FILED TUESDAY, DEC. 28, 2010
A game of
beginnings and ends
WNCT-TV 9 Sports
Director Brian Bailey is on the
scene in Washington, DC, bringing
daily coverage of bowl week to Bonesville's readers
and Channel 9's viewers. The week
climaxes on Wednesday with East
Carolina's Military Bowl
showdown with Maryland.
WASHINGTON, DC —
East Carolina and Maryland will play each other for the
first time in today's Military Bowl. The two squads have
spent the last week in our nation's capital, but the two
informally hooked up for the first time at Tuesday's
Military Bowl Luncheon.
As we get
set for today's 2:30 kickoff, I believe we are in for an
outstanding game. Yes, I agree that we should see lots
of points. I also think this Pirate team really wants to
shed that two-game bowl losing streak with a win today.
Maryland, I'm not sure how Coach Ralph Friedgen's firing
is going to impact this Terrapins team. The Terps lost
their offensive coordinator, James Franklin, to
Vanderbilt, so there will be an adjustment. Friedgen,
himself, told me earlier this week that he also wasn't
sure how his team would react. It could be a disaster,
but it could also serve as a rallying cry.
is much like Ruffin McNeill in that he has a deep love
for his players.
players would like nothing more then to reward their
coach with a victory in this bowl game. It's certainly a
study of contrasts, with McNeill starting his head
coaching career this year at his alma mater, and with
Maryland alum Friedgen having his come to an end.
is a seven-point favorite for good reason. This is a
good team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The
Pirates, though, have one win over an ACC team in North
Carolina State, and had both UNC-Chapel Hill and
Virginia Tech on the ropes before falling apart in the
Carolina fans should savor every minute of Dwayne
Harris's last game for the Pirates. He has always been a
class act, and a wonderful talent on the field. He ends
his career as one of the all-time greats in ECU football
game. It's been a quick week, but fun to walk around and
see all of the history in Washington, DC.
that history takes us to RFK Stadium. I was there for
the 1982 NFC Championship game, when the Skins blasted
my favorite team to advance to the Super Bowl. I
literally thought the stadium was going to fall down. It
shook and rattled, but somehow stayed together.
see that today, but hopefully it will be a great crowd
and an exciting game!
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