After the Ravens won Sunday night in Pittsburgh, Baltimore running back Ray Rice picked up a Terrible Towel from Heinz Field and wore it on his head while heading to the locker room.
The photo of Rice draping the revered gold cloth over his head has made the rounds on the Internet. It didn't go unnoticed by Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who thinks Rice crossed the line.
Woodley posted on Twitter:
Bad idea rayjust ask lendale white and tj whosyourmama twitter.com/LaMarrWoodley/…
— LaMarr Woodley (@LaMarrWoodley) November 20, 2012
Houshmandzadeh wiped his cleats with a Terrible Towel after scoring a touchdown in 2005. While the Bengals won that game, the Steelers came back to defeat Cincinnati, 31–17, in the playoffs on their way to the Super Bowl.
White stepped on the Terrible Towel after a Titans' win over Pittsburgh in 2008. The Titans then lost their next eight games (last two in 2008 and first six in 2009), including a playoff loss as the AFC's top seed.
In comparison to those incidents, I don't think Rice really disrespected the Terrible Towel. But considering what happened to the Bengals and Titans, I would've stayed far away from those gold props if I were Rice.