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February 12, 2013

No doubt, you are aware that the Big East web site sell’s gear for all member schools. This still includes Pitt. It’s nice to see that they have embraced the  Pitt’s departure to the ACC.

It’s the description that really drives it home:

“You’re a strong believer in showing people the way. In fact, you’ve converted most of your family to members of the Pittsburgh Panthers faithful. You also believe that the Atlantic Coast Conference is where all of the real collegiate competition comes from. Celebrate the ACC and Pitt when you wear this ACC Arch T-shirt, featuring “Pittsburgh Panthers” arched lettering over a team wordmark and a conference logo. You know that the ACC is truly the best conference of them all, but you want everyone else to be able to see it too!”

And yes, I know it is simply that the Big East shop is mostly run by a third party on their site who gives the Big East a cut. Still, given the chaos of expansiopocolypse, they may want to curate at least a little.





No wonder the conference is such a mess. Maybe they can help promote the bball only schools new allignment.

Comment by Jimbo 02.12.13 @ 9:17 pm

Hilarious!. I’d think it was meant to be a sarcastic dig by Big East but that would give them too much credit

Comment by Ghost of Hornman 02.12.13 @ 9:23 pm

I guess that is better than a Pitt shirt that has Big East on it with a line through it, with a write-up claiming that the BE is the worst conference of them all. This is weird but it’s all about the almighty dollar

Comment by wbb 02.12.13 @ 9:24 pm

I suggest an arched Pitt Script with proceeds going to the salary of the new DC

Comment by wbb 02.12.13 @ 9:26 pm

bahaha! I figure CompLit must have hacked them.

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 02.12.13 @ 9:27 pm

Ha! When you follow the link to the actual store, it says the shirt was discontinued.

Comment by Scott 02.12.13 @ 9:31 pm

DISCONTINUED. WHO BOUGHT THEM ALL.

THAT ACC LOGO LOOKS SO NICE THERE. IM BEING SARCASTIC. But this is great!

Comment by Benzene 02.12.13 @ 9:34 pm

list of school colors…

oh,sorry… our color isn’t navy blue… it’s “blue night”… and it’s not gold… its “silly Putty” (yeah, seriously…).

link to thepaperframer.com

but it’s still the same freak’n blue as everyone else.

link to en.wikipedia.org

Comment by Pittscript 02.12.13 @ 10:33 pm

LOL…they’ll do anything for money.

Comment by Jackagain 02.12.13 @ 11:02 pm

Like all break-ups, Pitt’s divorce from the Big East has some nastiness, bitterness and sarcasm.

And some sadness of what could have been, had the BE simply woken up and fired village idiot John Marinatto about 5 years sooner.

Comment by Imma Man! Im 40! 02.13.13 @ 8:16 am

Is it really any wonder this league has finally folded? It’s really surprising that it lasted this long.

Comment by Coach Ditka 02.13.13 @ 10:06 am

I did! Wait till tomorrow!

Comment by CompLit 02.13.13 @ 12:05 pm

I commission Imma Man to write the obituary for the Big East. They are the classic ostrich!

Comment by SFPitt 02.13.13 @ 5:37 pm

Just heard that the Big East has removed this from their website.
Guess they never heard of a garage sale.
My name for the Catholic league is Big Heaven!
Let the others keep Big East.

Comment by SFPitt 02.13.13 @ 5:55 pm

Did they have one for Syracuse as well, or was this just for us?

Comment by EMel 02.13.13 @ 6:28 pm

@Coach Ditka

Funny thing, they haven’t folded, as a whole slew of new inmates are about to board this sinking ship.

Some can’t wait, like East Carolina for instance.
lol

Comment by EMel 02.13.13 @ 6:34 pm

Thanks for the compliment, SFPitt.

You know the sad thing? I argued with Bob Smizik on his blog for years that this exact thing would end up happening unless the Big East found somebody, anybody, to expand its football brand, and on a bonafide emergency basis. His standard response was to basically call me an idiot, because there were no worthy teams. To which I’d tell him they’d BECOME AQ worthy after a few years of pumping in BCS money (like UConn did).

But of course they waited too long: the league pee’d away its AQ status (strangled the goose that laid golden eggs), which in turn caused more teams to flee (or change their minds & not come at all: TCU, Boise, SDSU….).

Point being, if I could see all this coming years ahead of time, then why couldn’t Procrastinators Extraordinaire, Inc. (John Marinatto & Co.)? Rhetorical…

Comment by Imma Man! Im 40! 02.13.13 @ 7:21 pm

Lots of Pitt gear available on the BigEast website.

Over 700 items. Pretty much every imaginable item you ever wanted with PITT or Pittsburgh on it, for men, women, boys & girls and infants.

Here’s something for your Valentine. lol

link to bigeast.teamfanshop.com

Comment by EMel 02.13.13 @ 7:33 pm

@Pittscript. Great link. Those aren’t the exact school colors though.

Those are colors, similar to the universitys colors, that look good with a diploma or a photograph.

i.e. Clemson, see the orange, it’s a pale orange, not Clemson’s real color of orange, but it would look much nicer hanging on the wall.

Most of the colors are toned down if you notice.

Good link though.

Comment by Dan 02.13.13 @ 10:51 pm

In the 70’s it was “Old Gold” and “Navy Blue”,

Now, it is “Vegas Gold” and “Navy”.

The 80’s and 90’s was “Royal Blue” and I don’t know the offical name, most refer to it as “Mustard Gold”.

The Royal and Mustard are the ones that really stood out as “PITT”, and most of the country, at least sports fans, would recognize those as screaming “PITT”. IMHO.

Comment by Dan 02.13.13 @ 11:01 pm

@Immaman
Smizik does not understand the college landscape in the least, so arguing with him was like arguing with a rock, except that the rock has more intelligence.
As for others in real positions of authority, such as Donut Man Marianatto, I think they suffered from a serious case of “Yes” men. Anyone who has ever worked with R Catholic priests will tell you (and I have)that they do not take kindly to being told they are wrong: which, they often are. Donut man probably had to walk a fine line and did not possess the necessary balls to call it like it was.
It seems as if they are going back to their original idea of basketball only in large metro markets. That is probably where it should have stayed.

Comment by sfpitt 02.15.13 @ 1:11 pm

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