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Sunday, December 21, 2008
Terrible day for Terrible Towels in Nashville

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There were too many Terrible Towels being waved in prime real estate at LP Field for some of the Titans' liking.

"When we came off from warm-ups, I looked around and was like, 'Whose stadium is this?'" cornerback Nick Harper said. "They do that everywhere they go. When I was in Indy, they did the same thing. It's unbelievable. I don't know how they infiltrate and get the best seats in your stadium, but they find a way to get them... When our offense kept pounding it out in the fourth quarter, kept getting those first downs, they put those towels away."

Linebacker Keith Bulluck got a hold of one near the end of the game and ceremonially and symbolically stomped it, consequences down the road be damned.

"Anybody that's going to come through here in the playoffs, we plan to stomp them out," he said. "That's our plan."

Later Bulluck said he thinks Steelers fans snatched up the tickets before the season even started, plotting to be in the building well before anyone knew it would be a battle for the No. l seed in the AFC side of the playoff bracket.

The scene was a new one for rookie running back Chris Johnson, who scored the go-ahead touchdown that began the retreat of the towel wavers. Near the end he did some towel waving of his own.

"They'd been waving their towels all day, so it was our turn to wave some towels," he said. "Yeah, there were too many, there was a lot out there. I wanted to give them a taste of their own blood."