I love you PITT but…

January 21, 2010

There are two things I would change about the University of Pittsburgh.

  1. I would go back in time and restore PITT Stadium instead of agreeing to play at Heinz Field.
  2. I would go back to the Script PITT logo like in the days of Tony Dorsett and Dan Marino.

First off, PITT Stadium.  Yes, she was old, she was falling apart, but she had character.  Also, if Pitt Stadium was still on campus I wouldn’t have to wake up hungover on Saturday morning and get on a bus with what seems like 100 other hungover kids who haven’t showered since puking on themselves the night prior for a 20 minute bus ride to Heinz Field.  How nice would it be to just wake up, walk out your dorm, and have thousands of people excited for a football game flooding the streets of Oakland?  Think gameday for Pitt Basketball times 10.  Now I know that The Petersen Events Center was built in place of the Stadium but couldn’t they have built a basketball stadium and dorms elsewhere?  Pitt Stadium fit into the hill, it belonged there.  The Pete could have gone elsewhere.

View of Lower Campus From Pitt Stadium

Final Game at Pitt Stadium.  PITT 37 Notredame 27.  At the end of the game fans stormed the field and tore out the field goal posts and even tore up the turf.  Urban legend has it that one guy sliced off his finger trying to cut the turf.

Side of building overlooking PITT Stadium.  Fraternities were known to have parties on the roofs of the Frat Houses during PITT games because you could see into the stadium from the top of the Frat Houses.

Pitt Script Vs Pitt Block Lettering

Pitt needs to atleast start using a “third jersey” with the old blue and yellow coloring.  It’s not that I don’t like the current block lettering.  I just think that the “old school” colors/logo were awesome.

Pittsburgh Pride

January 21, 2010

Even though I’ve never lived in Pittsburgh prior to going to college here, I spent many summers at my grandparents house (right outside of Pittsburgh) and have always felt comfortable in the city.  My grandparents would always take me to the Pittsburgh Zoo, the Carnegie Museums, or the Regatta.  My time spent in Pittsburgh over the summers are some of my greatest memories.

Both of my parents growing up in the areas around Pittsburgh during the days of the Steel Curtain solidified my future of being a Pittsburgh sports fan.  While living up by Buffalo we would always have tickets for when the Pens came to play the Sabres or when the Steelers came to play the Bills.  My greatest Penguins memory was being at the game when Darius Kasparaits scored in overtime on Dominik Hasek in game 7 of their playoff series.

I still get chills after watching that.  I was sitting about 20 rows up behind Hasek and slammed my knee off of the chair in front of me when I jumped up to celebrate.  I remember hobbling out of the arena laughing at all the upset Sabres fans.

Having a Philadelphia fan as a roomy has been a great experience.  Philadelphia fans love to talk “smack” on other teams and usually back it up, just not against Pittsburgh.  Seeing my roomys face when the Steelers won the Super Bowl and watching the Penguins win a few months later kept him from talking too much except for the fact that his Phillies had won the world series.  But when the Phillies came to Pittsburgh I had the last laugh.   http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09238/993268-63.stm

My Pitt Panthers have been getting better each year in Football and continue to exceed expectations in Basketball. The past three years for Pittsburgh athletics will go down as some of the best since the late 70’s early 80’s.  Watching “Shady” McCoy and Dion Lewis beat the records of Tony Dorsett has been amazing.  Attending the University of Pittsburgh during Pitt Basketballs first time at #1 in the polls is something I can’t wait to tell my kids about.

This game set the wheels in motion for the revitalization of the Pitt Panthers Football Team.

It’s About Time…

January 21, 2010

For the past two years I have been going back and forth on as to if I should start a blog.  As you can see I finally grew a pair and started this, The Oakland Blogger.

First off, I am a student at the University of Pittsburgh where I study (according to my mom) “space”.  Nope, not the galaxies, stars, planets and the heavens above, I study how to take up space.  But really, I’m a business major at PITT but I’m not sure I’ll ever know what I really want to do.  I love college, especially the fact that while I’m at college in my favorite city, Pittsburgh.

I’m a full blown Yinzer.  Give me a Prmantis sandwich with some Iron City Beer and you’d be stupid to think I don’t put HEINZ Ketchup on my scrambled eggs.  I bleed black and gold and will be the first person to riot on the streets of Oakland or at the South Side when one of our teams wins the championship.  One of my favorite views is driving into Pittsburgh on 79 South.

I am a die-hard Pittsburgh Penguins/Steelers/Panthers/Pirates fan and hope to write about the teams as much as possible on this blog.  If you want a real good blog about the Penguins make sure you check out http://www.thepensblog.com the guys there were my inspiration for this blog.

That’s it for today.  I’m gonna say that this will be an every day thing and I hope it is, but I apologize in advance if I miss a day or two.