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Will Steelers ‘Fun Ban’ Improve Their Game?

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I can’t imagine working in a place where I wasn’t allowed to be lighthearted and have fun. I think being allowed to be that way releases stress and anxiety and leads to a better work environment. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t play for the Steelers because there’s not a lot of fun happening with those boys.

Last week, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin banned all fun and games in the locker room of his team and now he’s imposed another ban– on celebratory flips.

After wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught a 55-yard pass against the Jets last week, he did a flying somersault into the end-zone. Two weeks before that, his teammate Le’Veon Bell did the same thing. Coach Tomlin, not liking his losing team’s celebrations and thinking they could cause serious injuries, has put his foot down and said “no more.”

We’ll see how the non-flipping Steelers do this weekend against the Ravens. I still say being allowed to be silly releases stress and leads to better performance, but we’ll see.

By the way, if you haven’t placed your picks in our “Pro Football Pick ‘Em” for this week, be sure you do that before tonight’s game!

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