A question of value

So, right now the Steelers Nation is dealing with the fact that the club just dumped a Super Bowl MVP for a 5th round draft pick. That’s right, no more Santonio Holmes. He’s now with the Jets.

On Facebook, I threw out a comment that I’ll repeat here: I hate losing a player of Santonio’s quality. But I love losing a douchebag of Santonio’s quality.

Remember, here’s a guy who has faced many drug charges in the past, and who just screwed up again and was looking at a 4 game suspension. Then there’s those other shenanigans … getting on Twitter and yelling at fans. Getting on Twitter and saying “I expect to be PAID.” Getting on Twitter and telling a woman that she should “drink something and die.” Not good PR for the Rooneys, the Steelers or the city of Pittsburgh.

I think a lot of fans get where the Steelers are coming from. Most of us absolutely loathe douchebag players … otherwise, I think we’d be Cowboys fans. But what they are more upset about is that we seemed to have gotten such a shitty trade for him.

I think there’s 2 factors at work here:

  1. The Rooneys are tired of the players’ shenanigans. From Jeff Reed to Big Ben, THEY. ARE. PISSED. This is going to let every coach and player in the league know that you aren’t above getting dumped, no matter who you are.
  2. In Santonio’s personal life, it seems he’s on a downward slide. He can’t keep his mouth shut on Twitter … talking about “Waking and baking,” barking back at fans, telling a woman she “should drink something and die,” getting involved in a nightclub fracas. He can’t seem to keep clean … or simply doesn’t want to. I think it’s pretty obvious that it’s just a matter of time before he self-destructs.

See that bold/italic part? This is why they didn’t get more for him. He’s like my old VW — well-known to have reliability problems, will cost a lot to keep around, and could just up and die for no real good reason. Sure, I could have gotten more for it when I traded it in — but by that point, I just wanted rid of the damn thing. And I think that’s where the Rooneys are with Santonio. 4 game suspension, looming contract demands, off-field headaches — who needs the grief, right?

Now, the other factor the people are screaming about is “Hey! How can you trade Santonio without being pissed about Big Ben? Isn’t rape way worse than weed and boorish behavior?”

Yes. Absolutely it is.

But here’s what I think the difference is: Ben was never found guilty of anything.

In Ben’s first fiasco, it seemed pretty obvious that he was the victim of someone trying to make a quick buck by screaming rape. I remember reading some of the papers submitted to court on The Smoking Gun — it was pretty eye-opening. Admittedly, this second incident has definitely raised eyebrows — everyone is saying, “Hey, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” But the truth of the matter is he hasn’t been charged with anything (yet), let alone found guilty in a court of law. He’s only guilty in the eyes of the public.

To be honest, I don’t think that this “lack of being charged” has endeared Big Ben to the Rooneys. I think the Rooneys are as sick of his stupidity as we are, and that he’ll be residing in Chateau Bow-Wow for the rest of his time here. If he would get charged in this incident or would be involved in another, I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be gone, too.

I’m sure this off-season is killing a lot of us Steelers fans. We’re not used to this kind of drama with our players/team. But I think the spring cleaning is due, and personally, I trust the Rooneys. They didn’t get to be one of the most successful franchises in sports by being stupid.

Gonna be an interesting upcoming season, that’s for sure.


1 Response to “A question of value”

  1. 1 Eric Pucek
    April 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm


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