282 thoughts on “ACC Tournament Thread – Round 2 NC State

    1. Screw any school from Carolina. Screw the refs. Screw the ACC and Tobacco Road. Screw those southern inbred hicks.

      Expect Pitt to be screwed back.

      Tex

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      1. Genrally agree, Tex.

        That said, there is a hierarchy in NC of how those schools are viewed. in order…UNC, Duke, Wake and lastly NC State. The folks in Raleigh/Durham treat the Pack as a lesser entity and I will always root for them in intrastate matchups.

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  1. UVA just joined the ranks of Fordham, Stanford and Princeton.
    Students in dorms instructed to go home. All classes going online until at least April 5th.
    At some point, one has to wonder if the provincials in Tobacco Road will elect to disrupt their annual pilgrimage to Greensboro. Bless their hearts, btw.

    Any word on Pitt yet?
    Crazy times.

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  2. A big money maker like the NCAA tourney could be played in front of no fans. Just tv coverage. I can’t see the tourney being cancelled.

    The spring football game is another matter.

    Tex

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  3. Fatigue has to be a huge factor when playing back-to-back days against a rested opponent. The benefit of earning a bye or double bye. Especially with a shallow bench.

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    1. Same thing yesterday. It took 24+ minutes in before they called a foul on WF. I can’t stand the ACC. I may start rooting against them conference in the Tournament.

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  4. Boy does this team need a PG.

    These guards cannot handle the ball – let alone they can’t make a shot. I don’t consider Champ a guard, by the way…

    EE

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  5. 2 PF’s on Coulibaly and no points. Toney & Skippy doing nothing either. 0 bench points. Brown must be in the dog house. (The No Effort Kid). Amazing we’re in this game.

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  6. The longer Pitt hangs around, the more nervous state becomes and the confidence and momentum swings to Pitt. I like Pitts chances. Let’s see how they come out.

    Tex

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  7. I pretty much agree with danh72. Players like Skippy, Drumgoole and Brown would be on the far end of the NC St bench. Toney not playing well either

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  8. Ditto Dan. Thought PITT played well enough just not good enough. This just in………… the other team wants to win as much as PITT! This isn’t flesh it’s meat and bones. The best team wins this game and I’m saying it will be PITT!

    This X-Man reminds me of a kind of friend from my childhood neighborhood who would want to fight you all the time. X is a real pistol if nothing else.

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  9. Seth G giving some cred to Capel for switching to the zone. Got the Wolves a little confused, hopefully their confusion will continue in the 2nd half.
    Hanging Tough on Tobacco Road, Go Pitt !!

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  10. X was doing his magic, 15 points, 6 rebounds (both team highs) & several steals.
    ACC wants none of that…..so we’ll put him on the bench with 4 fouls.
    Tons of empty seats, move the tournament to NYC for good !!!

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  11. The WHO came out today and announced the Virus is an official Pandemic…..so Gallagher WAS FORCED TO do something. Otherwise he probably would have kept on counting atoms at the top of the Cathedral.

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    1. Duquesne also went to online classes this afternoon.

      RMU has cancelled study abroad but not local classes, yet.

      CMU has gone to on line classes at their Silicon Valley and Qutar campuses. No decision at the Oakland campus. Students are on spring break here.
      Pitt students are also on break.

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  12. Four missed bunnies in the 2nd half are the main difference besides X-man’s foul trouble.

    The NC State crowd are trying to influence the calls by the refs.

    EE

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  13. Four classes vs. two classes has been a problem all year. Just not enough depth and no senior leadership.
    The number of unforced turnovers has been frustrating all year.

    But give these guys credit for fighting the good fight.

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    1. GC — I don’t get why more Pitt fans don’t understand this. We’re like an expansion team that did not get any extra picks. Only coming off of the Stallings debacle was worse than being an expansion team…

      Four recruiting classes should beat two recruiting classes every time — unless they are one-and-done classes…

      Go Pitt.

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      1. Agreed. Honestly though, every fan base has a bunch of nancys that get their feelings hurt by one thing or another, best to just ignore. Personally, I’m wondering if maybe playing 20 hours after the last game with 6 serviceable players, one of which was injured, against a team that had several days off just might have had something to do with the 2nd half sag?

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    1. Clueless. All season long the Players have gotten a WORSE rap then they deserve on this website and others.

      Average Players need ABOVE Average coaching. Unfortunately, that’s not what we’ve been witnessing.

      Not so anonymous

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  14. One flagrant 1 foul changed the game. It should have been a foul on ncs for grabbing his arm. That was a six point swing and sat x.

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  15. Need some northern refs to infiltrate the ACC in both Bb and FB. That flagrant foul hurt but they ran out of gas. Just watch how Syracuse will be screwed tonight when playing N.C.

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  16. NCAA just announced….NO FANS for the Big Dance this year. Wow this is progressing quickly. Might not be any fans for NCAAF next fall either, since a vaccine probably won’t be developed for quite a while.
    So Pitt doesn’t need an OCS after all.

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  17. OT: NCAA Tournament will be closed to the public. The country is going into lockdown and I’m afraid this will last much longer than many people realize.—Well if Pitt plays this season in front of an empty Heinz stadium we won’t be at any disadvantage when we play in front of an empty stadium when visiting our opponents.

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  18. Chris Peak just tweeted that Pitt FB still intends have spring practice. Nothing about the spring game but wouldn’t be surprised if it is cancelled

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  19. At the risk of sounding political… Virus SO OVER-rated.

    According to the CDC… TYPICAL symptoms for 98 or so percent who come in contact… Fever 100 POINT 4 degrees Fahrenheit… Cough… Shortness of breath.

    I feel worse than that after most Pitt Basketball Games.

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    1. It’s not the coronavirus but the panic virus we have to worry about. Don’t be late to the pandemic party. BTW, my mother died of the pandemic flu in 1959. Yeah, she was late to that party as well.

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    2. It’s been called the angel of death for old people. If you are elderly with health issues, you should avoid public places particularly of high density. But for the vast majority of people, the risk is very low. However It is highly contagious with no vaccine for some time. Better safe than sorry I guess. For all I know I had it. Was sick for the past two weeks. I’m still kicking like a Texas mule in heat.

      Tex

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      1. That’s it for you TEX you are being restricted from posting on the POV until your doctor clears you to post again. We will require proof before we allow any further posts from you.

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  20. There is no question they have talent and potential. They have no depth of experience as well as numbers. Their strength, intense defense and breakaways are exhausting. It was unsustainable for such a young group.
    I believe that it will change next year. They will gain 3 very talented big men to fill that role with Coulibaly. Having strength and height their opens lanes for others.
    And I don’t think he has finished recruiting for next year.

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  21. They don’t have enough overall talent, but they are making progress, let’s see next season when they have a legitimate big man in the post that can play with some more bodies to add depth.

    They showed promise at times but widely inconsistent but I think we expected this due to lack of depth and being a young team.

    There is hope Panther fans.

    H2P

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  22. JoeL, if they play the spring game without fans I’m still golfing the day before and I’m still tailgating somewhere even if its in my yard…After all the game is on tv and i have a good size yard and man cave. Y’all are invited.

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    1. I’m there. Will bring a sleeping back and tent if needed.
      Ike can be in charge of the music and at 5am – forget that, 8am – can play Hendrix doing the Anthem.
      Franstock.

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  23. OT — Some scary preliminary fatality rates for the corona virus (March 5th, World Health Org.)…

    “Patients above 80 years of age had an alarmingly high fatality rate of 14.8%. Patients ages 70 to 79 years had a fatality rate of 8%. In Italy, where the death toll from the virus stood at 52 as of March 4, the fatalities were all in people over age 60.”

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    1. I’ve noticed several news hosts, radio hosts, etc, giving out inaccurate info. Basically either not reporting or downplaying what’s going on in the 1st World Euro country of Italy. Italy is on total quarantine, all
      businesses or most all have been ordered closed.

      As of today, according to the world renowned Johns Hopkins University Medical Research Center,
      Italy has nearly a 1000 deaths (827 to be exact). 2 and 1/2 weeks ago they had 20.

      https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

      This has exploded in Europe in just 2 weeks. Spain now reporting 55 deaths, France 48, Merkel of Germany suggested today 70% of Germany or 56 Million people will be infected in Germany.

      This is no joke, only reason American infection rate is so low, they haven’t been testing hardly anyone, for
      several reasons over the last 2- 4 weeks. Even with little testing, the infected numbers and deaths
      have gone up from basically zero to now over 30 deaths in America. Again remember, people have
      been running around America for weeks, before any testing (however little) has started. And these
      include infected people. When the testing gets ramped up, the numbers are going to increase
      dramatically. No testing going on in Western Pa at all, which is why all the people infected in
      PA, are on the Eastern side, Cause they are and have been testing over there.

      And it’s not just affecting old people with underlying medical problems. A 23 year tip top shape
      national player on the Iranian soccer team died, a couple days after contracting the Virus.

      I’ve been on top of this for over 2 months. And have watched this grow and imo it’s the real deal

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  24. I have been unable to ‘Like’ posts from my computer, but able to do it from my phone. Now I can’t even do it from my phone, and I am logged in. What’s the deal? Anyone else have this problem?

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    1. From my phone, I seem to stay signed in and working correctly if I use the sequence of “Reader,” then “Followed Sites,” then “Visit.”

      But that might just be a co-incidence…

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  25. March 11: Major conference basketball tournaments to proceed without fans: The Big 12, Big Ten, ACC, Pac-12, SEC, American Athletic Conference and Southland basketball tournaments will proceed without fans beginning with Thursday’s games, following the lead of the NCAA tournament in barring anybody but family and essential personnel.

    March 11: Michigan, Ohio State cancel spring games: The Big 10 rivals are among the programs that have canceled their annual spring football games, as schools around the country continue to strategize around the coronavirus outbreak.

    March 11: NCAA tournament will be played without fans: The NCAA made the unprecedented decision to hold the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments without fans because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

    March 11: Ohio to issue order preventing fans at “mass gatherings”: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will soon issue an order preventing fans from attending “mass gatherings,” which will impact the NCAA’s First Four next week at Dayton Arena, and first- and second-round games in Cleveland.

    March 11: Ivy League cancels all spring sports: The Ivy League is canceling all spring sports for the 2019-20 school year. The decision of the member university presidents was unanimous.

    March 11: 2020 College Basketball Invitational cancelled: The 2020 College Basketball Invitational, created in the 2007-08 season, has been cancelled and will resume in 2021. The CBI selects 16 teams that are not picked for the NCAA tournament or NIT.

    March 11: USC bans fans from all home athletic events: In response to the coronavirus outbreak, fans will be unable to attend home athletic events at USC starting Wednesday and continuing through March 29.

    March 11: World Figure Skating Championships canceled: The World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal have been canceled due to public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus.

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  26. Annie, on occasion I cant use “like” but if I hit the refresh circle it works. Dont know why but it only happens on my phone.
    Georgia, my background is in Public Health…you also?

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    1. That’s right Fran and good advice. All I do is hit refresh and I’m good to go. I may have to go remote for the spring game tailgate. BTW, Fran you have always played great music at the tailgates. Good food, good music and great friends. What could be better than that? Absolutely nothing. Say it again.

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  27. I also have am MPH from the Graduate School of Public Health. Not an epidemiologist, but had some graduate level courses and a career in health care. Rhode Island is following South Korea and others in using drive through testing which makes total sense. The lack of urgency coming from the top down is probably going to result in a lot of unnecessary deaths. There is no need to panic but good public health practices better be implemented soon. This disease is very virulent and we don’t want to be Italy where Hospitals could not handle the case load.

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    1. I took a stats class from a Dr. Rao, who was chairman of the dept of Biostatistics at the GSPH. Remember him?

      I will regale with a tale when we meet next for golf or a FB game.

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      1. Looking forward to it. Epidemiology, Health Care Finance and Biostatistics were the three toughest courses as I remember. But all were very valuable in my career.

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  28. Annie, I can’t like from my hand helds. In fact when I post from them I use my wife’s email address, because of the W with a circle around it.

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  29. I have the opposite problem. When I am scrolling down with my right thumb, I sometimes accidentally “like” a post. It’s bad enough when it is some random statement. “Trey’s sister is 13 years old.” “Like!” But with my luck it’s the “I had to put my beloved Fido down today.” “Like!”

    Is there a way to “Unlike” for a dufus like me?

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  30. If there is a blessing in all this, the cost of plane tickets has gone down. My flight back for the Domer game is 30 percent less than what it was just two weeks ago. Now I’m waiting for bourbon prices to fall.

    Tex

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    1. Hopefully the hysteria all dies down by then and the virus can be treated. I think we’re beyond the containment phase but the cancelling of public events is designed to help prevent the spread. We’re probably in for a rough spring. But even if the worst case scenario happens and public events are cancelled until a vaccine arrives, I can’t see the government banning the famous Fran tailgates. I’ll fly in just to meet and greet. I guess elbow taps instead of handshakes and hugs?

      Tex
      🤠

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  31. i am too busy worrying about other crap that really has never impacted me( I love to stay stressed- keeps me on my toes)…-no room to worry about corona unless someone hands me an ice cold one and I have no bottle opener on me….

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  32. gc… SERIOUSLY?

    The Corona Virus is basically SARS… and yes there is a vaccine.

    Just a matter of getting ALL the ducks in a row and get things under control.

    In a month or so this will all be another Y2K with a little more HYSTERIA!

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  33. There’s no vaccine for SARS but there hasn’t been an outbreak since 2004. There might never be a vaccine for Covid either. These cross over viruses from animal to hunan are something relatively new and we’ll have to live with. But these viruses are the real deal. They are more severe than typical seasonal flu hence the hysteria and precaution. We’re just gonna have to learn to coexist with these new viruses. Can’t be canceling public events every time a new virus pops up. I’m still young and healthy so my risk is low. The play the odds.

    Tex

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  34. Tex… Agree with you MOST of the time. But my understanding is that SARS and Corona are VERY similar and there is a practicing vaccine for SARS.

    I’m keeping in mind that nobody is right 100 percent of the time.

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    1. I just googled SARS. The web md site says no vaccine. But there are treatments. The good thing is that it’s ‘gone away’ for 16 years. I’m no health expert and I probably shouldn’t believe everything is read on the internet either.

      I can understand the precaution but I also think it’s over reacting. If I was old with a medical condition, I’d be extra careful. But no virus is gonna scare me unless it’s some plague and we’re experiencing End of Days.

      I don’t plan on living my life as a hermit. People in China are already getting cabin fever and rebelling against the lockdown. The rub is that the lockdown has contained the virus and saved lives. It’s a balance like everything else in life.

      Tex

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  35. Things may well change and likely will …. but right now, I’m getting some perverse pleasure by the criticism from ESPN for March Madness, the NHL and the PGA not being canceled ….. 3 sports that they do not carry live, while their baby, the NBA, is sidelined

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  36. Exactly Tex. I’m not worried about the corona virus, I’m worried about the maniac’s that will buy everything in the stores over nothing. You know, like when the weather people predict 4″ of snow then panic sets in and you can’t find a pork roast anywhere. 🙂

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    1. I actually need toilet paper and can find none on the shelves. I’m resorting to an old sports illustrated mag that has a write up on pedo state and poopy pants.

      Tex

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      1. No schitt Tex…… (pun intended) and don’t wipe too hard. You don’t want a paper cut down in that area. You can’t get bottled water up here either. We may to resort to drinking free water…. OUCH!

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  37. Hypothetically, what happens if a bunch of old geezers have a tailgate and one of them has covid19, might be problematic. Just sayin’.

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    1. That’s when you do virtual tailgating. 🤠

      Seriously, the virtual reality market will explode with events like this. Anyone know of any companies I can invest in?

      Pitt should be a pioneer in this. Imagine an empty Heinz field…not tough. But every pitt fan is able to view the game at home like they were seated at the stadium. You’d be next to your friends and hear all the sounds and be able to converse.

      The players could see holographic images of fans in the seats and noise could be piped in.

      For some extra coin, your premium subscription could be used for a virtual lap dance at halftime.

      Tex

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  38. Why didn’t the ACC cancel the Tournament yesterday? Pitt would have a .500 record if they did. Glad though that Cuse mopped the floor up with ACC darling UNC.

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    1. It’s ‘fluid’

      Expect cancellations on everything for the next 30 days minimum.

      It’s the prudent thing to do

      I’m waiting to hear word from the school district. Emergency meeting today. I fully expect schools across the country to completely shut down

      You don’t want to be ‘THAT’ school that stays open and a child dies.

      Tex

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  39. This situation could actually be a precursor of what I mentioned some time ago. There was a CMU study about sporting events being played without a large amount of fans eliminating the need for large stadiums. TV access only, which, according to them was what younger fans want. It was Pooh- poohed but this may be where we are at. Looks like lots of ESPN classics coming up. Heck, if football follows suit the Nitters and SEC fans might take the bridge.

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    1. They tried that years ago. It was called “Studio Wrestling” Images of fans pained on the walls behind a row or two of real people.
      Where is Chilly Billy when you need him….sadly he and the little old lady who always banged on the mat are long gone.
      As is Pie Traynor doing his “who-CAN? Ameri-CAN!” ads on the show.

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  40. LOL Jack!! No worries here…… I’m building a bomb shelter with cases of Campbell’s tomato soup on hand and a cord of firewood on the way. That should get us to the Richmond game.

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  41. My son just told me that the Hempfield school district will be closed for at least 3 weeks. << This should go a long ways in calming people down.

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  42. The ACC has suspended everything, all athletic activities including all competition, practices and even recruiting until further notice.—IMHO this will go on for a lot longer than many expect because I think we are only in the first or second inning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    1. After the Ivy League voted yesterday to cancel all their Spring Sports, it was a given the rest of them would follow suit.

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  43. So all adults with school-aged kids will be home taking care of the kids….only the empty nesters will be at the office?

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  44. The 2020 NCAA Basketball Tournament becomes another victim of The Virus.

    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/28893285/ncaa-tournaments-canceled-coronavirus

    And Disneyland is closing for the rest of March, and probably will be shutdown entirely for longer.

    Dow Jones suffers worst one day loss since Black Monday in 1987, down an ominous 9.99%
    Now down in 30 days from almost 30,000 to now approaching 20,000.

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-plunges-10-and-marks-worst-worst-day-since-the-1987-crash-as-coronavirus-crushes-wall-streets-buying-sentiment-2020-03-12

    Still think this is a joke ? Apparently the very well connected Wall Streeters do not, nor do
    people who run multi-billion dollar business.

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  45. I’m not worried until the liquor store closes down. Then it’s apocalyptic to me. Give me bourbon or give me death.

    Tex

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    1. With no Bread & Circuses, they better keep those liquor stores open. Problem is, the people who work in them, might not want to come into work.

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    2. Tex, not unlike Burt Lancaster, the president of the NBS…………. the National Bourbon Society. He will give up his bourbon only when you pry his last bottle out of his cold dead hands!

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  46. Never received anything resembling this thru Ebola scare, SARS, MERS, nor the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu.
    Banks generally aren’t companies that want to alarm their customers. Are they ?

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    1. Now that Ebola is some really bad stuff… gets you bleeding out of your a$$ and crapping outta the ears and eyes…. give me a corona any day…..

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  47. JoeL , ya, Studio wrasslin was one of the most popular things on at the time. My grandmas both loved it, and as a small kid I loved watching it with them. Lots and lots of ESPN classics for awhile. The Duzz doesn’t have to worry about closed practices. Wonder how long it took an SEC team ( or Clemson) to illegally practice? Like right about now! I’d put a lol in right about now, but it’s no laughing matter.

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  48. The economic results of all the Major Sports leagues being shut down, the billion$ lost on the Big Dance, the closing of Major Tourist attractions and all the revenue that produces for hotels, restaurants etc, pretty much worldwide, is going to cause a major worldwide depression. Not to mention, the lost billion$ on travel restrictions, people not going out locally to restaurants, movie theatres, Broadway just closed down in NYC till at least mid April. We are watching, in slow motion, a real pandemic scenario, that’s been beat to death by Hollywood for the last 25 years.

    Get your Liquor supplies gents. And hunker down !

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    1. Ohh my God. Please stop. Yes, we know a lot of crap is going down. I don’t need to read it here too. Btw, everyone is free to say whatever they want on the Pitt pov

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      1. Matt, come to your senses. Whats wrong with saying “Get your liquor supplies gents and hunker down” under any circumstances? 🙂 Hope to see you this coming season if there is one. We shall hunker down at the fire pit.

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  49. Anchorman: “And now here’s Bob with the Sports”

    Bob: “Hideki Natsuyama shoots 9 under to lead the 1st round of the Players Championship at the TPC in Florida. And now back to you, Ron”

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  50. This is great to read all of the sports and world news in one place. I come here everyday and everything is always enjoyable. Thanks all.

    Also, I have Pitt in my final four bracket now. H2P
    PittFan28

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  51. A Toney will become the poster child of the transfer portal fail. Wherever he goes, he will be the same exact player there as he is now at PITT. I really doubt he leaves.

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    1. Agree Ike. I read his parents are pains but who knows if that’s true. He also may be worried about Jeffress coming and taking his spot. But either way him leaving would be a loss.

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  52. Toney and Champ were frequently cited as success stories this year on this blog. Yet now based on a rumor or two some want to throw Toney under the bus. Come on, folks. Show a little loyalty to the players that improved and produced.

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    1. All players are replaceable and only as good as your last game. Yes he did improve and looks to be a good all round player. But his attitude could be cancerous. As coach if you hear a player wants out, you open the door. We all know how an AB type player impacts chemistry and team. He can take his talents to IUP.

      Tex

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  53. Final stats show minutes per game X 33,3, Tray 33.8, Champ 32.9, Toney 30.2

    Assists per game …. X 4.9, Trey 3.6, Champ 0.7, Toney 1.2

    Now X and Trey should lead in assists, no doubt … they handled the ball more. But I still contend that speculation over the past month that the 2 guards were the root of all evil is a bit misplaced.

    Also, most complete teams have a low post to feed when nobody is open on the outside, but I haven’t seen that at Pitt for the past 4 years

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    1. the other thing is that when thing go bad, people look for excuses. Yes, there is something to what the players said …. but I still say that the lack of depth, experience and talent was a much bigger reason than any excuse that the players came up with

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  54. You forgot turnovers per game and shooting percentage

    Those two couldn’t start for IUP.

    And their basketball IQ has to be among the lowest I’ve seen. And don’t forget their selfish play.

    Addition by subtraction. Show them the door.

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    1. put a couple of big men in there tat can actually play …. and you’ll be amazed just how their IQs go up and their turnovers go down. Heck, if Champ wasn’t hot …. who was there to go to? NOBODY

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      1. I understand a competent big man will help. And a true point guard. Both are better off as 3’s. But I go back to attitude and their nature. Both are ball hogs who want to drive and take wild shots. They never learned to play the game as a team. They are playground players. Capel won’t be able to teach them basketball. Be a waste of his time.

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  55. This portal stuff sucks. I for one would hate to see Toney or any of our guys leave. Toney is the best defender on the team and he had good moments of offense as well. One very big game when he was instrumental in one of wins. While I agree that both X and Trey need to lower the turnovers, they have valuable skills and are getting better at finding the open man.

    The new guys will help a lot next year as will the development of Coulibaly’s game.

    Hopefully, Capel gets the guys he is after and is able to hold on to Schifino.

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  56. Since most schools and sports leagues are shutting down for 3 weeks, I plan to do the same. I’ll come out to play by Easter. Hopefully, the US will be better prepared to deal with the virus by then. I may come back a Koolaid drinker since I won’t be witnessing any SOP moments. 🤠

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  57. gc, you mean every weather forecast that calls for 4″ of snow, hardly a snow storm. People panic.

    BL, TP is one commodity you may not want to run out of. Well at least if you’re not from Texas where magazines will do the trick. Too bad Sears stopped sending out their catalogs. I’ve heard they were put to great use back in the 50’s.

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    1. Curious about the TP panic, I did a search on Amazon. Most listings were sold out. But I did find one that was still in stock. It was Georgia Pacific 2-ply. 80 rolls for $150.

      I scrolled down the listing and found this:

      “Condition – Used-Very good”

      No. I am not making this up.

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  58. Man, things are going to get real slow around here……….. So how about this weather? Here’s one for you Tex.

    A cowboy rode into town and stopped at a saloon for a drink. Unfortunately, the locals always had a habit of picking on strangers, which he was. When he finished his drink, he found his horse had been stolen. He went back into the bar, handily flipped his gun into the air, caught it above his head without even looking and fired a shot into the ceiling.

    “Which one of you sidewinders stole my horse?!” he yelled with surprising forcefulness. No one answered.

    “Alright, I’m gonna have another beer, and if my horse ain’t back outside by the time I finish, I’m gonna do what I dun in Texas! And I don’t like to have to do what I dun in Texas!”

    Some of the locals shifted restlessly. The man, true to his word, had another beer, walked outside, and his horse has been returned to the post. He saddled up and started to ride out of town. The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, “Say partner, before you go… what happened in Texas?” The cowboy turned back and said, “I had to walk home.”

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  59. If you are looking for a BB scapegoat look no farther than Brown. If he had beef a strong presence down low Pitt would have had a much better shooting game and finish around the rim.

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  60. a few thoughts ………

    — most northern teams just began or were about to begin spring FB practice, while most southern teams began in mid-Feb

    — Dayton had a dream season and was considered by all to be a No. 1 Seed. I almost feel badly for them … but at least they have a tale for the rest of their lives as to how they were about to make history

    — NC St was a bubble team and played a spirited game on Tuesday for a must win … and what did they get our of it ….. oogats!

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  61. Anyone else get the email from the state stores? Said they are still open, but that could change. I believe I’m well stocked, and since Pitt will not be playing any games for the foreseeable future they supply should not dwindle quite so fast. Dangerous times.

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  62. I see what you’re doing JoeK, let the REAL panic begin now. Just imagine if people can’t get their cigarettes as well? Out of booze and smokes would set off a serious revolution. I’ll see you guys later, I have some shopping to do. Well after my fish dinner later. Plus I don’t smoke.

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  63. I received an email from the NHL, of all parties, explaining their position on the virus. I’m a fan but haven’t bought a ticket for years …. can’t figure it out.

    BTW, 1st positive test in WPa just announced … Washington County

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  64. Some parallels between the men’s and women’s basketball teams this season:

    -Both had horrible seasons.
    -Both had a freshman show a lot of promise. Champagnie for the men and Day Harris for the women. Harris made the ACC All-Freshmen team; Champagnie looks like he should have made it.
    -Both teams won their first game in the ACC tourney. The women with a big upset of ND; the men with what should have been an upset.
    -Both teams struggled mightily with turn-overs and poor shooting.
    -Both played a lot of young players. By the end of the season, the men were playing 3 Sophs and 2 Freshmen; the women were playing 4 Freshmen and a Juco transfer.
    -Both teams are adding some encouraging sounding recruits next season – and each is adding a well thought of red-shirt.

    Next season should be better for both teams, though that’s not much of a hurdle…

    Go Pitt.

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  65. All schools closing start Monday. (including Hempfield)

    Don’t panic but discretely stock up. Forget that, it’s too late.

    I have volunteered to self quarantine as of now. Actually I have practice self quarantine for a while now. Don’t be late to my virtual party. Have a drink on me

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  66. Hey all – Just got in from a walk and listened to the Paul Zeise Show on The Fan via Radio.com

    Dorin Dickerson Is hosting and just did 30-45 min on Pitt FB. Between 645 and 745

    I believe one can rewind and listen to the part you want.
    May be available over the weekend but not sure.

    Anyhow good chat between him and Cale Berger on Pitt. Nice diversion.

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  67. Question, is there anyone out there that think the PITT football team “can” win the national championship “last” year?

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  68. I seem to remember a Pitt racing team when I was at Pitt. Whatever happened to them and did they continue competitive racing in the years since then?

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  69. I wonder how this impacts construction projects at Pitt

    Silver lining is that Pitt can tap into zero percent interest rate bonds most likely after the Fed cuts once again next week

    Might even be negatives rates like japan. The government will give you money to build

    Build that MPC baby!

    Tex

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    1. My stock broker who runs our companies retirement accounts and interest rates are going to be at an all time low… The government wants people borrowing money…

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      1. Tear down the basketball court that sits in the footprint of pit stadium… Shouldn’t be hard to find a place for a basketball court… Rebuild kit stadium on the foundation of its history

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  70. VOR, I recall a racing team in the early 70s. I think the student who had the car somehow got club status from Pitt and painted his car in Pitt colors. The team probably went away when he did.

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  71. Here’s a high hard one. If you think about it, it’s about all of us going without sports. I never knew but I guess Joe did. Turn off CNN and all that crap and immerse yourselves in yourselves! You all take great care. Love You!

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  72. Looking on the slightly brighter side — no significant injuries during spring drills…

    (And where’s Commander Reed’s calming posts at this time of chaos?
    Hope you are well, Commander. )

    Go Pitt!

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  73. This is interesting……… I’m guessing that gathering something like 105 student athletes together for a football practice is a dangerous undertaking at this time?? Maybe this is the case, make’s some sense and again I guess? Or does this show how little spring practices mean?

    Another question. Can PITT and all teams still hold off the field “unofficial” practices?

    Question #2. Does anyone think other teams won’t hold practices and how will we know?

    Question #3. Will PITT have a ball boy holding up signs and throwing passes to the fifth string QB’s during the “unofficial” practices and get busted for breaking probation?

    These are the questions that we are now regulated to at this time. Sad days indeed.

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    1. Damn.

      Spain and France are basically shut down now.

      But I’m a Texan. I have enough booze and bullets until covid 20. Old sports illustrated mags will have to do for toilet paper. I just don’t feel right about using any of the swim suit issues just yet.

      Tex

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  74. Larry, I’m sorry to hear that the Pitt Racing Team was a one time deal. Although not a racing fanatic, I liked the idea of Pitt’s brand in the racing world. With racing so big in the South it was a good way to promote the Pitt brand.

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    1. My son and I were at that game – it was my present to him for turning 21.

      Cuse was playing St Johns in the game that followed. Both were ranked as well and I was looking forward to watching that game as well. When Kamba Walker juked Gay McGee for the game winner, we both wanted to watch no more basketball that day.

      We shanked a$$ out of MSG and NYC…

      EE

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          1. True. What a shame TJ McConnell’s growth spurt came late or else he would have been a Panther. Not that he would have started as a freshman, but he would have been the point man the following three seasons.

            The end of that UConn game was Dixon in a nutshell. Too scared to do something different defensively and left Gary out to dry. The one seed was all but wrapped up so he should have had Brad and Gil fire out on Walker and force him to give it up. Of course he tightened up so much when the stakes got higher and higher not even prune juice could cure him.

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  75. True, but watching that game does make you realize just how good a coach JD was…No true superstars on that team, but they played at a high level.

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  76. I see where a senator from Florida is now declaring FSU as national champs amid the cancellation of the NCAA Tourney. (The same team with one of its 5 losses to Pitt) You may remember that back in 2017, UCF declared itself as itself as national champs despite being ranked 6th in the AP Poll

    Ergo … I, as a non-alum without bias, declare the Pitt wrestling team as national champs based on its 7 qualifiers in the NCAAs. Let it be heard around the nation

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  77. I say FSU is the national champs this year. Meaning that in the past few years the PITT football and basketball teams have defeated the eventual national champs. It’s not that hard to be positive. It’s just Hard to Be…..

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  78. The transfer portal was swelling yesterday and Syracuse had three kids enter. Something to keep an eye as Pitt is going to have at least three in there. College hoops will never be the same with this portal and if the kids get immediate eligibility it will leave only getting paid from calling the these athletes professionals.

    If coaches thought recruiting was the toughest part of the job then a close second will be persuading kids to stick with the program, which will be close to impossible with helicopter parents and AAU influences chirping in their ears.

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  79. natebailey4 – How about coaches who can leave without completing their contracts? I don’t understand this logic. Let players have agents to negotiate LOI’s and I bet the standards change then. Student athletes are forced to sign an LOI without proper representation if they want to play college athletics. Here sign your life away on the dotted line. Would a college coach sign the same contract without an agent?

    Had the NCAA had the foresight years ago, they could have gradually moved to a more friendly student experience within college athletics. But no, they hardline’d and put themselves in this position.

    Every sport has different rules right now. NCAA baseball is different than NCAA football is different than NCAA basketball is different than NCAA lacrosse. They should be professional athletes. The schools will actually make a lot more money if they treated them like professional athletes and marketed the sports like professional sports. The Olympics are the gold standard of amateurism and the NCAA still tries to peddle their brand of it in self preservation instead of actually being forward thinking on the subject and truly benefiting in unison with the athletes.

    You play sports to, umm, play. If you’re not playing why the hell wouldn’t you look for another place to play? If you don’t like your coach or city or school why the hell wouldn’t you try to leave? And why wouldn’t you try force change if you couldn’t look for another place to play? In professional sports, players leave all the time for more playing time … hell they’re cut too … so they can find another place to play more. This notion of loyalty and quitting when it gets tough is all dumb.

    Treat people like adults and you’re much more likely to get adult behavior back. Treat someone like a child and you’ll get childish behavior back. You can swap in professional for adult and amateur for child if you wish. Same difference.

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    1. The funny part is I won’t be the one complaining with all the transferring, especially when the one-time rule is in place. I’ll be the same person watching and will be calling next for kids to get paid.

      It’s the people calling for the kids to be able to leave penalty free who’ll be complaining when kids leave Pitt. I hope people are ready when they get their wishes.

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      1. I won’t be complaining. That’s just life. Adults can make their own decisions. If they want real contracts to bind them to the school let players negotiate the LOI’s.

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  80. At the elite schools, these athletes are already paid and there’s no such thing as a real class. It’s always been a sham.

    Not sure what the answer is besides breaking up the NCAA for football and basketball. Create a pro minor league system associated with the schools for those sports. Pay the athletes. They don’t have to take class.

    It levels the playing field for 90 percent of the schools like Pitt. Let the Alabama’s have their cake. Let pitt play against like minded schools who still value the academic mission and the standard of scholar athlete.

    This transfer rule is bs if it doesn’t have penalties. A coach has a buyout if he leaves. A school should at least be compensated if an athlete leaves or that athlete needs to sit out a year.

    Tex

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    1. Coaches can also negotiate a contract. Players cannot negotiate an LOI. Make it a real negotiated contract and you have your penalties …

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  81. So we are sitting around talking while watching Fox news then all of a sudden my lovely wife gets a little antsy stands and says she’s going up to the local Shop and Save. I asked her what she was going to get and she replies… “whatever is left on the shelves” LOL!

    This coronavirus may turn out to be worse than PITT not going for the TD against Notre Dame.

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      1. LOL B, I must be be delirious…… and turned it out hilarious. Good to see you’re on the beam Biggie! I’ve been working on my brain but it ain’t cooperating with with me. Loved your video and watch your ears.

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  82. As you know, I wear my heart on my sleeve……. Today is our 29th wedding anniversary, I suppose I’m serving a life sentence? I could post a song or two but I’ll spare your all……… enough about me

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  83. Great question Fran………… I guess the answer is every song you could imagine. << No surprise there……Maybe ain’t no mountain high enough. Angie loves that tune. Here’s one for you and as always.. my best wishes!!!

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