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'Painting 'em Purple'

From the Booth
Thursday, September 5, 2002
By Jeff Charles
Voice of the Pirates


Both Wake and ECU yearn for salve of victory


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 think.

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 5:40 p.m.

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 job.

  • 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 for viewing.

  • 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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