‘Tis the season for postseason awards. And Pitt has had some meaningful awards awarded. Yeah they went 6-5 and that was underwhelming (even in a COVID year), but you have to admit, Pitt still had some pretty strong individual performances. Especially on the defensive line. Patrick Jones All American? Check. Rashad Weaver All American? Check. (They were both two stars by the way. Just in case anyone was wondering.) And then Freshmen All Americans. Jordan Addison? Check. Kalijah Cancey? Check. (A couple of three-stars. Ho-hummm). Oh and lets not forget walk-on-to-all-ACC Center Jimmy Morssisey. Top-three finalist for the Bullsworth Trophy (awarded to the top walk-on player each year). Check.
And so it got me to thinking, maybe the POV should award its own postseason awards, not to players but to posters. After all, this blog is about you. And without the Pitt POV’s loyal readers and commenters, well I’d just be another jerk with a platform. And so I’m going to unilaterally award the first annual Pitt POV awards, (Next year I might even put it up to a vote~) Either way, thanks for reading, posting and being part of the community. I appreciate you all.
Most Frequent Poster – This would be an easy one to base on facts (just count the number of posts!), but the fact is that our most frequent poster doesn’t always post under the same handle. And well, they say that quantity doesn’t always make up for quantity, but you know what, this guy sure knows how to use repetition to his advantage. At the end of the day TEXAS PANTHER (i.e. TEX) wins this one. Congratulations Tex, many people have told you to shut the hell up, but to your credit you never, ever listen. (and we love you for it, all the same).
Most Rational Poster – Okay this one is a little more subjective, because there are a lot of rational posters out there. This poster needs to (in my opinion) straddle the line between optimism and pessimism and also add in a healthy dose of objectivity given the actual state of Pitt Athletics in the context of college athletics. I’ll be the first to admit this is no easy task. With that being said, there are a few posters that come to mind. First is the appropriately named VOICE OF REASON. Second is the sometimes poster, often reader ULTERIOR MOTIFFS, and third is the often hard-to-find TOSSING THABEEETS (although he did chime in on the latest thread a couple of times). After much deliberation (i.e. about three sips of my drink) I’ve decided I’m going to have to split this one into first, second and third team. Starting from the bottom up: Third Team: Tossing Thabeets (just don’t see enough of you) Second Team: Ulterior Motiffs (Always a timely post after a game, but seldom in between), and First Time: Voice of Reason (always ready with a comment). Congratulations Fellas, if we are ever in the same town at the same time I’d like to buy you a beer.
Most Team Spirit – There is always a guy who is pointing out the wins outside of Football. Whether it be baseball, or women’s basketball, or heck, even swimming and diving. Anyway, no matter what the sport, you can tell that this one cares about Pitt. Always upbeat, always has good news. An alumni’s alumni. MAJOR MAJORS this one is for you.
Best Tailgate – That which is understood does not need to be explained. LASTROWOFSECTIONFOUR…come on down.
Best Basketball Poster – I’ve got a soft spot for DAN 72 because he knows a lot more about basketball than I do and he shares it. Congratulations Dan and keep it coming.
Most Irrational Poster – Well I hate that one guy is getting multiple awards but you know who is going to get this one. His arguments are flawed, and if you’ve scored a B or better in Pitt’s symbolic logic class you can usually call him out (although he won’t admit it). He often repeats the same arguments over and over, and it’s pretty easy to predict which topics will set him off. Yes we Love ya TEX. It wouldn’t be the POV without you.
Most Negative Poster: Used to be UPITTBASEBALL, but The title now goes to THE MASKED MARINO. Only shows up when things are bad, and his takes? Well they will usually make you laugh to keep from crying. Are they the same guy? We may never know…
Best Newcomer: ARNOLD ZIFFEL. (From Wikipedia) Arnold Ziffel was a pig featured in Green Acres, an American situation comedy that aired on CBS from 1965 to 1971. The show is about a fictional lawyer, Oliver Wendell Douglas, and his wife, Lisa – city-dwellers who move to Hooterville, a farming community populated by oddballs. Arnold is a pig of the Chester White breed, but is treated as the son of farmer Fred Ziffel and his wife, Doris, a childless couple. Everyone in Hooterville (besides Oliver Douglas) accepts this without question. Arnold’s first TV appearance was in the second season of Petticoat Junction in the episode “A Matter of Communication”. Arnold can do pretty much anything a human can. He can write his name and change channels on the television. He watches the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite to keep up with the issues.  He signs checks and can adjust the TV antenna, and he is the smartest student at the local grade school.  He carries his lunchbox in his mouth, and often plays practical jokes on the other students.  Arnold is also artistically talented: he is working on a novel, he plays the piano, and he is an accomplished abstract painter, dubbed “Porky Picasso”, whose piece titled “Nude at a Filling Station” wins first prize out of two thousand entries in a student art contest.   He even works as a “paper pig” delivering newspapers, although he has a bad habit of throwing copies so hard and so badly aimed that he sometimes breaks windows. MM NOTE: Please keep posting Arnold.
Top Guest Author / Most Analytical: Richard Hefner (aka PITT-COCKS FAN) spent his working days as an accountant (I think), and it shows. The POV would be much the poorer were it not for his weekly “Next Up” articles during the football season. They are jam packed with stats, figures and analysis (and a weekly reference to The Citadel as well!). Thank you Richard for your continued contributions to this humble Blog.
Best Poster: Okay so where to begin? When I first took over the POV, I jumped on a plane from Atlanta to Pittsburgh in time for the 2018 Virginia Tech at Pitt game. You remember it:
There I was introduced to many of the “usual suspects” at LASTROW’s (i.e. Fran’s) tailgate. One of those suspects had few words to say, and yet he had a presence. The way he shook my hand, the way he looked me in the eye…told me he was different. I’ll remember that handshake and that gaze for as long as I live. He posts regularly. And if all Pitt fans embodied the qualities that he embodies, well, Pitt would have one of the most passionate, loyal, and steadfast fan bases in all of college football. He celebrates the good, and he doesn’t sulk during the bad. He believes in the University and its mission, and he defends what he understands to be right. You cannot ask any more from a Pitt Man. This year’s winner of the best poster award, is THOMAS EICHER, i.e. IKE. Additionally, this award henceforth will be known as the IKE Award It will be awarded annually to the commenter who best embodies the qualities of passion, perseverance, optimism, loyalty and support of Pitt Athletics. Hail to Pitt and Hail to Ike, a man we should all be proud to say is a friend and fellow Pitt POV’er.
Have a Happy Holiday everyone.