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Tomlin takes away team's locker room toys

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07:14 AM ET 10.11 | Game over. Upset by the team's failure to win a game this season, Mike Tomlin has made another move he hopes will get the Steelers back on the winning track. He has banned all players, veterans included, from playing games in the locker room. Tomlin has taken away the pool cues, ping-pong paddles and shuffleboard discs that were as much a part of the South Side locker room as the players themselves. And, according to several veteran players, he won't return them until the Steelers get "back on track." "No more entertainment in the locker room," said one veteran player, who did not want to be identified. Several weeks ago, the 10 players who remain from the 2008 Super Bowl team decided to prohibit players with less than four years of experience from playing pool, ping-pong or shuffleboard in the locker room.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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October 11, 2013  07:27 AM ET

Yep took there tid-le winks away and there trucks and cars, and barbie dolls.......what are they gonna do?

October 11, 2013  07:29 AM ET

They'll just have to bring in bimbos disguised as reporters, I guess.

October 11, 2013  07:56 AM ET

The 10 vet players reminds me a lot of Congress. Pass laws/rules that don't apply to yourself! The ban put in place a few weeks ago should have applied to ALL players!!! What took Tomlin so long to fix that???

October 11, 2013  08:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They'll just have to bring in bimbos disguised as reporters, I guess.

No disguises needed.........

October 11, 2013  08:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

No disguises needed.........

Haha! Exactly.

October 11, 2013  08:24 AM ET

Treat them like teenagers... Yeah that'll work..

October 11, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Didn't coach Greer try that approach with the Bulls. What's next? A cowbell around their neck.

October 11, 2013  08:28 AM ET
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Didn't coach Greer try that approach with the Bulls. What's next? A cowbell around their neck.

More cowbell!

October 11, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Tomlin might try the Schiano method....I hear it's working miracles in Tampa.

October 11, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Maybe they could bat Tod Haley around the locker room. That might help the offense.

October 11, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Tomlin needs to start kicking some serious arse on this team, not banning their toys. Cowher would have had this straightened out already. So would have Chuck Noll. Too much BS tolerated on this team with both the players and Coaches.

October 11, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Win one for the ping-pong table just does not have much ring to it. Looks like a straw grasp to me.

October 11, 2013  09:08 AM ET

If I played games at my job I would be fired. Why should NFL employees be treated differently? Welcome to the real world, jockheads.

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October 11, 2013  09:12 AM ET
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Win one for the ping-pong table just does not have much ring to it. Looks like a straw grasp to me.

I remember when the Cowboys had to win one for the domino table.

That didn't work either.

October 11, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Seems like an unnedded distraction even for teams playing well. Can't you just go off on yur own time and play games?

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October 11, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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I remember when the Cowboys had to win one for the domino table. That didn't work either.

Do you even see a ping pong paddle in the hand of a 320 lb. man? And if one of them leans over the table is there still a table left?

October 11, 2013  09:31 AM ET

I say it is a dumb **** move. Now players will show up just in time for practice and leave as soon as it is over. And do you really want players sitting around thinking out loud during down time? Or heading out to a local establishment to do their socializing?

I don't think a shuffleboard table to guys making mega bucks is much of a carrot to dangle. Maybe the owner should take the big screen tv and sound system out of Tomlins office until they win. Dumb dynamics when working with well paid professional athletes.

 
October 11, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Does the MVP of the game go to the treasure chest and reclaim one of said toys?

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