Steelers News: ESPN, Tomlin, Peko

Dec 20, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin before the game against the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin before the game against the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports /

The Steelers are officially on summer vacation as the offseason workout program wrapped up and they won’t come back together until reporting to training camp later this month.

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Steelers season never really ends for Steeler nation so while the Steelers players get their minds and bodies right to embark on the 2016 regular season we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Friday, July 15th.

Friday night lights now on TV

The Steelers’ training camp tradition of holding a Friday night practice over at Latrobe Memorial Stadium has been a fan favorite for years. The players board school buses from Saint Vincent and head over late afternoon to meet crowds of fans waiting for autographs and pictures.

Teresa Varley announced on Thursday that this year fans who aren’t able to head out to Latrobe on Friday, Aug. 5th will be able to witness the phenomenon first-hand as ESPN will broadcasting SportsCenter on the Road from 7-9 p.m.

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Last year Ben Roethlisberger was literally late to get started on practice because he was busy signing autographs for fans. It’s a special night for everyone there and now it will be a special night for all of Steeler Nation to see.

Virginia Mike and Coach Mike

Speaking of ESPN, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took ESPN with him on his annual trip home to Hampton, Virginia the weekend he supports the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation football camp. Coach Tomlin shows his Virginia Mike side as he tours through the streets where he grew up.

He talks about his appreciation for his job and his desire to keep a balance in his life between his home life and professional life, never taking anything for granted.

"“That’s work. And I treat it as such – that’s more of my mentality than anything. I appreciate the opportunity afforded to me and I take it very seriously. That’s work. And I love it. I appreciate it and obviously I’d do it for a lot less. I just want to bring the same approach to it that I watched my parents and my grandparents bring to their work. My family members, they worked in the shipyard that was work – steel-toe boots on a daily basis.” – Mike Tomlin"

I knew he couldn’t say anything without throwing an “obviously” in there. Never change, coach, never change.

They hate us cause they ain’t us

Cincinnati nose tackle Domata Peko is the latest to speak his mind about the bitter rivalry brewing between the Steelers and Bengals. He told fans gathered at a publicity even on Tuesday for NFL’s International Series in London that he thought the Steelers are “pieces of bleep.”

He even said the word “bleep” in a high-pitched tone as if he was his own bleep button, which is cute. If I were him, I’d hate us too. He’s played ten seasons so far for the Bengals and during that time he’s faced the Steelers 21 times and only won six games. That would get annoying.

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He admitted that it’s a big deal for them whenever they’ve gotten the chance to actually win a game against Pittsburgh, according to The Steelers Wire’s Simon Chester.

"“Oh, we hate them. For us, each time we play the Steelers, the whole city is like ‘beat these fools’ and whenever we beat them, it is a big party in Cincinnati. It’s a big rivalry for us.” – Domata Peko"

Good for them, taking pleasure when they can, which has been 29% of the time for Peko.