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The misconception after the last slide was that this article was over. Well, in addition to those eight big misconceptions, I wanted to include two fun ones for the fans.
The Terrible Towel is Just a Yellow Dishrag Craze Gone Awry
Myron Cope encouraged fans to bring yellow dish towels to the stadium before a 1975 playoff game, which began the tradition of the Terrible Towel, a fad now copied by virtually every sports team in America.
The belief by opposing fans and players is that the towel is nothing more than a craze that's lasted in a town that's long been sweet on it's football team.
But mysterious misfortune seems to follow anyone who defaces the sacred object of Steelers fans everywhere.
Carson Palmer's knee injury in 2005, the sudden fade of the Tennessee Titans in 2008, the end of the New York Jets Super Bowl hopes in 2010 and the disappearance of previously promising runner LenDale White all have come in the wake of someone, somewhere doing harm to a Terrible Towel.
Coincidence? You decide.
The Steelers Aren't America's Team
It became fashionable at some point to call the Dallas Cowboys "America's Team." I don't even want to do the research on why this awful and inexplicable fad began, but I'll debunk it without finding out where it came from.
The Steelers are America's team. Why? Think about it.
Who travels better than any other professional sports franchise? No other team enjoys the "road field advantage" of Pittsburgh, where Terrible Towels crop up in force in every stadium, every season.
What team, with the possible exception of the New York Yankees, has a more recognizable logo?
The Steelers helped revive a city in the 1970s, when Pittsburgh was falling to pieces in the wake of steel mills shutting down.
Today, there are Steelers bars in almost every NFL town and in hundreds of other places around the nation and even around the world.
Word is, there's a Steelers bar in Italy somewhere. Word also is that there isn't a Cowboys bar in Europe.
America's Team? That title belongs to the team with the most Super Bowl trophies and the most fans all over the country. That title clearly belongs in Pittsburgh.
(To be perfectly honest, no single team should ever be America's Team. That title is just a little too lofty for any team to live up to for a long period of time.)