Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Smizmas Miracle

Several of us here at Free Tank Carter got our starts at The Pitt News -- one of the finest independent student newspapers in the history of the world. The Pitt News celebrated its 100th birthday this weekend during Pitt's homecoming festivities. Over the years, TPN has been the starting point for dozens of noteworthy journalists and writers. Myron Cope, Michael Chabon, Time Magazine's Scott MacLeod, internationally renowned graphic designer Joe Zeff (whose 1984 interview with Bill Fralic remains one of the most entertaining and candid pieces of collegiate sports journalism), and two of FTC's favorite curmudgeons of all-time, Murray Chass and Bob Smizik.

Chass, who maintains a blog that he insists is not a blog, has reportedly severed ties with The Pitt News after he was retroactively offended during a recent end-of-the-year banquet -- more on that later.

But the Smize? He's still creeping around. And today, we got some Jay Mariotti-style paparazzi shots of him creeping around the buffet at The Pitt News centennial brunch. Why? Because having a blog means you have an excuse to do stupid shit that you and your friends think is funny.

Potatoes? Fuck your potatoes.

Smizik hits the bacon. Hard.

Did I leave the oven on? Do I even own an oven? This is all Neal Huntington's fault!

"I'm telling you, Steve, all I do now is write a sentence or two about Brent Johnson, then just re-print someone else's story. This blog shit is great."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Playing the game the wrong way

Well, here we are again. James Harrison is once again a vicious psychopath.

The hit he put on Josh Cribbs was not only physically avoidable, but totally uncalled for. It's one thing being a vicious psychopath when playing other vicious psychopaths. If this was Cinci, I'd expect Ward to be throwing blindside blocks and for their guys to be retaliating. If this was Baltimore, I'd expect Terrelle Suggs to be picking fights, and our guys kicking right back. But this is Cleveland, and Harrison did it to their only good player (though to be fair, he also knocked out one of their scrubs a few minutes later, showing he's indiscriminately violent).

The whole thing reminds me of when the Reds threw at McCutchen's head, earlier this summer. That's not the level of play I want to see out of my teams. I have a hard enough time with one Matt Cooke; I don't need another.

Here's to suspensions for guys like Harrison. If that doesn't work, make him play a few quarters without his helmet. See how that works out.