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Locker says some Terrible Towels made the trip back to Tennessee

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In 2008, some Titans desecrated a Terrible Towel or two after a late-season win over the Steelers gave Tennessee the top seed in the AFC playoff field.  Some say it sparked a curse that resulted in the Titans being knocked out of the playoffs, the Steelers winning the Super Bowl, and the Titans plunging into protracted mediocrity.

The Titans have tempted fate again after an unexpected win over the Steelers, figuratively inserting Terrible Towels into places where towels don’t normally fit and literally taking some of the towels back to Tennessee.

“I know of a few floating around the locker room,” Titans quarterback Jake Locker told Erik Kuselias of NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk on Tuesday.  “I didn’t personally get one home but I know that a few made the trip back.  So I should try and track one down I guess.”

We’d advise against doing anything to incur the karma of the trinket created by the late Myron Cope.  Even when not playing the Steelers, the Terrible Towel has a way of wreaking havoc with a “hmm” and a “ha”.

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52 Responses to “Locker says some Terrible Towels made the trip back to Tennessee”
  1. scoops1 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:45 PM

    just some new toilet paper for the team

  2. jonevans83 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:45 PM

    Steelers robbed the terrible towel from the Miami Dolphins. Anything else?

  3. mswravens says: Sep 10, 2013 8:53 PM

    There’s no curse…one of my favorite sites is seeing the stupid yellow hanky in urinals at M&T Stadium every year getting appropriately desecrated. It has worked out just fine for the Ravens!

  4. steelcurtainn says: Sep 10, 2013 9:00 PM

    Some teams never learn. You don’t mess the with the “TERRIBLE TOWEL”. Probably just a couple titans players who wish they was on the steelers team.

  5. dvnelson72 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:01 PM

    Not a steelers fan.

    But…

    Thank you for the link to that Myron Cope video. That is some terrific old school stuff right there.

  6. h0c2000 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:03 PM

    People who believe in karma are morons.

  7. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 10, 2013 9:06 PM

    Dumb Steeler fan gimmick.

  8. briscocountyjr says: Sep 10, 2013 9:09 PM

    Why is Jerry Jones waving a terrible towel in that picture..?

    Anyway, lame team product, but not as bad as goofing on your fans by selling them fake stock certificates.

  9. dmravens says: Sep 10, 2013 9:17 PM

    It wasn’t a curse that resulted in the Titans being knocked out of the playoffs, Ravens grinded out a win with clutch passes from Flacco to Todd Heap and Clayton to set up Stover’s last minute field goal.
    Ravens lost in the AFC Championship Game to the Steelers the following week, thanks to clutch plays from Troy Polamalu, in what he said was the most physical game he ever played in.
    As much as I despise the towel and people waving it, the money from its sales go to a good cause

  10. koenig61 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:20 PM

    It’s amazing to me how people will put down anything simply because its something another team does. I get the fact that fans hate the steelers, but from I’ve read here on PFT before, I think the towel was originally created just to get fans motivate, but once it took off, they donate the proceeds to a charitable organization. You don’t have to like the steelers, but to ignore the fact that this towel is used to raise millions of dollars for charity is shameful.

  11. Deb says: Sep 10, 2013 9:22 PM

    Proceeds from the Terrible Towel benefit the Allegheny Valley School, caring for children with physical and mental disabilities. It doesn’t matter why the Titans have the towels; it only matters that someone paid for them and the money is going to a good cause.

  12. udontknowjaq says: Sep 10, 2013 9:22 PM

    mswravens says:
    Sep 10, 2013 8:53 PM
    There’s no curse…one of my favorite sites is seeing the stupid yellow hanky in urinals at M&T Stadium every year getting appropriately desecrated. It has worked out just fine for the Ravens!

    ______________________

    Did some work there this summer funny the whole stadium is a urinal and i used it as such…

    Lets see an actual Ravens player desecrate the towel then we could put that to the test who cares what what a boltimoron does to the towel with the 11$ 24 ounce can of beer at M&T

  13. ibleedblackandgold1979 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:33 PM

    Keep it up. I love when people mess with The Terrible Towel. You’ll all be cursed. And we certainly didnt steal it from the dolphins. Myron Cope invented it in 1972. The dolphins fans waved white handkerchiefs dubbed, The Horrible Hanky. About dainty for football if you ask me. By the way. All the profits from the Terrible Towel go to a home for disabled children. Hope you all feel better about yourselves now.

  14. moagecu says: Sep 10, 2013 9:35 PM

    Curse? Steeler fans said that about Ray Rice last year when he wore one on his head. Guess that curse is real.

  15. ibleedblackandgold1979 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:40 PM

    Keep it up. I love when people mess with The Terrible Towel. You’ll all be cursed. And we certainly didn’t steal it from the dolphins. Myron Cope invented it in 1972. The dolphins fans waved white handkerchiefs dubbed, The Horrible Hanky. A little dainty for football if you ask me. By the way. All the profits from the Terrible Towel go to a home for disabled children. Hope you all feel better about yourselves now.

  16. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:44 PM

    jonevans:
    Care to elaborate?
    The Terrible Towel was introduced in 1975, in time for the start of the postseason. The Dolphins also had a towel? Please tell us all about it…

  17. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 10, 2013 9:54 PM

    I loved borrowing Horrible Hankies from fans to dry my seat during the misty/sleety playoff game. Came in handy.

  18. mancave001 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:59 PM

    LOL. Don’t mind the Stillers but can’t STAND their obnoxious fans. Oh, and Big Ben is not the sharpest tool in the shed.

  19. stainlessstill says: Sep 10, 2013 10:05 PM

    It’s all good. We’ll take it as a compliment since we have more tradition in one towel than Tennessee does their entire organization! Disrespect will rear it’s ugly head. The Curse of Myron Cope lives on.

    HERE WE GO!

  20. abninf says: Sep 10, 2013 10:11 PM

    I don’t think they need to worry about the steelers winning the Super Bowl this time.

  21. erock27 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:30 PM

    Theres more steeler hater on this site than the new york jets

  22. j0esixpack says: Sep 10, 2013 10:44 PM

    Good to see Don Knotts out at a ballgame.

  23. coconutbangersball22 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:45 PM

    It’s funny how all these others teams players/fans hate the terrible towel.. yet they all try to copy it. Hello Ravens fans.

  24. scandiman says: Sep 10, 2013 10:46 PM

    Fond memories of Myron Cope. I wonder what he would have to say about the Steeler’s performance last Sunday.

    RIP fine Sir!

  25. db3300 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:53 PM

    I guess karma might mean something if you already believe in ghosts, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny. For the other 99% of us, the Titans slide is due to Bud Adams overriding his football people and thinking VY could actually play.

  26. pens5829 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:55 PM

    Mswravens. I’m sure you used one last year after losing to a 38 year old third string QB at home under the lights. Fact is the Steelers are 9-8 at M&T Bank (formerly PSSSSSNET….) Stadium since 1996. Sounds like it’s working out real well for you.

  27. sabanissatan says: Sep 10, 2013 11:00 PM

    and the Dolphins scrapped the towel after they realize it was asinine

  28. nedhigginssports says: Sep 10, 2013 11:09 PM

    I’m by no means a Steelers fan but it’s sort of laughable to hear Locker boasting, considering the fact that he’s terrible and will most likely be out of the league next year. Guy completed 55% of his passes with 0 Tds. He was just blessed that the Steelers O line and running was god awful.

  29. breakroomboredom says: Sep 10, 2013 11:09 PM

    They don’t necessarily deserve it now, but if the Titans win next week @ Houston, this team deserves to be talked about as potential wild card/division winner.

    In the age of high flying offenses, the Titans have a core that’s built for smash-mouth, hard-nosed football. Should be interesting to see how that plays out.

    If you yearn for the football of yesterday, the Titans, not the Steelers, are your team.

  30. razzzmajazzz says: Sep 10, 2013 11:10 PM

    The Terrible Towel is beyond stupid. It’s possibly the dumbest NFL gimmick there is. What does a towel have to do with the Steelers? What is so terrible about it? Do the players secretly feel like idiots for getting so worked up over a dumb yellow towel? They should.

  31. ddogdaddy says: Sep 10, 2013 11:21 PM

    I don’t even want to know what old “uncle creepy” is doing with that Terrible Towel. Yikes

  32. neverwave says: Sep 10, 2013 11:42 PM

    @mswravens i believe the curse only effects violators whom are team PLAYERS.

    And hey if ravens fans inadvertently donate to a good cause, while they stupidly pi$$ it away -so be it.

  33. thebirdofprey says: Sep 10, 2013 11:42 PM

    I didn’t watch the game but saw the highlight of Decastro diving at All Pro Pouncey’s knee? Somebody who has better offensive line knowledge than me please tell me what he was doing? Even if he didn’t tear his center’s knee he would have got a penalty plus fine for chopping a DT who is already engaged. That was just brutal.

  34. bostonbias says: Sep 10, 2013 11:48 PM

    Not sure why a “human being” would urine on money going to help children with autism (which is what all the money from the terrible towel does).

    I guess some people just lack decent human behavior.

  35. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 10, 2013 11:56 PM

    Who does Pissburgh lose to this week?

  36. 6sbtitles2sweet says: Sep 11, 2013 12:46 AM

    @mswravens

    Really, really dummy!!! If I recall you haven’t beaten us in a playoff game anytime recently. Ed Reed’s brother dies and Reed joins the team to play the steelers in Pitt for the playoff game. He wanted to beat the Steelers SO bad because as he stated, he wanted to get over the hump and knock Pitt out because they’ve owned us in the post season. Well mswravens, IT DIDN’T HAPPEN, YOU LIST ONCE AGAIN SUN DUM! POINT BEING…..IF WERE IN THE PLAYOFFS AND YOU HAVE TO PLAY US….DON’T ROLL THE DICE BUT KEEP MISSING ON THOSE TOWELS BECAUSE YOU’LL LOSE……….AGAIN!!!!! DUMMYS NEVER LEARN!!! IT HASN’T EFFECTED US, DAAAAAAH!!!!!!!

  37. japmen says: Sep 11, 2013 1:08 AM

    Pitt has earned their terrible towels the last few years literally.

  38. gatorsandsteelerssuckbigblackclocks says: Sep 11, 2013 1:21 AM

    Enough with the retarded curse talk. I can’t believe I’m actually commenting on it but it just won’t go away. The titans beat the steelers last year when they were much worse. As a titans fan you hear NOTHING but trash talk about your team in the media if you hear any talk of them at all. Fine, we get it, we’re a small market and we haven’t been good in a while and blah blah blah. Come up with new material. Yep, the titans have desecrated the holy towel two years in a row now, write a new story because the script is now two years old.

  39. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 11, 2013 1:28 AM

    Clueless Ravens fans have no concept of the power of the towel. 2005, TJ Housh wipes his feet with the towel after win, Bungals go on to lose to the Steelers first round playoffs. 2008, well we know what happened to the Titans. The hilarious thing is, they still haven’t learned!

    Considering the Titans won with Locker passing for a whopping 125 yards while they gained nothing on the ground, well, I don’t think it will take the towel to see Tennessee get flushed down the toilet this time around. They look to stink plenty enough on their own.

  40. hines86for6 says: Sep 11, 2013 1:39 AM

    how so? you guys are a big 0-3 against us in the playoffs.

  41. jtbsteeler says: Sep 11, 2013 1:58 AM

    Charlie Batch.

  42. jtbsteeler says: Sep 11, 2013 2:03 AM

    Seven td passes on your bum defense. 500+ yds. Just in case you have a memory lapse. That SB is already a distant memory. #afteronegame

  43. pftmz says: Sep 11, 2013 2:39 AM

    It looks real odd when a stadium full of people starts twirling a penalty flag around like it’s a talisman.

  44. swaggyy says: Sep 11, 2013 2:40 AM

    He means terrible player like himself, right?

  45. nfloracle says: Sep 11, 2013 10:08 AM

    The Terrible Towel is so yesterday… just like the once great Steelers who are now mired in mediocrity.

  46. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 11, 2013 11:37 AM

    Quote from a recent article on the Pittsburgh fan base:

    At this point Steeler fans always say, “But the proceeds go to charity. You hate kids!” Easy there, Bart Starr, it’s pennies on the terrible towel dollar that go to charity for kids. I’ve got a radical idea. If you want to help kids why don’t you donate money directly to the kids instead of buying a towel and sending them a penny?)

  47. bostonbias says: Sep 11, 2013 12:03 PM

    Joemontanaflacco

    How much have you given?

    I give money to a lot of charities, esp those that feed children. Do you?

  48. jtbsteeler says: Sep 11, 2013 1:00 PM

    The Titans are the new Bungles. They will draft in the top 10 for two decades in a row.

  49. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 11, 2013 3:13 PM

    “How much have you given?
    I give money to a lot of charities, esp those that feed children. Do you?”

    Aside from the fact that flaunting one’s alleged generosity is in poor taste, I doubt very seriously you’ve given anyone anything other than a hard time.

  50. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 11, 2013 3:13 PM

    Joemontanaflacco | Sep 11, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT
    Quote from a recent article on the Pittsburgh fan base:

    At this point Steeler fans always say, “But the proceeds go to charity. You hate kids!” Easy there, Bart Starr, it’s pennies on the terrible towel dollar that go to charity for kids. I’ve got a radical idea. If you want to help kids why don’t you donate money directly to the kids instead of buying a towel and sending them a penny?)

    Besides collecting coins for the jokers statue what do you really believe in? Do you have a soul skippy… I know the answer its no. Just an entitled enlist that is above it all. Pray you never need help dirtbag.

  51. skippernuts says: Sep 11, 2013 3:27 PM

    Why cant the Titans players get over themselves for the beating the Steelers. For christ’s sakes, move on already!

  52. clemenza58 says: Sep 11, 2013 6:30 PM

    Taking Terrible Towels isn’t going to fill the trophy case at the Titans headquarters. At last check, it’s still empty.

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