At least one official Pittsburgh civic enterprise has traded in Ben Roethlisberger for Mario Lemieux as the city’s favorite son: The Pittsburgh Zoo.
Zoo officials today took down Roethlisberger’s name from a prominent park display that compares the heights of elephants to other species. Roethlisberger’s name was replaced on the display by Penguins hockey hero Lemieux. (Both are 6-foot-5.)
Apparently the folks running the zoo weren’t the only reason for the change.
Pittsburgh Zoo spokeswoman Tracy Gray: “Well, we have had some calls. Mr. Roethlisberger isn’t the most popular person lately.”
One thing I thought I’d never see is Roethlisberger get penalizedc for being compared to an animal.