This is rich.
Ben Roethlisberger talked with Jamison Hensley of ESPN on the rivalry the Steelers have with the Ravens, and Roethlisberger used it as an opportunity to take a shot at the Bengals:
The difference between this game and the Cincinnati game is these two teams, us and Baltimore, there's always a respect involved in it. You're going to get hit really hard or you're going to hit somebody really hard, but you're going help them up and say, 'Man, nice job.' At the end of it, you're going to shake hands and give the other guy a hug and say that was a lot of fun and can't wait to do it next year. It's a fun rivalry in the sense that there's a lot of respect and there are two good football teams.
Oh, right... The Bengals were the team who had player take an absolute cheap shot on a Steelers player and then stand over the top of him to taunt. And, the Bengals were also the team who had a player saying that play was karma and that he would pay for the other player’s fine, essentially to thank him.
The Bengals were also the team that mocked the Steelers with a touchdown celebration while playing another team. The Bengals were also the team that started this whole thing by having a player tweet a death threat at a member of the Steelers.
Oh, wait. No. Those are all things THE STEELERS DID.
Meanwhile, after Monday’s game, Bengals players said that hits like that are uncalled for no matter what the team. And Andy Dalton joined a Steelers’ prayer circle after the game to share his well wishes for the linebacker Ryan Shazier who was sent to the hospital during the game.
And it was even Roethlisberger himself who brushed it all off after the game as “AFC North football.”
Well, I just don’t get what kind of mental gymnastics you have to pull to say what Roethlisberger said then. It is obvious the Steelers have had their part in the issues with this rivalry, and to be fair the Bengals have done some things as well. However, the national media and Steelers love to pin it all on the Bengals, and after Monday night that needs to stop. The Steelers showed their true colors. They showed they are the ones who need to show some respect.
Also at the end, he seems to take a shot at the Bengals saying they aren’t a good team. It is honestly hard to argue with that this season, but let’s not forget it took the Bengals getting so many bogus calls against them to even keep the Steelers in the game. Let’s also remember how many rules have been created in the NFL due to dirty plays by the Steelers.
What does that say about the Steelers?
This quote should be on whatever bulletin board the Bengals have at the stadium from now until they play the Steelers again. The Bengals are one of those teams who could be the right coaching change away from being a team to compete with, and Roethlisberger better hope he retires before he sees that happen.