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Loyola continues Patriot League play Sunday at Army

Posted on 04 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Army Black Knights

Sunday, January 5, 2014  |  2:00 p.m.

West Point, N.Y. | Christl Arena


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola will make its first appearance on the Patriot League road when it travels to West Point, N.Y., for a Sunday, January 5, game at 2 o’clock against the U.S. Military Academy.

The Greyhounds snapped a four-game skid with a victory in their first Patriot League game on Thursday night against the U.S. Naval Academy.

Loyola had a season-high 15 steals against the Midshipmen, tied for the 12th most in school history.

Dylon Cormier made 12-of-12 free throws against Navy, the fifth-best single-game performance from the charity stripe at Loyola.

Loyola has trailed with five minutes left in regulation in four of its six wins this season.

 

Last Time Out

Navy took a 47-34 lead on a Thurgood Wynn 3-pointer with 5:16 left in regulation Thursday night, but Loyola closed the second half on an 18-5 run to force overtime.

Dylon Cormier scored six of his game-high 20 in the extra period, and the Greyhounds won their Patriot League opener, 63-57, over the visiting Midshipmen.

Loyola scored five in a row after Wynn’s three, but two Earl McLaurin free throws put Navy’s lead back to double digits with 4:43 on the clock.

Jarred Jones was fouled on an inbound play and hit two tying free throws with 11 ticks left in regulation to force overtime.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Sunday’s game against Army will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The game, and all of Loyola’s remaining, non-televised home and road games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at www.patriotleague.tv.

 

Series History Versus Army

Loyola and Army will meet for the second time on the basketball hardwood when the teams take the floor Sunday afternoon.

The Greyhounds and Black Knights are conference foes for the second time as members of the Patriot League. Army was in its last year of membership in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1989-90, Loyola’s first season in the league that it left after 2012-13.

The teams were in separate divisions – Army in the North, Loyola the South – and played once during the year, a 62-55 Greyhounds win in Reitz Arena during January.

 

Start Of A New Era

Thursday’s game against Navy marked the start of a new era for Loyola basketball, the Greyhounds’ first game as a member of the Patriot League.

Loyola announced in August 2012 it would join the 10-school League, and it officially became a member on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds were members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1989-1990.

 

Back In The Win Column

Loyola’s come-from-behind win over Navy Thursday night was its first victory since December 4 against Catholic University. It was the Greyhounds’ first Division I win since defeating UMBC on November 20.

The Greyhounds did several things statistically differently in the win that they had not in the four losses. Loyola shot 42.9 percent from the field (38.5 in four losses), held Navy to 37.5 percent (38.5), took 32 free throws (23.5), blocked seven shots (2.5) and allowed 57 points (76.2).

 

Die Hard Dogs

Loyola has trailed with five minutes to go in regulation in four of its six victories this season – Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC and Navy – only to come back to win.

In their Patriot League-opener, the Greyhounds were 10 points back of Navy, 47-37, when the clock hit 5:00 in the second half, but Loyola closed the half on an 15-5 run to force overtime.

At Binghamton, the Greyhounds were down five at the five-minute mark; Cornell, seven; and UMBC, six. In the game at UMBC, the Retrievers’ lead ballooned to 10 with 90 seconds left.

 

Overcoming Overtime

Loyola is 3-0 in overtime games this season and has won its last seven games that have extended past regulation.

Since the 2004-2005 season, Loyola is 12-1 in overtime games.

This season, the Greyhounds have outscored Cornell, UMBC and Navy by an average of 12.3 to 7.3 in the extra frames.

Loyola’s three overtime games this year match the number it played, and won, last year. Prior to 2012-13, the last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-91.

 

Last Five Focus

In Loyola’s six victories this season, it has outscored its opponents 21.3-12.5 in the final five minutes of regulation.

The Greyhounds have shot 61.8 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from 3-point range, in the final five minutes of the wins. Their opponents have shot just 35.6 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc.

In those 30 minutes, Loyola has committed just nine turnovers to its opponents’ 22. Fourteen of the opponent turnovers have been from Loyola steals.

Add in its overtime games, and Loyola has outscored opponents 27.7-16.2 in the final five minutes plus overtime.

 

Well Timed Points

Denzel Brito scored a season-high seven points on Thursday night in the win over Navy with all of them coming in the final 4:24 of regulation or overtime.

He was fouled driving and made two free throws at 4:24, and his runner with 44 seconds left pulled Loyola within two, 52-50.

Brito then hit a 3-pointer from the top of the perimeter with 39 seconds left in overtime, pushing the Greyhounds’ lead to five.

Brito’s three was just his fourth of the year and his first since hitting one on December 2 at West Virginia.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham tied his career-high with four blocks Thursday night against Navy, and Loyola matched its season-best with seven.

The four blocks moved Latham’s career total to 72. He is seventh in school history, four away from eclipsing Omari Israel’s 75 from 2006-08.

 

Second Half Revivals

Loyola has outscored its last five opponents, Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s, Miami and Navy, 119-88, in the second half.

In those final 20 minutes, the Greyhounds have shot 47.2 percent from the field, but their defense has been the difference. The Seawolves, Hawks, Hurricanes and Midshipmen have been limited to just 31-of-82 (37.8 percent) from the floor during the second halves.

Loyola’s opponents have made just four 3-pointer (4-of-22, 18.2 percent), and they have committed 41 turnovers to Loyola’s 15 after the breaks.

Offensively, Dylon Cormier has averaged 13.3 points in the second halves of the last four games for Loyola, including a 23-point performance against the Hawks.

Against Stony Brook, the Greyhounds erased a 17-point first-half deficit to tie the score twice in the second half. Versus Saint Joseph’s, Loyola trailed, 60-24, at the half, but it made the contest a three-possession game and lost by 11.

In all 12 games this year, Loyola is outscoring opponents, 37.6-35.5, after halftime.

 

Slow Starts

The Greyhounds’ second half rallies have been necessitated by slow starts that have dug first-half holes against Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s, Miami and Navy.

In those games, Loyola has allowed its foes to shot 56.4 percent (62-of-110) from the field while shooting just 32.6 percent (29-of-89) itself. The opponents made a combined 19-of-37 (.514) shots from behind the arc, as well.

Loyola has also lost the turnover differentials in the first halves of those games, coughing up the ball 36 times while forcing just 25 turnovers.

On January 2 against Navy, Loyola made just four first-half field goals.

Cumulatively, in the Greyhounds’ 12 games, Loyola has been outscored, 38.2-28.8, in the first half this season.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 22.7 points per game through 12. Through games of Thursday, January 2, Cormier was eighth in the nation in scoring.

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well. Overall, he has nine 20+ point games in 12 contests.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.

Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He was the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Into The Top 10

In the first half at Miami, Dylon Cormier moved into the top-10 all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing B.J. Pendleton (1991-95) for sole possession of 10th place.

Cormier now has 1,485 career points, and next up on the all-time scoring list is Maurice Hicks who scored 1,494 from 1981-95.

Cormier is the eighth player at Loyola to reach 1,400 points at the Division I level.

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on December 19 against Stony Brook, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.

His 21 free throw attempts were the second-most in school single-game history, one shy of tying the January 14, 2009, mark set by Jamal Barney against NJIT.

Cormier made 16 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for fourth in single-game history. Barney holds that record, as well, with 18.

He had another game that will be entered on the Loyola charts against Navy when he made 12-of-12 at the line. It was the fifth-best performance in school history (most makes without a miss).

Through 12 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 117 times (10thin Division I through games of January 2). His average of 9.8 free throws per game is tied for fourth nationally.

Loyola is guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season, plus at least one Patriot League Tournament), and with that average, Cormier would 294 free throws in 2013-14. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 set in 1997-98 by Mike Powell.

In his career, Cormier is 416-of-588 from the free-throw line. He is fourth in school history in free throws attempted and fifth in made.

 

 

Sticky Fingers

After logging 13 steals in two recent games – at Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook – Loyola posted a season-high 15 on January 2 against Navy.

The 15 steals raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 9.0 per game. Through games of January 2, the Greyhounds are tied for 15th nationally in steals per game.

Loyola has had 11 or more steals in five games – 12 at UMBC, 11 at Connecticut, 13 at Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook and 15 versus Navy – through 12 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League, and is t23rd nationally, in steals per game (2.4), while Dylon Cormier is fifth (1.9) and just outside the top-50. Jarred Jones had a career-high five steals against Navy, while Cormier and Williams each had four.

Cormier now has 163 in his career and moved into fourth-place at Loyola in the Navy game. With 89 in his career, Williams is 22nd on the career chart.

 

Turnover Battle

Through 12 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 3.3 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot league and 32nd in the nation.

Loyola has committed 140 turnovers to its opponents’ 180. The differential is even greater in the second half of games, as opponents have 2:1 more turnovers (101-50).

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s six losses this season – at Connecticut, West Virginia, Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook and Saint Joseph’s – the Greyhounds are shooting nearly nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their five victories.

Loyola has made 45.5 percent (152-of-334) shots in five wins versus 37.2 percent (129-of-347) in six losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 17.5 points less (78.3 versus 60.8) in the losses.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (48.1-42.4) in the games they’ve won.

 

Jones Returns To Scoring Form

Jarred Jones had his best scoring night since of the month of December against Saint Joseph’s, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-8 from the field. He hit two 3-pointers, his first two of the season, and also had two steals in the game. His 15 points were the second most of his career.

Jones is the team’s second leading scorer this season, averaging 9.8 points per game while shooting a team-best 54.3 percent from the field. He has also gone to the free-throw line 39 times, making 30 attempts for a 76.9 percentage.

The sophomore had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

 

Doing The Little Things

Eric Laster has done the stat-sheet filling things in the several games for the Greyhounds. The guard, who is in his first year as a starter, has pulled down at least four rebounds in each of the last six games.

On December 19 versus Stony Brook, he blocked a career-best three shots, and earlier this month, he posted a career-high five assists in a win over Catholic.

Laster has 17 assists this year against just six turnovers, and he is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game.

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first five games on the wing.

Laster has averaged 9.1 points in Loyola’s first 12 contests, and he is shooting 44.4 percent (20-of-45) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent overall from the field.

 

Williams To The Basket

R.J. Williams has been a true point guard throughout his career at Loyola, but he has taken more opportunities to score this season. He has scored 10 or more three times (the same number he had during his first two years), including tallying 11 versus Stony Brook to match his career-high.

Against the Seawolves, Williams showed his ability to get to the basket for layups or to draw fouls. He is second on the team in free-throw percentage (77.5), making 31-of-40 from the line this season.

 

From Way Back, Part 1

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation on November 20, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth in the Patriot League Preseason poll, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

Dylon Cormier was one of five players on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
10th 1,485 points
Next Maurice Hicks, 1,494
Field Goals Made
17th 488 field goals made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 490
3-Pointers Made
13th 93 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
5th 416 free throws made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 426
Assists
21st 189 assists
Next Milt Williams, 190
 

Steals

4th 163 steals
Next Damien Jenifer, 169

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

 

Up Next

The Greyhounds play their next game on the road – Wednesday, January 8, at American University – before hosting games against Lehigh University and Lafayette College on Saturday, January 11, and Monday, January 13.

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Army/Navy game draws highest ratings since 1999

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Army-Navy Game Draws Highest Rating In 14 Years; Game To Re-Air Tonight At 8 PM On CBS Sports Network

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The CBS Sports broadcast of the 114th Army-Navy game on Saturday earned an average overnight household rating/share in the metered markets of 4.2/9, which ties for the highest rating for the game since 1999.

CBS Sports Network will re-air the game tonight at 8 PM. Navy defeated Army for a record 12th-consecutive time, 34-7, to improve to 8-4 on the year and won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.

Navy will play in the Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 against Middle Tennessee State (8-4) at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.  Tickets are on sale now at: http://bit.ly/1gCmTns

If you can’t attend the game, please consider donating tickets for Midshipmen or enlisted personnel to attend the game for free.  The donation is 100% tax deductible and if you donate tickets you will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes such as four tickets to the 2014 Army-Navy game, four tickets to the 2014 Navy-Ohio State game, four tickets to the 2014 Navy-Notre Dame game, Four Navy Football 2014 Season Tickets for the five Annapolis games, an authentic 2013 Army-Navy Game football jersey, an authentic 2013 Navy regular season football jersey, an authentic 2013 Navy regular season football helmet and an official 2013 Army-Navy football used game ball.  For every ticket you donate you have a chance to win so if you donate four tickets you have four chances to win.  To donate tickets go to: http://bit.ly/1gCmTns

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The 15-7-0 is still mathematically alive to win the NFC East

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The 15-7-0 is still mathematically alive to win the NFC East

Posted on 16 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

The 15-7-0 was unthinkably overlooked when the list of the Golden Globe Award nominees was announced. And to think, the performance it gave as “Cord Phelps” in “You Mean You Don’t See It?: The Emotional Story of the Orioles’ Offseason” was particularly breathtaking.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way so that we can take like twelve showers and then move on with our lives. We don’t want to say it but we know we have to considering the playoff picture. Okay. Here goes. This is going to suck. Ahem. “Thank You Ste………………………..ve Jobs for inventing the iPad that told me the Bengals lost Sunday night.” Look. You and I both knew this was going to be far too weird to actually say.

Has there ever been a more awkward 10 seconds in the history of television than when NBC  panned to Dan Rooney and no one knew if he was alive?

The Bengals had to spend the night in Pittsburgh getting their asses kicked by a rival and yet somehow it was worse for their punter.

Here’s a two time Super Bowl champion rocking sweatpants.

2. Jamaal Charles posted something in the neighborhood of 5,698,432,921,023,557,806 fantasy points Sunday. It’s more fun to talk about it because when we get to this part of the show Monday I will be able to watch the depressed expression on Ryan Chell’s face when he discusses the guy who knocked him out of the fantasy football playoffs. I live a twisted life.

Charles had three more TD’s than this Raiders fan had middle fingers.

Chiefs fans? Not much friendlier.

The game was lopsided, then not lopsided, then lopsided again so KC’s coaching staff tried to poke in and watch the end of the Patriots game instead.

3. Make it 12 in a row for Navy over Army now. Or as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told me Saturday, “we’re going to be very humble about this and take it one decade at a time”. Yes, the entire point of #3 was to remind you guys that I talked to the Secretary of the Navy Saturday. ARE YOU PROUD OF ME NOW, DAD? What’s that? You are? You always have been? You tell me you’re proud of me most every day? I should probably have gone another direction in my comments. Carry on.

Here’s proof!

Now here’s the most patriotic picture you’ll ever see.

Except for this one.

4. Jay Cutler really put things together nicely in the second half after struggling early to lead the Bears to a really important win over the Browns. In fact, he was so good that he reminded me of a guy that used to play for Chicago awhile back. You ever heard of this guy? Josh McCown? That guy was really good. Whatever happened to him? I bet a team pushing for the playoffs would want to have him.

Bears fans were told not to wear their jerseys when they went to Cleveland. They didn’t fully understand the message.

Jay Cutler got a kiss from Brandon Marshall, which we can only hope isn’t B-Marsh trying to throw him off the scent of secretly stealing his wife’s breast milk.

Alshon Jeffery is stupid good. STUPID GOOD.

5. I wouldn’t necessarily encourage other coaches to use Joe Philbin’s “mass turmoil because of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the sport that lead to losing almost half of our offensive line in order to make us better” strategy with their own teams, but you have to applaud his boldness to try something different.

They won the game, so they can laugh at this-right?

Is hugging the guy who just scored the winner for your team worth losing your beer over?

Something we learned in this game? Julian Edelman dresses the same as Lingerie Football League quarterback Angela Rypien.

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Army, Navy to meet for 114th time Saturday in Phildelphia

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 12 Army (3-8) vs. Navy (7-4)
Date and Kickoff Dec. 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm ET
Location Philadelphia, Pa. | Lincoln Financial Field (68,532)
Television CBS
TV Talent Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Setting the Stage 

• Army and Navy will meet on the gridiron for the 114th time when the two square off on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field (68,532) in Philadelphia.  Kickoff is set for 3:10 pm.
• A victory by Navy would give the Mids the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the second consecutive year and for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.  Navy has won the trophy 13 times overall.  Should Army win the contest, Navy, last year’s Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy winner, would retain the trophy since all three Service Academy teams would have split their games against each other (Navy beat Air Force and Air Force beat Army). When all three teams split, the previous year’s winner keeps the trophy but they do not visit the White House.
• Navy enters the contest looking to defeat Army for a series-record 12th straight year.  Prior to Navy’s historic run, the longest winning streak in the series, which was first played in 1890, was five games (by both teams).  Navy has outscored Army, 366-125, during its 11-game winning streak.  The Mids have not only won 11-straight from the Black Knights, but have won 13 of the last 14 and 14 out of the last 16 games.  Army’s only wins over the last 16 years came in 2001 (27-16) and in 1998 (34-30).
• Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is trying to become just the second coach in school history to start his coaching career at Navy with a 6-0 record against Army.  Paul Johnson turned in a 6-0 mark against West Point from 2002-07.
• CBS Sports Network will air the Army-Navy Preview Show presented by USAA on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 pm, as the show looks ahead to the Army-Navy game with news and analysis.
•    CBS Sports Network will air two special editions of INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL on Saturday prior to the game.  INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY MARCH ON presented by USAA (12:00-1:30 pm, ET) and INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE presented by USAA (1:30-2:30 pm, ET).  Hosts Adam Zucker and Brent Stover will be joined at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia by analysts Randy Cross, Aaron Taylor and Houston Nutt, as well as special guests from the academies. The MARCH-ON SPECIAL features the March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets as they march onto Lincoln Financial Field, while ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE previews the game with in-depth news and analysis.
•    CBS Sports kicks off its coverage at 2:30 pm with COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, followed by the 114th playing of the Army-Navy game at 3:00 pm with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson calling the action.
• Westwood One has the national radio rights and will broadcast the game nationally with John Tautges, James Lofton and Lewis Johnson on the call.  Westwood One will also air a one-hour pregame show starting at 2:00 pm.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 1:00 pm with Graham Whaples, Wiley Baker, Chloe Gunther and Joe Miller.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Omar Nelson and Joe Miller will get underway at 2:00 pm, followed by game action at 3:10 pm on the Navy Radio Network.
• Following the contest, Miller, Medhurst and Whaples will recap the day’s events in a 60-minute postgame show live on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1500 AM.

Game Day Festivities
• The March-On of the Corps of Cadets will take place at 12:16 pm.
• The Brigade of Midshipmen will march on at 12:46 pm.
• The exchange of Cadets and Midshipmen will take place at 2:46 pm.
• The Army Glee Club will sing the National Anthem at 3:00 pm.
• The ceremonial coin toss will take place at 3:04 pm.  The silver dollar that was to be flipped by President John F. Kennedy at the 1963 Army-Navy game in Philadelphia will be used for the coin toss 50 years later at the 2013 Army-Navy game.  Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963, eight days before he was scheduled to participate in the ceremonial coin toss on Nov. 30 in Philadelphia at the Army-Navy game.  Though fans had been anticipating the Army-Navy game for months, it would have been cancelled had it not been for the late president’s family insisting that President Kennedy would have wanted it played. Following a one-week postponement, Army-Navy would take place on Dec. 7.  The game was a classic with Navy (9-1) edging Army (7-3), 21-15, thanks to three touchdowns by Navy fullback Pat Donnelly.  Army had the ball at the Navy two-yard line when time ran out.  A week after the win, an envelope showed up in the mailbox of Navy captain Tom Lynch. When he opened it, he found a silver dollar.  Accompanying the coin was a letter from Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance telling Lynch he wanted him to have the coin.  On Saturday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will have the honor of flipping that same coin.
• At the conclusion of the game, the losing team will sing its alma mater in front of its respective student body with the winning team standing amongst them.  The two teams will then move across the field where the winning team will sing its alma mater in front of its student body with the losing team respectfully standing amongst them.  It is the greatest tradition in all of sports.

The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy
• The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies — Army, Navy and Air Force — and is named in honor of the President of the United States.
• Navy has dominated of late, winning the trophy a Service Academy record seven-consecutive years from 2003-09 and winning a Service Academy record 15 straight games against Air Force and Army in the process.
• Navy has won the trophy a total of 13 times: 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.
• When there is no clear-cut winner,  the trophy remains with the winner of the previous year’s competition.  • The three-sided trophy stands two-and-a-half-feet tall and is engraved with the academy seals.  Reproductions of the three mascots — the Army Mule, the Navy Goat and the Air Force Falcon — are ensconced on the respective sides of this bauble.  The trophy is sponsored by the West Point Association of Graduates, the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Air Force Association of Graduates.
• The year in which the trophy is won is engraved on AA plate gracing the respective academy’s side of the trophy.

Service Academy Dominance
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade plus, winning 20 of the last 22 meetings (.909) against Air Force and Army.  The Mids have posted a 90-49 (.647) record since 2003, won eight CIC Trophies in the last 10 years and have gone to 10 bowl games in the last 11 years.

Dominant Era in Army-Navy History
• Navy’s 17-13 victory over Army in 2012 was its 11th consecutive win over the Black Knights, the longest streak in series history by either team.
• The Mids have won those 11 in a row against Army by outscoring the Black Knights, 366-125 (33.3-11.4).  Navy has also won 13 of the last 14 and 15 of the last 17 games against West Point.

Scouting Army
• Army owns a 3-8 heading into Saturday’s game against Navy.  The Black Knights have earned victories over Morgan State (28-12), Louisiana Tech (35-16) and Eastern Michigan (50-25), while losing to Ball State (40-14), Stanford (34-20), Wake Forest (25-11), Boston College (48-27), Temple (33-14), Air Force (42-28), Western Kentucky (21-17)  and Hawai’i (49-42).
• Army is led on offense by junior running back Terry Baggett, who has carried the ball 130 times for 1,072 yards (8.2 ypc) and eight touchdowns. The Black Knights are second in the country in rushing, averaging 323.6 yards per game.
• Junior quarterback Angel Santiago has carried the ball 161 times for 638 yards and nine touchdowns, while completing 41 of his 83 pass attempts for 557 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman A.J. Schurr came off the bench and played exceptionally well against Hawai’i, rushing for four touchdowns and throwing for 122 yards as he rallied Army from a 28-7 deficit to a 28-28 tie.
•    Freshman wide receiver Xavier Moss has had an impressive rookie campaign with 30 catches for 418 yards and a touchdown.
•    Thomas Holloway leads the Army defense with 59 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss, while Geoffery Bacon has 55 stops. Army’s defense is 34th in the country in passing yards allowed, giving up just 214.5 yards per game. Mike Ugenyi has forced three fumbles, which is ranked 23rd nationally.
•    Army is ranked sixth in the country in fewest penalties per game (3.73) and sixth in fewest penalty yards per game (30.91).
•    The Black Knights have done an excellent job of taking care of the football this year, turning it over just 14 times which is 13th best in the country.

Navy To Play Middle Tennessee State IN Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
•    Navy (7-4) will play Middle Tennessee State (8-4) in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 10:45 am (11:45 am in Annapolis) at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University and will be televised nationally by ESPN and broadcast nationally by ESPN Radio.
• The Armed Forces Bowl is Navy’s 19th bowl game all-time and the school’s 10th in the last 11 years.  This will be the fifth time that Navy has played in the state of Texas for a bowl game and the first since the Mids 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy has also played in the 2003 EV1.net Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).
• The bowl game will mark the first meeting between Navy and Middle Tennessee State.  The Blue Raiders will enter the game having won their final five contests and scoring 40 or more points in four of their final five games.
• Texas and Tennessee are two of Navy’s most highly-recruited areas as the Midshipmen have 19 players from Texas and 10 from Tennessee.
• Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are on sale now at: http://bit.ly/1bqibUX
• Ticket prices are $30 (Lower Level & Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Sideline), and $50 (Lower Level Sideline). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy your tickets through the Navy Ticket Office.
• Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $50 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible.
• The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30 percent discount on football season tickets for 2014 for every member that donates four or more tickets.  Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30 percent discount on the 2014 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.

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Navy players to wear patches during Army game Saturday

Posted on 11 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Here is the list of patches the Navy football players are wearing for Saturday’s Army-Navy game and for the bowl game on Dec. 30.  Each player can select one patch that is sent in from units all over the world or they can bring their own. Each senior wears two patches.

This list is also attached in an excel file for easier reading
# NAME PATCH 1 PATCH 2
1 BRENDON CLEMENTS VFA-25 FIST OF THE FLEET
2 PARRISH GAINES CVW 2
3 LONNIE RICHARDSON HELICOPTER SQUADRON NORFOLK, VA
4 KODY AKERS STRIKEFITRON 87 GOLDEN WARRIORS
5 QUINCY ADAMS 22ND MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT
6 NICK SLOAN USS JFK CVN 67
6 KYLE BATTLE CASPER ALLEN STS 62
7 SHELLEY WHITE PATRON 30 SQUADRON AUGMENT UNIT
8 WAVE RYDER 199TH FIGHTER SQUADRON 203 ARS
8 WILL WORTH USS CORONADO LCS 4
9 MYER KRAH VP-45
10 JACK BRODOWICZ AIRANTISUBRON 41
11 PABLO BELTRAN VAQ-135
13 JORDAN DRAKE BLACK KNIGHTS 154
13 JULIAN TURNER HSC-8 EIGHTBALLERS
14 ALBREY FELDER USS MAHAN DDG 72
15 LORENTEZ BARBOUR CRUDESGRU 5
15 DISHAN ROMINE HSC-8 EIGHTBALLERS
16 GAVIN JERNIGAN NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
17 KWAZEL BERTRAND CVW 17
18 TAGO SMITH MTACS 38
19 KEENAN REYNOLDS HSC-84 RED WOLVES
20 DARIUS STATEN SECRETARY OF STATE US NAVY SUPPLY CORPS
21 DEBRANDON SANDERS 3RD BATT 7TH MARINES
22 TONEO GULLEY DIRIGIMUS TACRON 11
23 MYLES SWAIN VFA 192
24 RYAN WILLIAMS NAVAL SPECIAL FORCES OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
25 DEMOND BROWN VFA-22
26 MARCUS THOMAS HMLA 369 VAQ-135
28 EDDIE ROBINSON VAQ-140
29 GEOFFREY WHITESIDE VFA-102 DIAMONDBACKS
31 NICK McCRORY VAW-120
32 QUENTIN EZELL VMAQ-3
32 TED COLBURN RED RIPPERS
33 MAIKA POLAMALU 203 ARS
34 NOAH COPELAND HSC-9
35 NICK MARTINEZ BLACK KNIGHTS 154
35 DEREK MANN US SECOND FLEET
36 QUENTIN SINGLETON USS WILLIAM R LAWRENCE DDG 110
37 CHRIS SWAIN FIGHTING 103
38 WILLIAM TUIDER BLACK KNIGHTS 154
39 SHAKIR ROBINSON OPERATION DESERT STORM
39 SHAWN WHITE 41 BLACK ACES
40 ED ROYDS MALS-39 HELLHOUNDS
40 DANIEL GONZALES 357TH FIGHTER SQUADRON
41 MICAH PESCAIA 203 ARS
42 GEORGE JAMISON 12TH MARINES
43 MIKE HUF NAVY OPS SUPPORT CENTER NYC PATRON 69
43 AUSTIN GREBE VMF-312
44 OBINNA UZOMA BLACK KNIGHTS 154
45 PAUL QUESSENBERRY 41 BLACK ACES
46 CHRIS JOHNSON BLACK KNIGHTS 154
47 AK AKPUNKU VMAQ-1
47 CALVIN CASS USS HAMPTON SSN 767
48 JOSIAH POWELL BLACK KNIGHTS 154
49 ANTHONY LEWIS BLACK KNIGHTS 154
49 BRYSON GARCIA VFA-192
50 DONALD PEARSON TASK FORCE 57 DESERT SHARKS
51 JIMMY BRITTON HMM 265
52 DJ SARGENTI HSC-8 EIGHTBALLERS USMC
53 CODY PETERSON USMC 1 8 USMC
54 TYLER GOBLE 3RD BATT 7TH MARINE
55 MIKE TUIMAVAVE 1ST COMBAT ENGINEER BATT 3RD BATT 7TH MARINES
56 JOE WORTH MALS-13 BLACK WIDOWS
57 E.K BINNS FIGHTING 14 TOPHATTERS
57 ZACH HESTER USS CHUNG HOON DDG 93
58 EVAN PALELEI 3RD BATT 7TH MARINES 22ND MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT
59 RYAN HARRIS 3RD BATT 7TH MARINES
60 BEN TAMBURELLO VFA 195
61 BRANDON GREENE STRIKEFITRON 87 GOLDEN WARRIORS
62 BRADYN HEAP FIGHTING 14 TOPHATTERS
63 BLAZE RYDER 199TH FIGHTER SQUADRON
64 JAKE ZUZEK USS MANATEE RADIO MAN
64 PATRICK FORRESTAL BLUE ANGELS
65 JOEY GASTON 7TH MARINES 3RD BATT
66 JEREMIAH ROBBINS
67 NATE OTTO USS VALLEY FORGE CG 50
68 BLAKE COPELAND WEAPONS SCHOOL ELECTRONIC ATTACK
69 BARRY DABNEY PATRON 69 US NAVAL FORCES EUROPE/AFRICA
70 MAURICE MORRIS STRIKE FIGHTER SQUADRON 115
71 THOMAS STONE USS COLE DDG 67 NAVAL SUB SUPPORT COMMAND PEARL HARBOR, HI
71 CAMERON HENSON NAVAL AIR TRAINING COMMAND
72 TRAVIS BRIDGES USS BATAAN LHD 5 NAVAL COASTAL WARFARE
72 ADAM WEST 2ND BATT 2ND MARINES WARLORDS
73 SAM WOMACK 9TH ENGINEER BATT FLEET MARINE FORCE 22ND MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT
74 ERIC MAHLER TANK DESTROYERS 8TH INFANTRY
75 TANNER FLEMING VFA-192
76 BLAKE BENJAMIN VFA 146
77 BERNIE SARRA STRIKEFIGHTER SQUADRON 94
78 KYLE CREGGE USS O’KANE DDG 77
79 MATT VAN HALANGER USS JFK CV-67 USS BUCHANAN DDG-14
80 HAYDEN MAPLES HSC-8 EIGHTBALLERS HELICOPTER SQUADRON NORFOLK, VA
81 BRENDAN DUDECK 1st RECON BATT SWIFT SILENT DEADLY
82 JUSTIN HAAN 3RD BATT 7TH MARINE 2ND MARINES
83 MARC MEIER EXPEDITIONARY COMBAT READINESS CENTER
84 BRANTLEY HORTON 2ND MARINES HMLA 169 VIPERS
85 MATT AIKEN HMLA 469 HSC 21 DET 2 VAGABONDS
86 JAMIR TILMAN MALS-39 MAGICIANS
87 SHAWN LYNCH FIGHTING 14 TOPHATTERS STRIKEFITRON 87 GOLDEN WARRIORS
88 CASEY BOLENA HELTRARON 8 HELTRARON 8
89 THOMAS WILSON USS CHUNG HOON DDG 93
90 WILLIAM ANTHONY HS-11
91 AARON DAVIS VMAQ-4
92 DAVID GORDEUK USS VANDERGRIFT FFG 48
93 JOE CARDONA VFA-192
94 JOSH ANTOL VMAQ-1
95 CHRIS NURTHEN SEABEES BATT 4 PACIFIC FLEET
96 JOHN FERGUSON VMGR 352 RAIDERS
97 REX MONTES 20 TASS (GRANDFATHERS)
98 ADRIAN BARNABY USS CORONADO LCS 4
99 SEAN REAVER FIGHTING 103

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Delaware State @ Maryland (Saturday 7pm Comcast Center); Golf: PGA Tour Franklin Templeton Shootout (Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday 4pm Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Naples, FL); Boxing: Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana (Saturday 8pm from San Antonio live on Showtime); High School Football: Baltimore Touchdown Club Senior All-Star Game (Saturday 1pm Archbishop Spalding)

10. John Mayer (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Arena); Robin Thicke/Fall Out Boy/Paramore/Miley Cyrus (Monday 7pm Verizon Center); Jimmy Eat World/Diamond Youth (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), All That Remains/Asking Alexandria (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Lupe Fiasco (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Twenty-One Pilots/The 1975/MS MR/NONONO (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Mint Condition (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Rick Springfield (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marshall Tucker Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Wilson Phillips (Friday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Sara Bereilles/Gavin DeGraw (Wednesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Steve Winwood/Cris Jacobs (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Gary Allan (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ginuwine (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Ja Rule (Saturday 11:30pm Howard Theatre); The Hives (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Pietasters (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Ms. Lauryn Hill (Sunday 6pm 9:30 Club); Mannheim Steamroller (Thursday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Straight No Chaser (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Backstreet Boys (Friday 6:30pm SECU Arena); Childish Gambino “Because the Internet” and Neil Young “Live at The Cellar Down” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

My most embarrassing admission of 2013? I saw John Mayer the first time he ever played the Arena. My second most embarrassing admission? I kinda enjoy the song he did with his girlfriend.

I had a friend who used to have a Jimmy Eat World beanie. I tried to steal it from him 100 times.

This song will end up in my Top 10 of 2013.

It is NEVER embarrassing to be caught singing along to this.

9. Andrew Dice Clay (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Gilbert Gottfried (Thursday 8pm Magooby’s Joke House);  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Saving Mr. Banks” out in theaters (Friday); “Despicable Me 2″ and “Fast & Furious 6″ available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

And instead I’ll encourage you to watch Kay & Peele attempt to break the record for impressions in one minute.

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Army/Navy to use historic silver dollar for coin flip

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Army/Navy to use historic silver dollar for coin flip

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Silver Dollar That Was To Be Flipped By Kennedy At The ’63 Army-Navy Game Will Be Used 50 Years Later

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The silver dollar that was to be flipped by President John F. Kennedy at the 1963 Army-Navy game in Philadelphia will be used for the coin toss 50 years later at the 2013 Army-Navy game on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963, eight days before he was scheduled to participate in the ceremonial coin toss on Nov. 30 in Philadelphia at the Army-Navy game.

Though fans had been anticipating the Army-Navy game for months, it would have been cancelled had it not been for the late president’s family insisting that President Kennedy would have wanted it played and on Nov. 26 the Pentagon announced that following a one-week postponement, Army-Navy would take place on Dec. 7.

The game was a classic with Navy (9-1) edging Army (7-3), 21-15, thanks to three touchdowns by Navy fullback Pat Donnelly.  Army had the ball at the Navy two-yard line when time ran out.

A week after the win, an envelope showed up in the mailbox of Navy captain Tom Lynch. When he opened it, he found a silver dollar.  Accompanying the coin was a letter from Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance.
9 December 1963

 

Dear Midshipman Lynch,

 

I am forwarding the coin which the late President Kennedy would have used and would have presented to you had he made the toss of the coin at the Army-Navy football game this year. Please accept this memento of a memorable football game.

 

With best wishes,

Sincerely,

Cyrus R. Vance

Secretary of the Army

 

On Saturday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will have the honor of flipping that same coin.

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CBS SN to premiere 1963 Army/Navy documentary Thursday night

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

CBS SPORTS NETWORK TO PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT 1963 ARMY-NAVY GAME, PLAYED 15 DAYS AFTER ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

“MARCHING ON: 1963 ARMY-NAVY REMEMBERED” Debuts Thursday, Nov. 14

Josh Charles Narrates Documentary

 

CBS Sports Network presents MARCHING ON: 1963 ARMY-NAVY REMEMBERED, a documentary about the monumental football game played between Armyand Navy on Dec. 7, 1963, 15 days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The one-hour documentary airs on Thursday, Nov. 14 (8:00 PM, ET), 50 years to the week after Kennedy’s death. Actor Josh Charles of THE GOOD WIFE narrates the program.

Through the lens of this historic game, the documentary explores the impact Kennedy’s death had on the nation, and the game’s role in the country’s healing process. Interviews include Senator John McCain; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, whose father was a Navy assistant coach at the time; former Navy coach Wayne Hardin and former Army coach Paul Dietzel; Navy players Roger StaubachSkip Orr and Tom Lynch; and Army players Rollie Stichweh, Dick Nowak and John Seymour; as well as Tony Verna, the game’s television producer, a number of Kennedy historians, including Robert Dallek, and many others associated with the game.

The game, which was played in front of 102,000 fans at Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa., also had important implications on the field, as a win would put No. 2-ranked Navy into the National Championship.

Jack Ford is executive producer. Kyle Meek serves as producer. Emilie Deutsch is Vice President, Features and Original Programming, CBS Sports.  For more information, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

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Morgan opens season at Army Friday night

Posted on 30 August 2013 by WNST Staff

GAME TIME
The Bears (0-0) will march north to face Army in the season opener on Friday (Aug. 30) at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights (0-0) enter the 2013 season under the leadership of head coach Rich Ellerson. Army completed the 2012 season with a 2-10 overall record.  Morgan State posted a 3-8 record last season and was 2-6 in MEAC play. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Michie Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be televised live by the CBS Sports Network.

THE BEARS-BLACK KNIGHTS MATCHUP 
• Morgan State and Army will meet for the first time in history.

QUICK HITS
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears return its top receiver from last season in Andrew King … King, a Columbia (Md.) product, had 25 catches for 334 yards (13.4) and scored a pair of touchdowns as a true sophomore.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown,Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• The returning quarterback duo of Seth Higgins and Robert Council combined for 1,560 passing yards (140-of-301) and five  touchdowns  in 2012.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and lead the MEAC  with five picks in 2012.
•  NT Demarco Bisbee leads a defensive line unit that returns 10 lettermen from last season … Bisbee posted 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and
3.5 sacks in 2012.
•  LB Christopher Robinson was among the league leaders with 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4), to go along with 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
•  Chris Flowers helped lead the Bears to a No. 1 ranking in the MEAC in kickoff return avearge (23.0 avg) and his 27.8 kick return average ranked No. 8 in the FCS last season.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Greg Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden (OL).

BEARS OPEN 115th SEASON OF FOOTBALL SINCE 1898
Morgan State enters its 115th season of football, and the 12th under head coach Donald Hill-Eley.

FOR OPENERS … In MSU’s football history, the Bears have posted a 51-34 record in season-openers since 1930. Donald Hill-Eley has recorded a 6-6 mark in lid-lifters.  Eddie P. Hurt, who was far-and-away the most successful MSU coach in season-opening contests. During his tenure in Baltimore, Hurt posted a 23-6 mark in contests that christened the season (since 1930). Currently MSU is on a stretch of winning nine of its last 20 opening games since 1989.NON-CONFERENCE GRADE … The Bears are14-20 (.411) overall in non-conference play under Donald Hill-Eley. The Bears will open the 2013 campaign with four consecutive road games against non-conference opponents, starting with Army (8/30), followed by trips to Robert Morris (9/7), Liberty (9/14) and Western Kentucky (9/21).

CAMPAIGNING FOR SUCCESS … The Bears enter 2013 looking to post their fourth winning season, all under Donald Hill-Eley, the most in over 30 years since Earl C. Banks posted 11 straight winning season from
1961-1971.

TV APPEARANCES … Morgan State will be making a pair of national television appearances this fall. CBS Sports Network is scheduled to broadcast the Bears’ Aug. 30th matchup at Army (Michie Stadium), followed by MSU’s road contest against South Carolina State on Nov. 14th that will be aired by ESPNU.

OFFENSIVE NOTES … Morgan State will unveil its newly designed spread attack offensive formation Friday against Army for the first time. The offense is geared toward getting as many as six offensive players “in space” and making the defense have to account for all six…or try. Behind a rebuilt and reconditioned offensive line that features a pair of 11-game starters from 2012 with RT Karim Barton, and Clarence Swain moving from right guard to center. Morgan State’s go-to men will include:
• QB Seth Higgins, who completed 42-of-106 passes for 445 yards in 2012;
• QB Robert Council, completed 98-of-195 passes for 1115 yards and five TDs, and rushed for 302 yards on 80 carries;
• RB Lamont Brown III, who will start against Army as a redshirt-freshman;
• WR Andrew King, who led the team last year with 25 receptions for 334 yards (13.2 avg), including a pair of touchdowns;
• WR Chris Flowers, who averaged 12.4 yards per reception as a junior in 2012, will continue to be a threat to score as a return specialist (27.8 kick return avg);
• TE Nate Ingram had five receptions for 109 yards (21.8 avg) and a touchdown in just four games before leaving the 2012 season due to a broken ankle suffered in practice.

DEFENSIVE NOTES … The defensive line will be the foundation on this side of the ball, but solid play from a veteran secondary that has six players who have started in their career will be huge while the young linebacker starters get acclimated. Here’s a few to watch on defense:
• NT Demarco Bisbee is expected to anchor the line for the Bears up front, the 300-pound interior player had 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2012 as a redshirt-freshman;
• DB Joe Rankin, whose 5 interceptions and 11 pass defenses in 2012 was among the tops in the conference while starting all 11 games.
• LB Christopher Robinson, whose 13.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2012 led the team;
• DB Nate Ayers, who was the team’s fifth leading tackler with 50 stops last year, including three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

ARMY TIES … First-year MSU offensive coordinator Gordon “Greg” Gregory returns to the place where he not only formally coached, but was also a commissioned officer with the rank of captain from 1982-85. Gregory served as an assistant in several capacities at Army, beginning in 1982 when he was hired to work with Cadet receivers.  Gregory moved to guide tight ends and was the junior varsity coach in 1984, beginning a two-season stint leading the program’s running backs the next fall.  In 1987, Gregory was shifted to quarterbacks coach, becoming offensive coordinator in 1989 before being promoted to associate head coach in ’91. During his 16 seasons at Army, the Cadets advanced to four bowl games – the Cheery Bowl, Peach Bowl, Hancock Sun Bowl, and the Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl.

BEARS NAME TEAM CAPTAINS  The MSU Bears wrapped up the preseason by naming the team captains for the 2013 season. The leadership group is comprised of two seniors, OL Karim Barton (Los Angeles, Calif.) and CB Joe Rankin (Germantown, Md.); along with two juniors, LB Christopher Robinson (Baltimore, Md.) and WRAndrew King (Columbia, Md.). The captains were voted on by the team.

CHANGES … A few player have changed numbers and positions since Morgan State last took the field for a game. Among the more notable changes:
• QB Seth Higgins is now wearing jersey No. 10;
• DB Nate Ayers is now wearing jersey No. 22;
• LB Ta’Quon Jackson is now wearing jersey No. 9;
• Former tight end Heleaince Gates has switched to the other side of the ball as a starting defensive end.
• Former right guard Clarence Swain has moved into the starting center position.
• Andrew Mitchell was moved from the o-line to d-line as a defensive end.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 27 August 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Pro Wrestling-WWE Live Show (Sunday 5pm Verizon Center); WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream (Wednesday 7pm from Atlanta live on NBA TV); USA Hockey Training Camp Public Day (Tuesday 7am Kettler Capitals IcePlex)

10. Live/Kelly Bell Band (Saturday 2pm/6pm Baltimore Grand Prix); Luke Bryan (Wednesday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Maze feat. Frankie Beverly (Saturday 7pm Verizon Center); John Mayer (Saturday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap); Anthony Hamilton (Wednesday & Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre), Salt-N-Pepa (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Three Dog Night (Wednesday & Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Fall Out Boy (Thursday 7:30pm Maryland State Fair), Three Days Grace (Sunday 7:30pm Maryland State Fair); Franz Ferdinand “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Hyperbole be damned. Live is one of the most consistently fantastic bands of the last 25 years. It’s a shame things couldn’t stay together.

The Kelly Bell Band…or as you know them…David Modell and I’s favorite band…

I know what John Mayer is now. I also know that there was a time I half enjoyed him.

I have probably enjoyed WAY more Fall Out Boy songs in my life than I’d ever like to admit.

9. Maryland State Fair (Tuesday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday-Monday RenFest Fairgrounds); Finesse Mitchell (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Jake Johannsen (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv);  The Great Gatsby” and “Pain & Gain” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)”

I’ll make an appearance in Timonium this week. When I do, there will be a peach sundae involved.

And yeah, maybe a red velvet funnel cake.

Don’t judge.

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