ON PIRATE SPORTS
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
By Brian Bailey
One slow month
There are two things I really
like about the month of July: July is my birthday month, and those are
adding up quickly; and July is the last month of the year without college
August marks the annual start
of the college football season. Players arrive, work out a couple of days
without pads, and then get down to the business of preparing for the season.
The season is a magical three
months, a time when the weather gets cooler with each passing week. December
and January are college football’s postseason with the many bowl games.
February is month of
recruiting news, with the national signing day the highlight of the second
month of the year.
Sports fans enjoy “March
Madness”, and the Masters in April. There’s the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600
Then, things get a little
slow. Sure, I’m leaving out some things, but it gives you an idea.
Football kicks off in August.
There is always a buzz around town leading up to the first game.
It’s not that far away. Let’s
just get through one more month, and we’re home free for football!
For the second straight year,
Tom McClellan invited a couple of us in the media to speak to some of the
incoming freshman athletes.
McClellan is the Director of
Media Relations at East Carolina.
Brock Letchworth from the
Daily Reflector and I spoke to the newest Pirates for about an hour.
We both stressed the
importance of relaxing, and being natural in front of the microphones.
That is certainly easier said
then done. Think about your own job. How would you like to work your shift,
and then have to face the cameras, lights and microphones to talk about your
We also talked about
impressions. Television interviews are often times the only time a fan gets
to see and hear what an athlete is all about.
The group we spoke to asked
several questions, and you could tell that they were very interested in the
topic. Most of them were former high school stars and already had experience
with the media.
One of the athletes did say
that a media member jumped the gun a bit on his choice for a college. He
said that the reporter wanted to get the story first, and published that
this player would be going to another school. Lucky for East Carolina, the
player ended up in Greenville.
I am fortunate that some of
the newcomers from Eastern North Carolina knew me from our coverage of high
school football on Touchdown Friday.
Our 2006 season for Touchdown
Friday debuts on August 18th.
That’s when we get our first
look at some of the players that will hopefully make up some of the
2007 recruiting class at East Carolina.
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