I'm not that mean of a person. While the majority of the entries into Great Moments in Unlicensed Pittsburgh Sports Merch have been god-awful, unneeded eyesores, there has been a stray positive critique. This feature is my vehicle to display the bad with the good, because there's bound to be some unlicensed pieces of memorabilia that aren't ugly as all hell.
So major thanks to Gary for sending this bad boy over, which was made by his son some years ago. Your eyes weren't deceiving you when you glanced over the title of this post...I totally meant to call this The Terrible TRowel.
Normally, messing with the Towel is a huge no-no. The thing is drenched in history, and has inspired countless wannabes. But if some enterprising soul is down with creating The Terrible Trowel for his father, using a hardcore Goldblatt trowel, then I have no room to complain. I doubt the ghost of Myron Cope or the kids at the Allegheny Valley School will mind that the Towel has been remixed as the Trowel for a one-time gift.
Unless Gary starts selling these puppies, in which case there might be a whole bunch of cease and desist letters in his mailbox.
I can't see the fans twirling these around at head level, though, so Gary should be in the clear.