I have a confession to make, with a question to go with it.
Was anyone else laughing when the buzzer went off at the end of the bowl game? Honest to God, I was and my wife couldn’t understand it (and I wasn’t even drinking or taking any Windowpane acid either). When we went up 31-6 she turned to me and said “I guess you didn’t expect this to happen, did you?” My reply was that there was no way the game was going to end nicely. Not that I thought we’d lose, I didn’t, but I was sure there would be drama at the end.
When the Houston QB hit those two long completions in a row, 43 yards and 32 yards down to our 7 yard line at the 4:00 mark I was resigned to it. Then, when Nick Grigsby grabbed his own balls instead of the football on that second on-side kick I knew we were sunk. Silly women, she couldn’t believe what happened but we PITT fans weren’t that surprised were we? Reading the 600+ comments in the game thread I can see that that is true. There was much anger and some disgust but really, no one was saying ‘I can’t believe this happened‘ because deep in our hearts we knew it could.
That’s why I’m not even parsing the game that was played. It doesn’t matter who did or didn’t do whatever whenever. IT JUST WAS. As PITT fans we ‘get’ that.
And perhaps that was Fate’s way of saying “Boys, it is time for a completely clean slate for 2015“. The Chancellorship changed, the old AD was shown the door, the head coaching job turned over and I believe all the staff coaches will be gone this week. Perhaps in the long run, and especially given our recent four year history, this kick in the nuts loss is the perfect way to make us sit back and clear our own minds as far as being a PITT football fan goes.
I’ve decided not to have any expectations whatsoever with Narduzzi and the new people he’ll bring in. I firmly believe we have a 50/50 chance of being ‘Same Old PITT” as we do with winning lots of football games. I’ll take things day to day and will walk the “Show me!” line as the off season goes by and the games begin. I look at PITT football with tabula rasa; a blank slate to imprint with facts and opinions as things unfold and not before.
Anyway, I had a great time writing and conversing with everyone on here during the ramp up to and then the playing of 2014’s games. We’ll have just as much fun, hopefully more, starting today for the new 2015 season.
Chin up boys and HTP!