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Roethlisberger not bothered by “hater bandwagon”

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In a Friday appearance on NFL Network’s Total Access, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger addressed the folks who wrote off the team.

All the way back in early September.

People make a big deal after Week One,” Roethlisberger said, via NFL.com.  “You lose a game and everyone wants to jump on the hater bandwagon of the Steelers even more than they already are.  We just kind of laughed it off and said, ‘You know what, we’ll just do what we do’ and I think we’ve done that.”

Though he has a point, Week One was a long time ago.  The Steelers are now 7-3, including a run of 5-1 since losing to the Texans in October.

Besides, it wasn’t an issue of “hate”; the Steelers had lost two of four games and looked slow and old in so doing, especially on defense.

So since when does pointing out facts constitute hate?

While I’m on the topic of pointing out facts, am I the only one who wonders whether Roethlisberger truly has a broken thumb?  The situation conjures memories of Roethlisberger’s claim from early 2005, when he said he played the AFC title game with broken toes.  And former Steelers coach Bill Cowher said Ben had no broken bones.

The next year, Roethlisberger claimed that he played in 2005 with a broken thumb.  The team had never disclosed any such injury, and Roethlisberger never missed any playing time.

After Super Bowl XLIII, Roethlisberger claimed that he played with broken ribs, even though the Steelers said that an X-ray revealed no fracture.

If the goal is to get people talking about the Steelers while they’re on their bye, it worked.  Whether it’s a non-existent “hater bandwagon” or a possibly non-existent broken thumb, we’re talking about the Steelers while they’re on their bye.

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50 Responses to “Roethlisberger not bothered by “hater bandwagon””
  1. axltcu says: Nov 18, 2011 11:08 PM

    I joined the hater bandwagon because he rapes women and gets caught repeatedly.

  2. shaggytoodle says: Nov 18, 2011 11:13 PM

    Thats good, because I heard when he gets bothered by things he takes cover in public bathrooms to get away from it all, allegedly

  3. jgo304 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:16 PM

    In Yinz world……

    If you say anything bad about the stillers “Your a hater”

    In the real world….

    Not everyone is a stiller fan and people are allowed to think on their own.

  4. johnnyshore says: Nov 18, 2011 11:17 PM

    Another questionable thing Roethlisberger claimed: That it was consensual. This is not exactly a guy that we can believe without doubt.

  5. edgarpoe2 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:42 PM

    Rothliesberger is correct on fans throwing hate after a loss. But it’s not just hate against the Steelers. It seems every team has that group of fans that are not satisfied with anything their team does.

    If their team loses, it is the end of the world. Even if their teams win they go out of their way to find the faults, instead of enjoying the win. Fire this person or that person or cut/bench that player is what is splattered over the fans forums. They expect perfection at all times and any mistake is pounded upon.

  6. illogic87 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:47 PM

    ok fatty

  7. jimmysee says: Nov 18, 2011 11:48 PM

    The word “hate” gets thrown around a lot here.

    It’s really misplaced.

    There’s no hate — only jive, hyperbole, and bull.

    That’s all a long way from hate.

  8. nauhurdler says: Nov 18, 2011 11:50 PM

    We don’t hate you because of your play, we hate you cause you’re a rapist, talk about being self absorbed

  9. raqaiw says: Nov 19, 2011 12:00 AM

    Rapists tend to have pretty big hater bandwagons.

  10. drgfri says: Nov 19, 2011 12:01 AM

    I would never hate Ben for losing a game or throwing an INT. I hate him because of his arrogance and because of those coeds he assaulted against thier will. The guy is a pig.

  11. trbowman says: Nov 19, 2011 12:04 AM

    To be fair, I didn’t jump on the hater bandwagon, I’ve been in the driver’s seat since birth.

  12. hgrubsttipkcuf says: Nov 19, 2011 12:09 AM

    To be honest with you, despite the fact that Big Ben is a serial rapist, I actually like him. I think he is a baller. And I like Tomlin a lot as well. I think he is a good guy who is a proven winner and deserves respect. The real reason I don’t like the steelers is because their fans are just absolute clowns.

  13. johntonioholmes says: Nov 19, 2011 12:09 AM

    I think we can all agree that Ben is not the most articulate person in sports.

    You know what he mean when he said, “hater bandwagon.” He meant people were already writing them off.

    I don’t know if you remember when Warren Sapp said, “They’re done,” but that’s what he was getting at.

    Maybe “hater bandwagon” wasn’t the best usage of terms, but let’s not act like he was saying something that he wasn’t.

  14. cmdrbuffalo says: Nov 19, 2011 12:10 AM

    Hater Bandwagon: Those people who did not realize the AFC was going to be the gigantic suckfest that it has ended up being, thereby allowing a turd like Pittsburgh to float to the top.

    The self-righteousness seems kind of silly, but whatever…

  15. jumpinjoebuck says: Nov 19, 2011 12:26 AM

    And… with the last four paragraphs of your story here – you unknowingly proved Roethlisberger right.

  16. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Nov 19, 2011 12:56 AM

    A huge Stiller hater!

  17. redbear18 says: Nov 19, 2011 1:08 AM

    Hater bandwagon? Are you kidding me? I hate the steelers because all those “fans” are bandwagoners, just like lakers and Yankees fans, just because they’ve won the most championships. Hey, Roethlisberger: news flash: you’re not all that. You’re a top 10 QB in the league right now at the most, your team’s abandoned their ground and pound approach, and the defense has gotten older and slower. The football universe doesn’t revolve around you!

  18. sellout3871 says: Nov 19, 2011 1:16 AM

    I’m sure he’s just confused, thinking he has a “broken thumb” when it really wasn’t, or “broken ribs” when there were none, or hearing “yes” when that girl he date raped said “no”.

  19. whodeydaytonchapter says: Nov 19, 2011 1:36 AM

    I totally agree. Speaking as someone that has been on the “I hate the Steelers” wagon for some time, it has been a lot more crowded since the last rape.

  20. ianwhetstone says: Nov 19, 2011 1:43 AM

    “Roethlisberger claimed that he played in 2005 with a broken thumb. The team had never disclosed any such injury, and Roethlisberger never missed any playing time.”

    Umm… say, what? It was a big story for much of the year. He had a fracture in his right thumb, so he had to wear a glove on his throwing hand with a splint inside that basically held the thumb in place so that he could press against it to throw. He had not previously worn a glove on his throwing hand, so there was a lot of consternation over how much it would hinder his performance… which would up being not very much, apparently. But, it was a frequent topic of mention among broadcasts late that season and through the playoffs.

  21. toegoat says: Nov 19, 2011 2:00 AM

    oh boy ppl are gonna have fun with this

  22. dbellina says: Nov 19, 2011 2:01 AM

    I want to apologize. I thought I was jumping on the raper bandwagon, not the hater bandwagon.

  23. afreak2u says: Nov 19, 2011 2:36 AM

    Either way Ben helps the steelers win

  24. enx31 says: Nov 19, 2011 2:41 AM

    “hater bandwagon” = people who think it just might possibly be wrong to use your bodyguards to help you sexually molest young women

  25. quittsburghstoolers says: Nov 19, 2011 3:22 AM

    He makes up these phantom injuries which have no medical proof to back them up.

    The biggest reason he has “haters” running around is because of the way he tries to portray himself in the same light of Bill Russell and he does it on a regular basis.

    He has no reason to complain about “haters” because most of us are hating because he’s a BIG “phony”…

  26. bearsstillsuck says: Nov 19, 2011 4:13 AM

    I thought I was the only one who remembered his phantom injuries. the guys a real douche.

  27. wtf2812 says: Nov 19, 2011 4:30 AM

    Ben thinks there are Steelers “haters” out there? Ha. he should read the posts on this news bite. LOL.

    Of which, I’m sure there will be many. Shame.

  28. gimmeabruschi says: Nov 19, 2011 4:47 AM

    Really Ben….. It’s so much better when you just shut up. Now fans who assess a team’s prospects as less than optimal are “haters”? Ridiculous. You’re still on probation so zip it.

  29. staffordsyear says: Nov 19, 2011 5:21 AM

    “Roethlisberger not bothered by “hater bandwagon”

    Niether are us lions fans,go lions!

  30. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says: Nov 19, 2011 5:42 AM

    The reason why people hate your team, Ben, is not because they like to hate or want to jump on a bandwagon. The reason why people hate your team is because your team is represented by you, and you are a serial rapist. You see, most of us have respect for women (having mothers, daughters, nieces, wives, girlfriends, friends, etc. that mean the world to us), and it sickens us to think that someone could go around inflicting decades of torment on women while you go about playing your career as if you’ve done nothing wrong, and mindless Steelers fans continue to perceive you as a hero.

  31. hooockey says: Nov 19, 2011 6:27 AM

    Rapists are a sensitive lot.

  32. makosalad says: Nov 19, 2011 6:45 AM

    If Ben were only calling out the pundits, i would say the term ‘hater’ was too focused. On the other hand, if he was referencing certain fan bases, i fail to see your disagreement. Just look at the posts on your site…

  33. bennyd720 says: Nov 19, 2011 8:40 AM

    hopefully he had his helmet on when he said that…

  34. steelmeats says: Nov 19, 2011 9:36 AM

    Did any of you actually see the interview on total access? He wasn’t complaining about anything. The host asks a specific question about how they handled everyone saying their defense was too old and slow. You people are just as ignorant as you claim all steelers fans to be.

  35. gcsuk says: Nov 19, 2011 9:44 AM

    Glad to see that I’m not the only person who’s really sick and tired of the whole “haters gonna hate” mentality.

  36. sshettig says: Nov 19, 2011 11:11 AM

    Okay I do not know what you have against the Steelers and big Ben, you must be a Bengals fan. If you had ever watched Big Ben play in the 05 season and during those playoffs it was obvious his thumb was broken. He had no grip on the ball and no velocity. He could barely throw the deep ball, it was more of a loft as he shot put it put of his arm. Ala Phillip Rivers. This is evident in the Bengals playoff game when they pulled a double reverse pass and Ben could barely get the ball downfield. This was the birth of the best pass in superbowl XL by Randle El. Ben proved his broken thumb couldn’t make that throw. As far as his broken ribs go, it makes sense he’s only one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league. Yes they do not always reveal his injuries week to week for a reason. Look at the beginning of this season, Ben hurt his foot. They played the Seahawks the following week and I can recall about 5 different times they went low trying to take out his legs and feet. Would you reveal your weaknesses if that’s what you can expect? Well who am I kidding you never played a down of football in your life. Quit sipping the haterade buddy.

  37. trickbunny says: Nov 19, 2011 11:54 AM

    Has it become obvious to everyone yet that “hater” is just a term people throw out when they’re embarrassed about being not being well-liked and want to try to deflect blame for that to someone else?

    Lame.

  38. cannonballdookie says: Nov 19, 2011 12:05 PM

    With any franchise that is perennially good, a lot of fans will be happy to see them fail, and they will try to jump on the opportunity the first chance they get. I don’t mind one bit but saying they were done after one fluky game week 1 was silly.

    As they always say, they don’t boo nobodies.

  39. Deb says: Nov 19, 2011 6:08 PM

    I’m not wild about the term “hater.” It’s a little juvenile, and is an easy way to dismiss not only those who have a bias against your team, but also those who are offering legitimate criticism. You come out after a Super Bowl loss and drop your opener 35-7, you should expect to be written off. We looked pathetic. On the other hand, as someone who’s been a diehard fan 34 years–through highs and lows–I get tired of hearing nonsense about how all Steelers fans are bandwagoners. I get tired of hearing how a guy we know has played with a broken nose, rebuilt jaw, post-appendectomy, broken foot, etc., exaggerates his injuries. And I get tired of hearing nonsense about sexual assaults not supported by the evidence, which is why no arrest has been made. Don’t know if I’d call that hater … maybe just whiny bad sportsmanship.

  40. enx31 says: Nov 19, 2011 6:34 PM

    Ironic since you appear to be one of them. Must be pretty sweet to be 6’6″ or w/e he is, and have 300 lbs body guards, and be immune to rape charges!! GoGo, Ben! Just be yourself.

  41. buffalodiehard says: Nov 20, 2011 12:39 AM

    Who are these 60 or so people who hit thumbs down whenever a poster declares their hate of rapists?

  42. dmobey says: Nov 20, 2011 10:50 AM

    Hey PigBen – most normal people don’t like rapists.

    Sure, you didn’t go to jail for rape and OJ didn’t go to jail for murder, but we all know what really happened.

    And then, of course, year after year you whine about phantom injuries and how you’re not respected.

    You’re a criminal and you play for an organization that has gone from respect to ridicule as even former players now complain that pedophiles are actually being singled out, despite their football past.

    Again, if they cart you off, I’ll laugh.

  43. bharvey1113 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:51 PM

    All of you are complaining about him saying “hater bandwagon.” Most of you are fans of a team that has a player from BALL SO HARD UNIVERSITY. Respect the team that is better than you and accomplished more than you. Don’t say you’re not a hater when you bring up the rape issue every five seconds. That’s hating, idiots. I swear, you all wouldn’t have commented if you weren’t haters. Haters go out of their way to attack another teams post. You all literally are idiots.

    Haters gon’ hate and we’ll just keep on winning!

  44. bharvey1113 says: Nov 20, 2011 11:54 PM

    Demobey “Sure, you didn’t go to jail for rape and OJ didn’t go to jail for murder, but we all know what really happened”

    Do we all know? Cause if we did he would have been convicted or at least tried in court. OJ walked away free in court, Ben never got there. Comparing the two is absolutely incongruent and drop dead retarded. As they say on ESPN The Blitz, C’mon man!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. steelernation1 says: Nov 21, 2011 5:52 AM

    I think the people who run this site are also haters of steeler fans..since steeler fans who comment back on people who make ignorant posts about steelers and there fans get deleted goes to show PFT has as much class as a steeler hater..none at all

  46. makosalad says: Nov 21, 2011 10:06 PM

    Steelernation1-
    You noticed that too? I stopped trying and took a more benign approach. Remember stairwayto7’s bantor?(or whoever it was trolling as a steeler fan) Caused alot more hater hits. I am always very careful not to attack personally. Thoughtful, legitimate insight related to the article doesn’t pass sometimes. I would like to think that the professionalism required to monitor these discussions would not include bias censure. There is a slant. And if this doesn’t make the post, my point is proven.

  47. makosalad says: Nov 21, 2011 10:09 PM

    Steelernation1-
    You noticed that too? I stopped trying and took a more benign approach. Remember stairwayto7’s bantor?(or whoever it was trolling as a steeler fan) Caused alot more hater hits. I am always very careful not to attack personally. Thoughtful, legitimate insight related to the article doesn’t pass sometimes. I would like to think that the professionalism required to monitor these discussions would not include bias censure. There is a slant. And if this doesn’t make the post, my point is proven.

  48. boothisman says: Nov 23, 2011 10:38 AM

    Man was never convicted of a crime… Not that it matters for those classless ‘fans’ who just need any shred to hold on to so that they can declare their hate for a man obviously so far superior to anyone on their team.

    Oh well, he will keep winning, we will keep celebrating, and you will all keep hating!

    Racksonracksonracks

  49. dmobey says: Nov 24, 2011 7:00 PM

    Committed the crime, just never committed.

    Was that your point?

    I saw how superior he was in the Superbowl.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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    boothisman says:
    Nov 23, 2011 10:38 AM
    Man was never convicted of a crime… Not that it matters for those classless ‘fans’ who just need any shred to hold on to so that they can declare their hate for a man obviously so far superior to anyone on their team.

    Oh well, he will keep winning, we will keep celebrating, and you will all keep hating!

    Racksonracksonracks

  50. hplrules says: Nov 26, 2011 1:50 AM

    Bradshaw was hated too. I was a Raiders fan (lived in that area then) until I saw Terry win without fan support. I traded the Black & Silver for the Black & Gold, and never looked back. It’s even more contemptuous these days, the demand for perfection.

    As far as all the rape talk, the first woman was a sleezy concierge in Reno, where prostitution is legal. The other was a sleezy college coed trying to cash in on her encounter.

    Personally, if my daughter scored with him in a bar, I wouldn’t feel too bad about it. Chics do that and guys generally appreciate it. All his detractors love to discredit him since he’s a total threat to other teams, their teams. What are you gonna freak on now that he’s married his college sweetheart?

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