So much for a quiet Steelers offseason.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t had much luck with offseasons following Super Bowl wins.  In summer 2006, Big Ben suffered a serious motorcycle crash that resulted in surgery, plastic and otherwise, to help repair his facial and head injuries.  An appendectomy sidelined him at the beginning of the 2006 season as well.  Summer 2009 seemed quiet, as sweaty seconds ticked away in typical muggy Pennsylvania summer fashion.  The Steel City fanbase thought their beloved Black and Gold was home free, mere days away from the start of Steelers training camp, until a Lake Tahoe woman named Andrea McNulty served Roethlisberger with a civil suit accusing the two-time Super Bowl champ of sexual assault.  Things aren’t so quiet anymore.

ESPN breaks down the legal situation, so if you’d like to read the civil suit details, please do so here.

After reading meat of the situation, watch Big Ben’s short statement below.

I am not the biggest fan of Roethlisberger, but I can’t deny that this whole situation seems to have the essence of the 2003 Kobe Bryant sexual assault case.  I am a female and a feminist to boot, but I can’t help but think that these women are after some loot.  If I am wrong in regards to the current McNulty vs. Roethlisberger situation, then I will absolutely recant what I’m writing in this post, but for now, a few things are standing out to me as incredibly fishy.

One, the case relates to an incident a year ago that was never reported to the police, only to hotel security.  McNulty’s lawyer made a comment that alluded to McNulty reporting the alleged incident to hotel security being the same thing as reporting it to the proper authorities.  If he continues to make statements like that, McNulty might want to reconsider her choice in legal backing.

Two, the accusation comes in the form of a civil suit.  Civil to me means money.  If she really did suffer a sexual assault at the hands of Roethlisberger, it is absurd that she did not report it to the police, especially if she suffered the damages she is claiming to have suffered–mental breakdown, depression, hospitalization, etc.  A criminal investigation will not be held unless the accuser, McNulty, files a criminal complaint.  She has yet to do so, and at present it seems like that isn’t going to change.

Three, McNulty’s coworkers at the time of the alleged Big Ben assault are asserting that the mental breakdown actually stemmed from another issue involving an affair-gone-bad with a man in the military who happened to be married.  This is the shakiest information I have come across, as it was reported by TMZ (I mean no offense to TMZ, but they operate basically as an Internet tabloid).  TMZ did report Michael Jackson’s death first, though, so it’s plausible that this piece of reporting may contain accurate information.  Read it here.

No matter what, whether this is a case of money chasing or a legitimate legal situation, it spells bad news for Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tiger: a whisker away. Or not.

Right now, everyone in sports is whispering behind their palms about the great Tiger Woods missing the cut for the British Open.  When you’re Number One, you have to expect this reaction.

The last time Woods missed a cut was the 2006 U.S. Open.  Today marked only his sixth MC since turning pro.  With 2-1 odds having him winning at Turnberry, the whispers and speculation aren’t going to go away too quickly.

Woods wasn’t having a horrible day from the start, which might add to why his self-implosion was so, well, cataclysmic.  Woods was one-under par on the day, breaking even overall for the Tournament, but when he reached No. 8, the meltdown began.

Bogey, bogey, bogey, and so on.  Until he ended the day with a very subpar (pun) +5.  As other golfers finished their rounds, it became clear that Woods didn’t actually miss the cut by much–one stroke, as it turned out.

That’s the thing about sports.  Sometimes things aren’t falling your way, sometimes you’re off.  Sometimes Lady Fortune turns against you.  The shocking part about today and the fall of Tiger is the fact that the “sometimes” factors don’t usually apply to him.

Golf’s current prominence in the eye of the sports viewing collective has a lot to do with the general consistency and golfing prowess of Tiger Woods.  Some tune in only to watch him.

It’s incredible what he’s done for the sport, as well as what he’s done in terms of the sport, but he isn’t the game.  And sometimes the hero falls.

With no Tiger on the prowl, 59-year-old Tom Watson is atop the leaderboard along with relatively unknown American Steve Marino.  Marino was an alternate who got the call after Shingo Katayama withdrew because of injury.  Marino actually had to have his dad FedEx his passport in order to play in his first Open.

Watson was scheduled to be an analyst tomorrow, but he’s gone and fired himself by staying in the game.  He won his first Open Championship in 1975 and was supposedly playing for nostalgic purposes. Possibly vying for a win at Turnberry might be nostaligic for Watson, but it’s a hell of a storyline for those needing to fill the void that Tiger’s departure may have created.