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Terrible Towel Tales: New York Governor trolls Steelers ahead of wild card matchups with Bills

Steelers news and commentary Saturday, January 13th

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul on Long Island Photo by Howard Schnapp/Newsday RM via Getty Images

Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

Video: New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Trolls Steelers Fans over Weather for Bills Game | Bleacher Report

Ahead of the Buffalo Bills’ matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul took a jab at Steelers fans that intend to travel to the game.

“One final bit of advice, and this one’s for our friends who are thinking about traveling from Pittsburgh to watch the game,” Hochul said. “We think it’s just better if you stay home and tune in on television. It’s going to be safer for all of us. It’s going to be a rough game for you anyhow.”

How weather impacts Steelers-Bills betting, over/under | Shwetha Surendran, ESPN

“Once the news comes out that there’s horrible weather, [the under] just gets pounded relentlessly,” Adam Pullen, assistant director of trading for Caesars Sportsbook, said. “It’s going to be interesting to see where the bottom is. Where do the sharps start betting the over?”

At BetMGM, that number was 35.5, a full 6.5 points lower than the opening number. Christian Cipollini, trading manager for sportsbook BetMGM, said the forecast for Buffalo prompted a flurry of bets on the under from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET on Monday. Cipollini said they moved the total quickly but still struggled to slow down the rush of bets on the under.

Bills enlist help of fans to shovel snow at stadium ahead of Steelers game | Fox Sports

Sunday’s game between the 2-seed Bills (11-6) and the 7-seed Steelers (10-7) is the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams but just the first to be played at Buffalo, which has a history of harsh conditions come playoff time.

That said, the Bills are enlisting the help of their fanbase to get the stadium ready for action. The team posted Friday that fans can get paid to shovel snow inside the stadium starting at 10:00 p.m. Saturday evening and throughout the night into Sunday morning, if needed. While fans have to bring their own attire, they’ll be treated to food and beverages in a warm room — whatever that means in Buffalo.