Insights and Observations
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feature story on veteran Hollywood actress and ECU alum
Beth Grant in
Thursday, December 16, 2004
By Henry Hinton
Dear Santa... Don't forget
the needy in Purple
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Talk of The Town with Henry Hinton:
It never fails. Each year at this festive holiday time,
some writer pens a lame column about what Santa should bring people. Well…
this year, I’m going to beat them to it.
Here goes the East Carolina fans’ Christmas wish list
– things we hope Santa will bring people
we know and love in and around the Pirate Nation:
For new ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, a large push
broom. He needs it to clean up all the trash left to him from the last
administration, including angry faculty, lawsuits and unhappy alumni.
For new ECU Director of Athletics Terry Holland, a call
from Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese saying, 'YES, YES, YES.'
For new Pirate football coach Skip Holtz, some athletic
defensive backs, some brawny and quick defensive linemen, some beefy and
strong offensive linemen and a new winning attitude for his players.
For Pirate Quarterback James Pinkney, a new offensive
coordinator who understands his strengths and understands he has already had
two other offensive coordinators. (See Ronald Curry, UNC-CH, circa
For Pirate Club President Dennis Young, some folks to
step up and help make up the large deficit in the athletics budget after a
poor attendance year in football.
For ECU basketball coach Bill Herrion, some wins… and
please, Santa… hurry.
For ECU baseball coach Randy Mazey, a 2005 team equal
to the stadium in which it will play.
Chuck Amato, a DVD from MTV’s Real World episodes. Chuck needs to realize he
now lives in the Real World, the world without Phillip Rivers.
For John Bunting… well, come to think of it, he already
received his gift… a new contract due to a win over Miami and a holiday bowl
trip all the way to Charlotte. Without the mid-season win over the
Hurricanes, Bunting would have been asking Santa for a reprieve from
Governor Easley to keep him off death row in Chapel Hill.
For the creators of college football’s Bowl
Championship Series, a basket of switches.
For former ECU coach John Thompson, a new job to quell
the sting of losing his old one.
For former ECU coach Steve Logan, another great year in
NFL Europe and continued success in the television booth.
For Bonesville writer Denny O’Brien, an autographed
photo of his Power Hour co-host Patrick Johnson.
For Bonesville writer Al Myatt, a framed picture of
himself in his Wake Forest uniform from his playing days... many years and
many pounds ago there, big fella.
For Bonesville owner and publisher Danny Whitford,
another year of prosperity and growth for the number one fan site in the
And finally, for the Pirate Nation… a new moniker so we
can leave this one in the dust with the old regime that started it. How
'bout the Pirate State or the Pirate World?
Anything… please, Santa… no more Pirate Nation!
Happy Holidays to the… Pirate… um… Continent.
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