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Read Henry Hinton's feature story on veteran Hollywood actress and ECU alum Beth Grant in Bonesville Magazine.

Henry's Highlights
Thursday, December 16, 2004

By Henry Hinton

Dear Santa... Don't forget  the needy in Purple

Bonesville Magazine

• PAT DYE: Short on Tenure, Long on Impact

• Recruit Profiles
• Rookie Books
• Tracking the Classes
• Florida Pipeline
• NCHSAA & ECU: Smooth Sailing Again


• STEVE BALLARD: New Leader Takes Charge

• SCOTT COWEN: Busting Down the Door

• KEITH LECLAIR on ECU's Field of Dreams

• BETH GRANT: Actress Still a Pirate


Replay Wednesday's Talk of The Town with Henry Hinton: Select clip

It never fails. Each year at this festive holiday time, some writer pens a lame column about what Santa should bring people. Well… this year, I’m going to beat them to it.

Here goes the East Carolina fans’ Christmas wish list things we hope Santa will bring people we know and love in and around the Pirate Nation:

For new ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, a large push broom. He needs it to clean up all the trash left to him from the last administration, including angry faculty, lawsuits and unhappy alumni.

For new ECU Director of Athletics Terry Holland, a call from Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese saying, 'YES, YES, YES.'

For new Pirate football coach Skip Holtz, some athletic defensive backs, some brawny and quick defensive linemen, some beefy and strong offensive linemen and a new winning attitude for his players.

For Pirate Quarterback James Pinkney, a new offensive coordinator who understands his strengths and understands he has already had two other offensive coordinators. (See Ronald Curry, UNC-CH, circa 2000-2001.)

For Pirate Club President Dennis Young, some folks to step up and help make up the large deficit in the athletics budget after a poor attendance year in football.

For ECU basketball coach Bill Herrion, some wins… and please, Santa… hurry.

For ECU baseball coach Randy Mazey, a 2005 team equal to the stadium in which it will play.

For Chuck Amato, a DVD from MTV’s Real World episodes. Chuck needs to realize he now lives in the Real World, the world without Phillip Rivers.

For John Bunting… well, come to think of it, he already received his gift… a new contract due to a win over Miami and a holiday bowl trip all the way to Charlotte. Without the mid-season win over the Hurricanes, Bunting would have been asking Santa for a reprieve from Governor Easley to keep him off death row in Chapel Hill.

For the creators of college football’s Bowl Championship Series, a basket of switches.

For former ECU coach John Thompson, a new job to quell the sting of losing his old one.

For former ECU coach Steve Logan, another great year in NFL Europe and continued success in the television booth.

For Bonesville writer Denny O’Brien, an autographed photo of his Power Hour co-host Patrick Johnson.

For Bonesville writer Al Myatt, a framed picture of himself in his Wake Forest uniform from his playing days... many years and many pounds ago there, big fella.

For Bonesville owner and publisher Danny Whitford, another year of prosperity and growth for the number one fan site in the Pirate Nation.

And finally, for the Pirate Nation… a new moniker so we can leave this one in the dust with the old regime that started it. How 'bout the Pirate State or the Pirate World?

Anything… please, Santa… no more Pirate Nation!

Happy Holidays to the… Pirate… um… Continent.


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