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The Steelers Felt It Coming in the Air Sunday Night, Oh Lord

nojacketSo, you thought Al Pacino’s pregame speech in Any Given Sunday was pretty good, did you? Maybe so, but Al Pacino is no Phil Collins. That must be why Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin opted to play “In the Air Tonight” for his players during the team’s Saturday night meeting instead of boring them with motivational speeches. (Too bad the song isn’t called “In the Air Tomorrow Night,” right Mike?)

Steelers’ receiver Hines Ward told Ed Werder of ESPN that the song put the team in a “meditative state.” And of course, you know what followed — they went on to win Super Bowl XLIII the following night, coming back from a three point deficit in the last minute of the game.

I wonder why Tomlin chose “In the Air Tonight” out of all the songs in the world to motivate his players. As far as available Phil Collins’ songs to choose from, though, I guess “Against All Odds” was out of the question since the Steelers were favored to win, while “I Don’t Care Anymore” and “I Missed Again” wouldn’t have been considered for obvious reasons.

But wouldn’t it be pretty funny if Tomlin had randomly played “Sussudio” to get his team pumped? I can just picture the looks of WTFery passing between the players as Tomlin bobs his head lightly to the music, eyes closed, fingers snapping to the beat and Collins’ su-su-soothing voice… but clearly, I’ve given this too much thought.

[Assist to ProFootballTalk]

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