Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towel: Reason For Titans Fall?

Lanny GardnerContributor IOctober 22, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 23:  A fan holds up a 'terrible towel' as the New England Patriots take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Patriots defeated the Steelers 41-27. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

 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!