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Navy makes first visit to Toledo since 2001 Saturday

Posted on 18 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 6 Navy (3-2) at Toledo (3-3, 2-1 Mid-American)
Date and Kickoff Oct. 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm ET
Location Toledo, Ohio | Glass Bowl (26,248)
Television ESPNews
TV Talent Ryan Ruocco (play-by-play), Pete Najarian (analyst)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and Toledo will meet for the fourth time on the gridiron when they square off on Saturday at the Glass Bowl (26,248) in Toledo at 12 noon.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by ESPNews with Ryan Ruocco (play-by-play) and Pete Najarian (color) on the call.

Scouting Toledo
• Toledo owns a deceiving 3-3 record with losses to Florida (24-6), Missouri (38-23) and Ball State (31-24), who are a combined 16-3 (.842) on the year.  Missouri is 6-0 and ranked No. 14 in the country, Florida is 4-2 and ranked No. 22 and Ball State is 6-1, which includes a three-touchdown victory over Virginia.
•    Toledo’s wins include Eastern Washington, who won the FCS National Championship a year ago and defeated Oregon State (the Beavers’ only loss this year) in the season opener, and blowout victories over Central and Western Michigan.
•    The Toledo offense is led by one of the top running backs in college football, senior David Fluellen.  Fluellen has rushed for 846 yards and nine touchdowns on 129 carries.  He ranks third in the country in rushing touchdowns and is fifth in rushing yards per game (141.0).
•    Quarterback Terrance Owens has completed 103 of 169 pass attempts (.609) for 999 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions.  He is completing 60.9 percent of his passes.  Owens’ favorite target is Bernard Reedy, who has 43 catches for 413 yards and two touchdowns.  Reedy ranks 14th in the country in receptions per game.
•    The Toledo offensive line has given Owens all day to throw as it ranks No. 1 in the country in pass sacks allowed, giving up just three sacks in six games.
•    The Toledo defense is led by junior linebacker Junior Sylvestre and sophomore linebacker Trent Voss.  Sylvestre has recorded 59 tackles, three tackles for a loss, recovered three fumbles and picked off a pass, while Voss has been in on 46 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
•    The Rockets are ranked 12th nationally in turnovers gained (15), 24th in turnovers lost (seven) and eighth in turnover margin (+1.3).
Navy vs. THE MAC
•    Navy is 16-9 (.640) all-time against teams that are currently in the Mid-American Conference.
•    The Mids have had the most success against Kent State, posting a 5-0 record against the Golden Flash, while Ball State has given the Mids the most trouble, beating Navy in all thre meetings.

Mids Seek 4-2 Start For First Time Since 2010
• Navy is looking to start its season with a 4-2 record for the first time since 2010.
•    That year, the Mids started off with a disappointing 17-14 loss to Maryland and then, after edging Georgia Southern (13-7) and defeating Louisiana Tech (37-23), the Mids lost to Air Force, 14-6.  Navy, however, would bounce back to win seven of its final eight regular-season games including a 35-17 victory over Notre Dame and a 76-35 victory over East Carolina.  Navy lost the season finale in the Poinsettia Bowl, 35-14, to San Diego State.

Feast Or Famine
•    Over the last two years the Mids have posted an 11-7 (.611) record, going 8-5 in 2012 and 3-2 so far in 2013.
•    During that time period, the Mids are scoring 33.5 points per game in the 11 wins (369 points) and just 12.9 points in the seven losses (90 points).
•    The defense is allowing 17 points per game in the 11 wins (187 points) and 36.1 points per game in the seven losses (253 points).
•    The fewest points the Navy offense has scored in a win over the last two years is 17 against Army in 2012, while eight times the Mids have scored 28 or more.  Navy has scored 10 points or less in five of the seven losses over that same period.
•    The defense has given up 30 or more points in five of the seven losses, but just twice in the 11 wins.

Mids want To Pass On Their Own Terms    
• With Keenan Reynolds at quarterback, the Mids have wanted to go to the air more than they have in the past as Navy has not had a quarterback, outside of Ricky Dobbs, who can throw it as well as Reynolds.
• With that being said, the Mids still want to pass on their own terms and not be forced to throw when the defense is expecting it.  Navy still must have success running the football to make the passing game effective and in games where Navy is forced to throw, it has not had nearly as much success.
• Dating back to 2003, Navy is 18-1 (.947) when throwing the ball 0-5 times in a game and 43-13 (.768) when throwing the ball 6-10 times in a game.  As a whole, they are 61-14 (.813) when throwing the ball 10 or fewer times.
•    Conversely, Navy is 25-33 (.431) when throwing the ball 11 times or more, including a 5-13 (.278) mark when throwing the ball 16 times or more.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR Chase For The Sprint Cup Camping World RV Sales 500 (Sunday 1pm from Talladega, AL live on ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Grand Slam (Tuesday & Wednesday 4pm from Southampton, Bermuda live on TNT), PGA Tour Shriners Hospital for Children Open (Thursday-Sunday 5pm from Las Vegas live on Golf Channel); Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (Friday-Sunday 2pm from Conover, NC live on Golf Channel); LPGA KEB HanaBack Championship (Friday-Sunday 11am from Incheon, South Korea on Golf Channel); Boxing: Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (Saturday 9:45pm from Denver live on HBO); High School Football: Parkville @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), Archbishop Spalding @ Gilman (Friday 2:10pm); Horse Racing: Jim McKay Maryland Million Day (Saturday 12pm Laurel Park)

10. Nine Inch Nails (Friday 8pm Verizon Center); Coheed & Cambria (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Martha Reeves (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Simple Minds (Friday 6pm 9:30 Club); Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mt. Boys (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Franz Ferdinand (Thursday 8pm Strathmore); Diana Krall (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Emeli Sande/Johnnyswim (Saturday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Pearl Jam “Lightning Bolt”, Paul McCartney “New”, The Avett Brothers “Magpie and the Dandelion”, The Head and the Heart “Let’s Be Still” and Willie Nelson “To All The Girls” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’d ABSOLUTELY go see NIN again. So, somebody will take care of that for me, right?

Can I buy a ticket for the Meyerhoff show Saturday that allows me to pay less and not stay for the headliner?

Lots of new music this week. The Avett Brothers’ record is tremendous.

I haven’t heard all of The Head and the Heart’s record yet, but…this…

9. Das Best Oktoberfest (Saturday 12pm M&T Bank Stadium); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Stratford University); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Pacific Rim” and “The Heat” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Carrie” out in theaters (Friday)

Oktoberfest is great for beer, beer maids and most notably-brats. I personally would like to spend Oktoberfest at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in Columbus myself. They have a freaking all-you-can-eat sausage buffet, gang.

Can we just look at more pictures of brats?

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Navy/Toledo kickoff set for noon October 19

Posted on 07 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy-Toledo Game Moved To 12 Noon, Game Will Be Televised Nationally By ESPNEWS
ANNAPOLIS, Md.–Navy’s football game at Toledo on Saturday, Oct. 19 has been moved from 7 PM to 12 noon.  The game will be televised nationally by ESPNEWS.  With the Toledo game being picked up all 12 regular season games this year will be televised nationally and will run Navy’s streak of televised football games to 80 (81 if the Mids qualify for the Armed Forces Bowl).  The last Navy game not to be televised was on Nov. 10, 2007, when the Mids defeated North Texas, 74-62, in the highest scoring regulation game in NCAA history.

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Kickoff time changed for Navy-WKU next Saturday

Posted on 17 September 2013 by WNST Staff

WKU-NAVY MATCHUP ADDED TO ESPN BROADCAST SLATE; KICKOFF TIME CHANGED

 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — In accordance with the Sun Belt Conference’s television agreements with ESPN, WKU’s matchup with Navy, set for Sept. 28, has been moved to a 1 p.m. CT kickoff as the game was added to the ESPN family of networks for national broadcast.

The game will air on ESPNews and will be the second time the Hilltoppers are on the channel after appearing there for the 2013 season opener against Kentucky in Nashville. WKU won that game 35-26. It will be Navy’s first appearance on ESPNEWS.

It will be the third meeting between the two schools with the Midshipmen holding a 2-0 advantage. Navy defeated WKU 38-22 in Annapolis during the 2009 season and again in Bowling Green, 40-14, during the 2011 campaign.  Coming off victories over Indiana and Delaware, Navy will be looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2006.

Next Saturday’s game will also serve as WKU’s Military Appreciation Game. All military personnel and veterans will be able to show their military ID and receive tickets for just $12 while all active duty members of the armed services will also receive one complimentary ticket.

For the first 10,000 fans, WKU will provide a handheld American flag.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 02 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

(We’re off Monday, so T10BD comes a day early. Enjoy. Celebrate. Don’t labor. Cheers. For week of Tuesday, 9/3 to Monday, 9/9.)

Honorable Mention: Golf-Champions Tour Montreal Championship (Friday-Sunday 6:30pm from Sainte-Julie, Canada on Golf Channel); Boxing: Chris Arreola vs. Seth Mitchell (Saturday 10:30pm from Indio, CA live on Showtime); WNBA: Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network)

10. Keith Urban (Thursday 7:30pm Inner Harbor); Anthony Hamilton/Marsha Ambrosius (Saturday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion); Alan Jackson (Friday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Maroon 5 (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Old Man Brown (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Eddie Monday (Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Romantics (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Blondie/X (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton), Dangermuffin (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Marc Roberge/Richard On (Friday 7pm National Zoo); Butch Walker (Monday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Bastille “Bad Blood”, John Legend “Love In The Future” and Nine Inch Nails “Hesitation Marks” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I really don’t want you to know that I’m WAY into Keith Urban. Honestly. Please don’t tell anyone.

Hopefully my affection for Old Man Brown will help to make you forget my previous statement…

How much do you think it will cost me to have Carolina Chocolate Drops play my wedding?

I’ve been using “Pompeii” by Bastille as a rejoiner recently. Are you in?

9. Glenn Clark’s 30th Birthday (Friday 2pm-6pm Noble’s Federal Hill); Kevin Pollak (Sunday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head Center Stage); York Fair (Friday-Monday York Fairgrounds); Baltimore Comic-Con (Saturday & Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Drew Carey (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Godfrey (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Maryland Seafood Festival (Saturday & Sunday Sandy Point State Park); Bikemore: Music to Your Gears (Saturday 3pm Druid Hill Park); Riddick” out in theaters (Friday); Now You See Me” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’ve said publicly that there are two options for birthday gifts for me-which I’m sure you’ve been thinking about for awhile now. One is the hat my friend Tara is holding in this picture…

The other can be found on eBay…

Like I said, either is fine.

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