The local blogosphere has been filled with posts about Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident Monday. Perhaps his apology today will bring some closure to the incident.
I've been trying to get my head around the mystery during much of the week. On the football field Ben faces only 11 hostile opponents at a time, each of them weighing 200-300 pounds, and he wears a helmet for protection. In traffic he faces an endless stream of vehicles that may not be out to get him, but weigh an average of a ton apiece for the passenger vehicles; but he wore no helmet while riding a motorcycle that could reach speeds of 180 mph.
There have been a lot of great jokes about the incident this week. I've enjoyed most of what I read on The Carbolic Smoke Ball, especially this post and this one.
A friend sent me this picture of "The New Ben Roethlisberger."
All these pictures and and jokes are attempts to deal with our annoyance, or perhaps it could be said more bluntly, our anger that a person who matters so much to so many would take such risks with his own well-being.
Dave Walker (a blogger for whom the term "Big Ben" has a very different meaning) in his Cartoon Blog has a very helpful and thoughtful note today about Online Anger. It is worth reading.