Unlike PTI mate Kornheiser, whom I love for his humor but not his football acumen, Willy Buns has been singing the praises of the Steelers all year, and of Ben as well. Korny gets sucked into the glitz and glam, the Cowboys and Romo, most notably, and Peter "Puffer" King will just slurp whoever's hot this week (which means, natch, he likes the Cards!). But Wilbon is actually a pretty sharp guy, and I enjoy his analysis.
The first thing he did was avoid being picked off. Second, he found Santonio Holmes for a 65-yard touchdown on a broken play, the kind that would have people writing love songs about Brady.
Pretty funny, and absolutely true.
You want to know what quarterbacks in modern history (since 1950) have been better than Roethlisberger through five seasons? None. Nobody. Not Joe Willie Namath, not Joe Montana, nobody. Big Ben is the only quarterback to win 51 games his first five seasons. That's three victories better than Otto Graham, Dan Marino, Tom Brady and John Elway. If I had to win a game to save my own life I'd take Roethlisberger over everybody who played in the NFL this season, and that includes everybody named Manning. It's difficult to understand why the praise is so grudging.
I love you, man!
Willy is one of us!