Take on the Pirates
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, October 9, 2001
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
Announcer Needs 'Hooked on Phonics'
Super Bowl of Trash Talking
Everybody tried to downplay the importance of the
East Carolina-North Carolina football game. The Pirates have a Conference
USA title to contend for while the Heels are in the thick of the ACC title
chase, so the explanations went.
But every player on that field for both teams gave
every ounce of energy, every bit of emotion to come out victorious.
There was more trash talking on the field then you
would find in a thousand pick-up basketball games. This was more then a
game. It was a battle for state pride, and both teams desperately wanted
to prove something.
I’m not convinced that the better team won. But
either way, it was a great game for our state.
UNC P.A. Announcer
For all of the class that North Carolina exhibits
with its new football facility and with Kenan Stadium you would think that
the public address announcer at UNC would at least like to get a couple of
How many times did this guy pronounce David Garrard’s
name as GAIR-id, with the emphasis on the first syllable? We all might
mispronounce a third stringer’s name, but not the other team’s
Garrard went from GAIR-id, to JAIR-id, to Jer-ARD before he finally got it
This was an outrage for Pirate fans, and it only got worse.
Greg Lefever’s name was pronounced LA-feecher. Brandon Rainer’s name was
East Carolina punter Jarad Preston became “Jer-ROD”. At one point, I
really thought he was going to refer to the Pirates as the “PER-OT-TAYS.
A mispronunciation from time to time is fine. But in the future, have
enough respect for the opposition to get it right. David Garrard played
his high school football less then 8 miles from Kenan Stadium. And in the
only college game that he’ll ever play in that close to home, the
pronunciation of his name was absolutely butchered.
I’m tempted to send the announcer a pronunciation guide. Better yet, I’ll
get David Garrard to autograph it first.
Pirates Need “Go To” Receiver
It’s becoming more and more evident that the Pirates just don’t have a
“go-to” receiver. I posed that question to Pirate Coach Steve Logan on
“We’ve never had that type of receiver,” Coach Logan explained. “At the
end of the year, we’ll have four or five players with the same number of
receptions. Our offense isn’t designed to count on one player.”
Logan is right. But in the past, the Pirates have had
three or four “go-to” receivers. I just don’t think that this crop likes
to catch the football over the middle. Nobody ever makes the difficult
The receivers have dropped way too many footballs.
Coach Logan hopes that the drops have bottomed out, that this group will
only get better. I know that David Garrard is hoping his receivers will
start making plays, and soon.
Rimpf Hangs Tough
Against Peppers and Freeney
The Pirate players had pretty much put the Carolina loss behind them at
Monday’s weekly news conference.
Offensive lineman Brian Rimpf said he was never
satisfied with a loss, but that he was pleased that he had hung tough
against back to back All-American candidates in Dwight Freeney and Julius
Rimpf said he had no idea when he came to East
Carolina that he would get a chance to work against such talented players,
especially in back to back weeks.
“It was exciting,” said Rimpf. “The offensive line worked really hard, and
I’m pleased with our effort, especially with the running game.”
Playing Against Close
Friend a Quandary for Logan
Congratulations to Army Coach Todd Berry on his first win of the season
last weekend, 28-14 over Conference USA opponent Houston. Coach Berry is
truly a class act, and everyone in the East Carolina family wishes him the
best of luck with the Black Knights.
Army will try to get a string going when it hosts the
Pirates on Saturday.
Winning isn’t easy at Army. Add in the events from
our world of late, and it is an even more difficult chore.
Coach Logan says he really doesn’t like playing
against a good friend.
“We were fortunate enough to beat them last year,”
Logan said. “But I didn’t feel that good about it because I know the
pressure that is involved. This is a very difficult profession, and I hate
to see any of my good friends lose a game.”
The Pirates will have more talent on the field this
week. It’s a great chance to go to 2-0 in the conference.
Looking a bit beyond the clash with the Cadets, the
2003 game with UNC is just around the corner. It will be here before you
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