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Myron Cope on Sports

February 29, 2008
As most of you know, some of us (me) here at The North End Zone are die-hard Steelers fans. This past week, we lost long time broadcaster and Pittsburgh fan Myron Cope. One of my earliest memories of Myron was when I was about 8 or 9 and asked my dad whether Myron would have been on the radio in any other city. The answer, obviously, is “no”.

But it wasn’t just the fact that the city had come to love a broadcaster who had a voice made for writing. It was that Myron was the city. A hard worker with nothing given to him. A fixation on Pittsburgh sports that a therapist would drool over (you know, if a Pittsburgher ever actually went to a therapist).

But he was more than just a celebrity. Myron invented the Terrible Towel, the rights to which he gave to a Pittsburgh area autistic research center. All the profits from sales of Terrible Towel’s go towards helping cure autism, a disease Myron’s son has struggled with for decades. Myron would have been the same man if he had been working in a steel mill for the past 40 years instead of in the broadcast booth.

Myron represented the more-than-just-a-game attitude most Steelers fans take. Is it the end of the world when the Steelers lose a tough game? Of course not. But sometimes you feel so bad about a loss that you feel bad for feeling so bad. Myron not only broadcast all the highs and lows of the Steelers’ past decades, he lived them and felt them with us.

Myron’s passing falls five years to the day after the passing of another Pittsburgh icon, Fred Rogers. Two men who, like our teams, are guys that you root for. We’ll miss you Myron.