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mesaSteeler
11-29-2010, 06:33 PM
Ravens To Give Away 71,000 Purple “Rally Towels”
By
Kirk Klett
»Football News Now Staff Writer» November 29, 2010 - 4:34 pm
http://www.footballnewsnow.com/2010/ravens-to-give-away-71000-purple-rally-towels/

John HarbaughThe Baltimore Ravens and Verizon Wireless have teamed up to create an ocean of purple this Sunday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to M&T Bank Stadium to play for sole possession of first place in the AFC North.

Verizon Wireless agreed provide 71,000 fans with purple “rally towels” when they enter the stadium.

“Verizon Wireless joins Baltimore Ravens fans with this great show of team support, and we encourage all to display these towels to cheer our team on during Sunday’s game,” said Mike Maiorana, regional president of Verizon Wireless.

Fans are encouraged to arrive in their seats ten minutes prior to kickoff in hopes the towels will be in full effect for the introductions of the Ravens starters in front of the nationally televised audience.

“Our fans are dedicated and extremely passionate – especially when it comes to playing the rival Steelers,” Ravens vice president of corporate sales and partnerships Mark Burdett said. “M&T Bank Stadium boasts one of the NFL’s premier home-field advantages, and our players feed off our fans’ energy. We’re excited to see everyone wave their towel proudly, so a sea of purple will be on display for the national audience.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers are widely known for their yellow “Terrible Towels” invented by the late Steelers radio broadcaster, Myron Cope. “The Terrible Towel is arguably the best-known fan symbol of any major pro sports team, has raised millions of dollars for charity and is displayed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” as reported by the Associated Press.

The clash of purple and yellow towels this Sunday will certainly add an entertaining dynamic to rivalry.

SoCalFan
11-29-2010, 06:39 PM
How Gay!!! Seems,talking down on our towel is only jealousy,being they had to copy!At least the few Terrible Towels will stand out well!

SteelerEmpire
11-29-2010, 06:58 PM
Well I know who NOT to get a cell phone from... Besides, let them wave those towels, it will just motivate the team more as some form of mocking...

NEWstevo
11-29-2010, 07:12 PM
Imitation is the best complement.

Go Steelers!

bobby jr
11-29-2010, 07:14 PM
I never figured out how waving a towel is supposed to intimidate an opposing player. What is the evidence that it works? Do the Steelers have a better home record than other non-towel waving NFL cities?

ricardisimo
11-29-2010, 07:20 PM
How Gay!!! Seems,talking down on our towel is only jealousy,being they had to copy!At least the few Terrible Towels will stand out well!
I don't know... all of that purple and yellow, it's just going to look like a Vikings home game.
I never figured out how waving a towel is supposed to intimidate an opposing player. What is the evidence that it works? Do the Steelers have a better home record than other non-towel waving NFL cities?
You tell me. If you're a Raven player, or a Bengal or Brown, and you look up into the stands of your home stadium and see nothing but yellow waving around, how would you feel?

bobby jr
11-29-2010, 07:26 PM
I don't know... all of that purple and yellow, it's just going to look like a Vikings home game.

You tell me. If you're a Raven player, or a Bengal or Brown, and you look up into the stands of your home stadium and see nothing but yellow waving around, how would you feel?

Well if it were all yellow I would certainly feel like my stadium is invaded. But I haven't seen that at any NFL game. I see a few yellow towels when the Steelers are on the road but they are always a small minority.

(It's nothing like in MLB when the Yankees or Boston come to Baltimore and unfortunately their fans completely take over Camden Yards. If only MLB had a salary cap that would end the same teams from dominating and their overbearing fans would stay home once their beloved Red Sox or Yankees started losing. But that is off topic)

If waving the towels worked one would think the Steelers would be unbeatable at home with all those towels waving, but I don't think the Steelers are nearly as dominant at home as for example the Colts are.

kirklandrules
11-29-2010, 07:30 PM
Well if it were all yellow I would certainly feel like my stadium is invaded. But I haven't seen that at any NFL game. I see a few yellow towels when the Steelers are on the road but they are always a small minority.

(It's nothing like in MLB when the Yankees or Boston come to Baltimore and unfortunately their fans completely take over Camden Yards. If only MLB had a salary cap that would end the same teams from dominating and their overbearing fans would stay home once their beloved Red Sox or Yankees started losing. But that is off topic)

If waving the towels worked one would think the Steelers would be unbeatable at home with all those towels waving, but I don't think the Steelers are nearly as dominant at home as for example the Colts are.

I think the purpose of this post is to show that the Ravens have no imagination and have to constantly look to the Steelers to learn how to act like a real team. Plus, they had to give the towels away! What a bunch of d-bags.

saveus1011
11-29-2010, 07:31 PM
Didn't the Redskins try this once? How'd that work out for 'em?

bobby jr
11-29-2010, 07:34 PM
So just because the Steelers fans waved towels first no other team's fans should have been allowed to do it?
I'm not even sure the Steelers were first.

SH-Rock
11-29-2010, 07:36 PM
No man was ever great by imitation.

steelerchad
11-29-2010, 07:38 PM
Well if it were all yellow I would certainly feel like my stadium is invaded. But I haven't seen that at any NFL game. I see a few yellow towels when the Steelers are on the road but they are always a small minority.

(It's nothing like in MLB when the Yankees or Boston come to Baltimore and unfortunately their fans completely take over Camden Yards. If only MLB had a salary cap that would end the same teams from dominating and their overbearing fans would stay home once their beloved Red Sox or Yankees started losing. But that is off topic)

If waving the towels worked one would think the Steelers would be unbeatable at home with all those towels waving, but I don't think the Steelers are nearly as dominant at home as for example the Colts are.

Man, you are sorely mistaken. I travel quite a bit to Steeler games on the road and there are usually 10k-30k Steeler Fans at road games. I was at Miami and Tennessee this year and there was likely 20k in Nashville and 30k in Miami. Been to DC, Baltimore, Cincy, Minnesota, Cleveland, Tampa and there has always been a decent showing. I've been to PSI/M&T 6 or 7 times and only in the last couple of years has the Steelers not had a very strong showing.

tony hipchest
11-29-2010, 07:39 PM
So just because the Steelers fans waved towels first no other team's fans should have been allowed to do it?
.

exactly.

if they really wanted to be original and help the team they should give away 71,000 "rally monkeys".

TRH
11-29-2010, 07:45 PM
wow. That's seriously lame.
Honestly..........if i was a Baltimore fan i would never even touch one of those. How embarrassing. I mean, if you come up with something yourself, its really cool. But when you blatantly copy someone else's deal, thats just downright elementary school stuff. Weak. Really weak.

austinfrench76
11-29-2010, 07:47 PM
F that! Nothing will ever touch our towel but i get where they are jealous. I would be too!

TRH
11-29-2010, 07:47 PM
Man, you are sorely mistaken. I travel quite a bit to Steeler games on the road and there are usually 10k-30k Steeler Fans at road games. I was at Miami and Tennessee this year and there was likely 20k in Nashville and 30k in Miami. Been to DC, Baltimore, Cincy, Minnesota, Cleveland, Tampa and there has always been a decent showing. I've been to PSI/M&T 6 or 7 times and only in the last couple of years has the Steelers not had a very strong showing.


Yeah, true. The announcers even talk about it during various games. The Steelers easily have the biggest "road-base" fans and fill opposing stadiums like no other. In fact, i've seen a few away games, all within the last few years (this year included) and could've swore i was watching a home game there were SO many Pitts fans in the crowd. Sometimes there's so many, it actually looks embarrassing for the other team.

MattsMe
11-29-2010, 07:50 PM
So just because the Steelers fans waved towels first no other team's fans should have been allowed to do it?
I'm not even sure the Steelers were first.

I never figured out how waving a towel is supposed to intimidate an opposing player. What is the evidence that it works? Do the Steelers have a better home record than other non-towel waving NFL cities?

WOW. Just wow. And may I add :doh: and :shake02:

-4xi7eA68og

Any Steeler fan that can watch that video and not feel chills should go root for the Rats.

TRH
11-29-2010, 07:54 PM
....and its not about "being first". Just pick something original out to do.....and don't blatantly copy someone else's schtick.

saveus1011
11-29-2010, 07:56 PM
The Towel is a ****ing symbol of Pittsburgh. Hell the Pens are having one for the Winter Classic.

And truth be told, every damn day I carry mine with me during football season, and I'm not even from Pittsburgh*.

* - If anyone wants the story of how I became a Steelers fan, PM me. Not getting into it here.

bobby jr
11-29-2010, 08:00 PM
The terrible towels look good on TV but I wonder if they affect the outcome of the game at all. And I wonder how many fans have missed a key play because of a towel waving in their face.

SH-Rock
11-29-2010, 08:06 PM
The terrible towels look good on TV but I wonder if they affect the outcome of the game at all. And I wonder how many fans have missed a key play because of a towel waving in their face.

The Terrible Towel is more than just a towel, it's a symbol, a representation of everything that Steelers live and die for. The Terrible Towel for Pittsburgh is the US flag for the US.

saveus1011
11-29-2010, 08:09 PM
When I win my first Oscar for directing, bet your ass I'm waiting that thing on my way down the aisle to accept it.

WeegiesWarriors
11-29-2010, 08:17 PM
They aren't copying us because 75% or more of those towels will be littering their trash cans and parking lots after the game even if they win. A Terrible Towel is handed down from father to son. Mine is in my will. This is just a one-time publicity stunt that gets a faceless corporation mentioned in the local rag. If the word "Verizon" appears on the towel then it's beyond stupid.

Nobody hands Terrible Towels out. They are purchased for charity, and handed down. Not even close to copying us.

tony hipchest
11-29-2010, 08:19 PM
the titans powder blue rally towel was a huge hit! :toofunny: (theyre even called the same thing).

how pathetic.

GMU Steeler
11-29-2010, 08:44 PM
Being highly fucntioning autistic, the towel to me is more than just about my football team but it's part of being autistic too. Myron's son has autism. He had all the profits from the proceeds go to the home his son lives in I believe. I find it amusing when fans of other teams badmouth the towel but then their teams decide it's a good idea to get their own version. They have every right to mimic it but really it seems like every team when they play the Steelers in a big home game has to come up with their own version of it and it's lame really. Create your own traditions. Traditions are made not spoteasous. We didn't always have the terrible towel but we now have an icon.

SteelerEmpire
11-29-2010, 08:56 PM
So just because the Steelers fans waved towels first no other team's fans should have been allowed to do it?
I'm not even sure the Steelers were first.

Lynn Swann was the first to actually start waving the terrible towel... it caught on after that.
Its said that Steeler Nation is the 12th man... and the Terrible Towel is the 13th. In addition, its said to have almost "Voo-Doo" style powers. So be careful talking about the towel... :chuckle:

saveus1011
11-29-2010, 09:04 PM
Lest we forget the Terrific Towel's that helped the Colts win last year.

MACH1
11-29-2010, 09:27 PM
Purple wipe my ass towels.

Fire Arians
11-29-2010, 09:30 PM
if you can't beat em join em? it'll never look as good as the sea of gold waving in the stands though

Merchant
11-29-2010, 10:55 PM
Purple? gayyy

steelerohio
11-29-2010, 11:07 PM
And what charity is being supported by this move? Ah the things that make you go hmmm...

MattsMe
11-29-2010, 11:11 PM
And what charity is being supported by this move? Ah the things that make you go hmmm...

The Baltimore City Health Department STD Prevention Program

www.baltimorehealth.org/std.html

Whodis
11-30-2010, 06:43 AM
I'd like to see them in their Cleveland throw-backs