September 19, 2013

Creative Buzz

Filed under: Basketball,Marketing — Chas @ 7:13 am

Give Pitt’s Athletic Department credit for creating some buzz once more for the start of basketball practice. Last year it was having an outdoor practice out on Bigelow Boulevard was a success and got plenty of national attention. This is a better than decent follow-up.

Fans will get their first glimpse of the 2013-14 Pitt Basketball Team when it hosts a “Morning Madness” event at Stage AE beginning at 10:30 a.m. prior to the Pitt-Virginia Homecoming Football game on Saturday, Sept. 28.

As part of Pitt’s “Super Saturday” slate of Homecoming events, a basketball court will be constructed inside Stage AE. “Morning Madness” will highlight the 2013-14 Pitt Basketball team and feature player introductions, various skits, promotional activities and a slam dunk contest. Admission is free and open to the public for the event. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

I wonder if doing it after the game would preclude the post-Sweet Caroline exodus, but I guess they weren’t prepared to test the theory.

The plan got positive notes from various sports media outlets.

The announcement came with a video announcement.

Though there was one reasonable suggestion after seeing the promo video.

 It’s a helluva look, Jamie, but take a cue from Tom Izzo and mix up the costume selection each year.

I’m guessing playing a character from The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh would be too obscure.



FYI (for anyone going to the game)

First Drink is on me !

Think I found a good place.

It’s a Cigar Bar, love it already. haha

And it seems to have a lot of my favorite Bourbons.

Couple Blocks from Stadium on Main Street

Sold !

link to

Comment by EMel 09.19.13 @ 7:25 am

link to

And you get to be a lifetime member for $3

Since we’ll be coming back in 2015, 2017, etc.

Comment by EMel 09.19.13 @ 7:28 am

my dumb ass scheduled our next bottle release for the 28th without looking at the schedule. whoops. bummed i’ll have to miss homecoming and all the activities

Comment by usd121 09.19.13 @ 7:51 am

they have pappy 20 there, you should be all set in the bourbon department. too bad its not the 23 though

Comment by usd121 09.19.13 @ 7:52 am


Might I suggest a pour of Old Pogue?

I promise you…you will NOT be disappointed!

Comment by ECH 09.19.13 @ 8:18 am

Nice choice usd121.

They have a very nice list of spirits !

Hail to Pitt !
Veritas et Virtus !

Comment by EMel 09.19.13 @ 8:21 am

Haven’t seen that anywhere in the Carolinas ECH.

Checked their website, they don’t sell it anywhere down here. So it might be a good idea to try it in Durham. lol 🙂

Looks like they make Rye as well, which I also like.

Comment by EMel 09.19.13 @ 8:28 am

My ad at the Top of this was:

the 2014 Cadillac XTS, 410 HP Twin Turbo.

that must have optional wings, lol

Comment by EMel 09.19.13 @ 8:31 am

On another creative front and at the risk of drawing the ire of the thousands of Pitt faithful patronizing this Blog.

I think the stripe added to the helmets this year has worked wonders.

It actually makes the block-style “Pitt” helmet look pretty damn good.

Now if they would only get rid of the wide-striped blue pants worn atainst FSU.

If you think about it, while the “sacred” Pitt Script was BIG… the Pitt look was almost equally defined by stripes… on the helmets, on the pants… and on the sleeves of the jerseys.

Hey Pitt Athletic Department are you listening?

Hate to say it… but Pitt Admin deserves credit for doing something right… for a change.

Comment by PittofDreams 09.19.13 @ 8:46 am

Is Mostella going to be there?

Comment by alcofan 09.19.13 @ 8:56 am

I like the stripe on the helmet too. It makes it look better. Not a big fan of the blue pants, but I prefer them over the white pants. I really hate the white on white when they’re on the road. Stick with the gold pants.

Comment by Nick 09.19.13 @ 9:26 am

Yeah, the white on white uni makes them look too much like the team(which will remain nameless) that harbors child molesters.

Comment by Dr. Tom 09.19.13 @ 9:36 am

Love the stripes!!!

Home—Blue jerseys, gold pants.

Away—White jerseys, gold pants.

It’s not hard, it’s called tradition. Number one word associated with college football. Tradition.

Guess I’m just an old fuddy duddy at 48.

Comment by Dan 09.19.13 @ 9:56 am

Yes, kudos to even Shhhhhteve if he put the stripes back on.

More kudos, for after thinking about it, not putting some bizarre modern stripes that start out thick and taper thinly to the back like devils horns or something.

It’s not Pitt script, but it’s very good looking, and very collegiate looking.

Comment by Dan 09.19.13 @ 10:03 am

I’m probably one of the few that liked the Blue pants with White jerseys when they often wore them in the DinoCat era. It was a nice, clean, almost regal look.

I’ve NEVER liked both being the same color – Blue/Blue, White/White, Gold/Gold. Simply terrible.

I agree the Stripe on the helmet is a good addition.


Comment by pghFred 09.19.13 @ 10:06 am

I hate the white/gold pants look, even like the all whites more. Pants don’t match the helmet and it looks horrible with the white jersey. I prefer blue/gold at home and white/blue on the road. Look up the ND game and UCONN game from last year and tell me which away combo looks better.

Comment by srb 09.19.13 @ 10:35 am

Call me progressive, but I’m a fan of blue on blue at home. White / gold on the road.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.19.13 @ 10:45 am

FWIW, I don’t mind any combination of unis except for the blue on blue …. mainly because it doesn’t seem the tops go with bottoms for some reason. I don’t even mind the white on white

I am going to UVa game but probably won’t make it to AM Madness (2 1/2 hr drive). I definitely want to know if both Mostella and Uchebo will be suited up and running thru drills. (remember, neither participated in summer league)

Comment by wbb 09.19.13 @ 11:02 am

Funny how a little thing like a stripe down the middle of the helmet makes a world of difference.
It breaks up the monocolor of the helmet and literally divides it in two.

It’s like having the right tie for a suit.

You can either look like a schmuck or look like a professional.

Blue/Gold & White/Gold (ditch the blue pants)

Comment by EMel 09.19.13 @ 11:10 am

@ wbb

You are correct sir. The Blue tops were a slightly different shade of blue than the blue bottoms. Those looked kind of bush league, something Boise State or San Diego State would wear.

Comment by EMel 09.19.13 @ 11:15 am

I seem to recall a problem with last years “midnight madness”, or some prior year when it preceded a home football game with an early kickoff. I think they had a problem with getting the students out of bed and to the game. Could be wrong. If this was the case, then moving the event to morning and to a local near the stadium is a stroke of genius. In addition, it gives out of town fans/alumni the oppurtunity to participate without having to make two separate trips to Pittsburgh.

Comment by HbgFrank 09.19.13 @ 11:19 am

The white on white reminds me of ,,,wait….

well you know who.

And since that is the case, they need either burned or put in a lead box, with a 500 pound anchor and dropped into the Mon.

Never to be seen or thought of again !!!

Comment by EMel 09.19.13 @ 11:19 am

You’re right Hbg

Nobody has wanted to get ‘out of bed’ for the last 3 years because of………wait…

…………….(hint)(see above) (^^^^)

Comment by EMel 09.19.13 @ 11:26 am

Great idea to have Madness before the game, on homecoming. I don’t know if it will increase attendance for the game, but Madness will be packed. Not sure where they will put everyone.

I will be out of town, sorry to miss this one. Hope VA travels well, should be a great game day atmosphere. Sorry guys, but I like Heinz over Pitt Stadium, no comparison. The city in the background, the rivers, the tailgating, the bars and restaurants, the great hall, the club seats, the food, the scoreboard, the boats and subway delivering fans. Pittsburgh is a great City, on Saturdays Heinz Field is part of the Pitt Campus.

The two thing I would like to recommend is that, student buses do not arrive until 15 minutes after game time. Also Pitt should give a way unsold tickets in the upper decks to high school students through their athletic departments, on Fridays before games.

Comment by gc 09.19.13 @ 11:27 am

after game is over

Comment by gc 09.19.13 @ 11:29 am

@gc, agree with you, always thought that was a simple solution.

Devil’s advocate says, if the students know they have to stay for the whole game, will some, or many not just go??

Comment by Dan 09.19.13 @ 11:39 am

These kids need to be smarter. We used to take a fifth of rum in with us, and mixed it right into the cokes.

It was a pleasure watching a ball game with a big tall drink in your hand.

You also didn’t have to run out of the stadium to get to the bar, as you already had your buzz going.

Comment by Dan 09.19.13 @ 11:42 am

I remember those days well Dan, unfortunately, with all the security measures, pretty hard to get the rum in.

I told the story before as a Delt pledge we snuck a half barrel into the game. Dressed him up as a fat pledge. Not much (any) security then. Climbed the goal posts before the game and had to go back to the dorms before half time.

Kids today have to drink before and after the game, thanks to the terrorists, talk about giving up our freedoms.

Comment by gc 09.19.13 @ 11:50 am

Ya, I was thinking that as I was typing it.

Only other option, is to have a consistent top 20 team where the kids want to stay to see the outcome of the actual game!! LOL

Comment by Dan 09.19.13 @ 11:55 am

Allthough fifths were taken in, now that I think back, it usually was the next size down, in glass flask like sizes.

Did they, do they have a name, what did we call those??

Comment by Dan 09.19.13 @ 11:58 am

Love the blue on blue at home. Unless I am not thinking of all the teams in the ACC, it is a distinct look for Pitt’s uniforms from all the other gold pants teams.
Not a big fan of the gold pants.
Like the white on white best, but white with blue pants works for away.

Comment by notrocketscience 09.19.13 @ 11:58 am

Fifths when used, were usually put half way down the back of the pants, with a jacket on.

LOL, ah, the days!!

Comment by Dan 09.19.13 @ 11:59 am

Great promo for basketball and draw for the Virginia game.

Comment by notrocketscience 09.19.13 @ 12:00 pm

Dan 09, These kids are way smarter and they have better things to do than watch us get our brains kicked in by real football teams like Florida St. Pitt was a lot more fun to watch when were the team doing the kicking. The great teams in the 70’s and early 80’s also played under a much more lax standard of what could be smuggled into the stadium. My group used to enjoy a smorgasboard of wine, beer, tequila sunrises, pot and occasionally laughing gas or coke. Try pulling that off at any of todays venues and you will do jail time. Times have changed and I think when we field a team worth sticking around to watch the kids will be glad to stay and see it.

Comment by spiritofsection 22 09.19.13 @ 12:06 pm

maybe they should schedule ‘Mid-Afternoon Madness’ to begin 15 minutes after Sweet Caroline

Comment by wbb 09.19.13 @ 12:07 pm

@wbb, funniest thing I’ve seen in awhile.


Comment by Dan 09.19.13 @ 12:25 pm

Put the court down between the players and students!!!

Comment by Dan 09.19.13 @ 12:25 pm

EMeal – I will be traveling to Durham and would be delighted to say hello…and buy you the second round.

However, Whiskey isn’t open pre-game.

Anyone with input on a good pre-game spot?

Comment by Joe Lawrence 09.19.13 @ 12:49 pm

OOPS – sorry – EMel…not EMeal 🙂

Comment by Joe Lawrence 09.19.13 @ 12:50 pm

As for the unis,

the whoel reaction to the stripe has me SMH…honestly didn’t notice. On the lookout now!

As for the colors, I think the white with blue pants on the road is a good look and we aren’t confused with Navy or the Domers.

Home blue jerseys with gold pants looks sharp.

Comment by Joe Lawrence 09.19.13 @ 12:52 pm

It’s not that hard to sneak stuff in Heinz Field. It just can’t be metal or overly big. You can easily get a few airplane sized liquor bottles in to spike your coke. They don’t pat you down or check your pockets, they only wand you. I have little faith in the wands because it never goes off when they cross over my metal belt buckle. It becomes very easy when it’s cold & everyone has big bulky layers.

Comment by Nick 09.19.13 @ 2:03 pm


I agree with the mini bottles. That’s how a lot of liquor makes it in to South Carolina games.

Comment by PITT-cocks fan 09.19.13 @ 6:14 pm

nick09, At Pitt stadium we had 8 season tickets and every game we brought in a 5th of Yukon Jack,a fifth of Vodka, an arm sling of wine and a case of National Bohemian beer. After the game we went down to the field to watch the Golden Girls shake it then stumbled down the hill to dogs at the “O” before heading over to Peters Pub. I can still remember my x-wife bitching about having to come pick us up when the other guys wives refused to do it anymore. The amazing part is 2 of our group are still married and none of us ever got arrested. You talk about metal detectors, one of the best games was the time a dentist friend snuck in a canister of laughing gas. We never left early and used to abuse any fans who did. No amount of points was enough and wanted to see them all. It is so much fun when all you do is dominate. We hated games at 3 rivers because you couldn’t get away with that there. We never even considered airplane bottles as that wouldn’t have lasted til kickoff.

Comment by spiritofsection 22 09.19.13 @ 6:36 pm

sadly, no pappy van winkle at the whiskey. are expecting a bottle some time in november. i was there on saturday looking for it. regardless, great scene – feels like you’d think the south should feel.

Comment by PittLA 09.19.13 @ 9:26 pm

spiritofsection 22

i’m investing in a plastic/glass flask for heinz field. the security is so ridiculously bad, they just wand you, no pat down. i’d rather drink bourbon than $4 bottles of water and $5 medium pepsis.

at least they take cards now, welcome to the 21st century

Comment by usd121 09.20.13 @ 1:50 pm

usd121, At Pitt Stadium it was an unwritten rule that you didn’t leave your seat between halves. If you wanted to leave to get something about 50 people would have to stand up to let you through and even then it was tight. That was back when I was thin too.

Comment by spiritofsection 22 09.20.13 @ 2:26 pm

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