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Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports


From the Anchor Desk
Friday, April 4, 2003
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Mazey getting cranky about Pirates' shortcomings


East Carolina needed a Luke Cherry grand slam to get by Duke on Wednesday night at Harrington Field. For Cherry, it was only his second career home run. It was a big one, though, and really got the Pirates out of an offensive jam.

Pirates Coach Randy Mazey was obviously frustrated with his teamís efforts afterwards ó so frustrated, that he took a friendly stab at the media after the win.

ďIt was poorly pitched, a poor offensive effort, poorly officiated,Ē Mazey said. ďI did a bad job of coaching. We made a lot of base running moves. That was just a bad game all around. Fortunately, we got the win. Iíll have to go home and watch the highlights. You guys probably did a bad job of filming for all I know.Ē

Mazey certainly shoots from the hip and he doesnít sugar coat things. He seems to be getting more and more irritated with this team as the offense sputters.

The Pirates have had nice success in league games to date, playing at a .666 clip. Thus far, the Pirates have taken two out of three from Houston, Cincinnati and Charlotte, and stand just a half game behind league leader Southern Miss.

A Tuesday evening in Autumn

The Pirates are back on the ESPN midweek schedule this fall, matching up with Houston on Tuesday night, September 30th at 7:30, in a Conference USA football game.

ECU will also be on ESPN on Labor Day Monday, visiting Cincinnati.

I like the holiday Monday game, because it doesnít take away from a home weekend in Greenville.

On the other hand, I despise the midweek game, because it swipes away one of those precious fall football Saturdays that many of us treasure.

I understand the argument that East Carolina needs the national exposure. I also understand that the conference needs ESPN. Itís just that I donít think anyone needs college football on a Tuesday night.

If we canít have a college football playoff because of the time that students would miss class, then how can we justify midweek games? The ECU student athletes will miss classes on Monday to travel, and then Tuesday to play in the game. Wednesday is a question mark at best, depending on how the travel arrangements play out.

I say keep the games on Saturday!

Blind squirrel theory comes through

A blind squirrel does indeed sometimes find an acorn.

For the first time that I can remember, Iím in first place in the office pool. I should win, unless something really crazy happens in New Orleans.

Maybe it was the pressure of putting my picks in print. That was a first for me, and I was very fortunate to get a couple of picks right.

Just in case you missed it, I correctly selected Kansas to win the West Regional, Syracuse to win in the East, and Texas to take the South.

My only error was in the Midwest, where I chose tournament favorite Kentucky. I should have stayed with my pick from the heart, but Marquette really looked like a reach when this tournament started.

The Kansas-Marquette match up is an intriguing one, for sure.

Will Tom Crean and company be satisfied by just getting to the Final Four? Probably not. Still, the pressure of a Final Four usually works against a relative newcomer. Thatís especially true when youíre going up against a Kansas team that has Final Four experience.

Iíll take the Jayhawks to meet Texas in the national championship game in an all Big 12 final. Iíll take the Jayhawks to beat the ĎHorns, and then I say that Roy Williams will pack his bags and head to Chapel Hill to replace Matt Doherty.

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02/23/2007 01:25:08 AM

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