I have to think that Pirate Nation is on deck with me when I ask this question:
Why does a different Pirate team walk out of the locker room for the second half?
It seems like we have encountered a Bizarro Pirates team. You can reference it from either a) Superman or b) ‘Seinfeld’ which referenced Superman. I haven’t read a DC comic book in quite some time so I am going to say that I referenced it with the ‘Seinfeld’ episode where Elaine encounters an alternate universe with the opposites of Jerry, George and Kramer where up is down, down is up and people say “Hello” when they leave & “Goodbye” when they arrive.
Seriously…it really feels like some kind of ‘Twilight Zone’ episode where a good football team walks through some kind of wormhole while walking into the locker room after the first half and comes back onto the field during the second half as a team that sucks. It is inexplicable…or is it?
@jamiemauldin responded to my query via Twitter by saying: “[The Pirates] keep forgetting where the locker room door is and thus do not make it to the field (this is my secret hope!).” Philip Martin responded to my query on Facebook about what was going on with our team in the second half by saying “maybe we need better coaching at half time, someone needs to fire those boys up or its gonna be a long season, and if that happens holtz will be skipping out of town.” I couldn’t agree more.
I guess Hollywood has completely fictionalized what is supposed to be going on in the locker room? Coaches must not give the awe inspiring pep talks filled with quotes like “Never show weakness, the only pain that matters is the pain you inflict.” or “We’re in hell right now gentlemen. Believe me. And we can stay here, get the [expletive] kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell… one inch at a time.“? It is time for Skip to get in there and start doing some great monologues to get these kids pumped to go out in the second half and dominate their opponents.
Tyler Grimes also responded to my Facebook query and he said “Learn how to run the football or figure out a way to get CJ back.” and followed up with “31 attempts for 60 yards is a joke. Control the line of scrimmage. That’s all I have to say about that !!!!” He is absolutely right. The Pirates should not be averaging less than two yards per carry. We have a stable of running backs that we should be going to so, that way, we can change around the running game. Get Stormin’ Norman Whitley in there for a few touches and see if he can throw a curve ball to the defense and get some good yardage.
Anyways, here is basically what happened during the last three games…separated by halves:
PIRATES IN THE 1ST HALF:
- Appalachian State
- We came out hot scoring on almost every chance that we got. We led 27-7 when walking into the locker room.
- West Virginia
- We were down 20-21 to one of the powerhouses in the nation.
- We were down 14-21 going into halftime to one of the best UNC teams in recent memory.
PIRATES IN THE 2ND HALF:
- Appalachian State
- Ummm…we got pretty lucky and didn’t give up more than 17 points in the fourth quarter. If we had, we would have lost.
- West Virginia
- The highlight – we kicked a FG for our first offensive 2nd half points of the season. That is all.
What is comes down to is the fact that we have scored 66 points the entire season. That isn’t bad. What is bad is that we have scored 61 of those points in the first half of the games and only five points in the second half of the games. How can we expect to win a game if we can barely score in the second half? It is time for the Pirates to step it up for more than the first half of the game.
My fear is that our team is becoming predictable. Can our opponents figure out our strategy after one half and then completely dominate us? I hope not. Let me know what your thoughts are about this second half crisis in the comment section below.