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2010 Military Bowl Report & Photo Blog No. 2 and WNCT-TV 9 are partnering to provide Eyewitness coverage from the Military Bowl in Washington, DC.


Brian Bailey's photo gallery No. 2 is directly below. His daily report is below the slide show.

(This gallery includes 15 photographs.)


The helmets of East Carolina and Maryland are prominently displayed at Monday's Military Bowl press conference in Washington, DC.




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Pirates apply finishing touches in the cold

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 — A busy bowl day for the East Carolina football team opened with a 10 a.m. practice. While Washington, DC, missed much of the snow that blanketed Eastern North Carolina, the cold weather continued. The winds were up, putting the wind chill factor somewhere in the 20's for Monday's workout.

The Pirates worked special teams early on, and then put the final touches to the game plan for Wednesday's Military Bowl. East Carolina is scheduled for a brief walk through at RFK Stadium on Tuesday, but Monday's work was the last real work the team will do.

"This was it," said Pirate coach Ruffin McNeill. "We'll have just a brief deal tomorrow, but our work is done. And I was pleased with the team's entire focus leading up to this point."

McNeill joined Melvin Patterson and Dwayne Harris at the podium for the Military Bowl's final news conference leading up to the game. Maryland's contingent included coach Ralph Friedgen, along with Torrey Smith and Alex Wojciak.

Friedgen, who was fired by Maryland last week, was the media's focus in the news conference.

"Being with the players for the last time, it's pretty special," said a very emotional Friedgen. "It's like you died a slow death and everything you've experienced is for the last time. It's been a very stressful week for me, especially from an emotional standpoint."

That emotion will be one of the keys in this year's game between East Carolina and Maryland. I asked Coach Friedgen if he thought it would help, or hurt his Terrapins.

"I don't know," he said. "I hope we play well, and we'll have to against a very explosive East Carolina football team."

The Pirates took a tour of the Capitol Building later in the day. The team picture looked impressive. (See photo gallery at the top of this page.)

"It was a great shot," said McNeill. "Now we're looking forward to the game itself."

Monday night's activities concluded with a "Battle of the Bands." The problem was that East Carolina's band was snowed in and didn't make it to the fight.

That battle will have to be played out on game day now.

Content: Brian Bailey. ©2010 and WNCT-TV 9. All rights reserved.

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