January 17, 1988
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Steve Linkowski (born January 17, 1988), more commonly known as UrinatingTree, is an American internet personality. He produces parody sports videos in the style of a weekly news broadcast, titled "This Week in Sportsball", as well as takes on individual teams dependent on the situation at the time, such as his "Lolcows in Sports" and "Legacy of Failure" series. He is most known for his "Days of our Steelers" series, a satirical take on the 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers season which was known for the team's off-the-field drama en route to a 9-6-1 season which saw them miss the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Linkowski started off as a video game reviewer on his channel, originally named "ESchlasser". He was intermittent with his content up until 2016. At that point, he changed the channel name to "UrinatingTree" and completely revamped the channel to focus on North American sports, starting with the four major sports NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL). He eventually touches up on NASCAR and Soccer, most notably the 2018 FIFA World Cup. His current main content consists of the following:
This Week in Sportsball
Starting with the 2017 NFL season, this series recaps every week of the NFL season, giving his unique insight on every team and their situation at that time. He eventually branches the series out to the MLB, the NHL, and the Alliance of AAF before their shutdown. The series sometimes branches off into individual episodes focusing on the exploits of individual teams, such as "Days of Our Steelers", "Sacksonville Abbey", "Raiders of the Lost Season / D.I.V.A.", and "Dallas".
The Hater's Guide
This series is a crash course on important events in sports, focusing on individual teams and the sport as a whole. A certain sport's playoffs, championship final, season start, or player draft is most prominent in this series.
Lolcows in Sports
This series focuses on individual teams and their unfortunate state of affairs at the time of video release. Originally containing the word Lolcow in the titles, the videos have since used other demeaning terms for the teams, sometimes in reference to their name or city.
A Legacy of Failure
This series focuses on players, teams, and other people of interest who have never won a championship in their careers. In some cases, videos may be relegated to historical archives of what was, such as the St. Louis Blues, Washington Nationals, and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, as they all have won championships after their respective videos have been released.
This series intends to mock sports teams immediately after playoff failure. On occasion, this series genuinely congratulates teams with playoff success after experiencing prolonged failure.
Days of Our Steelers
During the 2018 season, Linkowski debuted the satiracal drama series titled "Days of Our Steelers", an homage to the drama series Days of Our Lives. This series followed the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2018 NFL season. Throughout the season, Linkowski was able to cover events on the Steelers nearly every week, mostly the notorious off-the-field drama leaking from within the organization. The team itself ended up finishing 9-6-1, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013. In addition to gaining viral popularity, the series received widespread praise for its honest look at the drama within the team. However, in response to the series, the organization proceeded to block Linkowski on Twitter. Stemming from the series are two other satirical series. The first, "Sacksonville Abbey", which in the same nature of "Days of Our Steelers" took a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 season. The two series crossed over with each other during the team's week 11 matchup, which resulted in a 20-16 win for the Steelers. The other series, titled "Raiders of the Lost Season", was intended to follow the exploits of the Oakland Raiders during the offseason following the 2018 season. However, the series instead primarily followed the exploits of wide receiver Antonio Brown, who played for the Steelers that season and was traded to Oakland afterwards. Following his offseason drama that eventually lead to his release, the series itself shifted focus solely on Brown, even changing the name to "D.I.V.A". The series continued to follow Brown through his time with the New England Patriots, his release following allegations of sexual assult, and his exploits afterwards. "Days of Our Steelers" itself continued into the 2019 NFL season, but was eventually halted as Linkowski expressed his desire to put an end to the series.
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- @Urinatingtree (2018-10-11). "I'm straight up laughing my ass off at this revelation. Have I made it to the big time yet?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Antonio Brown investigation: What to know about rape accusation, lawsuit by former trainer". www.sportingnews.com. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
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