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.)

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

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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 : )