Giving Thanks
by Brian North

Thanksgiving is always a time to reflect and give thanks for all the great things in our lives. There is the usual thanks for health and family, and the appreciation of friends and jobs. For ECU fans, there is plenty to be thank for.

Pirates should be thankful for a football team that has played hard and restored hope to a sinking ship. They should be thankful to the 19 seniors who have played their hearts out for three head coaches in five years. They should be thankful for having watched eastern North Carolina products Chris Moore and Richard Koonce play outstanding football for struggling teams.

Pirate fans should be thankful for Terry Holland and his reorganization of the athletics department. They should be thankful for Skip Holtz and his football staff. They should be thankful for four wins and counting, because as we have seen the last couple of years, there could be less.

Pirate fans should be thankful for Corey Rouse and the ECU basketball team. They should be thankful they don't have to play Louisville, Marquette, and Cincinnati any more. They should be thankful to the Minges Maniac's who give the gym electricity.

Pirate fans should be thankful being part of a passionate fan base that cares about their school. They should be thankful about the "chip" on their shoulders that has driven the school to success. And they should be thankful to be a part of beautiful Eastern North Carolina.

We all have tough times in our lives, but it's nice to recognize the positive things, so enjoy ECU's last football game, and all the upcoming basketball games. And have a Happy Thanksgiving, and don't be afraid to go back for seconds, and thirds, and even fourths.

Brian North