AgentPierce: Cat-5 Firestorm @ ECU

    Cecil Staton
    BobLee
    October04/ 2016

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    A Category-5 Firestorm @ Dowdy Ficklin

    That Hurricane headed up The Coast might be needed to cool down the wildfire ablazing down in G-vegas a/k/a Greenville. Aaarrrgghh. …Angry Pirate. Shiver me timbers, matey.

    Dr Leo Jenkins and Coach Stas are spinning in their graves. Steve Logan sips a glass of Ernest & Julio’s finest while searching his Al McGuire’s Greatest Sports Quotes for a pithy zinger to describe it all

    Those One-eyed One-horned Flying Purple People are rompin and stompin and ready to bite the heads off a handful of sniveling little Band Geeks dressed up as Jack Sparrow’s gay cousin Bruce. Woe unto any ECU administrators who might get in their way.

    I know many (most) of you are beyond “fit to be tied” over what happened last Saturday at ECU and the knee-jerk reaction of Chancellor Staton.  At least consider there was more to it than the “get a rope” mob is assuming.  Give Cecil Staton a chance to “get it right”.  IMO, he deserves at least a chance.

    Last Saturday – October 1 – (some) members of The East Carolina Marching Band chose to “take a Kaepernick” as they joined their fellows in playing The National Anthem prior to the ECU v Central Florida football game. …. The actual number has been described as “some” ….. “a few” ….. “a bunch” ….ECU Band “too damned many” …. and “19”. We are going with “19” out of well over 150 band geeks dressed up as Jack Sparrow’s gay cousin Bruce.

    The ECU Marching Band probably has some grandiose silly nickname like all marching bands give themselves – The Purple Power Sound of Pitt County or some such.

    I really like East Carolina Univ. I’ve had many friends who went there. I appreciate the regional schools – like ECU – that concentrate on serving the specific population within 100 miles…. supplying teachers, bankers, family doctors, small business owners, and lots of salt-of-the-earth mammas and daddies that are the lifeblood of what we used to call “America”. The one Obama and Hillary have sworn to destroy.

    ….. And LOTS and LOTS of PDEWs. That’s Pretty DownEast Women as all you BobLee Buddies well know. …. YOWSA!

    I’ve always thought ECUers had a pretty realistic perspective on their school’s purpose and the pride it takes in serving that purpose. Unlike “some schools” that must inflate their school’s self-worth to validate their own fragile egos.

    Those 19 kneeling band geeks have ECU’s administration – faculty – alumni – fans – boosters and old men sitting around cracker barrels in Ayden, Grifton and Grimesland all aflutter.

    By contrast…. 19 freakin’ band geeks amid the pines in UNCCH’s Kenan Stadium would not merit a burp or a snort.

    The majority of UNCCH’s alumni and fans long ago became numb to such stoopid crap by “band geeks” …. “Peaceniks” …. “Commies” …. “Social justice warriors” …. “Save the whales wackos” …. “Chick-fil-a Haters” …. “Free Mandellers” …. “Impeach Nixon” …. “Boycott NIKE” …. “Deify Dean” …. “Fire Mary Willingham / Disembowel Dan Kane” …. Blah blah yadda yadda….

    Rumor has it “they” are considering replacing The Old Well as UNCCH’s symbol with:  …. a votive candle held by a sniveling snowflake of indeterminate gender with a bad complexion, weak chin and a cheap haircut…. standing next to a yappy little Chihuahua wearing a dozen lapel ribbons.

    97% of UNCCH alumni / fans have to hold their noise while singing Hark The Sound. The insanity of the other 3% has become the stereotype for all 100%. It is what it is what it is …..

    Maybe THAT is why the ECU “faithful” are in such a hizzy fit….. over 19 freakin’ band geeks dressed like Jack Sparrow’s gay cousin Bruce.

    …. Is ECU in danger of becoming a downeast country cuzzin version of the dreaded UNCCH? – A motley collection of ideological fruits and nuts running amuk.

    That horrible thought surely raced thru the minds of the Purple-clad GOBs (Good Ol’ Boys) in Dowdy Ficklin as they watched those 19 Freakin’ Band Geeks doing “a Kaepernick” while dressed as Jack Sparrow’s gay cousin Bruce. …. “Jose, Can You See…. what those sorry no-count little commie-pissants are doing?”

    I had a spy in the Chancellor Box at Dowdy Ficklin.  Actually it was one of BobLee’s fabled “inside sources” that always seem to be on-site whenever s*** hits a fan.  It hit last Saturday.  …. How does BL do that?cecilstaton1

    I have it on impeccably reliable first-hand report that ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton went BALLISTIC !!! Had he had his hands around one of  those 19 geeks’ pencilneck, he’d alikely wrung it.

    Background: Cecil Staton has been ECU’s Chanc less than a year. The raging left-wing nutjobs on ECU’s faculty don’t like him because he is NOT “a raging left-wing nutjob” like they are. I’ve never met Cecil Staton but I LIKE HIM because a number of guys I trust have met him and stand by him…. Alas:

    In the moment on Saturday…. Chancellor Staton pulled “a General Custer”. He made a gawdawful strategic miscalculation which, alas, is still reverberating across PirateNation.

    His personal rage notwithstanding, Cecil Staton opted to release a PC-gushy statement immediately (always a mistake) that he thought might appease that faculty nutjob faction that hates him. He was wrong.  It was the standard boilerplate:

    I’m paraphrasing….. “At ECU we proudly encourage diversity, inclusion, safe places, freedom to express opinions and support stoopid moronic causes even when our dim-witted students have no F-in clue what they are talking about ….. blah blah blah …….”  Uh Oh!

    Not only do the faculty nutjobs still hate Cecil Staton… he, at least temporarily, lost the support of every GOB in PirateNation. Yo Cecil…. check out a Dowdy Ficklin parking lot…. LOTs of F-150s and Dodge Rams with gun-racks and I Love Trump bumperstickers. My kinda folks!

    Chanc Staton quickly realized his hasty PC-statement had thrown jet fuel on the kneeling band geek bonfire. Facebook and Twitter became a Tsunamic Wildfire of OUTRAGE…. With more than a few suggesting anatomical impossibilities for the well-intended Cecil Staton.

    By Dawn’s Early Light on Sunday…. Chanc Staton began the clean-up of the glorious mess he had just contributed to. Cecil had assorted administrative underlings issue statements decidedly less standard Academic PC-drivel.

    Those secondary statements may have prevented roving bands of flannel-shirted ECU frat boys carrying baseball bats from hunting down anyone dressed like Jack Sparrow’s gay cousin Bruce with grass stains on one knee.  Oh MY!

    Did I mention that ECU’s football team got blown out by Central Florida?  That might have contributed to the general grumpiness of the assembled 50,000 very angry Purple People.

    As many ECU faithful rush to “da beach” to batten down their hatches for the approaching storm…. No one is quite sure What’s Next.

    The next home game is next Thursday against Navy. …. not a good choice for the snively band geeks.

    FWIW: a self-appointed spokesman for the ECU faculty nutjobs reaffirmed that, indeed, they all still hate Cecil Staton… and always will “just because”.

    I really hope PirateNation will cut Cecil Staton just a bit of slack. Yes, he shouldna oughta issued that knee-jerk PC-drivel but he did. A card laid IS a card played….. I’m pretty sure he learned a valuable lesson.

    If Cecil actually does wring a couple of those 19 geeks’ pencilnecks at midfield next week…. Will that help?

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    BobLee
    • Agent Pierce Reply
      3 years ago

      Oh Boy… Oh Boy… I see tonight that that old scoundrel Rev William “Bully” Barber has jumped in to this. I’m gonna guess that a high % of the Pirate alum/fans that are upset about the 19 band geeks ARE NOT big fans of Ol’ Bully… nor is “Bully” fans of them.
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      Any time Ol’ Bully gets to rompin and stompin you can bet his media puppets – The N&O and WRAL will be all over it. If you thought this was a Wild & Crazy Circus BEFORE …. it just ramped up A LOT. YEEEEE HAA!

      • Doug Reply
        3 years ago

        Something signifies to me that humanity in general has become irrevocably vulnerable to the ideas put forth by RWB or Madison Avenue. It can be summed up in two words. Pumpkin Spice.?

        • Agent Pierce Reply
          3 years ago

          Aaaiiieeeeee! NOT Pumpkin Spice !!! Like all such culinary F&B fads it too will, one day, simply “go away”. ITS EVERYWHERE…. ITS EVERYWHERE!!!

          Pumpkin Spice is to food chic what “open concept” and “granite countertops” are to HGTV.

          • Doug Reply
            3 years ago

            As long as my neighborhood Waffle House stays open, I won’t worry too much about bandgate, Matthew, or RWB. When a a WH closes you know your truly in deep doo-doo!!

    • George '88 ECU Grad Reply
      3 years ago

      A nation hating incompetent chancellor who can’t understand the difference between the right to individual free speech and the responsibilities that come with wearing a uniform in an official capacity is not deserving of his position. His stain must be lifted. Staton must go. In the meantime perhaps all Federal aide and grants should be withheld?

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        Obviously I don’t agree, George… but I DO understand your strong reaction. Prior to last Saturday, had Cecil Staton done/said anything in his tenure at ECU to cause you to dislike him so? Did you even know his name or could you recognize his picture? … Again, I can appreciate such a reaction from the series of events on Saturday.
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        Since our current “Federal” administration would strongly support the actions of the 19 band geeks, I doubt anyone in Obama’s administration is concerned. Which former ECU Chancellors or other university chancellors in the UNC System do you “like”?

    • Ironwolf Reply
      3 years ago

      In response to NCSU68Randy’s musings about Andy Griffith, word around Manteo was he was a lib. Matter of fact he appeared in a pro-Obama commercial in 2008 starring and produced by Ron Howard.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        AG was MOST DEFINITELY a quite constipated Democrat and did do several promos for Democ candidates (after his retirement). I vaguely recall the Obama ad. He was also reportedly quite a cantankerous “old coot”. He was Manteo’s most “famous” resident in his later years; but not so beloved by the locals. In his defense, he might have simply gotten tired of everyone expecting him to “BE Andy Taylor” in real life.
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        He actually played Ben Matlock twice as long as he was Sheriff Andy as far as years in production, but, of course, “Mayberry” lives on forever.

        • NCSU68Grad Reply
          3 years ago

          Mea Culpa,
          I should have left the Sheriff Taylor reference there. I DO remember the AG for OMG Bummer….and knew that AG was indeed one of the MORE ENLIGHTENED attendees (did he graduate and that is a SIMPLE question?) of UNC. Did not realize that little Opie or whatever his name was in “The Music Man” produced it…
          Also note today that RevBB has jumped (OK, bad – BAD – B>A>D illusion) in the fray. Citing the Constitution….OK….that is a POINT well taken. It is the RIGHT to protest.
          However, the issue, which I think finally lead to the statement, is that the Band is “working” and their employer (Not their Massa) expects them to perform in a manner that is consistent with the established standards. The members are NOT chained in the evening and can freely vacate their positions and turn in their purple plumes.
          In addition, TNA was to be played…..every person that is an ECU Band Member is required to attend the ECU BAND CAMP. TNA is like “Article 1….Thou shalt, with Gusto, perform TNA….
          So, the 19 (+/-) members were insubordinate (harsh?)….OK, they failed to carry out the duties and responsibilities that their employer (supervisor) required of them. Standing at attention and playing TNA is required. As an Ex NCSU MB Member, we were coached on proper horizontal plane for our Trombone Slides….the Sousaphone (not the TUBA) players were to keep the rims of their bells at the same angle and perpendicular to their “line”. I could also go into the “No swaying” lectures.
          Bottom line….they did not comply or meet the required standards and they were advised that further actions would not be tolerated. Simple, polite and no threat of lynching.
          Has the REVBB called out the BLM thugs who threatened to KILL the folks in Charlotte? Seems to me that he ought to start there….but…..?? One would think that I have already had my evening glass of wine or maybe the whole bottle….if I think THAT is coming…

          • Agent Pierce Reply
            3 years ago

            I’m speculating on the shelflife of BandGeek-gate. Assuming there are no secret tapes of Cecil Staton planning the whole shebang for months, I give it til the Navy Game next Thursday. One can assume the entire stadium will be glued to the field and watching each geek with an intensity never seen before. If one knee even starts to bend there could be “an incident”.

            • NCSU68Grad
              3 years ago

              You are probably correct. Jimmy G’s teleprompter writers had comments about Tuten Totin’. Also about the ECU Band’s RIGHTS. Failed to mention that Chanc Staton had reversed his position. Staton did make the “Sylvia Hatchell Ceremonial Toss Under the Solar Powered Bus” maneuver. He let the Director take the lead and face the “This is UN-Constitutional” throng of seething Sound Bite and HRC supporters.
              WRALib did NOT mention the $1,000,000 fallout due to the protest. BUT, they did point out that all the high hauty haut eaters and gas passers (both orifices) will NOT be coming to NC due to HB2. Oh, well, I guess that Danny’s BBQ in Cary will NOT get an award this year….

            • Agent Pierce
              3 years ago

              I just posted that my all-time favorite rompin/stompin’ scoundrel – Rev “Bully” Barber – has jumped into this brouhaha. You know how much I LOVE reporting on Ol’ Bully. This circus just added one very large CLOWN!

    • Doug Reply
      3 years ago

      This just in: Hurricane Matthew may not come to NC. Citing HB2 as the reason.Jim Cantore is pissed.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        It was inevitable. Hurricanes are very into “inclusion”. Do we gt to count the $$$ saved by devastation against the BILLIONS we lost from the ACC Field Hockey Championship?

    • Johnson Reply
      3 years ago

      AP—I hope you are right about Staton, but I don’t hold out much hope. The Republicans on the Board of Governors and those holding trustee slots at ECU are known to be either politically clueless or outright protective of the liberal university regime. Alumni might be upset, but Staton will get no pressure from the state’s Republican establishment. The entire UNC system is geared up for this election like never before and is driving the Democrat machine across the state. The Republicans don’t have a clue. Election day is going to be a bloodbath. We are going to wake up and find ourselves in a state run by the NAACP and ACLU. The universities will lurch further to the radical left and the Board of Governors will let it happen. Just watch.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        That dire prediction might indeed come to pass. But I have more confidence in the current BOG than you do. Under Trainwreck Fennebresque is was indeed dysfunctional. That galoot was the Dickie Baddour of BOG Chairmen. But he is gone… there are several fine Chancs in the system. The guy at UNC-W is top-notch. And I still have hope that Staton can recover from this mess… but maybe not. Randy at NCSU is solid. “Chihuahua” Folt at UNCCH is a tiny little “empty suit” for sure.

    • Agent Pierce Reply
      3 years ago

      In case you’re wondering… have I heard about ECU Professor Tracy Tuten? Yes, I have read several news reports about her and her reaction to BandGeek-gate (Am I the first to call it that?).
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      I have no opinion worth stating. I know NADA about Prof Tuten, her history around ECU, et al. No sure exactly what her POV is …. my only thought is she might consider switching to Decaff.
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      I have seen where she and the Campus Cops HAVE reached an agreement that she will NOT “be carrying” around campus. More info if I get any …..

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        3 years ago

        What
        Tuten ain’t gonna be Totin’?

        The article also said that her family had reneged on their $1,000,000 Gift or Contribution to ECU. Wonder if she will change her mind. The folks that daily report “losses” from HB2 need to run a banner on this one….

        • Agent Pierce Reply
          3 years ago

          I suggest Prof Tuten switch to Decaf. No clue what her POV is or her objective with this “Hey, Look At Me” campaign she’s running with WNCT.

          • NCSU68Grad Reply
            3 years ago

            If you saw the picture on Plott Hound and then her video on WNCT or whatever, it was like 20 years difference. BUT, at least she brought a little clarity to the subject. Vote with your pocketbook….that is NOT a protest, but a 1st Amendment Right…
            BTW, did you, a sports afficado, know that Barry Saunders was a SPORTS WRITER. He now has his own byline on the N&O’s sports spot on their web page. What is he weighing in on…..That’s right….The ECU marching band. Barry is not spreading the rumors that the band was pummeled with water bottles (no reports of feces….YET) and spat upon. CNN will probably have a cellphone video of such….

            • Agent Pierce
              3 years ago

              I’m not sure Prof Tuten merits recognition as a major player in all this. I see her more as an opportunist who enjoys publicity. … As for Barry “The Colonel” Saunders he is whatever he wants to be at The N&O… a/k/a “Sporting Life” figures he will be the Last Man Standing as the Old Reliable grows ever smaller and smaller.

            • Doug
              3 years ago

              The professor’s FB indicates she is indeed an ECU professor of advertising & social media, speaker, trainer, author, skin care sales rep,(Rodan+Fields) puppy mom. I guess she could show you how to field strip your weapon and sell you some exfoliating creams as well, all while wearing her Louboutin stilettos and skinny jeans impressing and recruiting you to be a R+F rep which is the real purpose of the invite. A 21st century Tupperware party. Pyramid scheme on beauty creams. It remains to be seen if there’s any THERE, there. Maybe she’ll find her way to comment here and add to her accomplishments and recruit BL, 68 or BK as new reps.??

            • Agent Pierce
              3 years ago

              BFD Events like BandGeek-gate tend to attract remora-types trying to glom on to advance their own celebrity. A local TV operation like WNCT will quickly accommodate their wishes. Begging the question “What Would Mr Debnam or Slim Short Say”?

    • JDanWuff Reply
      3 years ago

      Stanton screwed the pooch on this deal. In his position, a knee jerk is not the reaction he is being paid to produce. If his initial reaction was to wring the necks of the perps, then his statement should have shown some intent towards that end.
      His PC statement was like something right out of the liberal playbook. Sending surrogates out to cover up the steaming pile of poo is bush league. I congratulate the ECU alumni, BOG, and fans for raising one very angry voice.
      In these times, that is the only way to get heard. The lousy, liberal media surely won’t get it done.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        Can’t argue with a word of this JDan. Cecil has screwed up BAD and with an alumni base with a loooong memory. Whatever his current/future career plans were Saturday AM… they be different now. Tough Bizness …

    • BOG GUY Reply
      3 years ago

      Saturday was a sad day for Eastern North Carolina, but Pirate Nation arose to smite injustice, and I tip my hat to them. A smaller (2 members) protest occurred at my beloved Carter-Finley Stadium, so small that no one noticed until a picture popped up the next day. I am glad Chancellor Staton issued a more thoughtful release concerning the inappropriateness of those actions. I firmly support those students right to protest, whether I agree with the issues or not (and I usually DO NOT!). Many Americans (including my namesake, my father’s oldest brother, an N C State graduate killed when his bomber was shot down flying support over the allied invasion of Anzio in ’44) have died for their right to exercise their free speech. But Saturday was a very different situation. When the donned that Pirate band uniform (we’ll have to find a place in the acronym lexicon for “JSGCB”), they were representing the University and, by extension, the taxpayers of North Carolina who subsidize their education. They have an obligation to be respectful to all of the East Carolina community. And that applies to the players, cheerleaders, dance team members and even the mascot! I hope we can chalk to this up as a lesson learned, and never have to sit through such an abuse of the rights of the silent majority to have to tolerate this disrespectful behavior. Protest all they want on their own time, but not while acting as a representative of the university.

      Speaking of chalk, did you read about the “chalking” experience at UNCW? Seems a PROFESSOR washed off offensive chalk messages form a free-expression walkway, including such horrible, disrespectful, disturbing messages as “Vote for Trump”! The nerve of those chalk-wielding deplorables! UNCW Chancellor Jose Sartarelli issued a statement, a portion of which is:

      *“We are an institution of learning and a marketplace of ideas, and a campus that doesn’t just permit but actively encourages our population to engage in dialogue about sensitive topics.”

      *“The safety of those who wish to express their viewpoints is of utmost importance. In turn, the safety of those exposed to those expressions is also critical. I do believe it is important to note that not agreeing with an opinion shouldn’t be equated with feeling threatened by it.”

      Imagine expecting a university today to be a “marketplace of ideas”! Chancellor Randy better watch out – Chancellor Sartirelli is gaining on him for “my favorite chancellor” status!

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        If they didn’t pay you guys so much to be BOGs it would be a helluva job, huh? – (STOP: BOG members get NADA except state employee travel expenses which most BOG members don’t bother to submit). My point about how ECUers responded to “this crap” as opposed to UNCCHers is, I think, a fascinating comparison. UNCCHers of the NOT Lib loonie persuasion are numb to their crap. They UNCCHers don’t even bother to discuss it. You NCSU guys are in-between UNCCH and ECU in both geography and institutional ideology. … I hope Staton can come out of this OK in time but some of these alumni/fans have looooong memories.
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        Sartirelli and Mike Adams will, when I become America’s College CZAR, be “my right-hand guys”.

        • BOG GUY Reply
          3 years ago

          Agree about Sartarelli and Adams. i am visiting the campus down there next month and trying to set up a meeting with Mike. i haven’t met him and I look forward to a great conversation.

          • Agent Pierce Reply
            3 years ago

            I met Mike a few years ago as his “reputation” was in its infantcy. Even then he was obviously enjoying his “notoriousness”. If I were you I would let him know from the get-go that you are a kindred spirit.

    • Queen City Reply
      3 years ago

      On Monday the director of Athletic bands for ECU came out with a statement that the kneeling geeks actions would not be tolerated going forward. In the meantime there has been talk behind the scenes to get Navy’s band to play the SSB in their upcoming game. It would help if Coach Mo can get win sometime soon.:)

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        If “the University” gets too heavy-handed with the geeks you can bet the ACLU goons will jump in. I’m sure they are primed to do so. … It is a fascinating socio-political conundrum – an almost “perfect storm” of a controversy; as is HB2.
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        I like to think I “see both sides” although I am very much “anti-geek” of course.

    • SonOfNC Reply
      3 years ago

      Hmm. Always enjoy your insights AP, but I’m wondering about how reliable BobLee’s source is on the report of the chancellor going ballistic when a professor at ECU apparently not only met with said chancellor before/during the game, but also claims to have first-hand knowledge beforehand that the “protest” was going to take place.Tracey Tuten, who apparently teaches in the ECU College Of Business, took him to task in a letter. The exchange was reported here: http://bearingarms.com/jenn-j/2016/10/04/band-members-take-a-knee-university-professor-takes-a-gun/ Perhaps the grog at the Pirate Admiral’s table has gone to his head?

      • SonOfNC Reply
        3 years ago

        Edit. The professor claims the chancellor had knowledge beforehand.

        • factoid Reply
          3 years ago

          It was fairly common knowledge at the management level the Monday BEFORE the game that this was intended by some members so the Chancellor and anyone he wanted to consult had a work week to deal with what transpired. Any anger in the VIP box by the Chancellor was insincere. He even tweeted praising the band shortly after their Anthem performance. Must have been great acting in reaction to fan reaction if he feigned anger at the band. Funny what a cascade of boos can do to your Ivy best laid plans.

          • Agent Pierce Reply
            3 years ago

            You may be correct. I hope not… but you may be. A lot of misinformation gets circulated via social media these days.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        “BobLee’s guy” was in the Chancellor’s Box and, according to him (our insider guy), “with Staton” when IT happened. This guy has “cred” is all I can say and has never steered us wrong. I can’t speak to the other reports coming out. As with everything else today… we all tend to believe whatever fits with our preconceived assumptions… and reject what doesn’t. If “our guy” comes back wth other info, I will certainly pass it along.

        • CB Pirate Reply
          3 years ago

          Here is a link to his tweet at 7:33am the morning of the game. AD Jeff Compher also replies to the tweet that both Staton and the media knew about the protest ahead of time. https://mobile.twitter.com/ecuchancellor11/status/782181537450041346

          • CB Pirate Reply
            3 years ago

            My bad, That is not the twitter acvount of the AD.

          • Agent Pierce Reply
            3 years ago

            Not trying to be argumentative here. I don’t see anything that indicates Cecil knew about the planned protest at all. He was simply promoting the band as school spirit ???

    • OJT Reply
      3 years ago

      Off Topic… AP, did you watch the VP debate last night? Your thoughts?

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        Bits & pieces. I had one of my peeps watching. Tim Kaine is a very very creepy guy. I can picture him hanging around a kids playground in a raincoat. … I have always said Bozo Joe is THE most embarrassing Veep EVER. If this election goes in the toilet this creep Kaine could prove me wrong.
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        I really like Mike Pence. But our side, even Trump, always allow themselves to get poleaxed in these circuses. We KNOW going in that the deck is stacked with these dip-s*** media clown moderators and our side has to “play nice”. Aaaarrgghh.

    • JD Reply
      3 years ago

      Are these band geeks on Scholarships or is this just an extra curricular activity?

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        I’m sure some have “music scholarship” help of some sort but I’ve never heard of Band Scholarships. So, no not of any significance. Next will we see recruiting sites for 5-star piccolo players ???

    • Tin Foil Hat Heel Reply
      3 years ago

      After living four years in gvegas I am not surprised at the furor of “the fans”. This is not to be confused with the students who are much closer to their brethren at the flagship than you would believe. Then again half the school now are transplants from Jersey who decided uptown is more fun than Pascataway on a Saturday night. Of course if ECU had WON then this storm doesn’t garner strength from the flapping wings of a butterfly or in this case the flapping gums of Chester in Chocowinity calling the 5th quarter.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        CORRECTOMUNDO! A W from Coach Mo and much of the fan wrath would have washed-away in the after-party. Those damn “butterfly wings” do tend to create CHAOS.
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        “Chester in Choco….” YeeeHa. Every fanbase has a Chester.

    • Jackie75 Reply
      3 years ago

      AP: I think you are spot-on about ECU alums being afraid of our school becoming a UNC Chapel Hill. The rest of NC was laughing at UNCCH long before their current embarrassing scandal mess. ECU is a fine institution, not without its faults and some of our folks can be a bit scary at times, but, as you said, our alumni do go out in the world and contribute to our communities.
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      The last thing we ever want to become is “Chapel Hill East”. I hope you are right about Cecil Staton. If he can recover from “this” he is a true leader. I wish him luck.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        I hope I’m right too Jackie. Lets give him a chance to “get it right”. I realize some won’t. Thats their choice and I understand… sigh.

    • Paul.Pirate Reply
      3 years ago

      Thank You! I don’t know who you are, but you are the First (Only) person I’ve read who seems to understand what happened with Chancellor Staton on Saturday. I think he IS a good man and will be a fine leader for ECU but this sure makes his job a lot harder. I hope other ECU alumni will calm down and consider your words.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        Thank you Paul. I hope so too. I have never met Cecil Staton but my sources have and they say he’s “good people” …. and they despise Liberals in Academia as much as you and I. He has dug himself a big hole by his knee-jerk mistake. I hope he can climb out of it.

    • Johnson Reply
      3 years ago

      We were assured by the feckless Republicans on the Board of Governors that the new ECU chancellor was a proven conservative who would stand against all this crazy political correctness. Well, we’ve been lied to again by the Stupid Party. Might as well go ahead and turn the state over to Cooper and the ACLU—the Republicans clearly have no idea how to govern.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        I totally understand why you are having that reaction. Other than this one instance, has Chanc Staton done ANYTHING else to disappoint you? The ECU faculty nutjobs still despise him which should count in his favor. I urge you to temper your anger and see how all this shakes out.

    • Sally.ECU86 Reply
      3 years ago

      I do so wish Staton had used YOUR version for his knee-jerk statement Saturday night. They would rename Greenville’s main street for him.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        After this I’m pretty sure he WILL consult me before inserting foot.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      3 years ago

      OK, the subject was ECU. THEIR band, the Marching Pirates (Do they do they Disney routines?) GOT their 5 minutes. It was NOT well organized…so BLM and Rev BB were NOT consulted. SOME knelt and wanted to show a Black Fist….others, realizing that they had “SIGNED UP” to play TNA did so, begrudgingly. THEN the fiery feces his the large rotating air movement device.
      .
      If I could set a minor stage. Last Monday, I motored my diesel fume belching motor home (which irritates Libs, unless Hillary jumps out) into a Camp Ground in Emerald Isle. By the time I got to my site, approximately 3/4’s of the way to dunes, I counted 15 TRUMP posters. I did a mini survey later on and there were 25 such signs posted….and they HELD a Patty McC rally on Friday night….right inside the CG. NOW, said CG has MORE purple than Prince EVER imagined. IT IS PIRATE COUNTRY….and I am an outcast for pulling for the Wuffies.
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      IF that is the rank and file of the ECU crowd, then it is a GOOD thing that the Dowdy does NOT have pass-outs, otherwise, it would have been sniper practice during the half time show.
      .
      I also noted the “mealy mouthed” PC Presser that the Chanc put out. BUT, the ECU BOT members were having their VM Inboxes shut down and buying MORE data for the incoming texts. The general comments, from the news, was that ECU supporters had also taken a Knee….and they would NOT write the checks while kneeling or praying for the misguided souls that dissed TNA
      .
      As a Power Sound of the South (AKA the NCSU Marching Band) Alumnus, I too was a LITTLE irritated at our two Kneelers…..BOTH of the Trombone Section. Not being one to let such fester and impact my emotional well being….I wrote a nice email pointing out the ECU situation and how it had the potential for IRRITATING our fan base. I got back a “First Ammendment Overrules” response from a lower echelon Power Sound Assistant to the Director underling. This went over about as good as a BLM sign at a Trump rally. I pointed out, civily, that the Band Members “volunteered and signed up” for their positions and they were selected based on skills and talent and dedication. THEY also KNEW that the PSoTS would play TNA….so when THEY refused, it was a breach of a verbal contract. Said Band Members also receive academic credit for their performances and also stipends for expenses during out of town trips.

      Still waiting for some substance from the leadership team of NCSU. MY suspicion, after the ECU Chanc “saw the light”, is that Margaret Spellings was aprised of his decision or perhaps gave him guidance. I suspect that Mrs. Spellings is also involved in such for NCSU.
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      I totally support the right of dissention. HOWEVER, the band members were SUPPOSED to be doing their job. Good Ole Collin STILL wants to hurl that pigskin. He KNOWS that if he refuses that….he will be disciplined. SO, the ECU and PSotS members that FAIL to play and FAIL to live up to THEIR end of the contract….are, indeed, in BREACH and subject to whatever disciplinary action is deemed appropriate (save mass execution by DNC drones).
      YOU, sir, summed it up. As Officer Fife said….NIP IT IN THE BUD….would Andy Taylor (or real life Andy Griffin) let a bunch of “I want my 3 minutes of stardom” DISS TNA? Probably not.
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      IF you missed the intro to the Steelers game the other night, you missed a great interview….The Steelers coach said that NO ONE had threatened the players. THEY decided that it was NOT in the best interest of the franchise…as well as it would be DISSSING their own Ex-Army Ranger Teammate and THEY chose NOT to participate.
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      SORRY for the length…but since I am probably the first poster…..thanks to Plott Hound, I will be top posted….

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        Well, BobLee told folks we ain’t putting a muzzle on you. I may have to get me one of them Navajos too. 🙂

    • Doug Reply
      3 years ago

      Does anybody else think that the same puppet masters pulling the strings against that Bush woman are behind the scenes doing thing to Dr. Staton?

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        I suppose thats possible… but I don’t think so. Staton’s resume seems consistent with why the ECU’s Faculty squirrels have hated him from before DAY ONE. He simply knee-jerked on Saturday. He might NEVER recover with a certain % of PirateNation.

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