Pittsburgh Steelers

FanHouse's Clay Travis Rips The Terrible Towel

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers wave terrible towels against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Bill KostkasContributor IIJanuary 28, 2011

In true Michael Corleone fashion, we all remember that history has taught us anything that it always repeats itself. When it comes to Pittsburgh's Terrible Towel, the enemy still hasn't learned.

This column, by Fanhouse's Clay Travis has made it's way around the internet. In it he simply comes off just like any other hater of the towel that constantly fantasizes about taking one from a Steelers fan and performing one aspect of a particular bodily function with it. Sadly, that's the only thing I've ever heard when it comes to what haters would do with the towel and that's how that column comes off.

If my research is correct, Travis does some coverage of the Tennessee Titans. The same team that had Keith Bulluck and LenDale White stomp on a cheap imitation of the towel after a 34-14 beating of the Steelers. When it came to playoff time, guess what the promotion was for their game? White towels for every fan to wave. Imitation is one of the greatest forms of flattery.

Unfortunately, Bulluck and White learned the same lesson that many in the past have also learned. The Titans ended up turning the ball over three times in the red zone against the Baltimore Ravens that day, thus ending their season. I don't like to sit here and think that the towel has some kind of a magical power, but there is a bit of a coincidence. Just ask T.J. Houshmanzadeh, the Jets fans that posted a YouTube video last week and the mayor of Phoenix at the time of Super Bowl XLIII.

You can't say that the towel doesn't mean anything. It's a symbol for more than just our football team. It represents our city. It represents the way we live our lives in this area. Most importantly it represents the bond we have with our team, one that fans around the country will never have with theirs.

How is it that the column doesn't mention the fact that all proceeds from the towel go straight to the the Allegheny Valley School, where Myron Cope's autistic son was housed? I guess it's because it would defeat his entire purpose for writing the column.

I can understand if you think it's stupid, but Travis seems to not be able to help himself with the whole thing as his hatrid for Pittsburgh begins to spew as you read the column.

According to Travis, Pittsburgh is very filthy. Unfortunately for him, that was about 40 years ago. A steel mill is very hard to come upon today in this area. The hot spot of steel making, which actually was the namesake for the Steelers, is actually a five minute drive from where I live. What's there now is what we refer to as the beautiful Homestead Waterfront. A collection of restaurants and shops. You can't even tell that steel was even made there. The area was even one of the major stateside bombing targets for the Nazis in World War II.

If Pittsburgh is so filthy, then why were we ranked as the 10th cleanest by Forbes?

On his Twitter account, he isn't as tough as the column makes him out to be. As he cowered when LaMarr Woodley had something to say about it.

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