Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Friday, July 18, 2003
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
Summer travels feature plenty
of Pirate chatter
Never before have I talked so much East Carolina football during my
Many of you know that I coach my daughters fastpitch softball team each
year. We have several college prospects on our squad, and we have played and
beaten some of the top teams on the East Coast.
We have a banner that we hang for our teams games. Bonesville.net has
been a sponsor over the last couple of years, so maybe thats how some folks
connect me to the Pirates. Others know that our softball team is from
Greenville, and have seen me on the air when they come to town for a game.
Still others aware of the connection to Greenville stumble onto the fact
that I have a chance to cover ECU sports for a living.
Anyway, the talk this summer has been two-fold. Some want to talk about
the upcoming season, and about new Pirates coach John Thompson.
Others are more interested in the future, desperate for any nugget of
information about expansion and the Pirates chances to get into a Bowl
Championship Series league.
I ran into a fellow sportscaster from Richmond in one tournament. He had
called me early on during the Patrick Dosh recruiting sweepstakes. He had
covered Dosh in high school, and told me that Pirate fans were in for a real
I continue to be surprised at all of the interest ECU gets in the
Tidewater area. I am originally from Chesapeake, and really enjoy going back
that area to coach. Several Pirate fans, many with daughters on other teams,
made it a point to talk Pirate athletics during that weekend.
A number of them told me they would be in town for the games, especially
the North Carolina contest in October.
We were recently in Florence, SC, and I was reminded of
my last trip to the Palmetto state.
That tournament was rained out after we got down to Myrtle Beach last fall,
but we were still able to find a sports bar to check out the Pirates on a
The summer certainly goes by too fast, but then again, Im certainly
ready for some Pirate football!
Football over the airwaves
My plans for the fall are beginning to finalize. Ill be back for my 16th
year with the Brian Bailey Show this fall on Cable 7 and on WCZI 98.3 FM in
Greenville. The exact day and times for the show will be announced in the
next couple of weeks.
The show will also be available on the Internet. Over the years weve had
calls from as far away as Atlanta and somewhere in California.
Im also getting the chance to return to the pregame show on 98.3. The
Gameday Countdown will feature scores, interviews and anything and
everything having to do with the art of tailgating this fall. The leading
scorer in East Carolina history, Kevin Miller, will co-host the show with
The prename show is something I have truly missed, and I look forward to
the opportunity again this season!
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