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February 27, 2012

So, this is the final “Challenge” question in Volvo‘s Biggest Fan in the Big East competition. There’s still time to vote for me, before the popularity aspect closes next week.

This time the question is the equivalent of a clip show. They are asking to recap the experience. Favorite aspects, the experience itself and what not.

Not the most exciting question or topic, I know.

Overall, this has been fun. Free trip to NYC for Big East Basketball Media Day. A trip back to Pitt, College GameDay, along with hotel, tickets and some walking around money to the Louisville-Pitt game Courtesy of Volvo. Plus free use over the weekend of a very sweet Volvo S60 T6 with all the bells and whistles.

The chance to win the new car and possibly go back to NYC for the Big East Tournament also in the mix. All I had to do was whore myself out for a series of posts over the past few months — most of which related to Pitt and the Big East. Note to other corporate sponsors of Pitt, the Big East and eventually the ACC: I can live with that kind of trade. Call me.

 

I’m sure many of my counterparts will talk about how great it was to meet the others in the competition. To go back and forth on Twitter, facebook, etc. Getting different perspectives. And I enjoyed meeting them, but it wasn’t anything new. I’ve been blogging and talking with other Big East bloggers for years now. So hardly a new and unique thing.

By far the favorite post in the challenge was taking a stroll through the memories of places to hit while visiting Pitt. I still have one more post to get out on the actual trip last month, but I was very pleased that I managed to get to many of the places on the list. Even managed to get to Aiello’s for a couple slices at 1am Saturday night/Sunday morning.

It was a bit of a whirlwind coming and going to the Big East Media Day. As I said, it was more than a little disturbing that the guys I found myself hanging with/getting along with immediately at Big East Media Day were the WVU and Providence reps. Strange bedfellows, indeed. But it was  was great to watch the flurry of action. All the media trying to get to as many players and coaches as possible. Everyone trying to get stories done. File reports and hoping not to miss the really good quotes. And I’m just there watching, listening. Generally just being bemused. The hardest thing was not jumping in with questions or taking some pics.

The desire to be there for the good quotes was why coaches like Pitino, Huggins, Boeheim and Calhoun were surrounded by the media for most of their availability for questions. (Not to mention, some nervous looking SIDs hovering nearby.) History, their safe status with their school and fans, and just who they are guaranteed at least one of them would deliver. Pitino without question, was epic. He never stopped going off about expansiopocolypse. The media was entranced. He’ll be so thrilled when Louisville heads to the Big 12 in a couple years.

Thanks Volvo for the fun, and remember. I really do need a car.

 





I think missing the opportunity to play in Madison Square Garden is more than Pitino can bear. Apparently Kansas doesn’t do it for him.

Comment by Justinian 02.27.12 @ 6:08 pm

Huggy Bear was at his best in the post-game presser the other night after the home loss to Marquette

Comment by wbb 02.27.12 @ 7:23 pm

That was classic Huggy. Imagine if he knew about Buzz dancing on the floor – which by the way I loved.

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 02.27.12 @ 8:07 pm

Got u covered bro Chas on the vote.
We need to get u some more votes, wtf is up with that. The Hoopie & the Johnnie person have most all the votes. Must be ballot box stuffing.

Love the chrome dome btw. :-)

Comment by Emel 02.28.12 @ 12:43 am

As the Diceman would say “what’s with all the hot Catholic chicks .. and we get the bald guy?”

Comment by wbb 02.28.12 @ 7:59 am

Well said web!! :))))

Comment by ECH 02.28.12 @ 8:33 am

wbb*

Comment by ECH 02.28.12 @ 8:34 am

Chas, I voted for you, but if I had it to do over, I think I’d go with Stephanie. She’s certinly not bad to look at.

Comment by Justinian 02.28.12 @ 9:04 am

Chas – threw in another vote for you.

Emel – gladly, it’s not the WVU guy who is getting all the votes, it’s Miggy from Villanova…or wait, isn’t that K.D. Lang?!?

Comment by Hank the Tank 02.28.12 @ 9:47 am

Pitt just got a 6-5 shooting guard per Doke.

Comment by TX Panther 02.28.12 @ 9:50 am

Comment by wbb 02.28.12 @ 10:50 am

Chas – Voted for you but most notable was your profile. If you substituted 1972 for your 1988 and added football to the mix….I never left a Pitt football or basketball game or turned it off no matter what until about 7 years ago. It was not easy then as there was rarely more than 3000 at Fitzgerald and the football team went 3-29 in my first three years. Good luck to you and thank you for holding this site together.

Comment by Dan 72 02.28.12 @ 3:29 pm

Great link to Oakland haunts.
Brought back some great memories.
Living on Bayard, we were on Center Ave a lot, the stumble back was relatively short.
Haddon Hall was #1 since we knew the bartenders, then you stumbled up Center to Mitchells, where we always took over the big round table. Or you caught Mitchells on the rebound coming back from Luna, Rudy’s or Chiefs, or sometimes all 3. lol
There was also that great rib takeout place on Center, the House of Sauce or something. And one place that was there forever, but we never went in, The Name of the Game. (i think it was called that, maybe somebody can verify)haha

Since we were over on that side of Oakland more than the other side, Ritters or as we called it, Critters Diner on Baum was favorite late night drunken stoned eats hangout. If someone was straight enough to drive we went to Primantis, the original one with Chubbs, before the big addition happened.

Thursdays was always over at The Keg for $3, all you can drink beer from 9-12. Then the stumble thru Sanctuary, which was cool, cause u entered on one side and left on the other side, and right into Peters Pub. Unless of course there were some hotties in Sanctuary that caught ur eye. Those nights usually ended in unknown bedrooms or the Dirty O, where my childhood friends the Simon family owned the place. They must have sold it, cause it was never called Essies Original Hot Dog back then, nor was it when I was last there in the early 2000’s. I think I did read somewhere the Simons sold it. It’s probably not quite the same now. At least for me it won’t be, as Bruce Simon and i would always talk about our baseball playing days on the same team back in the day.

Anyway thx for posting that link, so I could bore everyone with my pontification.

Comment by Emel 02.28.12 @ 10:10 pm

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