Thursday, April 26, 2012

I'm tightening things up in here from now on

I keep getting emails from people telling me to ban this person or that person and let me say right off the bat that as far as I know I can't ban people on this site.  But I can delete posts and that's what I'm going to start doing more often now.  When I started this blog I asked everybody to behave and for awhile it went well.  But lately there's been more and more sniping going on so we're going to stop that right now.

If somebody made mostly good points in a post but threw in some shots, I let it go because I thought most of the post had valid points.  Unfortunately, however, people are taking advantage and it's getting carried away.  From now on, if I think you're instigating even a little I'm deleting the post.  If people comment on the post that was deleted, I'm deleting those, too.  If you complain about a person instigating I'm deleting that.  If somebody even hints at taking a shot at another poster I'm deleting that.  You get the point.  I don't care if I have 100 posts go down to 2, if I have to I'll delete 98 out of 100.

This blog averages anywhere from 5-10k a day so most people read and don't post.  And those who do post almost always do so in a mature way.  But like every sports message boards, there is a very tiny minority who ruin it for everybody else because they can't play well with others.  These small factions ruin every message board they go on and I'm going to do my best to keep them in check in here even if I have to delete them every day.

Bottom line, don't complain if your post gets deleted.  It's nothing personal. I'd just rather be safe than sorry.  That doesn't mean you have to agree with me or anybody else on here.  But it does mean that you have to state your position in a mature, intelligent manner.  This is just a sports message board.  It's not war, or birth, or love, or any of the other biggies in life.  Everybody on this blog are here because they are on the same side.  It's pointless to fight amongst yourselves.  So everybody post as much as you want but do so in the right way or you'll be deleted into oblivion.

39 comments:

  1. Well said Chris. People should be able to agree to disagree maturely without resorting to bickering or ad hominem attacks.

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  2. I support that 100%.

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  3. longsufferingpittfanApril 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    I come on here and rarely post because I enjoy reading all things Pitt related. And I think the original content is excellent. While I read the comments, I only pay attention to the relevant, well thought-out ones. The others I ignore. So now I will just have fewer to ignore. Keep up the good work Doke!

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  4. Thanks Chris!

    The problem with the blogosphere is it can never replace a real face to face discussion. I'd like to think that under those circumstances, the tone and patience of the participants would be a lot different. Some of the guys who poke at each other here might find that the other guy is OK...perhaps even worthy of sending him a beer if such discussion occurred at a corner tavern. Cheers!

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  5. drats, I always find humor in these locker room exchanges. I guess it comes down to perspective and the written word does not always provide the appropriate context or perspective from each party.

    joe d, i must then apologize about the short green bus picking you up. Nothing personal, it was just a visual for something I thought was a crazy rant of yours. I will be more tolerable in the future. That said, good points Sir Doke.

    I like what Paul Chryst is doing. A bunch of big, tall guys heading our way. No more 5'7"'s.

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    1. I think the problems stems from people having differing opinions... some taking the position how in the world can you have that opinion.
      It's ok to have different opinions...
      Viva la difference!!

      Regarding Chryst and crew in recruiting... jury is still out in my opinion... but I have big concerns. I hope I'm proven wrong.

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  6. This is my first post. I think this is a great idea. I cannot stand reading all the personal attacks.

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  7. Wow. The post is a cross between being yelled at by my Dad and that scene from Stripes when Psycho is introducing himself. "If anyone touches my stuff, I'll kill ya. If you call me Francis, I'll kill ya." "Take it easy Francis.".

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  8. Chris, I know its early but with the draft coming up and only Nix a sure thing to get drafted this year any players who have potential to be a first or second day pick next year or anyone who may leave early. Donald?

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    1. Unfortunately, Donald will probably be considered too short to be taken very high. If Ray Graham is 100% healthy by the end of the year and plays like he did this past season then obviously he will be in the mix. And maybe Hubie Graham will get some looks if he tests out well especially since he could have a big senior year.

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  9. New commit Samuelson: “Pitt has been in contact with me for a long time. I hear from them almost every day, either through Facebook or letters that they send to me.” I think Chryst deserves a but more credit on the recruiting front than hes is getting...he doesn;t appear to be taking a passive approach as some would say.

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    1. That may be but evidence suggests that Samuelson is in the minority. I can cite many examples of prospects saying they haven't heard a lot from Pitt or didn't even know they were offered. "Passive" may not be the right word, but at the very least they seem to be concentrating on a certain few. If they get those few and end up with a very good class then their approach would have worked. Time will tell.

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    2. Dokes,
      Has Chryst put out anything regarding who is responsible for what territories/states regarding recruiting?? I haven't seen anything except Beckerfield has CA and HI (which is like saying Beckerfield has NO recruiting responsibilities).

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    3. Not that I know of. And just for the record, I'm not saying that some of these guys won't eventually become very good in the territory they are recruiting. I would just prefer that Chryst hired guys that were already well entrenched in those areas so that they would have a better chance at having a great recruiting class right off the bat. I just want Chryst to succeed and it seems to me like he's making it harder on himself.

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    4. Perhaps Chryst is a closet Sabermetrician?

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  10. Chris,

    Whatever you do, do not give up the blog. I, along with the Pitt faithful who now live out of 'Burg, enjoy it. If you think what you put up with is bad, just go look at what goes on at the ESPN blogs. Hopefully most of those people never made it through high school let alone college.

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  11. Chris,

    If u get a chance can u run down some points on pitt basketball recruiting.

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  12. I also read many of the blogs here and the posts. I enjoy the insight many have but am glad you are deciding to crack down on some of the negativity. I do tend to quit reading once it begins. Keep up the good work....only time will tell whether any of these young men will be productive players for any team they chose to play for! Lets be patient and let the chips fall where they may.

    PITTPUP84

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  13. As long as it doesn't go as far as "the other guys blog" that deletes and bans everyone who doesn't agree with him.

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    1. Anybody can agree with me or anybody else as much as they want on here as long as they do it in a civil manner.

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  14. Bones - you cracked me up . . . Thanks.

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  15. Anon, which "Other Guy's Blog" would that be?

    This is a good idea Chris and I'll also try to stay withing the boundaries of protocol.

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  16. What are your thoughts on sharing Dokes..

    This has to do with Pitt recruting... the link is to something rivals just did regarding positions, scholarship availability next year, etc. Really shows where the recruiting needs are... DL.... toooooo many wr types.

    http://pittsburgh.rivals.com/content.asp?SID=996&CID=1343057

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    1. That list tells me that in two years Pitt has the chance to be very good. There will be a big senior class, including a good amount of very good players, and the young players like Shell, Voytik,Bisnowaty, Holtz, Orndoff, and hopefully Foster and Johnson, will be ready to go.

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    2. I found the interesting thing is that only 82 ships are taken instead of 85... meaning, room for 3 transfers this year... or 18 ships for 2013 class instead of 15.
      Way tooooo many wr's on the roster.

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    3. A lot of those WRs will never see the field and I assume will move on. Chryst needs to add better receivers and I'm guessing he will add at least two. I'm sure they will have at least 20 in the 2013 class, if not more.

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  17. ^^^ Add the probable starting FB, Guibilto, to that group who didn't get listed as he doesn't have a scholarship yet.

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  18. Free 247 article on WPIAL coaches' feelings about the new coaching staff... http://pitt.247sports.com/Article/Local-WPIAL-coaches-discuss-Pitts-new-staff-71884

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    1. In my opinion... this is neither good nor bad...
      1. If I were HC, why would I want wpial coaches part of the process at Pitt?? I don't want them telling me what or how... etc.
      2. Seems the HS coaches want another Wanny who recruited wpial all-star teams... we know what that got Wanny.
      Wpial does not produce the D-1 prospects like 30 years ago... wpial lacks competitiveness... and only 20-25 decent programs in wpial 130 teams.
      Frankly, I like diversity of players from all over. Players with good work ethic, etc.

      The good part is Chryst and crew may be conducting coaching clinics with wpial coaches... that is a good thing. If he can raise the level of coaching in wpial to produce more BCS level players, that can work in Chryst favor but that is a long term project... but didn't Wanny do the same? Just say'in.

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    2. You can't recruit without the local coaches on your side. That doesn't mean they are going to offer a lot of WPIAL kids. In fact, if this class is any indication they aren't doing that. But it's good to have the WPIAL coaches for when they do have a kid you want.

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    3. JoeD,

      I just read the article and while one local HS coach said they want to be involved, there was never any mention about how Chryst will manage that relationship and input. I agree with your point insofar as PC should run his own show but dont see where having good local relations is the same thing as handing over the keys to the UPMC facility.

      And I fully agree that PC should receuit far and wide, but there would be absolutely nothing wrong with getting most or all of the top WPIAL kids in a given year if the talent warranted it. Look at the top 5 guys on Chris' list... Would there really be something wrong with getting all of them if we could? IMHO... it would be a good thing.

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  19. My High School just had a player drafted. Willie Thrower is smiling down.

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  20. Off topic but I haven't seen it posted anywhere else by you. what are your thoughts on Harrell? The kid looks like a beast and I would give up half the roster to get him. Do you think we are seriously pursuing him and if we are, do we have a shot?

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  21. 1 year with Todd Graham screwed up the draft potential of Nix and Lindsey. Nix didn't have a good combine either.
    Glad to see Lindsey get picked up by Steelers. He is perfect OLB in a 3-4 albeit he didn't play that position much at Pitt.
    As for other local product, I was surprised Moye didn't get drafted either.

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  22. Joe - Here is a great comment on another message board from Ghostofatwood that answers your belief above. Note: the character issue he mentions is Nix's arrest for ripping the door of someone's apartment.

    "I hate to break this to you all, but Lindsey was a fringe NFL talent in the first place. If you couldn't see that he lacked speed and wasn't big enough to be a solid NFL prospect I just can't help you. It had little to do with the system, the system simply exposed to most what I'm sure the scouts already had surmised.

    As for Lucas, had he actually you know, lifted weights or worked on his conditioning BEFORE the NFL combine and draft he may have actually been a late round draft pick. Any questions about his commitment and willingness to work are due to his own actions. I think he's got the body and agility to be a good NFL guard. But the ship may have already sailed - as he didn't have the work ethic to go along with it. Yes, even when Buddy was his primary trainer for three years.

    You all said he had a right to lay down last year and not play, and he did. But you all forgot that the scouts saw him do that too. He's not such an overwhelming talent physically that the character issues don't dog him. He's precisely the kid that character issues DO dog."

    I think that sums it up perfectly - it is silly and way too easy to blame Graham for those two players not being what the NFL teams wanted to draft.

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    1. Lindsey should have never played DE at Pitt.
      so, he bulked up for DE at coaches request... not big enough for DE but tooo big for OLB... meaning it slowed him down and screwed up any chances he had. Albeit Lindsey did go to FL to condition, etc... you just can't miss 4 years of work and try to make it up in 3 months. As a result, the 4 yrs at Pitt screwed up any chances whether he had them or not. Lindsey was an RB and MLB in HS... I think 215 or so.

      But you are spot on regarding Nix... I was ok with Nix laying down senior season... but didn't know he wasn't working out as hard. The combine was an eye opener for me on Nix.... so much for all that rhetoric on the Graham conditioning for speed, strength, etc..

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    2. Lindsey was truly a tweener. in the 4-3, he was capable of being a good pass rushing end and he was, but he could've also been a good outside backer in the 3-4 had he been taught to do so his whole career. I was amazed that buddy Jackson was signed. he barely played at Pitt. I guess that's what having ungodly numbers at a combine can do for you.

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    3. It's all about the speed...
      note steelers pick of ILB, RB, WR...
      Tommie Campbell... Pitt/Clarion/Cali of PA... was drafted 7th round... it was his speed!! Top notch sprinter in HS albeit a headcase.

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