On Wisconsin

This article suggestion was submitted by frequent reader Donald Georgis

Per Donald, it’s relevant to Pitt because, “Many on the POV blog often offer comments on Wisconsin’s football program, but I don’t know if any of them really know who is responsible for its success.  Without a doubt, the credit goes to Donna Shalala who was instrumental in the resurrection of the football program at UW.  The program was in dire shape when Donna was hired as Chancellor of UW around 1990.  There was little interest in the program as evidenced by low game attendance averaging around 30,000 or so.  I am enclosing an article about the resurrection of football at UW that pretty much explains what it takes to establish the groundwork for a solid program.  Prior to her arrival, the UW administration was pretty much like Pitt’s BOT.  I would appreciate it if you would publish the article on the POV blog since it would help POVerts better understand what it takes to build a sound athletics program – at least in the view of UW.”

Here is the link to the article, and I’ve pasted the full text below. Continue reading “On Wisconsin”

2019 Football Survey Results

2019 Football Survey Results

Well mediocrity abounds doesn’t it?  Blowing a 16 point lead at home to a beatable Wake Forest team certainly smacks of it.  I genuinely feel for all Pitt fans who had to suffer through that one in person.  The good news is that Capel is only in year two of his rebuild and he still has the support of just about every Pitt fan I’ve seen on this board and on social media.

Pat Narduzzi, not so much.

Since posting our first ever end-of-season football survey – which focused on Pat Narduzzi and the job he’s done – on December 31st, I’ve received over 350 responses.  That’s a tremendous amount of participation and I think it gives us a representative sample of POV readership and their opinions.  Now what the actual demographic of a POV reader…well I didn’t include any of those types of questions on the poll, so that’s a raise the bar for next time.

Nonetheless, these are 350 people who clearly care about Pitt football, and who took some time to answer a few questions about it.  I will caution that this data should be considered “directionally correct” and not as gospel.  I say this because 42 people identified as a “regular reader and commenter”, even though I typically see the same dozen or so people comment on a regular basis.  On the other hand, I have definitely seen up to forty people at a POV tailgate, so maybe I’m the one with the skewed perspective.

Anywhooo….here are the results: Continue reading “2019 Football Survey Results”

PSA: All Veterans Now Have Shopping Benefits!


My friends – this new benefit development is huge.  Now any veterans can use all the shopping and discount travel benefits that only Active Duty and Retired members could use before this passed… I urge any veteran or caregiver to look into this immediately.

As always if you have any question I can be reached at rkohberger@gmail.com.


According to the Department of Defense, starting Jan. 1, 2020, all service-connected Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war (POW), and individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible Veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) can use commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) retail facilities, in-person and online.

For more information regarding these privileges and access to military installations, visit http://www.militaryonesource.mil/expanding-access

Who is eligible Jan. 1, 2020?

  • Veterans
    • Purple Heart recipients
    • former prisoners of war
    • Veterans with 0-90% service-connected disability ratings

(For former service members who have not yet sought disability compensation from VA, visit https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/)

  • Medal of Honor recipients and Veterans with 100% service-connected disability ratings are already eligible under existing DOD policy.
  • Caregivers
    • On Jan. 1, individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregiver of an eligible veteran under the PCAFC will be eligible for these privileges.
    • For information about primary family caregivers in the PCAFC, visit https://www.caregiver.va.gov/.

Required credentials.

  • Veterans
    • On Jan. 1, Veterans eligible solely under this act who are eligible to obtain a Veteran Health Identification Card must use this credential for in-person installation and privilege access. The card must display the Veteran’s eligibility status (i.e., PURPLE HEART, FORMER POW or SERVICE CONNECTED). Apply here:  https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic/index.asp.
    • Veterans eligible solely under this act who are not enrolled in or are not eligible to enroll in VA health care, or who are enrolled in VA health care, but do not possess a Veteran Health Identification Card will not have access to DoD and Coast Guard installations for in-person commissary, exchange, and MWR retail privileges, but will have full access to online exchanges and American Forces Travel.
    • Medal of Honor recipients and Veterans with 100% service-connected disability ratings are eligible for DoD credentials under DoD policy.
  • Caregivers
    • Eligible caregivers will receive an eligibility letter from VA’s Office of Community Care.
    • If you are a primary family caregiver under the PCAFC and lose your eligibility letter, please call 1-877-733-7927 to request a replacement.  Please allow two weeks for processing.

Find out more about military resale privileges.

Pitt Football Year End Survey and Statistics Recap

Pitt Football Year End Survey and Statistics Recap

Well, it’s the end of another football season and another year (and the end of my first full season at the helm of the POV), and I’d like to try to start a tradition if I might.

After the Quick Lane bowl I posted (rather hastily and somewhat drunkenly) on Twitter that “90% of POV readership had turned on Pat Narduzzi”.  I later deleted this tweet after a couple of people commented (in a very diplomatic way I will add) that this may or may not be true.  Well, I thought to myself, there is really only one way to find out, and so I developed a few poll questions… Continue reading “Pitt Football Year End Survey and Statistics Recap”