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Does the punishment fit the offense?

Is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for six games fair? Does the punishment fit the offense?

Posted by Matt Brooks on April 21, 2010 2:17 PM
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ozpunk: In a word yes, but the punishment is not as harsh as it seems. Just look at the Steeler's schedule: They don't have a primetime game until ...

ozpunk: Oops I guess it is a 6 game suspension, not 6 week. Still, the 5-11 Browns will be an easy opponent for whomever is behind center and then ...

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In a word yes, but the punishment is not as harsh as it seems. Just look at the Steeler's schedule: They don't have a primetime game until week 8 and a bye at week 5, so Ben will only miss 4 games and those are against weaker opponents. The Falcons were 9-7, the Titans were 8-8, the Bucs were 3-13 and the Ravens were also 9-7 last season. Plus, he gets to comeback in week 6 against the Browns to an presumably easy victory. Still, given that the accusations against Ben, whether they are true or not, are making the league look bad the Commissioner has a responsibility to act. Now he just needs to hope that the fans' attention gets diverted elsewhere. And get Ben chemically castrated...

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Oops I guess it is a 6 game suspension, not 6 week. Still, the 5-11 Browns will be an easy opponent for whomever is behind center and then Ben gets to come back against the Dolphins who also stunk it up at 7-9 in 2009. So the theory still holds true that the team gets a cupcake schedule for their backup QB and an easy victory for the week Ben returns and none of it will be on a primetime game until the following game against the Saints on October 31st when no national media outlets will be talking about this anymore.

 
 
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