Who in the Hell Does Ike Think He Is?

Who in the Hell Does Ike Think He Is?

Well to answer that question for a very long time in my life… I simply didn’t know who I was.

I wanted to contribute and be a part of the autobiographical articles on the POV so I had to ask myself, “Self, how did you become such a big PITT football fan and be so fanatical about it?” So I’ve started and erased around five different times wondering how I can explain all the past. I didn’t want to come off as a bleeding heart or too dramatic, yet at the same time my young life is what is most important in telling this story. There are no pretty girls and loves of my life involved; no romantic tales or mingling with the players from the team, this would be a long distance relationship.

I started off as a child born into a large family in a large house in Greensburg, PA which my maternal Grandmother owned. My family lived on one side of the house, grandma was on other and a couple was staying in the third floor two room apartment – they were Patsy and Ruth or “Do” as I called her.

Image result for james dean motorcycle imagesMy father was an alcoholic and people thought he was a James Dean type because he was the only person anyone knew of who owned a motorcycle back in those days. He worked for the railroad and in his spare time collected and worked on old cars that ended up littering our backyard like it was a junkyard.  This was complete with chained up mean-ass junkyard dogs that no one was allowed to go anywhere near. This was while we lived smack in the heart of Greensburg mind you… sounds like a white trash lifestyle to me!

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Pitt Excels in Sports Academics… & Learn How to Create Your Own Blog….

Pitt Excels in Sports Academics… & Learn How to Create Your Own Blog….

Breaking News: Pitt Excels as a Student/Athlete Institution

From this morning’s Post-Gazette.  What wonderful news…

Twelve of Pitt’s 17 programs performed at or above the national Academic Progress Report average, and six of those programs — football, baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, softball and women’s tennis — set or matched their highest all-time APR scores, according to figures released Tuesday by the NCAA.

Three teams — softball, women’s cross country and women’s tennis — posted a perfect score of 1,000, the last of which did so for the fourth-consecutive year. Thirteen of 17 programs posted scores at or above last year’s marks. One of the more pronounced improvements came from the football program, which saw its score jump 10 points to 984, vaulting it to fourth among 15 ACC teams and putting it 16 points above the national average. Men’s basketball also posted a 984, placing it 17 points above the national average and fifth in the conference.

This is what I have always envisioned for the University of Pittsburgh.  Ever since I started blogging on The Pitt Blather and now on the Pitt POV I have held firm in stating that yes, the student/athlete concept and requirement is not dead as so many Pitt fans seem to think it is.

This is part and parcel of our modern-day football history as we have seen more of an emphasis on doing deeper background checks on football recruits since the early 2010. Our players still get in trouble sometimes but Pat Narduzzi is quick with discipline and has had rosters filled with students who are also taking academics more seriously.

This is what the bigger donors are concentrating on with Pitt football also – Remember the Guttman’s and their $2M donation to the football program – that was earmarked mostly for the tutoring and educational facilities for the players…

Good for him and good for Pitt.

Developing a Successful Blog:

Date: Monday, June 11, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Branch: Miller Branch


Description:

Creating and writing a blog offers a great way to build a space where you can share your writing and thoughts while generating discussion with others online. Blogger Reed Kohberger guides you through the process of envisioning, designing, and creating your blog; writing engaging articles; and cultivating a group of dedicated readers and commenters.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410-313-1950.

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Drop me an email if you can’t attend but want the lesson materials sent to you…

Hope to see you there,

Reed

Also:

Dan72 and I are going to be attending this Pitt Alumni function down here in Maryland on June 7th – let’s get some other Maryland POVers to come also – it’s free and if you aren’t an alumni it doesn’t matter – just register as a “Friend” like I did.

Here is the webpage to register…

Alumni

A Way, Way Look Back…

A Way, Way Look Back…

Here is a bio piece from a friend of mine who has been closely associated with the University of Pittsburgh for many decades – as has his extended family.  He wished to remain anonymous but I’ll say this – you’d recognize the last name immediately if you really know about the University…  I remember my parents talking about them, and I wouldn’t doubt one or two had cocktails on a friday evening at our place back in the ’60s.

I can’t think of anything overwhelming me about Pitt other than in the mid 50’s, my older cousin, Sami, played Pitt soccer for Leo Bemis.  Sami was a petroleum engineering student and mischievous as anything such as putting a Hersey chocolate bar on Bemis’ car seat as he drove the team to an away game. Anyhow, through Sami, I got to meet a lot of Pitt athletes such as Corky Cost, Corny Salvaterra, and other football players. I never was in contact with the basketball players but meeting some of the football players from the ’55 and ’56 bowl teams made me a follower of Pitt Panther football.

Neither my Mother nor Father were college graduates as both had helped build my father’s company. However, my Mother’s pride of her connections to the Oakland YWCA and the University of Pittsburgh was constantly a reminder of her esteem for Pitt.  I’ve also had three relatives as professors at Pitt including heading departments.

For me, it was Pitt football and Duquesne basketball. Note that despite the heroics of Don Hennon, Duquesne was the Big Dog back then in basketball with Sihugo Green and the Rickett Brothers. Oh, how I listened to games on the radio no matter where I was and occasionally made it to Pitt Stadium.

 When I was a high school junior, I had a foot operation at West Penn Hospital.  Who was my roommate? It was Bill Linder, co-captain of the Pitt football team. What a thrill for me to have six and seven guys from the team visiting and joking with Bill and me. Fred Riddle the Pitt FB was hilarious.  As a teenager back then, all these college guys in their Pitt letterman jackets joking and telling stories in my hospital room was a treat I never forgot.

Image result for mike ditka, pittUpon graduation for a Pittsburgh high school, I was accepted to Princeton but chose to go to Pitt.  By the way, that first semester at Pitt led to me getting on an elevator in Schenley Hall with a guy in a letterman jacket with a flattop haircut and mammoth sized hands and head.  Yep, it was Mike Ditka who I later in my professional career had opportunities to get to know and discuss Pitt.

Some of the Pitt guys I got to know were Paul Martha (went to Law School with Paul), Fred Mazurek, Ernie Borghetti (photo above title), Fred Cox, Kenny Lucas, Dale Stewart, and Eric Crabtree. Fred Hoaglin, the Pitt center, married my wife’s sorority sister.  Those really were fun days.

Going to Pitt Stadium for a football game was so different from today’s game. A son of mine played for Clemson and let me tell you 84,000 screaming orange and white fans is like the SEC in every way. But at Pitt back in the 50’s and 60’s, it was very different.  All the players were there to get college degrees in fields such as engineering, chemistry, physics, law, medicine, and dentistry.

The NFL was just getting by and nothing like today’s NFL. So, the chance to play in the NFL was an iffy situation as the money might not be as good as a starting lawyer or doctor. People went to the games after enjoying time on campus, eating in Oakland, meeting friends, and marching up Cardiac Hill to sit on those forsaken bench seats in the big bowl on the hill. What a view!!!

The band played, people cheered and all respected that the young guys on both sides of the field were respectful of each other and their institutions, even PSU. Clean fun, festive atmosphere, and a toughly played game were the draw. Sure, some had too much to drink, but walk out of a game, hell no.

Over the years, I was struck by how many Pitt and Steeler players I got to know despite being far from Pittsburgh.  I can say in complete honesty, all were wonderful people, great sportsmen, and all loving their days at Pitt and in Pittsburgh.

Maybe I Just Enjoy the Agony…

Here is another nice look back at another Pitt fan’s young life. Our friend Jay 91 is a converted Nitter fan – something you don’t see too often around these parts. Thanks a lot Jay, this is a great story… Glad you escaped the clutches of The Evil Nit Jay.

Why am I a Pitt fan?  Maybe I just enjoy the agony..

I’ve been reading these pieces and thought I’d add my kindling to the top of the Pitt bonfire.fr

Let me shoot this shocker at you right off the bat… I was once a Penn State fan.  Sorry, I just threw up in my mouth a bit there. But yes, it’s true. The biggest Nittany hater in the world once sported a t-shirt with Joe Paterno’s face on it. But before you banish me from the POV, please allow me to explain.

Both of my parents hail from Somerset County, my Dad from an especially rural area southeast of Berlin, PA. That area is set in big PSU country. My Dad’s brother Dave had attended Dairy U. and my dad (who would later play at W&J) actually attended football camp there in Rip Engle’s final year as head coach. So, growing up in Maryland and Delaware where the NFL is far more popular than college football, I didn’t know any better.

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That all changed in 1980. My Uncle Dave’s that guy who the more he likes you, the more he likes to give you sh!*. Well, let’s just say he really likes me. To no one’s surprise I was always willing to give it back and so at the time I realized the best way to get his goat was to root against his Lions. I guess his daughter Barb realized the same and we became THE two Pitt fans in the entire family. It was us against the world!

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Ajs32: How Pitt Changed My Life

Here is a submittal from our reader and commenter Ajs32.  Another great slice of life piece and this, and the writing that all you others have contributed, is truly what separates the Pitt POV from any other sites. Bar none.

My Pitt story isn’t all that dramatic, but it is ironic that I ended up loving the school I desperately did not want to attend.

My love affair with Pitt sports began in the early to mid 1990’s when as a ten-year old, my father who was a Pitt engineering drop out, got me into following the basketball program.  I was a huge fan of Jason Maile, Jerry McCullough, Eric Mobley, Chad Varga, and Vonteego Cummings. 9274-706538fr Pitt basketball often lost more than it won in those days and I would get agitated when we would lose to Seton Hall and especially Syracuse.  I remember thinking as a fifth grader, “We will never beat Syracuse in basketball, never.”  I also remember watching an NCAA Tournament with my father during this era and Cincinnati was doing great.  I asked, “Why can’t Pitt win like them?”  My dad said, “Cincy is big time basketball, we just aren’t.”

Unfortunately, as time went on, my father began to lose interest in sports in favor of following politics (yuck) and completing home improvement projects, (double yuck) and I became obsessed with the NFL.

I was a huge Steelers fan growing up in the North Hills and I also cheered for the Buffalo Bills because Jim Kelly is the uncle of one of my friends.  Meeting Jim Kelly, getting autographs from him, and just being in his presence was an awesome thrill.  My love affair with the Steelers would quickly end though because in seventh grade, I saved up $60 which was no easy feat and I purchased a Kordell Stewart jersey.  Image result for Kordell Stewart jersey.My father was less than thrilled with the purchase, not understanding that I would turn into a jersey and autograph junky.

As fate would have it, two months after buying his jersey, I saw Kordell Stewart leaving Lens Crafters at a nearly empty Ross Park Mall with a beautiful blonde on his arm.  My mother saw I was in awe and nudged me to go ask for his autograph.  As a shy chunky dork with no self-confidence I strolled up and asked him, “Mr. Stewart, may I have your autograph.”  He stopped, looked at me strangely, turned and walked away, and I was crushed.  From that day forward I never again cheered for the Steelers but still follow the Bills and the Browns, and I turned more toward following college football.

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POV’s Sunday Podcast; May 20th

POV’s Sunday Podcast; May 20th

ATTENDEE’S (SO FAR) FOR POV’s JUNE 9TH GOLF OUTING

Golfers –
GC + son
Matt from Louisville
Lastrow
MajorMajors
Jay91
Upitt
JoeKnew + 3 friends
Tom (not the doctor) + son and 2 friends
Erie Express
Dining only –
Reed
Ike
Dan72

 

COLLEGE GAMEDAY FOR PITT vs PSU

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2018/05/17/college-gameday-schedule-2018-pitt-penn-state-rivalry-heinz-field-espn-abc/stories/201805170106

ADOMITIS GETS SCHOLARSHIP

http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/13665040-74/cal-adomitis-long-snapping-skills-lead-to-a-pitt-scholarship?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tribunereviewcollege+%28Pitt+Sports+Stories%29&utm_content=FeedBurner

WR BREAKDOWN

https://pittsburgh.rivals.com/news/breakdown-the-wr-position-for-pitt-in-2018

RIVALS’ SCHOLARSHIP BOARD

https://pittsburgh.forums.rivals.com/threads/the-2018-scholarship-board-updated-5-16-2018.131260/

PSN RECRUITING POLL

https://pittsburghsportsnow.com/2018/05/18/poll-are-you-worried-about-pitt-football-recruiting-jaquan-brisker-penn-st/

PEAK’S RECRUITING ARTICLE

https://pittsburgh.rivals.com/news/the-recruiting-question

PSN 2019 FOOTBALL TARGETS

https://pittsburghsportsnow.com/pitt-football-2019-targets/

PITT SUMMER FOOTBALL CAMPS

Rising Stars Camps
Dates: June 2, June 9
Time: Registration 9 AM, Camp 10 AM – 2 PM
Price: $60
Location: UPMC Sports Complex
For athletes entering 9th – 12th grade in fall 2018
Register: https://camps.jumpforward.com/pittfootballcamps

Little Panthers Camp
Date: June 8
Time: Registration 9 AM, Camp 10 AM – 3 PM
Price: $75 – includes lunch, t-shirt, printed photo with Coach Narduzzi
Ages: 5 – 11
Location: UPMC Sports Complex
Register: https://camps.jumpforward.com/pittfootballcamps/CampDetail/Index/9926

 

QB2 Ricky Town; Chapter 1

QB2 Ricky Town; Chapter 1

A TALE OF TWO TOWNS; Chapter 1

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

This article takes an in-depth look at in-transfer QB Ricky Town’s backstory and it is an interesting one. Usually when a player comes onto a school’s roster one take’s a glance at where and when he played his football previously but in this case the more I read about Town the more curious, and then interested, I became so I started making phone calls to learn more about the young man. From there I felt his was a story that was waiting to be told in deeper terms. First though here is some background on the Pitt football program, our present transfer policy and the new players’ impacts on the team…

Pitt Head Coach Pat Narduzzi has lived and died with in-transfer players since he arrived at Pitt in 2015 for his rookie head coaching job after being a long time defensive coordinator for Michigan State.  The nice success in his initial two years here, when he posted back to back eight win years (the most since 2010), was in large part due to the play of graduate transfer QB Nate Peterman.

Peterman transferred from the University of Tennessee to Pitt on the recommendation of his old Volunteer Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney, who held the same position at Pitt in 2015 and so chose to play his last two years of NCAA eligibility with the Panthers.  Peterman took over the starting QB position from incumbent starter Chad Voytik in the 2nd quarter of the second game of the 2015 season and never looked back.Image result for Nate Peterman pitt

With Pitt’s decent defense that year (the last good play we saw from that unit for two more years) Peterman played well enough for the Panthers to finish with an 8-5 record.  He had actually out-played the incumbent starter Voytik in 2015’s fall camp but Chaney and Narduzzi decided to ease him into the starting lineup once the season started.

However It was the 2016 season when transfer Peterman really shone with a season that stacks up with the best by a QB in Pitt history, including the great Dan Marino’s.  His career stats line was this below with his 2016 work highlighted:

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A key indicator of QB production is the Passing Efficiency Rating (“Rate” above). A 163.4 QB Passing Efficiency rating is almost unheard of at Pitt, he was that good. If we compare his Pitt career rating to previous Pitt QBs who played well for us we have this:

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