Hail PITT! 43-42!
Sitting in my local "V.F.W." on a Saturday night, eatin' wings and smoking a Rocky Patel cigar; I came not expecting to see much of a game.
How could the Pitt Panthers with their journeyman QB beat the #2 ranked team in America? Playing Clemson was a tough enough task at hand. Combine that with playing at Clemson in the stadium nicknamed "Death Valley"; well certainly the "Grim Reaper" was sharpening his sickle in anticipation of roasting "Panther" meat.
If you missed the game; I feel sorry for you. If you missed every exciting counterpunch that PITT landed to answer the "Tigers"; I feel sorry for you.
This game represented several metaphorical "cornerstones" that are hallmarks of athletics.
1/The game represented everything we are ever taught about the nature of competitive sports. The saying goes, "On any givin' Sunday.."
That's right any man, any team willing to enter the arena and throw down his sword in combat just might strike a lucky blow that leads to victory. If that man never quits believing in himself. If he fights with all his spirit and might; lady luck may be with him.
2/The Pitt football program has been a mess for decades; no thanks to Steve, "I'm an megalomaniac", Peterson! Sure Coach Dave and his mustache gave a valiant effort. Until he was fired for no damn reason at all; other than being successful. WTF? Then came a series of misfits. Then came "Coach" N.!
I'm not sure why we believed in him from day 1. I don't know how he alone made a wounded and skeptical Pitt nation embrace him. But we did. Saturday in "Death Valley" our faith in him was proved to be justified. Coach set in place with a solid brick and mortar foundation a new highway of success for Pitt football for years to come.
3/Here you will have to forgive my bias. For I'm a Pitt Panther fan. Mark May hung in my high school locker. I attended Pitt football camps under Jackie Sherrill and Coach "Fazio".
The first day of practice as a Pitt Panther under the blistering sun of summer camp at "Edinboro"; I lined up across from the greatest lineman in NCAA history, Bill "Bull" Fralic.
For the record it took a bulldozer and a team of scientists to dig me out of the earths core after "Bull" pulverized me into the hot dirt and stones that littered the field back then.
Moving on. For those of us who have suffered for decades as Pitt fans this has been a season of immense
James Conner beat cancer and returned to the field of play. EPIC!
We beat PSU! EPIC!
We beat the number two team in the country on their home field. TIMELESS!
Hail PITT! Hail Coach Pat!
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