One famous mother
once told her son, "I believe you make your own destiny. You're
gonna have to figure out what it is on your own." It was pretty
sound advice then, and the same can be said now, for East Carolina's
Very few people could have predicted the course of the 2007 ECU
Pirates, and if you did, I have two words for you: Las Vegas.
A high, even in defeat against Va. Tech, was followed by a huge
in-state victory against the Tar Heels. Then, a letdown against
Southern Miss and a drubbing by West Virginia brought us back to
Earth. Next, three straight wins with 3rd quarter heroics against
UCF, two missed FG's at Houston and a score with no time left, plus
overtime, at UTEP. The bounding ball dipped against the Pack and
rebounded on homecoming with UAB.
From all of that, we sit in control of our own destiny to compete for a
Conference USA Championship. Thank you Rice, and, as of Sunday
night, Central Florida, for beating Southern Miss. Now the
have to win three very winnable games, two of which are on the road,
but winnable nonetheless.
It starts with a Memphis team that has four victories, three in the
conference. Let's keep this in perspective, though. The
Tigers' four wins include 1-AA Jacksonville State, Marshall, Rice and
Tulane. That's a combined record of 9-23, with five of those wins
being Jacksonville State's.
By the way, Memphis beat Marshall by 3 points, Rice by 3 and Tulane by
just one point.
So, does that mean East Carolina is a lock to play for the conference
title? Absolutely not!!! In my last 18 years of watching
ECU football, I have seen us play very well against a high-caliber
opponent and turn right around and play down to a bad team's
There is no reason at all why the same Pirate team that jumped on UAB
and kept its foot on the pedal shouldn't do the same in the last three
The cop-out can't be motivation against a less-than-stellar team.
How about a chance at a Conference USA Championship? That should
And that quote from the famous mother. It wasn't exactly the line
above that made her famous, but more of the fourteen words that
followed. They were "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never
know what you're gonna get."
The same could be said about this season's Pirate football team.