Terrible Turnout in Tennessee: Titans Disgrace Steelers' Tradition

Charlie CoxCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2008

Watching the defeat of the Steelers on Sunday was bad enough.

Seeing the last-second interception returned for a meaningless touchdown hurt worse.

But watching two Tennessee Titans players, veteran captain Keith Bulluck and third-year running back LenDale White, stomp, spit, and wipe their nose with a Terrible Towel made my blood boil.

The Terrible Towel: a Pittsburgh keepsake, a collectors item, created by longtime Steelers broadcaster and Sports Illustrated sportswriter Myron Cope in the '70s to bring mojo to the team.

To some, Cope's towel may just appear as an annoying piece of cloth that Steeler fans wave; yet to others, to the fans, to the Pittsburgh natives, it is a symbol—a hallowed tradition.

The towel is a symbol for the Super Steelers of the '70s.

The towel is a symbol of Steeler pride and passion.

The towel is a symbol for the city of Pittsburgh and it's fans.

The towel is a symbol of the Steelers of today.

And moreover, the towel is a symbol of the legacy of Myron Cope.

Stepping on the towel in the fashion that the two players did it in is not only an insult to the Steelers organization, but to the city of Pittsburgh, the history of the team, and the late great Cope.

After the game, both players expressed their remorseless view of the act along with gutless coach Jeff Fisher.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, on the other hand, is taking the high road and not addressing the issue at this time, as he feels, "it will be addressed when necessary."

Tomlin will probably take the same route former coaching great Bill Cowher did in the 2005 postseason, replaying footage of Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh wiping his cleats off with a Terrible Towel after defeating the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

I encourage both Keith Bulluck and LenDale White to look what happened to the Bengals the next time the two teams met.

The act was disgraceful and proved that Tennessee Titans have no class—whether it is winning or losing.

Every Pittsburgh fan will be waiting for the January rematch.

And I'm sure Keith Bulluck and LenDale White will be the ones getting stomped on.