I tried to be nice.
Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon, with an assist from the Arizona Cardinal’s goofy looking mascot, decided the best way to pump up a crowd of diehard Cardinal supporters, all twelve of them, was to disgrace the Terrible Towel. I’ve spent the last two weeks poking gentle fun at the team but didn’t have any desire to viciously belittle them like I would have the Philadelphia Eagles had they not choked away yet another NFC Championship game. I’ve resisted picking on them because doing so is like making fun of a short bus kid who shows up at Prom dressed like Mr. Peanut. But with that one simple act, the Cardinals and their fair-weather fans have shown themselves to be the same classless jackasses as you find in numerous other NFL cities.
I am sick and tired of people desecrating the Towel. If the only way you can excite your fanbase is to tear down a symbol of another team’s greatness, that’s pretty pathetic. Almost as pathetic as the Tennessee Titans or Washington Redskins producing their own team towels in a sad attempt to copy the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not to mention the NFL’s plan to produce “Trophy Towels” to further enrich the league piggy bank. Guess fining Steeler players for clean hits isn’t quite enough for Herr Goodell. Here’s an idea, come up with your own original concept, assclowns.
If you’re from another NFL city visiting this blog to see what fans of a real team talk about, let me explain something to you. The Terrible Towel was started by legendary Steelers broadcaster Myron Cope in 1975. All profit from their sale goes to help children with autism. Desecrating it not only speaks ill of you but is tantamount to picking on the handicapped. Even a paper as clueless as the New York Times gets it in this tremendous article about all the good the Towel has done for people. Terrible Towels have been spotted everywhere from the deserts of Iraq to floating around in outer space, not because fans like to wave stuff, but because of the history and tradition they represent.
When will people learn? Disgracing the Towel never ends well. Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh decided to shine his shoes with one back in 2005 and the result was a busted knee for Carson Palmer and three years of misery for the team. Titans RB Lendale White thought it was funny to stomp a mudhole in a Towel following a victory over the Steelers a few months ago. Where’s your team at now, Tubby? Oh right, you’re sitting on your couch gaining weight faster than Jessica Simpson watching the Steelers play in the Super Bowl after going one and done.
Hopefully on Sunday the Terrible Towel once again strikes down upon the undeserving Cardinals with the same great vengeance and furious anger it has brought to others who dared to mock the symbol of Steeler Nation.
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