Bill Cowher Once Again Bleeds Only Red

May 27, 2009
By Cherry Crayton

It may be a little disheartening that the Pittsburgh Penguins knocked the Carolina Hurricanes out of the Stanley Cup playoffs last night, but the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review provides some good news in this somewhat amusing rundown of Bill Cowher’s stint as the “siren sounder” during last night’s game at the RBC Center, home to the Hurricanes and the Wolfpack men’s basketball team. Cowher, a 1979 graduate,  played football at NC State and was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1992 to 2006.

Cranking the Hurricanes’ warning siren with his right hand and grasping a white Carolina rally towel with his left hand — sans his Super Bowl XL ring — Bill Cowher no longer bleeds black and gold . . . .

Since Cowher moved to Raleigh two years ago, the North Carolina State graduate has taken a liking to the Hurricanes — and seemingly betrayed the Penguins. That gets sticky considering Cowher patrolled the Steelers sidelines for 15 seasons, won a Super Bowl in 2006 and had a street named after him in Crafton. . . .

“I don’t like it,” said Penguins fan Kyle Patton, of Johnstown. “We love Bill Cowher, but when you look at him, you think black and gold, not red.”

Also be sure to click to enlarge the Tribune-Review‘s photo of him cranking the Hurricanes’ warning siren.  It’s a great shot.


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