Roethlisberger: Skins Cheerleaders Are a Distraction
It's been argued (by TMQ) that the Redskins and the Eagles cheerleading squads are in an arms race, or legs race I guess, to see who can wear the least clothes without getting arrested. Having seen nearly naked Redskins cheerleaders in chilly late-afternoon climes this fall, I feel pretty confident saying that this race remains skin tight.
But the Steelers still think the Skins dance people have another trick up their sleeves, even when they're sleeveless. Here's Big Ben, from this morning's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
I'm not a big fan of playing there because it is loud, they're really good at home and they try to make their cheerleaders stretch in our tunnel before we come out of the locker room. That's just not good," Roethlisberger said yesterday.
The practice by the Redskins cheerleaders was so legendary around the league that...commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all teams last year banning the practice some dubbed the "Redskins Rule."
The Redskins Rule? I thought that had something to do with home games and presidential elections?
Anyhow, this was a brief news story last year, but I apparently already forgot about it. I always thought the cramped visiting locker rooms were the height of genius in terms of making the visitors uncomfortable, but I guess not. You can also make them uncomfortable by forcing them to consider the meaning of gender roles and body image in modern American professional sports. And that discomfort can disorient them even once the game begins, with their minds focusing on the tight-panted skinny women instead of the tight-panted fat men. So, Big Ben, this is a distraction?
"It can be, let's be truthful," he said.
It's probably the best, when the fan is seated in a higher section and tries to give you their phone number and get you to call using sign language. I once had a fan who wanted me to do a promotion event that was two hours away. He sent me tons of mail, including a picture of the venue with a cutout of myself tapped to it and a map that highlighted the route from the stadium to the event.
Maybe Roethlisberger should try that one.
October 30, 2008; 12:16 PM ET
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