Slashing a crowd into a frenzy
In Atlanta, it's the tomahawk chop. In Greenville, N.C., the latest rage is the saber slash.
The new move is in anticipation of 20th-ranked East Carolina's big day today, a showdown with No. 23 Pittsburgh. And, much like fans of the Braves, Pirates backers will be armed with purple or gold plastic foam sabers, hoping to help cut up the Panthers for a sixth straight victory.
"Unbelievably fantastic," bookstore owner Don Edwards said of sales of the sabers, which have reached 3,000 in three days. "We have had more fun than somebody ought to have with this thing."