A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 05, 2011
Cryboys (Dallas Cowboys nickname)

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X (January 18, 1976) and Super Bowl XIII (January 21, 1979). Pittsburgh Steelers broadcaster Myron Cope (1929-2008) noticed that the Cowboys and their fans seemed to whine about the losses, so he nicknamed the team the Dallas “Cryboys” in 1979. The “Cryboys” nickname is largely historical, but is still sometimes used.


Wikipedia: Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are an American football team that plays in the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). They are headquartered in Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The team plays its home games at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth which finished construction in time for the 2009 season. The Cowboys joined the NFL as a 1960 expansion team. The team’s national following might best be represented by its NFL record of consecutive home sell-outs. The Cowboys’ streak of 160 sold-out regular and post-season games began in 1990, and included 79 straight sellouts at their former home, Texas Stadium, and 81 straight sell-outs on the road. The franchise shares the record for most Super Bowl appearances (8) with the Pittsburgh Steelers, corresponding to most NFC championships (8). The Cowboys are the only NFL team to record 20 consecutive winning seasons (1966–1985), in which they only missed the playoffs twice (1974 and 1984), an NFL record that remains unbroken and unchallenged. It remains one of the longest winning streaks in all of professional sports.

Wikipedia: Myron Cope
Myron Cope (January 23, 1929 – February 27, 2008), born Myron Sidney Kopelman, was an American sports journalist, radio personality, and sportscaster who is best known for being “the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Cope was a color commentator for the Steelers’ radio broadcasts for 35 years. He was known for his distinctive, nasally voice with an identifiable Pittsburgh accent, idiosyncratic speech pattern, and a level of excitement rarely exhibited in the broadcast booth. Cope’s most notable catch phrase was “yoi” (pronounced /ˈjɔɪ/). Cope was the first football announcer inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Cope’s autobiography, Double Yoi!, was published in 2002. Legislation honoring Cope is currently pending before the United States House of Representatives, having already passed in the United States Senate.

27 October 1979, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “‘Cryboys’ vs. ‘Terrible Towels: Who’ll be high, dry?” by Skip Bayless, pg. 38:
Chuck Noll, gloating? After Landry’s latest complaint, Pittsburghers began calling the Cowboys the “Cryboys.” Noll asked a local writer, “Have you heard about our (Super Bowl) ring? It has a special button and if you push it, the lid pops up and you get to hear Tom Landry bitching.”

31 October 1979, Galveston (TX) Daily News, “Landry, Cowboys offer no excuses about Steeler loss,” pg. B1, col. 1:
DALLAS (UPI)—Pittsburgh players and coaches have taken delight in characterizing their Dallas counterparts as nothing more than a bunch of excuse makers after losses in Super Bowls X and XIII.

One popular Pittsburgh broadcaster refers to the Cowboys as the Cryboys.

12 January 1980, Indiana (PA) Gazette, “It’s my beat” by Carl Kologie, pg. 2, col. 5:
Last year, this writer had the opportunity to attend the Super Bowl in Miami where the Steelers wrapped up their third NFL Crown with a victory over the Dallas Cowboys...or Cryboys, as they have become known in the Pittsburgh area.

Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette
Steelers and Cowboys Rivalry: Magic is still there
Sunday, December 07, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
(...)
The matchup still carries some of the old perceptions from the 1970s of the pretty-boy glamour team from Dallas vs. the hard-scrabble, blue-collar men from Pittsburgh. Back when they played in two Super Bowls in the 1970s, the late broadcaster Myron Cope dubbed the Dallas team the “Cryboys” because of what he felt was whining by them and their fans after the Steelers’ two Super Bowl victories against them, X and XIII. The Cowboys earned a measure of revenge a generation later when they beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX.

New York (NY) Times
The Packers and the Steelers Broke the Hearts of the Cowboys
By JUDY BATTISTA
Published: January 26, 2011
PITTSBURGH — The meeting of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV will be many things. A matchup of two of the N.F.L.’s most storied franchises. A throwdown between dominant defenses. A road trip extraordinaire to Dallas for devoted fans bearing Terrible Towels and Cheeseheads.
(...)
No wonder the Pittsburgh announcer Myron Cope, the father of the Terrible Towel, nicknamed Staubach’s team “The Dallas Cryboys,” a handle that still resonates here. 

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