Appeasing the Ghost. Double yoi!


LenDale White and Keith Bulluck, the Tenessee Titans who stupidly stomped on the Terrible Towel in 2008, thus angering the ghost of Myron Cope so much that they lost their next eight games, finally won a game this past weekend.  Do you know why?

The win raises the Titans’ season record to 1-6, and it came just two days after Allegheny Valley School received one of Myron Cope’s signature yellow towels in the mail, signed by Bulluck and White.

Ah.  So they appeased the angry ghost of Myron Cope.

Along with the towel, Abraham sent the school a handwritten note that said, “LenDale and Keith wish you all the best” and “P.S. Please release the curse!!”

Keeping in mind that the Lions have not won a game since their mascot Roary ate a Terrible Towel in their loss to the Steelers three weeks ago, check this vote out:


That’s right.  We’re not a superstitious people, but we believe in the Ghost of Myron Cope.

You don’t suppose one of the Buccos of Suckitude or the Pirate Parrot or Kevin McClatchy ever stomped on or otherwise desecrated a Terrible Towel, say, oh, 17 years ago, do you?

Just to be safe, I think we need to offer up a burnt sacrifice to the Ghost of Myron Cope at the gate to PNC Park this weekend.

I’ll bring the pigeons; one of you bring Steely McBeam.

(h/t Ben and Leyna)


  1. Carpetbagger
    November 3, 2009 4:14 pm

    Yes, that’s it exactly. Plus a little bit of scouting regarding our awesome #1 draft picks over the years: Andy Rice (93), Jermaine Allensworth (93 also), Charles Peterson (yes, three #1 picks in 93), Mark Farris (94), Chad Hermansen (95), Kris Benson (96), J.J. Davis (97), Clint Johnson (98), Bobby Bradley (99), Sean Burnett (00), John Van Benschoten (01), Bryan Bullington (02), Paul Maholm (03, at least he plays!), Neil Walker (04). We are just stocked with all this prime talent!

    Oh, and the towel thing, too.

  2. Carpetbagger
    November 3, 2009 4:25 pm

    Doesn’t mean we can’t do the Steely McBeam sacrifice, you know, just to cover all the bases. Better safe than sorry.

  3. WVBurghFan
    November 3, 2009 4:40 pm

    I think we actually should sacrifice the Pirate Parrot. You realize he(?) was introduced right after the Pirates’ last World Series victory, right? And he’s practically a freakin’ pigeon!

  4. Bram R
    November 3, 2009 7:28 pm

    I’m not sure it has to do with the ghost of Myron. Overheard in Pittsburgh recently: “Man, you can’t be doin that, the Towel stands for kids, man, retarded kids n’all that.”

    I had never known that but apparently it does. Wiki it. You’ll also find this:

    “Initially, Cope did not want to participate, saying ‘I am not a gimmick guy, never have been a gimmick guy.'”

    LOL. Deck the Broncos, they’re just yonkos, Fa gha gha gha gha, gha gha gha gha.

  5. Still A, Fan
    November 3, 2009 9:39 pm

    shameless plug for me putting a cap in steeley

    Bram, its not that it “stands” for that or was created to stand for that….Cope just donated every cent brought in by the towel to the home which housed his autistic son and hundreds of other austistic individuals. if i remember correctly, he didnt sign over the money from the towel to them until it was already in existence for about 20 years or so. you know what burns me? the eagles fans who always have smart to say about the towel who have now been waving white rally towels as phillies playoff games for 3 years. what the heck is that all about?

  6. bluzdude
    November 3, 2009 10:30 pm

    The funny thing is that Myron is now in the position to personally execute all the exotic juju he claimed to direct for all those years.

    Steeler fans can rest assured that every fan in every stadium that’s waving some give-away cheap-ass towel is a low rent cousin to the original Terrible Towel. They may mock us, but deep down they want to be us. Yoi!

  7. USCMike
    November 3, 2009 11:03 pm

    Anyone, anywhere, can wave whatever so-called towel they’d like, but we know who has the REAL towel and the REAL folks who benefit from it.

    I’d like to know who benefits from those silly white hankies the Phillies fans are waving. If it’s a fine charity, similar to Allegheny Valley School, that’s great, but if it’s a for-profit enterprise, then all of those white towels in Philly are signaling surrender…

    God rest your soul Myron, you managed to capture the hearts and minds of Steeler fans everywhere AND benefit a charity at the same time. Of course, Myron was just a typical Pittsburgher whose body has a heart larger than any normal human!

    Speaking of which, we gotta start working on that game room for Childrens!

  8. bucdaddy
    November 4, 2009 1:59 am

    Aside from the Magic Pigeon I told Ginny about, I don’t believe in curses n ghosts n at.

    But damn if that isn’t an uncanny coink-i-dink.

  9. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    November 4, 2009 12:03 pm

    @WVBurghFan — I’m not a fan of any mascots for professional sports and it pains me to defend the Parrot, but he isn’t the cause of the Pirates problems. He actually was “hatched” during the 1978 season, not after the 79 season. My family tends to blame me, since I’ve been a season ticket holder since 1993.

  10. Vivian formerly NYLuvsPitts
    November 4, 2009 1:32 pm

    How do you want Steely McBeam, dead or alive?