Mega-Disappointment With Mega-Fight

  • Saturday, May 1, 2010 9:42 PM
  • Written By: Steve Silver

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I really don’t know why I haven’t learned my lesson at this point.

Every time I get excited for a Floyd Mayweather fight it always ends in the same bland form of dissatisfaction.

They are not terrible matches, but every fight I am left wanting something more.

Maybe it’s because Mayweather’s methodical style in the ring is polar opposite from his eccentric, wannabe-gangster charade outside of it. Maybe it’s all of the grappling instead of punching.

Or maybe it’s just my unwillingness to accept that Mayweather truly is better than everyone else out there – that he really can back up all of his trash talk.

Either way, Mayweather’s lackluster, yet convincing win over Shane Mosley Saturday night was just one more reason why I’m praying to the boxing gods to allow a Mayweather/Pacquiao fight.

I’m sick of seeing Mayweather pick apart opponents without even breaking a sweat. He needs a real challenger and Pacquiao is just the man for the job.

Unfortunately I’ll say there is only a 25 percent chance this dream bout occurs due to Pacquiao’s puzzling refusal to submit to thorough drug testing.

For now boxing fans just have to accept that Mayweather will continue to collect $20 million paychecks for sparring sessions with weak opponents until Pacquiao steps up to the plate.

Enough with the bitterness, though, because I’m really just upset that I didn’t win a single cent on the Kentucky Derby this weekend.

I’m also fuming at Comcast.

You would think in 2010 in a densely populated suburb of Pittsburgh that they would offer Pay-Per-View in HD. Think again.

That absolutely floored me tonight. I couldn’t even allow Mayweather to lull me to sleep in the best quality picture. Really Comcast? Pay-Per-View sporting events in HD are that hard to deliver? Does anyone have the Verizon Fios phone number?

On a completely different note, Chris Brown needs a new PR manager.

Who in their right mind thought having Chris Brown butcher the National Anthem at a boxing match was a good idea? This was the man who beat up his girlfriend. So let's just put him in a boxing ring for his next major public appearance. Makes total sense, right?

Finally, there were a lot of NFL quarterback sightings today. Aaron Rodgers took in the Kentucky Derby from the luxury suites and Mark Sanchez was ringside at the Mayweather/Mosley fight.

Attention, Big Ben, this is what NFL quarterbacks are supposed to do. Go live the high life at major events with other stars rather than down $1 High Lifes in rural Georgia with college kids.

Oh, and let’s go, Pens!

Goodell Is The Most Powerful Man In America

  • Friday, April 23, 2010 2:54 PM
  • Written By: Steve Silver

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Let me preface this post by saying, yes, I know the Pittsburgh Penguins lost in triple overtime last night. I’m sure the brave anonymous posters below will satiate themselves ripping Sidney Crosby. Go right ahead. I’ll get back to you when he is hoisting another Stanley Cup.

Today’s blog, though, is about the most powerful man in the entire country – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Really, stop and think about what this man just pulled off in the Ben Roethlisberger drama.

By suspending a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback without any criminal convictions, Goodell essentially crowned himself dictator of professional sports.

I always knew he had the power to do this sort of thing. But this takes it to an entirely new stratosphere.

What boggles my mind is why the NFL Players’ Association is not up in arms. This ruling sets a dangerous precedent for every single NFL player.

Goodell can suspend whomever he wants, whenever he wants, for whatever he wants. Heck, every woman in America should celebrate for having ultimate leverage power now. If you accuse an NFL player of wrongdoing, no matter if it is true or not, that player is probably going to get suspended.

Really, where does this slippery slope end?

Let’s examine the Big Ben case.

I do not know if Roethlisberger has a serious mental problem aside from his stupid propensity to throw interceptions and hold the ball longer than he should.

I also do not know if he raped those women in Georgia or in Nevada.

My gut tells me that Roethlisberger is a misogynist of the worst degree and that he has not outright raped anyone, but that he has certainly taken advantage of intoxicated women.

He is also extremely immature and dumb to continually put himself in these compromising positions.

The guy is a multimillionaire NFL quarterback. If he can’t get someone to sleep with him sober and not in a bar bathroom, then he has problems no doctor can fix.

My point is that in order to avoid this mess again he and every other NFL player should probably adopt hermit lifestyles. No crime will not mean no punishment anymore.

Goodell placated the masses here with a six-game suspension, but how does Santonio Holmes, a player with a true criminal record, only get four games for failing a drug test while Roethlisberger gets six games without even committing a crime?

What about Jeff Reed? That guy is the definition of disorderly conduct and he has never been suspended? Why?

I am truly shocked the NFLPA would allow itself to wither into such a weak state.

Trust me, this is only the beginning football fans.

Imagine the next time your favorite player Tweets something idiotic or a compromising photo surfaces. Suspensions galore.

Goodell should be referred to here on out as Dictator Goodell.

Try to find a Fortune 500 CEO with as much power as Goodell. To fire someone you really need good reason or you face a lawsuit. Not Roger.

Look at our own elected leaders. These men and women break both real and “morality” laws all of the time and it’s nearly impossible to kick them out of office.

But if a drunk girl cries foul, you better believe your quarterback is a goner.

Congrats to Goodell for pulling this off, but while all of you Steelers haters celebrate our upcoming 6-10 season, I want you to know that the Dictator is coming for your star player next.

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Judge Athletes On Performance, Not Personal Life

  • Thursday, March 25, 2010 8:11 PM
  • Written By: Steve Silver

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I tried as hard as I could to stay out of the whole Ben Roethlisberger situation, because pretty much everyone who has a voice or a keyboard has already said so much.

But the other night my mom brought it up. Yes, this is how crazy Pittsburghers are. Even moms think of the Steelers’ players as their own children.

Basically she thinks the Steelers should cut Roethlisberger because he is an idiot and is ruining the team’s reputation. She’s right. He is an idiot and he is hurting the reputation of one of the model franchises in the NFL. Yet, that is no reason to cut him.

I explained to my mom that the Steelers and most NFL teams would have to cut half of their rosters if we were basing the privilege to play professional football on personal conduct/criminal behavior. Just look at Pittsburgh’s last Super Bowl victory. Big Ben (multiple accusations of sexual assault) throws the winning pass to Santonio Holmes (marijuana possession, domestic abuse) and Jeff Reed (multiple public intoxication citations) kicks the extra point.

Unfortunately this is the harsh reality of professional sports. We want our athletes to be heroes. We want them to be role models. We want them to actually appreciate the millions of dollars they earn.

Really we want them to be guys our moms would like.

Yet I know, and a lot of sports fan now know, this is extremely unrealistic.

Look at the latest report from the NFL combine that pot smoking is an “epidemic” at the Draft Combine.

What are the GMs supposed to do? Pass on the best talent because of this? No, of course not. Heck, Ricky Williams eventually turned it around.

Athletes are athletes. They are paid to perform. They are not paid to be civic leaders or role models. If you want it that way, then start trying to remake our entire society.

If any parents are reading this -- and I know my mom is -- I realize there not many “role model” worthy people left in the world, but please do not make it a professional athlete.

So what will happen with Big Ben? He’ll probably escape criminal charges, but he might receive a suspension from Roger Goodell. Either way, he’ll continue to play for the Steelers. As will so many others with actual, official criminal records.

I’m not saying it’s right, but it’s the way it is, so get over it.

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