Because there was a lengthy span of time after Todd Haley was officially brought on as the new Steelers offensive coordinator before there was a meeting of the meathead minds between Boss Todd and Ben Roethlisberger, people seem to be concerned about when The Ben gets in touch with new members of the Yinzburgh offense. Especially when the team took the occasion of the draft to finally improve upon the sieve-like quality of the Steelers O-line. Not to worry, though. The Ben was on the phone immediately after the draft calling the team’s first-round pick, Stanford guard David DeCastro, in what ended up being a HARF-worthy case of mistaken identity.
Roethlisberger said he phoned DeCastro to welcome him to the team, but DeCastro thought he was talking to a Steelers official who was handling his travel arrangements.
“He was saying, ‘Did you get those flight plans? Did you get those flight plans?”’ Roethlisberger, with his wife, Ashley, at his side, told an audience of 1,100 Saturday night at the 25th anniversary of the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Blair County Convention Center. Roethlisberger said after a few seconds, DeCastro realized who he was talking to.
“I can’t wait once we get started to get on him about that,” Roethlisberger joked.
“HARF HARF HARF BIG BLOCK MAN THINK THE BEN HAVE JOB AS TRAVEL AGENT. THE BEN FIND DRUNK GIRL NICE RATE ON ACCOMMODATION IN POUNDTOWN, PLUS APPLICABLE TAXES AND SURCHARGE. WE TELL BIG BLOCK MAN “HAVE A NICE TRIP, SEE YOU NEXT FALL” THEN WE LAUGH BECAUSE IT NOT FALL AND HE NOT REALLY GO ON TRIP HARF HARF HARF”
Other than awkwardness with the starting quarterback, DeCastro also experienced a nice session of being trolled by dickheads in the local media during his introductory press conference.
Q: Have you changed from being a Seahawks to a Steelers fan?
A: I definitely have, not a Seahawks fan anymore [Ed. note: book to the face]
Q: Were you one of the fans whining about the officiating in Super Bowl XL?
A: I have no comment.
Smooth move, yinzers. Antagonize one of the guys responsible for keeping Roethlisberger from getting plowed by defenders. Keep this up and watch DeCastro sidestep Haloti Ngata on a dropback later this year, which would be bad, though fairly consistent with Steelers’ line play of the past few years.