A couple of weeks back, after witnessing my beloved Cleveland Browns take a whoopin' from the hometown heroes, I posted some musings on my experience at LP Field, including the observation that Titans fans are lame. There were many empty seats, and the Titans supporters seemed apathetic compared to the fans of my hometown Browns.
Of course, at the root of my screed was envy: Browns fans may be great, but the team sucks right now, and the Titans are kicking ass.
But after Sunday's Titans/Steelers game, it appears the lameness of Titans fans has become a hot topic. A couple of my friends, both die-hard Titans fans, were shocked by the thousands of Steelers fans in attendance. In fact, they were convinced there were nearly as many Pittsburgh fans as Tennessee fans. Even if they were exaggerating, most accounts online seem to put the number of Terrible Towel wavers at somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000--an enormous embarrassment to the hometown team.
During the LenDale White towel-stomping incident (shown in the above video), even Phil Simms noted the preponderance of Steelers fans: "I think the Tennessee Titan players, as you see them stomping on a yellow towel, are probably a little upset because there are so many Steelers fans in the stands today."
While watching the game at home, I stepped away at one point to do laundry. After hearing what I was sure was the fan response for a Titans score, I ran into the other room to find out that Pittsburgh had just scored. The Steelers fans were so loud it was hard to distinguish the home team by listening.
And check out this rant--titled "When Did Titans Fans Become Sellouts?"--from a Titans fan website, musiccitymiracle.com. Here's a brief excerpt...
"I was shocked when I walked into the stadium. There had to be at least 20,000 Steelers' fans there. The Terrible Towels being waved reminded me of the tomahawks you see at an Atlanta Braves HOME GAME. Gramsey sent me a text message as soon as he got in there that it looked like Heinz Field."
I know that Steelers fans are legendary for showing up in other cities, but I can't remember ever seeing such a strong showing. The obvious assumption is that thousands of alleged Titans fans gave up their tickets. Cold weather or not, it was probably the most significant game of the season, for arguably the NFL's top team, yet many fans couldn't be bothered. And it was sunny, for chrissakes!
As you can see below, Browns fans don't let a little bad weather bother them.