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December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays From Reed

Filed under: Football — Reed @ 8:27 am

On this morning let me say, from the bottom of my heart, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays in any way you celebrate.

The PITT Blather has been a part of my life for years first as a reader, then as a commenter and now as a contributor.  The most important thing to me is all of the other people on here who take the time to discuss one of our favorite things – PITT sports.  We are a unique breed I believe and I’ve met all kinds.

We will rejoice when good things happen, commiserate when bad things do and debate issues with vigor and respect.  Who else does those things you may ask?  Good friends do.  That is what I consider all of you to be, no matter how emotionally we may argue about a subject.

In my opinion it is better for us to not have the type of football team that does nothing but win all the time with a coach who stays for 800 years and that has a fan base which is so completely aligned with one another that they march in lockstep.  Wins are great and I do want as many as we can get, but as a fan I enjoy the reality and drama of the 360 degrees of our football program because it gets all of us much more involved in conversation.

I think we all got a holiday gift with Paul Chryst and while results will be measured over the course of next season it feels right to me… regardless of how well we do in his first year.  We will be involved emotionally, excited and apprehensive, disappointed and content.  In other words, we will be fans.

I wake every morning, get a big cup o’ joe, settle behind the computer and start going down my routine football sites, always saving The PITT Blather for last in case I may find something interesting to share with you.  It is a routine I have and one I like.  Then we start talking, all of us.

To me that is a Christmas gift each and every day and I thank you.

So, on this special morning let me pass my best wishes to all of you and my hope that you and yours are safe, happy and healthy this holiday season and that you enjoy life as much as I.  To our friends in the military, here and deployed, let me stand and salute you on this day as I do on every day, look you in the eye and tell you that my respect for you has no bounds.


merry Christmas

Comment by pk 12.25.11 @ 9:29 am

Thanks for your contribution throughout the year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

Comment by Spindler's Spirit 12.25.11 @ 9:36 am

Reed, Thank you for your sentiments and best wishes. Hopefully the New Year will bring many good things. Merry Christmas.

For those of you who are as crazy as me, that do not get the PG, or live out of the area, there is a nice piece on Paul Chryst in this Christmas mornings Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about Paul Chryst.

Go to:


and click on Sports

Comment by Justinian 12.25.11 @ 9:39 am

Thank you Reed. To you and all who partake of this wonderful site, may God bless you today and everyday with the spirit of peace and joy for you and yours…

Comment by Kenny 12.25.11 @ 9:57 am

Merry Christmas!!

Comment by Rieur1114 12.25.11 @ 10:32 am

Reed thank you for my x mass gift a pitt blather post on x mass day what more could you want.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.25.11 @ 10:37 am

Awesome post Reed!!

Merry Christmas guys!!

Comment by Steelfan 12.25.11 @ 10:44 am

it looks as though coaches who have previously worked with cryst think he will be a great recruiter. I think it says a whole heck of a lot that nobody, yes nobody in the media/coaches/players who been around cryst have anything but positive things to say about him. it appears this is truly a great hire. I know it’s early, but assuming this recruiting class stays together with a few more additions, how many games do you guys think Pitt will win next year? looking at Pitts schedule, which features Virginia tech, I would be surprised to see Pitt win 9 games not including a bowl game.

Comment by pk 12.25.11 @ 10:52 am

wouldn’t be surprised

Comment by pk 12.25.11 @ 10:53 am

also, I really want to see Pitt schedule at least 1 more tough ooc game. if Pitt wants national respect they need to schedule tough teams to make up for the weak conference schedule while they’re in the big east still

Comment by pk 12.25.11 @ 10:57 am

Reed and Chas and all Pitt Fans,

Thanks for being there through good and bad.

Thanks to all Pitt athletes that give their all to entertain us.

Season’s Greetings to all.

Comment by gc 12.25.11 @ 11:04 am

Chas and Reed, thank you for all you do on the site. It’s the only way I get my pitt sports fix. Looking forward to renewing my season tickets with great optimism this year. Happy holidays.

Comment by usd121 12.25.11 @ 11:07 am

PK, I don’t know if they will win 9 games,but I’m confident that they hired the right guy and that he in the long run they will improve.

Comment by Justinian 12.25.11 @ 11:09 am

Thank you Chas and Reed for your thoughtful analyses, and for keeping the site going. I read and enjoy all the comments and thank all of the contributors for that. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Comment by 66Goat 12.25.11 @ 11:21 am

Great post. I agree! Happy holidays.

Comment by Omar 12.25.11 @ 11:33 am

Very well said, Reed. Thank you guys for all you do. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Comment by JAM 05 Pitt 12.25.11 @ 11:45 am

Great Holiday Post Reed! Thank you for including our military troops. I have numerous friends and family who served our country to help preserve our freedoms. I know how it feels to not have them physically present during these holidays. My words of thanks are not enough to express my gratitude for the sacrifice made by their families and them.

I feel like we did get a great gift in our new coaching hire. Paul Chryst appears to be a true coach who will adapt his style to his team and make effective game time adjustments. Thos two qualities alone can make Pitt Football exciting to watch and relevant once again.

Thank you for all of your efforts on this blog Chas and Reed. Reading and discussing posts here is a daily “gift” in which I indulge gladly.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Comment by jw in Raleigh 12.25.11 @ 12:28 pm

Great post Reed…thank you for all your hard work. Merry Christmas to all…..even you WBB!

Comment by Dan 72 12.25.11 @ 12:29 pm

Happy Holiday’s to everyone. And, Chas and Reed, thank you for what you do.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Digdug(Formerly Dugdog) 12.25.11 @ 12:33 pm

Happy Holidays to everyone…. Thanks for another great year of Pitt Blather! I love this site and the chance to debate, discuss and learn about Pitt sports. Its nice to know that other people are as obsessed wit Pitt sports as i am….Merry Chrystmas and Hail to Pitt!

Comment by CJK 12.25.11 @ 12:37 pm

Merry Christmas back at ya Reed. Thanks for all your insightful reports and opinions. To you, Chas, and the rest of the Blather Bloggers, I wish you a Happy Holiday and a joyful and prosperous Happy New Year! HTP

Comment by Bossdaws 12.25.11 @ 12:39 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all Pitt fans. Let’s hope 2012 is kind to us — we deserve a break.

Chas / Reed, thank you for keeping this forum interesting and civil. We may be too critical of Pitt at times but that’s because we are passionate about being a Pitt sports fan.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by MariettaMike 12.25.11 @ 12:41 pm

And remember…one can always give a holiday gift to Chas by sending him something via Paypal. It will help keep the site as good as it can be.

Comment by Palm Beach Panther 12.25.11 @ 12:53 pm

agreed on all accounts. Happy Holidays Pitt fans.

Comment by Joey T 12.25.11 @ 1:05 pm

Yikes! I forgot to acknowledge Hanukkah best wishes for our Fearless Leader.

Chas, when we next meet I’ll bring the dreidles and gelt even if its out of season.

Thanks for everything.

Comment by Reed 12.25.11 @ 1:13 pm

Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

Comment by kanyon40 12.25.11 @ 1:27 pm

Best wishes this season to Chas, Reed, and everyone who contributes — I sentiment Reed’s thoughts, I love this place!

Comment by JW 12.25.11 @ 1:30 pm

Reed & Chas,

I’m only post occasionally, but I read the site all the time. Happy holidays, and thanks for the time you put in to make this such a great blog.

Comment by Navy Panther 12.25.11 @ 1:30 pm

Navy Panther – comment more often, we need as many as we can get.

May I ask where you are stationed, how long in, etc.?

Comment by Reed 12.25.11 @ 1:56 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Reed and Chas. Thanks for keeping us informed in the distant places far from Western PA.

Hail To Pitt!

Comment by John In South Carolina 12.25.11 @ 2:04 pm

I am getting a bit concerned that Paul Chryst really may be as genuine and decent and good at his job that he appears to be at first glance.

A big part of my writings on here is taking shots at the head coach and the mistakes and silliness they show.

I might have to scrounge around for something to write folks.

Comment by Reed 12.25.11 @ 2:37 pm

Merry Christmas to you all! I hope everyone enjoys the holidays!

Comment by Pitt Rob 12.25.11 @ 3:24 pm

I enjoy this website tremendously. Happy Holidays to all! Thanks for all your work Chas and Reed.

Comment by PITTPUP84 12.25.11 @ 3:33 pm

Have a nice holiday, Reed et al.

Love reading the commentary on the site.

Comment by Mailman 12.25.11 @ 3:35 pm

Very thoughtful post Reed.
May you have a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays as well.

And to everyone in the PITT family on Pitt Blather

Thank you for reading my rants and thoughts on our favorite University. And to Chas for having someplace for me and all of us to express ourselves about all things Pitt football and basketball. Thanks for the venue Chas!

Comment by EMel 12.25.11 @ 3:45 pm

Keep up the great work Chas and Reed. This site is the first one I look at when I check out my normal sports sites. You guys do a fantastic job of keeping us up to date. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous new year!

Comment by Outlaw 12.25.11 @ 4:44 pm

I’ve got 14 years in Naval Aviation, currently assigned to a staff position in Germany (I really lucked out this time around), but otherwise mostly home-stationed on the West Coast with the usual deployments to the Pacific and the Middle East. Pitt class of ’97, which means I went to school during the absolute nadir of the football program (we went something like 12-32 during my college years).

I’m curious, what is your day job? And thanks again for writing and posting your insightful commentary during your spare time.

Comment by Navy Panther 12.25.11 @ 4:55 pm

Back at you Reed. And to you too Chas. And and enjoyable holiday to everyone else who posts here…

Comment by velvil 12.25.11 @ 5:08 pm

Navy Panther, from an Air Force vet, Merry Christmas.

Comment by Digdug(Formerly Dugdog) 12.25.11 @ 5:17 pm

Panther, after 33 years in and retiring as an officer, under the old retirement system, its worked out that my day job is posting stuff on message boards and blogs.

Ain’t staff jobs fun? Like a stick in the eye but they are necessary if you want to keeping moving up and get your own Command.

Good luck and stay safe.


Comment by Reed 12.25.11 @ 7:05 pm

reed, have you heard ANYTHING negative about cryst?

Comment by pk 12.25.11 @ 7:19 pm

Reed, Chas and All those that Blather, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkhah. May 2012 bring each of you health, happiness, prosperity and wins. Since I am at it, I wish Steve P, a nice severence.

Reed, I am also getting nervous about our new head coach. Can we expect shirts to read “what would Chryst do?” These are exciting times to be a Pitt fan and I appreciate the floor every once in awhile to air it out. To be candid, I do think the group has their hands on the pulse of what is going on, except when they don’t.

Thanks for the reminder about the military Reed! I ask that we all take a collective moment to lift up their families during the holidays! Thanks guys!

I appreciate you all, even when you disagree with me. You have to be wrong sometimes guys…lol

Comment by dhuffdaddy 12.25.11 @ 8:06 pm

Thanks to both of you guys. Tells you alot about our society when your primary icon is a blog rather local newspapers. Either one of you guys makes the local “reporters” look like second graders with dunce caps on. Happy Holidays!

Comment by wally 12.25.11 @ 9:05 pm

To Chas and Reed as well as Pitt fans everywhere, a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season. Pitt is the glue that connects us and this blog is a great forum to share opinions and remind us all what a great university and city we share in common and support. H2P!

Comment by TX Panther 12.25.11 @ 10:11 pm

Yes, Reed and Chas, thank you for all your efforts. Best wishes during the holiday season………………and to all a good night!

Comment by Justinian 12.25.11 @ 10:20 pm

Read the site everyday, make a comment now and then. Love the discussion.

Thanks guys!

Merry Christmas to all!

Comment by ME 2001 12.25.11 @ 11:06 pm

Quite a well written, informative and yes, inspirational column in today’s Tribune by Mr. DiPaula. One which we bloggers should read. Rev. George from Columbus, which cannot seem to fathom just “WHY: the NCAA was so nasty to their “can do no wrong Buckeyes. Opps, that’s DiPaola. sorry.

Comment by Rev. George Mehaffey 12.26.11 @ 6:37 am

PK – no, I haven’t heard anything negative about Paul Chryst except for the fact that he doesn’t like recruiting.

And I wonder even about that. I read in a Wisconsin paper that Bielema didn’t require Chryst to recruit anything but the QB position and he got some good ones to go to UW.

Even if he doesn’t like recruiting that doesn’t mean he isn’t, or won’t be good at it. I’m sure lots of college recruiters don’t like the fact that in doing it they spend weeks on end away from the family and work 20 hour days.

Case in point, I hate bureaucracy but when Uncle Sam kicked me upstairs to a HQ regulatory department head position and a bureaucrat role I buckled down and kicked ass. Very often this is the case with anyone who is a genuine professional, which Chryst appears to be, and understands that you can’t pick and choose every aspect of your position.

I’ll hold a wait and see approach with this issue until there is something concrete we can point to. Feb 2, 2012 will be a benchmark i suppose much like Graham’s first class was but really, LOI day in 2013 will be the first full measure of his abilities in recruiting.

Plus, his staff will be doing about 95% of the recruiting anyway… he’ll just be the closer.

I bet we’ll be real happy with his, and his staff’s, expertise in this field, especially in WPA.

Comment by Reed 12.26.11 @ 7:08 am

Daily reader, infrequent commen writer… truly appreciate your incites Reed and Chas. Blessings to your families and to the men and women of our military. What is the old saying, “It is always the darkest right before the dawn?” I believe we have seen the darkest in Pitt athletics in 2011 and 2012 will bring new light. Let’s Go Pitt!!!

Comment by The Turk 12.26.11 @ 7:15 am

Turk – comment more please…you know you sit there and have opinions you want to state.

Comment by Reed 12.26.11 @ 7:17 am

2011 was one of the most interesting years that I’ve ever followed in Pitt football. It could have been a pretty dull 6-6 regular season but of course that was not the case. My drama queen daughter, who just adores watching all those inane reality shows, Real Housewives, etc. even started taking an interest in the Pitt football saga this year simply because of all the DRAMA.

Next year has to be more concerned with just the X & Os right? I hope so. Best wishes to all involved in the Pitt Blather for a healthy and Happy 2012 and of course HTP.

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.11 @ 9:09 am

Happy Holidays to all of you Pitt faithful. Got my unborn baby some new Pitt gear this Xmas. Time to grow some future Blathers for ~2028!

Comment by PaulyP 12.26.11 @ 9:29 am

thanks reed and I agree with your points on recruiting

Comment by pk 12.26.11 @ 10:25 am

Just asking……when do you think our assistant coaches will be named (I realize that it will not all happen at once)?

Comment by isnore 12.26.11 @ 10:36 am

isnore, cryst said in his presser that he’d like to have his staff in place by the second week of January, so I’d imagine he’d have them announced around then.

Comment by pk 12.26.11 @ 10:42 am

pk Thanks.
Something tells me that Chryst is going to assemble an amazing staff (if Pitt has provided enough of a budget). He seems to be the type of individual that is genuinely liked and respected by members of the coaching fraternity..A HUGE PLUS FOR PITT!!

Comment by isnore 12.26.11 @ 10:47 am

I agree isnore. if cryst is the the x’s and o’s genius that everybody says he is, then I think he’ll be able to assemble a staff that will share that quality. im really excited about the staff he hires and his tenure at Pitt.

Comment by pk 12.26.11 @ 10:59 am

isnore, PITT shelled out some money last season for the “Southside Mercenaries” so I’ll assume Chryst will get the same or better.

Comment by Reed 12.26.11 @ 11:29 am

Reed, I think we will get better than the “Southside Mercenaries”.
Chryst has been coaching on a MUCH HIGHER plane than Grahamass and I am positive that he will assemble the kind of staff that could hold its own
on any top 15 ranked team in the country.
Let’s face it, the Panthers need a reeducation on the basics of football….one quick example would be how our receivers get in to position for making 1st downs..YARDMARKER AWARENESS!! I am very excited about Chryst and what he will bring to our program.

Comment by isnore 12.26.11 @ 12:35 pm

the thing I’m looking forward to most other than the staff cryst assembles is what he does with the 2012 recruiting class. it’s already a solid class and I want to see what kind of additions he makes before signing day

Comment by pk 12.26.11 @ 12:41 pm

Some thing to think abought for penn state and there search committe wake up things are not the same as a year ago.
The coachs that would have taken the job a year ago wont touch the job now every big name has turned you down so far this year.
when you say we are penn state it does not mean what it did last year.
so come down to earth get real live with it.
you will have to hire some who is not a star.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.26.11 @ 1:28 pm

Guys – I just posted a new article that touches on these issues.

link to

Comment by Reed 12.26.11 @ 1:34 pm

happy new year Reed == good health,wealth & happiness to you & your family == hail to pitt!!

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