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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, April 4, 2006
By Brian Bailey

Colorful past fostered great spring tradition


The “Great Pirate Purple-Gold Pigskin Pigout Party” has certainly changed over the years. This is the 23rd annual observance of the event, which is a celebration of all things sacred in eastern North Carolina, football and bar-b-cue.

Replay the archive of Monday night's Brian Bailey Show, with guest Greg Hudson previewing Saturday's Purple-Gold football game.

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I remember the days when Miller Lite was the big sponsor. Remember the old “Miller Lite All-Stars” and those crazy commercials. John Madden usually ended the ads by blasting through a Miller Lite banner.

I still have autographs from some of the stars who made their way to Greenville for the Pig-out. As a Cowboy’s fan, I especially enjoyed meeting Randy White. Boog Powell was a great guy. Big Ben Davidson had everyone rolling.

And who could ever forget “the doll” from ads with Mickey Spillane, Lee Meredith. Ms. Meredith wore a stunning dress which left plenty of room for ventilation. Her attributes were the talk of the party for sure.

In fact, we talked for a while and I could tell that the skimpy dress and all of the flirting was a definite act. When we were alone, she asked about my children and all kinds of family things. She was a great lady and one of my favorite Miller Lite All-Stars.

Tastes great! Less Filling!

The Miller Lite All-Stars helped to get “The Great Pirate Purple-Gold Pigskin Pigout Party” up and running!

This year, as always, the highlight of the extravaganza is the Purple-Gold intra-squad football scrimmage, which is slated to kick off at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $5 for the game — or $10 for the game plus a plate of barbecue — and can be purchased at the ECU Athletics Ticket Office or by calling (252) 328-2300 locally or (800) DIAL-ECU outside the Greenville area.

Delivering in the clutch

East Carolina was desperate for someone to step up and make something happen after dropping the first two games of the baseball series with Houston this past weekend.

Lefthander Brody Taylor was certainly up to the challenge. Taylor fired a five-hit shutout against the Cougars, leading the Pirates to a 3-0 win.

After falling to Houston on Saturday 13-4, first-year Coach Billy Godwin had a closed door meeting with his club.

“We felt like someone had to step up and give us a shot in the arm and we didn’t care who it was,” said Godwin.

That shot came from the left arm of Brody Taylor. Taylor got off to a little bit of a slow start, and had to wriggle off the hook after Houston put two on in the first.

Coach Godwin paid a quick visit to Taylor in that first frame. The visit certainly paid dividends.

What looked to be a quick pep talk was actually a meeting on mechanics. Taylor was getting the ball up and Godwin said it was because he was late getting the ball out of his glove.

The real pep talk came later. Houston loaded the bases in the fourth. Godwin called for Taylor to be a “bulldog.” Taylor did just that, getting a fielder’s choice and a double play to preserve the shutout.

Taylor was worried about his hamstring in the 9th. With a standing ovation for much of the inning, Taylor struck out the side.

“It was nice,” Taylor said. “I could hear the cheering, and I didn’t want to disappoint.”

The shutout was the first for an East Carolina pitcher since Ricky Brooks no-hit Memphis last April and earned Taylor Conference USA's pitcher of the week award.

During the post game interviews, Taylor's teammates had a little surprise. As Taylor started to answer my first question, he was ambushed with a towel loaded with shaving cream. It was hilarious.

You could tell that this team had been pressing, and the win was certainly a stress reliever.

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02/23/2007 01:33:39 AM


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