"She said no" chant a preview of what's to come
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on April 23, 2010 10:46 AM ET
B. Roethlisberger.jpgIt was a moment that won't soon be forgotten by anyone who attended the 2010 NFL Draft.
The incredible acoustics of Radio City Music Hall amplified and made the chant crystal clear as the Steelers were set to make their pick.
"She said no, she said no, she said no," the balconies roared.
In the NFL's infinite wisdom -- absolutely no sarcasm here -- Roger Goodell then took the stage with Zachary from the Make-A-Wish foundation to announce the Steelers pick.
When Zachary hit the stage, the chant stopped cold and the crowd rose. The kid got a standing ovation. The sequence was classic New York.
The moment was saved, but the chant was a sobering reminder of what Ben Roethlisberger and the NFL will face next season. Roethlisberger's story has crossed over to mainstream news channels and angered countless fans. He's a target.
Michael Vick inspired even greater vitriol, but he stayed away from the NFL for two years. And he's not a starting quarterback anymore.
Roethlisberger will be on the field, with the ball in his hands, for five national television appearances this season.
Expect to hear a lot more chants like the one we heard Thursday night.