Q&A With Mike Leach CG: How did the pirate phenomenon happen? Coach Leach: How that all happened is one time I gave my team at Texas Tech a speech and I had a sword, a pirate sword that I used as a prop. We talked about how are you going to swing your sword? Are you going to swing it frantic and out of control where you get stabbed because you have bad technique. Or are you going to swing it passive and tentative and get stabbed because you are hiding your head and not seeing what happens? Or are you going to do it with control and precision and what you practiced to execute? After the pirate speech, Michael Lewis, who wrote "Moneyball," did a piece for the New York Times Magazine, and he interviewed several of my players and he talked about that pirate speech. It went worldwide and pirate flags popped up everywhere. I got the best pirate memorabilia you can imagine. I got hats, I got books, I got skeletons, and I got flags. So I got a bunch of cool gear and it's stuck ever since. The fans have had a lot of fun with it. I never knew how or why he got the nickname "the pirate", pretty good stuff. always disliked him during his time at TT but cant help but not like the guy since. I think he will do wonders with WSU Cougars.