It’s one thing for the Internet to spawn sports rumors. Many of them come from message boards or slapdicks like me who throw stuff against the wall. Those rumors rarely register a blip.
When one of the established network affiliates in Pittsburgh addresses Internet rumors regarding the possible trade of a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, it’s eyebrow-raising.
Per John Fedko of WPXI-TV, the local NBC affiliate, one of the rumors features the Rams trading the No. 1 overall pick and next year’s first-rounder to the Steelers for Roethlisberger.
We don’t buy it, not for a nanosecond. But it’s amazing that the anti-Ben free-for-all has gotten to the point where Pittsburgh-area media outlets that often regarded the local NFL team as if it were the disembodied, flashpot-flanked head of the Wizard of Oz are now openly discussing unsubstantiated rumors relating to the once-unthinkable notion that Roethlisberger could be traded.
At some point, the local feelings regarding Roethlisberger could get sufficiently bad that both sides would have no choice but to seek a fresh start. It’s not there yet, but it could be moving in that direction.