Suddenly, it’s not a great day anymore.

Rest in peace, you incredible man.

UPDATING to say:  Now THIS is a funeral procession where it will be perfectly acceptable, nay perfectly FITTING to wave our Terrible Towels.





48 Comments

  1. plexxer
    February 27, 2008 10:15 am

    He will always be, in my mind, the voice of Pittsburgh.



  2. unsatisfied
    February 27, 2008 10:16 am

    yoi and double yoi.

    I remember growing up and listening to myron on during the steelers radio broadcasts and doing his commentary on wtae sports. it’s truly amazing that a guy with his voice could make it here.

    but, make it here, he did.

    rest in peace, myron.



  3. Susan Helene Gottfried
    February 27, 2008 10:19 am

    Amen, PittGirl.

    May his memory be a blessing. I know it is for me.



  4. bucdaddy
    February 27, 2008 10:34 am

    Unsatisfied: I’m under the impression Myron mostly put on that voice (or amplified it) for public consumption. I’ve heard him in small settings when the public wasn’t around when he sounded more or less normal. It was shtick, and it was a great one.

    Leave us not forget Myron was a terrific writer as well. His two last books (“Yoi!” and “Double Yoi!” I believe they are) are very entertaining.

    He’d not been well for a long time, and I’m kind of glad it’s over for him. He’s been through enough. Glad he got to see One for the Thumb, though.

    Time for the statute committee to get to work.



  5. CS Keys
    February 27, 2008 10:35 am

    God bless, MC!



  6. Puma
    February 27, 2008 10:42 am

    Goodbye Myron. You represented the endearing qualities that are unique to Pittsburgh, and its citizens. You were by no means perfect, but you are “Immaculate”.

    Thanks for the memories.



  7. Stephanique1
    February 27, 2008 10:48 am

    It’s quite a shock even though he’s been off the air for a couple of years now. Truly a sad day in Pgh. The man was a Steel City legacy.



  8. Stephanique1
    February 27, 2008 10:57 am

    Sorry, the man IS a Steel City Legacy.



  9. Dan (Not Onarato)
    February 27, 2008 11:01 am

    Thank you Myron…for everything you brought to Pittsburgh

    Rest in Peace



  10. Still A. Fan
    February 27, 2008 11:12 am

    the tv announcers back in the day must have HATED it that so many people turned down the volume and turned on the radios.

    what a shame, but what a blessing.



  11. gotbob
    February 27, 2008 11:19 am

    This is tragic…I am sure the City will be waving the Terrible Towel all this week.

    Moving away from Pittsburgh…His color commentary of the games is what I miss the most.

    Rest in Peace



  12. chrys
    February 27, 2008 11:39 am

    Rest in Peace Myron… you will definately be missed.



  13. Jim
    February 27, 2008 11:50 am

    If you grew up in Pittsburgh, Myron was like sauerkraut; it was always in your life, and you either loved it or hated it. As a kid, I hated both, but as I matured (or grew older…my friends may dispute the matured comment), I came to realize how much I really did enjoy both, preferrably at the same time, with a kielbassi sandwich, a cold Iron City, and the Steelers on TV. I still delight hearing his voice today, and will never forget how he made us all smile by transmitting his sheer joy at watching the Steelers do well. Hear his voice again here –> http://www.networksandwebapplications.com/myron/



  14. In Sewickley
    February 27, 2008 11:51 am

    In honor of Myron Cope, I’ve dawned black and gold for the day.

    Such a sad day. But you know what? He wouldn’t want us to cry and be upset. He’d want us to focus on Big Ben and what in the world the Steelers are going to do about special teams for next season.

    There are too many things to name that Myron Cope will be remembered for, and all of them are equally important.

    Thanks for the memories, Myron!



  15. GreeneThumb
    February 27, 2008 12:05 pm

    I second the comment from bucdaddy about time for a statue. I don’t think anybody would even complain if tax dollars were used…



  16. Sooska
    February 27, 2008 12:22 pm

    My noggin isn’t quite around this one. Let’s all go to Heinz Field and sit shiva. He should be wrapped in his invention, the Terrible Towel.



  17. DW
    February 27, 2008 12:29 pm

    RIP Myron, so many good and funny memories.



  18. megan
    February 27, 2008 12:29 pm

    Myron will be greatly missed! (Visions of Myron in Heaven, walking down black & gold streets, cheered on by angels waving their Terrible Towels.)



  19. Charlie
    February 27, 2008 12:33 pm

    I feel the pain all the way in Texas…we’re going to miss you so much!



  20. Pensgirl
    February 27, 2008 12:37 pm

    It’s weird to think that the next generation of Pittsburghers won’t have any idea what it’s like to listen to Myron in the booth.

    He was most certainly an institution.

    Oh well, he’s probably smoking a cigar with the chief right now.



  21. Eileen
    February 27, 2008 12:44 pm

    Of all the tributes I’ve read today, my favorite is actually not something that Myron said, but one that Tunch Ilkin said to him.
    “Myron, I don’t think that you can use desultory and ain’t in the same sentence.”

    That’s Myron, that’s Pittsburgh.
    “God rest his soul”



  22. kevin
    February 27, 2008 12:50 pm

    My son, age 4, had been having trouble with his ‘hard consonant’ sounds (C, K, G, etc). This Christmas I began singing “Deck the Halls” in the car, but substituted in Myron’s “fa-ga-ga”s. Within minutes, the hard G problem was solved.

    Thank you, Myron.



  23. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    February 27, 2008 12:56 pm

    God bless you Myron. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to read some of his magazine articles, please do. The man was an amazing writer. He will be missed.



  24. Aeran
    February 27, 2008 1:06 pm

    I could never stand listening to Myron, but I proudly display my terrible towel in my new england dorm room. thanks for the unique symbol of pittsburgh pride!



  25. HowAboutit
    February 27, 2008 1:20 pm

    May he rest in peace! He was a voice of Pittsburgh – along with the legendary Bob Prince. Two of the greatest guys in radio.

    God bless Myron for all he did for Allegheny Valley School and for people with autism. He certainly deserves our thanks.

    I doubt there will ever be anyone like him.



  26. Clint
    February 27, 2008 1:20 pm

    Lets not forget what a giving man he was. He signed over all rights and royalties to the terrible towel to the Allegheny Valley School, a place for mentally challenged adults and children. Wait a minute, wasn’t that the essence of COPE anyways? He was always giving a piece of himself to the city, whether it be the team, the Rooneys, the local children, etc.

    When Sirius Satellite Radio announced their partnership with the NFL, I bought it that day, I knew I could take COPE, Billy, and Tunch with me wherever I roamed, and I found I was never that far from home….

    Rest in peace my friend…



  27. Emily
    February 27, 2008 1:37 pm

    A sad day. A great man. Imagine what a Steelers game would be like without that terrible towel or memories of his COLOFRUL commentary.



  28. Gunn Lino
    February 27, 2008 1:38 pm

    Not a good day in the ‘Burgh.
    Peace.



  29. back in the burgh
    February 27, 2008 2:01 pm

    We will miss you Myron … your awesome voice and all that you stood for. You did for Pittsburgh what few have done and we thank you and will always remember you for it. I agree with PensGirl and I imagine you relaxing with the chief right now! Rest in peace!



  30. jason
    February 27, 2008 2:30 pm

    the first time i ever heard the name “baryshnikov” (as in “Mikhail”, the ballet guy) was when Myron commented on one of Lynn Swann’s catches in Super Bowl XIII.

    luv ya, myron! RIP



  31. M. Silenus
    February 27, 2008 2:50 pm

    I remember hearing one of Myron’s commentaries on wtae shortly after moving here in 1990 and being completely baffled as to what he was all about. Then, as I became more used to my new home and absorbed Steelers lore, I realized just how iconic Myron is. We will trudge on without you, Myron, but you will be sorely missed.



  32. Katie
    February 27, 2008 3:11 pm

    Awe man, Steeler Nation will never be the same without Myron Cope. :(
    I agree with the others….someone should get started on a statue….



  33. justretiredguy
    February 27, 2008 3:27 pm

    Pittsburgh weeps.



  34. Me
    February 27, 2008 3:39 pm

    Nice job Judge on your website.

    Sad, sad day indeed. RIP Myron. You’ll be missed.



  35. Puma
    February 27, 2008 4:20 pm

    One of my favorite Myron Moments, happened in a game against the Carolina Panthers, and player that had then name “Fahkir Brown”. After about the sixth time Myron had produced it as “f*cker” Brown, Tunch Ilkin simply broke out in laughter… Again, thanks for the memories, Myron.



  36. Bill
    February 27, 2008 4:21 pm

    When Myron had his sports talk show he would bestow upon a caller who had a particularly great idea a Cope-A-Nut. He would tell the caller to grab onto something steady and if possible to put a helmet on. Then he’s shake a Cope-A-Nut loose from the tree landing on the caller. Great things were destined to follow the caller. Myron did not pass these out to just anyone, you had to earn one.
    I got to meet Myron when I worked at Bob Smith Ford. He did their commercials and the dealership provided a car for him. He was a genuinely kind man.
    Rest in Peace
    Bill



  37. JP
    February 27, 2008 5:07 pm

    “Louis Lipps sinks Kansas City ships” that was my favorite Cope line



  38. Steeler_tom
    February 27, 2008 8:47 pm

    What a bad day not only for Pittsburgh, but the whole Steeler Nation. (us yinzers ARE everywhere you know) I really have been glossy eyed all day. Tomorrow, It’s black & Gold day. A statue needs to be pushed. Anybody have Lukey’s e-mail address? We need to start a grass roots effort right now!

    I loved you Mr. Cope
    Rest in Peace



  39. Eddie Spaghetti
    February 27, 2008 10:26 pm

    “Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men’s reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of ‘the rat race’ is not yet final.”

    – Hunter S. Thompson



  40. bucdaddy
    February 27, 2008 10:40 pm

    “Deck the Broncos, they’re just yonkos.”

    — Myron Cope



  41. Bram R
    February 27, 2008 10:51 pm

    Oh, now!!! Eddie Spaghetti!!! Way to nail it with the Hunter S.

    RIP Myron Cope. Local legend.

    (PS is this maybe a good time to think about reviving the Steely McBeam sucks discussion…?)



  42. Charlie
    February 27, 2008 11:17 pm

    Get ready to shed a tear! This video is totally PERFECT…boy I’m going to miss him!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4xi7eA68og



  43. Sofa King
    February 27, 2008 11:47 pm

    Great quote, ES.

    I doubt there will ever be another broadcaster as colorful as Myron.

    He will be missed.



  44. OddManOut
    February 28, 2008 1:42 am

    Rest easy Myron! You have earned your rest, we will all sorely miss you! Steeler Nation is diminished without you…..



  45. JamieO
    February 28, 2008 9:11 am

    I am both a Steeler fan and someone who makes their living as a writer. Many people have no idea just how great of a writer Myron was, and a lot of that was because of his great run as a color commentator, which overshadowed his other accomplishments.

    As you can see in his P-G obit, Myron made his mark as a man of letters and that included a great run as a writer for Sports Illustrated. Many considered the contributions of both Myron and George Plimpton to be crucial to the magazine’s early success. He was one of the greatest sportswriters of all time.

    So, Sports Illustrated, nothing on the si.com home page about Myron? Just an AP obituary pulled off the wire?

    That is just plain disappointing. Hopefully someone like Peter King or Paul Zimmerman will correct that.



  46. Bulldog
    February 28, 2008 4:45 pm

    I agree JamieO. I’ve been checking the Sports Illustrated site periodically since I heard the news. I can’t believe that SI wouldn’t somehow have a more fitting tribute to Myron, one of their ORIGINAL team of sportswriters. I’m definitely counting on Peter King to correct this injustice.



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