I don’t often digress from horse racing talk, but tonight I’m making an exception. As a life-long Pittsburgher, I confess to bleeding black and gold—Penguins, Pirates and, especially, Steelers. In Pittsburgh, our sports teams shape our lives in profound ways—when we plan special occasions like weddings and birthday parties, when our kids get their first gold and black outfit (usually at birth), and when spring training begins in Bradenton or the Steelers return to Latrobe for training camp at Saint Vincent. For better or worse, we celebrate and harshly criticize our sports heroes and championship teams, and over the years we have had much to celebrate. And it isn’t just the players or coaches that we idolize—those sports announcers associated with our teams have become icons themselves. Bob Prince. Mike Lange. Myron Cope.
Today we lost Myron Cope, a rare and original individual who for 35 years was the color man for the “Stillers.” It was he who created the legendary Terrible Towel, nicknamed Jerome Bettis “The Bus” and coined such unique phrases as “mmm-hah” and “double yoi.”
I distinctively remember going for car rides on Sunday afternoons with the family and, if the Steelers were playing, we’d turn the radio on and listen—and laugh—as Myron’s passion for his home team oozed over the airwaves. He loved his Steelers and his city…and they loved him. Myron, thank you and god speed! Here is a classic Steelers song in tribute to him: