Monday, June 12, 2006

Oh My God!

News of Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident has caught me a little off guard. Although it may be premature, I think that the only appropriate response at this time is a '06 version of Candle in the Wind in honor of Big Ben. Get well soon!

Goodbye Ben Roethlisberger
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
They crawled out of the woodwork
And they whispered into your brain
They set you on the treadmill
And they made you change your name

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Loneliness was tough
The toughest role you ever played
Pittsburgh created a superstar
And pain was the price you paid
Even when you almost died
Oh the press still hounded you
All the papers had to say
Was that Big Ben was found without a helmet on

Goodbye Ben Roethlisberger
From the young man in the 22nd row
Who sees you as something more than sexual*
More than just our Big Ben.

* That line is a little weird, but it might work if Elton John is singing it.


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