By Colin Dunlap | 12:30 a.m. Sunday
Something about Friday night's Backyard Brawl that probably didn't get talked about in print journalism circles as much as on TV or the radio, was what happened before kickoff. With the stadium still filling up, both teams came together during pregame warmups and yelled and screamed at each other, never really wanting to fight, but giving the impression they did.
Well, Dave Hickman of The Charleston Gazette -- one of the finest sportswriters in the country -- had a wonderful way of describing the little dust-up. Hickman opined:
"....West Virginia and Pitt players had one of those ridiculous jawing matches at midfield about 20 minutes before the game. No players were injured - or penalized - in the making of what increasingly appears to be made-for-TV confrontations. ...."
Although it was just one graph in Hickman's notebook, it is that kind of wit, sharp delivery and being there to get you that little nugget as to why I hope daily newspaper journalism never dies in this country.