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October 11, 2011

The Pain. Oh, the Pain

Filed under: Coaches,Football — Chas @ 1:06 pm

Sorry, I had to stay off the computer the night after the game, and on Sunday morning we headed down to in-laws for an overnighter. No internet and no chance to get away to a coffee shop for wi-fi. Yesterday, I had to head right off to work, and it kept going through this morning. Now it is Tuesday afternoon, and the attention should be turning to the Utah game, but I am way behind.

Not sure what to say about the game. Check that, plenty to say, but getting it out without jumping all over the place and descending into sputtering frustration is the issue. To be clear, I have not given up on this season. Not saying BCS at this point, but I think it can still be a decent season.

First of all, Rutgers was flat out the better team. Their offense wasn’t really very good, but it avoided mistakes and eventually capitalized on the excellent field position and opportunities. The Rutgers defense, however, was hellacious. They attacked and attacked and attacked. They exploited the issues on Pitt’s O-line and got Pitt to make mistakes. The reason Rutgers won this game, the Syracuse game and nearly beat UNC was because their defense has been outstanding.

The thing about that defense, was how much it attacked and blitzed. It wasn’t a surprise. That is what Greg Schiano likes to do. As much as it can be played up that Schiano is a bit of a Wannstedt disciple, and likes to run the same conservative pro-style offense. They have little in common on how they use their defense. Schiano likes to use his defense to force a team to make a mistake. Attack, disguise blitzes. Bring extra men, take chances to make something happen. He probably had to do even more of that this year with the problems on the Rutgers offense. Wannstedt expects his defense to wait until a team makes a mistake, and then take advantage of it. Schiano will take a risk, Wannstedt will not.

That is key. The Ron Cook bit about how Frank Cignetti and Dave Wannstedt got some measure of vindication from the Rutgers win is questionable to me at best. Rutgers won the game because their defense was outstanding and made Pitt pay. Rutgers knew Pitt was down two of their best offensive linemen and never hesitated to keep bringing pressure. They would take their chances on letting Ray Graham get yardage if they could keep pounding on the quarterback and forcing mistakes in passing situations.

While Pitt’s line play was as poor as it was stellar against South Florida, the USF game also had a defense that did not take advantage of the Pitt O-line. Rather than attack and press, they stuck with a base front to try and get pressure. They did not exploit weaknesses. To me the USF defense was much more reminiscent of Wannstedt’s approach on defense.

The best thing you could say about the Rutgers offense is that they finally protected the quarterback. Otherwise, it there was only one series where the offense made something happen. This past Saturday, that was enough.





Welcome back. A win this week gets everyone in a better mood.

Comment by alcofan 10.11.11 @ 1:07 pm

Receiver Mike Shanahan believes the older players on the team have to show better leadership. “Guys who have been playing for a while now have to step up and take ownership,” he said. “Coach says it’s on them, but at some point, it’s on us to go out and execute.”

Well yea. Please start executing Shanahan, had you caught that 40 yd. ball Anderson threw to you against ND, we might not still be living this QB nightmare, over and over and over and over……again.

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 1:18 pm

Definitely share the frustration of all, but this loss was particularly hard to take…I don’t understand the Jekyl & Hyde nature of the offense, shouldn’t they get the scheme by now…unfortunately we also probably found out that our backup QB is not the answer to our problems. I sure hope that the highly touted Votyk (sp?) comes in ready to start next year…ah, next year…isn’t dreaming about what will happen next year always the problem with Pitt? Maybe next year we’ll go back to the orinigal blue and gold colors too….Pardon my pessimism, this loss just hurt that bad. I really thought the USF game put this team on track to finish the year strong…I was wrong.

Comment by CJK 10.11.11 @ 1:23 pm

The biggest problem, Graham said, is the offense. That is a tough pill to swallow for the coach, whose “high-octane” offensive philosophy not only is the subject of a university ad campaign but a mindset for the way he is building his program.

It might go a long way in explaining his decision to pull starting quarterback Tino Sunseri at halftime of the Rutgers game when the Panthers trailed by only a field goal.

Graham said he has not second-guessed the decision to insert freshman Trey Anderson into the game. But it was Anderson’s interception on the second series of the half that set up a touchdown and a 13-3 lead that got the ball rolling toward a Rutgers runaway.

Media seems more interested in harpooning TG for pulling Sunseri from the game. hmmmm

I mean, who would think of pulling a QB who’s been totally inconsistent, missed countless wide open receivers for TD’s and 1rst downs and led the team to a sterling 3 points
against Rutgers thru one half. I mean, what nerve TG has for EVEN considering that!

Shame on him and btw never do that again. (seems to be the message directed)

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 1:26 pm

Chas, good analysis in the difference approaches to defnse employed by Wanny and Schiano. Always thought that Wanny’s long pro experience tainted his thinking since the college QB and receivers are much less likely to exploit a blitz compared to an NFL Qb and receivers.

I do believe Cook was being a bit too presumptuous (as usual) in stating that Wanny no doubt thoroughly enjoyed Saturday’s game … after all, he was close to many of the Pitt players and it is his alma mater.

Lastly, glad you stated the big difference in Pitt’s OL play vs USF and Rutgers .. to me, it looked like two different units (but I guess that it was USF’s and RU’s defenses that were the different units)

Comment by wbb 10.11.11 @ 1:30 pm

unfortunately we also probably found out that our backup QB is not the answer to our problems
Comment by CJK 10.11.11 @ 1:23 pm

There was a QB named….I think it was Palko who struggled mightily in his first few games. I remember he looked like a junior high player against Nebraska at Heinz, he was absolutely pathetic. Turned out pretty good and has actually played a little in the NFL.

So…we just give up on Anderson after 2 series.
hahahahahahaha

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 1:30 pm

Oh and Nebraska sucked that year.

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 1:34 pm

Again, I think Holtz is kicking himself for not bringing the house and putting the pressure on Tino to beat his defense.

I hope Utah and everyone else we play decides to play us like USF and not Rutgers.

Comment by TampaT 10.11.11 @ 1:36 pm

This team has zero chance of making a bowl…. Even the Uncle Charley’s Sauasage Dog Shit Bowl held in Carrick. I’d rather not have the National media and fans watch the embarrassment that is Pitt Football. I hope we can end all this bowl, bcs talk after Utah and their back-up qb beat us and show way more heart.

Comment by Upittbaseball 10.11.11 @ 1:43 pm

Cook’s article reads like it was written by a Penn State fan — which it was. He practically slanders Wanny by presenting him as a petty little man.

As far as Cigs goes, he knows the score. The head coach gets fired, the assistants go as well. The only slight he may feel would come from the fact that Peterson hired Haywood instead of him as the new HC.

Comment by Chuck Morris 10.11.11 @ 1:47 pm

Anderson needs a real chance let him play for a half at least tino cant do it what do we have to lose the game tino is already loseing the games. and i know Wbb the team was not good eather but we need a change at QB it might help.

Comment by FRANKCAN 10.11.11 @ 1:48 pm

Agree Upittbaseball,

Pitt in a BCS Bowl with this QB would be comical if it wasn’t my university. And yes it would be better not to get a bid to the Sausage Dog Shit Bowl in East Bumf*ck, Alabama.

Funny alot of folks bring up, well we had a lot of upheaval in the program, etc., blah, blah, blah.

Um, I believe the Hoopies have had a little upheaval as well. You know the little Bill Stewart matter. Doesn’t seem to be affecting them much, what are they, 5-1? ranked in the Top 15 and are pointing up the points.

Perhaps we have more sensitive players. Or WVU actually has a legit D1 QB.

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 1:51 pm

And two outher things big east to go to 12 teams hadthey done that 6 mounths ago we might still be in big east blame the BB schools for that.

And has any one read that missouri might be looking at the ACC becuse of the SEC hold up they would fit better in the ACC that is or sure.

Comment by FRANKCAN 10.11.11 @ 2:00 pm

I agree about Anderson .. you either give him a real chance or don’t play him at all .. and as I have ben saying all along, I really don’t care who is playing QB … I just honestly believe that any Pitt QB would have won that game on Saturday.

Another misconception is automatically thinking that a pass that went awry with what appeared to be an open receiver is the total fault of the QB. It could well be that the receivers were breaking off the routes — just like it happened against ND

Comment by wbb 10.11.11 @ 2:01 pm

I’m glad I’m not the Pitt football head coach right now.

This team has issues!

Can Tood Graham continue to live with the decision to start Sunseri?

Very difficult to motivate players when thay aren’t willing to put it all out there in practice and then cary it into game day. Rutgers just out husseled us.

I think just about everybody who has any interest in following Pitt football has come to a public concensus that our starting QB can’t get it done on a consistant basis.

When does Graham decide enough is enough and decide to go with somebaody else, anybody else!!, at QB?

Comment by Dr. Tom 10.11.11 @ 2:01 pm

This years BE title will still come down to the Pitt-WVU game. Just because you lose a conference game doesn’t mean you don’t win the conference. Most college teams are up and down, especially those with new coaching staffs.

Comment by notrocketscience 10.11.11 @ 2:02 pm

I agree 10000000000000% Emel… WVU has dealt with even more than us, coach in waiting, coach shitfaced at casino, Bill wanted dirt on Dana, etc. I still find it comical Pederson and his crew actually offered Haywood a job. That guy should be a VP of Sales to fool anyone. Well, I just blame Peterson he is a tool. WVU’s loss was to number #1 team in the country. They could beat us by 25 easily. You HAVE to play Anderson and play the kid the whole game. What value (is there playing Tino) unless his Mom is sending Todd homemade Veal Parm???????

Comment by Upittbaseball 10.11.11 @ 2:03 pm

Chas:
Glad you are back. I was a wreck after the game (once again (48-14, BCS, Sun Bowl, Miami ’10, Iowa, ND,etc…)).
After you weren’t up for a few days I was getting woried about you and if yet another “hapless” performance made you break!
Let’s look forward to better games!
Hail to Pitt!!!!!

Comment by Mill 10.11.11 @ 2:03 pm

Pitt will have no bearing on the Big Least Championship Game. Are you serious???? Rocketscience. They got blown out by Rutgers…. Yes, I said Rutgers…. Most in the US don’t even know who Rutgers is and or where they are. Rutgers and you think we will be vying for Championship?????

Comment by Upittbaseball 10.11.11 @ 2:05 pm

At this point, the WVU game looks really ugly for us. I could see us getting beat like 57-10 or so.
Hey but as long as Tino thinks he played a good game, we’ll all be alright with that. And he had such a good week of practice leading up to the game, just can’t figure that out.

He’ll be much better next year don’t worry. You know with the transition to High Octane and all, it was just all too overwhelming for a 4rth year redshirt junior to comprehend. He’ll have better arm strength and much better accuracy that will NOT be displayed in the Spring Game, but hey he just had a bad day and he shows a lot more in the closed practices. He hits those 40-50 yard bombs with ease and even the WR’s catch them in practice as well and they even run the correct routes. Imagine that !

Well at least Zeise will imagine all of that for us.

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 2:05 pm

What value (is there playing Tino) unless his Mom is sending Todd homemade Veal Parm???????
Comment by Upittbaseball 10.11.11 @ 2:03 pm

LMAO, the Veal Parm also comes with a note from Sal, with an offer you can’t refuse. haha

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 2:12 pm

I posted last week that Rutgers this year might be the BE’s UConn (from last year) .. note that they play WVU & Cincy in NJ this year. From worst to first? .. something to ponder

Comment by wbb 10.11.11 @ 2:15 pm

Dr Tom well said you are so very right.

Comment by FRANKCAN 10.11.11 @ 2:18 pm

Rutgers is not a good team and they pounded the Panthers, which makes me further wonder how good South Florida really is. And given the egg that Iowa, which beat Pitt, laid yesterday against Penn State, that leads me to further question how good Pitt really is.

I do know this – the Panthers have a lot further to go than anybody could have imagined and until the offensive line gets better, the quarterback becomes more consistent and the receivers become more of a factor, this team is going to continue to struggle and will lose games in this manner

The Good Reverand Zeise 10/09/2011

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 2:20 pm

Upittbaseball – are you really a Pitt fan or just a Nitter or Hoopie troll? Your yinzer negativity and lack of faith is really disheartening. Pitt will pleasantly surprise you this weekend. You’ll see some Octane in the ‘O’ and nastiness in the ‘D.’ I’m proud of my alma mater, win or lose. A bandwagon or fair weather fan I am not. I am also not delusional in thinking Pitt would go 10-2 and win the Big East this year. A transition period is expected unless you bought the hype. However, the future all starts getting better this Friday night at Central Valley.

Comment by TX Panther 10.11.11 @ 2:25 pm

EMel you are a real wit you are the best you really crack me up keep it comeing .

You make my day and you are right i read were WVU was asking for walk ons and abought the players who were hurt in there OL but that has not stoped them.

Comment by FRANKCAN 10.11.11 @ 2:26 pm

@Frankie,

Wow, Mizzou in the ACC would be a real nice catch for them. Another new 2 TV markets(KC & St. Louis) to add to Pittsburgh and Upstate NY, NYC. Would certainly increase the TV revenue pie for all. Then if they could get ND, that would be complete.

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 2:33 pm

Uconn has been blocked by BC and who, who, who, really wants RU. Even though they beat us, they’re still pathetic, play in a shit 46,000 seat stadium and their basketball team is worse than the football team.

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 2:37 pm

EMel check this out it is a good read SB nation Big East Coast Bias A look at the tentative big east football divisions oct 11

Comment by FRANKCAN 10.11.11 @ 2:47 pm

I guess my biggest question is why would you even have two #5’s suited up at the same time, knowing that a penalty would be “killer”. Attention to detail is a coaches #1 priority. Simply cannot understand why TG allowed that to happen.
What a “train wreck”!

Comment by Dan 72 10.11.11 @ 2:49 pm

Not sure what a Nitter is??? I’m guessing a fan of PSU, parents both went there and yes I don’t mind PSU. I have no hate for them. I actually respect Paterno. A Hoopie? WVU, was recruited there and chose Pitt so no, not a big WVU fan but I can respect that they hired the better coach and they are actually winning unlike (our) Pitt Panthers. So I am either a PSU or WVU pan if I haven’t had the Todd Graham/Pitt koolaid?? No just sick and tired of the same product put on the field and every week people saying we are close to being good, etc.

Comment by Upittbaseball 10.11.11 @ 2:52 pm

Message for Tx Panther.

Comment by Upittbaseball 10.11.11 @ 2:53 pm

Good point Mel, on the WVU has had it’s share of upheaval, hard to argue that point. Well stated.

As for the crap o’ brady bowl or whatever. Hey, I can’t stand those as much as anyone. Half the teams go to bowl games now. But, you still would like to be in the half that goes. Plus, that does give you a lot of extra practice time that coaches covet.

As for the BCS, doubtful with this team. I wouldn’t write it totally off though. Everyone knows how games go, Rutgers could end up losing to Louisville and South Florida etc. etc. Pitt staying undefeated till the WVU game is a little thin though.

As bad as it is, to go to a BCS bowl and get shellacked, you still gotta take it.

FRANKCAN, excellent point, that many of harped on for years. I even mentioned all three service academies, and I know a lot of people mentioned Navy numerous times. If he had got the conference to twelve, they may have been a little sturdier.

I think the ACC may have still come after Pitt and Syracuse eventually, but, it would have given both of those A.D.’s a lot more to think about.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m personally thrilled to be in the ACC, but, they could have possibly saved it.

Comment by Dan 10.11.11 @ 2:59 pm

Oh, as for someone in previous posts, someone I had never seen before, who said, “don’t know why you’re excited to go to the ACC, just to get killed by Florida St., Va Tech and Ga. Tech” you just got blown out by Rutgers.

1. The hoops is going to be absolutely orgasmic!!!

2. Well, if we’re to be pummeled in football, I’d rather be pummeled by FSU, Ga Tech, and Va Tech than Rutgers, Louisville and Cincy!!!

Just a personable preference, it just sounds better!!! ha ha lol

p.s. Wake Forest just beat FSU!!!

Comment by Dan 10.11.11 @ 3:06 pm

Dan thanks for the answer of my post .
Big east top expansion target is UCF. We also talked abought them way back when.

Comment by FRANKCAN 10.11.11 @ 3:09 pm

Glad to see you back, Chas. I was going to make my way East side for an intervention if we didn’t hear from you by Thursday!

I just want to add a point to the Palko reference vs. Nebraska. If you remember, Tyler was a bit hyper yet indecisive at that point in his career…and it came to a head in that game. We were getting blown out and the crowd was typical SOP boos… we had an excuse though… empty stadium for the Hurricane).

Anyways, Walt sat him down for Flacco. Flacco handed off three times, and Tyler came back and nearly led us to a win. My point is– that kind of “spark” worked for Palko and in the context of that game and that player (upside, intelligent, talented and coachable) worked. Palko played the remainder of that season like a stud. Had he not been stunted by Wanny, I believe he would have had a great college career (not necessarily Pros, but definately better if he had 2 more years with Walt).

Why– on Earth — does Trey see the game at that point? The game was still close? Why???? Why not in the Buffalo or Maine game? Why not against ND at home?

The consolation is….we know that Tino is what he is and will not be any better as a result of that spark. He is a 23 yr old JUNIOR with no upside. He should graduate and go be a Russel Wilson for another school. Oh, that’s right, he probably won’t get looked at by any reasonable school; unless he brings some homemades with bolognese sauce….

Comment by PaulyP 10.11.11 @ 3:11 pm

@Dan-o

Well I think WVU will win the BE(cringes as he types it) and maybe actually win a BCS bowl (depending on the matchup). It could be them against an ACC team in the Orange Bowl, like maybe Clemson. They could beat Clemson.
And Miami will be littered with old junker cars/pickups that made it down to Miami, but won’t make it back. haha

We most likely lose to Cincy, WVU and Cuse. So at 6-6 it will be the Crap O’Brady Bowl against some Sun Belt team. Oh lord. Like I said the other week, Tino will be the Bowl MVP! haha

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 3:12 pm

I’m with you, Dan. I cannot accept losing to the likes of Cincy, Rutgers, UCONN and South Florida– two of these teams did not even exist at the D1 level 10 years ago….

I’d rather get blown out or snatch defeat from the jaws of victory (The Pitt Way) vs. Clemson, FSU, Miami, GA Tech…

Comment by PaulyP 10.11.11 @ 3:13 pm

Speaking of that 2004 Pitt-Nebraska game at Heinz:

Check out the 4rth player down.

Rob Petitti T
So Tyler Palko QB
Fr Joe Flacco QB
RS Rashad Jennings RB
Fr Derek Kinder WR 48
Fr Darrelle Revis CB
Greg Lee
Tim Murphy
Fr Darrell Strong TE 14
So Steve Buches TE 84
Jr Raymond Kirkley RB 43
Jr Marcus Furman RB 2
So Joe DelSardo WR 4
Jr Erik Gill TE 45
Jr Kellen Campbell RB 38
H.B. Blades LB
Josh Cummings K
Fr Kelvin Chandler WR 82
So Adam Graessle P 18

Rashad Jennings transferred out and is now in his 3rd season at RB with the Jacksonville Jaguars and has averaged OVER 5 yds./carry.

I count 6 Panthers off this team who made it to the NFL.

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 3:28 pm

Wow…that’s a flashback EMel

Comment by PaulyP 10.11.11 @ 3:32 pm

Upittbaseball
I agree Rutgers sucks. Losing to a bad team does not make the season a lost cause. Would you write off the NY Giant because they lost to Seattle this past week….and remember, this is the BE. You don’t have to be 10-2 to win the league.

Comment by notrocketscience 10.11.11 @ 3:35 pm

That team was 8-4 and with all the underclassmen on it, you would have thought it would have gotten significantly better. Not to mention two 1rst round NFL draft picks.

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 3:40 pm

Fans like Upittbaseball I can do without. But they are out there, so what are you gonna do. I am as frustrated as anyone by the losses this team has had. You will never find me wishing more losses on them though — and especially not in the name of keeping them out of a bowl game.

Go Pitt! BEAT Utah!!

Comment by JCE 10.11.11 @ 3:42 pm

Whatever – I’m a realist and you are the same folks who keep saying wait till next week. If you are happy with being a laughing stock of the entire US then so be it. Buy 5 tickets and jump in the car and ride to Birmingham and spend 3k to watch 6-7 Pitt play 6-7 UTEP. My point and my frustrating is playing a QB who gives you zero chance of winning. I take it you (JCE) and Notrocketscience never played college ball. The team doesn’t support Tino and he is not a leader. Do you watch the same games I’m seeing?

Comment by Upittbaseball 10.11.11 @ 3:57 pm

so upittbaseball, if you don’t like the pitcher, do you let the ground ball go thru your legs?

Comment by wbb 10.11.11 @ 4:26 pm

Ah, yes. The “did you play college ball” argument. We seem to see it from you (Upittbaseball) everytime you need to emphasize your points. That has nothing to do with anything. I am not “happy being a laughing stock” and never said or hinted at any such thing. Your ultimate point may have become about who should be played at QB, but you initially posted to snark about Pitt’s bowl chances, and all but hoped that Pitt would lose its next game. If all of Pitt’s “fans” were like you the team wouldn’t have any fans at all. For real.

Comment by JCE 10.11.11 @ 4:30 pm

AP SALT LAKE CITY — Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn will have surgery on his left shoulder within the next 10 days and miss the remainder of the season. …

Wow, this should make a real difference for Saturday. If it doesn’t…. something is seriously amiss here gang.

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 4:45 pm

wbb, no you don’t if you have character but I’ve seen it happen. I can see it in the team that they do not believe in Tino. If your O-Line and team doesn’t believe in you as a leader then you will lose. Graham has used Trey in situations that in my opinion have not helped his development. Whoever else they want to play is fine but give the kid 4 full quarters to get into a groove. It hurts Tino just as much putting him in and pulling him out. As far as the bowl game. yes, I believe going to a shitty bowl does more damage than not being invited. Those games sell maybe 7-12k tickets to Pitt fans and the entire national audience sees that and so do recruits. If it isn’t a good bowl I’d decline the invite. TG needs to set a tone that Pitt expects more. Do you really think these kids want to go to Birmingham?

Comment by Upittbaseball 10.11.11 @ 4:49 pm

For the second week in a row, turnovers were the most glaring reason the Utes lost a game, as Utah was blown out by Arizona State 35-14 in front of 45,089 at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday.

A week after committing five turnovers in their loss to Washington, the Utes (2-3, 0-3) committed five against the No. 22 Sun Devils (5-1, 3-0).

Backup quarterback Jon Hays threw three interceptions in his first start for the Utes and Utah fumbled the ball away twice.

Utah is finding the PAC 12 a mite more difficult than the MWC. They are still looking for their first win (0-3) in the PAC 12.

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 4:49 pm

I’ve seen that happen(up close & personal) as well Upittbaseball.

In fact I had a centerfielder let one go right thru his wickets when the ball barely got past me (Pitching) and into Center Field. This guy was a real jerk.

That stuff happens a lot in all leagues depending on the situation and who is involved. Anyone who has EVER played knows that !

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 4:55 pm

In football, if Tino is a jerk (don’t know but have heard that on this board) then the lineman can easily miss a block. Who knows and hope that isn’t the case. Tino needs all the help he can get. I remember hearing some issues in the past with Rothlisberger in the clubhouse. This can happen at any level. Replace Tino ASAP and announce that in media and instill some confidence in your team TG!

Comment by Upittbaseball 10.11.11 @ 5:05 pm

Hey, good news the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl is in
a somewhat desirable place: St. Petersburg Fla.

link to en.wikipedia.org

It matches a BigEast team vs. C-USA team.
Here’s the kicker though. Should C-USA not have enough bowl eligible teams, a Sun Belt team is substituted.

Losing to Troy or FIU or Arkansas State or someone of that ilk would be really shameful. On the other hand wouldn’t that be ironic if we played TG’s former Tulsa team.

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 5:08 pm

Anyone it sure beats the hell out of Birmingham, Alabama. And the infamous BBVA Compass Bowl, that is if the name doesn’t change by game time. You see that bank is owned by a Spanish bank and some of you might have heard, the PIIGS nations are all pretty much insolvent, as are most of their banks.

Gotta love the banksters though, coming up with a term like PIIGS. Nice, very nice.

Comment by EMel 10.11.11 @ 5:13 pm

There is such a small line between negativism and realism. The realism is that the Pitt football team lost the Rutgers game within 24 hours of beating USF. Each Pitt Player and Coach interviewed post USF talked about all the hard work and dedication and the offense and defense gelling and coming together ad nauseum. They acted like they had never won before and that they achieved something of great magnitude. They did. They won a game, nothing more. Pitt won, be humble. Move to next game! There was no focus from the end of the game against USF and the end of the game against New Jersey Technical Institute. I wrote about this immediately following the USF game.

Coaches and players should always address predictions as follows. Our goal is to be undefeated after week one. We will not look at game two until game one is over. Same thing after game 1. We are fortunate to be 1-0. We played a great team. Our focus is now on Team 2. We will not talk about rankings and BE championship, because we haven’t proven anything. Our goal this week is to be undefeated after week 2. And so on…

Wrote that Pitt would get it handed to them if they didn’t immediately focus on New Jersey Tech. Pitt didn’t. Coaches fault. Players fault. No discipline, no humility, no focus, no win. This is not about talent. Pitt is more talented than NJT. They weren’t prepared which is inexcusable. This is not negativism, but realism. All Pitt players and coaches need to take lessons from Coach Tomlin and classes on public relations. A Win cures many things, not wins. You can’t be 9-3 unless you are 4-3 first. Be humble!! HTP and let’s get to 4-3!

Comment by dhuffdaddy 10.11.11 @ 9:48 pm

I’m also tired of this 1 series thing he has with Anderson. If you want to see what he can do give him a whole half, matter of fact give Myers a half. You need to find out what you have. You already know what you have with Tino; a limited QB without any dicernable positive intangibles.

Comment by Pittastic 10.12.11 @ 8:31 am

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