West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh in Backyard Brawl; Michael Buble’ in Concert at PPG Paints Arena (Thurs., 9/1/22)

Football is a game of inches and offensive lineman are responsible for grinding forward those inches. Pitt's Gabe Houy is ready to grind out a few more. (Photo: Ernest Borghetti and the University of Pittsburgh.)

Football is a game of inches and offensive lineman are responsible for grinding forward those inches. Pitt senior Gabe Houy is ready to grind out a few more. (Photo: Ernest Borghetti and the University of Pittsburgh.)

1) There’s a battle brewing between a group of folks in West Virginia and Pennsylvania over a patch of land. A re-litigation of the Mason Dixon line? No, the property is not that large. It is however, a highly valued parcel with the exact measurements of 120 x 53 1/3 yards. Contained wherein are two highly deadly parts called the red zone. This disagreement will be resolved in Pittsburgh tonight at 7 p.m. The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Pittsburgh Panthers football teams will square off at Acrisure Stadium.

Pitt is coming off an ACC title season and is currently ranked at No. 17. West Virginia is unranked, but there have been plenty of surprises and upsets in this series which first began in 1895, well before I-79 afforded easy travel between Pittsburgh and Morgantown. Some of the early matchups were played at Exposition Park in Pittsburgh. In 2007, Pitt was 4-7 and upset the 2nd–ranked Mountaineers 13–9, eliminating West Virginia from the BCS National Championship Game. In 2009 the unranked Mountaineers upset the no. 8 Panthers with a game-winning field goal. Get the popcorn and throw another kielbasa on the grill, this game promises to be another humdinger! The game is sold out so head to your favorite sports bar or watering hole to watch it. Bonus points for viewing it in Oakland. The Backyard Brawl should be played every year! 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.

 

2) Multi-Grammy Award-winning vocalist Michael Buble’ takes the stage at PPG Paints Arena tonight. Buble’, a Canadian export whose 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible, rose to the No.1 spot on the Canadian, American, British, Australian and several other album charts, is a popular world-wide performer. His music touches bases in several different genres including pop, jazz, easy listening, and soul. In addition to his three Grammy Awards, Bublé has won eight Juno Awards. His latest album is Higher, released this March, on which he has collaborations with Paul McCartney and Willie Nelson. 8 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.