TAKE ON PIRATE SPORTS
December 13, 2011
Pirates groping for points
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In this spirit of the
Christmas season, I think Scrooge has put a lid on the East Carolina
basket. The Pirates are really struggling to put the ball in the hoop.
The slump includes
horrendous shooting from the free throw line as well.
I agree with ECU coach
Jeff Lebo, who told reporters that free throws are like putting in golf.
The more you think about it, the worse it gets.
We may not all be
basketball players, but most of us can relate to that line of thinking.
Head down, arms straight, putter square…. and then who knows where the
ball ends up.
Lebo is also concerned
that no one has really come to the forefront offensively. Lebo’s teams
are going to play outstanding defense, but scoring has been an issue.
The Pirates will get
plenty of time to work on their shooting, both from the field and at the
line, with this ten-day break from games for exams.
East Carolina hits the
road for a Friday night game at UNC-Greensboro after the tests are
complete, and then returns home for a holiday four-pack of games against
Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, North Carolina Central and UVa-Wise.
If you’re looking for an
early Christmas present, why not gather up the friends and family and
take in some Pirate hoops. Lower level tickets are just five dollars
around the holidays.
You never know, but you
just might get somebody new hooked on Pirate basketball.
Another gift option for
the Pirate in your life is a ticket to the “Virtual Bowl” during this
It’s the first time in six
years the Pirates haven’t made plans for a real bowl. Thankfully, the
Pirate Nation has had a chance to enjoy college football around the
holidays for the past five seasons.
With no bowl this year,
East Carolina officials are selling “Virtual Bowl” tickets for $50 each.
The challenge is for ECU
to sell more tickets than their bowl-bound Conference USA brethren and
the bowl-bound teams from the Big East and other BCS leagues.
“We’re going to offer the
‘Virtual Tickets’ until December 23rd,” said ECU Assistant AD for Major
Gifts Mark Wharton. “We are hoping the Pirate Nation can make a
statement about the support that we have here at ECU.”
"Virtual Bowl" tickets are
tax deductible, and those that buy the tickets will receive one priority
point for every ticket purchased.
All proceeds will go to
the “Step-Up to the Highest Level Campaign.” That campaign is raising
money for the new ECU basketball practice facility.
“We plan on housing the
East Carolina Hall of Fame as you walk into the new facility,” said
Wharton. “We desperately need a place to show off the history of ECU
athletics and this new faculty will give us that home.”
I would think that
“Virtual Bowl” tickets would make a great stocking stuffer, for sure.
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