I was listening to Chris Peak’s podcast the other day, and I thought he made an interesting point. Basically he said that when we Pitt does something good (say … a four game winning streak for example) Pitt fans always get a paranoid. I think the exact quote he used was “they live perpetually in fear of the other shoe dropping”.
Well he’s right. But he’s right because the other shoe alway does drop. Or at least it has since 2009. Pitt has played very .500 football over the last ten years, which means that the shoe has dropped pretty darn consistently.
Anyway back to the podcast… Peak goes on (rather passionately) to remind us that for a three game stretch last season we went through a prime shoe-drop opportunity. Pitt needed to win three games to win the Coastal (Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ana Wake Forest), and instead of blowing it, Pitt actually came through.
Okay so he’s got a point. But then we had Miami, Clemson, that maddening Sun bowl versus Stanford. Does that three game losing streak count as shoes dropping?
Again…back to the podcast. Peak then looks forward, and points out that the floor for this year’s team is probably 8-4, and he thinks they’ll finish 9-3, and that means they are going to lose another game, and damn it folks don’t live in fear of this! (I’m paraphrasing Chris here in italics).
Peak then brings it full circle, takes us through the current win streak and all the and downs, and he wraps it all up with this: “I don’t think you can take away from what [Pitt has] done in the last four games, and I don’t think it should make you more nervous, and I don’t think the success should make your more nervous. [and finally with a little bit of admonishment in his voice] I…kind of think you should actually be enjoying this right now”
I will have to admit that last line made me laugh. And he’s right. We should be enjoying this. The team is playing well when they need to. The offense is slowly improving. Pitt’s defense is starting to earn some national recognition. Kenny Pickett continues to get better. Paris Ford has blossomed into someone who can change a game.
So let’s enjoy this until we don’t, people. I think Pitt’s defense holds up its end of the bargain and Whipple’s offense does just enough. We get through a full game without a muffed punt and Kessman’s magic shoes stay charmed.
Don’t let us down Pitt Panthers, we still aren’t emotionally strong.