Safe to Play?

First, and this adds significant real-life context to the discussion we’ve been having, Pitt POV reader and commenter Russ Broman passed away yesterday.  The cause of death was Coronavirus.  Russ posted under the handle “RKB”, and was known for his outspoken opinions.   Russ contracted COVID while working as an assistant DA in the Allegheny County Courthouse.  Sadly, it’s possible that his death could have been avoided.

Per a July 13th article by KDKA:

Before going into the hospital, Broman filed a complaint against the Allegheny County court system with OSHA — the Occupational Safety and Health Administration — and the family’s attorney directed KDKA’s Andy Sheehan to speak with Nightingale, one of several friends who Broman emailed, complaining of a lack for safety protocols in the courthouse and alleging that one judge, in particular, did not require masks in her courtroom.

“His message called into question court administration’s saying they’re doing everything possible to notify people who have been exposed, the masking guidelines were being strictly followed. It was, in my opinion, a plea for help and a cry for transparency,” said Nightingale.

Prior to the courts reopening the first week of June, President Judge Kim Berkley Clark ordered that all employees and judges wear masks. And after a court reporter tested positive, Clark sent out a letter on June 26 reaffirming that order.

“I have received reports that not everyone, including judges, is wearing a mask or face covering during court proceedings….Not wearing a mask is disrespectful and sends a message to the public and attorneys, that we care more about our personal comfort than we do about their safety. Failure to socially distance sends the same message,” Clark said in the letter.

And so, here we are.  A good man has died because people were not wearing masks, and possibly because the court was not aggressive enough in implementing video conferencing and enforcing social distancing.  Per a July 14th Trib article: Continue reading “Safe to Play?”

#WeWantToPlay

#WeWantToPlay

As near as I can tell, The Movement, as it will come to be known, started in Clemson, South Carolina on Friday, August 31st at 7:31 p.m.

80,000 people liked the suggestion.

The reasoning crystallized

And, curiously, spread to PA (albeit in typically self-centered Nitter fashion, note the change of pronoun.)

Had its grammar corrected

Created inclusion

Was further articulated

Caught on

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So Long …

So Long …

Two things happened yesterday that will affect Pitt’s football season.  First, consensus (or near consensus as far as I can tell) all-American Defensive Tackle Jaylen Twyman opted out for the season.  Given Twyman’s history and family situation he can hardly be blamed, and I for one am proud of Pitt fans’ (and Pitt’s) response to this one.  Handled with class.  Here is Twyman’s statement:

I started playing football when I was six years old.  I immediately fell in love with it.  Football has changed my life.  It has led me to places that I could only dream of [after] growing up in Lincoln Heights.  

Football has brought me to Pitt and I love it so much.  I love putting on that blue and gold helmet and just grinding with my brothers.  

This past year has been crazy for so many people.  It makes you realize you have responsibilities beyond yourself.  That’s why I have decided to opt out of the 2020 season and declare for the 2021 NFL draft, and to return home to be with my family.  This isn’t about COVID-19.  This is about my family’s needs, now and in the future.

I want to thank Coach Narduzzi for his support in my decision.  He has always believed in me.  I want to thank him for giving me the chance to pursue my dreams at Pitt – and beyond Pitt. 

I want to thank coach Partridge who made me a better person and player every day.  

I want to thank Panther Nation for their love.  I will miss running out of the Heinz Field tunnel and hearing “Thunderstruck”.

I promised my mother and Coach Narduzzi that I will finish my degree at the University of Pittsburgh.  Pitt will always be part of me.  

Forever a Pitt Man!

Tywman Statement

Continue reading “So Long …”

ACC Football Schedule Open Thread

Might as well comment on this in in real time.  Schedule is due to be released at 9 a.m. EST.

Will Pitt get hosed and get stuck with Clemson, ND and FSU out of the gate?  What about the non-con game?  Will it be a warm-up or a cool-down?  Will Miami be at the end of the season as always?  Without the benefit of a few tune-up games, you’d think the early season advantage this season would swing towards more experienced teams who have not changed coordinators.  (Read:  Pitt …although Clemson and ND have stability as well.   Miami and FSU on the other hand have had some turnover.)

I can tell you one thing, no matter what gets published, I would expect a lot to complain about.  As we’ve discussed, Pitt will always be marginalized in a league founded and run out of North Carolina.

Meanwhile, here is a little levity for you until the actual schedule is announced.  It appears she is a UNC alum as the ‘Heels are the only ACC blueblood not being trolled.

Added 9:11 AM

And here is the schedule.  Not bad actually.  Not bad at all.

Pitt 2021 Schedule

The Week in Review 8/2/2020

Good morning to you all.  Big week last week for ACC football and college football in general, and I’ll be posting all the news and notes, but before I do I wanted to put up a couple of links that Reed Kohberger sent me.  (If you are new here, he founded the blog.  If you’re not new here well then you already know this).  Reed has started his own Blog “Reed’s Home Port” and it gives him the space to explore topics that are typically off limits to this Pitt Sports blog.  Here are two of his latest offerings.  He goes deep into his formative years, and if you’ve met Reed or simply been a fan of his sports writing, they are an extremely interesting glimpse into the personal side of Reed Kohberger, with a philosophical slant that is genuine food for thought.

https://reedkohberger.com/huh-go-figure/

https://reedkohberger.com/what-did-you-want-to-be/

Check them out and I’m sure he’d enjoy your comments.

Okay, and now back to your regularly scheduled Pitt content:

First – after the Elliot Donald commit, Dorien Ford is a big target.  It’s not just Pat Narduzzi that wants him.

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10+1 = Football?

10+1 = Football?

The ACC inched closer to playing actual college football today.  They did this by doing four things:  Adopting an 11 game schedule, adding Notre Dame on a one-year basis, pushing the start of the season back to September 12th and adding a big, fat coronavirus caveat.

Per ESPN:

“The ACC board of directors voted Wednesday to proceed with an 11-game football season that begins the weekend of Sept. 12 — and includes FBS independent Notre Dame playing a full league schedule — but only if public health guidance allows.”  (Emphasis added)

Heather Lyke was quick to temper expectations, with a statement she released just minutes ago:

“The announcement of an ACC scheduling model is an important first step as we continue to build a framework to safely play the 2020 season. The focal point of our planning has been, and will continue to be, the health and well-being of our student-athletes. The ACC’s Medical Advisory Group has been an exceptional resource in helping us plot a course in an ever-changing health environment. We will remain vigilant as we work through the additional details that need to be resolved before a season can commence.”

So in essence the ACC has given its the states in which its member institutions reside 45 days to to get their collective acts together.   The Vegas action on whether or not the ACC states actually can get their acts together would be hot — if casinos were taking bets on COVID (and who knows maybe they are).  Continue reading “10+1 = Football?”