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By Matt Vensel | December 13, 2012
The young Pittsburgh Steelers fan who helped rile up Steelers Nation by giving Ravens running back Ray Rice his Terrible Towel after the Ravens beat the Steelers at Heinz Field four weeks ago says he has no regrets. As the Ravens walked off the field following their 13-10 victory, Rice approached a section of fans and asked if any of them wanted to exchange one of the Steelers' signature yellow towels for the pair of purple football gloves he was wearing. Cody Yocca, a Pittsburgh native who is a year removed from high school, volunteered his. “No one was budging.
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By Matt Vensel | December 13, 2012
The young Pittsburgh Steelers fan who helped rile up Steelers Nation by giving Ravens running back Ray Rice his Terrible Towel after the Ravens beat the Steelers at Heinz Field four weeks ago says he has no regrets. As the Ravens walked off the field following their 13-10 victory, Rice approached a section of fans and asked if any of them wanted to exchange one of the Steelers' signature yellow towels for the pair of purple football gloves he was wearing. Cody Yocca, a Pittsburgh native who is a year removed from high school, volunteered his. “No one was budging.
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By Mike Preston | November 19, 2012
Uh, oh, several of the Ravens were heard singing the song "Renegade" by Styx on their way back to the locker room. It's a very popular song that is often played at Heinz Field and several of the Ravens were reportedly wearing the "Terrible Towel" around their heads. It was certainly noticed by some members of the Pittsburgh media, and you can assume it will be talked about until the Ravens play the Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium in two weeks.  The rivalry continues.  
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By Matt Vensel | November 22, 2012
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down gravy and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too. RUNNING IT BACK Running back Ray Rice said he wasn't being disrespectful with that "Terrible Towel" after the Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend.
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By Matt Vensel | November 22, 2012
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down gravy and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too. RUNNING IT BACK Running back Ray Rice said he wasn't being disrespectful with that "Terrible Towel" after the Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend.
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February 3, 2009
1 Turnaround time?: As long as no one tells Gary Williams he just got a vote of confidence, maybe the Terps will be more confident against North Carolina (8 p.m., chs. 54, 20). 2 Infamous college: For a while, you won't be able to think of South Carolina (which faces Florida at 9 p.m., ESPN) without thinking of Michael Phelps. 3 Hat dance: Does anyone know what happens to the hats (left) tossed on the ice when Alex Ovechkin scores three goals, as he did Sunday? (Capitals at Devils, 7 p.m., Versus)
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Kevin Cowherd | December 3, 2010
You may look at tonight's showdown between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers as the defining game of the season. I see it as another huge test for Jack and Heather Hardcastle's marriage. Here's their story: He's a Ravens fan. She's a Steelers fan. He wears a Matt Stover jersey to games. She wears a Troy Polamalu jersey and waves a Terrible Towel. And they're still together. OK, they've only been married a month. And there are times when you wonder if these two crazy kids should have Dr. Phil on speed-dial.
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Peter Schmuck | October 2, 2010
There will come a moment in the course of today's showdown between the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers when it will all be crystal clear. We'll find out if the Ravens are fit to be tied for the division lead at the quarter pole or forced to play catch-up with the Steelers and probably the Cincinnati Bengals, and that will be a fairly important distinction even at this early stage in the season. That's why, if you're a Ravens fan, you woke up every day over the past week with the same conflicted feeling — a mixture of great anticipation and high anxiety — that will only be resolved when Joe Flacco hits Anquon Boldin with a game-winning touchdown pass or Troy Polumalu snatches it out of the air at the last minute to save another Steelers victory.
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February 28, 2008
I wouldn't expect anyone in Ravens-land to be very sympathetic regarding much having to do with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But I know that Baltimore fans, along with NFL followers everywhere, were saddened by the news yesterday of the passing of former Steelers announcer Myron Cope. Cope, 79, was truly an NFL treasure. Extremely partisan to be sure, he was also the father of a football icon, the Terrible Towel. If you used to bristle at the way Cope - whose voice I can best describe as a polka accordion being run over on the Pennsylvania Turnpike - occasionally called the Ravens the Bal-ti-more Black Birdies, take consolation in that he gave a pretty good razzing to the "Cleve Brownies" and the "Cincy Bungles," too. And if for no other reason, I will always hold Mr. Cope in the highest regard for having the kind of chutzpah to good-naturedly nickname the aloof Chuck Noll - "Emperor Chaz."
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By Mike Preston | September 8, 2011
I've always liked the Pittsburgh Steelers. I like the way they operate. I like their head coaches. The Steelers do it the right way, and play football the way it should be played. They play great, physical defense and usually have a strong running game. Everything about Pittsburgh is gritty, except for some of their fans.  The majority of them are good and knowledgeable people. And there is no better atmosphere, including Green Bay, than to watch a playoff football game in Pittsburgh with all those grills cooking outside the stadium.
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By Mike Preston | November 19, 2012
Uh, oh, several of the Ravens were heard singing the song "Renegade" by Styx on their way back to the locker room. It's a very popular song that is often played at Heinz Field and several of the Ravens were reportedly wearing the "Terrible Towel" around their heads. It was certainly noticed by some members of the Pittsburgh media, and you can assume it will be talked about until the Ravens play the Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium in two weeks.  The rivalry continues.  
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Kevin Cowherd | December 3, 2010
You may look at tonight's showdown between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers as the defining game of the season. I see it as another huge test for Jack and Heather Hardcastle's marriage. Here's their story: He's a Ravens fan. She's a Steelers fan. He wears a Matt Stover jersey to games. She wears a Troy Polamalu jersey and waves a Terrible Towel. And they're still together. OK, they've only been married a month. And there are times when you wonder if these two crazy kids should have Dr. Phil on speed-dial.
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Peter Schmuck | October 2, 2010
There will come a moment in the course of today's showdown between the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers when it will all be crystal clear. We'll find out if the Ravens are fit to be tied for the division lead at the quarter pole or forced to play catch-up with the Steelers and probably the Cincinnati Bengals, and that will be a fairly important distinction even at this early stage in the season. That's why, if you're a Ravens fan, you woke up every day over the past week with the same conflicted feeling — a mixture of great anticipation and high anxiety — that will only be resolved when Joe Flacco hits Anquon Boldin with a game-winning touchdown pass or Troy Polumalu snatches it out of the air at the last minute to save another Steelers victory.
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February 3, 2009
1 Turnaround time?: As long as no one tells Gary Williams he just got a vote of confidence, maybe the Terps will be more confident against North Carolina (8 p.m., chs. 54, 20). 2 Infamous college: For a while, you won't be able to think of South Carolina (which faces Florida at 9 p.m., ESPN) without thinking of Michael Phelps. 3 Hat dance: Does anyone know what happens to the hats (left) tossed on the ice when Alex Ovechkin scores three goals, as he did Sunday? (Capitals at Devils, 7 p.m., Versus)
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun reporter | December 25, 2006
PITTSBURGH -- For most of the year, Tina Vagnozzi and Brian Highsmith are your typical couple in love. But the romance dies down when football season begins. You see, Highsmith is a Ravens fan, and Vagnozzi is a Pittsburgh Steelers backer. The couple took their rivalry on the road yesterday to Heinz Field for the game between the bitter AFC North rivals. Highsmith wore a No. 52 jersey with his name on the back underneath a Ravens coat with a Ravens hat and head scarf. Vagnozzi donned a pink Hines Ward jersey under a Steelers jacket, scarf and hat, and carried a "Terrible Towel."
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By MARY BETH KOZAK | January 26, 2006
Pittsburgh has waited 26 years for a ring for its thumb. I was not born when they last won the Super Bowl. I grew up a Steelers fan, and while most people in Baltimore cringe when I admit that, I can't help but grin. Although I have lived in Maryland the majority of my life, I spent my summers and every major holiday in Pittsburgh with my grandparents. Many ask me why I never relinquished my devotion to the Steelers. The answer is simple. The Colts escaped in the middle of the night in 1984.
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