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2010 Military Bowl Report & Photo Blog No. 1 and WNCT-TV 9 are partnering to provide Eyewitness coverage from the Military Bowl in Washington, DC.


Brian Bailey's photo gallery No. 1 is directly below. His daily report is below the slide show.

(This gallery includes 10 photographs.)


Coach Ruffin McNeill exits the bus for ECU's Military Bowl practice session at Eastern High School in the Washington, DC, area on Dec. 26, 2010.




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Pirates brave cold for Sunday workout

WNCT-TV 9 Sports Director Brian Bailey is on the scene in Washington, DC, bringing daily coverage of bowl week to Bonesville's readers and Channel 9's viewers. The week climaxes on Wednesday with East Carolina's Military Bowl showdown with Maryland.

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By Brian Bailey

WASHINGTON, DC — East Carolina practiced through snow flurries on Sunday in Washington, DC. Of course, the weather was no big deal compared to what Greenville and Eastern North Carolina were going through at the same time.

We made the decision to come up to the bowl game on Christmas afternoon. We were lucky, because I don't think conditions would have allowed us to make it up on Sunday.

The Pirates were bundled up for the workout. The snow swirled thoughout, but the wind was more of a problem then anything else.

"It was cold," said ECU receiver Dwayne Harris. "I'm still cold. But we needed this because it might be cold for the game on Wednesday."

Pirate Coach Ruffin McNeill was pleased with his team's effort. McNeill says he's been impressed overall with how this team has prepared for the Military Bowl. Now, the first-year coach hopes that work will pay dividends.

ECU defensive lineman Josh Smith sat out of Sunday's practice with a bad ankle. Smith says he will play in the bowl game. He joked about how he was injured.

"One of our fat guys fell on me," Smith smiled as he explained. "But I promise I'll be out on the field in the bowl game."

The Pirates have an early practice on Monday. Coach McNeill and a couple of players will take part in a press conference that afternoon, and then the entire squad will tour the Capitol Building in the afternoon.

"We've had a good time so far," said Coach McNeill. "But we came here to do a job, and we have to stay focused."

Maryland is a seven-point favorite in the game which is set for Wednesday afternoon.

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