5GR Reader and friend of the blog (Bowling League), sent the following to my inbox yesterday evening in response to poor Andrew Lasseter’s letter to Sports Illustrated. Maybe I’m stepping out on a limb; maybe a far extending twig, but is it possible that our “friend” Andrew Lasseter is really a bitter relative of Kwame Lassiter who spent 8 forgettable seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Yeah, I know the spelling is different. Do you really think Andrew (if that really is his REAL name) would be so foolish as to spell his name correctly and invite the scrutiny of the Steelers blog media? Seriously.
I just got my new SI and it featured the obligatory letters from readers section. Because I am cheap and I want to receive the maximum benefit from my subscription, I read the aforementioned letters. This issue had a letter from someone named Andrew Lasseter who wrote “I am tired of hearing about how great Ben Roethlisberger is at avoiding the rush. Am I the only one who saw him get sacked 46 times [last year]? He moves more like a champion of competitive eating than a SUPER BOWL WINNING QUARTERBACK (emphasis mine).” Mr. Lasseter, in an weak attempt at humor, actually makes the best case for Big Ben through his last statement that Ben is a Super Bowl winning quarterback. Yes, he was sacked 46 times, but all this guy does is avoid the rush, complete clutch passes and win! Two Super Bowls in four years, not to mention the other stats he currently owns. He has shown that he can get it done through a primarily run offense (2005) to a primarily pass offense (2008). I do agree with Mr. Lasseter that If Ben decided to enter a competitive eating contest, he would emerge as the winner!
I also don’t understand the “does he belong in the elite quarterback ranks?” debate. How can you not put him in the same conversation as Brady and Manning? Granted, Brady has one more Super Bowl win and Manning holds more records, but Ben has won two Super Bowls and he is in the upside of his career. You could argue that Brady and Manning, due to age and serious knee injury/surgery may be on the down sides of their career. Don’t think so, then why does Matt Cassell have 14+ million to be his backup? I hate the patriots, but they are not stupid. There is a reason they are giving him so much bank and that is because Brady is not going to be around much longer. Going forward, who would you take over the long-term?
Does it matter that his first Super Bowl ended with him holding the lowest QB rating in history for a Super Bowl WINNING quarterback? I wonder if Kurt Warner would trade his Super Bowl passing records to have the lowest rating as the winning quarterback? Again, all Ben does is win and I for one am grateful we have him.
For the story on how contributer, “Bowling League” came to love the Steelers check out the Fan Stories section of this blog.