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Does the Terrible Towel curse transfer to hockey?

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More than eight years ago, the Tennessee Titans sealed the No. 1 seed in their conference by winning a showdown with the Steelers, the other candidate to secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. In their exuberance, however, the Titans took things too far, desecrating the Terrible Towel.

The Titans promptly lost to the Ravens in the divisional round, the Steelers won the Super Bowl, and talk emerged of a Terrible Towel curse. And in the eight seasons since 2008, the Titans haven’t made it back to the playoffs.

So now with Nashville’s hockey team facing Pittsburgh’s in the Stanley Cup Final, a question arises: Is the curse transferable from football to hockey?

If that seems like a stretch, it is. But I needed to have some way to tie the two sports together, and to justify the posting of Monday’s PFT Live segment with NBC’s Pierre McGuire regarding Game One of the Stanley Cup Final, which starts tonight on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET, with coverage for an hour before that on NBC and more coverage another hour before that on NBCSN.

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24 Responses to “Does the Terrible Towel curse transfer to hockey?”
  1. msstiller58 says: May 29, 2017 11:32 AM

    Woe be to those who desecrate the towel. The ghost of sportscaster past, Myron Cope, will visit you….

  2. Moudabo says: May 29, 2017 11:35 AM

    Don’t mess with the TTowel, it’s bad karma.
    The Bengals found out the same way the Titans did.
    When you disrespect the TTowel, you do so at your own peril.

  3. jag1959 says: May 29, 2017 11:43 AM

    This is how we know that at least the NHL is on the up and up. Preds vs the Guins = Who? vs Who Cares

  4. kferguson2002 says: May 29, 2017 11:54 AM

    I don’t care about the Steelers at all (Colts fan) but I’m a 22 year Penguins fan so I approve of this “curse” in this instance

  5. sopadegato says: May 29, 2017 12:01 PM

    I like to think the Titans “curse” is more because of the way they screwed over the entire Oilers fanbase to move to Tennessee.

  6. Slapshot says: May 29, 2017 12:16 PM

    If Predators fans want to take the risk of trashing the Towel, so be it. Sharks fans tried it last year and look what happened!

  7. iamthehorniestmanintheworld says: May 29, 2017 12:18 PM

    I can name a few teams that really matter that aren’t affected by this “curse” at all.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 29, 2017 12:35 PM

    Preds in 5.

  9. skittlesareyum says: May 29, 2017 12:40 PM

    It’s not real. Just fans thinking they can influence the game.

  10. ibillwt says: May 29, 2017 12:46 PM

    No, does not transfer to other sports.

  11. weepingjebus says: May 29, 2017 12:51 PM

    People in Pittsburgh wrap newborns in those towels, which seems like a fast way to desecrate them. And the towels don’t do too well either.

  12. stairwayto7 says: May 29, 2017 12:53 PM

    Pens in 6.

  13. sorosbolshevism says: May 29, 2017 1:20 PM

    All this fuss over a urine colored towel…Pittsburgers have such sad existences. What will they do when the Steelers move to someplace like San Antonio in 15-20 years?

  14. tedmurph says: May 29, 2017 2:03 PM

    How can a towel be terrible? A dirty flaccid piece of cloth should strike fear into the hearts of opponents? Oh, that mighty wind.

  15. bellicosejeff says: May 29, 2017 2:05 PM


    I guarantee you there isn’t a single Preds fan that gives a damn about that towel. In fact, they usually give us our own yellow piece of cloth to spin around at games. Diffrence is we’re not insane and think a towel is sacred or deserves respect. It’s just a f’ing towel.

  16. motleytrap says: May 29, 2017 2:15 PM

    How many playoff wins are you going to get with Jeff Fisher at HC and Kerry Collins at QB?

    Stomping on the towel didn’t have anything to do with it.

  17. shylaxfm says: May 29, 2017 2:25 PM

    There is no Terrible Towel curse, and I’d want the Titans to stomp on it again.

  18. Nofoolnodrool says: May 29, 2017 2:42 PM

    People really need to lighten up a bit. A towel is bringing out some really cold and obtuse people today….no wonder Trump got elected.

  19. bellicosejeff says: May 29, 2017 3:25 PM


    Are you implying people voted for trump because they disagree a towel has magical qualities? Or that they voted for trump because the actually believe a towel has magical qualities? Not exactly sure what trump has to do with any of this. Hey, I don’t like the guy either, but I don’t go injecting his name into comments to make some kind of point.

    Also, don’t judge people and asume they’re “cold and obtuse” because you don’t like what they have to say on a comment thread. People like that are probably the reason trump got elected, zing!

    Just having some fun, killing time.

  20. cajunhockey says: May 29, 2017 3:33 PM

    Not a huge fan of either team, but I’m really looking forward to this series. Dixie darlings vs. championship pedigree.

  21. dodohead418 says: May 29, 2017 10:00 PM

    It was the Jeff Fisher curse

  22. keiselsbeard says: May 30, 2017 8:03 AM

    It’s called “The Curse of Cope” not the “Terrible Towel Curse.”

  23. stillers213 says: May 30, 2017 12:45 PM

    I don’t remember conservatives using the word Obama in every single post no matter how irrelevant. The election has long been over. Move on and support your country.

  24. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: May 30, 2017 4:36 PM

    Only a brain dead nitwit would care about that stupid towel.

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