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Cardiac Spill: Let's Fix Sweet Caroline

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It may not be the tradition we want, but it's the tradition we've got.

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Pitt is a school with all kinds of tradition. The newest one related to football has been the playing of "Sweet Caroline," a song that has served as a de facto call to the exits after the third quarter for many fans since its adoption in 2008.  It’s been divisive among the fan base ever since and, no offense to Neil Diamond, it’s just not ours.

For one thing, it has absolutely nothing to do with Pitt, Pitt football, or football in general. And yes, it’s a catchy little tune, but the Boston Red Sox (among others) used it first.  Besides, traditions are like nicknames – you can’t just give yourself one and pretend you’ve always had it, unless you're Kobe Bryant.   

Cardiac Spill wants to help. We’ve put together a version of the song that reflects the Pitt football experience in the "Sweet Caroline" era, to remind us of what we’ve been though and where we’re going. Some of you like the song, so we’ll keep the "Let’s Go Pitt" chorus. We’re not that cynical. Yet.

Who do we blame?
I always start with Harris.
Why would you punt on third and long?

Next came the Stache,
Then the Stache kicked to Gilyard,
That was the year we got this song.

Graham…
F*@% Todd Graham.
Dinocat, High Octane, Y-S-U!!!!!!!

Sweet Caroline (Let’s Go Pitt!)
Good times never seemed so good (Go Pitt! Go Pitt! Go Pitt!)
I’ve been inclined (Let’s Go Pitt!)
To believe they never would

On game day…

Go down to Heinz,
Sometimes it seems so lonely,
We fill it up with just a few.

Some things are great,
Like how we can’t lose to VaTech,
And I’d rather be us than PSU...

Chryyyyyst… Connor, Boyd
Palko Facts, 13-9, #AskASU!!!!!!!!

Sweet Caroline (Let’s Go Pitt!)
Good times never seemed so good (Go Pitt! Go Pitt! Go Pitt!)
I’ve been inclined (Let’s Go Pitt!)

To believe they never would…

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