March 24, 2009 |
Tennessee Titans running back LenDale White famously stomped a Terrible Towel into the ground last season. This season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will get a chance to reply. The Steelers will play host to the Titans on Thursday Sept. 10 in the 2009 kickoff opener, the NFL announced Monday, pitting the defending Super Bowl champions and the team that finished the 2008 regular season with a league-best 13-3 record.
September 28, 2006 |
It's called betting a dead horse You have heard the argument that horse racing is a dying sport. Now, here's some proof. In Adelaide earlier this week, South Australia's betting agency accepted a bet on a horse that died more than two weeks earlier. Chicakaloo was the horse's name. It was put down Sept. 9 after breaking a leg. Chicakaloo was listed as a 200-1 shot to win the Epsom Handicap on Oct. 7 -- long odds, to be sure, yet not bad for a horse that had been dead for more than two weeks.
February 7, 2006 |
You watched Sunday's game and you might have said to yourself, "Somebody must be making a fortune from all that cloth." It seemed as though everyone in Ford Field was pulling for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl and all seemed to be waving Terrible Towels, black-and-gold emblems of unwavering support for the Steelers. The Wisconsin company that makes the towels shipped 700,000 in the two weeks leading up to Sunday's game, mostly into Pittsburgh and Detroit.
February 6, 2011 |
Whoa, Pack, Whoa! The Green Bay Packers, the storied franchise from the NFL's smallest town, came through in the biggest of ways Sunday, reaching the mountaintop yet again with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. With a crowd of 103,219 filling every nook of Cowboys Stadium ? and that familiar chant of "Go, Pack, Go!" as a soundtrack ? Packers Coach Mike McCarthy cradled the glistening prize, finally able to return it back to its rightful home. "It's great to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay," said McCarthy, leader of a franchise that has won four Super Bowls, and at last the first in 14 years.
August 9, 2009 |
In one month, the NFL will open the 2009 season. And NBC will be throwing in the towel. To be specific, when Pittsburgh plays host to Tennessee on Sept. 10, it's a safe bet the network will cue up footage of a memorable moment from last season -- when, in the closing minutes of a Week 16 victory over the Steelers, the Titans' LenDale White and Keith Bulluck stomped a Terrible Towel into the turf. It was disrespectful, unprofessional, immature . . . And box-office gold.
February 1, 2011 |
We are up to Super Bowl 45 now, or XLV to our Roman readers, and the general acceptance of it as a great event surpasses Obama numbers on his Inauguration Day. What's not to like about a big football game to watch, and the grand parties it creates? If we can have a holiday for our independence, why not one for our love of pro football? On some level, we understand that the Super Bowl overwhelmed the concept of sport years ago and became the grandest marketing scheme of all. The NFL isn't a sports brand.