The recent front-page article in the Mirror on Big Ben Roethlisberger, "Fall from Grace" got me to thinking about the reaction of people with mud on their own feet.
First of all, I do not condone what Big Ben did. Quite the contrary. I suspect he is just as guilty on the first count as the second.
However, if Roethlisberger is serious about reforming, then I believe it is the correct and proper time for him to do so.
As was pointed out, he's not some college kid anymore. He is a young man responsible for leading the world renown Pittsburgh Steelers. But there is a price to be paid for that responsibility, and Big Ben is learning, we pray, what that is beyond money.
The long finger of renunciation has been pointed. Now, I believe, it is time for healing to begin.
And it will require much time, as Roethlisberger will find out.
Chaplain William Snyder Jr.
Leipold hits nail on head
I just wanted to thank Ed Leipold for his letter regarding BG athletics and Catholic education in the May 2 Mailbag.
He definitely hit the nail on the head regarding the bias and bigotry the Catholic school athletics and education endure on a daily basis.
My two children are products of Catholic education, and I could not be more proud of them.
Thank you again, Mr. Leipold. With any luck your letter will mute the bigots of the future because you know Bishop Guilfoyle athletics will win many more championships.
Beth Ann Carnevale
Big Ten thinking big
Deep down, yes, I would love to see the Fighting Irish join the Big Ten.
With Missouri and Nebraska on board, this would become a super football conference. Each school currently in the Big Ten received $22 million in 2009. Can you imagine what the proceeds will be with Missouri, Nebraska and Notre Dame in the Big Ten?
The ND move would make the Big Ten a giant mover of movers in forcing other football conferences to realign.
But do we really believe that ND would accept an invitation to join the biggest money making conference in the USA?
NBC is renewing its contract with ND in 2011, I believe. The money NBC offers will impact whether ND stays an independent in football or will be willing to join the Big Ten for bigger benefits in the future.
Stay tuned for the next chess move. If this should become reality, it would be intriguing to see what schools fall into what two-division breakdown.