What a week.
I mean sure, it started off well enough. Who doesn’t love a Pitt Stadium Billboard?
Just don’t go to the website…
Too bad he spent all that money on the billboard.
On a brighter note, Bill Hillgrove got a Dapper Dan lifetime achievement award
As much as we love Billy, lets hope he recognizes the right time to hang ’em up.
Speaking of Dapper Dan…
Grade: A++++++. Talented & Sophisticated. All of these young ladies clearly make their fathers (and mothers) very proud.
More good news on Monday. Justin Cham-penny made ACC Freshman of the week. If only we had three more like him…
Grade: A. Besides the Oakland Zoo singing happy birthday to Jeff Capel, this was the only good thing to happen to Men’s basketball this week.
Rolling into Tuesday… optimism abounded
And that optimism continued right into Wednesday
Until it didn’t
Non sports related, but a nice pick me up:
Dare I ask what is his “philosophy” on recruiting Tight Ends?
Thursday brought news of a Women’s soccer transfer
Grade: A? I have no idea how her stats stack up, but rookie of the year sounds pretty good.
Friday brought some good news from the baseball Diamond
Pitt baseball also beat St. Joe’s 14-8 on the same day.
Two convincing opening day wins? A and A
Pitt Softball also took down Michigan State
But… Wresting fell to hated (and nationally ranked) North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a close one.
Grade: C-. I bet we’d have won this one at home. Also you have to assume some kind of ACC bias, just because. With that being said, I’m not sure Pitt wrestling has beaten a ranked team all year…
On Saturday, Men’s basketball headed on down to (not a rival) Virginia Tech. And lost another winnable game in their typical frustrating fashion.
Grade: Yes the team is young. Yes the team is depleted. But I can only only see “painful to watch” pop up on the game thread so many times before I hand out an F. Here’s to hoping they pull it together at the end and sneak into the CBI. Or not.
In other news…Baseball lost to Ohio State 4 – 1. I’ll give them a D because I’m assuming Ohio State was supposed to win.
Softball split with Michigan State (who they beat the day before) and Maryland
Track and Field Stuff Happened… The Doug Raymond National Qualifier at Kent State. No team scores were recorded that I could find. But all the winners of Gold get an A, all the winners of Silver get a B and all the winners of Bronze get a B-.
Pitt Gymnastics Won a Tri-Meet:
And to wrap it up on Sunday, Pitt Baseball came from behind to beat Iowa.
Full week Grade: Well I gotta say that I thought this week was a lot worse than it actually was. Yes the men stunk up the joint, twice. And yes the women’s basketball team got shellacked twice (I didn’t put them in the article because it’s late and I’m getting over a cold and I have to get up early), and yes the wrestling team kind of laid an egg when they had a chance to take down the ‘Heels. But Baseball did really well. Softball did pretty well. Gymnastics beat who they were supposed to beat, and our track and field team medaled in 15 of 24 events. So lets see…
M Basketball: F (underperform vs high expectations)
W Basketball: D (perform as expected vs lower expectations)
Wresting: C- (maybe I’m being to kind)
Baseball: B+ (4-1 on the week with two come from behind victories)
Softball: C (2-2 on the week…)
Track and Field: B (35th in the shot put and 24th in the long jump? C’mon)
Other stuff (Dapper Dan, Pitt Stadium Website, ACC Freshman of week, WSoccer xFer): B+
Averages out to a C+, but kind of feels like a C.
Hail to Pitt