The title for this post should have something to do with the Pitt Panthers, but I’ll temporarily digress from football felines to share some local ursine lunacy. The recent furor over an anthropomorphized, human habituated black bear and her two nine-month-old cubs (affectionately referred to as “the twins” by my illustrious neighbors) that roam around my ‘hood foraging for delectable garbage morsels convinces me that the humans are the ones who need to be relocated to the Ocala National Forest.
After an incident between Momma Bear and a woman trying to protect her yapping little mutt, many of my neighbors are protesting the Florida Wildlife Commission’s policy of trap
To them, the bears are just giant, cuddly, mischievous raccoons who are sweet, people-loving critters who care as much about us as we care about them. They just
I’m bearly getting started here!
I’ll get to the Pitt game forthwith, but writing is therapeutic for me and I need to get this off my chest! So I’ll lay on a little more, already.
I have a solution: I’ll stay here with the bears and they can take their entitled, gentrified, knee-jerk asses somewhere where you can’t do any damage to yourself and the bears. “But they’re
You just wait until one of their kids or their precious little doggie gets mauled. (According to these idiots, “our” bears are docile and would never harm anyone or anything). Yeah, right — now is foraging season for bears. Bears are omnivores. They’ll eat your bird of paradise plant, they’ll eat your garbage, and if they’re hungry enough, they’ll eat your little Yorkie. Or maybe YOU. With the old fable about the frog and the scorpion in mind, what we know is bears will be bears. Keep them in close proximity with humans — especially morons who feed them wittingly or unwittingly — and someone will get hurt.
End of Rant. Back to Pitt.
Oh, yeah. The #13 Nittany Lions (2-0, 0-0) host the Pitt Panthers (1-1, 0-1) in a nooner clash at the Big Beave (formerly known as St. Joe Memorial Stadium at Beaver, hosted by Accuweather.com). The Panthers are coming off a 20-10 victory over Mid-America Conference Ohio Bobcats. Meanwhile, you know that the Lions beat up on Buffalo 45-13 after a sluggish start.
Speaking of sluggish starts, this is a noon game, and historically, nooner performance has been slow as a black bear waking from hibernation. Fortunately, this is not a road game, or that would have been a double-whammy.
wo ranked teams in the ACC
Were you aware that there are only two ACC teams in the Top 25? Bookends Clemson (#1) and Virginia (#25) are ranked. That’s it. And Pitt has already lost to one of them (Virginia). Fortunately for the Panthers, Clemson isn’t scheduled this year.
(In comparison, seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 25).
But funny things happen in the ACC, so ya nevah know who’s going to emerge as an unexpected victor from one week to the next. Recall that in 2016, Clemson’s only loss was a 43-42 squeaker in Pittsburgh. And in 2017, Pitt stunned Miami. So, never count these guys out as gamers.
Is this a rivalry?
No. Not now. Not ever again. The Pitt rivalry days of our St. Joe past are remembered by us grey-hairs, but no one on the team now was alive back then. For them and for the coaching staff, it’s just another game. After this year, the argument will be moot for who the hell knows how many years until (if ever) the two teams play each other again.
Now, granted, some asshole fans use the pseudo-rivalry as an excuse to raise hell and berate the other side, but most of the time, these assholes don’t need an excuse. (Recalling the story of the frog and the scorpion, assholes will be assholes).
The Big Ten has cleverly arranged more pseudo-rivalries, thinking first that we should have a rivalry with Moo U., and then later changing their mind thinking we should have a combinatorially explosive rotating non-rivalry rivalry with Rutgers, Maryland, and the aforementioned Moo U. You’ve seen me rant about that bullshit before, so I’ll spare you.
That said, Shitt on Pitt!
See? I can be a Pitt-hating asshole, too. But I digress. Let’s look at The Pitt Experience of 2019.
What the Ff*ck?
Maurice Ffrench, that’s what. He be da guy to watch on the Pitt offense. The 5’11, 200 lb senior receiver has caught 16 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown this season, with a long one of 75 yards. He’s also a bang-up punt and kickoff returner. He doesn’t
His wide receiver partner, junior Taysir Mack, is averaging 10 years per reception.
Wash Quarterback, Pat Dry, and Season
Kenny Pickett has been around for a few years now — his first start was that upset over Miami in 2017. The 6’2″, 225 lb junior is now a seasoned college quarterback who can hurt you with his arm (but not so much with his legs). This year, with two games under his belt (Virginia and Ohio), he has thrown for 506 yards, one touchdown and one interception with a completion rate of 60.3%.
Pickett has been sacked five times. Last year, he was sacked 33 times. I’m here to tell you that the O-Line
The Panthers lost their big runner from last year, Qadry Ollison, and they haven’t regained their ground game since then.
One stat tells a big story. The leading Pitt tacklers are defensive backs. Pitt lost two major contributors on the D-line to season-ending injuries, so I’m thinking this should be a field day for Sean Clifford. However, while this would seem to be an opportunity for the running back committee, they better pick it up after the crappy performance against pseudo-cupcake Buffalo last week. Despite their D-line injuries, Pitt ranks 23rd in rushing defense.
The question is whether James Franklin and the offensive brain trust will figure out this defense enough to exploit it without suffering Buffaloesque embarrassment in the first half. And the second half, too, for that matter!
Showers with a high of 74 is what AccuWeather tells me. Shouldn’t be much of an issue, should it?
Da Bottom Line
Well, you know, I have to tell you the bear (sic) truth. In my mind, until we see this game and Maryland after the bye week, we haven’t seen enough to pass intelligent
The spread has remained flat at 17 – 17.5 all week but the o/u has risen five to 53.5. This gets us to a break-even at about 36-18 in favor of Penn State. Turkey
I’ll be back after the game with some bear (sic) facts about the game if as yet unnamed Tropical Cyclone Nine doesn’t inundate my ass.