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Gameweek Cincinnati: The More You Know

December 4, 2010

Opponent: Cincinnati Bearcats (4-7, 2-4 BIG EAST).

Kickoff: Saturday, December 4th, 12:00pm.

Mascot: While the mascot doesn’t appear to have a name, he has an interesting history…and by interesting we mean lame.  In 1914, Cincinnati did not have a mascot, but they did have a star player named Baehr and were playing the Kentucky Wildcats.  A UC cheerleader began the chant “They may be Wildcats, but we have a Baehr-cat on our side.”  Yeah.

Coach: Butch Jones, the man who is forever riding the coattails of Brian Kelly.  Before Brian Kelly came to Cincinnati, he was the head coach of Central Michigan.  When he left Central Michigan, Butch Jones took over there as head coach.  Now, Brian Kelly has moved on from Cincinnati to Notre Dame, and who do the Bearcats call?  Butch Jones.  Only thing is, Butch had much more success at Central Michigan.

Conference: Cincinnati joined the BIG EAST in 2005 as part of the New World Order after Miami, Virginia Tech, and Boston College bailed.  Since joining, they have already won two BIG EAST titles, but failed to win either BCS game they’ve played in.  Guess we can’t say much as Pitt fans though, that is two more than us.

Series: 7-2-0. Unfortunately those two losses have both come in the last two years, and both have cost Pitt the BIG EAST conference.  Oh yeah, since Cincinnati joined the BIG EAST, the game has been nicknamed the River City Rivalry, and there is a trophy involved…ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the Paddlewheel Trophy…

TV/Radio: Another national TV game, this time on ESPN.  Pitt is now 1-5 this season in games on national TV.  If you don’t have cable, it will also be available on ESPN3.com. If you’re on the go in Pittsburgh, you can also listen to the play-by-play with Billy Hillgrove and Bill Fralic on 93.7 The Fan.

Bloggers: Bearcats Blog.  They not only cover football and basketball, but even women’s volleyball.  Now that’s dedication.

Fun Facts: We could dig to find something to write about here, but it’s not worth our time.  We associate a special pain with that 45-44 loss to Cincinnati last season.  You’re probably thinking we’re talking about the final outcome of the game.  Well you would be wrong.  Instead, the moment came on a 3-yard TD run by Bill Stull late in the first half to put Pitt up 31-10.  It was at this moment we began to high-five each other and the people around of us, causing one of us to get a hernia.  Thanks Cincinnati, thanks.

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