June 11, 2013

Sunseri Heads North

Filed under: Alumni,Football,Good — Chas @ 11:06 am

Apparently the tryout with the Baltimore Ravens didn’t work out for Tino Sunseri. That won’t deter him from following his dream. Even it it takes him to the Great White North. Cue it up:

Can’t believe there was never an actual video made.

Sunseri is trying to make the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. Credit for noting this to Cardiac Hill.

So how is it going. Apparently well, but at the same time exactly what you would expect to read when it comes to Sunseri.

I finally watched Sunseri for a full drive and I understand why he’s up here.

I’ve read that sentence over and over and cannot, for the life of me, decide if it is backhanded compliment or an upfront insult.

Sunseri overcame an initial issue with the shotgun snap to show some zip on his passes. He connected twice with Kierrie Johnson. Sunseri threw a low pass to Jordan Sisco that bounced high into the air, which wasn’t that good. A couple of plays later, Sunseri did a great job of leading Anthony Alexander deep into the corner of the end zone. Alexander made a diving attempt at the catch, but wasn’t able to haul in the ball. It was still pretty darned good.

Sunseri is battling to back-up Darian Durant (UNC). His competition is veteran Levi Brown (Richmond) and Drew Willy (Buffalo).

this can’t be right … Sal has no legacy there, does he?

Comment by wbb 06.11.13 @ 11:26 am

no but chryst does

Comment by FRANKCAN 06.11.13 @ 11:48 am

While I’m not familiar with the differences between the CFL and FBS ball, all things even, many CFL teams would lose to FBS teams. While Bama or aTm could never beat an NFL team, they would certainly be perennial contenders in the CFL.

Tino at his best would be an adequate backup for many BCS programs. He can hand the ball off, complete short and medium passes, and won’t turn the ball over a ton. Just don’t ask him to win games. He was good enough to beat VT and Notre Dame (blame goes to officials and the kicker who shall not be named).

Don’t get me wrong, I will never feel the frustration I felt watching Tino ever again. That doesn’t mean he’s doomed to fail in the CFL as a backup.

Comment by Justin 06.11.13 @ 12:57 pm

Good luck to the Hosehead up there with the Rough Riders, eh? Hope it’s not too “rough” for him “riding” the bench up there in the Great White North. Aww, give the guy a break,eh? you might say. My only reply would be to say,,,TAKE OFF, HOSEHEAD! LOL!

I don’t know which is funnier, this audio clip or “you know who” still trying out to play at the next level?

Comment by Dr. Tom 06.11.13 @ 1:01 pm

CFL has some different rules than NFL. Maybe good for Tino. Pederson renewed.

Comment by Frank MD 06.11.13 @ 1:27 pm


Good luck Tino. You deserve a break.
Most of the people who criticize you
would not be able to complete a ten
yard pass in Flag Football.

Comment by JR 06.11.13 @ 1:31 pm

News on Sunseri & Smiley, both on the same day.

Oy Vey !

What a day !

Comment by EMel 06.11.13 @ 2:04 pm

Drew Willy…..lmao

Comment by EMel 06.11.13 @ 2:05 pm


The world works in mysterious ways.

One never knows what or who is lurking in Saskatchewan.

Looks like another bevy of HOF QB’s for Santino to compete against though. lol

Comment by EMel 06.11.13 @ 2:10 pm

If Chryst did play a hand in helping Sunseri… more power to him.

Eventually the fact that Chryst is a true high character guy is going to pay dividends with recruiting… especially if he is able to defy the odds with eight or more wins in the fall.

Personally, I’m rooting for Chryst, keeping in mind that he was NOT Pederson’s choice for Head Coach.

Comment by PittofDreams 06.11.13 @ 2:14 pm

I thought you were going to link to Johnny Horton’s classic “North to Alaska.” Not quite fitting since he’s going to Canada, but it’s pretty close. Is there a Yukon CFL team?

Comment by Jeff 06.11.13 @ 3:40 pm

What is the matter with some people??? The Sunseri era is history at Pitt. Why not let up on him? I wish him well in all and anything he does in the future. No, I would not draft him on my fantasy team(if I chose to pursue such a “sport”) What a pleasant day the negative folks have had pm the Blather. First it was the present and future Athletic Director and then the graduated first team QB for the overachieving Panthers of last season. What will tomorrow bring? Trust me, they will think of something. May I suggest that LIFE IS GOOD and SPORTS IS ONLY A GAME. Nighty nite, gentlemen! Rev. George from Columbus.

Comment by Rev. George Mehaffey 06.11.13 @ 3:40 pm

Thank you for your tempered words Rev. You as usual you are on the high road. I expected the vehemence regarding the AD! He certainly has made some mistakes and is open to fair critique. Unfortunately he gets little credit for those things he has done right. I personally could do without any mention of T. Sunseri. By anyone, anywhere in all forms of media. Do not give a rat’s a– what happens to him. Hail to Pitt! UPone

Comment by UPone 06.11.13 @ 3:56 pm

lol Jeff

Comment by EMel 06.11.13 @ 4:04 pm

I always wondered where the trend came of wearing a T-shirt under your shirt.

Bob & Doug McKenzie eh !

Never knew guys wanted to be like Canucks, lol

Comment by EMel 06.11.13 @ 4:05 pm

Response to JR: “…would not be able to complete a ten yard pass in Flag Football.”

It’s true that neither Tino the Magnificent nor I can complete a 10 yard pass. The difference, however, is that I’m realistic enough to admit it, and Tino the Great is not….

Comment by Imma Man! Im 40! 06.11.13 @ 7:04 pm

DeJuan Blair got off the bench to score 9 pts in 6 minutes of garbage time last night.

Comment by alcofan 06.12.13 @ 6:20 am

I have to admit I was wrong when I suggested TS would be in an NFL camp this year. My reasoning was there has been fewer pro-style QBs coming out of college programs the past few years and he did put up very good numbers his senior season. I thought someone would give him more of a look than just a tryout.

Oh well. I wish him good luck north of the border.


Comment by pghFred 06.12.13 @ 7:02 am

I am a football fanatic. Besides following everything with Pitt I watch the CFL and Saskatchewan is my team and the Buffalo Bills are my NFL team. So I ask one question…why the hell can’t I get away from Tino and Wanny. I’m not asking for a whole lot. Tino has no shot in the CFL. It’s super pass heavy and requires much accuracy.

Comment by AJ 06.12.13 @ 7:44 am

Pitt (962) beat out PSU (961) and WVU (950) in APR scores.

Comment by Frank MD 06.12.13 @ 9:37 am

D1 level he was illusion; playing for money anywhere is delusion. He was the worst Pitt starting QB I ever saw except maybe Dave white shoes.

Comment by Old School Panther 06.13.13 @ 5:37 am

Strange Brew is a funny movie, I quote it all the time. It’s very rare that any one knows that I’m referencing that movie.

Some of my favorites:

“First, I’m going to take you to the looney bin…”

“He was in the crease, no goal!!”

“Crank his tail, eh…”

“He saw Jedi 17 times, eh…”

“Just because I don’t know what it is doesn’t mean I’m lying.”

“Takeoff, eh.. the parking brake never worked!”

I’m fairly certain that the vocals in Take Off are sung by Getty Lee from Rush. Can anyone confirm that?

Comment by ME 2001 06.14.13 @ 10:13 am

The team he’s on may have a different opinion of TS than PITT fans do – he did very well in his debut…

“Rookie quarterback Tino Sunseri took advantage of his opportunity in the second half, going 9-for-12 for 122 yards and completing a one-yard touchdown pass to running back DeDe Dorsey.”

His first pass attempt went for 50 yards and he led a come from behind drive late in the game.

Sunseri was a better QB than anyone gave him credit for. A good example of that is what he did when he was asked by Todd Graham to be a running QB in 2011. Take away the # of sacks and the sack yardage allowed by a truly horrendous and record setting OL and he was at 90 carries for 508 yards and a 5.4 clip.

That means that when he was asked to tuck the ball and gain positive yardage he did it and was very successful at it. As a comparison Graham had a 5.8 ypc average that season. Sunseri was our second leading rusher that year.

You don’t end up the #3 all-time passer at PITT and land eight yards short of passing Dan Marino without being pretty effective at what you do either.

Even given his mental errors he was a decent QB for us and I’ll bet a dollar that five months from now we’ll be saying that we wished we had his production at QB back again. 3588 yards at a 65% completion rate with 21 TDs and only 3 INTs is nothing to sneeze at and I’ll bet we don’t have a QB this year get anywhere close to that actual offensive production.

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Comment by Reed 06.15.13 @ 8:22 am

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