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The 15-7-0 is worth falling 24 miles for

Posted on 15 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football ELITE, 7 about football “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

“The ELITE 15″…

1. Sometimes a single player can be a real program changer. For Maryland, Stefon Diggs might well be that player.

He at least does a hell of a Jacoby Jones impression…

Maryland improved to 4-2 (2-0 ACC) with a 27-20 win over Virginia despite Perry Hills being their leading rusher with SEVEN FLIPPING YARDS.

Also, Pe’Shon Howard looked pretty good in the new Terps’ hoops uniforms…

2. I hate saying it, but it’s awfully fun to watch Robert Griffin III play football.

It’s sorta not fair. The Minnesota Vikings were playing real football while the Skins’ QB was playing Madden from the year Michael Vick was on the cover…

Ugh. Now we have to hear DC fans running their mouths all week. Well, maybe all of them except this guy.

Also-I hope the Vikings enjoyed their taste of people thinking they were good for a week. The Cardinals waive hello, but we’ll get back to them.

3. ALERT! ALERT! Shonn Greene still plays in the NFL.

161 yards and 3TD’s for the New York Jets RB in a blowout loss over the Indianapolis Colts. But no, I’m GLAD I picked up Vick Ballard before getting trounced in Fantasy Football.

Also, tt was so totally worth putting Tim Tebow in for punt protection so you could one day be able to do this in a blowout win!


4. The reports of LSU’s demise were greatly exaggerated.

I mean, just ask these guys!

Steve Spurrier isn’t really sure if he’s mad about his Gamecocks’ performance…

The East-West SEC showdown actually split a few households…

So now we wait for LSU-Alabama III…or IV…or who the eff knows why don’t we just play this game a hundred times to determine a national champ every year?

5. For Orioles fans who haven’t been paying as much attention to college football this season, Kansas State QB Collin Klein is in the “name to know” category.

It wasn’t an overwhelming performance for the Heisman Trophy candidate in Kansas State’s narrow win over Iowa State, but his three rushing TD’s looked better in a week where Geno Smith didn’t particularly shine…

K-State and WVU tangle next week. It had a chance to mean even more, but it still looks like kind of a big deal.

6. The Atlanta Falcons only needed 40 seconds on the clock to come back and beat the Raiders.

Matt Ryan was FAR from brilliant, but Matt Bryant bailed him out at the end to keep the Falcons perfect.

Do you feel like LOL-ing today? Here’s Carson Palmer trying to make a tackle…

Also part of the reason the Falcons are the only undefeated team left in the NFL? Harry Douglas’ concentration…

7. You like that Russell Wilson gets to actually enjoy a last second miracle win this time.

Because this time it really WAS a catch!

Let’s enjoy this grab from Doug Baldwin…

Wes Welker would tell you what he thought of the game, but it would probably come out sounding like “BROWNAHHHHH”…

I think it’s appropriate to wrap up this one with the most Tom Brady thing EVER…

Oh I almost forgot. Richard Sherman Tweeted something funny postgame…

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Navy makes first ever trip to Central Michigan Friday night

Posted on 11 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Game 6 Navy (2-3) at Central Michigan (2-3)
Date and Kickoff Oct. 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm ET
Location Mount Pleasant, Mich. | Kelly/Shorts Stadium (30,255)
Television ESPN2
TV Talent Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (analyst), Jemele Hill (sideline)

Setting the Stage

• Navy and Central Michigan will meet for the third time on the gridiron when they square off Friday night at Kelly/Shorts Stadium (30,255).  Kickoff is set for 8:00 pm.
• Navy, who leads the series, 2-0, won a thrilling 38-37 decision over Central Michigan in 2010 when the Chippewas were unable to capitalize on a two-point conversion with four seconds remaining in the contest.  The Mids also beat the Chippewas in 2003, 63-34.
• Friday night’s game will be Navy’s first trip to Central Michigan. Furthermore, this will be the Mids’ first trip to the state of Michigan since 2006 when Navy defeated Eastern Michigan, 49-21, at Ford Field.
• Friday’s game will be televised nationally by ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore and Jemele Hill calling the action.

Navy Quick Hitters
• Opening the year against Notre Dame in Dublin and at Penn State was the toughest opening two games in school history.
• In the last 40 years, Navy has started the year with two BCS opponents just eight times and only twice (2005 and 1982) did the Mids go on to have a winning record.
• Navy’s three losses this season (Notre Dame, Penn State and San Jose State) have come at the hands of opponents that are a combined 13-3 on the year (.813).  Notre Dame (5-0) is currently ranked seventh in the country, while San Jose State (4-1) and Penn State (4-2) are both receiving votes.
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade going 18-2 against Army (10-0) and Air Force (8-2).
• Navy will join the BIG EAST for football only starting in 2015.
• Senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT and is believed to be the only current FBS player in the country to accomplish such a feat.  He carries a 3.89 GPA in systems engineering and is an Academic All-America candidate.  Wetzel has also been a force on the field, recording 23 tackles, four tackles for a loss, three sacks and a fumble recovery this season.
• Sophomore punter Pablo Beltran is off to a great start in 2012, averaging 45.4 yards per punt (19 punts). He stands 12th in the country in punting, while Navy is 20th in net punting (40.1).
• Freshman Nick Sloan is one of just 16 true freshman     kickers starting in the FBS this year.  He is 5-for-5 on field goals and 9-for-9 on extra-points.  He is one of five kickers in the FBS that has yet to miss a kick.
• Over the last 11 years, Navy has consistently been one of the top rushing teams in the country, never finishing lower than sixth.
• Navy owns a 6-3 record all-time in overtime games and has won six of its last seven games that went to overtime.
• The Mids are ranked 19th in the country in red zone defense, allowing 11 scores in 16 opportunities.  Last week against Air Force, the Navy defense did not allow a score on three Falcon opportunities.
• Navy owns a 77-43 (.642) record over the last 10 years after posting a 3-30 (.091) mark from 2000-02.  The 77 wins are tied for the 22nd-most wins in the country during that span.
• Senior guard Josh Cabral and slot back Gee Gee Greene have started 30 consecutive games for the Midshipmen.
• The Mids have been shut out in the first quarter in nine of the last 13 games dating back to last year and have not scored a touchdown in the first quarter in 12 of the last 14 contests.
• Navy has been outscored, 37-3, in the first quarter this year and 89-23 in the first quarter over the last 14 games dating back to last year.
• Navy is 27-4 (.870) under Ken Niumatalolo when scoring first and 7-20 (.259) when the opponent scores first.
• Navy has turned the ball over 12 times this season (nine lost fumbles and three interceptions) after committing just 15 turnovers in 2011 (nine lost fumbles and six interceptions).  Junior quarterback Trey Miller has been responsible for 10 of Navy’s 12 turnovers (seven fumbles and three interceptions) with five of those turnovers coming inside the opponent’s 30-yard line.
• Under Niumatalolo, the Mids are 21-3 (.875) when leading after the first quarter and 13-21 (.382) when trailing or tied after the first stanza.
• Navy has been held under 300 yards rushing in 10 of its last 17 games and the Mids are just 2-8 (.200) in those games (Army in 2011 and Air Force in 2012 are the two wins)
• The Mids are 18-5 (.783) under Niumatalolo when rushing for 300 yards or more and 16-19 (.457) when the offense is held under 300 yards rushing.
• An opposing running back has rushed for over 100 yards in a game against Navy in 10 of the last 17 contests.  In the previous 40 games, Navy surrendered only nine 100-yard rushing games to opposing running backs.
• Navy is tied for 107th in the country in red zone offense, scoring on just 10 of 15 chances.  The Mids did score on all four opportunities in the red zone the last time out against Air Force.
• The Navy offense has lost nine fumbles this year after losing just nine fumbles in 12 games a year ago.  The Mids are tied for the fourth nationally for most lost fumbles.
• Navy ranks 106th in the country in third down offense, converting just 18 of 56 tries (.321).
• The Navy defense ranks 111th in third down defense, giving up 32 conversions in 63 attempts (.508).  Opponents, however, are just 2-for-7 (.286) when going for it on fourth down against the Navy defense.
• Navy owns a 16-7 (.696) record in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under Niumatalolo and is 18-17 (.514) away from home.

Scouting Central Michigan
• The Chippewas are 2-3 on the year with victories over Southeast Missouri State (38-27) and Iowa (32-31) and losses to Michigan State (41-7), Northern Illinois (55-24) and Toledo (50-35).
• Quarterback Ryan Radcliff has completed 105 of his 179 pass attempts for 1,286 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.
• Radcliff’s favorite target is Cody Wilson, who has caught 33 passes for 394 yards.  Titus Davis has four touchdown catches among his 19 receptions on the year.
• Zurlon Tipton leads the Chippewas in rushing with 447 yards and six touchdowns on 72 carries..
• The defense is led by Justin Cherocci, who has recorded 47 tackles on the year.  Shamari Benton has been in on 40 tackles.

The Last Time … 
Navy 38, Central Michigan 37    Nov. 13, 2010 | ANNAPOLIS, MD.
• Quarterback Kriss Proctor, making just his third-career start, rushed for 201 yards and a touchdown on just 20 carries to lead Navy to a thrilling 38-37 victory over Central Michigan in front of 34,333 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• In a game that featured little defense, the two teams combined for 75 points and 965 yards of total offense as Navy clinched a winning season for the eighth-consecutive year.
• The Mids trailed 24-21 at the half, but outscored the Chippewas 14-0 in the pivotal third quarter.
• Proctor put the Mids up for good with a four-yard touchdown run on Navy’s first drive of the third quarter (28-24).
• The Mids made it 35-24 on their next drive as John Howell scored his first career rushing TD from six yards out.
• Defensive end Billy Yarborough stopped a Central Michigan fake punt on the next series and the Mids would convert it to points when Joe Buckley made a 35-yard field goal with 7:27 left in the contest.
• Central Michigan answered Buckley’s field goal with a 10-play, 72-yard drive with Zurlon Tipton scoring from the one-yard line to trim the Navy lead to 38-31 with 3:04 remaining.
• The Mids would pick up just one first down on their next possession with the Chippewas stopping Gee Gee Greene for a loss of two yards on third-and-three from the Navy 38.
• After Kyle Delahooke’s 49-yard punt, Central Michigan took the ball over at its own 20 with just 1:04 left.
• After Central Michigan quarterback Ryan Radcliff threw incomplete on first down, he hit consecutive passes for 16, 24 and 25 yards to move the ball down to the Navy 15-yard line.
• After a spike and an incompletion, Radcliff hit Carl Volny for eight yards on third down and then found Cody Wilson in the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-two to pull CMU within one point.  Chippewas head coach Dan Enos elected to go for the win and Radcliff’s pass in the back of the end zone was high, giving Navy a 38-37 victory.

Navy Scores Final 15 Points To Beat Air Force For The Eighth Time In The Last 10 Meetings
• Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds came off the bench for an injured Trey Miller and led the Mids to 15 consecutive points as Navy rallied for a 28-21 overtime victory over Air Force in front of 38,927 fans at Falcon Stadium.
• The Mids trailed 21-13 with 9:03 remaining when Reynolds came on for Miller, who had reinjured his left ankle on the previous series.
• Reynolds hit senior wide receiver Brandon Turner for seven yards on first down and 10 from his own 25 and then threw a swing pass to senior slot back Gee Gee Greene for 35 yards to move the ball down to the 33.
• After sophomore fullback Noah Copeland picked up three yards on first down, Reynolds hit junior wide receiver Casey Bolena for 13 yards and a first down at the Air Force 17.
• Copeland ran for two yards on first down and then Reynolds ran it in from 15 yards out on second down to pull the Mids to within two points.
• The Mids went for two and Reynolds pitched to Copeland, who broke one tackle before diving into the end zone to tie the game.
• Navy got the ball first in overtime where it moved the necessary 25 yards in seven plays, scoring the go-ahead touchdown when sophomore guard Jake Zuzek fell on a fumbled snap between Reynolds and sophomore centerTanner Fleming in the end zone for a touchdown.
• The Navy defense, which had forced three turnovers in the first half, stood strong again in overtime as sophomore outside linebacker Josh Tate dropped Cody Getz for a gain of two on first down, senior safety Tra’ves Bush and senior linebacker Brye French stopped quarterback Connor Dietz for a gain of three on second down and then senior linebacker Matt Warrick tripped up Dietz for a loss of one on third down.  On fourth-and-six from the 21, senior defensive end Wes Henderson knocked down the Dietz pass as the Navy bench stormed the field.
• Miller led the Mids with 110 yards on 18 carries, while Copeland rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.  Greene ran for 58 yards on nine carries.
• Bush led the Mids in tackles with 12 and recovered a fumble, while Warrick had 11 stops, including two for a loss. Junior linebacker Cody Peterson recorded a career-best 10 stops and a tackle for a loss.
• Senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel and freshman corner Quincy Adams each had a fumble recovery.
• Freshman kicker Nick Sloan was perfect on the day, making all three extra-points and going two-for-two on field goals (39 and 41 yards.)  His career-long 41-yard field goal into the wind with 9:03 in the game cut the Air Force lead to 14-13.

Starting A Freshman At QB
• Starting quarterback Trey Miller injured his left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Air Force game and it is unknown at this time if he will be available for the Central Michigan game.
• If Miller is not available, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo will turn to freshman Keenan Reynolds, who came off the bench and rallied Navy to a 28-21 overtime victory over Air Force with the Mids scoring the game’s final 15 points.
• If Reynolds gets the nod, he would be the first freshman to start at quarterback for Navy since 1991 when Jim Kubiak started five games.

Perfect Passing
• Navy was a perfect 6-for-6 passing for 74 yards against Air Force (both Trey Miller and Keenan Reynolds were 3-for-3).
• It marked just the second time in program history that Navy has had a perfect passing day.  The only other time was in 2010 when Navy was 2-for-2 in a 35-17 whipping of Notre Dame at the Meadowlands.

• The Navy offense has lost nine fumbles this year after losing just nine in 12 games a year ago.
• The Mids are tied for the fourth-most lost fumbles in the country.

Third Down Troubles    
• Navy has struggled all year to keep drives alive on offense and to get off the field on defense.
• Navy ranks 106th in the country in third down offense, converting just 18 of 56 tries (.321).
• The Navy defense ranks 111th in third down defense, giving up 32 conversions on 63 attempts (.508).  Opponents, however, are just 2-for-7 (.286) when going for it on fourth down against the Mids.

Offense Struggling In The Red Zone    
• Navy is tied for 107th nationally in red zone offense, scoring on just 10 of 15 chances.  The Mids did score on all four opportunities the last time out against Air Force.
• Navy has scored six touchdowns, kicked four field goals, lost the ball once on downs and turned it over four times (three lost fumbles by quarterback Trey Miller and an interception by Miller).

Defense Playing Well In The Red Zone    
• The Mids are ranked 19th in the country in red zone defense, allowing 11 scores on 16 opportunities.  Last week against Air Force, the Navy defense did not allow a score on three Air Force opportunities.
• The opposition has scored seven touchdowns, kicked four field goals, missed a field goal, turned it over on downs twice, lost a fumble and threw an interception against Navy’s defense.

Warrick And Sloan Named Independent Players Of The Week
• Senior linebacker Matt Warrick was a physical presence in Navy’s 28-21 overtime victory at Air Force.  Warrick’s 11 tackles included two tackles for loss, the last of which forced the Falcons into a final-snap 4th down-and-6 that the Midshipmen stopped to cement the comeback win.  Warrick reached double-digit tackles for the sixth time in his Navy career. This is the third time in his career that he’s been named Independent Defensive Player of the Week.
• Freshman kicker Nick Sloan had a perfect day against Air Force, kicking field goals of 39 and 41 yards, and made both of his PAT attempts, helping the Midshipmen take a step toward securing the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the eighth time in the last 10 years.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 09 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionPro Wrestling: TNA Bound For Glory (Sunday 8pm from Phoenix live on Pay-Per-View); “Fall Ball” College Lacrosse: Villanova @ Loyola (Saturday Ridley Athletic Complex), MRB “Thumbs Up” Weekend-Ohio State vs. North Carolina (Sunday 10am Calvert Hall); Boxing: Nonito Donaire vs. Toshiaki Nishioka (Saturday 10pm from Carson, CA live on HBO); Golf: PGA Tour Frys.com Open (Thursday-Sunday 4pm from San Martin, CA live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (Friday-Sunday 1:30pm from Conover, NC live on Golf Channel); High School Football: Eastern Tech @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), McDonogh @ Calvert Hall (Friday 7pm), Loyola @ Gilman (Friday 4pm)

10. Zac Brown Band (Friday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Peter Gabriel (Sunday 8pm Patriot Center); Silversun Pickups (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live); Los Lonely Boys (Wednesday & Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Temper Trap (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Mint Condition (Tuesday 8pm Howard Theatre), Ray Manzarek/Roy Rogers (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Matt and Kim (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Passion Pit (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Jars of Clay (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere); 2 Chainz (Thursday 8pm Hill Field House); Dispatch (Thursday 7pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Spin Doctors (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); The English Beat (Friday 9pm State Theatre); Island Bay Day feat. LA Guns/Charm City Devils/Days of the New (Saturday 11am Queen Anne County Fairgrounds); “This Land is Your Land”: Woody Guthrie at 100 Concert feat. John Mellencamp/Tom Morello/Old Crow Medicine Show (Sunday 6pm Kennedy Center); The Wallflowers “Glad All Over” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

There’s few shows that would get me to Jiffy Lube Live, but if the Birds were to wrap this series against the Yanks in 4, I’d be there for Zac Brown Band…

Silversun Pickups are so underrated…

I saw Passion Pit in Chicago once. I don’t really have anything to follow that up with. This is a good song…

Noticed a billboard for the Spin Doctors show on 83 going in to the baseball game Sunday night. Thought to myself “hell yeah, I’d go see the Spin Doctors…”

9. Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest (Saturday 11am Timonium Fairgrounds); BJ Novak (Saturday 8pm RAC Arena); Mick Foley (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Rob Schneider (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday Revel Grove); “Prometheus” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Argo” and “Seven Psychopaths” out in theaters (Friday)

OH MY GOD I LOVE OKTOBERFEST!!! Quick-what’s better about Okotberfest-the food…

The beer?

Or the service?

Danke schoen.

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