football, sports, sports memerobilia

Hello  everybody, to Tom’s sports and fitness blog. I am of course Tom, and I would like to thank you for choosing this blog. Now, onto the meat of this post. I assume you all know about the Terrible Towel, right? It has been a symbol of the our home town heroes the Pittsburgh Steelers for decades, and some say it’s magic. I have recently bought a bunch of them online, I found a website that has lots of used goods and buy used sports memorabilia for cheap.  

And now I use for all my online shopping. Now, I take great care of all the Terrible Towels I bought. The ones I got online are handed out at the house for a football game, and are collected after the game expecting them to be in the same condition. Most of my guests understand as there are issues that arise for those who disrespect the towel.

Myron Copes Official Terrible Towel

Opponents Reacting badly

Ever since the Terrible Towel was first waved at a Pittsburgh sporting event, many opposing teams have shown disrespect or even defaced the towel. This never ends well for the opposing team, and it some cases the curse follows the player who was responsible for the disrespect. The curse does not limit itself to football matches, and has been seen affecting opponents of the Pittsburgh Penguins as well. As a Pittsburgh native, this is something that always stays in my football bag.

Cleveland Browns

In 1994 before the playoff matchup between the longtime rivals Cleveland Browns and the Steelers, a Steelers defensive lineman dropped a towel he was waving during the introductions. A Browns running back then stomped on the towel, and is cited as saying “We don’t care about your towel. We are going to beat you this time”. This action upset many members of the Steelers, and provoked some slight mingling on the field. The Browns would go on to lose the game 29-9.

Cincinnati Bengals

During a game with the Cincinnati Bengals on December 4th, 2005, one of the tight ends for the Bengals wiped his feet with the towel after scoring a touchdown. Although the Bengals would go on to win this game by a measly 7 points, the two teams would meet again in the Wild Card round of the playoffs where the Steelers won 31-17 an also injured quarterback Carson Palmer, marking the start of the end of his career in Cincy. The Bengals would not reach the playoffs again until the team member who had stomped on the towel was released.

Jacksonville Jaguars

On October 8th os 2008, the Steelers had a regular season matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars were 2-2 at this point, and looking to have a decent season for once. This plan was halted after Jaguars mascot Jaxson De Ville produced a Terrible Towel alongside the cheerleaders and proceeded to wipe his armpits and butt with the towel. The Steelers suddenly took control of the game with only a quarter left and beat the Jaguars 26-21. The Jaguars would go on to lose their next 8 games.

Jackson De Ville and Terrible Towel

Tennessee Titans

LenDale White and Keith Bulluck of the Tennessee Titans were seen stomping on some Terrible Towels after beating the Steelers 31-14. Steelers players accepted this act, as it was a humiliating loss. The Titans however went from being the first seed in the playoffs to losing 8 consecutive games, including a playoff game and a season opener against the Steelers. After the final lose(58-0 at the hands of New England) Titans coach Jeff Fisher publicly apologized for his team’s misbehavior against the Terrible Towel.

Arizona Cardinals

Before the 2009 Super Bowl between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the mayor of Phoenix produced a Terrible Towel and asked the Cardinals mascot; Big Red; to wipe his armpits with the towel. The mayor then used the Terrible Towel to blow his nose before the end of the send off for the Cardinals. The Steelers would go on to beat the Cardinals in the Super Bowl 27-23.

Florida Panthers

A hockey game this time. Earlier this year in a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Florida Panthers, the Panthers mascot blew his nose with a Terrible Towel while the Penguins were down 2-0. The Penguins would rally to tie the game, and come out with an overtime win. The Panthers would go on to lose the in the first round of playoffs whilst the Penguins hoisted the Stanley Cup that spring.

Cincinnati Bengals V2

Just last night during a game in Paul Brown Stadium, Bengals running back Jeremy Hill attempted to rip a Terrible Towel in half after scoring a touchdown. After this act, Hill only got the ball six times for negative one yard, and the Bengals would not score another point that game; falling to the Steelers. This lose also eliminated Cincinnati from the playoffs.

Jeremy Hill rips a Terrible Towel

I hope you enjoyed this look back. If you liked this post, check out my latest blog about Catfish noodling. See you soon.

fishing, sports, water sport

Hey guys, hope yinz are doing well. It is Tom back again with another post for my sports and fitness blog, this time talking about a water sport many of you probably have not heard of-Catfish Noodling. Now, I assume that most of you have gone fishing before yes? Well, catfish noodling is a type of fishing, but you don’t use a rod. Instead you use your bare hands to search around in muddy water for a catfish! Doesn’t that sound exciting! Did I say exciting? I meant terrifying! If you guys didn’t have catfish around when you were young, consider yourself lucky. These dopey looking fish can have a mean bite. Did I mention that you are supposed to make them bite you when your noodle?

Catfish Noodling is actually a fairly popular sport in the South, with many states having competitions for it. The idea behind catfish noodling is that you find a tree in the swamp water, and then reach your hand under the tree beneath the water. There are small crevices where two types of animals are typically found hiding: catfish and snapping turtles. I don’t quite know the percentage of people who find snapping turtle versus finding a catfish, but I would assume it happens fairly often. I really don’t know what would possess someone to try and fish like this, especially for a catfish. If anything the turtle would be a better haul and have better meat, but they are endangered in the U.S. so that might not be the best idea. I don’t know if I will ever try this for myself, but if you have make sure to let me know! I would love to hear from someone who went noodling, for either catfish or snapping turtle. Take it easy everyone, I will see you all next week.

Go Catfish Noodling

football, sports, sports equiptment

Hey guys, Tom here again with a hard hitting(hehe) sports post for you guys. Yes I am talking football. I love football, and if you are a local reading this blog then I know you do to. Whether it be the Steelers or Pitt State, I watched every game at Three Rivers Stadium for 10 years, and have kept that tradition up with Heinz Field. My sons are starting to play now too. The youngest is on the atom team in town and my oldest starts his rookie year for the high school team this year. As someone who played his gridiron career with cheap second hand equipment I wanted to ensure that my kids had it better, so I went shopping with them and we got some bags full of gear now. Of course, some of the stuff isn’t football gear but just something generic to have with you that can be extremely helpful.

Other than all your necessary gear, you want some additional gear to level the playing field against everyone else who already has it. The first part of this is gloves. I recommend Cutters, they stick better than anyone else. Nike also has some good one that let you move your hand roe, but they are not padded. Next of is a visor, preferably a reflective one but a lot of youth leagues won’t allow this as it interferes with doctors looking for a concussion. Nevertheless, having a chrome or amber reflective visor can help you before the snap has started. You also want some basic gear in your bag: some painkillers(ibuprofen), cough candies for before the game, some breath strips can be good too. Make sure to always check this stuff though, as it can go bad. Take it easy everyone, see you all next time.

football equipment bag

fitness, sports

Hi everyone, welcome to my Sports and Fitness blog. My name is Tom, and I have been an athlete ever since I was a young boy, and growing up in Pittsburgh is very accommodating to that. Every day I would swim in the Three Rivers, and as I got older and stronger I eventually made it across. It took a lot of hard training, but I got the results I wanted. That’s why I made this blog, to help people get the results they want from workouts and sports. I am a workout fiend, possibly because I keep trying to find out where James Harrison is working out but also because I like the rush it give me. Other than just working out, I love to play basketball, football, and hockey.

I hope that I can answer any questions you guys have about sports and fitness. If there is any classes you would like me to take and report back to you on, then please leave a comment. If you guys would like to read what I have to say about an event in the sports world, then please leave a comment. Basically if you want to know anything that I haven’t covered, please leave a comment. Bye Bye.