September 18, 2017

There was a buzz in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium early Saturday evening.

A few thousand people, maybe, were straggled across the concrete-and metal-colored grandstands in the football home of East Carolina – or is it only ECU now, or maybe #ECU?

The stadium's bells and whistles (and promotions) were…


September 18, 2017

Nothing screams eastern North Carolina more than whole hog barbecue. From Skylight Inn to B’s Barbecue to Parkers and Sam Jones, good barbecue is not just a staple of the region; it’s a staple of the South.

Barbecue turned into my adopted favorite food when I first moved to Greenville…


September 17, 2017

When plumbing a shower, look to the moon Enceladus.

Enceladus is a tiny orbiter of Saturn, about the size of Utah, some 800 million miles from here. It is cold there: -200 degrees at high noon in August. Enceladus knows a lot about cold showers.

Photos taken by NASA’s Cassini show Enceladus…


September 16, 2017

Barring something miraculous, it appears this season will be the end of Danica Patrick’s NASCAR experiment.

Her time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was, let’s face it, not great. Entering today’s race at Chicagoland, Patrick has seven top-10s and no top-fives in 180…

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September 16, 2017

One night in late 1979, I was behind the counter at the Jiffy Market shutting down the hot dog machine when a helicopter landed in the parking lot. The Jiffy was a neighborhood hangout for teenagers, so it was not unusual to witness unusual things near the midnight closing hour.

Fire trucks…


September 11, 2017

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University medical center complex stands immediately behind Milan Puskar Stadium, and the East Carolina football team probably should have been taken across the parking lot and admitted to have its vital signs checked on Saturday evening.

The Pirates got…

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September 10, 2017

I adore fall, but when I was young, summer reigned supreme among the seasons. Summer was the time for adventures and the highly underrated pleasure of goofing off. It was also the time for camp.

When my siblings and I refer to camp, we are not talking about some organized enrichment endeavor. To us,…


September 09, 2017

Well, here we are.

Tonight’s race at Richmond closes the book on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season, which — to me, at least — seems to have flown by.

The field of 16 drivers for NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs will be set after one final 400-mile tilt at the 3/4-…


September 09, 2017

My mother has a clipping service she operates from home, and I am her only customer. During my 21 years of writing newspaper columns, she has never failed to cut one out and file it away.

For the nearly two years that I’ve been the column’s sole owner, Mom has helped me with making…


September 04, 2017

Around here, you don't have to look hard to find images of that spectacular September sunset over Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium from 2014.

They are still everywhere and right now, East Carolina football fans might be clinging a little more tightly than ever before to those not-too-distant memories.


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