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Family first, football 2nd

| Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 12:33 a.m.

Ben Roethlisberger has made it known that he'd miss a game to be with his wife during the birth of their child.

I have two questions.

Can you blame him and why is this such a big deal?

Well the second one, I know. He is the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the game he may end up missing is with the hated Baltimore Ravens.

The way I see it is that it's like any other father who misses a day of work for the same reason. Personally, I would have given anything to be there when my daughter was born. When I arrived at the hospital, I was crushed when I found out I missed it. Granted, Miss Kenzie's arrival was nine weeks early and she was delivered in 28 seconds, but not being there is something I will always regret. I wouldn't have been allowed in the room during the procedure due to certain circumstances, but it's something every father wants to, or at least should be present for.

I don't blame Roethlisberger at all and I don't think anyone else should.

Family comes first, football second.

My Sellewtion for Mr. Roethlisberger, do what you need to do big guy. The greatest feeling is seeing your baby for the first time. Be there.

• When it comes to Pitt football, you can see that there has been a coaching change.

Consistency is nowhere to be found. I do believe, though, that the Panthers are on the right track. Paul Chryst gets a gold star for what he has done to try to bring this program back. This weekend BVA's Dorian Johnson and Central Valley's star receiver Robert Foster will make their official visits to the school. Chryst and the staff need to do whatever they can to lock up this pair. It would go a long way with local recruits as well as national recruits.

• Speaking of Pitt. Tino, it's time to be quiet again. Sunseri quipped after the UConn loss that the offense needs to be more crisp. Hopefully, he included himself in that. One week after throwing the kicker under the bus, there's no need to throw anyone else under if you aren't going with them.

• Where were all the Greyhound fans Friday night in Houston? I am stunned that Neshannock, from Lawrence County near New Castle, brought more fan support to a WPIAL playoff game than Monessen. The Hounds always travel well, or at least they used to. It takes a little over a half hour to get to Houston from Monessen. It takes about 90 minutes from Neshannock. I just don't get it.

• Hats off to Monessen's Chavas Rawlins for a great high school career. As the quarterback and leader of the Greyhounds, he really helped bring that team together. Good luck at WVU.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2667 or

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