February 2, 2013

Another game another work-related DVR-delay. Been a sparse week for posting and work has been the primary reason. A mix of stuff due. Re-re-jiggering my schedule now that we got another car. And just planning ahead to clear things for me to just sit in front of the laptop all day on Signing Day.

This isn’t a must-win, but it is a game Pitt could really use. The only “resume” win for Pitt came at Georgetown. It’s a very good win, but it is also the only win against a team that I am sure will make the NCAA Tournament.

Much is made of the Orange’s lack of depth for this game. That’s a minor issue. They are still, very good with those seven players. Plus with Syracuse being a zone defense team, fouls are rarely a big issue. I just don’t see them getting that worn down to be a major factor.

It’s a nooner on ESPN.

Oh, and Coach Paul Chryst is hosting 35 high school juniors at the game. Big recruiting weekend for the 2014 class. So, a wild atmosphere and a win would probably be a plus.

Quite a few students in the Zoo wore bathrobes to the game in honor of Carter-Williams’ theft of a bathrobe among other things from Lord and Taylor. I thought that was pretty creative. If they got under ths skin of the Cuse fans, then they accomplished their objective.



Comment by dinosaur 71 02.03.13 @ 2:42 pm

Tiger Paul was something! He would be struting and yelling out cheers along the sideline with his shirt tail out of one side. He would get the whole Pitt section going. I remember during a Pitt-Duquesne game at the Civic Arena, he was on one side leading the Pitt fans and Mosey Murphy was on the other leading the Duquesne section.

Comment by Justinian 02.03.13 @ 2:44 pm

Nice piece in today’s Trib about Pitt’s junior day football players at the Pitt-Syracuse game.

link to

Comment by Justinian 02.03.13 @ 4:21 pm

3 observations on the aftermath of the win:
– The Miller talk is comical and you should be ashamed anytime its mentioned, but especially after a win.
– Glad to see all those on here who were throwing on the season during the L’Ville game now think we’re gonna dominate the rest of the way to a final four. Pitt fans are nothing if not even-keeled. J/K
– speaking of fans, are we anywhere near as bad as Cuse fans? what a bunch of babies. That nunesmagic post is fantastically stupid and lacking in self-awareness. F*ck those guys. They’re still living off the fumes of Carmelo Anthony. Extremely over-rated basketball program. 1 Nat’l title and 2 final 4s in 30yrs? Better than Pitt yes, far worse than their ego is telling them.

As to the actual game, the most encouraging thing is that was not (anywhere near?) our ceiling. 19 TOs? 20% from the 3pt range? Yet we still soundly beat one of the best teams in the country.

Comment by PantherP 02.03.13 @ 4:24 pm

Comment by wbb 02.03.13 @ 4:44 pm

Great comments to all but Frankcan.

Was thinking that Pitt has not even come close to it’s potential. Can any of us imagine if we managed to hit that “potential” high in March. I believe Pitt can play with any team in the country right now and if we reach the zenith of our potential……lookout NCAA!

Comment by Dan 72 02.03.13 @ 4:51 pm

Dr Tom & Marcus’ of S. ACC officiating style worries me. My impression is they like to call things “ticky-tacky” This tends to take defense and coaching out of the equation and makes RAGO the most effective style. That, in turn, makes talent trump coaching. Being a control freak by nature, I hate this approach.

Comment by Pitt1972 02.03.13 @ 5:51 pm

Thanks wbb on the Boyd status article. Even if Boyd delays his LOI signing, if Webb and Howard, the other two Clairton recruits, sign on Wednesday, then I say Tyler Boyd is a lock for Pitt.

Comment by Dr. Tom 02.03.13 @ 6:07 pm

Sure glad Flacco never got a chance at Pitt, our QB was much better.

Comment by frankarms 02.03.13 @ 8:01 pm

Once again, frankarms, flacco was not ready and our coach did not have a crystal ball.

Comment by panther94 02.03.13 @ 8:47 pm

Flacco was coached and mentored well at Delaware. Not sure wanny and staff would have done the same. They obviously missed out on his potential. Flacco had a cannon of an arm coming out of HS. At Pitt, he was behind a coach’s son who was a leader on the field and student of the game off the field. In hindsight, Flacco made a wise move. Wanny did fight him on the transfer.

Comment by Dish 02.03.13 @ 9:13 pm

Shouldn’t it have been “Panther Paul”? 😉

Comment by Jackagain 02.04.13 @ 12:00 am

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