ARTICLE OF THE DAY
Refuse to Lose
by Jonathan Ellerbe
The difference between
winning and losing can often be the attitude that one person or one
team refuses to lose! When you look back over the years and
remember the ECU teams and other college and pro teams with the most
success, I would always remember the teams that “Refuse to Lose”.
Those teams no matter the score, the circumstances, the odds, the
weather, the travel, ect…. would figure out a way to “get ‘r done”
(sorry for the Larry the Cable Guy reference).
I think that is an attitude the 2006 ECU team needs adopt and in a
HURRY! The UAB game this weekend is HUGE! When all the
experts and fans looked at the ECU schedule on paper at the beginning
of the season, most people who predicted ECU to be successful probably
thought the Conference USA games were the ones where ECU would find
some “W’s”. ECU beat UAB last year, so in order to get the ball
rolling in 2006, the Pirates need to find a way to return from Alabama
with a “W”.
Here are three obstacles facing the Pirates this weekend:
1. ECU is 0-8 all time when playing football games in the state of
Alabama, including 0-2 when playing UAB on the road.
2. ECU is 2-3 all time vs. UAB (snapping a 3 game losing streak to the
Blazers with last years 31-23 win in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium).
3. ECU is 1-6 on the road with Skip Holtz as Head Coach (The ECU lone
road victory was the 24-17 win at SMU last year).
All the demons of Alabama can be removed with a win this Saturday, plus
it sets ECU up for a nice run at Dowdy-Ficklen the next 5 games.
I believe the Pirates can taste victory this weekend but it won’t come
easy. I did not believe in ECU much last week heading into the
Navy game, but they showed some signs that they are capable of winning,
it’s just a matter of do they choose to “Refuse to Lose”. Just of
imagine instead of going three downs and out after two fumble
recoveries at Navy, what would have happen if the Pirates would have
“Refuse to Lose”, that’s what I’m selling and buying with the Pirates
this week in my first Miller Lite Lock. Although I predicted
against ECU last week and was burned, I’ll believe in them this week
and say the Pirates (+7) win in an exciting overtime game 31-28.
My other two locks of the week are Wake Forest -19.5 vs. Duke and Texas
-2.5 vs. Ohio State.
Now here are the other “Locks” from the rest of the “Miller Lite Sports
Bar Whack Pack”:
Eddie King (2x Miller Lite Lock Champ)
Steelers-1 vs. Dolphins
Falcons +5 vs. Panthers
Bears -3.5 vs. Packers
Jaguars -2.5 vs. Cowboys
Titans -2.5 vs. Jets
Bengals +2.5 vs. Chiefs
Lee “The Statman” (email@example.com)
New Mexico State +8.5 vs. New Mexico
Iowa -18.5 vs. Syracuse
Virginia -9 vs. Wyoming
Clip “The Beast” (Guest Bar Patron)
Wake Forest -19.5 vs. Duke
Broncos -3.5 vs. Rams
Chargers -3 vs. Raiders
Tony (Guest Bar Patron)
South Carolina +3.5 vs. Georgia
Falcons +5 vs. Panthers
Lions +6 vs. Seahawks
Until we greet you next week from the Miller Lite Sports Bar, have a
great sports weekend, good luck and Go Pirates!