September 1, 2015

It’s Tuesday and we have to get off our collective asses and figure out where we are going to meet so we can put faces to internet handles/names…. and for you guys to buy me many drinks.

Here is what I see our options are:

Our prospective waitstaff

Our prospective waitstaff

Tilted Kilt


 Northshore RiverPros: Women servers almost unclothed (see above); close to Heinz

Cons: Small side area to overflow into – but it is covered in case of rain.

Tilted Kilt Bar

Tilted Kilt Bar

Bettis Bar and Grill

(412) 224-6287

Pros: Has a big outdoor area that we can all meet in if the main bar is too crowded; short walk to Heinz.

Cons; Gets very crowded


Clark Bar & Grill

Located between Heinz Field & PNC Park. Look for the Tribune Review sign.

Pros: Is a nice smaller bar and the prices are reasonable.

Cons: Is a bit of a walk to the stadium, small interior and maybe veru crowded as there are parking lots right in front of it.

Bettis' Bar and Grill

Bettis’ Bar and Grill


Or have a tailgate.Tailgate

If someone already has an established tailgate spot that they use they it would be appreciated if we could meet there and we’ll chip in $$$ or bring a bottle to share.

I’m parking in Red Lot #1Red Garage 1 but and will come down as early as people want to meet… bearing in mind I’m driving 4 hours to get to PGH.

Let’s put our heads together and come up with a place to meet.  I’m going with Bettis’ as it has that big outside area and is closest to the stadium… unless some has a tailgate spot.  By the way,  I’m a big guy – 6’6” with longer brown hair and an earring in the left ear.  Here’s a mug shot (Note for all you military types: the photo cuts out the last four rows of the ribbons.  That’s what 33 years gets you!):

Reed Face

And I’ll be wearing a blue polo that has this on it.

My Shirt

My Shirt

Get your choices in early and often as they say in Chicago… we need to finalize some plans.

I’m going to likely be at Stage AE since I’ll have my 18 month old with me. It has shaded areas, booze, and a grassy area for him to run around in.

Comment by Justin 09.01.15 @ 9:45 am

Some notes:

1) Tilted Kilt Bar – remember the the Seinfeld episode where Elaine got pissed when all of the waitresses in a diner had big breasts, and she thought it was a pre-requisite? (Turned out they were sisters at the family diner) Anyway, this is my memory of the Tilted Kilt waitresses .. and they are not modest about it.

2) Bettis Bar — for those not familiar, you can take a squirt and look out at the bar while at the urinal … very unique

3) Clarke Bar — agree with the notes, bar is small; however since it is a farther walk and it’s YSU, it may not be so crowded.

Comment by wbb 09.01.15 @ 10:27 am

Reed, see that your shirt is script. Wouldn’t mind having one (even though it is not royal blue and mustard). I assume that you had this made specifically for you

Comment by wbb 09.01.15 @ 10:42 am

… or is it royal blue & mustard? can’t tell

Comment by wbb 09.01.15 @ 10:46 am

Jamie announces that Milligan is coming. Good news for depth at guard.

Comment by gc 09.01.15 @ 10:49 am

GC – indeed. I have to wonder (just speculating, that’s what message boards are for, right?), if Barnes’ arrival impacted things in any way? A lot of things need to fall in place with various parties involved, I understand, and maybe pre-Barnes we would’ve had the same player result… Just wondering…

Comment by 1618mt 09.01.15 @ 11:01 am

Hate to say it, but the North Shore Kilt does not have its “A” team working Pitt games …

Comment by 2$Chuck 09.01.15 @ 11:32 am

the heck with the A team, I’m more interested in the “D” team

Comment by wbb 09.01.15 @ 11:40 am

Bettis is and has always been my personal favorite. Both has a Bar and Steelers Runningback.

Something to be said by being at the closest local nearest the Stadium… no matter how crowded or how many Penguins wobbling around.

Comment by PittofDreams 09.01.15 @ 11:43 am

There’s gotta be a Blatherite a gold lot parking pass that hosts a regular tailgate…

Comment by BostonsCommon 09.01.15 @ 11:51 am

For all the big spenders… Luxury suite on stub hub going for $555

Comment by BigB 09.01.15 @ 11:59 am

I think I may have had a stroke and this is just my brain giving me nice hallucinations before I die.

The PG calling out PSU on its #107KStrong nonsense when they haven’t had 107,000 in the Erector Set for years. t

The PG! What is going on? Dogs and cats, living together, mass hysteria! Well I’m sure there was some mass hysteria in Micco’s mind when he read this one.

Comment by deepelemblues 09.01.15 @ 12:09 pm

Just read where John Daly the golfer quit breathing for three minutes but came back to finish the tournament… That’s the same kind of attitude that needs instilled in these Panthers…it’s how you finish…

Comment by BigB 09.01.15 @ 12:13 pm

I bought five tickets for my nephew and his three sons and want to go to the game but will have to pass on this one… Don’t want to show up at the class reunion totally smashed after the home opener…

Comment by BigB 09.01.15 @ 12:16 pm

Reed thanks for posting your picture… You’re probably the tallest Coast Guard guy that I have ever known… I’ve been down here for 40 years and I’ve not seen someone 6 foot six wearing the blue uniform

Comment by BigB 09.01.15 @ 12:18 pm

I got that shirt at Lands End on sale for $19 and paid $5 for the stitching. Easy as pie.

Also – someone mentioned a Facebook page. Chas is willing to give the OK if I (meaning my daughter) builds and maintains it.

Anyone interested… ?? That way we could chat or share crap via a series of tubes… not a big truck.

Comment by Reed 09.01.15 @ 12:25 pm

I”ll be in Northern Jersey in front of a Pad,computer,or by a close TV watching ESPN 3 thinking of you guys.

Wish I could get out there for a weekend before the season is over.

With the Coaching/Athletic Dept’s new fire, Heinz field may not be half bad. That is, if the team wins.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 09.01.15 @ 12:27 pm

Your best post to date! :>)

Comment by pittman4ever 09.01.15 @ 12:50 pm

I tailgate on the roof of the Red 5 garage — usually a breeze on warm days — cuts through ya like a knife in late November. One can duck under the ramp when it rains, but the man will hassle you if you try to grill.

Comment by 2$Chuck 09.01.15 @ 12:54 pm

A little something on DC Conklin

Comment by Pittastic 09.01.15 @ 1:12 pm

Hey Reed – your “fruit salad” reminds of those ole Soviet Admiral uniforms with the medals that seemed to go so high they go over the shoulder!

Only one word captures it – HOOAH!

Comment by Mill 09.01.15 @ 1:23 pm

Dixon, is trying to right the ship right away. I hope he does.

We play Barnes’ hometown teams early in the season, Eastern Washington (they will always be the “SAVAGES” in my mind) and Gonzaga.

Reed, any additional “stuff” would be great (Facebook) provided I learn how to use it.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 09.01.15 @ 1:35 pm

Concerning Milligan’s eligibility .. here is an excerpt from the Naples (FL) news (home of FGSU):

Milligan had the 2.5 grade-point average required by the NCAA for a junior college player to transfer to a four-year school, FGCU Director of Compliance Alex Masse confirmed. Junior college transfers also much have a high school or Associate of Arts degree. Milligan also was good there.

The current eligibility GPA for Division I athletes not transferring from a junior college is 2.0, but that will move to 2.3 next year.

But Milligan didn’t have enough credits that FGCU would accept from Kilgore College. Pitt apparently accepted more of those.

“That’s basically it,” Masse said. “Each institution in the country determines what’s transferable. That’s not the athletics department. That’s the institution, either the Registrar or (Dept. of) Admissions. And in our case with athletics, Admissions.”

Third-year FGCU coach Joe Dooley also declined to comment on specifics, but was happy to talk about Milligan’s second chance.

“This is good timing for him, and I hope for Jonathan’s sake he has a good experience and a good career,” Dooley said. “And I’m a big Jamie Dixon (Pitt coach) fan, and I hope it works out for both of them.”

I’ll let you come to you own conclusions

Comment by wbb 09.01.15 @ 1:49 pm

if someone sees Scott Barnes tell him The Script without the Mustard is like a half pregnant lady…

Comment by BigB 09.01.15 @ 1:59 pm


Nice pic. Looks like you had a great career in the USGC.

If Scott Barnes and Jamie Dixon get an iffy BB player into Pitt, imagine the “transfer” players that the combo of Tressel and Pelini have gotten into YSU… That’s what worries me about this game.

Go Pitt.

Comment by MajorMajors 09.01.15 @ 3:03 pm

When I lived in Texas, I took some night classes at Kilgore JC.

Kilgore JC was known for the Kilgore Rangerettes who used to perform their high kicking routines at the Cotton Bowl at half time.

Kilgore,TX. is in the heart of the great East Texas oilfield. Maybe, Milligan took oil field related classes. Sincs Florida doesn’t have much oil prodution & Pennsylvania seems to be an up & comer in oil/nat gas, its logical to me that FGCU wouldn’t accept those courses while PITT does.

(bad attempt) at humor.)

Comment by PITT-cocks Fan 09.01.15 @ 3:10 pm

Hey, Commander – thanks for your service!!! both military and Blather!!

Comment by Savannah Panther 09.01.15 @ 5:41 pm

Mill – that’s what the young guys used to say when they saw me walking down the passageways in full uniform! I ended up with nine full rows… because since the day I enlisted I volunteered for everything I could possibly volunteer for. While the other guys were drudging around I was doing special projects with other Services / Countries and having a blast… especially once I was commissioned.

I give that advice to every young kid I meet – military or not. Get involved, ,get out of your comfort zone and have fun!

Thanks Savannah… Hard to say which is more rewarding but The blather sure is.

We’ll do another poll on Thursday but it looks like the Kilt or Bettis unless someone comes up with a tailgate.

Comment by Reed 09.01.15 @ 6:12 pm

Heard Coach Duzz say on the radio that he hopes to have both CV and N. Peterman play on Saturday. Should be interesting to see what Nathan can do.

Will make-the-day of at least one of our posters…

Go Pitt.

Comment by MajorMajors 09.01.15 @ 8:11 pm

For those of you that enjoy a goog cigar, the Clark Bar has a nice, small cigar bar. Friendly people and reasonable drink and cigar prices.

Comment by HbgFrank 09.01.15 @ 9:01 pm

The far right is my choice. Can I have that one?


Comment by panther94 09.01.15 @ 9:31 pm

Hard to believe no one in the Gold lot has stepped up and hoisted the Pitt Blather flag volunteering their tailgate as a meeting place. That would be my first pick since the bar scene gets crowded which inhibits mingling. If it goes to that, my personal vote is for the Bettis B & G.

Wherever we end up meeting, I’ll be there. Really looking forward to putting faces together with Blather handles. And I’ll buy you the first drink Reed as long as you promise not to hit me in the back of my head when I’m not looking.

Comment by Dr. Tom 09.02.15 @ 6:44 am

Does anybody need any tickets? I have 2 extra tickets in Section 135 Row N. I could put on Stub Hub but would like to sit with Pitt fans instead of YSU fans.

Comment by gpm 09.02.15 @ 8:02 pm

Sean, nice talking with you. My hair a bit shorter now.

Comment by Reed 09.04.15 @ 5:09 am

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