Many Steelers fans are probably thinking that Matt Hasselbeck is due for a much needed reality check right about now for calling their beloved Ben Roethlisberger a girl.
From a Browns fan perspective, Matt Hasselbeck deserves a standing ovation.
While making my typical afternoon perusal of ProFootballTalk.com today, I came across a short blurb in which Florio relays a story from www.king5.com in Seattle about Matt Hasselbeck going to school with a local sixth-grader.
The story is a very heart-warming tale (if such things actually warm your heart) of a lovely day spent between Matt Hasselbeck and little Andy Co at Issaquah Middle School in Seattle. We are regaled with interesting anecdotes about Andy beating Matt Hasselbeck in a game of Wii Madden between the Seahawks and 49ers that provided funny lines like, “yes, Seattle even loses in the virtual world these days.”
The most entertaining part of the story comes towards the end in which the following exchange takes while Matt Hasselbeck was leading a school assembly on the importance of staying active and physically fit:
“Do you think girls should be allowed to play in the NFL?” one girl asked.
“Girls can play in the NFL. Ben Roethlisberger plays for the Steelers, right?” Hasselbeck said, in a playful flashback to Seattle’s Super Bowl loss three seasons ago.
“Joking. Totally joking. That was a joke,” Hasselbeck said, chuckling.
As one of my old high school friends Jay would say, “Oh, snap!”
I am only upset with Hasselbeck that he did not stand by his comment and felt the need to say it was a joke. The last time Hasselbeck stuck his foot in mouth and said something he would no doubt regret later, I didn’t hear him saying it was a joke:
Reducing the sarcasm for a minute, this was undoubtedly a very exciting experience for the kids of Issaquah, and Matt Hasselbeck seems like a hell of a guy. In fact, Andy Co said so much when asked about the Hasselbeck visit.
“It was cool,” Andy said. “He’s a normal guy who’s just really good at football.”
For Browns fans, however, nothing in the article with galvanize goodwill for Matt Hasselbeck like calling the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers a girl. I am sure that plenty of Browns fans will now add this term to the usual list of Ben Roethlisberger descriptions such as turd, douche, boner, and loser. Who cares if his team is in his first place. Damnit, if Matt Hasselbeck doesn’t respect him, then why should we!?
So during a week in which Browns fans have had to come to grips with the fact that Ken Dorsey will be quarterbacking our attempt to upset the Tennessee Titans, and starting for the rest of this God-forsaken season, at least Matt Hasselbeck was able to give us all something to smile about.