Cope's Cabana Banana Daiquiris

Last day of Stiller Snacks Mini Camp - let's have a drink!

I couldn't possibly begin to scratch the surface of Myron Cope's career or legacy, so I will try to keep this short and sweet.

As Gene Collier wrote in Cope's obituary, Myron Cope (1929-2008) was the "squawking talisman of Steelers football," and so much more. He was arguably the most colorful color commentator that there ever was. His 35-year run covering Steelers' games set the record for any broadcaster with a single team in NFL history. He was the only broadcaster to sit on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's board of selectors, which he did from 1985-1994. In 2005, he was the first football announcer inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. That same year, he was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is the creator of the often imitated ("rally towels" can kiss my keister!), but never duplicated, "Terrible Towel" (I mean "Tahhhl"). He nicknamed Jerome Bettis, "The Bus," Kordell Stewart, "Slash," and popularized the name for what is widely regarded as the greatest play in football history - "The Immaculate Reception."

In 1997, Cope penned this very funny and very enlightening article for the New York Times about the infamous play

Beyond his wit, talent, and accolades, Myron Cope was a native son who loved his Steelers. You could hear it in his voice, his words, and all of his eccentricities. He is the quintessential hometown hero.

I remember as a little kid listening to the radio while tailgating with my dad. I just couldn't believe that this man with the wild, screeching voice was ranting on the radio each week before, during and after games. It was baffling and hilarious and awesome. You never knew what he would say next. 

"Cope's Cabana" was Myron's postgame show featuring listener call-ins and player interviews. Listening to the shows, I imagined them broadcasting from a cruise ship on the Allegheny River with Neil O'Donnell and Rob Woodson wearing grass skirts and leis, kicking back with tropical cocktails after each game. I know I already shared the Cope's Cabana theme song in the Kick-Off post (you're welcome), but you should probably throw on your favorite Myron Cope shirt and play the song a few more times while you mix up this delicious summertime drink! 

Cope's Cabana Banana Daiquiri
Stiller Nation Snacks N'at original

3/4 cup dark rum
2 bananas, peeled and sliced
juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp sugar
10-12 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in blender and purée until smooth. Pour into your two favorite black and gold cocktail glasses and serve! 

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