One for the thumb
For those of you who may have been the victim of an alien abduction this evening, allow me to report that my hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, just clinched their fifth Superbowl victory, defeating the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10. (As I write this, cars are driving past my window honking their horns; I expect the din to continue well into the wee hours.)
Earlier this season, my friend and fellow blogger Dean Barnett controversially opined that Steeler quarterback—and occasional blogger—Ben Roethlisberger had "accomplished nothing of significance. Zero. Zilch. Nada. In the two biggest games of his career (in last year’s playoffs), he was several levels below awful …. Let’s see him not suck in a big game, and then we’ll talk."
Well, Big Ben hasn't sucked now in—let's see—four consecutive big games. In fact, he's just become, at 23, the youngest starting quarterback ever to lead his team to an NFL championship.
I'll grant you he had plenty of help from his teammates—notably Superbowl MVP Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El (who threw an amazing touchdown pass tonight) and, of course, Jerome Bettis, who inspired the team to drive "The Bus" all the way to his home town of Detroit. But Number 7 was there every yard of the way, injured right thumb and all.
Now, of course, he'll have a brand new Superbowl XL ring he can wear on that thumb.
Would that count as having accomplished something of significance?
This is my daughter Maggie's first rowing race: the Speakmon Regatta in Columbus, Ohio.
(Just click on the picture to watch the video.)