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We live in a society of victims. No one takes responsibility for anything. Daughter fails a test? Teacher’s fault. Son doesn’t crack the starting line-up? Fire the coach.

Steelers don’t win enough Super Bowls? Pretend the offensive coordinator “retired.” Politician cheats on his wife? Blame the media.

03/03/2012 - 14:11
Tony DeFazio
There was not much we didn't know about Pitt's Jamie Dixon when this season began. We knew he'd never coached a team to the Final Four. But we also knew he never missed an NCAA Tournament. Nor has he ever lost to a Top 10 team at home.

We knew he'd won Big East regular season and postseason titles, taken teams to No. 1 national rankings and twice earned a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

02/03/2012 - 08:59
Tony DeFazio
Congratulations, Gary Bettman. After all the years of criticism, work stoppages and mismanagement, you—and your league—finally get it.

NHL commissioner Bettman gets what groundbreaking NFL Read more ...

01/03/2012 - 11:37
Tony DeFazio
Hindsight, as we all know, is 20-20. Unless you are former Pitt coach Walt Harris, of course, who once famously referred to hindsight as 50-50. Either way, I'm starting this column by acknowledging that I have the benefit of hindsight.

Further, I am not going to argue over whether Pitt should have fired Dave Wannstedt.

11/28/2011 - 01:14
Tony DeFazio
Although there is nothing I can say that has not already been expressed by others, I felt compelled to comment on the nightmare unfolding at Penn State.

Everyone involved—from the janitors to the graduate assistant to the head coach to the athletic director to the head of finance to the President of the University—made a fully conscious, well thoug

11/08/2011 - 12:00
Tony DeFazio
“Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.” Mark Twain was talking about an 1897 newspaper report when he uttered his famous quote, but I prefer to think he was talking about the West Virginia Mountaineers.

As Pitt and Syracuse head to the ACC—and if a CBS Sportsline report that neither the ACC nor SEC are willing to admit

10/03/2011 - 12:43
Tony DeFazio
God bless the Cincinnati Bengals. The more everything changes, the more they stay the same. The balance of power in the NFL shifts on a regular basis: the Rams appear to be on the way up, and the Detroit Lions, perennial losers for so long, have become the popular “surprise team” pick among pundits nationally.

 Heck, the New Orleans Saints won a Super Bowl two years ago.

09/06/2011 - 23:43
Tony DeFazio
The Penguins are just one month away from hitting the ice again and that means the return of Evgeni Malkin, and, hopefully, Sidney Crosby. We say hopefully when it comes to Sid because the Pens' captain hasn't played a hockey game since the first week of January.

The concussion—or concussions—he suffered early this year have rendered Crosby unable to resume doing the thing he does better than anyone else alive.

07/29/2011 - 18:22
Tony DeFazio
Stop it, LeBron. Stop clarifying your statements, stop making sure everyone understands you intend no ill-will, stop apologizing... stop wishing everyone would like you.

Everyone did like you, and not all that long ago either.

06/23/2011 - 12:44
Tony DeFazio
When Jim Tressel resigned as Ohio State's head coach late last month, it shocked the Buckeye faithful. It shouldn't have. They should have seen this coming the very day Ohio State hired Tressel after his wildly successful run at Youngstown State.

His downfall had all the subtlety of an episode of "The Jersey Shore." The coach ran his football programs the way Eddie Van Halen ran his band.

06/04/2011 - 09:20
Tony DeFazio
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