Originally Posted by BurgervilleBuck
The white towel waving goes back to a 1982 NHL game when Vancouver manager Roger Nielsen (rest his magnificent soul) tied a white towel to a Hockey stick and waved it in a mock surrender to protest lousy officiating during Western Conference Finals game with the Blackhawks. Vancouver fans started waving towels in support of Nielsen and the phenomenon kind of took off from there.
Of course, we all know that the whole towel thing actually started with Myron Cope and the Steelers fans back in '75
. And we have the Twins' Homer Hanky starting in '87.
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Actually it started with the 1972 Miami Dolphins fans waiving white handkerchiefs.