Superman only needs to keep up the Clark Kent facade for another 5 days. Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell this Friday to discuss whether his suspension will be reduced to 4 games or remain at 6. Apparently Mike Wise, the Washington Post columnist who has an unhealthy obsession with Sidney Crosby despite openly admitting that he doesn't know much about hockey and proclaims Ovechkin better than Crosby before changing his mind, just tweeted that he heard the Roethlisberger suspension will be reduced to 5 games:
Roethlisberger will get 5 games, I'm told.
How can you argue with that?
Seriously though, the main reason I don't believe that is because it's from Mike Wise, someone who has a toxic blend of sophistry and ignorance. Also, reducing the suspension to 5 games makes no sense. If Roethlisberger has behaved, then it should be cut to 4. If not, leave it at 6. Reducing the suspension to 5 games would be a compromise, but it would also suggest that Roethlisberger has somehow not "done enough" to warrant the full reduction and no one can point to anything negative that he's done to keep the suspension at anything over 4 games. We'd be stunned here at GTOG if the suspension wasn't reduced to 4 games. From all indications, Roethlisberger has made nothing but good decisions since he crammed a lifetime worth of poor decisions into this haircut alone.
[UPDATE]: Mike Wise was lying. I may have published my post after the Deadspin article (I did), but I stake the credibility of GTOG on the fact that all I had read at the time of my post was Mike Wise's tweet. We can sniff out a fake from a mile away. GTOG.
One quick thought about a preseason game that I didn't watch (but which Artistry artfully covered live). Stan and Guy just spent 15 minutes talking with Ken Laird about the Steelers' special teams problems...what is it about this organization that special teams has been a considerable problem since at least 2001 when it cost the Steelers the AFC title against the Patriots?