After all, nobody is as prepared for some soccer as Mike Tomlin. He isn’t merely employed as a soccer coach, he’s the dwelling embodiment of each one that has scolded somebody for strolling whereas on the sphere.
Tomlin was smiling from ear to ear for the primary day of padded practice throughout coaching camp, so after all he had a celebration prepared for his staff for Week 1.
Christmas got here early for the Steelers earlier than they boarded the aircraft to Cincinnati to tackle the Bengals. Tomlin determined to current the staff with items, and what’s going to at all times go over properly in a room full of individuals largely of their 20s is a brand new pair of sneakers.
The Nike Air Power 1 just isn’t precisely a pair of Air Jordan Concords. The all white model of the forces is a basic. For individuals who have means, like Fats Joe, the one option to put on them is clear, as in recent out the field, clean enough to eat off of.
These are the pairs that Tomlin acquired, however he had them altered earlier than passing out the sneakers. When the gamers opened the containers, the Air Power 1s have been all black. Nike didn’t have sufficient of the sneakers in black so an artist was hired to paint 146 pairs of sneakers in that coloration. The gamers let loose a hearty chuckle once they noticed the sneakers as a result of they knew the message that their coach was sending.
For these of you who’ve by no means seen somebody put on all black Air Power 1s, when you ever get right into a confrontation with an individual and also you look down and see a pair of these on that particular person’s toes, cease arguing and run in your life. An individual who’s sporting black forces just isn’t involved about fashion. That could be a one that, if disrespected, will rain blows on you want Frank Constanza in a toy store line at Christmas time.
Tomlin is grinning when the gamers see the sneakers for a cause — he knew they might get a kick out of them. It’s a enjoyable option to present the gamers what he desires from them within the season opener as an alternative of telling them. He desires to see some battle, some nasty out of his gamers in opposition to the Bengals. He desires the Steelers to start their season as bullies. Deebo, The Gooch, Nelson, Biff Tannen, that’s the spirit he desires his gamers and employees to have beginning Week 1. When they’re on the sphere they’ll be the staff that pushes the opposite staff round.
It’s typical Tomlin. That is the person who refers to successful soccer video games as “getting out of the stadium alive.” He’s as intense of a soccer coach as there may be, however he’s not some cartoon character. He doesn’t scream and throw mood tantrums, however he does imply enterprise. The passing out of the sneakers is an ideal instance of his character as a coach. He’s intelligent. He handles the press conferences about in addition to any coach within the league by talking in an authoritative tone and utilizing his go to expressions. He presents himself and the staff extraordinarily properly, but nonetheless by no means reveals a lot precise data besides that the Steelers are going to play laborious.
The black Air Power 1s are one in all his uncommon moments when he reveals his humorousness, however even in that second of levity his message to his staff is similar because it at all times is.
Hit folks very, very laborious on Sunday.