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Old 05-16-2009, 09:22 AM   #1
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Default LenDale White Defends Decision to Deface Terrible Towel

LenDale White Defends Decision to Deface Terrible Towel
http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2009/05/15/l...errible-towel/
Posted May 15, 2009 3:05PM By Ryan Wilson (RSS feed)

Filed Under: Steelers, Titans, AFC North, AFC South, NFL Fans

Earlier this week, JJ pointed out that Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan admitted that defacing the Terrible Towel wasn't "... what this coach is about, that's not what our team is about. You do it in between the lines ... the rest of it is unacceptable."

He was referring to this, when teammates LenDale White and Keith Bulluck went to town on a Terrible Towel in the closing minutes of their Week 16 beatdown of the Steelers. Myron Cope's spirit was not amused. Tennessee would lose to Baltimore in the divisional round of the playoffs, and Pittsburgh would win their sixth Super Bowl in team history.

There's a lesson in there somewhere, and Finnegan learned it. White, however, did not. Appearing on Sporting News Radio Wednesday, White shared his thoughts on Finnegan's remarks:

"That's football to me. I have fun with the game and like I said, if Troy [Polamalu] and Willie Parker and Big Ben... if me stepping on that towel made them want to win a championship even hard[er] then I feel bad for their coaches anyways. If me and Keith Bullock... if me stepping on your towel made them win a Super Bowl ... they better hope we step on it again this year right?

We go out there and play, we love this game. you brought your towel into our stadium, that's our house and we defend it how we defend it. Cortland defends it how he does. He get his personal fouls and his fines and that's what he does."

Like LenDale, I feel awful for the Steelers coaching staff, many of whom have won two Super Bowls in three years. It must be an unbearable existence.

Look, in general, it's silly to think that a bunch of grown men would be offended by other grown men disrespecting a canary yellow hand towel. But the Steelers are Pittsburgh. And Myron Cope was the patron saint of football in that town. It doesn't take a lot of brain power to put the two together -- just ask T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

White contends that bringing "your towel into our stadium" left the Titans no recourse but to "defend [our house] ... how we defend it," and I'm fine with that. Defending your house is critical in the NFL (and the real world!). I suppose it's a good thing the Ravens didn't have their version of the Trophy Towel during the AFC Divisional game. The Titans would probably be world champs right now.

As Gretz mentioned via e-mail, Heinz Field might not have enough security if White does it again. We'll find out Sept. 10.

Finnegan: Last Year's Terrible Towel Stomp Was Unacceptable
http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2009/05/12/f...-unacceptable/
Posted May 12, 2009 8:49PM By JJ Cooper (RSS feed)

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Keith Bulluck has long been one of the leaders of the Titans defense, but he was just called out by teammate Cortland Finnegan.

In a chat on NFL.com, Finnegan was asked if we will see more Terrible Towel stomps this season--something Lendale White and Bulluck did after the Titans' regular season win over the Steelers last year. Finnegan made it clear that not only does he not expect to see it again, but he's pretty upset that any Titan would do it.

No, absolutely not. Certain individuals may do that, but that's not what this team is all about. That's not what this coach is about, that's not what our team is about. You do it in between the lines ... the rest of it is unacceptable.

Finnegan isn't really treading on particularly dangerous ground here. His coach, Jeff Fisher, had called the stomp unnecessary, but by calling it unacceptable and saying its not what the team is about, he's basically calling out two of the veterans of the Titans team. With White, maybe it's not that big a deal, but Bulluck has always been seen as one of the clubhouse leaders, and he made it clear after the stomp that he didn't think he'd made a mistake, so we'll have to see how he takes Finnegan's comments.
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: LenDale White Defends Decision to Deface Terrible Towel

so len dale was threatened by a hand towel and had to defend his "House" now that's laughable. stomping on great teams heritage is what loser organizations do! it only makes them look juvenile
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:15 AM   #3
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Default Re: LenDale White Defends Decision to Deface Terrible Towel

wonder if he realizes that the towel also represents a charity? might as well go piss on a childrens hospital while he's at it
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Jeebus, i guess someone doesnt mind karma slapping him in the face...
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Really can't wait to see fatboy hobbling over to the sidelines on September 10th....
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Default Re: LenDale White Defends Decision to Deface Terrible Towel

We'll be queueing up to de-cleat that classless moron in the opening game.
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Default Re: LenDale White Defends Decision to Deface Terrible Towel

Interesting, Finnegan's comment that statements are to be made between the lines. The Steelers that I have observed over the years made their statements between the lines.

I look forward to their statement of September 10th.
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Default Re: LenDale White Defends Decision to Deface Terrible Towel

Well White does not learn very well and, in the first game of the year our defense is going to lay the smack down on him. White has no class at all and, man it would be priceless if Harrrison or even Clark cleaned his clock.
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what a douche nozzle
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Default Re: LenDale White Defends Decision to Deface Terrible Towel

What an idiot.

Please, LenWhale, go ahead and do it again. I'm more than happy to see you bring down the Terrible Curse on yourself and your team. Why do you think you personally fumbled your team's season away last year?
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