Monday, June 12, 2006

Live Free or Hurt Yourself Badly

Ben Roethlisberger was in a pretty terrible motorcycle accident today. I hope he can recover from this alright. News reports are still sketchy here. Some say that he seemed alright walking away from the scene, others suggest that the damage is severe. Either he has a rind as thick as Johnny Damon or there's going to be permanent damage. Let's all hope for the former. I mean, anyone who gets on a motorcycle and refuses to wear a helmet has got to be pretty thick upstairs.

Get well soon, Ben!


At 8:48 PM, Blogger Jere said...

Unfortunately, it takes things like this for people to learn. It's like how whenever I see the car in front of me weaving all over the place (which means they're on the phone), I always think, It's gonna take a celebrity or a celebrity's kid getting hit by a driver on a cell phone to get people to stop trying to talk and drive at the same time. It's really too bad that that's the only way people learn.

So, if anything good comes from this, it's that maybe a few people will think twice about riding a motorcycle without a helmet.

At 7:28 AM, Blogger The Couch Potato said...

I think most people have their minds made up about this issue & no celebrity example will change that. Some people continue to ride helmetless even after wrecking their bikes - it depends mostly on how far along the risk-taker scale they are, I think.

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

This is an awful shame, because most of his injuries were to the head, which occured when he went headfirst into the car's windshield. People, stick to 4 wheels. There is NO room for error, yours, or more likely the "other" guy, with two wheels.

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Joey The Greyhound said...

Like people who choose not to wear seatbelts, I can't comprehend why people who choose not to wear a helmet on a motorcycle, but it is their choice and I think it takes something like this when you are lucky enough to survive it to make you "see the light". I too hope he does make a full and speedy recovery.

On a totally unrelated note, a huge injustice is about to be visited upon Mike Lowell in the All-Star balloting. He is trailing A-Frod by 600K votes, this is ridiculous. Lowell has consistenly outperformed A-Frod offensively and defensively all year, even with the bum hammy. Please go to and vote to at least close the gap. I don't understand where A-Frod's getting his voting base from, the NYC faithful really aren't too jazzed with him either.

Vote for TEK too, he's only leading I-ROD by 35K votes.

At 10:14 PM, Blogger 01245 said...

Unfortunately, it's true that this might not have as much impact on those non-helmet wearing bikers as one might hope. Some of those Laconia bound folks are probably thinking, "It's not the lack of helmet, it's the lack of skill," or some variation of this.

Wow, it's appalling how far ahead A-Rod is. Lowell deserves the votes, to be sure.


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