December, 1, 2005
When I first heard about the Roethlisburger, a hearty, monster hamburger named after then-rookie Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, I was interested. Probably more interested in the burger than the QB himself. For those who aren't aware, the Roethlisburger -- a speciality at a Pittsburgh restaurant in which I've actually dined (years ago, but I loved the place) -- is made up of ground beef, sausage, scrambled eggs, grilled onions and American cheese. Maybe today's blog should take a lunch break. Mmmm...

What does it say that someone in many fantasy leagues would prefer a multi-pound burger to using the QB it's named after? Well, other than the fact I'm often hungry, it tells me that there are few quarterback options out there I really like. Ben Roethlisberger isn't one of them. And we've been down this road many a week this season.

I'd call three quarterbacks must-plays -- Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady -- and that's it. And one of them threw four picks last week (Brady), and another has to go to Pittsburgh this week (Palmer). Like that's fun (unless you get the big burger while visiting, of course). Normally there are average quarterbacks with nice matchups, like last week when we all pegged Steve McNair and Ryan Fitzpatrick as good options -- well, we pegged McNair.