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.

Patriots release DT Darius Kilgo, reportedly sign WR Griff Whalen

Patriots release DT Darius Kilgo, reportedly sign WR Griff Whalen

The New England Patriots have announced that they've released defensive tackle Darius Kilgo. 

The move creates an opening for wide receiver Griff Whalen, who they have reportedly signed to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Kilgo, a sixth-round pick out of Maryland in 2015, did not make an appearance for the Patriots after being claimed off waivers from the Broncos last week. He played 81 snaps for Denver this season.

Whalen, 26, played in two games for San Diego in 2016 where he caught two passes for a total of 22 yards. 

The former Colts wideout is perhaps best remembered in New England for his part in Indianapolis' disastrous fake punt against the Patriots last season.




Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.