Want revenge for the towel stomping incident done by the Titans last season? You’ll be able to get it opening night. The Steelers Thursday night opening opponent will be none other than the Tennessee Titans, the team that beat the Steelers back last December in Nashville and then used the end of the game to stomp on the Terrible Towel.
The game, to be played on September 10th, was decided at the owners meeting in Dana Point, CA. The tradition of the Super Bowl Champion playing at home in the first game of the year will continue, as the Steelers will be at Heinz Field for a matchup with Tennessee. The tradition of the first game being on Thursday started in 2004.
“I’m excited about getting things started in ’09,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said yesterday after he learned of the opening matchup. “My philosophy or approach hasn’t changed. It’s less about who we play; I’m more concerned about how we prepare and how we play. Playing a quality opponent such as those guys makes preparation easier from my standpoint. I know it’s going to be an exciting atmosphere and environment for our fans. That’s what I’m most excited about.”
There was some chatter that the Ravens would open the Steelers in prime-time, but reports say that the Ravens asked the league that they wouldn’t play in Pittsburgh in a prime-time game. They have played the Steelers in a prime-time game in three of the last four seasons.
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