‘Sportsmanship’ off the field II
A s a Pitt graduate with a daughter who attended Pitt and a son who is enrolled at Penn State, last Saturday’s game held great expectations.
The anticipation was magnified as “bragging rights” for the next year were at stake for all family gatherings. To the athletes involved from both teams, kudos as you left it all on the field. The performances by Pitt’s band and the PSU Blue Band only added to the festivities.
Since the weather was cooperative, it was truly a great day to rekindle an old rivalry.
The negative to the entire day was the boorish and obscene behavior by a small minority of vocal Pitt fans. Cheering your team, booing the other team, yelling at the referees — that’s all part of the game. I saw great examples of who we are in the number of Pitt and Penn State fans sharing tailgate parties and seating in the stands. It was good old-fashioned rivalry among friends. The obscenities screamed (by Pitt supporters) and items thrown at the Penn State Blue Band, however, were reprehensible and in the worst of taste.
Perhaps some fans need a refresher in sportsmanship and manners.
The writer is a graduate of the Pitt Class of ’74.