Friday, August 27, 2010

MY COUSIN VINNY KICKS OFF PITT SEASON

ABOVE: If you're "older than dirt" like I am, you probably remember "Fractured Fairy Tales" on the "Rocky and Bullwinkle Show". The book above eventually falls on the fairy.

With the Pitt Panthers going up against Utah next week in their season opener in Salt Lake City, I thought it would be fun to refresh your memories as to how Utah came to acquire its' unusual nickname...

It all came about from this very famous courtroom scene from the hilarious movie, "My Cousin Vinny" where Joe Pesci plays a New York attorney who doesn't have a clue what he's doing.

In the scene below, Pesci, dressed in a maroon tuxedo, says in his opening statement... "And I plan to show how it would have been impossible for 

'Dese Two Youts' to have robbed the "Sack of Suds" and murdered the clerk."

ABOVE: These are the original youts who at this point in the movie looked like they would be spending many, many, years in prison.

At this point in this memorable film, the late Fred Gwynne, playing in his most important role since Herman Munster, utters this now-infamous line:

 From that point on, Utah had its' nickname. The rest, as they say, is history...Fractured Fairy Tale History.


"GO PITT, BEAT THE YOUTS"