590 thoughts on “Pitt at Syracuse Open Game Thread

  1. I’m looking for a pretty extensive run game tonight. With Pitt getting so much recent publicity concerning the passing game, Cuse will likely neglect the running game.

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    1. Theirs would have been a TD. They picked on the free safety (ie Paris ford’s replacement) and it worked

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    1. Syracuse defended that screen really well. Earned the stop. We are really struggling to pick up their blitzes

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  2. You can’t rely on the run but right now you also can’t rely on Pitt protecting Pickett for very long. He may not finish the game.

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    1. They are like a different defense after a turnover … I counted three missed tackles on that pitch

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  3. Anybody else worried that the refs will screw up this fourth and goal from the 10? (where Pitt stopped em on third and long?).

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    1. Not sure I agree. Their kicker is automatic from anywhere inside 39 yards. With ford out our pass defense is just a tick more suspect. I’ll take the guaranteed 4th down and 10 but that’s just me

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  4. This whole operation looks JV. From the broadcast to the refs to the game. Those ribs from that restaurant were the most solid part of the last 45 minutes

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  5. If Narduzzi accepted the penalty they would be 3rd and goal from the 25 ydline. A sack could have put them outside of fg range.

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  6. Anybody else worried the refs are going to screw us on the dazzle? Thank god we aren’t playing UNC…

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  7. Its a rivalry game. Chippy down thereZ. freakin great (and legal) body slam by Hamlin, and a goal line stand to back it up. Our boys need to keep their heads when it gets hot down there though

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  8. Pitt is just asking to get penalties more called on them if they don’t get their emotions under control. Looks like they haven’t learned their lesson from games past.

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  9. Let’s talked about launching ones-self at a defenseless player on that punt return.

    Kidding kidding.

    But if that had been a Pitt tackle against UNC, Duke or UVA…guaranteed flag.

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  10. Can we actually run it in at this point? Anybody got any confidence in that taking place? I’d run a QB seek right now to see if we could get the first down first.

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  11. Mo Ffrench needs saved from himself on the punt returns. He makes plays on offense but he has the yips when the punts in the air.

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  12. I’ve been waiting for AJ to run like the hammer he is, and he’s doing it tonight. Methinks they worked on the running game during the bye.

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  13. They’re goin behind the frost right guard a lot and he’s getting better and better as the game goes on. Hopefully we have something there

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  14. So how hard is it to figure out that when #11 checks into the game … he’s gong to freakin run it

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  15. AJ Davis and Ffrench made fout big time plays on that drive.

    Also Kenny. Heck of a throw on that TD

    Boys are looking good.

    Batten down the hatches ladies and gents. Third quarter just 23 seconds away…

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    1. Hell yea. And he continues to improve. I don’t think we get any points on that last drive three weeks into the season. That back shoulder fade to Ffrench? A thing of beauty

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  16. Don’t light the cigars yet fellas, this is Pitt.

    Excellent first half, despite the muffed punt, Ffrench redeems himself again.

    What a difference AJ Davis is making adding a little more power to the running game.

    A big difference is that our D-line has been better than theirs, just outstanding.

    It looked early on like we would miss Ford, but the others hung in there and Hamlin is playing lights out with the double suplex tackle.

    Now if we can just keep the pedal to the metal.

    Kenny has been pretty sharp and the O-line playing it’s best game so far.

    Even the announcers are complimentary, although the refs still suck, at least they have not hurt us.

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    1. If the coaches can clean up the middle draws on defense this should be an easy one. DeVito is 2 sacks away from the injury tent….

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  17. Jus asking……… what kind of halftime adjustments should Narduzzi and the PITT staff be considering right now? Other than not losing the lead?

    Both teams made big mistakes and that has to stop. Especially this second half.

    Anyone still wondering why Paris Ford was back to return that fumbled punt he had a couple weeks ago? PITT needs to find a reliable punt returner ASAP! Turnovers are killers. How many does Syracuse have this game? Makes the first half all the more impressive.

    Whipple can yell at the players who drop passes and make mistakes all he wants as far as I am concerned.

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  18. Anyone here think could make an adjustment at half when #11 entered the game at QB for the CUSE to run the ball? I guess Pitt has no way to adjust the defensive play call when that situation takes place. Bring on Paris Ford to blow that play up in the 2nd half.

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  19. Being an old Pitt fan, emphasis on “old”, I can’t get confident at this point, because anything could happen in the second half.

    BUT, I sure hope Andrew Filiponi, who revels in taking shots at Pitt, was watching that first half!

    Go Pitt.

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  20. I will never diss any guy that has the balls to catch punts. It ain’t easy to make the right split second decisions and field a punt cleanly. I got no problems with Ffrench or Ford. They are the best playmakers on the team and will win more than they lose.

    The Steelers are using one of the best college return men ever but he can’t cut it in the bigs.

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  21. Observations observations

    Our offense appears to be more talented than their defense
    Our defense appears to be more talented than their offense
    Out DB’s are defending the short passes really well, and it’s completely screwing up their offense
    ‘Cuse OL is as bad as advertised
    Our OL started to figure out how to pick up the blitz in the second quarter . You can see them talking and pointing at guys out there pre snap. It’s working
    I don’t know what kind of work they put in on the running game last week but it really worked
    Announcers seem pretty pro-Pitt. Can we get these guys every week.
    This all goes out the window if we lay an egg in the second half

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  22. Note: DeVito is dealing with an upper-body injury. Syracuse.com reported DeVito wore an extra layer of padding around his torso and reached for his rib area during warmups before last week’s 16-10 loss to N.C. State.

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  23. I know it was a TD play, but when they review the video, AJ Davis is really going to get the business from his teammates about that backward pass to KP.

    That was one ugly pass!

    But we’ll take it!

    Go Pitt.

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  24. Let’s play the Pitt third quarter drinking game.

    Every time Pitt lays and egg, drink.

    That sack was one.

    Missed tackle on the punt was two.

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  25. Welp. Paris ford is backed. What a hit.

    And if they freaking call that targeting the world is just crooked

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    1. Was a zero blitz, which has no safety over the top, You can debate the call all night long but pinnock stopped running and was looking in the backfield. If he just covers like he’s supposed to he may have defended the pass

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  26. I’ve stocked four beers of this half. One for each TD I expect Syracuse to score. One down

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  27. Referees ineptitude helped us there. Bright could have easily been called for roughing the passer. He took three steps (maybe two) after the ball was released and leveled the QB 😜

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  28. The thing is that #11 can’t throw. Pitt just need to go into cover 2 with a qb spy (and not make any stupid penalties) and this game is over

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  29. Well… Syracuse is basically giving us this game … backup QB that can’t throw. Tons of penalties on their side.

    And we are pissing it away with our own stupid sloppy play

    Until we can play four quarters I agree Pitt does not deserve to be in the top 25.

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  30. Syracuse is just throwing the ball up for grabs and Pitt is continuing to get call for pass interference. That’s all the Cuse has to do and they will move the ball down the field. And by the way they are not bad calls on interference. For some reason Pitt CB’s like to grab the WR they are defending.

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  31. Pound the Syracuse QB’s, they are trying to pound Kenny. You never feel sorry for an opposing QB getting pounded unless your some kind of snowflake.

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  32. UCF, Delaware, Duke and now this…lousy team down to their second string community college QB.
    This is coaching, or the lack there of.
    Someone needs to check HCPN’s shirt after halftime for mustard and onions.

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  33. Needed that sack. Jones having a ice game. Needed that missed FG too.

    Momentum swinging ever so slightly back to our side.

    Offense needs to man up.

    If wait. Hargrove tips over his own feet on false start . Drink

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  34. Kick it away you can’t depend on our OL to get us any push. Pitt must rely on their D to win this game. Giving Syracuse field position only will swing the momentum to them.

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  35. Fourth and one.
    Whipple: I’d like cream-filled on the flight home.
    HCPN: I want cinnamon swirl. And I got a Pac-Man game I started at halftime.
    Borberly: Am I still at Maryland?

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  36. On the positive side kessman is 100% on field goal tries since he switched to the blue suede shoes.

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    1. No. He is what he is. He’s a motivator and a pretty good evaluator of defensive talent.

      He is a piss poor gameday coach

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    1. Yes. Yes they will. But for the love of god they should win by three touchdowns not three points (or 7)

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  37. A 4th and 25 play as a DB you can make one chuck at the line and then just run with him. Our DB coach certainly can’t be absolved from the play of our DB’s this game that’s for sure.

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  38. Cuse TD. Pound your beer.

    Kylan Johnson having a very off night

    If we lose … bump and run on 4th and 25.

    Btw that’s Bates’ call not Nardduzi

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  39. This is a horribly coached game. Narduzzi should be fired out right for this malpractice!

    Any HS coach would have Pitt up by 20. Only a pompous arrogant ass like Narduzzi would have our D playing on an island up 14!

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  40. i would have called my last time out on the 4th and 25 play. For some reason some of our DB’s need instruction that should not be needed at this stage of the season.

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        1. Tvax said that it would be harder to root for Cuse than Pitt. I think Cuse will finish 5-7 this year. They finished 10-2 last year. It’s a hypothetical question

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  41. 3 second half points and we almost blew another game. I would throw 15 long passes against Pitt every week and i’d be get at least 7 interference calls on those 15 passes.

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    1. Haha love this. Can’t wait for the hatemail from JayfromTowerA, telling me I don’t know anything about college football

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  42. I suggest respectfully that we don’t hold winning a football game against PITT with their second half play. They won! How about applauding their first half play when they actually and factually get the lead where it stands up for the win?

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    1. I’ll tell you what I told Carlo Veltri on Twitter. Yes, we won but if you take the first half press copy paste in the second half we win by 21.

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      1. LOL Mike. Take away the fluke 94 yard hope and a prayer fling in the second half we would have all been sitting next to the firepit a little earlier.. 🙂

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        1. But we were again sitting in bump and run in 3rd and 13 from their 14 TD line and our corner but on the fake. If you’re sitting in a zone and willing to give up a short pass (like every other p5 team in the USA, that doesn’t happen.

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          1. Dan.. remember back when we all bitched when PITT played 15 yards off the WR’s? I do. Now, I do agree, Jackson, should never have left that play happen.. I don’t think he was coached to do that??

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          2. Same as 4th and 25! A soft zone make the tackle. Further, a back up QB that does not even know the offense. I can guarantee you the coach just told him to heave it up on the single coverage on the long TD.
            It was all completely idiotic. The qb would have had trouble even finding someone in the zone!
            No coach in America would have played either down like those 2.
            I call out Bates too. If you are the co pilot and know the pilot is going to crash you call him out.
            KMAN

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          3. Same as 4th and 25! A soft zone make the tackle. Further, a back up QB that does not even know the offense. I can guarantee you the coach just told him to heave it up on the single coverage on the long TD.
            It was all completely idiotic. The qb would have had trouble even finding someone in the zone!
            No coach in America would have played either down like those 2.
            I call out Bates too. If you are the co pilot and know the pilot is going to crash you call him out.

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    1. Drink ! Cause what should have been an easy win, is seen as…just hanging on and subject to a officials call. You ONLY impress the pollsters with blowouts. Not hanging on against scrub teams.

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    2. Is this the first FB you ever watched? How many sacks did we have and for the grace of god we were dependent on V Davis’s knee touching the ground before he fumbled to win it?

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  43. It’s a win and I ask myself why I can’t feel any joy in getting this win.—If you think Pickett was under pressure this week wait until you see what the Miami DL does to our OL next week. Only way we have chance against Miami is to blow up their QB before they blow up ours.

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  44. MM, a 5-7 record is never good! The good, bad ugly will be interesting this week. ESPN should also be ashamed of this announcing crew. And the ACC should be embarrassed over this officiating crew. Overall, except for AJ Davis and the DL, this performance really sucked in every way

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    1. Agree on all accounts voice. My point earlier was that if we keep playing like this – especially in the second half, it will quickly catch up to us. As bad as some of our future opponents are, we could easily lose most of not all. We have been lucky. Am I happy we won and sitting at 5-2? Of course, come on but there is a lot of obvious work to be done. I do think the program appears to be in really terrific shape and think we are (dare I say) on the way back.

      H2P

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  45. Just my opinion, but this game wouldn’t have been close if they ran AJ Davis early in the second half instead of Carter and the other Davis. Also what about Sibley. The problem with Carter and the other Davis is they cannot break a tackle. Carter should be moved to receiver for the rest of the year.

    In any case we found a way to win because of a great pass rush and just enough offense.

    My biggest fear right now is will KP make it through the Miami game. Their pass rush can be as good as ours.

    Can’t wait for the tailgate now. Booked at Hotel Monaco Friday night.

    Remember last year when Syracuse won 10 games?

    If we ever learn how to play in the third quarter, we are going to be tough.

    Every game in the ACC is a war not a work of Art.

    Our guys are warriors.

    For years I wanted to see a team that hit hard. There will be a need for Ice Packs and Pain Meds tonight.

    Of course that is my normal regimen.

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  46. must admit, this game was far more enjoyable only because of this thread

    if I had to agonize through this alone I’d have smashed up the place

    or worse yet if with just the wife, I might have killed her for her stupid commentary

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    1. I liked all of that except the third phrase . But I know you’re just joking.

      Always sequester yourself for the second half!!!!

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  47. Disagree with VoR, I really like Jim Mora, former NFL head coach with no filter, very refreshing.

    Much better than the Billy Bobs on the ACC Network.

    The refs were pretty bad, but at least the calls went our way, after they went to the booth.

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    1. I admire your optimism Mike. Considering I live 20 mins up the road we should watch one of these games in person sometime

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      1. Problem is he is “owning up” to the same stuff each and every week. At some point when does the “owning up” result in sound disciplined play?

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  48. What I like about the direction of this team is that now we’re complaining because a win on the road against a soft rival wasn’t a blowout.

    It would have been easy though if Bates didn’t have them in press coverage on 3rd & long downs.

    Next year with the other guys back on the D-line and the offensive line being stronger is a lot to look forward to IMO. That and the BB recruiting picking up. I’m really looking forward to Pitt sports the next 2 year after this season is over.

    Will still have a decent chance to repeat in the Coastal too.

    H2P

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  49. Okay all my vitriol is out. Cracking my fourth beer in celebration. I don’t like to go to bed angry and 5-2 feels pretty damn good. Even if we didn’t look good getting there. 🍻

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  50. Marietta, I’m just having fun. I tried to keep up with the Maestro’s drinking game and will really feel it tomorrow.

    As for the missing posters, they probably will have their chance soon. I know one of them was a huge fan of Babers and his team looked like the worst coached team I’ve ever seen….including Youth League football

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  51. I think the Maestro would have been really dangerous to know while I was at Pitt. Truth is, I had enough of those friends anyway. I think I was one for that matter….lots of fun over 4 years.

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  52. I will hopefully feel better tomorrow as it was a win on the road. Were 5-2. The collapses and mishaps were not as bad the first time they happened. But after seeing them every week it just takes the luster of these wins. Good night!

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  53. Broken record – but Pitt needs to score more in the second half.

    Didn’t like that Pickett took several hard hits in the first half. OL needs to step up some.

    Drop passes by the TEs and another fumble on a punt return. Ouch.

    Too many PIs.

    I like our grit and toughness.

    Would like to be able to put one away and not let it come down to the final series.

    Syracuse is below average, but with some good players.

    A win.

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  54. You have to admit one thing is for sure, Narduzzi knows how to recruit D-lineman. After losing Weaver and Camp we are still unreal. Johnson must love that he came here with all the free shots he gets at Running Backs, because of the guys in front of him.

    That was not a good O-line and Our front seven + feasted on it.

    Better players better test next week..

    We need a big homecoming crowd.

    Miami usually travels well, Pitt Fans need to show up.

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  55. One thing you have to like as a player is that Narduzzi plays lots of guys, should pay dividends in multiple ways. Pitt continues to overcome a multitude of mistakes and is the master of keeping it close.

    You have to be tough to be a Pitt Fan.

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  56. Randy Bates, needs a shout out imo. Charlie looking good tonite as well.

    KP made some really nice throws. PITT needs to clean up some drops.

    PITT lost the turnover battle but won the war!

    Tx, Hargrove must have had a hangover when he fell flat on his ass? Never saw that one before.

    Stewert-Griffens drop was almost a killer. It’s the small things that the coaches aren’t accountable for unless they keep happening. Dot the I’s and cross the T’s Pat!

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    1. Stewart-Griffin may well have scored on that play and sealed the win…

      He peeked — We’re not consistently watching the ball into our hands…

      Go Pitt.

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  57. All you guys are too hard on Narduzzi. Remember the other team’s coach is trying to stop us and win too. I’m laughing because I read the same type of remarks about Johnny Majors the year we won the National title.
    Narduzzi has finally given us a team with “HIS” players that win! This should be the best win-loss team since the Wannstedt era. Moreover this record will include more upper level teams. I’m a happier alumni.

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  58. Offensive line is just, well, offensive. Officiating across the entire spectrum of televised football can simply not be any humanly worse than it is. Time to let IBM’s Watson have a shot at calling games. And it’s not that I’m not thrilled that we’re 5-2, it’s just that the game of football has become unwatchable.

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    1. Sorry to respectfully disagree Bobby but I was riveted to my boob tonight and by that I mean my TV.

      Eli “The Lucky” 4-0 and PITT hasn’t lost a game in five weeks since he joined our family!

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