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Dear Gary (on the paranoia of a Big East fan)

Posted on: December 9, 2008 1:46 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2008 4:09 pm

I mentioned yesterday that I had traded emails with a Big East fan, and that I might introduce him in Tuesday's Dear Gary. So that's what I'm doing. He sent a note, I responded, and then he responded to me. And now I'll just let you guys tell me how to handle it from here.

So without further ado, here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Pitt is seventh in your poll (seventh last week; now the Panthers are fifth). Really? How can a team that wins the Big East last year and brings back the core (of that) team this year not be ranked higher than seventh? You are probably a Big East hater that goes after the smallest market in the northeast to try and make the rest of the conferences look less inferior. The agenda seems to be to discredit the Big East by making the top tier teams appear to be over-ranked. This ploy is sad because Pitt this year will be a contender, and had Pitt not been injury prone last year it would not have been boned by the selection committee yet again. (I'm) tired of jackasses like Parrish having an opinion that seems politically motivated. If his opinion was not politically motivated (then) how does the weeny justify (Pitt's ranking)? Perhaps the winning of the past eight years would have helped give the benefit to a higher rank! Good luck, Gary. You are now a Dickie V Baby with an overt agenda!

-- Rob


So I could've just ignored him.

But I'm not good at that.

So I replied like this:

Exactly. I'm a Big East hater. That's why I had seven Big East teams ranked in the top 16 of my preseason rankings. You know, one day, you guys will smarten up and realize that most of us don't have agendas outside of just trying to be right. I mean, why on earth would I hate Pitt? You couldn't name one reason. But whatever. Carry on with your wild ideas. They're wrong and insane, of course. But that doesn't make them any less amusing.

All the best.


Naturally, Rob had to respond.

Here's what he wrote:

Dear Gary: Please save your BS for the mentally impaired morons that do not understand the politics at play when NCAA tournament time begins. OK, you had seven Big East teams ranked at the start of season, and if things go south which is what every other conference cheerleader, err, sports writer is hoping for to undermine the credibility of the league. I worry that conference AD's will use referees to help win games, NCAA selection committees will make it harder on the Big East by longer travel and lower seeds, and writers and media will pander to these conferences by jumping all over the Big East if they do not perform up to the hype by "guys" like you.  I agree that you want to be right but you are also hedging your bet because if you are wrong then you can win by attacking the Big East. The fact that you responded to my email means that I hit a nerve and that makes me more critical because if it was gibberish why respond? I get it when media peeps like you use code phrases like Pitt is "physical" and they "muscle in the middle" as if to indicate or foreshadow that Pitt will be susceptible to a sh-tload of fouls, and that way a fast whistle can slow down Pitt's explosive offense. I listen to other schmucks like Joe Lunardi (ESPN's St. Joe's cheerleader) talk about how big the Big East is and says that eight teams is not a big thing if they get into the dance. That is code for recruits to be skeptical of playing for the lower-tier teams because the chance for a ticket to the dance is hard. You "guys" can use all the tricks in the books and the Big East will survive regardless!

-- Rob

Wow, huh?

So to recap, it appears Rob believes I hate the Big East, and that I only called the Big East the best conference in America and ranked seven Big East teams in the preseason Top 25 (and one) because I am raising expectations in an attempt to undermine the league in a way that will lead to conference AD's using referees to help win games and the selection committee screwing the Big East in terms of travel and lower seeds. Also, my kind words are just a set-up so that I can "attack" the Big East at the proper time. Beyond that, he's certain I also hate Pitt, specifically, and that I've targeted the school because it's in a small market (is Pittsburgh a small market?), and nevermind that I wrote this nice column about Jamie Dixon a few months ago and have consistently sung his praises.

Anyway, you be the judge.

Am I trying to undermine the Big East?

Or is Rob just insane?


Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 5:52 pm

Dear Gary (on the paranoia of a Big East fan)

Dear Gary, Rob has his head up his hiney hole and if you supposedly do control the weather and all as was previously posted, do something about the global warming issue.  HaHa!!!! lol I'm out.

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2008 7:05 pm

Dear Gary (on the paranoia of a Big East fan)

He's insane.

The only paranoia that should concern a Big East fan is HOYA PARANOIA!!!

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2008 1:07 pm

Dear Gary (on the paranoia of a Big East fan)


It has been my observation, for many years now, that mentally impaired morons are not able to realize that they are mentally impaired morons. However if Rob is right and you not only control all of college basketball, but perhaps the rotation of Earth, how in the world do you life with yourself? Wow! It must be awesome being you. How do you do it?

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2008 12:26 am

Dear Gary (on the paranoia of a Big East fan)

Thanks for posting that exchange, Gary. It was quite entertaining if not disturbing. I had no idea that the game of basketball could make someone so miserable.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:13 pm

Dear Gary (on the paranoia of a Big East fan)

This guy Rob is insane and I think you have responded by posting his emails. Maybe he can see from responses that he way out of line. I would admit the Big East is the strongest conference this year even if I hate the Big East. I dont care if you hate Pitt or not, still enjoy your comments and column and if you have to make a comment as a sports writer, you are always going to offend someone.

A "small market", in Pittsburgh?, I live in Kansas, 40 miles from Kansas City. There isnt a pro basketball team for a good state or two. I dont see putting you on blast because you dont have Jayhawks rated this is what it is.

I know this.....if this Rob dude started ranting like this in a sports bar, any true sports fan should have to escort him to an area of the parking lot where he could shut up at his own leisure with appropiate assistance (just dont spill the Jack'n coke, please)

Rob is insane and you are not trying to undermine the Big East.

 Rock Chalk



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 9:20 pm

Dear Gary (on the paranoia of a Big East fan)

As a Pitt and Big East fan I'd like to apologize for Rob.  While some writers might have bias (the worst in my opinion being Doug over at the worldwide leader) you always seem pretty fair and logical.  And not to minimize your impact but to suggest sports writers can "undermine" an entire league is just delusional.  I really enjoy the column so keep up the great work. 

ps. I hope we get a letter from the Chad on the mailbag soon.

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 6:40 pm

Dear Gary (on the paranoia of a Big East fan)

He's clearly a complete whackjob.  I hate the big east (thus no CAPS), but they are obviously one of the best conferences this year.  I won't say the best because right now they are 3rd in conference RPI behind the ACC & Big 10 (plus I would never admit that they could be the best).

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 6:32 pm

Dear Gary (on the paranoia of a Big East fan)

I can't believe he's complaining about your treatment of Pittsburgh.

I mean, we all know the real team not getting the respect they deserve is North Carolina.

I'll take him seriously when he stands up and defends the Heels. Something tells me that team is special...

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:19 pm

Dear Gary (on the paranoia of a Big East fan)

Wow! And I thought UK fans were psychotic. (Well, they are.) But Good Freakin' Lord! Take a Paxil and get a grip. I'm an SEC fan and we're all keeping quiet this season since it appears there is ONE legitimate tourney team in the league. Honestly, what's gonna happen when no Big East team wins the National Championship? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:01 pm

Dear Gary (on the paranoia of a Big East fan)

Although I live in Pac-10 hoopslandia, the Big East is THE conference for college basketball this year.  And Pitt is the beast of the East.

Rob is insane and you'll never win a conversation with him so don't even try.

Here's hoping Jamie Dixon coaches for another "small market" team.  There's a job available in Tucson next year.

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