Nobody has a good explanation for the Tennessee Titans miserable start at 0-6. Perhaps the coaching is to blame, maybe the offense, defence or both. Going from 13-3 and the #1 seed in last years playoffs just seems unreal.
Lets go back to week 16 last season. The Titans defeated the Steelers 34-14, but in doing so, some of their players such as Lendale White disrespected the steelers terrible towel, stomping on it and grinding it into the ground. The Titans haven`t won a game since! Maybe this is just a coincidence maybe urban legend. Or maybe it`s what Myron Cope said about the terrible towel, " It will wreak its powers terribly on the opposition."
For whatever reason, history has shown disrespecting the terrible towel can have devastating effects on a team. In 2005 Cincinnati receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh wiped his feet on a terrible towel after scoring a touchdown. The bengals won that game, but the Steelers went on to beat Cincinnati in the playoffs on their way to winning Superbowl XL. The Bengals until this year haven`t had much success since.
Another example of the terrible towel curse came in a September 2008 game against the Ravens, when receiver Derrick Mason jumped on a terrible towel before the game. Baltimore went 0-3 against the Steelers that year. Losing the AFC championship game to the Steelers.
One thing is for sure while Pittsburghs terrible towel may mean terrible things for the opposition, it`s nothing but good luck for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Look at their record before the terrible towel 230-299-20 (.435) and after the birth of the towel 335-222-1 (.601).
History dosen`t lie and the terrible towel will never die. Pittsburgh Steelers fans won`t let it. Its the flag of Steeler nation, and they wave it proudly. Disrespect it and suffer the consequences!