Don’t mess with Mike Tomlin’s bag.

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Boy, if you had any doubt in your head that this city would maintain its absolute manic obsession with all things Steelers, you can put that worry to rest.

I first saw this story on KDKA news this morning, here’s the account in the PG.

He preaches aggressiveness, and this week Mike Tomlin showed just what that might mean in his new job as the Steelers’ head coach. USAirways, Tomlin said, lost the bag he checked on his direct flight to the NFL meetings in Phoenix from Pittsburgh and gave him the run-around since that occurred Saturday night. Sunday, he was told his bag was in Phoenix and would be delivered to his hotel within four hours. He waited; no bags. He called, again and again.

Monday, Tomlin rode to the airport “to dig it out myself.”

“I get over there, and they tell me the bag is not there,” Tomlin was saying at breakfast yesterday morning. “I said, ‘I’ve been talking to your call center all weekend, and they said the bag is here.’

“They said, ‘I don’t care what they told you on the 1-800 number, your bag isn’t here.’ ”

He was offered a $25 voucher on his next flight for his troubles.

“Well, somewhere during the conversation, I see my bag behind her in a pile,” Tomlin said. “I said, ‘That’s my bag!’ She said, ‘Sir, your bag’s not here, the computer says’… I said ‘I understand what the computer says, but I’m looking at my bag! It’s a black bag, Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s my bag.’

“So, I walk around the counter and at that point, she started to get mad. I pulled the tag off and showed her it was my bag. I had to dig it out myself.”

This is news? Really? The airport lost his bag and it makes the news and just so they don’t seem like idiots (props to me for not writing “the idiots that they are”), the media ties it to his aggressiveness as a coach.

Can I ask you, if you went to the airport and saw your bag sitting behind the counter and the stupid smiley girl was telling you they don’t have your bag, wouldn’t you just go behind the counter and get your damn bag too?

God. What’s next?

Sonni Abatta: Coming up, Mike Tomlin asks for no onions on his Whopper and gets QUITE a surprise.

Keith Jones: Boy, he sure didn’t have it his way, did he?


  1. Johnny
    March 28, 2007 8:52 am

    Later in the article he says “move forward” 3 times in about 3 paragraphs. Is this campaigning for Lukey? Does he read Pittgirl and want us to drink? Can we have a drink?

  2. pittgirl
    March 28, 2007 8:54 am

    Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, I cannot allow you to drink because Mike Tomlin says it. Sorry. Sober up.

  3. Johnny
    March 28, 2007 11:18 am

    To borrow a phrase from Dr. David Banner, a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk, “Don’t make me sober. You wouldn’t like me when I’m sober.”

  4. BNG
    March 28, 2007 12:10 pm

    Did you bother to read the rest of the story? The bag story was an interesting/slightly amusing segue into the meat of the story, which is about the Steelers defense.

  5. spoon
    March 28, 2007 12:13 pm

    I thought maybe the Steelers would have made a call because he shouldn’t have to deal with stress like that as the new coach. Kinda like dealing who may hold out of training camp because of his contract. Wait…

  6. Caryn
    March 28, 2007 2:06 pm

    The real story would have been if US Airways had not lost a bag for once. Then we could all fall over in shock. Seriously, they’ve lost mine about 1/3 of the time; but always on the way back home, and that I do not mind…as long as I get it BACK (always have – knocking on wood frantically right now).

  7. PittGirl
    March 28, 2007 2:51 pm

    BNG (am I assuming correctly that you are the writer of Blog N’ Gold?), did you bother to read my post? My point was that KDKA covered the story this morning, too, so I was linking to the PG article about it. All this media coverage about a missing bag. Get it? See how I then made up a thing about Sonni Abatta and Keith talking about some onions as if it was newsworthy. Get it?

  8. jeeperz
    March 28, 2007 4:14 pm

    That PG is so sassy…me thinks Im in love *swoon*

  9. Meg
    March 28, 2007 5:18 pm

    Just shows you how stupid the airlines are these days. At least if I lose my bag again I’ll know who to call.


    P.S. MOVE FORWARD!!!!!!
    (now where’s that beer)

  10. WrigleyGrec
    March 29, 2007 6:14 pm

    I still get a kick out of the fact that the Steelers could not get a picture of Tomlin in a Steelers shirt so they superimposed one over the picture with his Vikings shirt.

  11. Adam V
    November 26, 2007 5:54 pm

    I have no idea what this blog is or anything like that…and i am a huge steelers fan. but for some reason i couldn’t stop laughing at not only the story but your point of view on it. good writting…tomlin is god….give him his bag.