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Brown’s Lack of Sense Sunday Night Just Gave the Patriots All the Billboard Material They Need

It’s six days away from the AFC Title game and a chance for the Steelers to advance to the Super Bowl where they would meet the winner of the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers.

They have in front of them a team that has been their toughest test by far over the past 16 seasons, a team that has beaten them twice in AFC Title games, and in all but two games with Tom Brady under center have defeated the Steelers.

Places like already have the Patriots as solid favorites, sitting at 6-point favorites to move on to Super Bowl LI.

So instead of making things easier, already there’s a feeling that Sunday’s ‘Facebook Gate’ may give New England all the ammunition they need to make it three in a row over the Steelers in AFC Championship Games.

In case you have been under a rock since the Steelers beat the Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game Sunday night, Antonio Brown following the game went live on Facebook with his personal account during the teams’ locker room session.

It was in that session that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who for sure wasn’t aware anyone was recording him, called the Patriots ‘As#holes,’ stating that the Steelers “spotted these a–h—- a day and a half.”


I actually turned on Brown’s feed for a few minutes, and it’s mostly just a bunch of half naked guys with big smiles on their faces as they celebrate a win in the locker room.

Nevertheless, Brown should have known better, and for a guy that should have his ego in check less than a week before the biggest game of his life, worrying about the 20,000 fans that were watching the feed (at least that’s the number I saw when on the feed) should have been the last thing on his mind.

Now though, while unintentional, the Patriots have billboard material for a game they are already favored in, and why not, they usually treat the Steelers like the unwanted step children when they take the field.

The last three times the teams have played, it’s not been pretty for the Steelers. In two games in Foxborough (2013 and the opener of the 2015 season), the Steelers were beaten soundly both times 55-31 and 28-21.

Earlier this season at Heinz Field, sure the Steelers didn’t have Ben Roethlisberger, but let’s face it, would the outcome have been any different?

Landry Jones did what he could, but in the end the Steelers couldn’t stop Brady and company, and the Patriots left Pittsburgh with a 27-16 win.

Now, with the Super Bowl in sight, instead of getting ready for the biggest day of their lives, Brown and his mates were busy dancing around on Facebook celebrating a game in which they didn’t manage to score a touchdown.

“We’ll be ready for their a–. But you ain’t got to tell them we’re coming,” Tomlin said in the what should have been private speech.

“Keep a low profile, and let’s get ready to ball like this up again here in a few days and be right back at it. That’s our story.”

Sadly the Steelers story was seen and heard by over 20,000 people thanks to a flat out stupid act by one of the best players on the team.

Shame on Brown for that.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Dave B.

    January 16, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Mike Tomlin brought this situation on his self . Instead of holding Brown accountable for his wild antics like endzone flips and dancing and costing his team unsportsmanlike penalties every week , Tomlin turned his head and looked the other way . Sunday , it came back to bite him in the butt . Brown thinks its ok to do whatever he wants because hes Antonio Brown . You can bet your last dollar that Belicheck will be playing that video for his players all week . Way to go Brown , you in all likelihood just cost your team a chance to play in the Super Bowl .

  2. Jay

    January 17, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, Dave B….I don’t know if anyone heard, according to mark Madden…Tomlin (who brought this on himself by the way with his laissez faire philosophy) said brown will be punished and was wrong and said, “that’s how players end up going from team to team!” I don’t care how good brown is, he’s an inconsiderate, self-absorbed idiot with as much common sense and brains as a wet paint sign! U hope they trade him after the season!

  3. Jay

    January 17, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I hope!*

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