reminded once again that Mother Nature hits harder than any middle
linebacker in college football. Hurricane Katrina smacked the gulf
coast with a fury not seen in 36 years. Miami, New Orleans, Baton
Rouge, Hattiesburg, and Oxford are just some of the college towns that
were left in ruin in Katrina's wake. And we here in the east should be
able to empathize with those affected.
It was six years ago we here in Eastern North Carolina got double
teamed by Hurricane's Dennis and Floyd and the result was the "Flood of
the Century." The rest of the country reached out and lent a helping
hand. I will never forget the devastation to all the area cities and
towns. I will also never forget that ECU's football team became a
rallying point for people.
The Pirates gave those affected a little something to distract them in
a horrible time in their lives. The win at South Carolina over Lou
Holtz and the Gamecocks didn't get people's house or personal
possessions back, but it did give "Downeasters" something to feel good
Then there was the epic upset of Miami in Raleigh. The "Flood Bowl."
You all know the story, down 23-3, the Pirates came back to win and
upset the appropriately named Hurricanes. The scene on the field
afterward was one of triumph, relief, joy, jubilation; like something
was finally right in the world for those who had endured the horrific
conditions of the previous week.
Now it's Tulane and Southern Miss and LSU and Mississippi's turn. The
games will go on, and they will give fans something to grasp onto. It's
silly to think football will solve people's tragic problems, but they
will help in the healing process. Let's hope we are all spared this
sort of tragedy in the future, but if it does happen, we know that as a
society we can overcome. It's the triumph of the American spirit seen
in both sports and in life's obstacles. So bring on the football
season, and let the healing begin.