Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
Letter to the North Pole
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Letter to Santa
Dear Mr. Claus,
It’s been a tough year in Pirate Land, so I’m hoping you can
help us with some special deliveries on Christmas Eve.
I’m sure you kept up with the football team this year. No,
that satellite dish in the North Pole didn’t have a bad reception. Those
Pirates were just 1-11 under first year coach John Thompson.
It just didn’t seem like the new coaches and the old players
ever really meshed. I guess it’s just like reindeers. You probably wouldn’t
have a lot of success without your own reindeers. Randolph the Red Nose
Reindeer just doesn’t have the same type of ring to it.
With that thought in mind, I submit to you my 2003 Pirate
Christmas Wish List:
To Coach John Thompson, a recruiting haul that includes the
best jucos and quick fixes the nation has to offer. A certain high school
running back from Greenville wouldn’t be bad, either.
To Coach Bill Herrion, a road win or two in January. Santa,
the Pirates have just three home games in the first month of the year, and
they’ll need some help. How about a road game at North Pole University for
To Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener, a bouncing baby boy that
isn’t born on the road between Greenville and St. Louis. I know that she’s
eating for two, but if she gets a technical while she’s carry the baby, is
it two shots or four?
To Coach Randy Mazey, another NCAA berth for the Pirates,
and this time a trip to Omaha would make everyone’s dream come true.
To former baseball Coach Keith LeClair, some kind of
miracle, and a chance to follow the 2004 Pirates to the College Baseball
To former football Coach Steve Logan, the biggest bass you
can bring home.
To swim coach Rick Kobe, the most underrated coach at East
Carolina, more publicity and more titles in the upcoming year.
To golf coach Kevin Williams, a round of golf and a lesson
to give away to his favorite sportscaster.
To East Carolina University, the national respect that you
deserve as a school and some kind of access to the BCS.
To the ECU Board of Trustees, the wisdom to hire a
chancellor first, and then go after an athletic director.
The Pirate fans deserve a lot better this coming year. Just
one win in football nearly drove much of Greenville to jump off the Greene
Street Bridge. Another year like that, and I don’t know if you’ll have many
stops to make in our fine city.
Seriously, Santa, Pirate fans have overcome obstacles for
years, and they’ll continue to do so. In fact, a group is selling tickets to
a “Virtual Bowl” just to raise money to help the program. Maybe they’ll let
you flip the coin in the pre-game ceremony and let me cover the game for
Please, though, do try to find a little extra after such a
long football season…
I’ll have the cookies and milk waiting on the 24th. Scratch
that, how about a can of that Pirate Purple Grape Soda from years ago. I’ve
got a couple of cans left….
Your biggest fan,
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