After a string of accusations by women and reports of poor behavior, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is focused on reinventing himself.
It appears the makeover has begun by creating a new hometown out of thin air.
Roethlisberger has always listed his hometown as Findlay, Ohio, but the Steelers’ media guide and all rosters now list his place of residence as Cory Rawson, Ohio.
The change was made at Roethlisberger’s insistence, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Apparently Roethlisberger was unhappy about criticism he received from some in Findlay.
The good townsfolk of Cory Rawson should have no fears of Roethlisberger showing up and causing trouble, however, because the place seems to exist only in his mind.
Bouchette indicates there is a Rawson and a Mount Cory in Ohio, which constitute the Cory-Rawson consolidated school district, which Roethlisberger attended. But there is no city or town named Cory Rawson.
It was probably a wise decision by Roethlisberger. The only way for him to list a hometown where he had never been in trouble or accused of wrongdoing is to make one up.
■ MAMA DON’T PREACH — Most parents would be thrilled to watch their child appear on a successful television show.
Rex Ryan’s mother was instead disappointed by her little boy’s foul mouth in the season premiere of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” which aired Wednesday night.
The New York Jets coach, as expected, was the star of the debut episode. His colorful language provided several highlights but left his mom a little stunned.
“Sometimes you get rolling and that’s what happens,” Ryan told The Associated Press on Thursday after a call from Mommy. “I don’t know why. I apologize if I offended more people than I usually offend.”
Still, Ryan insists he will not tone down the language, so stay tuned for the episode in which his mother shows up to wash his mouth out with soap.
■ DIBBLE DABBLES IN SEXISM — You don’t get to be in a group of pitchers nicknamed “The Nasty Boys” by being politically correct.
Rob Dibble, the former Cincinnati Reds reliever who’s now a color commentator for the Washington Nationals, was astonished by two women sitting behind home plate at Nationals Park on Wednesday.
“Those ladies right behind there, they haven’t stopped talking the whole game,” Dibble said in the sixth inning. “They have some conversation going on.”
Pointing that out would have been fine, but then Dibble decided to go the extra mile.
According to a posting by Dan Steinberg on the Washington Post’s D.C. Sports Blog, Dibble proceeded to circle the women on the screen.
“Right here,” he said, pointing them out. “There must be a sale tomorrow going on here or something. … Their husbands are going, man, don’t bring your wife next time.”
Come on, Rob. Of course there are women at baseball games. Who does he think makes all the food and then cleans up everything?
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