6 Reasons why Rodgers is better than Roethlisberger


6 Reasons why Rodgers is better than Roethlisberger

By Mary Paoletti

You think you know, but you don't know.

1. Roethlisberger's go-to touchdown celebration: the spike.


This is the least original end zone option picked by a quarterback in the history of end zone options. And you can get an 8x10 glossy of it on Amazon.com for two dollars and 47 cents -- a sale price -- down from 7.

Aaron Rodgers, however, would like to show you his Championship Belt.


2. Rodgers is sneaky. I hold a great deal of respect for sneaky people (as long as they aren't desirous of hurting me). Roethlisberger... lacks subtlety.

3. Being the quarterback of an NFL franchise -- and, thus, a celebrity of sorts -- must be tremendously stressful. It's a natural and healthy thing for a guy to want to blow off steam through a hobby. Rodgers plays guitar as an outlet. Good thinking!

Roethlisberger likes dangerous diversions that the NFL has to discipline him for. Like riding motorcycles. (And he's not even good at doing it.)

4. People are calling Roethlisberger's Super Bowl run 'a story of redemption'. Rodgers is automatically better because he battled his way to Dallas without doing stupid stuff. Like crashing a motorcycle.

5. Rodgers has said that, in tough times (like having to see Favre naked in the locker room with no option of filing a lawsuit), "I reached out to a number of people... and was able to really get some good advice throughout. I just tried to stay true to my character." Nice sentiment, right?

Roethlisberger deals with difficulties in negative ways, such as getting wasted, which is not so nice. No wonder he crashes things.

6. Aaron Rodgers does amazing things for people. I'm not talking about signing jerseys and posing for photos with a couple of kids; the guy is earnestly involved in battling childhood cancers and blood disorders.

Roethlisberger has also done stuff for charity, but want to know the difference between his philanthropy and Aaron's? The stuff that Big Ben does when the news cameras aren't around and he's free to follow his natural whims isn't so charitable to his fellow man.

Or motorcycle.

Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night


Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night

BOSTON - Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon hit two-run homers and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Friday to cap a night in which David Ortiz's number became the latest retired at Fenway Park.

It was the 250th career home run for Ramirez, a good friend of Ortiz who was also born in the Dominican Republic. Leon finished with three hits and four RBIs.

The homers helped provide a nice cushion for Rick Porcello (4-9), who gave up four runs and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory. It was the 13th straight start Porcello has gone at least six innings.

Alex Meyer (3-4) allowed five runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles scored three runs in the seventh, but cooled off after Porcello left.

Boston got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, scoring on an RBI double by Xander Bogaerts and then getting two more runs off wild pitches by Meyer.

Ramirez gave Porcello a 5-1 lead in the fourth with his two-run shot to right field.

This could serve as a needed confidence boost for Porcello, who had been 0-4 with a 7.92 ERA in his previous five starts, allowing 47 hits and 27 earned runs.

He had command of his pitches early, holding the Angels scoreless until the fourth, when a catching error by Leon at home allowed Albert Pujols to cross the plate.

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

TORONTO - Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Friday night.

Toronto was coming off a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Montreal in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. The Revs had been off since a 2-1 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Moor's 11th-minute goal looked to be enough, with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono preserving the win with a save on Teal Bunbury's header in the 88th minute. But Giovinco added an insurance goal deep into stoppage time, bringing down a high ball before beating a defender and banging a left-footed shot home for his 50th goal in MLS regular-season and playoff action.

MLS leading Toronto (10-2-5) has won seven straight at home. New England (5-7-5) is 0-6-3 on the road.