For those of us stuck watching at home, that meant not seeing the Retirement of Larry Fitzgerald’s number at halftime.
Thankfully Pitt posted it.
@Pittastic – who beat him? Hmmm? Jason White. Who drafted him? No one. Who did he play for after college? No one. What does he do now? Sells sneakers and OU memorabilia. I do hope, for the sake of his community, he is half the man Larry Fitzgerald is.
link to profootballtalk.nbcsports.com
I still have mixed feelings about retiring the jersey. No doubt of Fitzgerald’s greatness, he was beyond compare. But, he only played for two years and never won a championship. I guess times change.
He certainly was a class act, although as wbb points out far from perfect.
They pride themselves of not being homers, to the point of seemingly taking pride to always pointing out the negative at Pitt …. (yet Cook rarely does that to the Steelers.)
They are the opposite of homers, they are trolls.
If you listen to Vinny and Cook you will find that they are both completely without talent bums.
When I moved away hell it was B94 and played music.
Cook also ridiculed the hiring of Jamie Dixion.
What Cook is the absolute master of is telling people stuff that they already know … like his article the other day about Pitt failing on the national stage once again.
How nice for Walt Harris to be there as well.
Nice ovation for Nordenburg too. I didn’t like the booing of Pederson — and I’m definitely not a fan of his — just wasn’t the time or place for it.
But what probably really sealed it was his agent’s public remarks during the 04 season when the the admin apparently wasn’t planning to renew him. There was also a public outcry that Walt had brought the program to a decent level, but was unable to raise it any further.
In his final year, Pitt did get to its only BCS albeit won a 4-team tiebreaker in a 7 team league .. with 2 teams combining for only 1 win.
But considering the position the team was iwhen he started, he did do a lot of positives.
link to sports.espn.go.com
Remember it being a short curl-in for a first down where he was pretty well covered. The ball seemed too high for anyone to catch. Fitzgerald leaps to pull in the pass, gets upended as the defender takes his legs out, but holds on.
That type of leaping athletic catch would soon become his signature.
The only thing left would be to find someone better than either of them to take the reins as Head Coach.
You know if Fitz had played at Ohio Fake, or Alabama or Oklahoma or one of ESPN’s other favs, the even would have been probably been shown much earlier in the 3rd quarter, when their actually was a significant TV viewing public.
As usual we get the ‘short shrift’.
Just like Larry got in the Heisman voting to a kid who wasn’t even drafted by an NFL team and needless to say didn’t even play Pro football. !
Remember controversy over the decision by Harris regarding the extra point or two point conversion attempt.
ESPN other favs, the EVENT would have been probably shown much earlier in the 3rd quarter, when THERE (getting as bad as the Saskatchewan numbnuts) actually was a significant TV viewing public.
PittofDreams – Awesome Pic minues Emel’s favorite Dino Cat.
I was hoping they’d save Liriano for the Cards, as he has owned them. Maybe since he only pitched 3 innings on Weds., they can bring him back on Sunday.
While I agree with the division title, we’ve accomplished goal 1, a non-losing season. Goal 2 is a winning season, so that hopefully is tonite. Goal 3 is just making the playoffs, which is a tremendous accomplishment for a team with 20 consecutive losing seasons. And since we’ve added Bryd, Buck & Morneau, Goal 4 is within reach, the Division Title. Goal 5 is the NL Pennant. And you know Goal 6 !
Beat em Bucs !
Hail to Pitt !
Too bad Fitz got stuck wearing those hideous helmets, courtesy of Cornhole.
Cornhole’s blunder will live in infamy on Fitz’s stadium banner as long as we play in Heinz.
But the one I’m thinking of was the previous year at Heinz. Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 103 yards as true freshman.
Obviously, from the photo the following year in College Station… it did become his signature.
But with all the criticism of Pitt by the PG & Trib after the game in their various post game articles.
Not a peep on the booing of Smiley at halftime.
Agree gc. Don’t understand how these 2 clowns have a radio show. From the sound of Vinny’s mouth full of marbles voice, not even from Pittsburgh.
So I never even bother to turn them on. Cook thinks he’s smarter than everyone in Pittsburgh since he went to Northwestern. Schmuck !
Hard for some to believe, but a lot of Steelers, Pirates and Penguins end up living here after their playing days.
Funny story, one of the local sports stations wanted to talk to Michael Terrien, a Montreal native and former Pens coach. They asked if he would call in if he was listening. (for some game break down stuff).
He called in. The one guy say, hey, you’re calling from a 412 area code, where are you.
He said “Mt. Lebanon”. Radio guy says, “what are you doing in town?” Terrien says “never left, I love it here”.
Certainly not a vacation destination, but a pretty good place to raise a family and enjoy your life.
Some Sunday morning, during baseball’s off season, go out to the meadows, Jim Leyland will be at one of the slot machines having a coffee.
So, I would imagine that Walt just might be down at Cal U.
could it have been a solid game plan and excellent coaching? those two things go a long way.
There’s no shortage of boneheaded coaching decisions in Pitt’s football history, but the swinging gate has to be right up there with best of them.
Next year at College Station is when Fitz made long TD catch between 2 defenders. Btw, in post-game interview, Harris acknowledged his girlfriend among his thankees.
The game I remember that fitz really came to prominence was the 02 primetime game at Va Tech. He made 2 endzone fade catches between 2 Hokie defenders. I can still remember Mike Golic “Are you kidding me!”
I agree with other Blogger’s — Larry was the best football player that did not to win the Heisman trophy.
Hail to Pitt and Larry Fitzgerald!
See the guy as stubborn, determined maybe… but not exactly wise.
Huxtable was wise… and that often translates to cunning which is a great attribute for a Defensive Coordinator.
That does come close to bashing.
I too would like to see an aggressive hard hitting defense. Let’s see how we do vs. teams with less or equal talent before we hang House.
I will say however, if Chryst’s hiring process and eventual selection was determined by a weak budget, I am concerned for our future success in the ACC. Pitt has to look at ACC coaching and recruiting budgets and be competitive, at least in the second if not first quadrant. Money can’t solve everything, but the lack of it will doom us to mediocrity at best.
I like Sam Clancy, but how do you retire a jersey for a guy who couldn’t make the pros in his own sport?
He dominated and took over games, still has our sack record 49, back when teams didn’t pass as much. No one got around his end. Jackson comes close to deserving his jersey be retired, but there can only be one, otherwise it cheapens the act.
I told this story before, in Zelda’s after a game,
slapped Hugh Green on the back in congratulations, felt like hitting a granite wall.
That is hardly the case. What game are you watching?
Announcers said it was sold out.
Agree though, during the year though when it’s not UF or FSU, there will be plenty or their orange friends visible.
When I rant about our high school logo at mid-field and lack of ACC logo’s at the 20’s, in all honesty, I kind of never talked about Miami.
I knew we weren’t the only one, I knew Miami’s field markings were terrible also!!!
Wow, was I wrong. Just walked by the tv at work, stopped and looked for a moment………suprised I could not more be!!!
Miami has a huge, beautiful green and orange “U” at midfield, looks like any other college field.
Sure enough, beautiful white, trimmed with green and orange ACC logos at the 20’s!!!!!!!!!
Beautiful!!! Looks like a college field to me in a professional stadium.
Looks like Miami Hurricanes stadium.
When SCAM B built Heinz Field, it was a total cost of 281 million.
Steelers paid 76 million of the 281 million.
My fuzzy math, tells me the Steelers own %27, the Region (taxpayers) owns %73.
Pitt is in the region. It is also the biggest employer in the region.
Why should the Steelers bully Nordy and Smug Smile Steve??? Unless neither one of them wants to upset the apple cart. Don’t want to offend the Rooneys???
I guess details and crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s are over rated.
Silly me. Just blow up a big ballon that the kids can throw footballs through, that’ll be fine.
Almost all of the ACC teams play on grass.
BC and Wake are the only two I can think of that use field turf.
Can’t take the logos off in time for the Dolphins??? Miami U. and the Dolphins seem to manage.
P.S. I’m a Steeler fan also. Just sayin’!!
They could have least had a better PITT logo at midfield and the ACC logos for a Labor Day Nite only football game, nationally televised game of the night.
It was the 1rst game of the year, so the field was in good condition.
That midfield logo made PITT look bush league.
We all know the Steelers organization loves Pedo State. They always have one or two on the roster, and Bradley is the team doctor.
The kept Derrick Moye, a marginal player, just like that 4rth string TE they had and the punter, both from Pedo State. Yes they signed LaRod, I just hope he doesn’t become a goat for them, like they did with Poteat.
Screw Pedo State, just because and the Stillers for putting that bush league logo on the field.
What cheap skates !!! haha
That will be a good indicator to see if PITT improved much during the course of the year.
Another win for the ACC over the SEC.
And 2 very highly ranked SEC teams.
Georgia last week.
Tide might be turning !
*sidenote Texas-SanAntonio scored 35 points on Okie State. Their defense must be dreadful !
It’s getting like giving everyone a trophy for participating in Little League. The last two jersey retirements have been more about Pitt PR, than player greatness.
I agree with a ring of fame or some other designation. I don’t care how great you were, if you did’t elevate your team to a Championship or set an all-time record, not just for your school, it’s just another feel good moment.
I also think you should effen graduate, just saying.
Chris Peak at PantherLair tweeted a day or two ago that the response among many of the recruits who were there was positive. Apparently, what impressed a number of the kids the most was the atmosphere and the fact that a number of freshmen saw substantial playing time. I’m not a subscriber to Peak’s site and I don’t follow the kids themselves on Twitter, so I’m not 100% sure of details. I did see, though, some retweets and mentions of comments that Shai McKenzie made that seemed favorable. Same with Dravon Henry from Aliquippa, though those reports were mixed as well.
Regardless, the staff seems to be pushing the idea of the contributing early to the recruits. I’m not sure if it’s been mentioned on this blog yet (in previous threads), but apparently a Pitt staffer took some quotes from Tyler Boyd and designed this, which Boyd’s mom had posted on her Facebook page and it subsequently went viral among some Pitt fans on Twitter:
link to twitpic.com
I think it’s an encouraging sign of progress, one that could go a long way towards hopefully luring in local talent like Henry, McKenzie, Nicholson, Whitehead, etc.
As far as the lack of commitments, I wouldn’t sweat it. At this point, most kids will take their allotted visits before making any sort of commitment. I’m glad that Pitt got all of these kids in early, because at least it allowed them to a make a good impression right away. We may not see an atmosphere quite like that again until the ND and Miami games.
By the way, wondering if House found himself a sleeping bag for the office yet?
“We should have tackled better” No duh
– New Mexico wins in OT vs. a bleh UTEP team. They racked up 395 yards on the ground, but only 88 passing. Sounds like they are a poor man’s Navy or Ga Tech.
– Duke’s Anthony Boone broke his collar bone and is out indefinitely (although his understudy did well).
– UVa is averaging 3.6 yards per pass in their first 2 games.
– Lots of VT fans are calling for Logan Thomas to be benched. Pitt owned him last year.
– ODU is 0-2 and has not looked good, getting thumped by a Maryland team that is decent but not that much better than Pitt.
– Navy and GT will run first.
– Tommy Rees
That brings us to week 10 and Bryn Renner before Pitt sees another decent passing attack. Obviously some of these teams have other strengths and can beat Pitt different ways, but we shouldn’t have to worry about getting lit up through the air again like we did last week for some time.
Pitt can (never say should with Pitt) be 3-1 headed to Blacksburg, can be 5-2 headed to Atlanta. If they want to go bowling they’d better be, the last month of the schedule is brutal.
You are truely an optimist to predict Pitt will be 3-1 going into
the VT game. Sad to say however after watching games
from around the country Pitt will be fortunate to win 4
games this season. Predicting wins over NM, ODU, Syracuse,
and Navy…..any other wins will be considered huge.
I jumped in and said, remember what you guys all said last year “a penalty or two didn’t change the outcome of the game”.
And I laughed, and I laughed, and I laughed!!!
Listen, you get no argument from me, the SEC is unquestionably the best conference. Without a doubt. 7 nat’l champs in a row, hard to argue.
And I’m not arguing that, so don’t yell at me.
I admit, it’s the BEST.
However, this business with some of the media acting like it’s a conference full of nothing but teams that consist of Packers, Steelers and 49’ers era dynasty teams has got to stop.
Ya, they usually have the two or three best teams. Alabama, LSU, and Florida. Good next place teams, S.Carolina and Georgia.
Ok. They also have a lot of shite in their conference just like anyone else.
Kentucky and Tennessee?? Garbage.
Auburn and Arkansas, complete crap.
Miss State. Sucks
Vandy. Garbage for 40 years. Ok, they play a little better the past two years, but have been everyone’s punching bag for years.
Again, they’re the best, no question. Let’s stop with the it’s a Steelers-Ravens game every time any team in the conference plays any other team in the conference.
But lost by 50 to Oregon, but we would probably lose by 50 to Oregon as well.
Deciding factor might be we are at home. But Heinz is not a real big Home factor since we started playing there.
So who knows, one thing we need much better QB play and better scheme on blitz blocking.
And of course any scheme OTHER than the Defensive one we played (if u want to call it that) against FSU.
And beatup a decent WKU team yesterday. Are they going to compete in the SEC EAst. Not yet, but they will get better as that coach is pretty good.
Miss State was pretty good last year or two, as Dan Mullin is another good coach.
Auburn will be better with Gus Malzahn as HC and Arkansas has the HC from Wisconsin. And Arky was very good just a few seasons ago under Motorcycle Bobby. haha
All of these teams are in fertile recruiting ground so they can rebuild quickly with the right coach.
IMO, the only reason we beat Kentucky was the players were wanting to win one for DW.
Since we know they didn’t give a crap about Tiny.
Nor them him
Beat UTEP in Overtime….42-35
They went to a mostly running offense and a RB of theirs Casey Carrier ran for almost 300 yards (291) on 41 carries and had 4 TD’s. The Lobos only threw 7 passes, all game, completed 4 for 88 yards. QB also ran for 59 yds.
They made some big changes to their offense from Week 1.
So will PITT be able to stop their running attack with our weak LB play ???
What I thought was going to be a rout after the way New Mexico played in Week 1, (a Home loss to Texas SanAnotnio) might be a game now. As Texas SanAntonio is better than I thought, scoring 35 points on Okie State.
We bess not overlook……Los Lobos .
Pitt would never do what Texas did; which is all you need to know about the importance of a winning football program at both schools. And if they did, they wouldn’t hire a replacement, just turn the duties over to one of the existing coaches until the season ended. And I say that with only mild sarcasm.
Iron Duke – I agree. Football isn’t a priority. Question is when are they going to take Mack out back and lay him down. He is killing the program.
Whether it is New Mexico, New Hampshire,
New Orleans, or New York the Pitt team
we saw on Labor Day can’t take any
opponent for granted. They had better
come ready to play.
Lastly booing Steve Pederson is a
classless act. Wonder what the recruit
Emel – By the way take Cowboys -4 tonight.
And as they do, some others will go down.
The SEC will always 3 or so teams in the top 10 and 3 more in the top 20, absolutely.
They’re the best.
It’s just some of the talking heads slobbering over themselves to compliment the SEC. It’s embarrassing.
My view is not of a former Big East or new ACC membership.
I don’t have a favorite conference, I love them all. I’m a college football junkie.
Nice to see Clemson and the “U” get the wins, but I’m not doing a comparison.
I’m strictly talking about some of the talking heads, that embarrass themselves. It’s sophomoric.
I love the SEC!! It’s the best conference.
They do have their warts though. The way some of these guys talk is like the SEC is made up of 14 teams of Alabama. Just not true. That’s all.
When an SEC teams loses to another conference, they quickly say, (well this is the bottom of the conference, or they had an off day). No kidding, that may be true, but they’re part of the conference!!!
Not referring to Clemson or Miami’s recent wins, they got a lot of respect for those wins, I’m referring to past wins by other conferences.
Hell, recently, along with those wins, Clemson has beaten LSU and Auburn, other couch burning brothers to the south opened a can of whip ass on Georgia a few years back. Many others if you look them up.
SEC vs PAC 12 regular season 10-12
SEC vs PAC 12 bowl games 1-0
SEC vs Big 12 regular season 6-10
SEC vs Big 12 bowl games 21-8
SEC vs ACC regular season 42-36
SEC vs ACC bowl games 16-9
SEC vs Big 10 regular season 7-4
SEC vs Big 10 bowl games 19-19
SEC vs Big East regualr season 16-15
SEC vs Big East bowl games 3-9
Actually, pretty pedestrian. I would imagine a lot of you can’t even believe the SEC has lost so many games to other conferences did you???
The SEC fawners don’t talk about loses.
Some might say, look at the Big East record in bowls, the Big East has a better record, which just goes to show, that, that’s the top of the BE playing the bottom of the SEC.
That may be true, that’s why it’s called a conference, all teams in the conference count.
Once again, I actually love SEC football, Georgia S.Carolina was another great game.
Just tone it down a bit talking heads. The girl you have the crush on has pimples on her back!!!
Well, I see New Mexico put some points on the board. Regardless of who they played, they put them up.
I mean, who are we to question or look down on others teams abilities until we rebuild our own program.
This is a HUGE game for Pitt.
Do we whip New Mexico, get a better feeling for the future schedule and hopefully on tract for this year to get 6 or 7 wins. Realizing, we played one of the best teams in the ACC and possibly the country in our first game, and the best is yet to come.
Or do we struggle to win, dare I say, even lose, and realize that this ship is worse off than even any of the worst negatives on here could have even imagined.
We shall see Saturday, eh???
Have a good night.
Would PITT EVER have the temerity to do something like this ?
We just always accept getting our asses kicked.
Because our performance at both the Compass Bowl and in the first games was totally unacceptable to me !!!
6 months to game plan for FSU with a mostly a veteran defense.
That’s the difference with bigtime football being played by Texas and the bush league PITT has become.
I layed off the NFL this week. Like to see who is who for a few weeks.
Nice call though, the Boys covered. lol
I know what you mean about the talking heads and the SEC. Exactly. I don’t even bother watching those talking head shows anymore. It’s always the same pointless drivel.
@Emel, you know who is worse. The NFL pre-game shows!! I remember in my teens and 20’s (48 now), watching the morning shows on Sunday morning was part of the ritual. Now, I turn the tv on at 12:59!!! Shouldn’t have even bothered yesterday!! LOL
I actually still do like to have college game day on if I’m home. I don’t mind Herby and Corso.
The guys I can’t stand are on CBS.
I know a lot of people can’t stand the ESPN fellas, we’re all different.
I really enjoy a fall morning with a whole slate of college football on.
Still cheer for the Steelers, but, I’ve noticed, not watching as many NFL games as I used too. Not sure why.
Miami and Clemson wins help with the perception of the conference. Should help with recruiting vs SEC. Next tier of the conference needs to get stronger. Va Tech, Georgia Tech need to be joined by some others, hopefully Pitt sooner rather than later. Louisville next year. Too bad ND didn’t join in Football. With them the conference would be very competitive. Not quite the SEC but close.
Good for recruiting to see a packed house. We need some D ends from the south like Romeus.
Over the last 20 years, the SEC has had double or better the number of schools on probation for football infractions as any of the other AQ conferences. Schools like Auburn cheat, win, go on probation, hire a new coach, and then start all over again.
Not surprisingly the AQ conference with the fewest probations over the last 20 yrs? The beloved Big East…
How the mighty have fallen.
Yea that game was a real low scoring affair, after most saw it as a high scoring affair. Week before one of the weaker SEC teams (Auburn) beat WSU.
Kiffen is a joke, only got that job because of his daddy. More nepotism.
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