Normally this page is reserved for a Top Five list. Then again, most things on this page pale in comparison to the late legendary Steeler commentator, Myron Cope. Countless times growing up my dad and I would turn the volume down on the Steelers came, grab the old AM/FM and crank up the squawking and rambling voice of Mr. Cope. With his eloquent booze fueled vocabulary, Myron had a passion and lust for the game of football that is unrivaled in any sports commentator — bronzed as the only sports commentator in the NFL Hall of Fame.
In charge of making this page about the iconic yinzer of old, I felt it nearly foolish to try to speak about his legacy. Instead I can only offer to double the normal list and have Myron do what he does best — speak for himself. So Myron, “How do, ya got Cope here, what’s on your cranium?”
10. “Like all copycats, they flop. Maybe they (fans) sit on them and if they take them home they use them for dust rags.” — Myron on imitation terrible towels.
9. “If that boy billionaire thinks he can shut me up, he should stick his head in a can of paint.” Myron Cope, after Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sent someone into the broadcast booth during a game to tell Cope to stop referring to his team as the “Wash Redfaces.”
8. “I was freelance writing for Sports Illustrated and other magazines and the program director at WTAE radio said, ‘We’d like you to do commentary for us.’ I said, ‘Don’t try to kid me. I’ve heard my voice on tape.’ And he said, ‘That’s okay. Obnoxious voices are coming into style.’”
7. “Once people become inured to my voice, they listen to the content.”
6. “People may think I’m senile, but I ain’t. I thought I was a celebrity.”
5.”Okel Dokel!” Myron Cope-ism to describe something agreeable. For example, “Hey Myron, don’t the Bungals stink?” “Okel Dokel.”
4. Yoi – Yiddish saying by Myron to express shock or joy.
3. Double Yoi! — An addition to No. 4, but with more emphasis.
2. Triple Yoi! — No. 3, but with pinache. Such moments include the Immaculate Reception, Lynn Swan’s Super Bowl grab, or a sandwhich at Primatti’s (extra slaw).
1. Hum-Hah! — Used by Myron as a normal day equivalent to … well … nothing. Hum-Hah became an icon the same way Myron did; repetition and warm-heartedness. Rest in peace you cackling madman, you Dr. Cope, you Cope-a-canbana, you legend.
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