Pirates Not Supporting Pirates

By: Brian Meador
By: Brian Meador

Some Pirate fans felt the need to jeer ECU quarterback Patrick Pinkney during Saturday's win over UCF. I say "BOO" to them.

Let me set the scene.  ECU was in a dogfight with UCF in front of a sold out crowd at Dowdy-Ficklen stadium on an overcast day.   The Pirates led 10-7 with 5 minutes to go in the first half when ECU quarterback Patrick Pinkney threw an ill-advised pass that was picked off by the Knights.  That's when it happened.


Yes, the boo-birds were out and they directed their verbal assault at the Pirate senior quarterback.  One fan sitting 20 rows back on the 50-yard line yelled "Pinkney, you stink!  You're terrible, Pinkney!".    I was disgusted at what I was hearing as I stood behind the ECU bench.   I heard that guy and the several hundred boos loud and clear.  So did Pinkney.  It happened a second time after Patrick was almost picked off again in the second half.   Most fans were respectful but it only takes a few to be heard and they should be ashamed.

I have no problem with a fan driving to Charlotte to boo Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme.  He's a professional who has forty-two million reasons to help him block out the noise.  But I can't for the life of me understand how a "fan" can boo a student athlete.  Especially a student athlete who has never been overly demonstrative or disrespectful.   A young man who has done nothing but represent his university with class and dignity.  You've never read or ever will read his name on an arrest report.   He's a hard-worker who wasn't  just at the bottom of the depth chart but beneath it three years ago before working his tail off to earn a shot on the field.   Now he can add his name to the short list of Pirates who've been booed by his own fans. 

No doubt, Patrick hasn't been as sharp as he or the coaching staff would like but he hasn't been awful and he certainly doesn't deserve to hear his own fans boo him.  Do those "Pirate fans" really think the booing will make him play better?  Does the guy on the 50-yard line think Patrick is intentionally trying to play poorly?  By the way, Patrick completed 27 of 40 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown to help lead the Pirates to the 19-14 win on the day he was booed. 

To those who jeered him on Saturday, I say "BOO" to whole lot of you!

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  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Nov 2, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    It may appear that I boo a certain player when they have that ill advised brain freeze. In reality I am booing the poor coaching plan that this kid has to carry out. Pinkney is not a throwing QB. ECU has been and will be a running team. Come on coaching staff. Use the talent that you have recruited.
  • by JDLadd on Oct 28, 2009 at 12:18 PM
    ECU beat VA TECH??? HA HA HA That is the funniest thing I have read in years.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Oct 28, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    Patrick Pinkney is solid and can play on a different level then most quarterbacks in college football. Don't believe me, watch how he plays when ECU beats Virginia Tech this week
  • by Karen Location: Greenville on Oct 3, 2009 at 11:29 PM
    JDLadd... how exactly did I contradict myself? My feelings toward ECU are irrelevant. I was calling out "Dave" for his comments. At no point did I support or slam ECU. I bet you and Dave have the same IP address.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Oct 1, 2009 at 10:45 PM
    "holler all we want". Well done Mr. Meador. Point proven through Jim's post. The rest of his post borders illiteracy however.
  • by Brian Location: Greenville on Oct 1, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    To John... Patrick Pinkney has never been charged with DWI. You might be thinking of Rob Kass or Jonathan Williams.
  • by Jim Location: Greenville on Oct 1, 2009 at 07:31 AM
    We have tickets to the football. We can holler all we want to or about anyone we want to. Thats American Normaly a 6th year quarterback is luckly to play--like a first year freshman--not-- piratefan always
  • by JDLadd on Oct 1, 2009 at 06:42 AM
    Karen you are contradicting yourself. Make up your mind do you like or hate ECU? I hate ECU and their purple wearing/loving fans. Like John said CUSA football is worse than the Sun Belt Conference.
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Oct 1, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    John, I believe it was Rob Kass who got the DWI, not Pinkney.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Oct 1, 2009 at 04:50 AM
    Who cares if he gets boo'ed. If you pay good money to go and watch the game, you should get a great performance from your team. If it isn't up to par, try to make the baby cry. He's has embarassed ECU also, remember the DWI last year. In my opinion. C-USA football doesn't rate to be on TV anyway!
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