4-Quarters is Great, But It’s Not Enough

I can understand how people would instantly assume I’m going to be taking shots at the Pitt students here. Yeah, it was great that they showed up in nice numbers, waved towels, and actually stayed the whole game.

But that’s not enough for a distinct home field advantage.

What about towels for all of the fans in attendance? Are these rally towels going to be a one-off thing that everyone forgets about come the North Carolina game on October the 29th at 8PM?

I see fan bases across the SEC, B1G, and even the ACC waving some plastic thing, and it creates a wild scene. Then I look to our North Shore neighbors, and I’m like if there’s a tradition that Pitt can borrow/steal, why not steal the towel waving tradition of the Steelers.

Almost all fan traditions are borrowed from another fan base. “Sweet Caroline” was borrowed from the Boston Red Sox.

From a revenue standpoint, why not give away rally towels, and then sell the towels as another revenue stream. Then in the off-season have members of the Panthers Pit name the towels.

Football is a sport that requires a ton of fan interaction and rowdiness. Football isn’t a ballet.

The football team is stepping up, and the students are starting to do their part. It’s really time for the alumni to be loud and proud, from the opening kickoff until the last play of the 4th Quarter.

Waving towels, like Steelers fans, isn’t totally the answer.

But it’s a step in the right direction.

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President Obama Is In a No-Win Situation

Credit to BBC for the image

So President Obama sent a Bill to Congress to declare war on ISIS (err ISIL err IS, or whatever they want to be called on this given day) this morning.

Problem is, this so called declaration is only for ground troops in Search and Rescue missions.

IS has an abundance of enemies from the terror cell Hezbollah (who is funded by Iran), Syria, the Syrian Rebel Forces, Iraq, Jordan, and the UAE. (United Arab Emirates).

IS been a brutal terrorist organization that has conquered land, stole arms from from the enemies (that happened to be American produced arms), and brutally murdered anyone that they has captured.

President is really in a lose-lose situation in dealing with IS:

Doing nothing could equal to this group increasing their terror and conquering even more territory, thus potentially being able to target the United States homeland. Doing things half-assed equals to putting American lives in danger and ultimately losing. Going in with a full out assault totally destroying everything in site could potentially backfire on the home-front due to the American population sick of being in war.

Here’s the the million-dollar question, would the American populous, and the world for that matter, stomach what it would take to defeat IS?

A war against IS is not a war against Muslims, it would be against an extremist and perverted form of Islam. My other question is: how do you defeated this ideology within the Muslim world?

I don’t know the answer to this problem; however, one solution may be totally eradicating it from the Muslim population.

Unfortunately, this kind of assault on an ideology is genocide, thus would be considered war crimes in the civilized world. But that is what it’s going to take to destroy IS and potentially prevent future groups like an IS from gaining this kind of power. The US would need to come in full force and publicly show the images of IS members being eliminated.

On top of facing the reality of needing to destroy IS is the fact that our troops will be standing side by side with Syria, the Syrian Rebel Forces, and Hezbollah (you know, the same Hezbollah that sends Rockets into Israel every other month).

Perhaps there’s some other solution………………….. hmmmmmm…………………………….

Did I mention that Hezbollah is funded by Iran, and that Iran is an enemy of IS?

Perhaps a “False Flag” is in order!!! (you know, what those conspiracy nuts take to the extreme)

Framing IS for the murder of an Iranian solder makes a ton of sense to me. Think about it. This would allow to handle our dirty work for us and “keep our hands clean” of any war crimes Iran may commit against IS. On top of that, our enemies would be destroying each other without needing the United States to fire a single shot. While we’re talking about False Flags, why not frame IS for the murder of someone from Turkey and have the entire Muslim world against IS.

OK, yes, President Obama will not stoop to the levels needed to eliminate IS. And that’s ultimately why I’m against any action taken against IS by American forces.

Pitt Fans: Put Up, or Shut Up

Today marks a new day in Pitt football.

Pitt hired one of the best defensive coordinators in the nation to become head coach. But that comes at a price if you want Pitt to compete for ACC and National Championships, like Head Coach Narduzzi is proclaiming that is he expects at Pitt.

Pitt football needs money from boosters, revenue sales and so on.

It’s really up to the consumer to make this possible.

Pitt fans, alumni and students are notorious for not showing up to games and leaving the games well before the final snap of the game. And the worst case of this is when students leave right after the rendition of “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. Sadly, the above picture sums up the role of the fans at the games the past several years.

The days of 25K or less showing up to games must end if you want Pitt to take that next step as a football program.

Chancellor Gallagher is showing a commitment to Pitt football simply by firing former Athletic Director Steve Pederson and Interim Athletic Director Dr. Juhl stated this today at HC Narduzzi’s Press Conference, “if Pitt can help cure polio and invent CPR, it sure as hell can win 10 football games”.

Dr. Juhl is 100% correct in stating that Pitt can certainly win 10 games a year. The WPIAL and Eastern Ohio is tremendous recruiting grounds. And with proper financial support in recruiting, Pitt should be able to snag a few kids from states like New Jersey, Maryland, Deleware and Florida.

It’s really time for the fans to put their money where their mouth is. The fans want to win and they want the program to provide financial support to the football program, but this money has to come from somewhere.

Yes, winning will beget more fans showing up to games, but if Pitt is 5-5 when Miami comes to town, how many fans will realistically show up?

And that’s ultimately the problem.

Even if Pitt is 5-5 when Miami comes to town, there needs to be at least 55K in the stands.

Because 4 years down the road, let’s say HC Narduzzi is exploring options outside of Pitt, there could potentially be potential income to keep him in town.

But let’s say he leaves, Pitt fans will whine and dine about the potential of Pitt being cheap when it comes to hiring coaches. What do you expect when attendance is poor and there isn’t enough revenue being generated to not be cheap?

I won’t tell people how to spend their money. Spend your money as you please. But don’t say the program is being cheap when it’s at least attempting to produce a strong and viable football program.

The school and athletic department is doing their part in supporting the football program. Now it’s the fans, alumni and boosters to do their part.

Does Chryst Stay or Does He Go?

The second Oregon State announced that they hired former Wisconsin Head Coach Gary Anderson as their new Head Coach the social media and talk shows went ablaze.

Pitt fans have every right to be a little paranoid considering the epic failures of Pitt football since Dave Wannstedt resigned on December 7th 2010, plus Head Coach Paul Chryst is a native of Wisconsin, played football at Wisconsin and he started his coaching career at Wisconsin.

Let’s face it, Paul Chryst is a Wisconsin man, and maybe going home could be the right thing for him, and then again, perhaps he stays. There is one thing to remember, his daughter attends Pitt and he’s made Pittsburgh a second home.

Could that be enough to entice him to stay?

If I’m Paul Chryst I’m using this as an opportunity to force the admin of Pitt to feed more money into his coaching staff, and earn a contract extension. That doesn’t mean that needs to fire DC Matt House, for example, either. Just that there needs to be some upgrades on the staff.

If he is indeed heading home, we’re likely to be finding out the breaking news before Monday, if not sooner. Does he really need to be interviewed? Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin AD) was the Head Coach of Wisconsin when Chryst was starting his coaching career. Alvarez went above and beyond to help get the coaching gig for Chryst at Pitt.

Chryst is building a solid program at Pitt, from the bottom up; however, his overall resume isn’t exactly impressive, going 19-19 in three seasons.

Lets say he takes the Wisconsin job, what is next for Pitt?

A guy like current Pitt OC Joe Rudulph has to make some sense. He’s from Pittsburgh, and he adds some continuity to help keep the current recruiting class together. An outside option could be former Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini.

Personally, I don’t think Paul Chryst is going anywhere. But if he does, asking Athletic Director to lead another coaching search just may be too much to ask.

@JoeNiklas

Ground N’ Pound

Conner

 

What’s that old yinzer saying again? Grawnd n pawnd, and 3 yards and a cloud of dust. Here’s a quick sample of Pitt’s play calling from last Saturday against the Delaware Hens: Run Right, Run Left, Run up the middle! 

The running game amassed a total of 409 yards on 56 carries in the 62-0 drubbing of Delaware, and it was so effective that an injured Tyler Boyd (dislocated pinky) and the passing game wasn’t needed. 

The keynote play of the game wasn’t even a James Conner or Chris James TD run. The play to look at is the sneak by backup QB Trey Anderson. It wasn’t so much what Anderson did, it was how hard the offensive line pushed Delaware’s defensive line off the line of scrimmage. Although that play was ran against an FCS school like Delaware, that’s the time of play other opponents should surely take note of. 

Quite simply, Pitt’s going to punch you in the mouth with the running game and has the offensive line to do so. 

Before we get ahead of ourselves, this was against Delaware and the offensive line won’t be as dominant against ACC opponents. 

At the same time, you have to be amazed what Pitt accomplished. There has been many times in the past where Pitt played down to the competition they face and ended up squeaking out a victory or even losing. 

What was seen this past week was diabolical in nature. Delaware just simply didn’t have an answer on either side of the ball. It Pitt is going to be able to run like this against their Coastal Division rivals, then watch out, Pitt just may have a special season on it’s hands. 

Next up: at Boston College 7:00 PM on ESPN

Twitter: @JoePanther0181