is no feeling quite like
the anticipation of a new football season. Ever
you go, football is the word on everyone’s lips.
boys are back, the pads are on and it’s time again for Pirate football.
Imagine that, a team wins 3 football games in
2 seasons and we can't wait for them to get back on the field.
A record crowd was on hand to meet the 2005
football Pirates last Saturday, proving once again there is nothing
like an ECU Pirate fan.
Another reason I’m
glad to be a Pirate.
The past few years have been rough in
the world of Pirate football.
it started with a loss to Duke to start the 2002 season.
The Pirates finished 4-8 in 2002, marking the end of
Steve Logan era.
The Pirates finished with
their worst record since 1993, and had fallen from 8-4 in 2000, to 6-6
in 2001, and 4-8 in 2002.
With the hiring
of John Thompson, things only got worse.
three wins in two years for Thompson, the Pirates are looking at their
third coaching staff in as many years.
So how can we be excited about this year’s team?
How do thousands of students get behind a team
that has won only three games since they’ve arrived?
school and this town live and breathe Pirate football.
Win or lose, a day at Dowdy-Ficklen is sure to
satisfy the hunger of any Pirate fan.
may lose a few during the hard times, but you always have the Pirate
There will always be those who
are going to be there through the rough years, waiting for the day when
the Pirates are again winning bowl games.
Fortunately those days may be here sooner than later.
Thanks to the job by Terry Holland and the
entire athletics staff, the Pirate faithful have something to look
forward to in the new coaching staff. Holland
and company have assembled a staff stronger than imaginable, giving
Pirate fans something to talk about.
signing a very impressive schedule agreement, Holland
is assuring that Pirate fans have something to look forward to for
years to come.
With schools like Virginia
Tech., NC State, West Virginia and North Carolina
on the schedule, the quality of competition is there to give the
Pirates a chance to aspire to bigger things.
athletics staff has created an environment to succeed, the only thing
left to do is win.
I can’t wait to see how
it all plays out on September 3.
Man, it’s good
to be a Pirate.