Yesterday afternoon, I stood among a group of 30 friends and watched the unfolding drama between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. It was the typical, hard fought game expected of the two rivals.
By now, you know the story. While the Ravens held a miniscule lead throughout much of the game, the Steelers wrestled it from their grasp midway thru the 4th quarter.
Nearly all of my friends feared and/or bemoaned the customary “here we go AGAIN” lines. And, they were justified in feeling that way. The Steelers are renowned for killing the Ravens hopes in the final minutes of past battles.
But, I stood my ground and refused to join in the paranoia.
I spent a SOBER Sunday singing the same tune I’ve been belting out for the last few days. If you were standing within earshot of me, you heard it …..
“The Ravens Ain’t Losing Today …. They’ve Got Karma On Their Side.”
Say what you want and believe what you want – I absolutely, positively subscribe to the power of KARMA. I think it’s the balance of ensuring that some people get what they’ve got coming to them.
You think I’m crazy? Fine. But, every single person in our society has lived with hope that “what goes around, comes around” at some point of their lives.
I talked about it last week. I blogged it on Saturday (Will The Ravens Win? Yes ….). And, I preached it to anybody willing to listen during yesterday’s game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers rode into yesterday’s game with an unblemished record. At 3-0, they had yet to really absorb any negative effects from Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension. In an eerie kinda way, I felt the Rooney organization was getting off the hook too easily.
My perceptions were correct, and I knew it.
The Steelers were bound to feel the brunt sting of Roethlisberger’s absence. They had to experience it, because a loss would really bring the entireity of the “Milledgeville Debacle” and Ben’s penchant for treating people badly, full circle.
Dan Rooney had no clear indication that his quarterback was going to do something potentially criminal, in Georgia, six short months ago. However, he absolutely knew his quarterback was living a less than respectable life – garnering complaints of sexual misconduct and behaving like a JACKASS around Pittsburgh.
By now, everybody knows about Ben Roethlisberger’s misdeeds. The accounts have been provided, from waitresses, customers, friends, teammates, collegaues, fans and others.
Where there’s smoke …..
Yet, as yesterday’s game rolled around the Steelers were staring at the vivid possibility of not missing a single beat, or suffering a single loss, during Roethlisberger’s absence. And, aside from his personal fantasy statistics, ‘ole Ben was likely thinking this suspension amounted to nothing more than a one month vacation.
Not so fast boys …..
Life ain’t that unfair for others …..
With yesterday’s loss, Ben Roethlisberger and Dan Rooney have a true, concrete reminder of what his suspension has cost their organization. And, that’s really all we can ask in sealing the fate of justice, as it relates to Roger Goodell’s sanctions.
Would Ben Roethlisberger’s participation in yesterday’s game have made a difference? We’ll never know. But, I would like to think it would have made an impact. And, that makes the Ravens win even sweeter.
Yesterday’s game can be summed up in a few potential ways …..
“The Arrival Of Joe Flacco …..”
“The Ravens Defense Delivers …..”
“Charlie Batch Is Charlie Batch …..”
Regardless of how the game is categorized, you can really pin a substantial part of it on Ben Roethlisberger. And, for the sake of what’s RIGHT, today is a very good day.
Dan Rooney needed to feel the way he undoubtedly feels this morning. Perhaps, the next time his quarterback does something to embarrass the organization, he’ll react quicker, while beckoning back to today.
The KARMA TRAIN has arrived, in Pittsburgh. And, Dan Rooney finds himself taking a seat right next to Ben Roethlisberger.