Report: Steelers vets ax pingpong for young players

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  1. The Benjamin

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-2 for the first time since 2002. They're rushing attack is 31st (out of 32 teams) in the NFL. Mike Wallace (and his speed) is gone; Troy Polamalu (and his decade-plus of NFL wear & tear) is still around.Ben Roethlisberger is spending more time scrambling for survival than looking downfield for open targets.

    On Thursday, the team's veterans and captains apparently found the cause of all their ills. Ping-Pong, of course.

    According to several reports, during a meeting among the veterans, a rule was passed that players with less than four years of NFL experience were banned from playing table tennis or pool in the locker room. While this looks like a silly rule akin to mild hazing, some of these tweets by Jory Rand of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, the veterans are claiming to have the young guys' best interest — on and off the field — in mind.

    1 change to come out of Steelers veterans meeting yesterday is younger players arent allowed to play pool or ping-pong during business hours


    Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
    The signs say anyone with less than 4 years NFL experience cannot play locker room pool or ping pong during business hours.


    Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
    I asked Ryan Clark if the signs were new. "Did you see them there yesterday?" He would only add it was their meeting not a public meeting.


    Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
    Antonio Brown: "I think the older guys are cracking down and making sure guys on the clock are business savvy while they're here."


    Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
    Brown: "...as far as their assignment, being ready to work, attentive to detail, not just enjoying all the recreation things around here."


    Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
    But not everybody was unhappy with the decision.

    If Forest Gump taught me anything it's that taking away a man's ping pong makes him run faster. Well done by the Steelers.

    — Steve Kubitz (@Munkie91087) September 19, 2013
    Ultimately, though, the concensus was this is a misguided attempt at instilling discipline.

    Steelers can no longer play ping pong but they can still allow their quarterback to get sacked 5 times a game. Done

    — MAD CHAD (@MadChad412) September 19, 2013
     
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    Don't think anyone took Gump's ping pong.... So this might have been a better "witty" remark

    If we learned anything from Adam Sandler's "the longest yard" if you take away someone's ping pong they might just kill you
     
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    What a divisive move. Are the vets trying to say the reason they are losing is the lack of preparation from the rookies? If so, it seems there could be a much better way to handle it like through actions. No pool or table tennis for all players.
    I hope the in-fighting continues into the game this evening. They have no idea of why they are losing and are grasping at straws. If we come out strong an shut them down in the first half they will fall apart.
     
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    Yes, that is exactly what they are saying
     
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    Really short sighted vets with a lack of true leadership. You don't build a team by dividing up between us and them. I don't see that attitude working out well for them.
     

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