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George Hale’s Prediction: Super Bowl XLV and Ben Roethlisberger 

SUNDAY IS THE BIG GAME.EVEN THOUGH THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE PATRIOTS LOSS TO THE JETS STILL LINGERS IT’S STILL THE BIGGEST SPORTS MOMENT OF THE YEAR.IT’S NOT A LOT OF FUN IF YOU DON’T PICK A TEAM TO CHEER FOR.AT LEAST NOT FOR ME.I DON’T HAVE A LOT OF LOYALTY TO EITHER THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS OR THE GREEN BAY PACKERS.BUT I DON’T DISLIKE THEM EITHER.NOT LIKE MY FEELING FOR THE JETS.I THOUGHT I MIGHT BE PULLING FOR THE STEELERS BUT I’M HAVING TROUBLE WITH THAT.TO BE FRANK THAT TROUBLE HAS A NAME.BEN ROETHLISBERGER.I HAVE BEEN UNCOMFORTABLE WITH BIG BEN AND THE WHOLE STEELER ORGANIZATION EVER SINCE THE MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA INCIDENT A YEAR AGO.THERE NO REASON TO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE PITTSBURGH QUARTERBACK SEXUALLY ATTACKED A 20 YEAR OLD CO-ED IN A BATHROOM.IT WASN’T THE FIRST TIME EITHER…IN 2008 HE FACED SIMILAR CHARGES IN A LAWSUIT BY A FEMALE HOTEL EMPLOYEE.THE STAR OF THE STEELER TEAM WAS KNOWN IN TOWN AS A HEAVY DRINKING ATHLETE WITH A REPUTATION FOR OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOR.NOW THAT BEING SAID THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT ROETHLISBERGER IS AN OUTSTANDING QUARTERBACK.HE IS GOOD, PERHAPS VERY GOOD BUT NOT AT THE LEVEL OF TOM BRADY OR PAYTON MANNING OR. PERHAPS, AARON ROGERS.THE PACKERS ARE A 3 POINT FAVORITE.I HAVE TALKED MANY TIMES ABOUT SPORTS FIGURES WHO DON’T LIVE UP TO THEIR OBLIGATIONS AS HUMAN BEINGS.I HAVE NO ILLUSION THAT THESE MEN WHO PLAY A TOUGH GAME ARE ALL CHOIR BOYS.THE ROETHLISBERGER CASE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF AN ATHLETE WHO WAS TREATED DIFFERENTLY THAN THE AVERAGE JOE.SINCE THE BEGINNING OF HIS SEASON, WITH ONLY A 4-GAME SUSPENSION, THE PRESS CORPS HAS GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY TO SHOW HOW HE IS A CHANGED MAN.WINNING FOOTBALL GAMES CAN CERTAINLY CHANGE PERSPECTIVE.I KEEP READING HOW HE IS A REDEEMED MAN.WELL MAYBE.LESS THAN ELEVEN MONTHS AGO IT WAS MORE THAN LIKELY THAT HE RAPED A 20 YEAR OLD GIRL IN A BAR.ONE WOULD HOPE THAT HE HAS LEARNED FROM HIS BAD ACTIONS AND HAS CHANGED.BUT WINNING A FEW GAMES AND MAKING IT TO THE SUPER BOWL IS NOT ENOUGH.SO MY DILEMMA BECOMES A MORAL ONE.I WILL CHEER FOR THE PACKERS THIS TIME.NOT THAT IT WILL MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE IN THE GAME.GREEN BAY QUARTERBACK AARON ROGERS IS A BETTER STORY FOR ME TO DEAL WITH.HE FOUGHT HIS WAY TO THE TOP AND HIS RAP SHEET IS CLEAN.THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS.