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August 29, 2012

Expansiopoclypse Strikes Pitt Blather

Filed under: Admin — Chas @ 5:49 am

Yes, even this site is not immune to the changing forces that have swirled around college athletics.

Okay, so it’s really just some new contributors on the site. Still, with the loss of Pitt Script Blog to the SBN borg outpost, Cardiac Hill. It could be viewed — with enough to drink — as the Pitt Blog Expansion Wars of 2012. Or something else.

Chris Gates is a Pittsburgh native, loves Pitt athletics, and has spent the past year working at 93.7 The Fan. Among the things he did there was blogging. He’s just moved across the country to work at Oregon State as the Web/Interactive Media Coordinator for RecSports, but he still wants to write and talk Pitt. Happily he took me up on an offer to continue doing so here. You can also follow Chris on Twitter. Oh, and he just loves to here Kent State jokes. Can’t get enough of them.

Once upon a time, there was a blogspot blog that focused on Pitt recruiting. Then it got deleted by the person who had it. So others, slightly less serious, brought the place back and opted to have some fun. For a while all was well. But then the incident. A trauma that changed things.

They were never quite the same after the horrible incident known as the 2008 Sun Bowl. Even after the rehab from the mental trauma, the strain proved too much for them. They could never quite recover and generate content with any consistency. Which was a shame since they had some good stuff. A few of them want to try again, but without the pressure of needing to do it on a regular basis. So, now they will try to bring the funny here when so motivated. You can find at least one of them skulking about on twitter as well.

Finally, the mystery* known only as Dan. He’s the new guy. He’s a student at Pitt. Lifelong fan. He’s been in contact with me over the summer and wants to give the blogging thing a go.

*”Mystery” being a relative term. I’ve vetted him to my satisfaction that this won’t be a Sarah Phillips thing. As I’m not sure how much of his actual background he wants to share, however, there’s not much more to tell you about him.

Just one more reason to make sure to glance at the byline under the post title before you angrily complain about (or even compliment) the person who wrote something.

This will be great. Welcome aboard to the new guys.

Comment by Reed 08.29.12 @ 6:57 am

CHASCORP, got a nice ring to it.

How do I buy shares?

Comment by steve1 08.29.12 @ 7:27 am

Can’t read? Can’t write? Kent State!

Comment by BigEgg 08.29.12 @ 7:33 am

Nice one bigegg!! As a ysu alum (you screwed up) or (you suck university) it’s nice to hear a rip on Kent!

Comment by John 08.29.12 @ 7:39 am

Chas, would you say that bringing these new bloggers on board is a . . .


Seriously though, welcome aboard gentlemen.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by TartanPanther 08.29.12 @ 7:39 am

the one thing missing from this site has been levity and sarcasm on a consistent basis. Heck, there are commenters here who are ready to jump off the Fort Pitt when our QB is sacked or we don’t get enough 3 or 4 star recruits … not to mention another early NCAA exit.

Comment by wbb 08.29.12 @ 7:56 am

I like humor… it makes me laugh

Comment by ME 2001 08.29.12 @ 8:41 am

All good news. The Panther Rants headline “Pitt Basketball Silences Critics with National Championship” started my morning off with a hearty belly laugh.

Comment by Cavalier Panther 08.29.12 @ 8:46 am

4 dead in “OHIO”.

Comment by alcofan 08.29.12 @ 8:49 am

wbb…Pittsburgh fans are known to throw in the towel (and not the terrible towel) easily. The Pirates are playing the Cards for the wild-card spot and only 17,000 show up. They are playing their biggest game in 20 years tonight on national TV.

Comment by markp 08.29.12 @ 8:54 am

Chas, I know you’ve teased about a site update, will the Pitt Blather be undergoing some internal structural changes in the near/far future too??

Comment by Benzene 08.29.12 @ 10:23 am

Is this new contributor “Dan” the same Dan that has been a regular commentor on this blog? If so, then as the Aussies say, good on ya!

BTW, to those who commented on the lack of consistent levity and sarcasm on this blog (that would be you wbb), I take that personally. I spend many a sleepless night thinking of the funniest sarcastic possible replies to the other contibutors comments on this blog.

In the future, I will refuse to make fun of your comments from this time forward until you demonstrate some love coming my way for all my past hard work.

Comment by Dr. Tom 08.29.12 @ 11:40 am

Figured the announcement would be something like this when it was teased yesterday. Should be interesting — more content can’t be a bad thing. Too bad you couldn’t snag Bryan from Pitt Script before he signed on at Cardiac Hill. Always really enjoyed his stuff and I think he is underutilized over there now.

Comment by JCE 08.29.12 @ 11:58 am

Hey WTF!! I think I interject humor and sarcasm into my articles.

Comment by Reed 08.29.12 @ 2:04 pm

Reed, you’ve come a long way. Much more laid back this year than last.

So a grasshopper sits down at the bar. Bartender, ecstatic, runs over to him and says “first time I’ve ever had a patron a drink was named after.”

Grasshopper, stumped, asks “Sam?”

Comment by steve1 08.29.12 @ 6:28 pm

Can’t you join SBN for all sports but football?

Comment by Brian in BK 08.29.12 @ 9:20 pm

Levity irony, satire and parody are much better and more fun than sarcasm. Smarter too which makes sense since most of us probably have a degree or two from Pitt. Damn, those are serious statements, not a bit of levity, irony, satire or parody in them.

Comment by opfim 08.29.12 @ 11:01 pm

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