Over the past week I have been hearing some negative and completely true things about the performance of the Zoo. The past two games, Providence and Louisville, the noise level and enthusiasm hasn’t been there. Whenever the team hits a rough patch the atmosphere in the Pete is terrible. Chants on the defensive end last for a few seconds and then turn into unenthusiastic clapping. The Providence game had a bunch of great basketball but we never seemed to get into the game. We got crushed by Louisville but even before the tip-off the Zoo wasn’t into it. When our team comes out everybody should be standing, clapping, and making noise. Scream at the other team during shoot around, get in their heads before the game starts.
Its seems like the past couple articles that I have written I’ve had to make up an excuse as to why the atmosphere was bad. Usually its something to do with the start time or that the team’s play was flat. We shouldn’t let it be like this, the Zoo should be on every single second of every game.
Its kind of a Pitt basketball tradition to pick a scapegoat whenever the team loses. I’m no different I’ve made many mentions in my articles about players who I think could perform better. Well I’m going to point the finger firmly at us now. We aren’t performing like the great student section we are advertised as. I looked down my nose at the WVU student section when “Lets Go Pitt” was audible on TV from the 55 of us that went to Morgantown. Well they are coming here for Senior Night and are they going to be able to look down their noses at us if the three ball starts falling for WVU.
The solution is simple all everybody has to do is show up (FILL THE WHOLE ZOO!!!) on Saturday and for 3 or so hours make as much noise as you can. We pay 5 dollars to see a top ten college basketball team that leads a major conference. I can’t think of a better way to get over a Friday night hangover then by screaming my lungs out watching a basketball game on Saturday. We are better than this and lets prove it on Saturday.