation and Bradshaw was quoted as saying “he doesn’t like me and I’m learning not to like him.”

Well Big Ben has reached his third Super Bowl, Bradshaw’s employer FOX is broadcasting the game, and Roethlisberger is trying to use the international platform to change his image. Part of that change is meeting with Terry for an interview this week that reportedly cleared things up between the two men.

Frankly, it disappoints me that Bradshaw has seemingly gone soft. Terry reportedly blamed his criticisms of Big Ben on his role as a television commentator. Roethlisberger may be changing into a decent person, but there’s little doubt that all Bradshaw’s criticisms were appropriate at the time. Regardless of what happens Sunday, it will be hard for me to shake my feelings that number seven is a sexual predator. Hopefully he’s changed his ways.

Bengals Prove Steeler Homer Terry Bradshaw Wrong with Win in Pittsburgh

If you were watching the NFL pregame show on FOX Sunday morning, you heard FOX analyst and former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw make a stern prediction he’d live to regret. In no uncertain terms he said the Bengals would not beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Look who’s laughing now, Terry:

Did FOX come back on air prior to the afternoon games for Terry to eat his words? Hope so because he and many other media members have doubted the legitimacy of the Bengals thus far. After this win, there’s no doubting how stout that defense is. Much like Carson Palmer said after the game, they’re not a Super Bowl team yet, but this is a good step. Heck, as crappy as the Bengals have been the past 20 years, winning the division is the Super Bowl.

This Beautiful Body Took Steroids?

Imagine my surprise to come across this story today … apparently Terry Bradshaw told Dan Patrick last week that he took steroids. And no, it wasn’t to get his body in shape for his bucknekked soliloquy in Failure to Launch, either. The interview, which you can hear on at SI’s website (who says they’re not getting their money’s worth from DP?), revolves mainly around the difference in medical care from now to when Bradshaw played. He talked about how players used to play with concussions, saying that many athletes would never have been cleared to play in today’s day. That pretty much led into this comment:

“We did steroids to get away the aches and the speed of healing,” Bradshaw said. “My use of steroids from a doctor was to speed up injury, and thought nothing of it. … It was to speed up the healing process, that was it. It wasn’t to get bigger and stronger and faster.”

Bradshaw said the the guys would get the steroids injected by the doctors. And coming from a guy who couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him the “C” and the “A,” I don’t doubt that he didn’t realize the steroids were making him stronger. Also, after hearing the interview, I think Jim Haslett is vindicated from his comments that the 70s Steelers popularized steroids in the NFL. Maybe now the Rooney’s should send him an apology.

Terry Bradshaw Lives!

You remember that game you played back in kindergarden?  You know, that game telephone?  Of course you do.  It went a little something like this – kids are all seated in a circle, teacher whispers some “code phrase” to the first kid, they’re supposed to repeat the phrase to the person sitting next to them, and so on and so forth until the code phrase has come all the way around the circle to be repeated to the teacher by the last student. Typically the code phrase starts out as something like trucks and blocks, but by the time it’s made a trip around the room, it comes out the other end as something like monkey a** f***.  You get the picture. 

Now it’s expected to have such an extreme lapse in communication when you’re dealing with a group of 5 year olds.  But it would be a little bit harder to picture amongst a group of professional adults.  Or maybe not.  From television station KTBS 3 in Shreveport:

“Rumors that [Terry] Bradshaw, a Shreveport native, had died of a heart attack swept through the area Thursday.  One theory as to how the rumor got started was that a local radio station reported a wreck on the Terry Bradshaw Passway — part of the Inner Loop — and that was misunderstood to say Bradshaw had passed away.”

Regardless of how the rumor was started, we have come to find that Terry is alive and well (or however you describe him), and he was in fact playing golf somewhere in Mexico when all the rumors were started.  Memo to media members: You have a lot of power.  What you decide to broadcast reaches and effects the lives of millions of people.  Is it too much to ask you to check the facts and do some INVESTIGATING journalism before you report things and cause a huge frenzy?  Didn’t think so.  As for the rest of this case…maybe we should examine what life would be like if Terry really had died?