ON PIRATE SPORTS
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
By Brian Bailey
Holiday hustle and bowl bustle
By Brian Bailey
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Getting ready for a bowl is
sort of like preparing for Christmas. The stores could be open all night
Christmas Eve, and many of us would still be out there looking for a
Combine the two and it makes
for a very busy month of December.
East Carolina will host its
Bowl Press Luncheon coming up this Friday. Pirate coach Skip Holtz will
address the media in his usual format that comes on Mondays during the
The Pirates will then put in
the game plan for the upcoming
PapaJohns.com Bowl at practice
over this coming weekend. East Carolina has tentative workouts set for
Saturday through Tuesday.
The team will practice early
on Tuesday, Dec. 19th, before flying out of Kinston to Birmingham later that
The Pirates will practice for
the first time in Alabama on Wednesday morning at Legion Field.
The first official bowl outing
for the Pirates comes next Wednesday, with the “Welcome to Birmingham Team
Dinner” to be held at the Stardome Comedy Club.
Thursday is the first big day
for bowl activities in Birmingham. The Pirates will once again practice
early, and then head to the Civil Rights Institute Tour. USF will take the
same tour earlier that day.
Thursday night features the
“Bowling and BBQ” challenge. I don’t know how well the Pirates bowl as a
team, but I like their chances with the BBQ, coming from Eastern North
Carolina. I’m not sure how popular the diced pork is in Tampa, Florida.
Friday will feature a trip to
the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham for the Pirate mascot and the ECU
captains. The “Kickoff Luncheon” is set for the middle of the day. The
Pirates will then hold a short walk though later in the afternoon, their
final practice before the bowl game.
On game day, the parking lots
are scheduled to open at 8 a.m., which is great news for Pirate fans. There
is a midmorning pep rally at the stadium, and then the Pirates and Golden
Bulls kick off at 12:00 noon Central Time (1:00 p.m. ET.)
The bowl date does make
getting to Birmingham and then getting home so close to Christmas a little
If you can’t make the trip, we
at WNCT-TV 9 are planning a live, 30-minute special from Birmingham. I
believe the show will air on that Friday night, but I’ll keep you posted.
We’ll also have expanded
coverage from Birmingham for Bonesville.net.
For the first time in 44
years, I’ll miss my family’s Christmas party. As I told them, it’s been a
long five years of losing football and I want to be there as much as anyone!
I just home Mom and Dad will
still get me a present. On second thought, they’ll understand. Everyone’s
happier when the Pirates are a winner.
I look forward to seeing each
and every Pirate fan that I can find in Birmingham.
It does feel good to be a part
of the college football postseason, doesn’t it!
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