120 thoughts on “Pitt vs North Carolina Tailgate Attendance Poll

  1. Thanks all for the head count. Really helps to know who is coming beside a number. Ike, I don’t get your comment about Annie. What did I miss? JoeL, will be contacting you later today to discuss the tailgate.

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  2. Annie, please come to the tailgate and game. Really am hoping to finally meet you…might be back for the Miami game. Keep searchin…

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  3. Weather update for Thursday. Beautiful fall day for a football game in Pittsburgh. Sunny and a high of 54 degrees, problem is that it is a night game and a low of 31. Bundle up campers cause it’s cold outside…..

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  4. Ike, we humans radiate ~ 350,000 Joules of energy per hour which is roughly the energy produced by a 100 watt light bulb….no need to have peeps shivering in the upper deck. We all need to sit close to stay warm..the more peeps the more heat. Lets fill-up the ketchup bottle and enjoy kicking the Heels butts in the body heat. ( I got a good deal in the club section- my friend Frank likes his scotch)

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  5. copied/pasted from earlier thread:
    Anybody think the PSU/Pitt game would be soooo different if it were to be this week? Anticipation and hype to really have a chance to kick them while they are stumbling. Just a random thought popped in my head. I swear I could be happy with 1 win per year for Pitt if it were “the right game”.

    I know, kind of sad…but think attendance would be no issue Thursday either.

    @Lastrow, what kind of hoagies? Iek mentioned some place close on the North Side. Might just have to look into coverage for the office for the afternoon. Haha.

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    1. tvax1 – yes I think it would be different. We had a ton of first year/first time starters who have now gained experience. They have one (and maybe more) key injuries. Our D played well against them but didn’t really even know how to run the nickel D as I recall. The final score would be within a touchdown or so, and not 20 points.

      Still, they are better than us this year. They have a couple of game changer type players and are more experienced.

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  6. Titleman. We will be in Red 5A. Hopefully I can get close to my usual spot near the Red Garage…I think you said you park there. We have 2 flags flying…A white POV flag above a Pitt Script flag. I met you a few years ago through a mutual friend and hope to see you Thursday.

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  7. Hey POVer’s, 107 responses to the poll so far. I’m impressed. Reed has built himself some empire here I would say.

    Just wanted to say again and I know you all agree, REED KOHBERGER is the man.. He busts his ass and if it wasn’t for him where would we all be? I would be in depressedburgh at this point. Although I have been in the suburbs for a long while… Thanks reed.

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  8. Sorry guys won’t be making the flight this year. Do plan on making at least one trip and probably the one to Orlando since the lady loves Disney. Hope yinz have a great and safe night! Don’t pull a Miami Nurse Ike. 😉

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  9. ted, my miami nurse moment have all dried up by now…. lol

    Just received an email from some Dr wanting to pay me if I would put a magnet on my car advertising his business. I guess he saw me running around town with my POV magnet…. Makes me feel like a pimp.. . ..:). . . .iek ike..

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  10. Hey Jim hope all is great!

    Pitt has their eye on a kid named Justin Bell. He looks like Quadree Henderson on juice… fast at a heck.. Get him on board.

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  11. Btw Reed, if you’d like, I might be able to get that “edit” option figured out and maybe even the “reply” function to pull down the original post and get placed last in the comments if you would want both of those functions. Let me know.

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      1. Unfortunately what I got from my guy and from WordPress is that neither can be done with their current service. Sorry, thought I remembered there being an “edit” button in the early days of your setting up this site and figured it would just take going through the steps to activate it for use. Neither that nor the “nested” replies being brought down to the bottom of the comments section are possible. I even asked about “numbering” the comments as that might help tracking/following – not possible either.

        Only good option on the “reply” part is the check box for “Notify me of new comments via email” you can use prior to posting the reply.

        So much for WordPress, meh.
        Reed and Pitt still awesome.

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  12. “Anytime you get a guy (Ben DiNucci) out there and you can see how he reacts in a game to find out what he does well, what he’s not doing well, what do we change, what can we do better, it certainly helps you that way,” Narduzzi said — Post Gazette

    Well, what do you know… maybe HCPN is learning something?

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    1. Dream… Narduzzi says “what can we do better…” in reference to having DiNucci in there and learning from what he’s doing.

      I think that’s kind of dangerous because what he’s saying to us is that DiNucci’s going to be the quarterback and we’re going to adapt whatever offense we have around him.

      I think that sounds like he’s planning on having him quarterback in the future and we’re going to be able to mold our offense around him not only for the rest of the season but maybe over the offseason going into 2018.

      I truly hope that isn’t the case because if it’s not Pickett it better be another transfer quarterback because DiNucci is not going to be able to carry this team to wins against good quality opposition and overcome any other deficits we might have on offense and defense.

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      1. Even if Narduzzi remains hard headed stubborn, and sticks with Ben through the end of the season, I’m sure that come Spring ball that there will be established an atmosphere that encourages at least a two QB competition going into 2018. Who knows, maybe a light goes on in MacVittie’s head and we have a three way race going on during the Spring.

        I don’t think that DiNucci is the QB that takes us to the next level competing for an ACC title, no matter how much better he plays with additional experience, so sooner or later Pickett or “somebody” has to step into that position who has the upside potential & ability to put the team on his back for those tuff wins that earns you a shot at the Acc Championship.

        Nothing would make me happier therefore than to see the Panthers come right out of the gate to thump the Tarheels in the first half so that we have a big enough score cushion to let Pickett get some much needed reps in a real game. At this point he looks like Pitt’s future.

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  13. Keys to beating unc – IMO

    QB must manage the game well – The first back to back 3 and out series, we have to see Kenny Pickett (at least for the next series).

    Pitt must establish the run early by dominating the line of scrimmage.

    Throw to the TE’s often and early. This will be a surprise to the unc D because there is none of that on film.

    Get Lil’ Q and RaRa the ball in open space.

    Throw at least 4 deep balls to Weah – mix them as post patterns and hook & go routes.

    Stop the run, both RB and QB.

    BONUS – if and when Pitt has a 3 score lead, insert Kenny Pickett for game reps. Make sure DiNooch knows th3 plan before game time.

    HTP!

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  14. I agree with reed the longer this goes on the more likely we get tino 2 in tino dinucci . low skill set but good game manager. actually dinucci reminds me of all these woeful Big 10 quarterbacks we see every weekend. Unfortunatley we will go into every game with the weaker qb.

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  15. Ike,
    Headed to Galveston this morning to surf fish for flounder with a buddy of mine. Some of our POVers love to golf, I love to fish.
    (Besides, fish taste much better than birdies!) LOL

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  16. Great comment EE, I had to laugh at your last line though…. Probably the most difficult task on the list?? >> To make sue Dinucci knows the plan… He always seems like he’s in the dark when it comes down to that.

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  17. NC will not be a pushover Thursday night. They played strong against Miami, and are similar in that their young players are coming on. If Pitt is looking ahead to VA Tech, we could be seeing an upset unfold. It looks like Dinucci is going to be the man for the foreseeable future. Can’t see a situation where Pickett gets much PT over the final three games. It is a lot to ask a young QB to beat out the starter in Spring ball and camp.

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  18. Hey Pittman and you don’t have to wear two pairs of pants when you fish. You do when golfing in case you get a hole in one…. Have fun but you stirred up a song in me that I’ll bore the audience with so this song is your fault

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  19. Interesting comment from the Titleman comparing BN to TS. Based on the physical abilities that may be a fair comparison. However, BN has already done something TS never did and that is to come back from a third qtr deficit. Ben has started three games, I think the comparisons are a bit premature. The question is how much will he improve?

    I agree that Picket appears to have more upside regarding pure physical talent. If he has the accuracy to go along with arm strength, pocket awareness and the ability to read defenses and execute the game plan, he should win the job next spring or fall. A bowl game would give him a lot more snaps in practice to show what he can do.

    I think Ben gives us a much better chance to get that bowl game right now.

    Coaches want to win football games. If Pickett has the ability, he will take the job next year, or if Ben flops, maybe sooner.

    The VA game showed overall improvement, hopefully it continues Thursday night.

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  20. QB is always the toughest position to break in a new starter. Field decisionmaking only comes with experience. ike, was that you singing? I see where David Crosby of CSN fame is back in the studio making records so there is hope for all of us old geezers!

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  21. Agreed gc, PITT doesn’t have the time to fiddle around with the QB situation. Thursday game is a must win for this year, any good accomplished would go down the drain with a loss.

    but… a couple Pickett well practiced packages could actually help PITT do that and get the youngster quality playing time. The kid needs to play some..

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  22. Why are we discounting the opponent over the last two games? We did not win because our qb lit it up. That is the problem. Look at the top 25 and compare their qb to ours. That is our deficiency in getting to a consistent 8-9 win season. Our qb’s can’t win games and show no signs of being able to put the team on their respective shoulders for victory. They just can’t. Play the new qb’s. If they have it, play em more. If they don’t, recruit more qb’s. At some point, we must hit it big.

    Secondly, I predict at least 80% of my POV brothers get the Friday prediction right for Thursdays game.

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  23. I don’t know about you guys but I think it’s time to show a package for the Wildcat.

    My question to the UNC DC, what do you do the first time you see Jordan Whitehead behind center with Q. Henderson in motion behind the line? Is it a jet sweep? Is it a off tackle run up the middle? Or does Whithead do sonwthing completely novel & through the ball? I’ll guarantee this, whatever they do to counter one option leaves them vulnerable to a big play with the corresponding misdirection alternative. It’s time for a little Canadian imagination to show up in Pitt’s playbook?

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    1. Now I Lyke your thinking.

      OC Watson needs to pull out all that he can to win this game.

      Revenge – check
      Keep the MO rolling – check
      Needing to develop the young talent – check

      Give the tar holes an education – Priceless!!!

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  24. I remember that well. Haywood nice runner and field general. could not matyriculate the ball down the field. Cavanaugh was a very good college qb.

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  25. Good cal doc, I don’t think a trick offense is the way to go long run but when your offense has some deficiencies like PITT has then add some trickeration to the mix like last year.

    Whitehead has proven to be a real special athlete for sure and QH is not far behind…. love to see them in the game at the same time.

    If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshcitt << another one of my mantra’s… . . .ike

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  26. Narduzzi and Watson have opted to stay with our Ivy League capable book learner at QB. I”m sure whatever DiNucci posses between his ears comes forth in the film room and continues on the practice field. Pickette can’t compete right now against our bookish QB in residence. Thus Narduzzi and Watson will stick with DiNucci until the dyeing end before we see Pickette any more on the field this season. The only way Pickette plays is if DiNucci gets injured or if Pitt ends up losing to both NC and Vt.

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  27. Ike,
    I’ll stop by the tailgate but Fran no need for food and drink I work till 3 than have a two hour drive hope to be there by 630.

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  28. Props to JoeL, looking forward to meeting you guys down on the mighty Allegheny River and the Pittsburgh North Shore!

    I’m so fired up I’m ready to go play some tackle football right now! Well maybe after I nap for a while…… 🙂

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  29. Wanted to say this a few weeks ago but Tyler Sear is a beast manchild.. He’s another one to look out for like E Reynolds.. Impact players real shortly….

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  30. But what happened to Sear after Naruzzi burned his red shirt, ike? Maybe he is getting some special teams action, but it would be good to see some two tight end sets. What is the POV consensus on Watson? Is he going to be back next year, and is he capable of recruiting a decent QB? By the way, I caught some of the Alabama LSU game and saw some jet sweeps. What a shock! One of the LSU players was quoted as saying that Saban told him if he dared to go to LSU Bama would beat him for 4 straight years! Saban is a master closer and hard sell artist.

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  31. VOR, Watson will definitely be back. PITT can’t fire an OC after they changed OC’s 3 years in a row already. The QB situation is iffy at best right now. I wouldn’t be so quick to judge him. No chance he’s gone.

    Sear will play more now that Flannigan is out but his bigger days will come next year and after. I’ve said before that it would be Carrigan moved to the O-Line. I still feel that’s the way it will go.

    Sear reminds me of Rosy Nix of the Steelers. You know, the guy you don’t muck around with…. just watch… ike

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  32. Please read My Anonymous article two posts up.

    It’s a mirror image of some posters who call themselves PITT fans… It’s worth the time, , , , ike

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  33. Well I did my do diligence today. I voted……..and was able to find takers for the free tickets for the FB game on Thursday . I am very curious as to how well the stadium gets filled up for this game. Really looking forward to the pre-game tailgate. The POV tailgate may look like the frat tailgate next to ours at the homecoming game, the obvious place to be!

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  34. I decided I need to rest to be fully charged and be able
    To give 100% to “ Redemption Thursday!”

    I am chasing “Take It” into

    “”It’s About Time “
    

    Beat the 👠 👠

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  35. I taking a the day off work …. shoulda been part of the above post……….

    Fran… Good chance Tarheel Frank Nixon will be there- scrambling for someone to watch his daughters..

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  36. Thanks Bernie…I got the Makers Mark, diet ginger Ale and the Macallan scotch for your group. Have a safe trip. We might be pushing 80 tailgaters if all my crew show too! We will need an aerial photo from the top of the garage…haha.

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  37. I’ll cover for the aerial photo… That would be a great picture to put in my “Bernie room” hanging underneath my November 13, 1999 last game at Pitt Stadium picture!

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  38. My Tarheel friend are generous and will share… these guys will love the Burgh.. both are avid gamblers and make several trips to Vegas where the stay on their comp points…

    Maybe Heather outta advertise that angle to the visiting fans… “Only ACC team sharing parking facilities with a casino”

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  39. I am putting Frank in the front seat just for the view when we pop outta da tunnel…it will be morning, sadly… dropping off luggage at station square then down to Carson St for mimosas/ bloodies ( any recommendations?) Lunch at the Grande Concourse( light vegetarian of course- Savin room for the tailgate) … paddlewheelers leave Station Square 3 hours before the game…Keep telling myself”Pace yourself BigB!”

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    1. BigB – nice touch on that view coming out of the tunnel for your friends.

      A ride down and up the Duquesne Incline is pretty impressive as well!

      We try to fit that in for out-of-towners…

      Go Pitt.

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  40. Hey B, Paddlewheel sounds cool, you’re be on the river but to let you know. The T from Station Square will pop you out at the doorstep of Frans tailgate. I figure you already know that but just in case…

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  41. I don’t think the coordinators are as good as they look when things are going good or as bad as they seem to be when the team sucks. When you have a popular coach like Duzz or Cowher pissed off fans tend to blame the coordinators. it takes awhile to start taking shots at the HC. Looking forward to stopping
    at the POC tailgate Thursday I am pumped.

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  42. Doc posted : “Makes sense. Anybody who is a long time Pitt fan has to have somewhat of a gambler’s mentality.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Glad you didn’t say a loser’s mentality…… cause it’s close…

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  43. Reed..was ready to post that I have been posting on 2-feel like I am watching a tennis match but 4 ..Let’er rip-go with the flow ! Gonna miss you tomorrow,,,Lastrow is thinking 80 at the tailgate..someone bring a football- we will have enough for 11 on 11..

    Enjoy FB season while it lasts…Pitt’s men edged the Slimey Pebble while the new ” fast paced PITT ladies went down in defeat to IUP “Big Indians” as they were called back in the day…

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    1. Parking is always free at the casino, when you stay at a table for at least an hour then get your parking ticket validated. Never an issue with me since I always hit the craps tables after the game.

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  44. Can’t take Carolina lightly..those boys are desperate and do have speed and recruit at a fairly decent level. they have had many starters out for most of the games played to date- my buddy Frank who is a livid Tarheel fan reports the number has been as high as 16 starters missing and they have issues at QB. I saw them at ODU and they didnt look good on either side of the ball but that was at the start of the season. some of those starters are getting back into the line-up. If we can get some pressure on their QB Surratt-he will give-up and the back-up from LSU Harris is not good. So we can’t shoot ourself in the foot and make stupid mistakes like turning the ball over…Live up to your APR rankings and kick the HEELS A$$ 56-0 ..No mercy for my good friends from Carolina after what I have witnessed in this series especially the last 2 years..namely, last year year….That ending still Pi$$e$ me n Dr. Tom OFF…we had to go back and drink beer with Tarheels Greg and Frank.

    Reminds of a skiing trip Jeanie B and myself took to Tahoe Superbowl week-end when the Steelers played Seattle… the lobby of the hotel was the sight of the party and all were wearing their team garb including me and the bride . This lady dressed in her Seahawk’s game jersy came up to me before before the game as I was standing in line to get a beer (already had a few in the tank) and she looks me right right in the eye and said ” Both teams are so good I don’t want to see anybody lose today,” She was serious as a heart attack. I fired back (without thinking or editing) ” I hope we kick your Seahawk a$$e$ 45-0″ adding ” what kind football fan are you ?!!!#@!

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  45. Big B – wife and I got married at Airport Marriott and she kept saying “don’t carry me out of the hall.” We leave the room and run into the Detroit Lions football team who all yelled “carry her” What was a guy to do – over my shoulder. She calmed down later. – rkb

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  46. Not sure if there is going to be a prediction thread, but I’m going to be working a half day so I’ll put mine in now, Pitt wins with good defense and offensive game management 27-17. See Yunz later!

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  47. Smitty feeling his oats this morning.

    PITT 24
    UNC 27

    In a must win game for PITT. You see what I do for this football team? I could just barely type in that score…

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