According to a Pittsbugh Tribune-Review survey, more than eight of ten Steeler fans agree that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should have been disciplined or should be traded. The poll was conducted April 20-21, before Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Roethlisberger's six game suspension for violating the National Football League's code of conduct.
The phone survey of 652 randomly selected residents in seven western Pennsylvania counties, including Allegheny (city of Pittsburgh), was conducted for the Tribune-Review by Susquehanna Polling & Research.
The responses among men and women were practically identical; 6o% condone a suspension or fine. 24% of women felt the Steelers should trade their quarterback, compared to 20% of the men surveyed.
I shouldn't be surprised that the fans were as staunch in their convictions as they were. After all, this is western Pennsylvania, where neighborhoods still celebrate the feast days of ethnic saints with festivals and parades. But still, we're talking about the mighty Steelers, and what's good for the Steelers, is good for Pittsburgh. Certainly, losing one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL can't be good, at least in the short term, for the team.
"Moral values and integrity," stated Steeler fan Cynthia Lichius, in explaining why she thinks Roethlisberger should get the boot. This is a national news thing, and it happened to Pittsburgh, and our guy did it."
No moral ambiguity here! That's what I love about this place. (P.S. Ben is really from Ohio, anyway!)