2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Official Game Program

January 6, 2017 — The 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl proved to be a tremendously competitive game between the University of Pittsburgh and Northwestern University. As the case has been in so many of the previous New Era Pinstripe Bowl games, the contest came down to the last few minutes, with Northwestern ultimately pulling ahead and earning the win.

Whether you were at the game or not, you can still purchase your copy of the official game program at www.yankees.com/publications or by calling (800) GO-YANKS. This year’s publication features a beautiful photograph of the New York City skyline, with the Empire State Building in the forefront. The Pitt and Northwestern helmets are also pictured on the cover, with the shadow of Yankee Stadium gleaming off of each.

The program is full of great stories, including a Q&A feature with the teams’ head coaches — Pat Narduzzi of Pitt and Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern. Managing editor Jon Schwartz sat down with both coaches a few weeks before the game at Yankee Stadium, and put together a compelling piece.

I wrote a sidebar about Pitt’s history at the old Yankee Stadium, which we published within the Q&A. In 1923, the Panthers defeated Syracuse University in the first-ever game held at The House That Ruth Built. Many years later, Pitt returned to the Stadium to defeat Army in 1962.

For some perspective on Pitt’s history at Yankee Stadium, I reached out to Pitt’s greatest player, quarterback Dan Marino.

“Our guys have experience playing at Yankee Stadium,” Marino joked. “I’m sure that’s going to help us pull out a big win.”

Although Pitt failed to win the game, Marino — who was at the game — marveled over the experience of watching his alma mater take the field at Yankee Stadium.

“This is a special place to watch a football game,” Marino said from the Pitt sideline. “There’s a lot of excitement in the air this afternoon, and we’ve got two great teams on the field.”

— Alfred Santasiere III