No offense to Paul
Clifford, but in 2006 "A Pirate's Life" is not for
everyone. Five home games in six weeks. That's
brutal. Some football prognosticator looked at this stretch for
the Pirate Football Team as a chance to pick up some wins, establish
some continuity with the young players and whoop it up in your home
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FANS????
To put it in football terms, there are several members of the Pirate
Nation on the disabled list. Do the schedule makers realize how
tough it is to tailgate five times in six weeks? And I'm not
talking about UNC or N.C. State tailgating parties. I am talking
serious tailgating. It may look easy, but that's what
professionals do. We make it look effortless. But even a
stretch like this will take its toll on the best of tailgaters.
I've heard stories of pulled biceps from too many 12 ounce curls.
Gastrointestinal problems from excessive barbecue and hot wing
consumption. And let us not forget stressed vocal cords, bruised
tail bones, and mild concussions from beer (or soda) can crushing
against the skull.
As many have noticed the fan attendance dropped in the last two home
games against Tulsa and SMU. But take this into consideration,
some of our Pirate Nation are mere fledgling tailgaters, babies when
you think of it. You can't expect freshmen and sophomores to show
up on campus, and jump right into the fire. They must be trained
properly. Two home games here, a couple road games then back home
for another pair. They could seriously injure themselves and then
what kind of presence would we have at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
A couple quick closing thoughts:
Don't forget about the fans. We need some recovery
time. Some of us aren't as young as we used to be. (ATTN: TROY D.)
yourself. When we have a schedule like this, we can't go
guns blazing in week one and have nothing left in the tank when the
home stand ends.
Thank you so much for letting us leave early on
Fridays and come in late on Mondays during this stretch of home
Things should be back to normal. At least until November 10th