Podcasts everywhere this morning – here is the one I listened to first.
Rivals.com’s Chris Peak does this weekly and it is always informative. First he touts his company’s message boards.
I’ll say something about those now – they are an acquired taste. When I first moved back to the east coast years ago and had a chance to really follow Pitt football again I was a regular on all four of them between Rivals and Scout. Rivals has two – one subscription… and Scouts.com has two with the same set-up. The 24-7 website has one also.
Anyway that’s where I really started voicing my opinions on our football team. There are places where you can throw up your own topics (lead issue) and have people discuss it. It is mostly sound-bite size conversations and the topics aren’t as in-depth as we find on the sports blogs but it was a lot of fun and truth be told I made some friends from then that I still see at games today.
Now, I don’t go on the boards so much anymore and it isn’t just because I’ve been writing in a different venue. During the season they are OK because there are specific things to talk about but way too often the threads breakdown in verbal cat fights and pissing contests.
I posted a topic on one (about this new blog) a month ago and when I started reading some other threads on the site it was like I was transported back 10 years.
Here is what one looks like from Rivals Free Board..
If you haven’t tried them here are some links. Some fans can’t get enough about Pitt football and these are a great way to talk about it with others.
The P-G’s Paul Zeise has first-person editorial on his impressions of our RB James Conner… what he thought when Conner was trash-talking during a games against his son’s HS and what his thought are about Conner know that we have all gotten to know him.
He references that longer first-person piece Conner wrote about his time so far at Pitt and what he went through (behind the media scenes) with his diagnoses and the ensuing medical and emotional issues Conner has been dealing with in his recovery.
I don’t get something about the P-G article though. In it Zeise references to wrong first impressions given for Conner on Social Media…here are the two instances where he says that.
Conner seemed like just another guy who talks too much, and in my experience covering college athletics, those guys always seem to flame out. That was my first impression. That goes to show how wrong first impressions are and how the view from afar of someone based off social media is far too often skewed.
Through this whole experience, I’ve learned the hard way that first impressions kind of stink — especially through social media.
Now correct me if I am wrong because I really don’t imbibe in Social Media that much – I post these articles up on Facebook and comment on others’ stuff a few times a week… I check Facebook maybe three times in a week. Also I started a Twitter account but other than posting these articles there also I don’t look at that at all really.
So what is this social media running Conner’s rep into the ground years ago coming from? I guess I don’t ‘get’ how that can influence Zeise unless he reaches out and reads all the stuff, and believes it, back when Conner was in HS. Maybe he is alluding to message board chatter but is that Social Media?
I’m not criticizing Zeise – that was a fantastic and very honest piece he wrote this morning – but since I don’t look at player’s Facebook pages (and I certainly don’t “friend” any of them, nor the staff) and I don’t read Twitter so I must have missed that stuff Paul was talking about. But doesn’t everybody take that stuff with a grain of salt anyway?
I’m kind of a dinosaur.
Again from the P-G; Narduzzi thinks we have a great schedule lined up for the 2016 season. See, here is the thing about “great schedules” … they are that only until you play the games and win them. Other than that when the dust settles at the end of the year we point back and say – “Yeah, we lost five games – but look at that schedule, it sucked.”
I like it though – give the fans their money’s worth I say even if we lose those tougher games. I guess here I have to admit something, when we have these “big” games I go to watch the other teams play as much as to watch Pitt… and I clap for an opposing player if he turns in a really exceptional play. Sorry… bad fan again.
These are the key games for me – forget about Clemson. That will stand-alone in its underdoggedness for Pitt. (That’s almost a real word.)
But PSU, OK State (in Stillwater, OK) NC (in Chapel Hill) and then Marshall at home are going to be tough for us to come out of with a .500 record in those matches. I especially am concerned about Marshall.
That is a damned good football program and I truly believe the Pitt fans are underestimating them as an opponent. They are a D1 FCS team that has puts up some recent winning seasons. Take a look at their last three years, from 2013 through 2105 they are 33-8 under a very determined and good coach Doc Holliday. He started off slowly there but as happens in college ball once he got his own recruits on the roster he started hitting an all cylinders. 33-8 and three bowls wins in a row.
In those three years Marshall has beaten Maryland 31-21, Purdue 41-31 and UCONN 16-10 and just barely lost to VT by a 29-21 score so they can certainly hang with anyone. If i was to pick an upset game that would be the one.
I just hope we don’t pull a “Navy shouldn’t even be in the same stadium with us.” that I heard fans say before last season’s bowl drubbing we received. Big mistake to overlook this squad.
Here is a point from that same article on an issue that I have been talking about for years. Rivalry games are all in the fan’s heads… here a bit about the PSU game;
Quarterback Nate Peterman said that’s the game everyone wants to talk to him about this offseason, from his dad, who grew up in Meadville, Pa., to a state trooper at the U.S. Open at Oakmont. “It’s hard not to learn about it,” Peterman said.
Defensive end Ejuan Price, a Woodland Hills High School graduate, said he has heard people outside the program talking about the rivalry a lot, but it doesn’t dominate the locker room conversation as much as fans might think.
“Even though we have a game before that we’re not overlooking, we’re definitely amped up and pumped for that game and ready to show up,” Price said. Narduzzi, too, didn’t stoke the flames when asked about the relationship between the two schools, simply noting that it’s important for every player to be educated on the rivalry.
Look, these kids were even in long pants the last time we played PSU and coaches like Graham, Chryst, etc… they don’t really care more than just getting that win.
Narduzzi may be different with his being from Youngstown… but even then I think it isn’t nearly as emotional for anyone inside the program itself than it is for us fans with long memories.
Now with that said, if that game comes back on the schedule on a regular basis (don’t hold your breath) then these players who stick around for four-five years will get the rivalry bug… but right now not so much… regardless of what Narduzzi and staff are telling them.
And as I wrote earlier and some commenters agreed on – in the grand scheme of things I’d trade PSU win for a conference win any day since our goal is to win the ACC Coastal. But I want us to beat PSU also. That will be a good thing.
The Trib-Review has an article; one of hundreds to come you can be sure, on the preseason predictions for the ACC standings. To no one’s real surprise (unless you read internet predictions from someone who has never set foot in Heinz field) Pitt was chosen to be a 3rd place finisher.
But this was done by ACC media members so it may carry more weight…
Pitt was picked to finish third in the ACC Coastal Division in a poll of 191 media members taken at ACC media days in Charlotte last week.
Defending division champion North Carolina was projected to finish first with 121 first-place votes, followed by Miami with 50. Pitt garnered 14 first-place votes.
Jerry DiPaola is a guest on the Trib’s podcast and he talks about the ACC meetings that wrapped up last Friday.
Here is a great idea for the cliffs overlooking downtown Pittsburgh. How about a Mount Rushmore of PGH icons?
The rock on the side of Mount Washington is getting blasted away, but that would be the perfect place to put a Pittsburgh Mount Rushmore. My nominees for all-time contributions would be Fred Rogers, Jonas Salk, Rachel Carson and Andrew Carnegie. Because of those four, we can go to free libraries in an environmentally safe, friendly neighborhood with no polio. Take that every other city.
Our contribution to sports is almost as great. For instance, an all-Penguin Mount Rushmore is easy: Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby and Yvgeni Malkin. Since sports are so ingrained in this town, here are my other Mount Rushmores for Pittsburgh sports. For parity’s sake, these players are from the last 50 years, the length of time the Penguins have been around.
Here is an older piece from Chris Logue over at Pitt Nation Sports and I’m including it because it is good news about recruits and since that will be heating up again soon this might get fan’s juices flowing…