When I first saw the flood of hate mail, I thought Pitt fans had mistaken me for Jimmy Burr. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Since I'm receiving hate-mail out the ying-yang right now, I thought I'd take a couple of minutes to put some closure to this Kelly's/Pitt Alumni Club debacle that has broken out. All of this stems from a post last week in which I jumped all over Kelly's for hosting a Pitt event for the biggest game of the year.
Let me start by stating what I thought was obvious, but what many Pitt alums do not seem to understand - I was in no way, shape, or form disrespecting the Pitt Alumni. This post was directed at a venue, not at you. Reading my post over again, I still don't understand why Pitt fans think that, but let's just put that to bed. I don't really care to debate that.
Despite NOT being the only internet outlet to talk about this event, Pitt alumni seem to believe that I am responsible (and in a couple of particuarly colorful emails, that I "forced") Kelly's to break an existing contract and put the Pitt group in a tough place so close to the game. That couldn't be farther from the truth, and I'd hope nobody, especially Kelly's, is telling you that I did such a thing.
In fact, if you read through the comments of the post, I state how appalled I am with Kelly's for kicking you out. So in the end, I'm on your side in that battle.
As the manager of this blog, one of my goals is to drive traffic to this site and generate discussion. Judging by the traffic that the post received and the aftermath of it, it appears I was successful. I hope the Pitt fans can see where I am coming from in that regard.
At the end of the day, Pitt fans get the last laugh since you beat us in our building and ended our home win streak. See you on March 5th for the rematch!