The Phillips File
If this was going to be the last time both Pitt and West Virginia met for a football game, then they sure got it right. With hopes of a possible share of the Big East title at stake for the winner serving as just an appetizer, the underlying tone of bragging rights for the foreseeable future represented the main course.
I plan on attending Friday’s Pitt-West Virginia game, as I do believe it will be the last Backyard Brawl contested between the two schools.
John Phillips offers his opinions on hot-topic issues going on in the world of sports.
For all the speculation over the past year regarding Joe Paterno and this being possibly his last season coaching Penn State, I wonder what the odds would have been if your choice of options included a scenario where he was connected to a child sex abuse scandal surrounding one of his former assistants?
Can you really blame West Virginia for wanting out from under the Big East’s banner? Simply put, it’s under John Marinatto’s watch that the Big East has taken a turn for the worse.
As this thing I like to call Food & Games has evolved, the goal of bringing you fun food stories regarding my travels has been quite a ride. I’ve dined in stadiums and press boxes from San Francisco to the Big Apple. I’ve sampled hot dogs and sushi, while enjoying the people I’ve met. It’s been quite a journey so far. But this past Wednesday, I decided to hit Heinz Field for the Pitt-UConn game. Why? Boredom mostly, but it was a good choice on my part as the dinner served was first rate and caught me off guard.
The countdown can officially begin on the end of the Joe Paterno era. Now that he has tied Eddie Robinson for the most career wins in Division I football, Paterno’s ego will get what it wants and that’s sole possession of a mark that has stood for nearly three decades and will most likely never be broken.
I’m not one to share my opinion, but since you asked… Rushel Shell did what most said he would do on Friday and committed to Pitt next fall, playing in the Todd Graham, high-octane offense he’s been promoting […]
This early version of the ‘High Octane’ offense Panthers coach Todd Graham promised has not been Ferrari high-octane, but more like sputtering mid-grade 85 you get from a DeSoto.
After a .500 homestand, your Bucco’s sit in a three-way tie for 1st in the National League Central Division. Hard to imagine we would be saying this on July 25, but let’s take it for what it’s worth and be excited about it.
I’m not one to share my opinion, but since you asked…The amazing run of the Pittsburgh Pirates continues, as does the season of starter Jeff Karstens, who was not a member of the rotation to begin 2011.
For a man at 44 years of age, Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield is still going strong. Since his major league debut in 1992, the knuckleball throwing righty has made his mark on the game, winning a pair of World Series rings in 2004 and 2007. But in this town it may be the ring he didn’t win that people most remember.
I grew up in the 70’s & 80’s. And like many men of my age (41) who love sports can tell you that this game was as big as Ohio State vs. Michigan, Auburn vs. Alabama or USC vs. UCLA. It had all the hostility, pageantry, drama, and excitement games of this nature are supposed to have.
When it comes to having a good time, Dana Holgorsen could probably write a book. But when you are a college football coach, having a reputation as a party animal doesn’t help.
Bigger is better. Just ask the people in Texas, or the idea man behind ‘Super Sized’ at McDonalds. In the case of Big East football, expanding to 12 members means making some tough choices with long-term impact.