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Thursday, October 11, 2007
Pantherrants would like to go back 26 years to 1981. This was the last time Pitt football was a real contender in college football. Since that time, it's been mediocre, at best. Actually, Pitt has gone 142-147-6 since Jackie Sherrill packed his junk up and headed to A&M. We've finished ranked 5 times in those 25 years, no higher than 10th (1982). 4 bowl games were won.
Since then, the United States has added 60 million citizens. Therefore, 30% of the country has no memory of Pitt football being a serious player on the national level.
Let's review what was going on the last time Pitt was actually "good." And by good, we mean not a nice little season but counted on to bring a solid squad year in and year out.
- Ronald Reagan becomes president. The first female Supreme Court Justice gets to work. Average income was $19K. Stamps cost $.15. MTV airs for the first time. IBM launches it's first PC. Slaps like Hall & Oates, Foreigner, Journey, and REO Speedwagon were topping the charts. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Porky's, Stripes, and Cannonball Run were the big films (a damn fine year if you ask me). Pacman fever sweeps the nation.
If you don't recognize any of this shit, then you probably aren't a Pitt fan because they've not given you a reason to be during your lifetime.