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Old 01-25-2009, 09:07 AM   #1
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Default Tomlin says not to douse him with gatorade....

By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Lake Fong/Post-GazetteHines Ward and head coach Mike Tomlin share a laugh with a group of wide receivers at practice yesterday at the team's South Side facility.Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is such an accomplished golfer that he once qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur after his playing days as an NFL tight end.

When he was an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the Steelers, one of the people he always tried to beat on the golf course was his friend,Dick LeBeau.

The same competitiveness will exist in Super Bowl XLIII when LeBeau's defense will try to slow Whisenhunt's offense.

"They're my friends, and you want your friends to be successful," LeBeau said of Whisenhunt and Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm. "But this is one game I would prefer they're not successful."

Whisenhunt is not the Cardinals offensive coordinator. That title belongs to Todd Haley. But much of their offense is based on what Whisenhunt had done in three years as the Steelers' offensive coordinator.

Because of that, LeBeau joked yesterday that he has had Whisenhunt's playbook for a long, long time.

"Anything I would know about Coach Whis, he would know about me," LeBeau said, dismissing any advantage. "We'll be trying like heck to get one up on each other, just like we were on the golf course."

Celebratory dousing exposed

Coach Mike Tomlin was not pleased with the Gatorade shower he received after the game ("I am not a proponent," he said) and quickly turned after being doused to see which players were part of the prank. He said he made a mental note to remember the culprits.

Yesterday, one of them stepped forward -- defensive end Nick Eason. And he ratted out his partner, linebacker Arnold Harrison, who is on injured reserve.

"I'm pretty sure [Coach Tomlin will] have something for me at some point in time, if he remembers," Eason said. "You can kind of tell he was kind of looking for [the shower]. His face was facing the sideline, watching everybody. But, as soon as he turned his back, we got him."

Is that all there is?

Even though the core of their team remains intact, the Steelers have only 11 starters on offense and defense who started in Super Bowl XL just three years ago. That does not include kicker Jeff Reed.

That surprised several of the players, including linebacker James Harrison and cornerback Bryant McFadden, a pair of starters who were reserves in the 2005 season.

"I thought it would be more," said McFadden, a rookie in 2005. "The key guys are still pretty much here. We lost some valuable guys, but, for the most part, we do have a lot of core guys here."

Said Harrison: "We may not have a lot of starters, but we still have a lot of guys who were on that team, who played in that game."

Injury update

Left tackle Max Starks (sprained knee), the only member of the offensive line to play in a Super Bowl, did not practice again yesterday.

Also, inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons did not practice for the second consecutive day because of illness. Tomlin said he kept Timmons away from the team because he did not want the other players to become ill.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who did not practice Wednesday because of soreness in his back, returned to practice yesterday.

Same with center Justin Hartwig, who has been bothered by a sprained knee since the first half of the playoff game against the San Diego Chargers.

Elite QB company

Roethlisberger and Arizona's Kurt Warner have a chance to become the 10th quarterback to win more than one Super Bowl.

No quarterback has won more than the Steelers' Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers, each of whom has four Super Bowl victories.

"Someone will be No. 10 on that list after this game," Roethlisberger said. "If it is me, it's an awesome category and group to be with."
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:12 AM   #2
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Celebratory dousing exposed

Coach Mike Tomlin was not pleased with the Gatorade shower he received after the game ("I am not a proponent," he said) and quickly turned after being doused to see which players were part of the prank. He said he made a mental note to remember the culprits.

Yesterday, one of them stepped forward -- defensive end Nick Eason. And he ratted out his partner, linebacker Arnold Harrison, who is on injured reserve.

"I'm pretty sure [Coach Tomlin will] have something for me at some point in time, if he remembers," Eason said. "You can kind of tell he was kind of looking for [the shower]. His face was facing the sideline, watching everybody. But, as soon as he turned his back, we got him."
it was obvious on TV that Tomlin was less-than-impressed with his Gatorade-bath
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Default Re: Tomlin says not to douse him with gatorade....

I believe when the Steelers win next Sunday night, Coach T is going to get another Gatorade shower - it's a long-standing ritual! C'mon Mike - let the guys have a little fun at your expense.
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it was obvious on TV that Tomlin was less-than-impressed with his Gatorade-bath
That was the first reaction, but then he smiled.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:28 AM   #5
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Default Re: Tomlin says not to douse him with gatorade....

What about Powerade?
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Default Re: Tomlin says not to douse him with gatorade....

He's afraid it will ruin his puffy power coat.
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Default Re: Tomlin says not to douse him with gatorade....

If I were in his shoes and we won the SB. I would strip naked and take a bath in the stuff.

Be careful GB.
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Default Re: Tomlin says not to douse him with gatorade....

If we win, Tomlin's toast.
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Default Re: Tomlin says not to douse him with gatorade....

I hate it for him if he doesnt like... its a tradition that I hope the Steelers get to continue after next sundays Super Bowl, of course that means the Steelers have won, and that is another tradition..
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