Myron Cope Waving His Terrible Towel In Heaven

The PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE reports Myron Cope, longtime Steelers announcer, passed away on Wednesday.

Myron Cope Steelers broacaster

The 79-year-old Cope was best known for helping create two of the most famous icons in Pittsburgh sports history - the Terrible Towel, and the christening of Franco Harris’ famous catch as the “Immaculate Reception.”

Myron spent 35 years calling Steelers games before health problems led to his retirement in 2005. Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl remembers that even outside the broadcast booth, Cope had a lot to say.

Ravenstahl recalls the day the recently-retired Cope was given the key to the city:

I remember him in here talking and he just went on and on. You could clearly see at that time his health was declining, and he just enjoyed life until the last moment, and he’ll sorely be missed.”

The mayor says he wants to continue Cope’s tribute by flying a Terrible Towel flag outside city hall, “but we have to get one made or figure out what we can do.”

Terrible Towel

How hard is it to fly a towel?

Meanwhile, DEADSPIN, via MONDESI’s HOUSE (or vice versa?) has a tribute to the passed Pittsburgh play-by-player.