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November 29, 2013

Did Mike Tomlin Do That on Purpose?: Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin interfered with a Jacoby Jones kick return during Thursday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens, possibly denying Jones a touchdown. Tomlin, facing away from the play in the direction of a video board, was standing on the field, jumping out of the way at the last second. Several Ravens accused him of doing it intentionally. The Ravens won 22-20.

posted by rcade to football at 11:00 AM - 11 comments

Oh, he definitely did it on purpose. Head coaches don't blithely look the other way in situations like that. He should be fined.

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:55 AM on November 29

Yep.

Clearly influenced the play as well. NFL should fine the Steelers, and heavily to prevent any further similar situations. That's as serious as fixing the result of a game in my opinion.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:13 PM on November 29

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing...

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
`Surely,' said I, `surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore -
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; -
'Tis the wind and nothing more!'

posted by beaverboard at 12:32 PM on November 29

If Jones had run into him, he would've likely been awarded the touchdown.

posted by rcade at 12:38 PM on November 29

Torrey Smith posted a photo of Tomlin on Instagram.

posted by rcade at 12:40 PM on November 29

The Johnny Cash take

posted by beaverboard at 12:45 PM on November 29

That's as serious as fixing the result of a game in my opinion.

I think you might be overstating it a bit much.

posted by grum@work at 01:35 PM on November 29

Torrey Smith posted a photo of Tomlin on Instagram.

As ever, do not read the comments.

posted by Etrigan at 02:42 PM on November 29

At least he didn't do anything stupid, like spill a drink.

posted by BoKnows at 05:02 PM on November 29

At least he didn't do anything stupid, like spill a drink

Pretty harsh punishment, but the NBA has a history of sticking to the book on it's decisions.

The NFL is more selective - almost a WWE approach, with defined good guys and bad guys and differing sets of rules and application for both.


I think you might be overstating it a bit much

I believe I always do.

But Tomlin's act is also clearly against the rules of the game, just as fixing is. Or video taping opponents practices - all are deliberate violations of rules of the game to influence the outcome.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:59 PM on November 29

Tomlin fined $100K.

posted by Etrigan at 11:30 AM on December 04

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