Just watched a cool segment on Inside The NFL on Showtime. Before I tell you the story-line of the segment, let's transport ourselves back to the 2008 regular season when the Titans beat the Steelers and several Titans players are seen enjoying themselves as they stomp on the Terrible Towel on the sidelines, on camera, with devilish grins across their mugs. Here's the story off Inside The NFL tonite: The Terrible Towel was conceived as a playoff game gimmick/pep prop, in Dec. 1975, by Steelers radio broadcasting color-commentary man Myron Cope. Myron's son was mentally handicapped, and Myron found a wonderful school for his son at Alleghany Valley School in Pennsylvania. In 1996, the Terrible Towel trademark rights were given (by Cope) to the Alleghany Valley School for the mentally-challenged, just as a blessing for all they had done for his son. Proceeds are enormous, and have literally catapulted the school to new heights. And that brings us to the Titans, who enjoy stomping on a symbol of pride that stretches beyond the borders of the football stadium. Oops! Now, I know the responses before I even see them: They didn't know the transformation of the symbolism of the towel, they saw it just as a symbol of the team itself (which they had just defeated), and other nicely said things to excuse them from complicity to a heinous and cold-hearted crime. LOL. I just think to myself: On that day, at THAT time, when the dastardly deed was performed...those guys had no clue that what they were doing was going to be anything more than typical trash-talking. Can you imagine the reactions of the LEGIONS of Steelers fans who saw that? Ahh....what a great and wonderful thing of sick beauty it is to know that those Titans are tied to that sort of wonderment. Hey Smash-And-Dash: Do your homework, next time, on what certain pieces of team memorabilia mean to people.