Not for nothing is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called "The Hammer."
(Well, OK. So that's what he's called here. If you want to call him Roger "The Fly" Goodell or Roger "The Velvet Toreador" Goodell, go to some other Blob).
Anyway ... the Hammer went medieval on Dirtbag Ben Roethlisberger today, suspending the 'Bag for six games and ordering him into comprehensive behavioral evaluation, even as the Steelers began tentatively testing the trade waters for their two-time Super Bowl quarterback.
A couple of thoughts on this:
1. Obviously Goodell was as disgusted by what he read in the police report of the 'Bag's heinous night in Georgia as just about anyone who's read it was. Thus the six games, a punishment which is severe enough to get everyone's attention -- including, one would hope, the 'Bag's.
2. Speaking of getting everyone's attention ... don't for a second think the timing of Goodell's announcement was an accident. Both the timing -- the day before the draft -- and the severity of the punishment were meant as an unmistakable message to every kid who'll be putting on an NFL cap tomorrow night.
That message is this: "Welcome to the NFL, where we don't just land with both feet on black defensive backs and wide receivers. We also land with both feet on white, two-time Super Bowl champion quarterbacks. So beware, be square and be smart. And don't prey on intoxicated 20-year-old college girls just because you can."