How Big Ben Spent His Suspension

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NEW YORK—In a policy shift that seems to run counter to the recent emphasis on professional hockey as a game of speed and finesse, the NHL announced Wednesday that it will allow exceptionally graphic finishing moves for the 2010-2011 season.

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How Big Ben Spent His Suspension

Ben Roethlisberger is returning to football after an NFL-imposed four-game ban. Here's how he spent his time off:

  • Court-ordered "wistful staring" three times a day
  • Visited the Sunrise Retirement Center, where he put in some charity work and occasionally fingered one of the nurses
  • Learned to throw left-handed
  • Worked with NFL-appointed sensitivity coach Judith Barnes; Roethlisberger practiced, for only an hour at first, and eventually for four hours, not raping her
  • Finally had time to read À la recherche du temps perdu
  • Every Friday, headed down to Dime Bar, the only place in town where he can expose himself and get kicked out in peace
  • Stopped by the farmers market every morning to laugh at the gourds
  • Pretty much slept, really
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