The Day After + Saturday Football Open Thread

So despite an ugly second half, Pitt now sits and 5-2 and we are a Virginia loss away from controlling our own destiny in the ACC Coastal.  I’ll post MMQB as usual on Monday, but I figured I’d give y’unz a new thread to comment on since the game thread tends to get saturated fast.  Focus should be on today’s games of course.  Here are a few notables from the schedule.

Noon

WVU @ Oklahoma (FOX) – Because nothing is better than watching the hoopies lose after watching Pitt win.

Florida @ South Carolina (ESPN) – The Cocks beat Florida last year and Georgia last week.  Chances are they slide back to mediocrity but hey, the first quarter is probably worth a gander.

Georgia Tech @ Miami (ACCN) – Don’t watch for the quality of the game.  Watch so you can lower your expectations for Pitt’s homecoming against the ‘Canes next week.  That defense is scary.

3:30 PM

#12 Oregon @ #25 Washington (ESPN) – Okay yes it’s two PAC-10 teams, but they are both ranked and Oregon has an even better defense than Pitt (according to the pundits).  Interesting eye test to see how good we really are on D.

Temple @ #19 SMU  (ESPN2) – Is SMU for real?  Is Temple for real? (They are 5-1).  If you have ties to the Philly area this one may be worth flipping over to from time to time.

Duke @ Virginia (ACCN) – You know what?  Screw those other two games.  Swallow your pride, put on your devil horns and pull for Duke.  Nothing less than the ACC Coastal championship hangs in the balance.

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This guy gets it.

6 PM

Kentucky @ Georgia (ESPN) – You are only allowed to tune into this game if the Duke game is a blowout in either direction.

7:30 PM

Michigan @ Penn State (ABC) – I feel dirty posting this, but what the hey.  I’m drunk and justice needs to be served in Happy Valley.

Now for a cheer they are here, triumphant!
Here they come with banners flying,
In stalwart step they’re nighing,
With shouts of vict’ry crying,
We hurrah, hurrah, we greet you now, Hail!

Far we their praises sing
For the glory and fame they’ve brought us
Loud let the bells them ring
For here they come with banners flying
Far we their praises tell
For the glory and fame they’ve brought us
Loud let the bells them ring
For here they come with banners flying
Here they come, Hurrah!

Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu’ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan
The leaders and best!
Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu’ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan,
The champions of the West!

We cheer them again
We cheer and cheer again
For Michigan, we cheer for Michigan
We cheer with might and main
We cheer, cheer, cheer
With might and main we cheer!

Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu’ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan,
The champions of the West!

Hail to Pitt

Michaelangelo Monteleone

173 thoughts on “The Day After + Saturday Football Open Thread

  1. If you’re inclined, there are some post-game interviews on the Pittsburgh Sports Now site.

    Coach Duzz is on there along with AJ Davis, Ffrenchy, KP, Twyman, and Hamlin.

    These guys are pretty impressive — seem to have a good perspective and they credit their teammates.

    Seems KP addressed the team before they came back out at halftime because KP thought there was too much smiling going on and it was only halftime. Well, at least he tried.

    Go Pitt.

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  2. ESPN College Gameday is at the Dairy School and appropriately there were a few shots of cows (seriously!)

    It is customary for the Gameday crew to be given some famous local fare to munch on …. usually barbecue, seafood or a famous sandwich. Today they were given large pretzels. The only foods that I know of that Happy Valley was known for is the Hot Sticky from the New College Diner and Peach Paterno … and I believe neither are still being made (I may be wrong)

    wwb

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  3. Just read an article on NBC Sports where Franklin just received a $200k bonus for just becoming bowl eligible. Poor Paulie, he only got a $100k bonus from Wisc …. but apparently this is common among the big schools, and it is easy money these days for these programs

    wwb

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  4. Fighting post Pitt hangover. This second half stuff is getting serious and one day is going to cost us dearly. Pickett still doesn’t look healthy. For the life of me, I don’t know why we are in press man bump and run coverage 3rd and 14 from the Cuse 11 (94 yd TD play) and 4th and 25.

    Having said that a win is a win and I am old enough to appreciate each and every one.H2P

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  5. So what has transpired …

    Pitt football won

    Pitt volleyball won

    Pitt men’s soccer defeats #1 ranked Virginia 2-0

    Jeff Capel gets a commit from 4 star center John Hugley

    Pitt’s front porch is lookin mighty fine for trick or treaters

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  6. From previous thread:

    Many people say that the first drive in the second half is the most important to establish control. Pitt just can’t seem to drive the field and score a TD in this situation. Kradel started at RG, and the announcers said that Huoy didn’t make the trip. Is he hurt? By the way, whatever happened to Chase Brown? And I didn’t see Jerry Drake subbing for Ulizio last night. Is he slipping backward a bit?

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  7. First time EVER I will root for Jim Harbaugh (or his brother for that matter). He’s almost (but not quite) as annoying as Jimmy One Finger.

    GO DUKE!

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  8. Go Blue. Crush the Pedos and tear out the hearts of every Nitter. I really hate that school in Creepy Valley.

    Penn State Sucks

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  9. Last time I saw a line, Michigan was an 8 or 9 point underdog.

    Mich fans can’t be too happy about that… I mean they have the “name” coach and the nits have frankie… 😊

    Go Pitt.

    Go Pitt.

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  10. Vuk states in the linked article above from TT the FACT that Pitt will be favorites in their remaining games. Admittedly I don’t understand the ESPN site math involved but:

    Matchup Predictor
    PITT46.2%MIA53.8%
    According to ESPN’s Football Power Index

    Matchup Predictor
    PITT48.2%UNC51.8%
    According to ESPN’s Football Power Index

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  11. I don’t have much disdain for our toothless neighbors to the south, those with the fork-less family trees.
    The Nits, on the other hand, can all rot in hell with their beloved poopy pants.
    Go maize and blue.

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  12. Then Vuk states the names of many of the players with “large roles” as having multiple years left in the program. Included in the list are MANY current Juniors. Ok, nitpicking but bad writing.

    I should be so critical of self. Nah, but I’m hell on my kids. And wife as of yesterday.

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  13. Just a couple comments about yesterday’s game. The math says that if our “headcase” kicker, Kessman went into the toilet last night, by that I mean, MADE NOTHIN, then Pitt loses this game, 18-20. I have no problem pointing out issues when they are apparent but as of today, Kessman seems to have worked through his problems from earlier in the season & should now be getting credit for being perfect yesterday.

    The other comment, ACC officiating has been horrible as of late, to the point of being putrid. Thank goodness that IR is being utilized in order to correct so many awful calls that otherwise would be determining the outcomes of these games.

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  14. So I get this email update every week after a game called Team Rankings just like I’m sure many of you do. This week they have updated the projection for PITT’s season and final record… Hell they are now forecasting an 8-4 or 9-3 final record. I’m thinking hooray for PITT when I realize these people do not have a clue as to what in the hell they are talking about. It was just a month or so ago when they were “projecting” a 4-8 season for PITT. Instead of calling their site Team Ranking, they should call it the weatherman rankings because they want to keep switching their forecast. Instead of saying they were wrong they just keep adjusting what they projected weeks ago. Must be nice… ike

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      1. Tech is breathing them up physically. At least two ‘Canes starters knocked out of the game.

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  15. Georgia Tech somehow hanging w Miami. Regardless of outcome #15 DE on Miami is going to give us trouble all day. Needs to be double teamed no matter where they line him up

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  16. Here’s a pet peeve of mine:

    Enough already with having our QB do the “slide.” We lose at least 3 yards every time we do this. Seems like the rule is they move the ball back to about where the official figures you first thought about sliding.

    This is college ball – you can dive forward when there’s open space there…and the risk of someone hitting you after you’re down is no different.

    I feel better now…

    Go Pitt.

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    1. on the play that Ffrench didn’t call for a fair catch but should have … he caught the ball and immediately was hit on the Cuse’s 36 yard line, but ball was marked on the 39 …wwb

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  17. something new has been added

    Heather Lyke@Pitt_LykeAD

    HAIL Yes!! #H2P
    @Pitt_MSOC beats #1 Virginia
    @Pitt_FB beats Syracuse
    @Pitt_VB sweeps UNC
    @Pitt_SWIM_DIVE beat MSU
    @Pitt_MBB lands BIG recruit
    @Pitt_ATHLETICS is headed (arrow up)

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  18. A tip of the hat to Paris Ford on that big hit on the Orange QB. When it happened, I really feared another “targeting” issue, but it was great to see on the replay that Paris had led with shoulder and gotten his head/helmet off to the side…

    Go Pitt.

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    1. If you like sloppy football (which you should because you’re at Pitt fan) this game is for you. MM we might just get that overtime

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  19. whoa! Wisconsin which looked unbeatable just lost to 2-4 Illinois! Go Figure!

    FWIW, I hate the fact that Miami is struggling with GT today. That only makes them angry (and focused) for next week. I keep telling you all that Miami is much more SOP than Pitt ever was

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    1. Most sports writers went to B1G schools. That’s why so many way overrated schools from there make it to the Top 25 & Top 10. Iowa has no business being ranked either.

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    1. I mean dang as in dang who would have thought.

      Geoff Collins is a really good coach IMO. He does not have a lot to work with but he’s got them playing hard and he plays to their strengths

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    1. I partially agree with you. A big part of techs success was their running game. Tech’s line is small but physical and fast. Techs running backs are really good. We have neither of this advantages

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    1. won’t argue with that.

      Meanwhile, the 2 ACC teams considered to be the worst, both won …. BC and GT. Freakin 18-21 year olds!

      wwb

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  20. Tech beating Miami is bad news for Pitt as the Miami’s were looking forward to their trip to Heinz Field thinking that by just showing up they would beat lowly Tech. Big mistake. Pitt needs to heed this upset as proof of a tough game with the Hurc’s. I see Pitt winning over Miami in a close game.

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    1. Good point VoR, if Pickett had been healthy this entire year, the offense would look a lot better with his running and scrambling skills. A proven backup QB or two would help as well. KP is a testament to mind over matter. I give that young man a well deserved slap on the back.

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  21. Lumpy Chryst and Babers are both over-rated. Interesting they are now coaching in completely different situations. Lumpy plays NOBODY for a team dedicated to winning football and Dino is almost like Narduzzi as it is hard to recruit at Cuse. (even though Devito was a 5* recruit) Narduzzi just does it better. Getting the best 3* players is an art. .. Time to pay the piper.

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  22. Having an extra day to recover plus watching Miami play today is a real advantage. Miami losing to GT puts them in a precarious position, and almost a must win game against Pitt. Good thing the game is at home.

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  23. If Miami plays like they did against Virginia Pitt will be in a real battle. The Miami defensive speed up front will give our OL all they can handle. We better get Patti some reps in practice this week because Pickett may not be able to last the whole game. However the same might said of the Miami QB as the Pitt line should be able to keep him under pressure all game long. I think the Pitt D will need turnovers to win the game.

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  24. Watching on the ACC Network the Virginia defense is just much too strong for Duke to handle. I don’t see any chance of getting that 2nd Virginia Coastal loss today.

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  25. I’ll tell you JoeL, I was this ready to exchange our tickets for next week’s game but you got me all pumped up to see all yinz guys and gals at the tailgate. The game is a BIGGIE one for PITT as well. Just maybe??

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  26. Chryst’s Pitt teams had a tendency to lose games they shouldn’t have (hello, Youngstown State). I guess some things never change.

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  27. Pitt now has 5 TD’s in the 2nd half of their 7 games this season. I don’t know why they are favored over any remaining teams except for GT & BC unless they turn that around by next Saturday.

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  28. Anyone else think if I’m coaching against Pitt the remainder of this season I’m the Refs ear all game long about keeping a watch on the Pitt CB’s for either holding or pass interfering?

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  29. It makes sense in certain situations to grab a receiver, take the penalty and avoid a touchdown. But the Pitt DBs are ridiculous! Total lack of discipline and it costs them points and some day a game.

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  30. Well, we won. We are really lucky we can beat everyone with our offense only playing 1/2 a game! Fortunately, the D plays all 4 Qs, and beats up the opponent. Really interesting how we wear down the opposing O by the 4th Q. They all know they have been in a brawl when they play us! LUV IT!

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  31. UNC vs VT in OT

    Meanwhile, was just watching a wrap-up show where they were mentioning that on its final possession and protecting a 2 point lead, Wisconsin’s All-American RB only touched the ball once in 6 plays. The 6th play was an INT around midfield which eventually led to the winning FG. Looks like Paul Chryst, excuse me – Joe Rudolph, was doing a bit of over-thinking. wwb

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  32. Today’s games once again prove that if you don’t bring it, you are going to get beat. GT and BC got off the mat and got it done. Chryst’s team did it annual swoon for a day.

    Every game can be tough, especially in the ACC. Was Miami looking past GT to Pitt, I doubt it. They just took GT for granted, a big mistake by any team against any opponent.

    VA slammed Duke today, they look like the team to beat, too bad the ACC set us up in the opener.

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  33. One thing I forgot to mention yesterday is that Pitt’s red zone defense finally showed up and held somebody to a field goal, which turned out to be pretty important. Still not great but better.

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  34. Steeler’s Ryan Shazier just enrolled at Pitt to finish his degree. Here is an excerpt from a CBS Sports story:

    “I walked into class and a few kids noticed me,” Shazier said of his first day back at school. “Then we had a short break because all of my classes are long. We had the break and some students came up to me and talked to me. After we left class there were about 20 students waiting for me. I was like how do you know I am here? It was cool. They are students, but they are also fans and people who appreciate the work I have put in in rehab and football. It was a cool experience.”

    Shazier, even before enrolling in classes at Pitt, has been a supporter of the Panthers’ athletic programs since being drafted by the Steelers. He routinely attends Pitt basketball games with his family. wwb

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  35. Watching the Peds and announcers remarking that Harbaugh likes to leave his corners on an island. Then gets beat for 43 and a 31 TD.

    I guess Duzz is not the only stubborn coach.

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  36. In other news, police investigating a porn video filmed in a classroom on the psu campus…not making this up, really. No, really. On kdka 11 pm news.

    Cops trying to determine if minors were involved.

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  37. Dairy U won’t hang with tOSU, Michigan isn’t much of a team so the win is anything but impressive.

    Coaching Wisky is a dream job, you don’t have to work hard recruiting whoever is worth anything in the state, your in a town with absolutely nothing else to do, your OOC schedule consists of D1 “directional” schools with no chance, but ultimately they eventually fold.

    If Pitt can punch the ‘Canes in the nose right from the start, I think they collapse like a funeral home folding chair. But one thing is for sure, Pitt ain’t coming back from a > 14 point deficit at halftime. Get Patti or George some snaps in practice, Warren’s/Ulizio’s matador blocks are going to make it tough for KP to survive.

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  38. If Pat Narduzzi took this Pitt staff with him to Michigan — with all the talent available to them there — they would be very tough to beat…

    I remember Weaver was headed to Michigan until they told him they no longer had room for him… That’s recruiting at Michigan.

    Go Pitt.

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      1. No, I meant Michigan.

        At Michigan State, I don’t think Duzz would be that much better off recruiting than at Pitt… Better game day atmosphere but worse location…

        Go Pitt.

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  39. Damn Nitters. Well at least the Hoopies lost. I think the Domers had a bye. The triumphant of schools I hate the most although I do have pity for those toothless inbreeds who shoot muskets and eat possum.

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  40. Does it matter that Miami lost to GT, the weakest ACC team. probably not, has no bearing on next Saturday, other than their coach will beat them like rented mules this week.

    Miami ended our successful run last year. Really pushed Pitt around like rag dolls. Hopefully Pitt players want payback. This game should be very physical and will be cool and wet for the first time. Miami showed what they could be in the VA game, but other than that have been a train wreck.

    Still another big test for Pitt, like every week.

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  41. Ike… responding to your Elias Reynolds comment on last thread… he injured his thigh while making a tackle in either the PSU or Ohio game… haven’t seen him since… he plays hard when he is in there….

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  42. Listened to the Carolina-VT game on Sirius radio driving back from Pa yesterday… announcers who were VT ‘s home boys remarked several times that Howell, Carolina’s QB was not a duel threat. He is a pocket passer- bodes well for our pass rush..

    Crazy day in football especially in ACC coastal… MIAMI and CAROLINA cost me some pesos… How bout BC kicking ass… I thought DUKE would have pull on off at UVA but got humiliated… football just doesn’t make much sense anymore… I propose going back to WING T, POWER I, VEER, WISH-BONE or SINGLE WING ball – Mano e Mano FB… made more sense to this old fart… HECK,I haven’t figured out what the PISTOL is yet!!!

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  43. Next Saturday at noon, SOP takes on the real SOP and you all just witnessed it yesterday. Yes, Pitt has its share of headscratchers but how would you like to follow a team loaded with 4 stars who continually do things like what they did yesterday? Get this …. just a couple years ago, the Canes were undefeated and ranked 2nd, but lost the season’s final to a 4 loss team.

    wwb

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  44. Hi All, back from the land of strudel, schnitzel, and beer. Trying to get caught up and figure out what day it is. Looks like I missed some exciting wins, trying to figure out if it was really bad play, really good play, really bad opponents, really good opponents, bad coaching, good coaching, or whatever. Sometimes reading POV gives me whiplash,lol.

      Trying to unplug was hard. Sneaking a peek without Mrs.Joeknew seeing was even harder. Just got some scores,etc. and no real commentary till yesterday. I’m glad! BTW, Mrs is still in shock over Amsterdam, I on the other hand laughed my butt off. There are some sick puppies out there, but nothing different than some weekends in Oakland in the day! 
    
     I’m convinced there are very few excellent teams out there. Lots of decent ones, and many frauds. Scheduling and perception remain the key. People who laugh at the ACC should tell me who is really good! Transfers are the current great equalizer, much like scholarship limits were in the past. Being on the right side of that can drastically improve a program. One or two players can fill recruiting blunders and round out a team. Big change in the way we think and look at programs. Kids will have to deal with getting passed over by these players, and they will, it’s just the way things are. 
    

    People talk about the PSU defense, still don’t think they played anyone with an offense. And other than tOSU they won’t all year. Does that mean they are good or the BiG stinks? Honestly, how much difference do you really see in Pitt and PSU? Not all that much, they are better, but marginally. And I still don’t think we’re all that good. Sorry.

      Miami is a psycho team. Who knows which version will show up. Couldn’t agree more, get up early and they will fold. Give them any hope or momentum and we are toast. 
    
     Wonderful trip, great beer, overall very very nice people, but happy to be home. 
    

    H2P.

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    1. Maybe not “all that” but we are good….
      ….and at times not so, somewhat, incredibly, not at all, etc.

      very happy to be 5-2
      not sure right at this second if I’d be happier at 1-6 if the 1 was the 3rd week 🙂

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    2. joeknew—. Some great lines in your post.

      Like “Looks like I missed some exciting wins.”

      And “Scheduling and perception remain the key.”

      So true! And so true!

      Go Pitt.

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  45. The fact is that for the most part …. The B1G doesn’t play anyone good through the month of September. They only have 3 OOC games which consists mostly of directional schools. I haven’t looked thru all of their schedule but wouldn’t be surprised if Pitt was the toughest OOC game in the entire league …. but not sure.

    AS far as ‘trying to figure out if it was really bad play, really good play, really bad opponents, really good opponents, bad coaching, good coaching,’ … the answer is yes.

    wwb

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  46. Potato Paul being exposed as a fraud. Without their great runnng game, they’d be nowhere. My 15 year old son was watching their game with me yesterday, saw Pauly on the sideline and unsolicited said, “Does his facial expression ever change? And does he ever talk to anybody?”. He nailed it

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    1. Paul is an Alvarez protégé and there may not be a more ideal job for anyone in any profession that what he has right now. But I guarantee you that he is under fire right now for not ‘dancing with the guy that brought you to the dance’

      I actually expect tOSU to have its most competitive game by far next week but think the Buckeyes at home will prevail
      wwb

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    2. I’m sure he’s a good guy. But I never did like his personality. Or the way he dressed. Or his coaching results at Pitt. I saw him as a mediocre coach who recruited linemen well. Very similar to NardDog but at least Meatballs has some signature wins and a Coastal title.

      The odds say that Pitt can’t outrun these close wins. Sooner than later, they will lose some close ones. They just aren’t good enough yet to put teams away. No lead is safe.

      I do hope Pitt beats Miami badly. Since I hate those thugs and my parents will be at the game. And it’s Pitts homecoming. Us grads deserve a nice win.

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      1. Or his deserting the Pitt kids he recruited by not coaching them in their bowl game when he ran off to the land of beer & nuts.

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  47. I was talking to a good friend of mine yesterday (Bernie) and we both agreed that this year is more exciting than usual for some reason. Folks, that’s what leading the nation in sacks and good defense will do for people that come from or has lived in the PITTsburgh area.

    I truly believe that this PITT team can win 9 or 10 games this year (bowl game included) I still think some of you are continuing to be a little gun shy and not ready to go full tilt with your confidence. I really don’t think there is that other shoe this year. I think?

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    1. Very true Ike….and they can implode late like every year and win 6-7 games including blowing their bowl game….like they do every year. .

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  48. to be frank, right now it wouldn’t surprise me to see Pitt win 9 or 10 … or win 6 or 7. Not only is Pitt unpredictable, so is the rest of its opponents …. just look at their results so far. wbb

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  49. I see what you are saying wwb but I’m the type to jump in and get my hair wet and be fully immersed as opposed to just sticking my big toe in and seeing how the water feels. It’s sink or swim time for PITT and myself!

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  50. Randy’s(JoeKnew)- we ran our winning streak to 4 with you tasting your way around Schnitzel- land !!! I don’t know how good we are but PITT sure is fun to watch…. if the PANTHERS would just show up on O for the third quarter..

    2020 PITT vs PSU in the FBS PLAYOFFS…

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  51. LOL! We all have our own ways of doing things. If someone is the type to be overly disappointed (which you don’t seem to be Bill) then by all means wade right in.

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  52. iek, here is some more wading. Craig Meyers of the PG is reporting that Pitt BB lost a scrimmage yesterday to Maryland by 5. This would seemingly be good as the Terps thought to be a Top 15 team. But of course a scrimmage means nothing. I’m sure there were some very liberal substituting by both teams, and a W well have been not the primary goal. wwb

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  53. Since injury reports are a big thing in these parts, I’ll pass this along. My tailgate injury report has me as being listed as day to day if not moment to moment. Also, Miami game listed as doubtful and the UNC game as hopeful. I’m ruled out of the BC game all together. Now I feel a lot of eyes rolling like who gives a crap, I’m just having some Sunday morning fun. << If in fact today is Sunday???

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  54. I’m thinking of suing Mike Vukovcan for plagiarism on his last article, (just kidding Mike) more than one person has asked me if I wrote that article (they are kidding as well). I don’t want to link the article as Mike may in turn try and sue me for theft of literature? In this world of litigation. << que Wlat

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  55. I will be MIA for Miami as my family planned a surprise 80th birthday party for my mother.🤬 On a good note, I also missed the last home game with Miami and a very good thing happened!

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  56. I only watched a little of the klan, er, cult game last night but saw where Mich really struggled defending the speedy Hamler….

    We somehow kept him in check pretty well.

    Go Pitt.

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  57. Planning to golf at Champion Lakes tomorrow with my cousin Tom for his birthday…hoping Mr Groat is around.
    Already looking forward to Saturday’s game!
    Gotta update my “tailgate chain” for this year.
    The year the thugs get mugged.

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    1. My daughter (Freshman Engineering) walked up to him on campus last week and told him what an inspiration he is to a lot of people. He was very nice to her and appreciated her kind words.

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  58. Here’s a quote from Jerry DiPaola from the Trib with a thought on the Syracuse game “The most significant reason Pitt survived is tied to the coaches, how they recruit and, of course, the players. When the opponent punches, Pitt is there with a counter-punch”
    +++++++++++++++++

    Sure sounds like a Pat Narduzzi fan to me??

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    1. If you watched it, it was a brutal beat down. 25-9 in the first and 25-12 in the last. If you do not bring your A game against Pitt volleyball, they go for the jugular and do not let go. The second set was 25-16 which is marginally respectable. Maybe Fisher could go impart some of this killer instinct to the football team!

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  59. from grammarist.com… Go to hell in a handbasket.

    To go to hell in a handbasket means to go to one’s doom, to deteriorate quickly, to proceed on a course to disaster. The phrase go to hell in a handbasket is an American phrase which came into general use during the American Civil War, though its popularity has spread into other countries.

    undergo a rapid process of deterioration. North American informal; variants of it include go to hell in a handcart and go to hell in a basket .

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  60. Just heard on ESPN: This year UVA defeated Pitt who defeated Duke who defeated VT who defeated UNC who defeated GT who defeated Miami who defeated UVA. Since there is no clear cut best team, I suggest that the ACC Coastal division select an all-star team to play Clemson for the Conference Championship 🙂

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  61. DionJag70 –
    I think that is a great idea, and bet that Pitt would have 5-6 on that all-star team. I’m thinking
    K Johnson
    D Jackson (despite his 4th and 25 brain fart)
    P Ford
    J Twyman
    P Jones
    M FFrench and/or T Mack
    Morrisey (maybe but OL overal so mediocre hard to justify)

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  62. Read Pickett’s comments after the game. Said a bunch of players were celebrating in the locker room at halftime and he felt he had to say something.

    Here is another quote from him:

    “We have to learn how to win,” Pickett said. “There’s a difference between learning how to win when it’s a tight game and learning how to win and putting people away and just finishing the game the right way. I think we’re still trying to figure out how to do that.”

    Well said, Kenny. Keep at it.

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  63. Good choices, Taxing, since we will need a 1st and 2nd team all of should make the team, but who do you (or any other POVer) suggest for Coastal QB and Coastal coach. Tough choices, right?

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  64. Good, Bad and the Ugly tomorrow morning but I say this game against the thugs is a big one for PITT. Not like they all aren’t but??? Knocking on wood right now.

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  65. I’m worried about our lads getting too emotional with the Canes. You know, fighting in pre-game warmup, general jive talking and taunting…etc. PN and his staff will have to hammer home the consequences of such behavior.

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  66. Off topic, 4 star guard R.J. Davis announcing his decision tomorrow. I think we were in the thick of it to land his services, but he made an official visit to North Carolina last weekend. No Bueno. I don’t think many recruits would pick Pitt over UNC at this juncture. Unfortunate, because he could really help us.

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  67. Well given everything that happened on Saturday in the ACC Pitt’s game against Miami is critical to how Pitt is perceived. We are playing on ESPN at noon. We have a four game winning streak, tied for the longest streak under Narduzzi. If we win the game against Miami, we get ranked. Why? Because they are Miami! It does not matter that they are not a very good team. If we lose to Miami at home, this is another year wasted just like last year after the Wake Forest game. Still pissed about that but at least we got rid of our “offensive” offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach. The season comes down to this one game!

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  68. RJ Davis would be huge but Capel and his brother stopped following him and most at 247 (6 out of 8) have him going to UNC. He’s expected to announce UNC tomorrow. At least he’s doing now and putting us out of our misery instead of waiting until the Nov signing deadline.

    Roy told him that he wants to have to point guards in the vane of Paige/Joel Berry and not having that last year with Colby White only hurt them a bit. UNC with be a National Championship contender this year and next year. It is hard to say no to that no matter how close you are with Capel and Pitt.

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