As you can see, the NHL is selling a Winter Classic-themed Terrible Towel. My initial reaction? Ugh. As I said in an earlier post, the WC is becoming nothing more than a money grab for the league, so this really doesn’t surprise me. I’m sure they’ll get a percentage of the $14.99 this thing is selling for at their website.
Let’s get this out of the way: The Terrible Towel belongs to the Steelers, not the Penguins. I doubt Myron Cope (RIP) is rolling over in his grave, and – who knows – he may have even approved of this if he was still with us, but it just doesn’t seem right to me. I get what they’re doing here. The towel is a Pittsburgh icon; a symbol of a proud, successful franchise. Why wouldn’t the NHL try to use it (and cash in on it) for what the league wants to be an iconic moment in Pittsburgh sports history. But just because I get it doesn’t mean I have to like it. They created brand-new jerseys for the WC. Why rip off the Terrible Towel?
Just in case you’re interested, you can purchase the NHL Winter Classic Terrible Towel here! (sigh)
* After further thought, there is one positive out of this development. Capitals’ fans cannot be pleased about the WC Terrible Towel. Oh, look. They’re not.