The Pittsburgh Steelers Friday Night Lights observe returns to Latrobe Memorial Stadium tomorrow evening and at his press conference today via Steelers.com, Mike Tomlin was requested what the observe means to the crew.
“I love it because it’s a yellow bus ride. It’s nostalgic for the players. It’s a cool way to stay connected to the local fans, and the proximity of the fans makes it a cool and unique experience, and it’s just awesome. If you’re a football lover, you love Friday night lights.”
The nostalgia of the entire occasion harkens gamers and coaches again to the times of highschool soccer, particularly with the yellow bus journey. It’s a enjoyable ambiance for the gamers and the followers, and it supplies a closeness between the 2 that skilled soccer doesn’t normally present.
It additionally helps break up gamers’ routines somewhat bit and offers them one thing to stay up for and get the adrenaline up. Tomlin cautioned that the occasion gained’t function a break, nevertheless.
“I don’t, and I’m not looking for it to be,” he answered when requested if the gamers would get a little bit of a break on Friday. “I’m looking for it really to do the quite opposite. I’m looking for it to turn up the volume. I’m looking for them to get caught up in the emotions of the atmosphere, and hopefully it brings the best out of them.”
For the rookies, it’s one of many first occasions that exposes them to a energetic crowd below the lights. While there are hordes of followers at each coaching camp observe, every observe isn’t actually advertising or amped as much as be the form of “event” that Friday Night Lights is. The atmosphere can serve to pump gamers up, and it additionally supplies a bit extra stress to carry out than a traditional observe atmosphere.
Friday Nights Lights is a good occasion for the explanations Tomlin supplied, and it simply has an old-school really feel to it. From enjoying in a highschool stadium to the varsity bus rides there and the gang hanging on each throw, it’s an occasion that gamers, followers and coaches stay up for yearly. It’s normally an enormous deal, with ESPN broadcasting it up to now, and loads of media protection annually from numerous native and nationwide retailers.
It serves as an effective way to get gamers prepared for his or her first preseason recreation on August 13 and it offers the gang an intimate take a look at the crew via a week-and-a-half of coaching camp practices thus far. Hopefully, the atmosphere and degree of depth are as excessive as Tomlin is hoping for and it may be a observe the place gamers start to set themselves other than the remainder of the pack. Regardless, tomorrow ought to be a enjoyable day and a day that I’m positive the gamers and followers in attendance will bear in mind.