In what might be the most 2018 news story ever, head coach Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers have erected a tarp near one of their practice facilities.
Why is this news? Well, said tarp is meant to protect the Steelers from being spied on with drones. Yes, those robotic things that have gone from fan-fiction to reality over the past several years.
When pressed about why they have this suspicion other teams are spying on them, Tomlin had a brilliant response.
“I’ll leave that somewhat mystical, man. I’ll let you guys hypothesize about the origin of that and its use, and at some point I will address it directly. It’ll be the 2018 little side story,” the head coach said, via NFL Media.
Prior to Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, a drone was spotted and ultimately grounded near Atlanta’s practice facility. Conspiracy theorists went wild in concluding that the Pats were up to their old Spygate tricks.
Having a longstanding feud with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, maybe this is Tomlin’s way of safeguarding the tricks he has up his sleeves for the coming 2018 season.
Tomlin didn’t exactly throw cold water on that suggestion.
“You know how it is, man. This is interesting times, drones and so forth, you know?” Tomlin said. “We do what we got to do to prepare and be ready to play and play on a level, fair, competitive playing field.”
We already know Tom Brady is a robot. Now the Steelers are fearful that New England is prepared to use artificial intelligence.
How fun. How 2018.