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Will there be a Terrible Towel on his coffin?

Legendary broadcaster Myron Cope dies at 79Post-Gazette
The Maryland Bureau Chief tipped me off that Cope who was “so bad, he’s good” as a long-time Steelers broadcaster died today at age 79. He was credited with inventing the Terrible Towel.

I remember on Thanksgiving Sunday we were driving back from seeing family friends in Michigan and we found a Steelers game. We agreed the broadcasters were awful. Later, through the magic of NFL Films, I became more familiar with his work and became a fan of him. Not a Steelers fan though (except for Super Bowl XL).

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Myron Cope ailing

Hall of fame broadcaster still hospitalizedPost-Gazette
The Maryland Bureau Chief noted that it doesn’t sound good for former Steelers broadcaster Myron Cope. The article didn’t contain the “no more updates about his condition” line, so there is still some hope that the septuagenarian can recover from pneumonia that has had him hospitalized since November.

Previously: MARN RETIRES

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Super prediction

I’m going with Pittsburgh in a fairly close one. I see their clinching TD being a Ben Roethlisberger pass to Heath Miller from no more than a couple of yards out on play action to Jerome Bettis. Final score, Pittsburgh 28 Seattle 20.

Other predictions

  • Bettis will put the ball on the ground
  • Seattle is going to play angry, they are sick of being treated as the underdog despite a better record
  • If interviewed, Gov. Ed Rendell will talk about food
  • Lynn Swann’s candidacy for governor will be mentioned at least four times during the telecast
  • Art Monk will not be elected to the Hall of Fame this weekend
  • Pittsburgh fans still won’t get over Super Bowl XXX, even though the Steelers were not the best team that day

    I’d like to see it

  • Seattle faking a field goal a la Jim Zorn
  • White pants on the Seahawks
  • A camera crew at Myron Cope’s house capturing the moment he screams Quintuple yoi!
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  • Watching the game with Marn

    Retired broadcaster Cope can still get out a good ‘Double Yoi!’Post-Gazette
    The ride on the Stillers bandwagon continues with an article about watching the divisional playoffs with Myron Cope.

    “People always ask me if I miss it. There was a time last week against Cincinnati when the center snapped the ball wild, and Billy Hillgrove described what happened. And he said it was the [Bengals'] long snapper, Brad St. Louis. And I immediately wanted to yell, ‘Brad St. Louis snapped that ball from Cincinnati to St. Louis.’ But I couldn’t. I wanted to rise to my feet, because that’s what I would do in the booth. I wanted to yell about it; I mean, proclaim it! But if I did that now, I’d make a fool of myself in an empty living room. So at those moments, you see, I miss it.”

    I still have to buy his book.

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    LOOKING FOR STEELERS VS. REDSKINS PRESEASON TIX

    A handful of friends and I are looking for tickets to the Redskins vs. Steelers preseason game on Aug. 26. We are checking out ebay and such, but I figured I would mention it in case anybody wants to offload some or has some contacts. Obviously, I have no interest in paying anything close to full price since it is preseason football in a souless stadium featuring teams I am not interested in. Let me know if you want to offload some for $20 a piece or so. Speaking of the Stillers…

    HEY MYRON, shut up already! Cope apologizes for speech at HallPost-Gazette
    Myron Cope went over the time limit by a mere 400% at his acceptance speech for the Pete Roselle Award this past weekend. He said he has gotten a big head (and not sloppy drunk) since he stepped down from broadcasting Stillers games. Apparently, his after dinner speeches go over better in Pittsburgh than Canton.

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    MARN RETIRES

    Stillers will be yoi-less in the fall

    Late yesterday afternoon, Maryland Bureau Chief Sam Basile called with disapointing news — Myron Cope was retiring.

    If you have ever driven through Pennsylvania on a Sunday afternoon or watched some NFL Films Super Bowl highlights, chances are you may have heard the legendary Cope providing Steelers color commentary on the radio. His voice is one not easily forgotten, it is very nasal and is ultimately an exaggerated Pittsburgh stereotype. My first experience with exposure to him came in ’86 when my family and I were driving back to NoVa from Michigan and we found a Steelers game (I think Louie Lipps got clotheslined) on the radio. Even at the age of nine, I knew this guy was awful. Over the years, NFL Films on ESPN made me more familiar with his work, as did making the acquaintances of a number of Steelers fans in college.

    I firmly believe the person who gave Cope his first job in radio did so with the hope that it would humiliate him. It backfired — big time. Marn, as he is known, became an institution. For years, fans haved turned the TV down and the radio up to get his insight on the game. He was also credited with creating the “Terrible Towel.”


    Yesterday, Cope announced that he was retiring, ending another Pittsburgh institution. He will be missed and can never be replaced. Can Beano be far behind?

    Hear Marn for yourself

  • Arlin’s Myron Cope Sounds

    Retirement coverage

  • Cope says he’s lost his edge, quits as Steelers’ voicePost-Gazette
  • Bob SmizikEnough to silence his one of a kind voicePost-Gazette
  • No one will replace Cope in radio boothPost-Gazette
  • Voice of Steelers silencedTribune-Review
  • Copespeak: ‘You betcha!’Tribune-Review
  • Cope’s place in booth will remain unfilledTribune-Review
  • Some of Cope’s finest work appeared in SITribune-Review
  • Health problems take their toll on MyronTribune-Review
  • Fans raise toast in honor of Cope and his colorful personaTribune-Review
  • Myron Cope retiressteelers.com
  • The quintessential sports journaliststeelers.com
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  • MORE FUNDING NEWS

    Some Firms Say Baseball Tax Looks Too High and HardThe Post

    Hopefully, they can work this out so that mid-size businesses will not get hit too hard. Also, the vote could be moved to next week [it looks like it will need to be to accommodate Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Harold Brazil (D-At Large)] and Linda Cropp will support the mayor’s plan if need be; I think I mentioned that yesterday, but it bears repeating. Here is more about all of this: Cropp Backs Stadium Plan, With a CaveatThe Post

    More from The Wash. Times: Cropp agrees to compromise on ballpark


    Bowden Gearing Up To Land Some PlayersThe Post

    Hopefully, Brad Wilkerson and Nick Johnson will not be dealt.

    THE LIONS SLEEP TONIGHT (SATURDAY AFTERNOON’S TOO)

    Nittany Lions still looking for go-to guy at wide receiverCDT

    “Nobody is going to be scared of us,” Paterno said Tuesday. “Neither Indiana nor Michigan State is going to be afraid, except for Michael Robinson. I am talking about wideouts, not the running backs.”

    Au contraire, monsieur Paterno — the wideouts scare the hell out of me.


    Nick Horvath, Jr.Mills deserves standing ovationPatriot-News

    Horvath is really p.o.’ed about Mills getting booed. Ultimately, he is right. I do expect Mills to get a standing ovation on Senior Day though.

    Paterno says team is tiredPatriot-News

    They probably are tired and just want the season to end. Who can blame them? It takes a lot out of you to get run over for 3.5 hours every Saturday.

    Bowden knows PSU dilemmaPatriot-News

    Every time I hear the words “BOWDEN” and “PATERNO” same paragraph, I cringe and I think a little part of me dies — probably something minor like some skin cells or part of a lung.

    Pressure building to a boil for LionsPost-Gazette

    If I were the Lions, I would not worry much more about pressure. If they lose this weekend, which I fully expect, no one will be left to pressure them. We just won’t care.

    MARN VIDEO!

    Recovering Cope Describes InjuryWTAE-TV

    Get your Myron fix — he is okay!

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