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59: Mike Maniscalco, Jim McMahon, and Bill Curry!!

On Volume 59 of The Sports Objective Podcast, we talk to the Carolina Hurricanes Television Reporter Mike Maniscalco, two-time Super Bowl Champion quarterback Jim McMahon and Bill Curry! We also talk ECU football and the decision to start true freshman quarterback Holton Ahlers against No. 10 UCF, Pirate hoops and more! Don’t forget to like our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter @TheSportsOBJ, and Instagram @thesportsobjective


PIRATE FOOTBALL PLAYBACK: ECU "O" Continues to Struggle in 42-20 L to Houston

The guys are joined by former ECU running back Brandon Simmons (2006-2008) and take a look back at the Pirates' 42-20 home loss to Houston, discuss the ongoing quarterback situation and likelihood of Holton Ahlers getting his first career start against UCF and more!! Former ECU Associate AD and current Eastern Michigan Vice President/Director of Athletics Scott Wetherbee joined the show and we talk to Jeff Kerr--star linebacker from 1995-1999!! Follow us on Twitter @TheSportsOBJ, Instagram...


PIRATE PREVIEW: ECU looks to slow down high-octane Houston

On Volume 57 of The Sports Objective, the guys are joined by former ECU WR Terry Gallaher, who played for legendary coach Pat Dye. They take a look at this week's match-up with Houston, the quarterback competition being re-opened, the A.D. situation and more! Dave will have a practice report--highlighted by a chat with defensive coordinator David Blackwell. We also catch up with Sam Razz of the Scott and Holman Pawdcast. Sam and his broadcast partner Dustin provide excellent coverage for the...


PIRATE FOOTBALL PLAYBACK: Temple throttles ECU, 49-6

On this week's Pirate Football Playback, Dave, Kyle and Bubba are joined by former ECU defensive back Kevin "KK" Walker (1982-85) and the guys take a look back at ECU's surprising 49-6 thumping at the hands of Temple on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.


PIRATE PREVIEW: Pirates head to Philly to tangle with Temple!

On Volume 55 of The Sports Objective Podcast, the guys are joined by former ECU defensive lineman Zaim Cunmulaj, who lettered for the Pirates in 1991 and 1992. We were at practice on Wednesday morning and caught up with Coach Mo, Alex Turner, David Blackwell and Nate Harvey. Ryan Wallen of Owls Daily (Temple 247 Sports Site) joined the guys to talk about the 15th meeting between the Pirates and Owls on the gridiron. The series is tied 7-7, but Temple has won four straight over ECU.


PIRATE FOOTBALL PLAYBACK: Pirates "find a way" against ODU

The guys reflect on ECU's thrilling 37-35 victory over ODU, as the Pirates "found a way" to overcome their miscues and even their record at 2-2. The defense produced nine sacks and after largely stalling for more than two quarters, the offense came through when it had to with the game on the line!


Volume 53: PIRATE PREVIEW: ECU-ODU w/ Eric Graham, P-Man and Curtis Thieman

On Volume 53, we are joined by former ECU offensive lineman Eric Graham as we break down the Pirates and ODU Monarchs. We are also joined by Patrick Johnson of 94.3 The Game-- The Official Station of the ECU Pirates and Curtis Thieman of Port City Films to discuss the making of this year's ECU Football intro video!!


PIRATE FOOTBALL PLAYBACK: Defense shines in ECU's 20-13 setback at USF

The guys take a look back at ECU's hard fought 20-13 loss at USF, positives and negatives of the performance against the Bulls and a brief look ahead to ODU.


Pirate Preview: After Unexpected Open Date, ECU opens AAC play at USF

On this week's Pirate Preview, the guys preview ECU's upcoming game with USF. The Pirates are coming off an unexpected open date due to Hurricane Florence, as the storm led to the ECU Administration opting to send the team to Orlando nearly a week and a half in advance of its match-up with the USF Bulls. We're joined by the longtime Voice of the Bulls, Jim Louk. Louk has been on the call for USF football since it began its program! The guys are also joined by Greenville resident and...


CFB Playback (9/15/18) with Jay Sonnhalter (ESPN3) & Special Cajun Guest!!

Volume 50 of The Sports OBJ features the guys being joined by Jay Sonnhalter--an ESPN3 color analyst and ECU football letterwinner--to take a look back at some of the biggest and best games of the day in college football. Jay will discuss the two games he called this week and what he thinks of future ECU opponent, ODU. The crew will also address other major happenings such as No. 12 LSU's thrilling 22-21 win at No. 7 Auburn, BYU shocking No. 6 Wisconsin and Syracuse shutting down Florida...


The Sports OBJ Pirate Spotlight: Emmanuel McDaniel, Mark Libiano & Travis Darden

Volume 49 of The Sports Objective features the Pirate Spotlight shining on three football letterwinners from the 1990s. Emmanuel McDaniel, who is better known as E-Mac, came to ECU as a running back but went on to become one of the better defensive backs to ever wear the purple and gold! After wrapping up his Pirate career in 1995, he went on to play several years in the NFL--playing for the Panthers, Colts, Giants, Dolphins and Cardinals. Mark Libiano, a Pennsylvania native, is part of...


DEFENSIVE-MINDED: Eskridge, Simmons, Johnson & Marshall led ECU to CUSA titles

On Volume 48 of The Sports Objective, we had the chance to catch up with four key components of the 2008 and 2009 CUSA Championship football teams that ECU produced. First, we chatted with Van Eskridge, who intercepted Case Keenum's long ball in the final minute to help seal the 2009 Championship against Houston at a rockin' Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Enjoy Ron Franklin's call of that pivotal play below: Pirates knock off Houston to win back-to-back CUSA titles!...


Volume 47: Navy and Houston look to challenge Memphis in the AAC West!

Last year, Mike Norvell and his Tigers captured the West Division crown before falling to UCF in the AAC Championship Game in Orlando. Memphis is many people's pick to repeat, BUT Ken Niumatalolo--the longest tenured coach in the league--and his Navy Midshipmen, as well as Major Applewhite and the Houston Cougars promise to have something to say about how things shake out in the West. Can Tulane take that next step and make a bowl under Willie Fritz? Tulsa needs a solid year under Shane...


THE AMERICAN: Will UCF and Memphis play for the title again?

The American Athletic Conference brands itself as a P6 league. Last year, the UCF Knights went undefeated and took down Auburn in the Peach Bowl after the Tigers had won the SEC West--posting wins over Georgia and Alabama in the process. Will the league build on last year's success? Week 2 featured a pair of wins over the ACC (USF over Georgia Tech and ECU over UNC) and a victory over the Pac-12 (UH over Arizona). On opening weekend, second-year coach Luke Fickell and Cincinnati spoiled Chip...


Volume 45: Hurricane "Flo" means Pirates & Hokies "A No Go"!

Volume 45 of The Sports Objective was supposed to be a preview of ECU's trip to #13 Virginia Tech, but instead became more about discussing Hokies' AD Whit Babcock's comments and the social media backlash that ensued. The guys are joined by Brian Freeman of 92.5 FM Fox News Miami to talk Hurricane Florence, Virginia Tech PxP Voice Jon Laaser and ECU great Greg Grandison. Follow us on Twitter @TheSportsOBJ and Instagram @Thesportsobjective. Like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube...


Volume 44: The Pirates Beat the Tarheels 41-19

an On Volume 44 of the Sports Objective, we take a look back at ECU’s 41-19 win over North Carolina on Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. After leading 21-19 at halftime, the Pirates outscored the Heels, 20-0, following intermission. ECU used a very balanced offensive attack (220 rushing and 290 passing) and a swarming defense to earn their third straight win in a series that doesn’t have any future games scheduled. Bubba and Kyle were glad to eat crow! Subscribe to The Sports Objective...


Volume 43: The Pirates Look to Bounce Back Against The Tar Heels!

Volume 43: Pirates seek to bounce back against Tar Heels Following a very frustrating season opening loss to FCS foe North Carolina A&T, the Pirates are preparing to host the UNC Tar Heels (0-1) in a matchup between teams that desperately need a win. To get you ready, we chat with the longtime Voice of the Pirates Jeff Charles, former ECU running back Breon Allen and Adam Lucas from and the Carolina Insider Podcast. Follow us on Twitter @TheSportsOBJ and Instagram at...


Volume 42: Sizing Up The Sun Belt with Adam Witten and Matt Stolz

On Volume 42 of The Sports Objective, the guys take a look at the Sun Belt Conference, as they chat with the play-by-play announcers for App State (Adam Witten) and Arkansas State (Matt Stolz). The Mountaineers, who are led by former ASU quarterback and sixth-year coach Scott Satterfield, are replacing veteran signal-caller Taylor Lamb. Lamb's replacement Zac Thomas lit it up against Penn State and had his club on the brink of a huge upset in Happy Valley, as the Mountaineers' furious 4th...


Volume 41: Pirate Apocalypse: ECU Suffers Worst Loss in Program History!

After multiple weather delays forced the postponement of Saturday's season opener, ECU and NC A&T met at 3:30 on Sunday afternoon in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The Pirates missed some golden opportunities to seize control of the game in the first half and after struggling for most of the first half, the Aggies put together a touchdown drive on the final possession of the opening 30 minutes. Their first score came on a 100 yard interception by Mac McCain III with just over five minutes left in...



GAMEDAY is almost here!! With the Pirates set to kickoff the 2018 season on Saturday against NC A&T, we're joined by three special guests on Volume 40 of The Sports Objective. First, we'll talk to the play-by-play voice of the Aggies, Donal Ware. Donal will give us a look at what we can expect from first-year head coach Sam Washington's club, as it captured a 20-17 victory over Jacksonville State in the FCS Kickoff Classic last weekend and will bring a 13-game win streak into Dowdy-Ficklen...