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Old 12-23-2008, 06:28 PM   #1
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Tomlin annoyed by fake Santa
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Santa Claus' visit to Mike Tomlin's weekly news conference Tuesday didn't elicit a "ho, ho, ho" from the less-than-amused Steelers coach.

Bill DiFabio, a sports announcer from Washington, Pa., traditionally dresses up as Santa for the pre-Christmas press gathering and often pokes fun at the Steelers coach for a few moments. Former coach Bill Cowher often went along with the gag.

Tomlin also played along initially, asking, "What have you got for me, Santa?" and inviting DiFabio to join him at his desk in front of the room.

But when DiFabio commandeered the news conference for more than five minutes, passing out gifts and cracking jokes about fellow sportscasters, the Browns and Cowboys, nose tackle Casey Hampton's weight and the woebegone Pirates, Tomlin became impatient.

To end the unrehearsed skit, Tomlin -- who could be heard sighing several times throughout the comedy bit -- grudgingly agreed to toss a football to the fake Santa.

"If that will get you out of here," Tomlin said.

Tomlin repeatedly emphasized the Steelers (11-4) would not treat Sunday's meaningless game against the Browns (4-11) like an exhibition, and he apparently did not appreciate a comedy skit interfering with his message.

Later, the Steelers said there would be no future appearances from Santa at any of their news conferences.

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Old 12-23-2008, 06:37 PM   #3
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Default Re: Tomlin annoyed by fake Santa

it may sounds rude, but i like the fact that he is pissed off regardless of the holiday and that were playing the browns. thats a great way to keep your team level headed and not wishing for a day off. i think hell be smart enough to rest the really banged up players and play at a high level. i mean look at the giants last season which played to the bone against the pats* and look at their outcome.
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Old 12-23-2008, 06:37 PM   #4
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Any truth to the reports that police and EMT personnel were called to the scene to remove santas head from a reindeers ass?
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Old 12-23-2008, 06:45 PM   #5
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"Tomlin annoyed by fake Santa"

He was expecting the real one?

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does Tomlin realize that's just a joke? It's the holidays, it's Teusday. You can enjoy stuff
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Nice, but if he wanted to send the right message about focusing for the playoffs, he should've just shouted "PISS OFF!", and if the fake Santa hesitated for even a second, Tomlin should've shoved a football up his ass. (the fake Santa's, not his own)
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"Tomlin annoyed by fake Santa"

He was expecting the real one?

he gets jacked at a fake Santa and i hate the REAL one. he's a jerk. thanks for the dirt bike...you big dumb fat loserface! =(
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The 5 pound package of hamburger for Casey did it.
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Nice, but if he wanted to send the right message about focusing for the playoffs, he should've just shouted "PISS OFF!", and if the fake Santa hesitated for even a second, Tomlin should've shoved a football up his ass. (the fake Santa's, not his own)
or just have woodley and harrison sack him and make a santa sandwich
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