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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, June 16, 2008

By Brian Bailey

Mired in the summer doldrums

By Brian Bailey
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With East Carolina’s two losses in the NCAA Chapel Hill Super Regional, we officially entered the slowest time of the year for me.

Football season should go 365 days a year. You just can’t get enough of it. I do love basketball, baseball and several other sports, but football is my favorite.

At least there was news from ECU football on Monday. The kickoff times for the home games were announced. If you are one of the many who celebrate football with a great tailgating experience, you should like the mix of early and late games. But come to think of it, if you really like to tailgate, you probably like the late games much better. There’s just something about eggs and bacon that don’t go that well with tailgating.

We won’t get much news on Pirate football until late July, when ECU strength coach Mike Golden invites us out for the annual Pirate Team Strong Man Competition. It was unbelievable last year, and this year I promise to get some pictures.

Also later this summer, be looking for “Bonesville The Magazine,” this site's 8th annual preseason print publication. In this year’s edition, I sat down for a one on one with East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pinkney.

I certainly don’t want to give away much of the interview but I will share a nugget or two.

Pinkney is ready to go. The coaches want him to be more of a leader, and he plans on doing that during summer workouts and on into summer camp.

“I sat down with (offensive coordinator) Coach (Todd) Fitch,” said Pinkney. “We talked about what we would do differently. Coach Fitch said I should become a more vocal leader. That’s what I’m doing this summer. I’m a much more vocal leader now. I’m talking a lot more, but at the same time you still have to be productive. If you’re not playing then they aren’t going to follow you.”

Pinkney went on to talk about his injuries from last season, which I think might surprise you. He also set his goals for the coming season and really opened up about his role for this “extra” year of eligibility.

That interview is just a small part of a great magazine filled with features from Bonesville’s army of talented writers. Look for it later this summer.

Emotional time

From time to time I get a chance to share a personal item in this column.

I have ridden an emotional roller-coaster over the last month with a pair of graduations.

First, my daughter Kaitlyn is now a Pirate forever. Many viewers in eastern North Carolina saw the WNCT-TV 9 newscast the night she was born. It was our lead story 21 years ago on August 7, 1987. Kay-kay is quite a young lady and now has her degree from East Carolina University.

My son Ryne graduated from D.H. Conley High School this past weekend. Many say Ryno is a “mini-me.” He’s a great kid and I couldn’t be prouder.

I’ve been very fortunate to work in a great town for all of these years. It has been a blessing to have such a place to raise a family.

I just hope the emotions slow down a bit. I know I’m old, but that’s a lot for just about anyone!


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06/16/2009 01:39:05 AM


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