A few Myron Cope fans forwarded this e-mail to us over the past week.

(And by “a few,” I mean, like about 100.)

So, as Pittsburgh heads into Super Bowl weekend, we figured we’d post it here for everyone to see. Enjoy!

‘Twas the night before the Super Bowl, when along the gulf shore,
Steelers fans were praying for “just one more;”

The players were nestled all snug in the sack,
With visions of the first NFL Six-Pack;

Coach Tomlin was young, but wise for his years,
So I drifted off to sleep without any fears;

When at the stadium there arose some strange chatter,
The Cardinals feared, what was the matter;

We heard “Okel Dokel”, we heard “Double Yoi,”
We jumped from our beds, our hearts jumped for joy;

He stood at the fifty with a grin ear to ear,
Steelers fans everywhere started to cheer;

Then in an instant to our surprise,
This little old man had tears in his eyes;

He went to the booth and there took his chair,
While Terrible Towels waved in the air;

Then over the airwaves came his shrill voice,
The Steelers Nation began to rejoice;

He said, “I am back, but you know I can’t stay,
I just had to see my Steelers play;

From my home up above, I have a great view,
But I wanted to celebrate here with you;

So bring on the Birds, we’ll send them a flyin’,
On the way back to Phoenix, they will be cryin’;

Ben, Hines, Troy, Jeff and all of the rest,
No matter the outcome, to me you’re the best;”

The airwaves went silent, the stadium still,
Was this just a dream, it seemed so real;

In our team we have faith, in our team we have hope,
But the game’s not the same without Myron Cope;

Written by:
A.K. Young

For more rhyming fun, check out our page of poems submitted by Steelers fans.


Here We Go – The New Song

January 29, 2009

You’ve been asking for it, so here it is:

The 2008-09 version of Roger Wood’s classic “Here We Go” Steelers fight song, with all the updated lyrics.

Because players come and go, the song is updated every year … but the most famous line always remains the same:

“Pittsburgh’s goin’ to the Suuuuuuper Boooowl.”

(UPDATE: Thanks to the people who e-mailed us to say that the song is available for purchase at Amazon.com. It’s also on a CD at steelersfightsong.com.)

Keep The Cardinals Ringless

January 28, 2009

How sweet is this … a Steelers remix of Kanye West’s “Heartless.”




It’s available for download through B94’s Web site. Just right-click on this link and choose “save target as.”

Super Bowl spoofs can usually get way cheesy, but Steelers fans are doing a really good job with it this year.

We have a page full of links to the best songs. Give them a listen when you have some time to waste at work or school.

When Will They Learn?

January 27, 2009

Super Bowl week just wouldn’t be right without a good controversy to grumble about, and there’s a hot one developing for Pittsburgh fans…


Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is disrespecting the Terrible Towel!


(Apparently, he didn’t read the open letter to Keith Bulluck. Scroll down a couple of posts to check that out.)


A new video on the Internet shows Gordon handing a yellow towel to the Cardinals’ mascot, a big red bird named Big Red. (So creative.)

The big fella wipes his armpit with the cloth and throws it to the ground and stomps on it — just like Bulluck and LenDale White did in the final moments of the Tennessee Titans’ blowout win over the Steelers last month.


And Gordon takes the towel and sneezes into it, like Jevon Kearse did in that same Titans-Steelers game.


The footage was shot Monday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, during a rally to send the Arizona Cardinals off to Super Bowl XLIII against the Steelers.


(You can watch the video here.)


So… we were going to be nice to the Cards because they have all those local ties to Pittsburgh on their roster. But they can forget about that now.


Remember: You don’t mess with Myron Cope. It’s a painful lesson, Mayor Gordon, but you’ll learn. Just ask the Titans. (Or Bill Hillgrove.)

Shave For The Steelers

January 26, 2009

Check out how this young fan is showing off his Steeler pride before the big game in Tampa.

Add a little bit of color, and maybe this could become a quick trend.

Tampa is no stranger to sports do’s. Remember these “rayhawk” cuts when the Rays went to the World Series in October?

(Let’s hope our Steeler fan doesn’t get in trouble at school … like this kid did.)

Share your pictures that show Steeler pride here. We’re looking for party pics, decorations, haircuts, makeup and whatever else ya got.

See what happens when you mess with Myron?

Thanks to a viewer for forwarding this e-mail to us.


Mr. Bulluck,

First off, I would like to congratulate you on your regular season victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 16, a game in which you totaled a jaw dropping ten solo tackles! Yoi! A game which secured home field advantage for your team throughout the playoffs. Well done. At the end of that game, however, you were seen on the sidelines stomping on a “Terrible Towel”. Gasp!

I have to admit, as a lifelong Steelers fan, it really hurt my feelings. To see someone stomping on that unmistakable symbol of Steeler pride, it put me out, irked me, but most of all it made me sad. A symbol is a powerful thing you know, it stands for so much more than Steelers vs. Titans in week 16, it is a symbol all hard fought wins and losses, an enduring symbol of our 19 division championships, our seven conference championships, our five Super Bowl victories. Wow, that’s nice to reflect on really. Did you know the tradition of the Terrible Towel is over thirty years old, two years older than you as a matter of fact?

I like the Titan towel that some Tennessee fan made up last month. I mean its powder blue, but it’s cute. So, now that it’s like, two months old, all of your fans across Knoxville and whatever other cities there are in Tennessee can look at it and reflect on all it stands for. All of which it is a symbol. Hmmmnnnnnn. Losing to the Ravens at home? That’s not very pleasant is it? No, certainly not. Let’s pretend it has been around for the history of the Titans, just for pretend, see? Reflect with me Keith, o.k., three division titles and a conference championship, and one almost, really really close to a Super bowl victory. That’s not so great to dwell on, let’s throw in the Tennessee Oilers years too. On second thought there weren’t any playoff appearances for the Tennessee Oilers, that must be why the name change? Hell, let’s throw in some memories from Houston just for kicks, the glory days, two AFL championships (it’s kinda like a Super bowl win for teams that have never won the big one, just ask a Browns fan) and back to back AFC title losses to the Steelers.

I’m sorry, I digress, let me get to the real reason for my letter, I was wondering if you happened to keep the aforementioned towel? If you don’t want it, I would love to have it. Truly, I’d be thrilled to have it, mud, snot, cleat marks and all. You see Mr. Bulluck, I would like to use it when I go to Tampa on Feb 1st to cheer the Pittsburgh Steelers at Super Bowl XLIII.

And Keith, you can come too of course, but don’t forget, you’ll need a ticket, just like me.

Thank you for your time, of which you have quiet a lot nowadays,
(Name withheld by editors)

In Loving Memory of Myron Sidney Kopelman, January 23, 1929 – February 27, 2008 : )

Hollywood loves a good sports movie — “Rocky,”  “Hoosiers,” “The Natural” — just to name a few.  So we decided to make our casting choices for a big screen version of Super Bowl XLIII. 

First on the casting sheet is the role of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Mike Tomlin/Omar Epps


Calm, cool, collected — Tomlin’s got all the qualities of a leading man.   To bring his on-screen counterpart to life, we went with current “House” star Omar Epps.   Prior to starring as Dr. Eric Foreman on the show, Epps appeared in several sports-themed movies throughout his career.  He played a boxer in “Against the Ropes” (2004), explored “Love & Basketball” (2004) and took over the role of Willie Mays Hayes in “Major League 2” (1994).  

Next up is Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Woody Harrelson/Ken Whisenhunt


Finding the right actor to portray Whisenhunt proved a bit challenging, forcing us to think outside the box.  Perhaps not the conventional choice to play an NFL head coach, Woody Harrelson boasts the credentials to back it up.  Filmed in the Pittsburgh-area, he played bowler Roy Munson in “Kingpin” (1996) and starred alongside Wesley Snipes (the original Willie Mays Hayes) in “White Men Can’t Jump” (1992).  He also portrayed a boxer in “Play it to the Bone” (1999), and more recently, a basketball player in the Will Ferrell comedy “Semi-Pro” (2008).


Here’s what some of you had to say about our casting choices:

  •  “Essie” agreed, “You are right on with Omar Epps as Mr. Tomlin!! I’ve always said the Coach is the more mature version of Omar Epps.  They’re both just beautiful! (I’ll keep it PG)  Now, I never would have thought Woody Harrelson for Coach Whisenhunt but now that i see the side-by-side…oh yeah!  Great job with this one!


  • “Joanna” wrote, “Omar Epps is the perfect choice.  Every time my husband watches House, he comments “Mike Tomlin, what are you doing in a hospital?”


  • “Jaime” said, “This blog about the casting of Hollywood is great! U did a wonderful job getting all the criteria correct! Good job!

Many of you also made your own casting calls.

  • “Janice” replied, “Omar Epps is the right choice but I would have picked Chris Meloni to play Wisenhunt — better fit.” 


  • “Marla” recommended, “If I were casting for coach Tomlin, Lamar Rucker would be my choice.  Woody Harrelson would be my choice for coach Whisenhunt.


  • “Bob” suggested, “Will Ferrell should play the part of Big Ben.”


Tell us what you think!  Use the feedback box on the top-right of this page to send us your choices to play Tomlin, Whisenhunt or any of the players involved in Super Bowl XLIII.

A few people e-mailed this rockin’ video to us today. It’s a sweet Pat Benatar cover with Steelers lyrics instead of the original words.

Quick comparison…

Old: “Heart breaker … dream maker… love taker, don’t you mess around with me!”

New: “Raven haters… ring takers … shame makers, don’t you mess with Steeler D!”

Upon further investigation, we learned that they call themselves The Pop Rocks. There are six of them … they’re from Harmony, Pa. … oh yeah, and THEY’RE ONLY 12 YEARS OLD! (What the ?)

Here’s my favorite comment on their YouTube page: “You little goons rock some world.” True dat.


Our buddy Chris Benson has done it again. Check out his latest spoof video … it’s that dramatic Gatorade ad, set to a Pittsburgh theme.

(If for some reason you weren’t fired up for the Super Bowl already, this ought to do it for you.)

You might recognize some of Benson’s previous work from our daily Links N’@ videoblog with Ashley DiParlo and Becky Emmers. Funny stuff.

Steelers-Ravens YouTube Fun

January 18, 2009

Know how you can go to YouTube looking for whatever it is you’re looking for… but then you randomly see something else that looks cool… and then something else … and before you know it, an hour of your life has been sucked away?

Yeah, so that happened to us today… and now you have a bunch of good game-day clips to watch before Steelers vs. Ravens. Enjoy!

It isn’t smart for Ravens fans to bet against the Steelers.

Best moments from the September overtime win on Monday Night Football in Pittsburgh.

“Here We Go” … with updated lyrics and a fan slideshow.

How does the North Shore look on a typical game day? Here’s the scene inside at McFadden’s…

… and outside at Heinz Field.

Trying to get done up for the game? Here’s a Steeler makeup tutorial for all the ladies.


A slideshow of some crazy Steeler fans, doing what they do.

Snoop is a big Steelers fan too. Here’s the d-o-double-g getting ready for a youth football league game.

The only thing Baltimore has that we don’t: cheerleaders. Click here for a clip from the last Steelers-Ravens game.

OK, we’ve been giving it to Baltimore fans all week… and now it’s our turn to take the abuse.

Mindy Basara

Mindy Basara

Stan Stovall and Mindy Basara anchor the morning newscast on WBAL-TV, our sister station. They’re defending Baltimore’s honor against us smack-talking ‘Burghers.

Check out the video.

(Dissing Heinz ketchup? That’s just wrong.)

Longtime WTAE viewers may remember Basara as a former Westmoreland County bureau chief. She moved to her current gig in Baltimore in 1998.

Some members of the Baltimore media are throwing down SERIOUS smack on Pittsburgh this week.

No regional treasure is off limits… from the “picksburgh” accent, to Primanti grub, to Iron City beer, and even the sacred Terrible Towel.

Here’s some of the best of the worst…

  • Tony Giro, Baltimore Examiner columnist: Pittsburghers store Primanti Brothers’ french fries in their flavor savers for the winters along the confluence. Nothing reminds me that I have a friend in Pennsylvania like spotting a 300-pound guy eating a sausage while stuffed in a Mazda truck with a Steelers’ license plate driving down I-95. Yes, nobody is watching — go ahead and use your face as a napkin.”
  • Kevin Cowherd, Baltimore Sun: Think the Inner Harbor is overhyped? How about the Duquesne Incline in the ‘Burgh? Two 1870s-vintage cable cars creaking ominously as you travel 400 feet off the ground at a 30-degree incline with the wind whistling? And they make you pay to get on it!
  • More from Giro: “I like these ‘Terrible Towels.’ Its bright yellow screams “I am woman –hear me roar!” But the look on Steelers fans’ faces when you rip it out of their hands and stomp on it like LenDale White is a gift that keeps giving. They also are quite useful at a tailgate since they burn really, really well.”
  • I guess some people just never learn. (Anyone seen the Titans lately?)

    Please, allow Bill Hillgrove to explain. And when you’re done with that, feel free to bomb the Sun’s Web poll.

    Originally posted on March 13, 2008. We thought you’d enjoy watching it again … with the AFC championship game and Inauguration Day approaching.