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U mad, bro?: Steelers fans get snippy over NFL ties, criticism of Mike Tomlin, Raiders-Chargers result

Time for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ “U mad, bro?” Feelings are harsh. Emails are excerpted. The tweets are more controversial.

Errors in judgment are more costly. Just ask Brandon Staley.

Fasten seat belts. This week will be a bumpy ride.


In my column on Wednesday, I wrote a glamorous line about Mike Tomlin’s claim that he slept until the end of the Steelers’ crucial game of Sunday night’s Chargers Raiders game.

You fell asleep during that match, Mike? I couldn’t get myself to fall asleep until 4 am!

Richard did not appreciate the attempt at humor.

Now, there’s the in-depth analysis we’ve come to expect. are you serious?

or not. Actually, I wasn’t serious. Absolutely. It was a joke, honestly. It was one line about the one line coach.

It was one reference from a 1,000-word column discussing Tomlin’s comments about his comfort level with the Steelers’ ability to fight from behind in adverse situations. The piece included multiple stats, trends, and opinions on whether or not Tomlin was right to feel this way.

In other words, what I’m really trying to say is: Lighten up, Frances.


This person was a huge fan of this pillar as well.

Nah. If my name was Skip Bayless, this column would be about the Dallas Cowboys.


This woman loved it too.

And my job is to give an opinion on what the coach says and/or does.

Hmmm. It’s funny how you think I shouldn’t give an opinion on how Tomlin does his job…even though I get paid to do it.

However, you will give an opinion on how to do my work…for free.

Weird how this works.


This guy on Twitter didn’t like how Mark Madden and I analyzed the Chargers-Raiders endgame and – by extension – how avoiding a draw helped the Steelers playoffs.

You can agree or disagree with Mark’s opinion that the raiders’ field goal in the end was an unnecessary risk in terms of evaluating where they were (for example, playing in Kansas City or Cincinnati) with a win versus little chance of a kick being blocked and relegated.

surely. discuss it. And we can discuss the reasons coach Brandon Staley called a timeout for the Chargers.

But explain something to me, then. Why didn’t the Raiders throw the ball once in the last three times to get into a better field goal range if they were “playing ‘to win’ all the time, especially the two shots before the timeout runs out?”

The reason is that they did not play to win. They would have won if he fell on their feet in a big race. which they have obtained. But not in danger of possibly blowing up the tie.

Which is exactly what they did by sprinting in all three crises. And that’s exactly what quarterback Derek Carr and Vegas coach Rich Bisakia had to say He said after the match. Staley’s timeout has changed her approach as to what they’re going to do.

I would say it wouldn’t matter because his Steelers went 0-3 against these two teams this year with a combined score of 101-30.

That’s what I was going to say during our cute little show.


Meanwhile, Robert does not like relationships at all.

The solution is to eliminate them. If you haven’t won the match after 60 minutes, that means you lost. If the match ends in a tie, both teams will lose.

Well, this is just silly. Finishing with the same score as your opponent, as the Steelers did in a 16-16 draw for the Lions, should not count as losing 41-10 as they did against the Bengals.

Plus, for a team that wasn’t supposed to win – like Detroit in this example – why should they be penalized for playing above their usual performance? You only look at this from the Steelers’ perspective because they tied a bad team this year and would have benefited from a draw if the Raiders and Chargers both suffered an extra loss.

But, please, keep going.

Of course in the playoffs you play until someone scores. I’ll make it sudden death, the first to score victories. Let’s see the teams be bold and aggressive during the match. Go win the organization. There will be no perfect solution.

Well, there I agree with you. The occasional draw in the NFL hasn’t bothered me in the past. But the prospect of playing for one person as a way to manipulate the seedlings or qualification changed my mind.

I think the NFL should move to a modified (more difficult for offenses and kickers) version of the college overtime format.


This is another one on the necktie from a Raiders fan named Sean.

Great caravan help around Pitifulburg raiders. As a Raiders fan, my thinking goes in a different direction. Although the shipper are opponents of the split; You should help your department with acting, somewhere down the line the shifters will need the help of chargers, now they might look back and say they’re cheating on you. This is my opinion.

These are not college conferences, Sean. There is no point apart from marginal bragging rights when it comes to having multiple teams in the playoffs so that the division can “represent”.

Surely, the chargers would be determined that the conquistadors did not accept the tie. But the Steelers could have been more nervous if the Raiders had done the tie angle.

As a result of the scheduling formula, they will play each other next year. Perhaps the Conquerors could ask Mason Rudolph to take a knee if their game is close as a kind of thanks.

BFT! Who am I kidding? I have forgotten. Carr will be the Steelers’ quarterback next year here at Pettivolberg. What do you want me to do?


Finally, this is the slam dunk. It’s an email from a guy named Brad. Sent before Sunday matches.

If any of you would like to respond to Brad, I believe his sending email address is brad@takeshimselfwaytooseriously.net.

“It would be fine if we didn’t make the playoffs. I, unlike some Steelers fans, look at the whole picture. They need to miss them to stay in the draft 17th slot. Another great victory over a hated opponent puts that at risk. This is football chess, dude. Young man.In other words, strategy.

You learned that, right? Just because your family is a Steelers fan doesn’t qualify you to be one. Loyalty to the shield does.

I, we, Steelers fans, bled black and gold, not the younger version of black and yellow, that’s shallow. “

In the words of Samuel L. Jackson in “Pulp Fiction”: “Check out Brad’s big brain!”

Also from Samuel L. Jackson in “Pulp Fiction”: “Okay, let me respond!”

Brad, you’re preaching “loyalty to the shield,” and at the same time you’re rooting for the Steelers’ loss to the Ravens in the Ben Roethlisberger finale? Just so they can improve some small holes in the draft order?

You’re kidding me right?

Remember Jarvis Jones? He was recruited in 17th place in the first round. Boy! It sure was awesome. Devin Bush was ten. Meanwhile, TJ Watt was the 30th pick and Cameron Hayward was the 31st pick.

So, am I supposed to believe you, on Sunday, were pissed off because the jaguars blew their ponies? You’re rooting against Chris Boswell for a game-winning field goal in Baltimore? And you were rooting for a tie between the Raiders and the Chargers?

For a man with such a “deep armor loyalty”, I find it hard to believe.

May “bleed black and gold.” But if you think I’m buying this crap about rooting for a Steelers loss, I don’t think enough of that blood makes it into your mind.

Don’t compromise and lecture about my understanding of strategy or depth of fandom just because you’re old and have seen more games than me. This does not mean that you are wise. This means that you have misunderstood what you have been watching for a longer period of time.

Football chess? Ha! You were playing checkers all the time and didn’t even realize it.

Checkmate, Brad.

Tim Benz is a Tribune Review writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets can be reposted. All emails are subject to posting unless otherwise stated.

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