If There is a Time for Pitt to Bring Back the “Script” it is NOW

I remember as a youngster watching the Pitt with those Mustard Yellow and Blue uniforms and thinking how hideous they was. But at that time I was just a kiddo not realizing that those uni’s was the identity of the program since the 70’s.

There are winds of change hovering the football program indeed.  Pitt has a new Head Coach in Paul Chryst(former OC at Wisconsin), and 2013 or 14 Pitt will be playing its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

So even I must admit that the uni’s, that I really didn’t like as a kid, needs to return.

I’m not totally sure the old color scheme needs to return, but I think the “Script” with the current Gold and Blue would be more than appropriate.

These uni’s means so much to the fan base and they are a direct link to the “Glory Years” of the Late 70’s-Early 80’s.

Its time to bring them back, and this is pretty much a “now or never” type scenario.

Do what is right Steve Pederson, you are the Athletic Director. You are aware of these sweeping changes.

Pics found at http://www.operationsports.com/forums/ncaa-teambuilder-forum/322458-official-tb-created-teams-thread-16.html

Thoughts on the 2012/13 Realignment

A part of me is just laughing inside. Really I am. Its mostly because, you can see this coming a mile away. 4A has 2 Conferences Nine teams 1 of Eight Teams and 3A has 3 Nine Team Conferences. This is simply the WPIAL moving backyards instead of forwards. Other than having 3 Conferences I really don’t have any issues of the current alignment in 3A and 4A.

In 2A you see Washington move back into the Interstate Conference but check this, McGuffey will be in the Century. Where is the logic here? Washington and McGuffey are within 10 minutes of each other down I70.

In 1A its really a total disgrace. Even coach’s are upset and totally shocked. Check this, the newly formed Foothills Conference hosts 7 of last years 16 playoff participants. In case you haven’t seen this league yet, here is the Foothills Conference: Clairton, Bishop Canevin, Fort Cherry, Chartiers-Houston, Monessen, California, Brentwood, Imani Christian, Carlynton, and Serra Catholic. And here’s the kicker, Imani Christian-located at the old East Hills Elementary School- won’t be a walk in the park for any of these schools. They should’ve been place in he Eastern Conference, to be honest.

Competively speaking I don’t even see how this will help Beth Center at all. Being serious, I expect them to run through the Tri County South with relative ease, just to get blown out in the first round of the playoffs. If people thought this league was weak before, no one seen anything yet. Really if anyone thinks this newest edition of the TCS deserves more than 2 playoff spots is kidding themselves.

The Big 7 and Eastern actually makes sense both geographically and competitively so I really don’t have any complaints other than the fact that Imani Christian makes far more sense to have been placed in the Eastern rather than the Foothills.

I’m just so shocked at this display of incompetence that I really can’t rant on anymore because I’m just that speechless right now.

Changes

Its been an exciting 24 hours for me as I take my blog to a whole other level. I started a Facebook Fanpage and started moved to word.press tonight.

I’m excited as I move forward with this. I plan of having more quality and more in depth articles as I move away from a opinionated blog perspective.

As hinted a few weeks ago, I am going to be posting mostly Washing County Football articles and possibly some Basketball, and Baseball, we’ll see on those last 2 though.

Thank you to all the loyal followers out there. And I’ll end this with my Final WPIAL Rankings from last season:

1 Clairton

2 Sto Rox

3 Bishop Canevin

4 Rochester

5 Springdale

6 Fort Cherry

7 Char Houston

8 Avonworth

9 Beth Center

10 Western Beaver

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of 2011

The Good:

Tyler Boyd… Enough said right lol. It has been a blessing to watch him run, almost effortlessly, this past season. This kid is a rare breed of talent, and just maybe the best player, at the 1A level, in a long, long time. Watching him on an option play to the left and get cornered, just to cut back across the field for a long TD run in the State Championship was just a thing of beauty. And here’s the scary thought for Class A teams, he’ll be returning in the 2012 season for his Sr. Year.

Clairton’s streak of 47 games in a row has been amazing. I know there are some that say that the Bears wouldn’t own such a streak if Jeannette and/or Aliquippa played Class A football. I say so what, if those fans have something to say, let those schools drop and let it play out on the field. 47 games in a row, even against this competition, is one hell of a feat. Teams, that have the talent Clairton has, been known to play down to their competition and even lose. The fact that these Bears haven’t done that and blasted these schools the way they have, the kids and the coach’s should be applauded. These last 2 state championship games really tested the mettle and heart of these kids. And they passed with flying colors!

The Bad:

WPIAL competition has seemed to have gotten worse these past few years. When you see scores of 43-7 and 42-6 you instantly think of a regular season game, and not playoff games against the likes of Rochester and Sto Rox in the Semi’s and the Finals.

What happened to the mighty WPIAL in Class A? I just remembered 10 years ago when Rochester went on to win a few State Championships but struggled in a few playoff games against the likes of Chartiers Houston in the 2nd round of the playoffs. Is it talent, coaching, or a combination of the 2?

The Ugly:

84-0 rings a bell doesn’t it. While Clairton and even the haves have seemed to separate themselves, the difference between the haves and have nots has gotten much much worse. Beth Center, Springdale, Rochester, Bishop Canevin, and Clairton all routinely blew out their competition-or lack there of. Are we in need of a 5th Class or a Class 1A and Class 1B? Who knows, but this issue wasn’t addressed for this next cycle(2012/13 and 2013/14 school years) but it will be. But Clairton’s 84-0 win should be the catalyst for some change in the PIAA.

What to Expect for the 2012 Realignment

Expect to see 3 Conferences of 9 teams in Class’s 4A and 3A, 3 Conferences of 9 teams and 1 8 team Conference, and in Class A, expect to see 3 Conferences of 9 teams and 1 Ten team Conference.

I’m hearing from too many people, from coach’s and media types, that there will be a major shift in Class A. I saw different configurations and as always, I totally hate them all. One has Clairton in the Eastern Conference with the likes of W. Shamokin and Apollo Ridge-talking about driving a distance. Another I saw wast Clairton in a Mon-Yough like league w/ the likes of Brentwood, Monessen, Frazier, and Geibel.

For Wash County Fans; I really don’t know what to expect to be honest. Canon-Mac and Peters Township looks to be in a southern based Conference with Mt. Lebo, Baldwin, maybe McKeesport or Pittsburgh Central Catholic.

Trinity looks to be in a league with Thomas Jefferson, Ringold and teams as far away as Albert Gallatin and Uniontown.

In one form or another Char Houston and Fort Cherry fans expect to lose Clairton as a conference member and gain at least Bishop Canevin and even possibly Western Beaver.

I really haven’t seen 2A projections so I really can’t speak on that.

You yinzers ready for my typical anti-WPIAL rant!!!

Here’s my problem with 3A and 4A going to just 3 Conferences of 9 teams, and its simple. This just feels so archaic to me. While the rest of the nation is promoting big time games, we’re only having games within our District. No doubt that there are some fine matchups on the horizon, but come on. I want to see Pittsburgh Central Catholic play against the likes of Louisville Trinity or Don Bosco Prep. I want to see Central Valley play against a Stuebenville or Cincinnati Colerain and so on.

This area’s old school ways just drives me insane. We totally need “new blood” within the combines of the WPIAL with fresh new idea’s. Why not have spring football? Why not have smaller leagues and more conferences? Why not vote Yes for 5 Class’s or even 6? The league is simply moving backyards and not forward and its sad, quite sad.

Some Changes Coming for the 2012 Season

I’m not going to rant about the PIAA and the WPIAL tonight I promise. I’m sure I’m going to rant about both sometime in the near future.

I plan on expanding my content next season. I’m going to post more on Washington County Schools but at the same time expect my traditional 3-4 Clairton blogs.

There are a few reasons for me expanding my content. The main reason for the change is that I need to know 2A-4A football as much as I do 1A football. And there is no better way than gathering that knowledge blogging these local schools in the area.

Now if I have the availability on Friday Nights, I’d like to cover some games as well. So I may have to step up my interview skills and figure out ways to get a media pass.

So between now and August I have to do some studying on Canon-Mac, Trinity, Washington, Peters Township, Avella, and so on.

This blog has been an overwhelming success and I thank you guys. Its totally natural to expand my content.

One thing though, I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to do every week just yet. Maybe a preview Wednesday and a week in review on Sunday with Clairton content in between.

Thanks for reading making this blog as successful as it has been.