Tomlin bans locker-room games

Tomlin bans locker-room games
October 10, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Here’s the sort of thing that comes up when you’re 0-4: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has banned ping-pong, pool and table shuffleboard in the locker room.

The games had become something of a divisive issue, because Pittsburgh veterans had decreed that only players with at least four years of NFL experience could partake. The idea was that younger guys needed to earn the right to play the games.

“From [Tomlin’s] point, it was dividing the team in a way,” safety Ryan Clark said, as reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “One sect of people couldn't do a certain thing, and he just wanted everybody to be together — because we're all in the losses together. We're all in the business of fixing this problem together. He didn't want anything to divide us.”

Not a big deal, offensive lineman Ramon Foster said.

“I didn't hardly play anyways,” Foster said. “I really don't have an issue with that at all.”

Clark said: “Nobody really is tripping about it; we understand the spirit in which it's done in.”

Then again, when the Steelers were able to shoot pool or play ping-pong — wait for it, wait for it — at least they could experience what it felt like to win a game.