From the Booth
Thursday, September 5, 2002
By Jeff Charles
Voice of the Pirates
The one constant in this ever changing, unpredictable thing
we call athletics is that there is always another game to play.
Saturday night at 6:30 in Winston-Salem the Pirates have a
chance to redeem themselves.
Former Pirate Head Coach Bill Lewis used to say, “Guys you
have a chance to make the hurt go away.”
Steve Logan likes to say, “There’s never been a loss that
the next victory won’t cure.”
The Pirates were disappointed losers Saturday night at Duke,
and Wake Forest had the same feeling leaving De Kalb, IL, last Thursday
night after dropping a heartbreaking 42-41 overtime decision to the Huskies
of Northern Illinois.
I was a guest on Wake Forest’s Call-In Radio Show Wednesday
night and the Deacs were counting on winning that game. The Mid-American
Conference is so often overlooked and, as we all know (ask Carolina after
losing to Miami of Ohio), those Mac teams are a lot better than what people
The Wake Forest people feel like they’re finally building a
program with a solid coach in Jim Grobe, and that last week they really
stubbed their toes.
Wake couldn’t stop Northern and the Huskies rolled up 420
yards. The good news for Wake's fans was the Deacs had 451 yards.
Wake’s undoing was it’s kicking game. The Winston-Salem
bunch missed an extra point, and two field goal attempts, and averaged only
thirteen yards on kickoff returns.
The Pirates have not been to Winston-Salem since 1979, and
that is ECU's only visit ever to Deacon land. Get used to seeing Wake in the
future though. The Pirates lost to them last year in Greenville 21-19, and
there are many games remaining in a contracted series that will see these
two teams playing virtually every year. It’s going to almost feel like a
conference game with the annual matchup between these two.
This is my twenty-third year as a college play-by-play
announcer and I’ve only broadcast one game at Wake Forest. The year was 1984
and Virginia Tech beat the Deacs 21-20. I’m putting my 1-0 record on the
line Saturday night as the Pirate Sports Radio Network hits the air waves at
News ‘n Notes from Pirate Land
Speaking of the radio network, we’ve introduced a new
segment this year in our East Carolina Bank Pirate Pre-Game Show called
“Fans in the Stands.” Our Marty Feurer will be looking for you. You’ll
recognize Marty, he’s the water-logged guy. It’s tough being the sideline
announcer, but he survived Duke last week and did his always professional
Richard Alston is playing with a Warren County football
tee-shirt under his game jersey this year as a way to honor his high
school. Former Warren County standout and Pirate teammate Marvin Townes
plans to draw a picture on the back of that shirt. Marvin has a God-given
talent and produces beautiful art work.
The new Strength and Conditioning Center is taking on a
polished look. Plaques honoring those who made gifts for the construction
of the building have gone up along with pictures of former players. Stop
by and take a look September 13th and 14th when the building will be open
New basketball recruit Garth Grindley’s physique has been
all the talk recently. He’s a chiseled 6’8” 250 pounds. After two years of
hoops at ECU this guy might be in the WWE instead of the NBA. How does the
“Jamaican Giant” sound? Till next time, “Keep painting ‘em purple.”
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