Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to speak to Pittsburgh Pirates before spring training game

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Will Tomlin channel his inner-Lou Brown, or will he dip into Mr. Burns?

The motivational speech possibilities here are endless.

"Alright, everyone gather round. Now, I'm not one for making motivational addresses. I just wanted to point out every newspaper in the country has picked us to finish last. The local press seems to think we'd save everyone a lot of time and trouble if we just went out and shot ourselves.

"Me? I'm for wasting sports writers' time. I'd like to hang around and see if we can give 'em all a nice, big burger to eat."

Or, perhaps in the stylings of C. Montgomery Burns:

"All right, you ragtag bunch of misfits! You hate me, and I hate you even more. But without my beloved ringers, you're all I've got. So I want you to remember some inspiring words that someone else might have told you over the course of your lives, and go out there and win!"

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has to have at least a few of these up his sleeve. The only hope is he wears some kind of Pirates-related hat. That old man hat he sports in public is getting a little...old.

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