After a evil-looking hypo needle filled with of complaint slipped through my sea-salt hardened skin and penetrated into my Pitt-fed bloodstream this morning I awoke from the drug-induced coma and my first coherent thought was “Wow, one of my readers is a real ass!“.
Just kidding – But the fact that I am sometimes repetitive was pointed out to me earlier so let me make one thing perfectly clear; I mean I want you to understand this point I’m making; and I insist that you really, really get what I’m saying…
I am not repetitive at all. Let me say that again . I am not repetitive at all. Once more, not repetitive over here!
That was fun, now onto Pitt football.
Let’s take a spin through Pitt Media Reporting Land of Make Believe and see what breaking news we have to talk about.
OK – for timely Pitt football news here is a culling of local media reports:
The Pittsburgh Sports Reporters with an article titled Pitt Can’t Overlook Villanova Game“. That is interesting. Never would have considered writing about that!
Tim Benz does make a good point in the piece though:
The topic isn’t necessarily pertinent because of the opponent. The 1-AA Wildcats play in the CAA of FCS. And last year, they weren’t very good in it. Nova finished 6-5. In theory, unless Scottie Reynolds has some football eligibility remaining that we don’t know about, Pitt shouldn’t be threatened by Villanova.
But it is pertinent because of Pitt’s history. Youngstown State beat the Panthers in Paul Chryst’s 2012 opener. The Penguins also had the ball with a chance to tie with roughly three minutes left last year too in Pat Narduzzi’s debut. Bowling Green also infamously ruined a home opener in 2008 27-17. And even though it wasn’t a loss, let us not forget the Furman OT near disaster of 2004.
We clearly remember that YSU game as it was Chryst’s first game as the Pitt HC and he suspended six players that early morning. I’ll repeat what I have written earlier in that I was at a tailgate before that game and when someone read of the suspensions off his phone I turned to the crowd and said “We are going to lose this game.” They looked at me like I had three heads.
But I’m a firm believer in Karma and what flashed at that moment was like a Hari Krishna dude tapping me on the shoulder in the airport lobby and offering me money. It just felt extremely wrong and that’s what eventually happened. I felt so smart!
So, I’ll say this now with the same conviction – if we lose against Villanova on Sept 3rd it won’t be because the team looked past the Wildcats to Penn State – it will be because there are closed practices… Karma my friends, it’s a bitch. 😉
The Pitt News has this nugget of investigative reporting: 4th and long: The moment Pitt’s Ryan Winslow lives for.
Well, on 1st, 2nd and 3rd downs he’s got his back turned to the field and is trying to get a date for the parties that night so that article makes sense. Now if Walt Harris was still our head coach Winslow would have to pay attention on 3rd downs for the quick kick call, but that’s not the case now. They do write this though:
“[Football is] a game of inches, and there’s an inch everywhere,” Narduzzi said.
Although Narduzzi admits “everybody wants to talk about offense and defense,” to find that inch, he is looking just as much towards special teams to provide it. Andre Powell, Pitt’s special team’s coordinator and running backs coach, knows the alchemy of football — how to turn an inch into six points.
The Post-Gazette graces us with this: Which has more poster swag: Pitt or Penn State? It follows with this gem of a hard-hitting paragraph…
I’d be surprised to hear of any Football Bowl Subdivision team not creating one of these posters hyping their season, and as with anything, some posters are better than others. Which brings me to the Poster Swag rankings. Poster Swag is a blog with a mission statement of “showcasing the best in college sports graphic design.”
The Trib-Review comes in with a human interest piece that explores the depth of the Offensive Lineman’s psyche with a ‘peel-back-the-skin’ look at Adam Bisnowaty and Dorian Johnson. The title says it all: Pitt senior linemen Bisnowaty, Johnson are contrast in styles.
Thank God they differ in some personal ways because they look almost like identical twins (except for the glasses):
The P-G’s Redshirt Diaries had to look long and hard to find something original to print. They couldn’t, so they posted this (which I do sometimes too). It is surprisingly similar to a press release the Pitt Media Department put out yesterday: Pitt football practice report: Aug. 25
They highlight a quote from Pat Narduzzi that really allows the fans an insight into what happened in the practice that day:
Opening statement from Narduzzi:
“Good morning everybody. Practice 19 today. We had a good practice today. I thought it was solid. We got a lot of work done today and we’ll continue to move into that opener for Sept. 3 with some more periods on our opponent.”
Let’s see – “good“, “solid” and then the kicker “A lot of work done“. Wow! Thank goodness I donated all that money to the Athletic department, otherwise I wouldn’t have known all that.
My last words on closed practices are “ؼؿلب خىخخع٘ ۓڼڿ !” and that’s all I’ll say on that matter!
All of that above is in semi-jest of course. The beat writers at those outlets do the very best they can in trying to get the good word out, I know and respect that. In addition to those pieces the Post Gazette had this bit about Damar Hamlin probably missing the opener.
Coach Pat Narduzzi said before the team’s practice this morning that Hamlin is dealing with a minor injury that required bringing in a specialist.
“I say a minor little thing right now that we just can’t get right. We actually brought in a specialist to look at him and you saw enough early that we know he can help us,” Narduzzi said. “But we’ve got to get him back on the field. So is he going to help us in the opener? Probably not. Is he helping us during the season? We’re going to work on that.”
Try penicillin coach, it worked for me 35 years ago.
Mr. Chas Rich has emerged from his writing vacation and has posted a good article on The Pitt Blather about the ACC Network and Scheduling. Interesting stuff…
Sorry but when I listen to this reporter talking with Jerry D about his thought that Narduzzi “has dipped into places like Florida, New Jersey and Ohio (like that’s new for Pitt) and not only recruiting but getting strong recruits…” I have to think either he was born yesterday or is purposefully hyping Narduzzi without mentioning past Pitt recruiting in just those same areas.
He overlooks 4* kids that we landed before Narduzzi got here like:
LB Grigsby – OH, QB Voytik – TN, QB Chapman – OH, OL Officer – NY, RB James – NY, WR Jennings – NJ, and other contributors… to say nothing of those great recruits who we got from out-of-state under DW.
It isn’t that Narduzzi is missing out-of-state recruits – that isn’t the case. In two years he’s pulled in 4* kids RB Hall – OH, WR Flowers – OH, ATH Hill – OH and DL Watts – IL.
But it bothers me when someone states something and blows it out of proportion without doing even a modicum of research. Narduzzi isn’t doing anything now in recruiting that Pitt HCs didn’t do before him.. and just as well if not better.
Jerry D. is honest about Narduzzi’s recruiting though when he says that “Narduzzi’s recruiting is just average” – which it is.