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    Myron Cope has passed away..Rest in Peace to a legend :(

    Just got it via a text from KDKA

    http://kdka.com/steelers/Myron.Cope.dies.2.663862.html

    Sportscaster Myron Cope Passes Away
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― From the Terrible Towel to the memorable Pittsburgh sayings, Myron Cope is a legend in sports broadcasting, but today his distinctive voice was silenced. He was 79.

    And when it comes to colorful characters, Pittsburgh has produced none more unique than Cope.

    But before Cope ever graced the airwaves, he was celebrated for his outstanding writing and special features for Sports Illustrated and the Saturday Evening Post. He was a star in the world of sports writing, but otherwise an unknown.

    Then in 1968, a radio executive invited him to broadcast a brief daily sports commentary.

    "What? My voice? But the radio executive said, 'We think we see a trend toward obnoxious voices,'" said Cope.

    Those commentaries led to a spot in the Steelers broadcast booth starting in 1970, and soon after Cope began hosting a nightly sports call-in show.

    The fans respected Cope, and Cope respected the fans, but he always made it fun, win or lose.

    "The Steelers never had any cheerleaders," said retired Steeler, Dwayne Woodruff. "With Myron Cope, we didn't need any cheerleaders."

    Cope invented the Terrible Towel in 1975 when the Steelers were headed into the playoffs and the broadcast bosses were looking for a gimmick.

    "I said, what we need is something that everybody already has, so it doesn't cost a dime," said Cope. "So I says, 'We'll urge people to bring out to the game gold or black towels, then I'll tell people if you don't have a yellow, black or gold towel, buy one. And if you don't want to buy one, dye one. And I said, "We'll call this the Terrible Towel.'"

    In the mid 90s, Cope turned over all the royalties from sales of his official Terrible Towel to the Allegheny Valley School for children and adults with mental retardation. Cope's son, who was born with severe autism, has been a resident there since 1982.

    "It helps us purchase very important equipment, lifting equipment, bathing equipment, sensory equipment," said school representative, Dorothy Gordon, "all sorts of equipment that helps to improve the quality of life for the people with mental retardation."

    The 2005 Steelers season was the first in 35 years without Cope's color commentary. He announced his retirement the summer before.

    His departure from the broadcast booth brought one honor after another including an award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame as well as the key to the city.

    In another city, all of this might have never happened, but somehow, it was an ideal match - a homegrown original who was embraced by a town less impressed by polish and perfection, than by real heart.

    "To me, the thing I am most proud of is my credibility. I've always guarded it," said Cope. "I want people to believe that if I say something, I know what I'm talking about, or at least partially, and that's what I believe."

    In his recent memoir, Steelers Chairman, Dan Rooney, admitted he didn't like the name Cope gave to the most memorable play in Steelers history-- Franco Harris's 'Immaculate Reception.' Rooney said at first he thought it was sacrilegious, but he eventually came around.

    However, Cope said he actually didn't come up with the term 'Immaculate Reception,' instead a caller did, but Cope bestowed that name upon the catch on the 11 o'clock news the night of the game.


    He is survived by two children: Daniel and Elizabeth.

    This is just terrible news, the Steeler Nation is in mourning today as we lost a true legend in Steeler history and in broadcasting history. You were one of a kind man and we all loved you !
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    Sure hate to hear that

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    So did I .... RIP...
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    PITTSBURGH -- The former Pittsburgh Steelers announcer known for his screechy voice and for creating the Terrible Towel has died.

    Myron Cope was 79.

    Joe Gordon is a former Steelers executive and a longtime friend of Cope's. He says the announcer died Wednesday morning at a nursing home in Mount Lebanon, a Pittsburgh suburb.

    Gordon says Cope had been treated for respiratory problems and heart failure in recent months.

    Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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    This just totally bums me out..most of us probably didn't know Myron on a personal level but all of us in the Steeler Nation that have ever heard him commentate games, got to meet him, or just read about him in Steelers history feel a connection to him. He was black n gold through and through. I'll wave my terrible towel in honor today !


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    Rest in Peace dear soul...one in a million..never to be duplicated...we have been truly blessed to have him shape our steeler history...all of football has lost a great one..i miss him...

    ...your passion lives on in the Terrible towel...as every time i see it waving...I remember Myron Cope....Yoi!

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    I can hear his voice in my head right now. "yoi, double yoi."

    'RIP' Mr. Cope.....


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    May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace:


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    R.I.P. Mr. Cope. He was a great person & broadcaster.



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    God bless him! I had tears welling up in my eyes reading that article. he was the voice of the Steelers, i'm so sad. One thing i'll never forget his him singing Deck the halls on tv!!! What an amazing man!! I love that he donated the proceeds from the terrible towel to the school. There was definately a VIP place for him in heaven.
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    This just totally bums me out..most of us probably didn't know Myron on a personal level but all of us in the Steeler Nation that have ever heard him commentate games, got to meet him, or just read about him in Steelers history feel a connection to him. He was black n gold through and through. I'll wave my terrible towel in honor today !

    I'll wave mine as soon as I get home.
    But this until i get there.
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