It's hard to feel sorry for the Pittsburgh Steelers. For one, the team has an entire history of winning that is not at all the norm among teams in the NFL. For another, they're currently working on a perfect season. So, the pumps were primed for an explosion of vitriol when the team's players openly complained about their Thanksgiving Day game against the Baltimore Ravens being rescheduled due to coronavirus concerns.
On the one hand, the Steelers' schedule has already been messed with once this season after the Tennessee Titans had a COVID-19 outbreak. On the other, both that game and this most recent one were postponed due to the raging pandemic that has killed over 200,000 Americans. Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster were among the more prominent Steelers calling the NFL's decision to postpone their nationally televised game to Sunday ridiculous, and bore the brunt of incredulous fan reaction.
— ESPN (@espn) November 25, 2020
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 25, 2020
To be fair to Steelers players, playing in the NFL is a brutal job and players are unionized workers who should bristle against any sudden moves from management. The team had a false bye week earlier this year when their game against the Titans was cancelled, getting the week off after they'd already been preparing to play. The decision to play on Thanksgiving was meant to give the players an extended period to rest and heal between Thursday and the following Sunday. Still, that illicited little sympathy from fans looking at the bigger picture of a global pandemic.
Bruh it’s for their own safety just suck it up😂
— KarlMaloneStan (@Magic4Lif3) November 25, 2020
The Steelers are 10-0 and you guys sound like a bunch of crybabies. It’s 2020 and everyone knew shit like this was gonna happen. Atleast 8 of the Steelers starters arent out this week with Covid
— RyanD426 (@D426Ryan) November 25, 2020
Deal with it! That’s football! It’s inevitable you’re going to get players testing positive for COVID-19 even if you’re following the protocols. I’m sure if the shoe was on the other foot, with all your Steelers teammates testing positive, you wouldn’t be complaining
— Erik Reitav (@to_konaboy) November 25, 2020
Lol, all the Steelers fans crying because it’s been canceled. As opposed to what? Not canceling and potentially risking getting covid from Ravens players who may or may not have it? Then y’all would be whining next week when YOUR to players test positive and can’t play. 🙄
— Lauren (@lauren41491189) November 25, 2020
It’s wild that Steelers fans and players are mad their game got pushed back. You’d rather play on a short week which increases your risk of injury AND play a team with a covid outbreak which increases your risk for catching that???? So lame lmaoooo
— Cashmere Woods (@EthanTaylor74) November 25, 2020
People are shocked and outraged at the @NFL's inconsistency in the middle of a pandemic. It's an inconvenience. Not much more than that. Again, go beat the #Ravens on Sunday instead of Thursday. They're 10-0 for goodness sake.
— Adam Crowley (@_adamcrowley) November 25, 2020
Alls these cry baby Steelers fan are quick to forget we lost our week 8 bye bc of them and moved it up a week , why u ask covid thats why. Happy Thanksgiving!
— MIRCO-DOSIN (@AdamEric1985) November 25, 2020