The quiet rivalry: It's okay to hate the Titans

The Steelers have a long history with the Titans/Oilers

It’s okay to hate the Titans

Last week was supposed to be the reemergence of a long rivalry between the Steelers and Browns, but after Pittsburgh dominated Cleveland, it’s still the same old, same old.

But there is one rivalry you can get pumped for this weekend.

It’s no question the Ravens and Patriots are the Steelers biggest rivals but don’t forget about the Tennessee Titans.

Remember, these Titans are really the Houston Oilers in sheep’s clothing.

These are the Bum Phillips Oilers that faced against the Steelers in the AFC Championship game years in a row (1978-79). These are the “Luv Ya Blue”, Earl Campbell, Dan Pastorini Oilers.

They’re also the Keith Bulluck, Jevon Kearse, LenDale White Titans that stomped, spit on and kicked the Terrible Towel in front of cameras during a Week 16 win against the Steelers in 2008.

Those Titans wouldn’t win another game that season, losing the final game of the year to the Colts and then getting beat by the Ravens in the Divisional Round. They would also start the next season 0-6, starting with a loss to Pittsburgh.

The Steelers, they didn’t lose another game and went on to win Super Bowl XLIII.

It wasn’t until White and Bulluck signed a Terrible Towel and mailed it to the non-profit Allegheny Valley School that the “curse” of the Towel was reversed.

With both teams undefeated at 5-0 this past rivalry is certainly renewed.

Also fueled by the Titans reportedly breaking protocol after positive COVID tests forced the league to postpone the original Week 4 matchup, thus making the Steelers take an early bye.

The Titans have won two straight since the COVID outbreak, and while it’s clearly known not everyone loves the Steelers, NFL fans want to see the Titans go down after their cavalier attitude toward protocols.

The rivalry is renewed Sunday at 1 p.m. in Tennessee.