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A Bounty of Towels for 50,000 Fans

Redskins fans surely haven't forgotten the last time the Steelers came to town. Coaches and players can't shake the maddening image of twirling yellow towels, either. But team officials have concocted a plan to sure no one experiences a repeat Saturday night when the Steelers return.

To make sure FedEx Field doesn't again turn into a giant blanket of Terrible Towels, the Redskins will distribute 50,000 "Redskins Rally" towels at Saturday's preseason home opener. The Redskins' version will be white.

"I don't know if there are going to be battles of the towels or whatever," said Coach Jim Zorn, "but it will be fun."

Zorn said last year's Steelers' visit - a 23-6 Pittsburgh win, a disappointing loss that started the Redskins' 2-6 slide - felt like "déjà vu" for him.

"When we played the Super Bowl in Detroit," Zorn said of the Seahawks' 2006 game against Pittsburgh, "it was a sea of yellow. They just have their fans follow them, they distribute their stuff and I think it's great for fans."

The Steelers-Redskins game last November was an embarrassing one for the franchise. Many Redskins' players estimated the stadium was half-full of Steelers supporters. "I'm like, are those yellow towels for us or for them?" receiver Santana Moss said then. "I really scratched my head about it, because I've never seen it done, especially at FedEx, to have someone come into our home and almost have more fans than we did."

While it's only a preseason game, the team wasn't about to be upstaged again by gold-and-black-clad fans.

"I think it's fun that we're doing the same thing... we've got great fans," Zorn said. "I think Dan [Snyder] wants to continue to show his support and his enthusiasm for this team, for this community. I think it's all in good fun. He's competitive. We're competitive."

By Rick Maese  |  August 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
 
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If not 1st, I'll settle with being the best.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 21, 2009 6:17 AM | Report abuse

If hell freezes over and Vinny is fired:

"... bring back MARTIN MAYHEW."


No.

Until the lions do something other than kill Christians and lose every Sunday, I'll pass.

But I'd like to hire whoever is Floyd Reese's understudy in New York.

The jints are deep in the o-line and d-line and have found some decent running backs to compliment B Jacobs.

Say what you want about the jints, they did take out the 18-0 pats in the Super Bowl like it wasn't but a thang.

Whoever the guy is that helps Reese build that team should fill Vinny's spot if hell freezes over and he's fired.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 21, 2009 6:23 AM | Report abuse

last year's Steelers' visit - a 23-6 Pittsburgh win

"I think Dan [Snyder] wants to continue to show his support .... He's competitive. We're competitive."

By Rick Maese | August 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET

If we lose this week by the same score, 23-6, we can say hip-hip-hooray because it's an improvement over last week's score!

And as for being competitive, the time of year we dominate -- the offseason -- ended when training camp started.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 21, 2009 6:30 AM | Report abuse

This is stupid. Do the people that work for the Redskins have an imagination or do they just enjoy stealing other team's ideas? Can't they come up with their own gimmick? How about they hand out indian headresses to everyone or foam spears. how about Redskins nation flags. Just Something different. Don't steal another teams ideas. Just more reasons why the Skins have the worst front office in the NFL, well except for the Raiders.

Posted by: jp9773 | August 21, 2009 6:35 AM | Report abuse

I understand the fuss about the Pittsburg towels last year, I was there, but why don't they give out burgundy towels so when the Pitt fans wave theirs we wave ours and it will appear to be burgundy and gold flowing from the stands.

Posted by: skinsfan0524 | August 21, 2009 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Well, here's the "sizzle" on the towels - one towel of the 50,000 will have ... Marty Schottenhiemer's e-mail address printed on it.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | August 21, 2009 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Well, here's the "sizzle" on the towels - one towel of the 50,000 will have ... Marty Schottenhiemer's e-mail address printed on it.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | August 21, 2009 6:59 AM

I just spit out my coffee on the dog. That's different from yesterday when I drooled it on my shirt.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 21, 2009 7:01 AM | Report abuse

How about they hand out indian headresses to everyone or foam spears. how about Redskins nation flags. Just Something different.

Posted by: jp9773 | August 21, 2009 6:35 AM

Free copies of the Washington Post? Donation in your name to PETA? Box of Kraft Mac and Cheese? Coupon for $1 off a beer? Autographed Leigh Torrence game jersey?

Dude, if you don't want the towel, then mail it to John D., Houston, Texas.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 21, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

But I'd like to hire whoever is Floyd Reese's understudy in New York.

Posted by: MistaMoe

Did the Giants fire JERRY Reese and replace him with Folgers Crystals?

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 21, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

I disagree with the use of white towels. Pittsburgh fans will simply dye them yellow at the urinals.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 21, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Towels, you say? . . . Most EPIC preseason game EVER.

Posted by: TotallyTacos | August 21, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

I disagree with the use of white towels. Pittsburgh fans will simply dye them yellow at the urinals.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 21, 2009 7:20 AM

No, that's Redskins fans. Pittsburgh fans will dye them in the stands.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 21, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Instead of towels, I'm thinking they could give the first 5,000 fans part-ownership of the lowly UHF station, U62, and see if we don't run the whole operation into the ground. Hilarity would ensue, no doubt.

Posted by: TotallyTacos | August 21, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

How about putting a winning product on the football field to counter the invasion of "Terrible Towels." If the clowns running the organization didn't give away all its draft picks for superstars and end up with no depth, this wouldn't even be an issue. It's a freakin' joke!

Posted by: stwasm | August 21, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

How about putting a winning product on the football field to counter the invasion of "Terrible Towels." If the clowns running the organization didn't give away all its draft picks for superstars and end up with no depth, this wouldn't even be an issue. It's a freakin' joke!

Posted by: stwasm | August 21, 2009 8:05 AM |

Weren't we 6-2 when we played Pittsburgh? We were having ourselves a grand old time, and this was coming off a season where we had a winning record and made the playoffs. The showing of "terrible towels" (vomit) had less to do with the product on the field and more to do with the kind of sissies who currently hold a large chunk of the season tickets.

Posted by: TotallyTacos | August 21, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Who came up with the term "Rally Towels"? Is that the best they could do? Why not "Redskin Rage Rags"? And why white? Burgundy would have looked so much better and coupled with those fans in those stands who brought their yellow terrible towels, it would look like Redskins colors throughout. The towels are a great idea, but it sounds like an idea someone just threw together instead of planning out.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 21, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Snydley couldn't spend a few more bucks for burgundy?

Posted by: charley42 | August 21, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

"This is stupid. Do the people that work for the Redskins have an imagination or do they just enjoy stealing other team's ideas?"

Have to agree. Pittsburgh can have their stupid towels.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | August 21, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

So, the Steelers fans on Saturday night will look like the typical red-neck Pennsylvanians that they are, waving their moronic yellow towels and yelling their unoriginal "Hire we go Stillers!"

Meanwhile, the Redskins fans in attendance will look like a bunch of French soldiers circa 1940 waving white flags. Nice symbolism.

Was this a Freudian slip on Danny's part or just stupid?

Posted by: NickFairfax | August 21, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Weren't we 6-2 when we played Pittsburgh? We were having ourselves a grand old time, and this was coming off a season where we had a winning record and made the playoffs. The showing of "terrible towels" (vomit) had less to do with the product on the field and more to do with the kind of sissies who currently hold a large chunk of the season tickets.

Posted by: TotallyTacos | August 21, 2009 8:10 AM


But, Pittsburgh exposed all of the team's flaws for the entire league to see. And you also see how the Redskins finished, didn't you? And knowing that the offensive line is probably THE weak link on the team, they spent most of their efforts on defense, the Derrick Dockery signing notwithstanding. And one could argue that they overspent on Albert Haynesworth, when they could have used that money to build some depth that currently doesn't exist on the offensive line. Those aren't the signs of a halfway competent front office.

Posted by: stwasm | August 21, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured his right ankle or foot during the last half-hour of the team's final training camp practice. It was not immediately certain how badly he was hurt or how long he would be out.

Roethlisberger had an ice pack on the back of the ankle when he was carted off at the end of Thursday's workout, with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians accompanying him. Roethlisberger didn't talk to reporters, but he could be overheard saying, "Oh it just feels great. It feels like a car ran over it."

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 21, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 21, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Considering that the towel waving is an idea stolen from hockey, it's a credit to the Pittsburgh fans that others think they own it.

Santana won't be able to figure out if that towel waving in the 400 sections is white or yellow. It's too far away. I really like the better suggestion that they should've been burgundy-colored. Solution: as the fans bang their heads in frustration against the seat in front of them, they can use the white towel to sop up the blood.

The number of Steelers fans that were in attendance is probably indicative of just how many people Stubhub their tickets. Create a better fan experience and build a better team and the problem goes away.

Posted by: hockeyweasel | August 21, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

we will be crushed by the Pitt defense again; we are headed for 6-10.

Posted by: sunnyman1 | August 21, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"it was a sea of yellow. They just have their fans follow them, they distribute their stuff and I think it's great for fans."

Maybe I am reading this wrong but there is NEVER an official distribution or give away of the terrible towels. If there was, it was an isolated smaller scale thing sponsored by a third party and they were not official terrible towels. It has been a Pittsburgh tradition since the early 70's, similar to the cheeseheads or someone wearing a team shirt. Just about every Steeler fan going to a game has one. People buy them and bring them themselves. There is also a "terrible brick" typically on sale next to the towels. This is yellow foam brick for throwing at the TV when things are not going well during the game ;)

Posted by: NiMh | August 21, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

What a missed opportunity!! the towels should be burgundy! that way we don't just have some steelers towels and some skins towels, we have all burgundy and gold... how does the front office not think of that?

Posted by: jstew06 | August 21, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

NEWSFLASH

Get your Danny Towels! Pre-owned towels that are threadbare, torn, and on their last legs. You'll find comfort that he paid above retail for them. Get yours while the towels last!

Vinny Cerrato towels are available using his towel dispenser. Don't expect them to come out white.....

Posted by: laserwizard | August 21, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Create a better fan experience and build a better team and the problem goes away.

Posted by: hockeyweasel | August 21, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse


Amen, amen, amen!!!!!!!

Posted by: stwasm | August 21, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Ok. How did this ever freakin happen in the first place?? What happened to the home town fans once considered to be among the best in the NFL? What happened to the type of crowds that used to pack RFK and make it literally shake???

Back in those days, there wouldnt have been enough room for enough Steelers fans to make a difference much less overwhelm the home crowd.

I'm just digusted it ever happened. I'm even more disgusted that our response needs to be manufactured.

Finally, regarding the color white. Yeah that is a great choice. White - the color of surrender. Sheeesh!

What Snyder couldn't shell out for some red ones??? Red - the color of charging bulls. That would be more like it.

I sure as hell hope the team doesnt roll belly up and live up to the white this time.

And yeah, I am feeling a bit cranky today.

Posted by: mrapier1 | August 21, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Skinsfan0524,

Alleluia! Great idea.

Too bad you don't work for the front office. They could use your brain power since they are clearly clueless when it comes to this kind of thing.

I'm thinking tho that the white towels were cheaper and available at the last minute. It wouldn't surprise me at all if it was true.

Sheesh!

Posted by: mrapier1 | August 21, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Great. White towels to wave. It'll make surrendering that much easier.

Posted by: ncc1701d | August 22, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

It always amuses me when the Steelers' opponents hand out free copy-cat towels to counter the Terrible Towels, which Steeler Nation buys en masse, the money going to charity. It's bribery, and it's a pity.

Posted by: oakleafmold | August 27, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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