Rex Ryan doesn’t need ammunition to talk, and players on the New York Jets (such as Antonio Cromartie) don’t either. But in a somewhat obscure way, the Pittsburgh Steelers have already delivered a minor shot in the direction of its next opponent, the New York Jets.
During Saturday afternoon’s AFC divisional round matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, workers at Heinz Field were sending shots in New York’s direction, perhaps maybe without even knowing it.
With less than four minutes to go in regulation, the Pittsburgh Steelers were in a timeout situation, and the team hadn’t even sealed the deal with the Ravens yet.
But perhaps the individuals in charge of the music over the loudspeaker at Heinz Field felt otherwise, as chiming in as clear as day was “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys – a band from Quincy, MA – and huge in the Boston area. Also, the title of the song obviously points to a Steelers team being minutes away from victory. A team that is ready to head east to take on the top-seeded Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
Only, the Jets spoiled all the fun.
So the question remains: Was it an intentional move by the staff at Heinz Field?
It wouldn’t be the first time such a thing has happened. A few short months ago, an employee at Sewell-Thomas Stadium (home of the Alabama Crimson Tide) was fired after playing “Take the Money and Run” and “Son of a Preacher Man” during the team’s home game versus Auburn. The target of the songs was clear – Cam Newton. The music had not been cleared at the time.
It’s a different world between college and the pros. But was the Heinz Field music a direct jab to future and current opponents? Maybe it was simply a song that the person in charge thought would pump up the crowd.
Perhaps this little nugget of information is a vast exaggeration, or perhaps it isn’t. Either way, it’s hard to imagine that the act was completely unintentional. A staff picks out music to fit themes for each and every game.
Again, it’s not that the New York Jets need any fuel added to the fire, but this would be a spicy nugget that a Rex Ryan, an Antonio Cromartie, Bart Scott, or Santonio Holmes could roll with.
It would be fun to see if it is part of a press conference discussion. Until then – GAME ON – and either way, expect a lot of chatter this week from both teams.
It seriously doesn’t? Unreal. It doesn’t make any sense to me. Too bad you don’t live down the street, I could show you that I’m not crazy. Ha ha.
I can find some time tomorrow… hit me up at the email I sent you a message at today…
Nope, not coming up as spam.
What’s your schedule like tomorrow? When are you free to talk?
Nice. Ha ha.. you crack me up.
I know a lot of “Packer Backers” out there, so you won’t be alone in rooting for them.
Hilarious to say, but I did go and try to leave a comment today. It just doesn’t show up. You sure that I’m not coming up as spam on your page and it just needs to be approved? This comment of yours in particular had to be. That could be the case… you guys should check that.
It’s really hard for me to like either of these AFC teams. Big Ben is a molester and the Jets and their coach give me the creeps.
How are you supposed to figure out how to run a podcast when you can’t even figure out how to leave a comment on another site. Or is it some sort of religious thing?
Anyway, here’s the link to my Super Bowl contest:
I’m bringing the podcast info papers to work tonight to read and am FINALLY off both Wednesday and Thursday so we can start getting the ball rolling.