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mesaSteeler
12-09-2009, 05:57 AM
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No fun zone
December 8th, 2009

It wasn’t too long ago that the Steelers’ locker room also doubled as a game room.

While some of the Steelers played pool and ping pong at one end of the locker room, others shot wadded up pairs of socks into a garbage can in spirited games of “Around the World.”

Today both the pool table and ping pong table sat idle during the time when they are usually getting a lot of play. Geography may have had something to do with that.

Both tables are near James Harrison’s locker, and the outside linebacker may not have taken too kindly to anybody having any kind of fun right now with the 6-6 Steelers in crisis mode.

“It’s real gloomy,” right tackle Willie Colon observed of the atmosphere in the Steelers’ locker room.

A four-week losing streak that has nudged the Steelers near the brink of playoff elimination will do that to the mood in what is usually a light locker room.

And if Colon is any indication there has to be some disbelief among the players that they are actually at this point.

“I was talking about that to (guard) Trai (Essex) the other day,” Colon said. “When I walked into the season there was no doubt in my mind that we were going to come back and run the table. You see a lot of guys put in the hard work this season, do the little things that kind of make you a winning team. You look at the schedule and how we got here, it’s mind boggling.”

The key for the Steelers if they want to have any chance of defending their Super Bowl title is not focusing on how they got to this point but rather where they go from here.

“You’ve got to acknowledge the potential that this is a shaken group which has swallowed a lot here of late,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said earlier this week.

Yet dwelling on what has happened will only hasten the demise of the world champions. And perhaps makes this the perfect week to have a game on a Thursday.

If the Steelers manage to beat the 1-11 Browns, they get the victory they badly need to stop the bleeding. They then get a long weekend to rest and get re-charged for a closing three-game stretch against the Packers, Ravens and Dolphins.

“Every game is a playoff game,” nose tackle Casey Hampton said. “That’s the mentality we have to take right now because we have no room for error.

Steeldude
12-09-2009, 08:02 AM
those toys should have never been there to begin with. you go there to work. i don't have pool tables, games etc... where i work.

BigBen'sSwagger
12-09-2009, 08:18 AM
I dunno there is a time and a place for things like that and the time is not right now but if it helps to build comeradery (sp) then I have no problems with it. At this time though it would seem to be more of a distraction. I like the idea of a team being focused and loose at the same time but as I said earlier there is a time and a place. I am glad it is situated next to James I am sure he will instill a presence of mind on when it is appropriate and when it is not.

Texasteel
12-09-2009, 08:23 AM
those toys should have never been there to begin with. you go there to work. i don't have pool tables, games etc... where i work.

Well I do! Oh wait a minute, I'm retired.

steeltheone
12-09-2009, 09:31 AM
Can't practice 24/7

Gnutella
12-09-2009, 10:40 AM
“You’ve got to acknowledge the potential that this is a shaken group which has swallowed a lot here of late,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said earlier this week.

You can't swallow a lot without sucking a lot first.

Sharkissle29
12-09-2009, 10:42 AM
^^^ewwww

Gnutella
12-09-2009, 10:47 AM
^^^ewwww

It's a valid point nonetheless.

MACH1
12-09-2009, 11:40 AM
those toys should have never been there to begin with. you go there to work. i don't have pool tables, games etc... where i work.

Umm I do.

Wait, I'm the boss. :chuckle:

I don't have a problem with it. There's a time and place for everything and like the article said, Silverback will keep them in their place.

TX Steelerfan
12-09-2009, 12:12 PM
Today both the pool table and ping pong table sat idle during the time when they are usually getting a lot of play. Geography may have had something to do with that.I
f I were Tomlin, I would have put that crap in storage right after the KC game and not brought it back out until we were assured of a playoff birth. In fact, I would have replaced it with port-a-potties and told them, "You want to play like crap? Crap you'll have."

markymarc
12-10-2009, 10:14 AM
“Every game is a playoff game,” nose tackle Casey Hampton said. “That’s the mentality we have to take right now because we have no room for error.

I truly am tired of hearing this statement from the players. The past 2 weeks were supposed to be playoff games. Stop talking about it and get it done on the field!