The internet message board "geeks" never cease to amaze me!
If you're reading this article on pirateradio1250.com chances are you
also, at least occasionally, hop over to boneyardbanter.com. Why
wouldn't you if you're a true Pirate fan. I have to admit that for me
opening some of the posts on "the boneyard" is like opening a Christmas
gift from grandma... you just can't wait to rip it open even though
you're pretty sure you're not going to like what's inside.
During the 2005 ECU football season I took my fair share of critical
hits on the site and to be honest I'm really okay with that. I'm a big
boy and to be honest by now negative remarks seem to roll off my back
like water on a duck. But when I recently logged on and saw some of the
critical remarks written about ECU baseball play-by-play man Josh
Spence, it just made me sick.
"I do not listen to the games because I do not like the broadcasts...is
it possible that someone else could be hired who might do a better job?
I have no idea. Perhaps a casting call should go out before next
"How about a guy on the verbosity scale, somewhere between Coach O and
The post by "Factoid" produced 18 threads, many of which were in
defense of Spence but looking further back into the board there was yet
another negative thread. This one was a sarcastic hread started by
"Jeff Charles will do all 3 UAB games next weekend and I am sure that
the Joshers insights will be greatly missed...oh what to do....."
The next two out of 34 posts... yes, 34! are classic "Lunatic Fringe"
as Steve Logan used to call it.
"Can we please leave him alone. He is not the best, but the other
option is to not have the games at all. Just like Billy Weaver, he is
not the best but you'd be even more upset if we couldn't get the games.
Awwwwww, thanks Pirate25. That actually brought a tear to my eye. Must
have been the backhand.
"Jeff Charles is no Dizzy Dean either!"
Oh my goodness! I know "Scabbard" didn't go there! He just ripped a guy
named North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year, a man that could be the
voice of a number of professional teams but instead chose to stay at
ECU. And oh yeah, he coined a well known phrase seen on tee-shirts,
billboards and ECU merchandise all over the east. You may have actually
heard of the phrase "Paint It Purple."
The bottom line is that the ECU baseball team had just lost a third
game in a row to Southern Miss on the road and many of these people had
no one else to rip after tearing the Pirate baseball team and coaching
staff to pieces.
ECU2005 hit the nail on the head with this post:"The deeper we advance,
I somehow get more tolerant of his (Josh) missteps. Funny how that
Another poster that "gets it" is gvegaspirate.
"I challenge everyone bashing Josh to go up in the booth and give it
their best shot! Just be thankful we have someone doing it and we don't
have that clown that wanted to go on and on about 'Curb Your
Enthusiasm' during the game instead of announcing the game."
I'll take it even one step further. I invite you to talk off the cuff
about any ONE subject in the world for three hours straight. Record
yourself and play it back. If you speak for entire three hours without
saying one stupid remark then you have every right to criticize Josh or
anyone else that does play-by-play.
For those of you "True Pirate Fans" that don't sweat the small things I
commend you. For the rest of you I look forward to all of your
responses on the net. If nothing else it's entertaining...