So, this is the part of the summer where I slowly start to buy into Pitt and convince myself that things are going to go well before I inevitably get Pitt'd:http://www.sbnation.com/college-footbal ... in/4357949
This was a nice opener re: the city as a whole:
1. The city of Pittsburgh is awesome
I've been attached to the city of Pittsburgh since I randomly (and foolishly) adopted the Pirates in the late-1980s because I loved the Bonds-Van Slyke-Bonilla outfield. I discovered the wonder that is Primanti Bros. sandwiches (and, as part of Pittsburgh initiation, got lost in the ridiculous downtown system of highways) in 1999, attended my first (and last) Pirates game at Three Rivers Stadium in 2000, knocked out trips to eight Strip District bars (and Primanti's) in about 12 hours during a one-day visit in 2001, and attended my first Pirates game at PNC Park in 2002. The city is staid and scenic, innovative (in ways that Detroit is not) and awash in tradition. It is one of America's most underrated cities, and to top it off, the University of Pittsburgh's football program just scored some major points with me by naming its practice fields after the late Beano Cook. (Side note: I also love Beano Cook.)
In other words, I am sentimental toward the city and most things associated with it. But I promise you, I haven't put a pro-Pittsburgh add-on in my numbers. There is no "If school's name starts with 'Pit,' add 10 percent to all of their totals" qualifier. That Pitt ranked 15th in the F/+ rankings in 2008, 12th in 2009, and 24th in 2010, and that the Panthers are projected a healthy 35th and 8-4 in the Football Outsiders Almanac 2013 have nothing to do with how beautiful PNC Park is, I promise.