ON PIRATE SPORTS
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
By Brian Bailey
Annual pigskin rituals about
to kick in
The calendar turns to the
eighth month of the year today. Itís August, and August is a football month.
Sure, we are still over a
month away from the first game, but August gives us football. The team
arrives, moves in, practices, then scrimmages.
August is a month of
preparation. Itís a time to gear up, to get ready.
At East Carolina, it all
starts this Thursday. Thatís when the players report to campus.
Greenville is a college town,
and when the students are gone, the city just doesnít have the same life.
The playerís arrival is the
start of the student bodyís transgression back to G-Vegas.
That first day is usually a
day for players to get acclimated to campus before the start of practice.
Itís also a day usually reserved for physical fitness tests and plenty of
Friday is the first day of
practice, and the Pirates are scheduled to go for almost three hours. It
will be hot, but this current heat wave is not expected to go through the
Media Day is set for Saturday.
Iíve never understood how a team can practice one day, and then meet the
media, but thatís how it has always been.
I guess itís just a matter of
slipping on the new jersey, and answering questions based on hopes and
expectations more then anything.
Iíve always thought that media
day should be held about two weeks before the start of the regular season.
If you hold media day later, then many of the questions will have definitive
Itís a busy time, though, for
coaches and players, so most schools hold their own media days early in the
summer as well.
Coach Skip Holtz showed off
the Pirates' new Nike uniforms at Holtzís second annual womenís clinic this
The media wasnít allowed to
take pictures, but photos were on the Internet later that afternoon.
Itís funny, but EVERYBODY has
an opinion on uniforms.
I like the white uniforms, and
I think they will look good with the white pants with the purple stripe.
The purple ones are pretty
basic, but Iím old school enough to know that basic is much better than
other uniforms I have seen.
I also like the change on the
helmet, to the yellow letters. Iíve never understood why a team would wear
the outline of letters, as was the case in the former helmet decal.
The new yellow letters are
much easier to see, though I still like the ďBill LewisĒ era helmets better.
Regardless, this yearís
uniform looks much better then the JT ďhighlighterĒ yellow uniforms that
East Carolina wore against North Carolina State a couple of years ago.
Uniforms are important, but I
get the feeling that all will be well if the Pirates wear purple polka dots
as long as they are getting the football into the end zone.
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