Football intro video stirs up Pirate fans
Nobody, right? So what’s the fuss about the new ECU football intro for the 2013 season? I watched the video with moderate expectations. The first thing I noticed was the excessive amount of introduction. It was simply a verbal introduction to the actual introduction video. There was no intensity in the first 27 seconds. If we were to show this video at a football game, the audience would probably interrupt and ignore the first 27 seconds simply because it lacks intensity. It felt more like a public service announcement than a, “Let’s get HYPE, Pirate Nation!” video. I was quickly disappointed.
Seconds 28-55 were the most pleasing seconds of the whole video.
Graphically, I appreciated the use of the fade-in and fade-out clips.
The narrator’s voice was intense enough to keep my attention, but I had no idea of what was about to come next.
Rock music. The music was okay, but what happened to tradition? My personal favorite football introduction was from 2010. There was a lack of music in the 2010 video, but the background sound effects were enough to make my heart race.
And what about the highlights of past seasons? What was that about?
This video wasn’t supposed to be about the past football seasons, or watching a highlight reel. It’s supposed to be short and simple, preparing the fans in the stands for the upcoming season. I appreciate the use of this season’s football players, but making them lip-synch an old rock song in the locker room has nothing to do with football.
Where was the climax of the video? It just started and ended. There was no part in the video where I wanted to jump up out of my seat and scream purple and gold until my lungs bled.
It ended and my initial reaction was just, “Oh, that was it?” I’m not bashing the video, because it’s not all terrible. I think the use of the football players was a good idea, but the person that coordinated the video should have used the football players in a different way. Lip-synching in the locker room probably won’t make the fans in the stands excited.
I was curious to see what other people thought of the video so I scrolled through the YouTube comments and asked my personal friends what they thought about the video. With 12,555 views on YouTube (as of August 23, 2013), the video’s statistics were 54 thumbs-up and 47 thumbs-down. The likes are close to being split 50/50, but the comments were mostly negative. They were aimed towards the points of sticking to the traditional “fire the cannons, intimidating the other team, bringing the Boneyard to life and making the fans pay attention.”
Some of the comments were specifically aimed at the production quality of the video, which I had to agree, was lacking in resolution. With all this being said, there’s one important thing to remember: No matter what, we are one nation. We are Pirate Nation and nothing in this world is perfect and nothing will please everyone. Some people liked the video while others did not. Some people appreciated the change-up of using the football players in the video, while a vast majority of people didn’t like the way the football players were incorporated into the video, but liked the idea of featuring them in the introduction.
We all have different opinions, but we also have one thing in common: we share a pride for our school and we support our football team, no matter our opinions on the introductory clip. Personally, I’m not a fan of this season’s football intro, but I also realize that our school spirit is what makes the video worth every second. When ECU comes together in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday night, we will be there as one.
Don’t forget that our spirit is what makes us unique, not a video posted on YouTube. We might not approve of this season’s football introduction, but we can’t forget to hold strong, as one, as Pirate Nation.
So, when this clip plays in front of thousands of people, play it up. Scream, sing along, and join in with the air-guitar. Dance. Be fun, have fun. Make the best of it. And remember, it’s not about the lack of quality or the lame lip-synching. It’s about the spirit and what we bring to the field. That’s what makes us the best school on the East Coast… right? GO PIRATES!
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