All I remember is that on our first day of Plebe Summer, they told us we had to yell something every time we 'squared' our corners in Bancroft Hall (the dorm for all 4500 Midshipmen): you could yell, "Go Navy!" or "Beat Army!" After every football game, we sing our alma mater "Navy Blue and Gold"; at the end, regardless of who we're playing that day, we yell, "Beat Army!" During Army week, if you ask a Plebe to recite any required knowledge, they will only respond with, "Beat Army!" I've even seen guys take a quiz during Army Week, and just write 'Beat Army' at the bottom and walk out - that one never seems to go over well. Air Force is Navy's Penn State.
I try to jot down some thoughts during the week and I'm feeling a little dry this week.
I'm sure you'll pull a rabbit out of your hat.
Never been there for a game before. Very excited about it.
Remember when people were posting stuff like this on 11W about Tom Herman (and this was just last November):
SEC coaches have no problem with it. They're perennial professionals at it.
They'll have to yell louder than Bert and his hogs, because they're still the best 6-loss team in college football history.
Taking the whole family to South Bend this weekend. Meeting my brother-in-law and his two boys as well. Mrs. Navy and her brother are both Golden Domers. Sigh.
Looks like a guy who's been coached to avoid contact.
They really hate those cars back east.
Thanks, Vico! Great round up as always.
Here's a bit of trivia on Navy - ND this week: this will be the first Navy-Notre Dame game with a combined one or fewer losses since Nov. 2, 1957, when the Irish were 4-0 and Navy was 5-1. The Mids won that game, 20-6, and went on to post a 9-1-1 record, including a 20-7 win over Rice in the Cotton Bowl. Oct 10, 1845 is Founder's Day for USNA, so the Academy' is celebrating its 170th Anniversary on Saturday.
Here's to a repeat of 1957 (except for the whole Auburn thing). Go Navy! Beat the Irish!
Contempt is putting it mildly.
Best part of this,
(Elliot) now has 10 runs of 50-yards or more in his career,
is that two of those 10 runs came in one game against The Crimson Tide.
And he was the only back to rush for over 100 yds against 'Bama last year: a defense that allowed only 3.2 yards per carry and 102 rushing yards per game. Not to mention, Elliot set a Sugar Bowl rushing record - a game that has seen players like Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker.
PSU let Army come within a TD of winning last week. ARMY. If Sudfeld and Howard can contribute, I think IU wins this game straight up.
I agree with both of those picks, and I'm adding WVU over the Cowpokes in Morgantown. Ok State has been squeaking by in a couple of games, and I think it finally catches up to them.
Absolutely. It's water under the bridge and pure speculation. No one knows for sure when Jones would have or will be drafted, or how much he would have been paid or for how long.
Check out this list of the 100 worst draft picks (all sports), which is riddled with NFL QBs that didn't pan out. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=schoenfield/060427
His list is worth reading just for these gems:
41. D.J. Dozier, Minnesota Vikings (No. 14, 1987)
40. Blair Thomas, New York Jets (No. 2, 1990)
39. Ki-Jana Carter, Cincinnati Bengals (No. 1, 1995)
38. Curtis Enis, Chicago Bears (No. 5, 1998)
Is there a curse on Penn State running backs?
While Dozier and Thomas (who was drafted second even though he'd had knee surgery as a junior) were disappointments and Carter blew out his knee during preseason his rookie season, Enis' story was the strangest. After being drafted by the Bears, Enis admitted, according to a Sports Illustrated story, that he was a womanizer and abuser of alcohol, turned to Christian fundamentalism, married his three-months pregnant girlfriend (a former stripper), admonished his siblings for having out-of-wedlock children, fired his agent, ran up $500,000 in debt -- all that before training camp started.
Career combined totals for the four: 5,551 yards, 38 TDs.
37. Any Michigan running back
Come to think of it, stay away from any Michigan running backs, as well: Chris Perry (2004), Tim Biakabutuka (1996), Tyrone Wheatley (1995), Jarrod Bunch (1991) and Butch Woolfolk (1982) were all first-round picks. Totals: No Pro Bowls and only one 1,000-yard season by Wheatley.
From the article in Actionstanleyjackson's post earlier today, it doesn't sound like the Terps are 'rallying' around an embattled coach. It actually sounds like the opposite.
I agree. I also think they will need to check the balance sheet before they take drastic steps. Texas paid close to $10M for Strong's first season between his $3M buy out from Louisville and his salary at UT. With three years left on a $5M/yr salary, firing him now seems awfully expensive, no matter how deep their pockets are.
Not buying it. That doesn't explain the inconsistency in Jones' carries between games.
Fantastic article, Jonathan. Thanks for the links and additional explanations in your breakdown.
I agree with you regarding TTUN SoS, however the Buckeyes haven't exactly faced a murderers row. VaTech 2-3, HI 2-3, NIU 2-3, WMU 1-3, and IU 4-1.
According to the WWL, TTUN's remaining SoS is only slightly better than tOSU's. The biggest difference in their schedules is that tOSU has Illinois and TTUN on their schedule, while TTUN has Northwestern and the Buckeyes.
ESPN projects TTUN going 9-3 and the Buckeyes going 11-1.
Truth is there is no trophy, or a plaque at Fighter Weapons School - but that doesn't make for good movies.
Most carrier squadrons do hang a rather large bolt over the chair of the last pilot to 'bolter' (miss the wires) on a landing.
Strong to Maryland? That would be interesting.
Looks bad, HuntinWabbits. Thanks for the pics. Have family in the Wilmington, NC area, but farther inland. Hope things dry out for you soon.
It doesn't sound like the Terps will show up with headbands bearing Edsall's name on them, but there is nothing worse than playing someone who literally has nothing to lose.