Originally posted by BigFredMachineEvery time I see a jackoff on a bike with a half helmet (and worse, shorts and t-shirt) whizz around cars, I hope for them to do a Pete Rose slide under a bus.
This is no different. Had he jumped out of a plane with no parachute, would we pity him? No. That's not illegal either, and it sure as hell is retarded. F*** him.
This is essentially the same arguement as "the people in New Orleans live in an area below sea level, so they deserved what they got".
That said, helmets should be mandatory.
As of 2/28/05: 101 pounds since December 7, 2004 OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005 OFFICIAL SIX-MONTH COUNT: 142 pounds on June 8, 2005 OFFICIAL ONE YEAR COUNT: 187 pounds on December 7, 2005 As of 2/27/06: 202 pounds "I've lost a heavyweight" As of 5/24/06: 216 pounds
Probably going boating without a life preserver is a better analogy. Of course, a lot of people that boat do only the minimum of what the law requires there as well (which generally is that you must have a life preserver, but you don't have to wear it).
I would like to think that if I were making the kind of bucks Big Ben was making, I would have the wherewithal to at least try to cut down on truly risky activities like riding a motocycle without a helmet (or maybe riding one at all). I would like to think I would realize that my earning potential is high right now, but will be shortlived, so I need to "protect my investment" which would be my body. There's a lot of room between living in a bubble and doing truly stupid things.
That said, it's Ben's life and he can live however he chooses. And to be fair, when we were all younger and riding bicycles, the smart, safe thing to do was to ride wearing helmets and pads. But how many of us can truly say that we did that? How many of us would have been caught dead with the proper equipment?
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Originally posted by TheBucsFanI don't understand why people criticize Roethlisberger for "taking such a big risk" ... I don't think he's a dumbass; I can completely understand why he would do something like this.
Hmm...can I take that back? Now it looks like Ben was riding the bike with no liscense (sports.espn.go.com).
Broken upper and lower jaw; Mild concussion; Fractured nose; Multiple head cuts and bumps and bruises; Two lost teeth; Several other chipped teeth.
So no major brain trauma and no knee damage, which is about as good as it could've turned out for him. Obviously a very lucky dude. Even moreso in that, astoundingly, he's not expected to miss any playing time.
Originally posted by JustinShapiroSo no major brain trauma and no knee damage, which is about as good as it could've turned out for him. Obviously a very lucky dude. Even moreso in that, astoundingly, he's not expected to miss any playing time.
I've heard that, too. Except, how in the heck can anyone know this? Who knows when he'll be able to eat solid food again, leading to how much weight loss? He broke his upper and lower jaw, yet he's supposed to be ready to get hit by 315 lb. defensive lineman, or blitzing 255 lb. linebackers from the blindside, in less than 3 months time? Sorry, I'm not buying it until I see him back on the field.
What sort of a facemask contraption will he have to wear for protection on the field?
Originally posted by Sec19Row53 I've heard that, too. Except, how in the heck can anyone know this? Who knows when he'll be able to eat solid food again, leading to how much weight loss? He broke his upper and lower jaw, yet he's supposed to be ready to get hit by 315 lb. defensive lineman, or blitzing 255 lb. linebackers from the blindside, in less than 3 months time? Sorry, I'm not buying it until I see him back on the field.
As someone who had full upper/lower maxillofacial surgery (planned rather than accidental) at about the same age, I can tell you a few things. First off, they've got a couple of choices as to how to put the jaw back together depending on how badly it's broken and what the target healing time is. I had the full-meal-deal involving permanent wires (think of twist-ties) in my jaw and 7 weeks of being completely wired shut. There is, however, a way to do it with plates and screws which isn't as foolproof in many ways, but does reduce the wiring time to 3-4 weeks. My understanding is that athletes often get this, even though it's more prone to problems.
In my 7 weeks, I went from 210lbs/12%bf to 165lbs/8%bf. I tried to remain active, and I was hitting the protein in a big way, but you can't do any kind of real workout for the first three weeks at least. And after that, you still can't do any heavy lifting or anything else that significantly increases tension in your face.
I will be surprised if he's properly fit for the start of the season. But I think you'll see him back to his pre-accident fitness, if not weight by October, which should be enough to at least make a reasonable playoff run. It will also be interesting to see whether he tries to stay a little smaller; it might be an interesting experiment to try.
I'm floored by this. Philadelphia Eagles release Brian Westbrook - ESPN It was to a point over the last four years where you could take a drink every time an ESPN talking head said "This team is a contender with a healthy Westbrook!