Wednesday, June 17, 2009


ABOVE: Big Ben, Justin Timberlake and Michael Jordan will compete along with an amateur player in the "Golf Digest Challenge". I'll let you figure out who's who in the picture above.

By now you would think that people would know not to bet against Ben Roethlisberger.

Not Tiger Woods apparently.

Roethlisberger, appearing on ESPN's "Pardon The Interruption" with Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, revealed that Tiger bet him that he "Wouldn't break a hundred" on the famous U.S. Open track. The Open will be played there beginning tomorrow and Roethlisberger played the course, "From the pro tees and with Sunday pin placements".

The round was a part of the "Golf Digest Challenge". Big Ben, Justin Timberlake and Michael Jordan were all to play along with an amateur player voted on by "Golf Digest" readers.

How much he won from Woods wasn't revealed, but Ben did have some good help, last year's U.S. Open runnerup, Greensburg native Rocco Mediate. "I was thinking pars and bogeys would be good and laying up would be smart. That was my strategy. But Rocco was my caddy. He had me going for it all day. I even birdied two holes, ten and fifteen I think."

ABOVE: Natalie Gulbis, Big Ben's on-again, off-again girlfriend and LPGA pro herself, poses during a break in the action while holding Big Ben's flagstick.

Roethlisberger, currently ranked number 120 among celebrity golfers, shot a surprising 81 on the extremely difficult course. "Oh, it's long. I'm not used to hitting driver and four iron on this many holes. The rough is very tough and you'd better hit it straight."

But where does Big Ben's heart truly lie, on the golf course or throwing passes to Hines and Company? Would he rather win the U.S. Open or another SuperBowl?

"Oh, another SuperBowl, no doubt. In fact, I want to win three more." Kornheiser, doing some fast arithmetic, noted that that would give Roethlisberger five when added to the two he already has won.

"You'd pass Bradshaw! Three more Lombardis huh," continued Kornheiser?

"Yep" Big Ben shook his head.

So now we know that Roethlisberger's career goal is to be the winningest quarterback in Steelers history and to have more SuperBowl wins than any other signal caller ever. With two rings on his fingers, Big Ben is already 40% of the way there. Don't bet against him doing it either, not with an organization like the Steelers, with a coach like Mike Tomlin and with the arsenal of weapons he has at his disposal.

Above: Big Ben hits the practice green. I'd rather see him in pads throwing a last second touchdown to Santonio!

Thanks Ben for giving us a big jolt of Steeler fever in mid-June!

Big Ben's match will be broadcast on Sunday from noon til 1:30 on the same network that refused to allow Penguin games on Mario's t.v.. There will be no jumbotron available at Heinz Field either for this event. Don't even think about it.

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