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?