Pittsburgh Steelers: Day 2 Draft Predictions

Note: I’m just going to be honest.  I ran out of time today.  I am taking my wife out to dinner tonight and I didn’t have time to finish this.  So it kind of trails off at the end. Apologies.

So the Steelers got their cornerback.  It’s quite likely it wasn’t the one they wanted.  William Jackson III of Houston went off the board with pick 24 to the Bungles and Burns was likely the next on the board.  So now he is a Steeler.

Can we please start calling him Mr. Burns?

While he is a project at least he is a project worth taking on.  It might take a bit, but at this point it doesn’t matter.  They needed a corner for quite sometime.  Unfortunately, the truth is we still need more corners.

Before I get into my day 2 predictions I’d like to reflect on a conversation I had with the one and only Juan Kool the day after the draft a year or two ago.  About what fuels the obsession with the NFL draft.  Perhaps with drafts in general.  It’s really the only event in which all franchises play a role.  It’s the merger between college football and pro football.  It’s an event.  I have always loved the draft.  Even if it means watching the Steelers defy logic at all times.

Day 2 Predictions

The needs are still the same.  The Steelers need more help in their secondary, likely a safety, and they need a DT.  The Burns selection is a signal that this year they are drafting for need.  So I expect the two choices made today to be at these positions.  However there is still the wild card possibility if there is a guy the Steelers are really high on.  I would say that Hunter Henry would be a possibility if he were to fall.  But the Green signing makes that pretty unnecessary.

The name of the day seems to be Jeremy Cash of Duke. He is a safety the Steelers are high on and would fill a major need.  Unfortunately the chances of him still being there in round three are now slim and they may have to reach with their second round pick to get him.  That is if he is still on the board.

Round Two:

I expected the Steelers to go Defensive Tackle in the first and they did not.  Now I expect them to go DT in the second, but again, they may not.  Because Cash may be too tempting.  And if that is the guy they want than they should do it.  Even if it’s a reach.

Franchises are god at certain things.  As good as the Steelers are at selecting wide receivers in later rounds they are equally as bad at selecting defensive backs.  If Cash is an NFL player than get him.  If he is gone go value to make up for the First round reach and pick a DT.  Here is a look at who may be available with pick #58.

Andrew Billings, Baylor

Does Billings drop to pick 58?  If so the Steelers could get value in the second to make up for their slight reach in the first.

Austin Johnson, Penn State

If this pick happens expect all out Yinzer pandemonium.  While Johnson might not be in the top-tier of prospect he is a solid member of tier 2.  He is better than what they have currently, which is nothing.

Jarran Reed, Alabama

While A’Shawn Robinson has grabbed the attention perhaps Reed is the better prospect.  At least he is on par with Robison.  Could be a good selection.

Of course, this could be the draft they go all out on the secondary.

So let’s look at safeties other than Cash.

How about Justin Simmons of Boston College?  Here is a preview of Simmons from the PG:

Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin talked about “hearts and smarts” this week when discussing the failures they’ve had in drafting corners and safeties in recent years. Well, Simmons is smart, tall (6-2) and athletic and could be a perfect fit as a free safety for the Steelers. Simmons’ selection means Mike Mitchell would move to strong safety, but that’s OK. Mitchell is a physical player with the skill set to bounce back and forth between both safety positions.

Well… Let’s get to it.

With the 58th selection of the NFL Draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select:

Jeremy Cash, Safety, Duke

Round Three

If the Steelers go Safety in Round Two it’s likely they go DT in Round Three.

Bronson Kaufusi, DT, BYU

Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State

A small school athlete that would be a swing for the fences pick.  With the lack of picks the Steelers have in this draft they need to go for it at some point.  This could be it.

D.J Reader, DT, Clemson

Three big DT’s that could fill a need.  That is if they are still needed.

If the Steelers go DT in Round Two expect them to go Safety here.  Three choices would be:

Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah

T.J. Green, S, Clemson

Deandre Houston-Carson, S, William & Mary

A Safety of William & Mary would be a story that wrote itself.

With the 89th pick of the NFL draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select….

Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State

 

Steelers Draft Prediction: First Round

Here we go….

My annual predictions on who the Steelers will select in the NFL Draft/my annual adding to the record that either I don’t know anything about football or the Steelers draft whoever they want no matter their needs.

Yes.  I started my writing career as a football writer.  No.  I am no longer a football writer.

Take that in consideration when you make your comments.

So even though it likely won’t mean anything to those in the Steelers war room, let’s take a look at the Steelers main needs and how they compare to the draft class’ strengths.

Primary need: Cornerback/Safety

Secondary need: Defensive Tackle

It is so obvious that the Steelers need a cornerback that it is unlikely they will draft one.  Hell, be honest, would you be shocked if they took yet another linebacker?

This year could be the year for a cornerback though. (The Steelers last CB taken in the first round was Chad Scott in 1997)  Things seem to align. The Steelers have the 25th selection of the first round, putting them in prime position to get the 3rd or 4th best corner on the board.  Jalen Ramsey is a top 5 pick and Vernon Hargreaves will be gone soon after.

This leaves Mackensie Alexander of Clemson, Eli Apple of Ohio State, William Jackson of Houston, Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech, and Artie Burns of Miami.

Of this group the two that interest me the most are Apple of Ohio State and Burns of Miami.

Apple is a winner.  The Steelers have a penchant for selecting Buckeyes.  He fills a serious need.

Of the cornerbacks my selection would be Apple.

But the Steelers could also go the Defensive Tackle route, and to be honest this may be their best bet.  This is the strongest defensive tackle draft class in some time and with the loss of Steve McLendon, who wasn’t very good anyway, they have a giant hole right in the center of their defense.

The three most likely targets for the steelers will be Andrew Billings of Baylor, Vernon Butler of Louisiana Tech, and A’Shawn Robinson of Alabama.

Of these three I see Billings as the most likely choice.  All three are 3-4 nose tackles.  All three will likely be solid.  Butler may be a bit of a stretch at a position where there is no reason to reach and Robinson has been trending downward in recent mocks.

Here is a brief bio of Billings from DraftTek:

Billings slots into the void at Nose Tackle left by Steve McLendon’s departure in Free Agency. The Steelers would like a NT who can play some as a one-gap DT in sub-packages to spell Heyward and Tuitt. Billings shows on tape as an explosive penetrator, almost unblockable one-on-one, but he’s of the stature and powerful build to play a 2-gap NT in the base defense. The Steelers did not bring him in for a visit but sent everybody but the groundskeeper to his Pro Day and took him out to dinner to see what he’s about. The Steelers take lots of fliers on late-round defensive linemen like LT Walton, Nick Williams, and Dan McCullers who are Size/Weight/Agility prospects with decidedly mixed results. Here in the first, they can pick up a player with good tape from a power-5 conference who has similarly-unworldly agility for his weight (4.94- 40, 32″ vertical at his Pro Day) without the long odds.

So before I make the pick for the Steelers let’s take a look at the third option, the what if this guy falls option.

In my view that option is West Virginia safety Karl Joseph.

The truth is he likely won’t be there at 25, but if he was….

He would be the perfect Steeler.  By all accounts a team leader, a hard hitter, and a player that fills a position of need.

But how about this… instead of me trying to explain why Joseph would be a good fit for the Steelers how about I just direct you to this video, which by the way is titled “Karl Joseph kills a man in Texas.”

So who it be?

So the 25th selection is upon us.  Joseph is off the board.  The Steelers have to pick between the remaining cornerbacks and defensive tackles.  I am the GM.

With the 25th selection the Pittsburgh Steelers select….

Nose Tackle from Baylor, Andrew Billings.

Solid pick.  Fills a major need. Allows the Steelers to take care of the secondary on Day Two of the draft.

Let me leave you with a question… Why does every highlight video have to have the worst rap song ever as its soundtrack?  How many horrible rap songs does the world need?  Why do bad rap songs make me feel like this dude?

Check back tomorrow for my Day Two Steelers predictions.

The Pittsburgh Dream Team

Happy Birthday Pittsburgh!  Looking sexy at 200 I must say…

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As part of the birthday podcast I am doing the Pittsburgh Dream Team, think 92′ Olympics basketball team made up of non-athletes from Pittsburgh who play other city’s squads in a rock and jock basketball style tournament.

For more in-depth analysis on this team check out the podcast.  Here is the roster announcement, for those who are interested in the roster that we put forward for my imaginary tournament.

Here it is.  The roster, front office and all…

Center: Jeff Goldblum: West Mifflin/Chaos U (Prep to Pro)

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Standing 6 foot 4 out of Chaos U.  Jeff Goldblum!  Holding down the front court is one of America’s true treasures, repping Pittsburgh in the perfect way, by never mentioning it and just being a cool ass dude.

Power Forward: Dan Cortese: Quaker Valley/UNC

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With the rock and jock format the Pittsburgh Dream Team’s biggest advantage may be having Mr. Rock and Jock himself.  Former backup quarterback at UNC and ageless heart-throb, Dan Cortese is Pittsburgh’s Stamos, and I feel like he could bring down some boards while winking at broads.

Small Forward: Wiz Khalifa: Taylor Alderdice/(Prep to Pro)

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He’s really from North Dakota, but he calls Pittsburgh home, so he can play the three.  He’s lanky, he can probably ball, and he can take the away teams out the night before games to give us the home court advantage.

Shooting Guard: Michael Keaton: Montour/Kent State

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Intensity personified, the king of all eyebrow actors Michael Douglas, yes his real name is Michalel Douglas, is our two guard.  I bet he can shoot, he gets into it at Pirates games.  He was the best Batman (fact not opinion).  Keaton is my favorite of all Pittsburgh celebs.

Point Guard: Mark Cuban: Mt. Lebanon/Indiana

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Dude is boss. Genius, leader, strong knowledge of basketball, entertaining. leader, visionary.  All adjectives that describe both a point guard and Mark Cuban.  Also bonus points for funding the whole thing

Bench:

Mac Miller: Winchester-Thurston/Taylor Alderdice

I don’t know….Mac Miller would get a spot.  He’s a white rapper.  That’s a thing.  He seems nice.  Every team needs a victory cigar.  He could help Wiz with hospitality.

Donnie Iris:New Castle/Slippery Rock University

The King of Cool is a little old, but I bet he still can board.  long wingspan.  solid defender? I don’t know I’ve never seen the dude ball.  He’s got the Kurt Rambis glasses though and he is beloved.  He’s on the team.

Dennis Miller: Keystone Oaks/Point Park

The team needs some snark.  It needs a loud mouth.  It needs an agitator.  Dennis Miller is in.  He also gives the team some street cred with his Point Park alumni status.  I mean who doesn’t fear a Point Park grad?

Greg Gillis: Chartiers Valley/Case Western Reserve

Basketball is chemistry.  Girl Talk was a chemist.  He will bring the celebs.  He will spin the after parties.  I wouldn’t be shocked if he had a decent range.

Zachary Quinto: Upper Saint Clair/Carnegie Mellon

So I did not know dude was from Pittsburgh, I assumed he was a permanent resident of the Hamptons.  No, not that Hampton, the Hamptons.  Dude is tall. Dude is likeable.  Dude is on the team.

Joe Manganiello: Mt. Lebanon/Carnegie Mellon

So…this is a very famous gent, and I have no clue who he is, but we need some dudes.  The next level of Pittsburgh celeb is the fat guy from Mike and Molly who is really a Floridian and the guy who won the joe Schmo Show.  So this guy.  Who seems really famous.

Front Office:

President/CEO: Gov. John Kasich

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McKees Rocks own and the only normal republican, John Kasich loses the nomination but gets his dream job of running my fictional basketball team that will play in a fictional Rock and Jock basketball tournament.

Director: George Romero

You can’t leave old George out, but I don’t see what he does…. so he is just the Director.

Director of Social Media: @PSAMP

PSAMP!!! PSAMP!!! PSAMP!!! the greatest human being on Twitter runs our social media feeds, bartends team events, and curates our playlist.

Strength and conditioning coach: Kurt Angle

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I wish he could play center, but no athletes.  Kurt Angle is pretty awesome.  He can beef up dudes like Wiz and Donnie Iris.  Bonus points for being our secret weapon in bench clearing brawls.

Fanboy/Diabetes spokesman: Bret Michaels

Dude is kind of from Butler, which isn’t really Pittsburgh, so its kind of hard, but let’s be honest….he’d find a way to be involved.  So this is his position.  He was born for it.

Announcers: Mark Madden, John Clayton, Spencer’s cousin Pat Gallagher

This is an ELITE broadcast team.  First off Double M, the super genius, can be the main guy and host the pre and post show.  John Clayton can provide the deep analysis, and spencer’s cousin Pat Gallagher who hosts wrestling Newz and Viewz on Butler county public access is dedicated and deserves a spot as the third guy.

Retired numbers: Fred Rogers, Gene Kelly, Andy Warhol

They are dead, but not forgotten, they get banners in the rafters.

Let’s Tell The Truth About Trump Supporters

So it hit me, like a bolt of “really great, really really great” lightning.  The thing that makes Donald Trump’s campaign strong is that it is fueled by the social outcasts of America, who want to punish the rest of us who are happy and content so that we have to feel their pain.

Each street has houses that may as well have been abandoned.  You never see anyone outside of them.  No cars in the driveway, but the yards aren’t overgrown.  The properties aren’t dilapidated.

Someone has to live there.  Sitting alone in a hidden room, watching Fox News by themselves, scared of the outside world.  Wanting it to go back to the old days when they still were a part of society.  Before they shut themselves off from everything.  Before they gave into the fear.

That person is a Donald Trump supporter, and they want you to pay for not also giving into the fear.

Let’s be honest in a way the happy and content deserve it, a little bit, for not helping their neighbor.  For not inviting them over for tea or a beer.  Now we will pay.  Our children will pay.  Things are about to get real.

The truth is that we area nation on the brink of collapse and Trump is going to push off us the cliff.  Straight into a civil war with no geographical sides, race vs. race, neighbor vs. neighbor.  It is going to be a living hell, and its exactly what the outcasts of America want.

They want to watch their fantasies of the world outside of their houses collapse on live tv.  They want us all to pay for flaunting our happiness as we walk down the street with our families as they view us through the blinds covering a window that faces the street, shuddering from the light.

These are dangerous people.  They have been brainwashed by Fox News.  They likely have deep religious beliefs.  They will make Donald Trump our president.  They will watch the world burn.  They think they will ascend into heaven to meet their maker instead of dying like the rest of us.

They hate us.  Donald Trump supporters hate the content and happy.  They hate the free thinkers.  Most of all, they hate those who do not allow themselves to be governed by fear.

So let’s be honest.  Unless we all vote for another candidate.  Trump becomes the president.  The nation collapses.  The world burns.  We all die, and that is it.  Because that is what happens.

Death is final and the creatures that lurk around America hating everything that moves, they are going to lead us to our demise, and a little bit of it is our fault.  Because we didn’t stop the crazies.

So say hi to weirdos.  Tell those who hate to have a nice day.  Smile as you pass the house you’ve always wondered about.  Maybe they will feel included.  Maybe they will call off the dogs.

It might be the only thing that saves us from a free fall into brutal horrible death.

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The New Pod, Some 90’s Nostalgia, and the Fear of a New American Century

A few updates from Chaz Bolte central, the secret headquarters of all things mildly OK tucked in the pines near the quarry lake in Slippery Rock, PA.  Wait….. no, that’s not where it is, don’t look for me there, it’s somewhere else.

Anyway, the new podcast is still working out the bugs.  I recorded an episode and it just wasn’t right.  There were many problems with it, so I didn’t release it.  Most of all I noticed that having only one host makes for boring listening.  So to remedy that scenario I am pleased to announce that I will have a co-host, the one and only Greg Ernzer.

With some new technology on board and with a new direction this thing will be off the ground in no time.  Of course that is also what they said about the space shuttle Challenger.

On Super Bowl sunday I released the first of many essays about the 90’s, what they mean, what life means, and what we as a generation should try to remember about them.  It got a little bit of discussion going on Facebook, but was mostly swallowed up and lost in the media mess that is the Super Bowl.  To be honest I did it on purpose.  I kind of want to limit the discussion on this one, because too much feedback from people I didn’t want feedback from would stop me from moving forward.  I really hate hearing from people who have dumb things to say.  This got some good discussion going so I will continue, and the next essay will likely be up over the weekend.

Tonight is the New Hampshire primaries.  I have completely kept my voice out of the election cycle, all though let’s be honest: this is what I was born to write about.

I am not allowed to write about the things I would like to write about due to the people who pay me to write about the things I am forced to write about .  However without naming names, well I guess I have to name a name, I have to admit the scariest candidate of all to me is Marco Rubio. He is basically the republican Obama.  he seems dangerously inexperienced.  He scares the shit out of me.  His campaign slogan is seriously “A New American Century.”  As in the thinktank piece written in the late 90’s by the neo-con’s who made up the Bush Administration that said the only way conservative goals could be achieved was with a “new Pearl Harbor.”  The cover of the report showed the Twin Towers with a target on it and an airplane flying into the buildings.  It was written before 9/11.  Most of the power players in the period between 9/11 and the march to war in Iraw wrote it.  It’s scary stuff.  Rubio either knowingly or unknowingly is using this as his theme.  I seriously wonder who controls him, because he just seems to be a robot on repeat.

So let’s see what happens tonight in New Hampshire.  Let’s see if his moment in the sun is over.  Because he is some scary sauce in a sea of scary sauces, and I don’t like babies or sauces, I’m not G. Love.

Sponge vs. Sunny Day Real Estate or An existential crisis on the meaning of the 90’s

I was talking to a college kid, he said the late 90’s/early 2000’s were probably weird.  He based it on this clip from the movie She’s All That.

So yeah, based just on this he was right.

We talked though.  It was interesting to get his perspective on things.  He said he didn’t really remember much before the year 2001.  I don’t remember much before 1990. We are 11 years apart in age.  It makes sense.

I went on a long rant in which I explained the positive nature of the 90’s, the optimism for the future, and the irrational fear of Y2K.  It helped me understand “the youth.” It helped him pass time as he performed his work study job of renting out film equipment at his college.

I continued my work day.

As the hours passed the splinter got deeper, the little thought on my mind that maybe I had spoken out of my ass on the 90’s.  The thought that the 90’s were nothing special, and I only remember them as being so because I was an optimistic young man living in the suburbs of a medium sized midwestern city and I didn’t know the reality of the world yet.

I started thinking about how many more records Sponge sold compared to Sunny Day Real Estate, and how anyone waxing nostalgic about 90’s music would go in depth to point out the importance of Sunny Day Real Estate while never mentioning The Flys, or Sponge, or any other crap L.A. band that sold millions of records and spent all their money on cocaine and impressing girls who were background actresses on Melrose Place, until they lost it all and had to manage a Guitar Center.

The truth is the truth.

According to the new truth, Wikipedia, Sunny Day real Estate’s Diary sold just over 231,000 copies.  According to this article Sponge’s Rotting Pinata sold over 1 million copies.

Yeah, one was corporate rock and the other was released on sub pop, i get it, but the point is the point.  In a capitalist world Sponge won.  In our nostalgic 90’s hearts Sunny Day Real Estate won.  So in the year 2016 who wins?  Who we want to be the winner or who made the most money?

And there you go, what was the reality of the 90’s?  Was it great?  Was it optimistic?  Do we remember it so fondly because we just really want to?

For every band barely scraping by, unwilling to bend on their artistic visions and values, that was inspired by Sunny Day Real Estate there is a band barely scraping by, trying their hardest to sell out as quickly as possible, who were inspired by Sponge.  In a world where everyone is equal, one is not better than the other.  However in the real world one is, and it is the band that was inspired by Sunny Day Real Estate.  Because corporate sell out music is for douchey hashtag visionaries and scarf wearers.

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Hey pal, come see my band, we sound like #acraptakingacrap

Throughout the day I thought about the 90’s as a progressive era, how homoesexuality became more accepted in the mainstream. And then I remembered that certain affiliates refused to air the episode of Ellen where she came out.  And it made me think if that was really an accomplishment at all, and to that point if any recent milestone concerning equality for homosexuals is really worth celebrating, being that things should have always been equal.  If you get to marry your partner of 20 years in 2015, is that really a victory, because you probably should have been able to do so in 1995.  On a deeper note is any victory towards equality truly a victory or a sad reminder that we are still not all equal.

Woah, boy, easy now, reel it in.  Get back to Sponge.

The 90’s are to the modern generation of young teenagers what the 70’s where to me in the 90’s.  Shit, can that be true? Oh my.  It most certainly is.

I guess I understood the basic concept of the 70’s, to an extent.  I guess I understood that Led Zeppelin was important.  I don’t actually think I knew why though.  I probably still don’t.  I guess that is what I am getting at.  Trying to explain why the 90’s where important to a college kid is on the borderline of pointless, and I probably learned more about the 90’s from the conversation than he did.

In fact it probably meant nothing to him, and i’m not saying that in a mean way, I’m sure he enjoyed it, but I doubt it made him rethink things about what he viewed to be the truth as it had done for I.

I doubt that he began piecing together what was what and what it meant.

The 90’s were important to me, but maybe only because I can remember being young and optimistic, and filled with big dreams.  Things were simple, because i was a teenager, and not even for all of it.  The music I cite as influential from that decade wasn’t even the music I was listening to, because I was too young.

I didn’t hear Sunny Day Real Estate until a college kid named Jason Dangle gave me a mixed cd with some of their songs on it in the year 2000, at which time I was a high school junior.  When Diary came out I was listening to Sponge, because I didn’t know any better.  The music my older cousin’s would hip me to wasn’t even 90’s music, it was 80’s bands like XTC and the Psychadelic Furs or the early REM albums.  Half of that was probably because they viewed the REM albums that were current to the times, such as Out of Time as sell out bullshit, and wanted me to hear the original stuff.

That scenario reminds me of a time I was coaching junior high lacrosse in my mid 20’s, likely around 2009?  Some of the kids were playing music on the back of the bus during a road trip after an away game.  They began to take some requests.  Someone called out for “some oldies” and the kid playing DJ announced that he had “just the thing.”

They started playing  Blink 182’s “The Rock Show.”  They loved it.  They sang along and giggled.  It was a reminder of elementary school to them.  It infuriated me.  I started talking about Dude Ranch and Cheshire Cat and how great Blink 182 was when they first came out and about how even though they were goofy they actually wrote really solid pop songs.  None of them gave a single shit about what I was saying.  I felt really old and confused.

The truth is that anyone under the age of 30 reading this probably feels the way those kids did when I was talking to them.  If I can barely remember the 90’s why would they have interest in my thoughts on what they meant.

My first CD was Green Day’s Dookie, I got it for my 13th birthday, I then had to spend the next year buying CD’s from Columbia House.  Those bastards took my hard earned grass cutting money for years.  My parents warned me but I didn’t listen.  I thought Dookie was a really monumental album.  I thought Green Day was important.  It wasn’t and they aren’t.

Perhaps the reality for people like me, who are 33, and want to remember the 90’s as being something that they couldn’t even know if it really was, it’s based in the unfortunate truth that the decade that followed the 90’s was absolutely horrible.  Filled with dispair and national tragedy and perpetual war, economic collapse and a weird culture shift that still effects us today.

I had always wondered if people who are say 14 today know there was a “before time,” now i wonder if I know about the time before that and in reality what I know at all and if any of it is important.  Because using the modern measurement of success Sponge is better than Sunny Day Real Estate, and that is too much for me.

And with that, all of that gibberish and lament, I announce a new series of essays, lectures, rants towards the general direction of the internet, in which I will examine some 90’s issues, debate their worth, and ask for limited feedback and participation from the reader.  From the importance of the television show Roseanne to the most accurate high school movies of the era, to the fact that I have never understood the attraction to the movie Reality Bites.  We will talk about the 90’s, well, I will write about the 90’s.  Partially to leave a document for the younger people if they wish to know about it, but mostly to remind us, the Clinton generation, what was good about it.

Pitt is not it, the Military Bowl is not legit.

I sat in my Aunt Deb’s living room watching the Military Bowl with two college kids from Penn State who were young enough to not know that there was a time when Pitt was in fact it.  I am barely old enough to know, and most of what I know comes from youtube videos and legends.  I remember Alex Van Pelt as a child, but I was too young to really get it.  The Walt Harris run to Dave Wanstache era I remember vividly, well some of the games I remember vividly, and others I remember a general blur.  I cross-eyed view of a moment in time that could have met something if they could have won one more game a year.  I time when you were more afraid of Toledo than WVU, because those weren’t the types of games we lost.  What we have now is some weird hybrid of tradition and the truth.  Pitt is no longer it, and in the ACC they seem out of place, and out of their element.  Gone is the days of the Big East.

The Military Bowl saw Pitt face Navy, at Navy.  Yes, you read that right.  Our 9 wins this season got us a road game at a military academy, while th midshipmen were on Christmas break.  So not a ton of people were there, they couldn’t fill a smaller stadium.  Pitt ran the opening kickoff back and it was downhill from there.  They seemed unprepared for the Triple Option at worst, and at best they simply couldn’t stop it.  As always Pitt was out of their element, playing a gimmick team in a cold weather bowl game that happens to be at the opponents stadium instead of neutral ground.  They represented the ACC although they are past the mountains, against an AAC team that has been independent until recent history.  There were no traditions at all.  Pitt was once a warm up team that Pitt would roll over before starting their Big East schedule.  Now they were thoroughly outmatched, all though it was the most successful team the school had in the better part of a decade.

Tyler Boyd played his last game as a Panther and went out in a fashion that reminded me of Jonathan Baldwin.  I hope Boyd succeeds in the NFL, in spite of his status as an elite prospect Baldwin did not.  Maybe Boyd will, but I’ve seen it before.  There is something small missing.  It’s all or nothing with that kid.  Just as it is with Pitt.

At least we are going in the correct direction, that is until Pat Narduzzi is gone and we have to rebuild.  Once again used as a stepping stone, by men who are going to fail at the next level, but have earned their way onto the center stage.  Pitt isn’t even off-broadway in comparison to a show like Michigan State’s.  It’s outer Newark.  Near the port, before the toll road.  In a renovated gas station owned by a wall street guy turned drug addict turned reformed drug addict, turned Newark resident.  Pitt is a childs play in that guys backyard compared to the elite schools.  It wasn’t always that way, but now it is.  It’s fairly plain to see, and it is extremely disappointing.

They do not have a campus stadium, they do not have a rabid fan base.  The casual fan has tuned out on Pitt football.  It’s not what it used to be, to the point it’s not worth noticing.  Pitt is on that Cincinnati, University of South Florida, University of Memphis level of non-relelvent, where once in a blue moon they will get mentioned by some sports pundit as a sleeper who months later admit he was wrong on that one, and Pitt isn’t the kind of team that comes through in the clutch.

I miss the good old days of Rod Rutherford and Larry Fitzgerald,  Tyler Palko and Darelle Revis, Shady McCoy and H.B. Blades.  It’s all gone now, and that is OK.  Because life should not revolve around Pitt football, and the Pittsburgh sports fan is better off having one less distraction from the teams worth being a fanatic of.

1960 World Series Game 7: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees

It’s the moment I grew up hearing about, but never saw, other than the last little clip of Yogi Berra watching Maz’s homer going over the left field wall.  MLB network showed the Kinescope of the broadcast that was made for Bing Crosby, part owner of the Pirates, a few years ago and I do not have the rights to show it, but let’s be honest, absolutely no money is made off of this website, it is only lost, so lets just play it cool and sit back and watch Game Seven of the 1960 World Series.