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President Obama recognizes Navy football at White House

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the U.S. Naval Academy

Rose Garden

2:02 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Everybody, have a seat, have a seat.  Welcome to the White House.  Congratulations to the Navy Midshipmen.  (Applause.)  Does this get old?

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Never.

THE PRESIDENT:  No?  Okay.  (Laughter.)  It’s good to see Coach Ken again.  And I want to recognize Vice Admiral Mike Miller for his service to the Academy and to our country.

This is the second time these seniors have come here to claim the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.  If you guys have your punch cards with you, the next one is free.  (Laughter.)  I’m pretty sure Coach Ken would agree that this was one of the best teams yet.

First of all, you had incredible talent.  Senior captain Cody Peterson and D.J. Sargenti led the defense.  I hear that they’re known in the locker room as “the meatheads.”  (Laughter.) On a football team, though, that’s high praise.

This year, quarterback Keenan Reynolds had one of the best seasons in school history.  His 31 rushing touchdowns weren’t just an Academy record — they were a Division I record for a quarterback.  (Applause.)  He is one of only a handful of players in Division I history to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.  I think it’s fair to say that if you’re on a list with Barry Sanders you’re doing pretty good.

So this team had the leadership, it had the tools.  But this is a team that also had a knack for getting the job done under some pretty tough circumstances.  When the government was forced to shut down, you didn’t even know if the game against Air Force was going to happen.  Luckily, the Secretary of Defense stepped in, gave the green light — which tells you how important it was, because Secretary Hagel has a few things on his plate, but he personally intervened on this one.

A few weeks later, you beat San Jose State in triple overtime — with Keenan scoring seven rushing touchdowns, the most ever by a Division I quarterback in a single game.  And you kept on rolling through the games that really mattered.  In the snow, you beat Army for the 12th time in a row — they’re starting to feel bad about this — locking up the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the 9th time in 11 years.  You went on to beat Middle Tennessee State to win your first bowl game since 2009.

So, overall, this was a pretty good year on the gridiron.  What’s more impressive is the fact that for these outstanding young men, football isn’t even the main thing.  When these guys sign up, when you sign up to play at Annapolis, you know you’re in for a different experience.  A typical day starts at 6:00 a.m. in the training room.  Breakfast is at 7:00 a.m.  After that, it’s class, lunch and football meetings.  Then more class, football practice, dinner.  Free time starts at 8:00 p.m., which most players use to study until midnight.  And when students at other colleges are enjoying summer vacation, these guys are busy with military training and summer school and offseason workouts.

So, yes, it’s about learning to be a good football player, but more importantly, it’s about learning how to be a good leader and to be a good man.  And that’s what these outstanding Americans are and will continue to be.

Next month, 14 of these guys are going to be commissioned as ensigns in the Navy.  Another eight will become 2nd lieutenants in the Marine Corps.  Senior captain Matt Aiken will serve on a ship down in Norfolk.  And Wave Ryder — by the way, if your name is Wave Ryder, then you’ve got to be in the Navy — (laughter) — will suit up as a Naval aviator.

That’s their commitment to service.  That’s the commitment to country and to each other that sets this team apart.

Today, that commitment is as strong as ever.  Last month, I know that all of us were mourning the loss of Will McKamey.  Two busloads of classmates and teammates made the eight-hour trip to Knoxville to attend his funeral, as did Coach Ken.  I understand your motto for this season is “I Will” in memory of him.  And that’s what camaraderie is all about:  Honor.  Courage.  Commitment.  That’s what makes the Midshipmen so strong.  And that’s why I’m so proud to serve as your Commander-in-Chief — not only — in fact, not primarily because of what you’ve done on the football field, but because of your dedication to each other and your service to America.

So today it is my privilege to present you with a trophy that weighs about as much as I do.  (Laughter.)  Congratulations, guys, once again.  (Applause.)

END
2:10 P.M. EDT

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Navy football team to visit White House Friday

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Navy Football Team Returns To The White House On Friday For The Ninth Time In The Past 11 Years

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Navy football team will return to the White House for the ninth time in the past 11 years on Friday afternoon.  The Midshipmen are invited to the White House for winning the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three Service Academies and is named in honor of the President of the United States.

 

Navy finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year.

 

The 2013 team was just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game. The 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 teams also achieved that feat.

 

Navy has won at least nine games five times in the last 10 years. Before the current streak, Navy had won nine or more games just five times in the previous 77 seasons.

 

Navy’s senior class finished with a 31-20 (.627) record over four seasons in Annapolis, qualified for three bowl games, won a bowl game and won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.

 

Quarterback Keenan Reynolds had one of the greatest seasons by a Navy football player in school history, rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns.

 

His 31 rushing touchdowns were not only a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback. He is just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.

 

Reynolds finished the 2013 campaign No. 1 in the country in scoring per game (14.7 points per contest), tied for first in touchdowns (31) and tied for 11th in points responsible for per game (18.2).

 

His 1,3446 rushing yards are the 14th most in NCAA history by a quarterback and the third most in school history by any player. His seven rushing touchdowns against San Jose State set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in any game and tied the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by any player against an FBS opponent.


His 188 points this season eclipsed the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram back in 1917. His 236 points responsible for (31 rushing touchdowns, eight passing touchdowns, one two-point conversion) shattered the previous school record of 198 set by Ricky Dobbs in 2009.

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Your Monday Reality Check: Celebration over, preparation in full force this week

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Your Monday Reality Check: Celebration over, preparation in full force this week

Posted on 10 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

As Nestor Aparicio, Luke Jones and I were sitting at the Baltimore Ravens’ facility in Owings Mills Friday night, we were discussing the finality of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII season/celebration. Luke pointed out the team would still have the ability to hang a Super Bowl championship banner at M&T Bank Stadium before their home opener Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns, but that’s about all that’s left for this team.

With the White House visited and the rings handed out, the Baltimore Ravens are now-in the words of now NFL agent Jay-Z-”on to the next one.” It was nice to have Ray Lewis and Ed Reed around Charm City for a week. It was nice to reflect once more on this particular era of Ravens football.

But as of today, that’s over.

As of today, the relationship between Ed Reed and the Baltimore Ravens is once again severed. He won’t be back in the building again until his career comes to a close. As of today, Ed Reed is nothing more than a player the Ravens will have to go up against when they play the Houston Texans…if he’s healthy enough to play.

It has been remarkably fun to celebrate a Super Bowl title for Baltimore Ravens players (and coaches and staffers who also received rings Friday night) and fans alike. It’s been a wild four months of player movement, late-night talk shows, Dancing With The Stars, accolades and high-fives.

It’s all in the past now.

The Ravens open their only mandatory mini-camp of the offseason tomorrow in Owings Mills. While a number of players have taken part in voluntary OTA’s and strength programs, this will be the first gathering of what will make up the overwhelming majority of the 2013 version of this team. There will still be a few lingering injuries that will prevent players from taking part in practice, but it will most certainly be the closest thing we’ll see to the first look at the Ravens in the post Lewis/Reed era before Training Camp.

While you’re scrambling to make sure you have your copy of “Purple Reign 2″ before Father’s Day (and that isn’t a bit-you REALLY need to make sure this is the gift you’re giving), the Purple Birds will spend their week taking the best look they can at the team that will take the field this year to try to protect their Lombardi Trophy.

For the World Champs, there are a number of questions as always. None will be fully addressed in minicamp; because no NFL issue has EVER really been fully addressed during the course of a minicamp. But many will be viewed closely with the understanding that this is the best opportunity to set the tone for how the team handles both Camp and preseason games.

The Ravens will have to plan a depth chart before Training Camp gets underway. While all players will get reps, determining who gets which reps with which unit and how many are necessary is something that will happen between now and the start of Camp. At no position is that determination more difficult than wide receiver.

The Ravens know what they have at the top of the depth chart at wide receiver. Torrey Smith (or “Samson” as LB Terrell Suggs joked Friday night) is expected to lead the group and appears to be on the verge of breakout stardom. His exceptional speed was combined with better route running and improved catching consistency last season, leaving many to believe he could become a 1,000 yard type of receiver in his third year out of Maryland.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionAuto Racing: NASCAR Party in the Poconos 400 (Sunday 1pm from Long Pond, PA live on TNT); IndyCar Firestone 550 (Saturday 8:30pm from Fort Worth, TX live on ABC); Golf: PGA Tour FedEx St. Jude Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Memphis), Champions Tour Regions Tradition (Thursday 6:30pm Friday & Saturday 12:30pm Sunday 2:30pm from Shoal Creek, AL on Golf Channel), Wegmans LPGA Championship (Thursday & Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Pittsford, NY live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Chad Dawson vs. Adonis Stevenson (Saturday 10pm from Montreal live on HBO), Marcos Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez (Saturday 10pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ New York Lizards (Thursday 7pm from Randalls Island, NY live on CBS Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network)

10. Pretty Lights (Saturday 5pm Pier Six Pavilion); The National/Dirty Projectors (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Capital Jazz Fest feat. Chaka Khan, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Earth, Wind & Fire (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Widespread Panic (Wednesday 7:30pm Wolf Trap); Dirty Heads (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); “Weird Al” Yankovic (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Metric (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Mint Condition (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live), Social Distortion (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Foals (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Alpha Rev (Thursday 6:30pm Mt. Vernon Park); Toad The Wet Sprocket (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Beach House (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Cut Copy (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Tricky (Sunday 10pm 9:30 Club), Animal Collective (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Marc Cohn (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Heavy (Monday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Queens Of The Stone Age “…Like Clockwork” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Frank Turner is the guy that does that song you don’t even realize how much you love.

Everyone I know who likes good music likes Foals. So…umm…maybe you should like Foals?

I would really like to have someone go with me to Alpha Rev Thursday night. Anyone available?

Also, if you’d like to drive me to DC to see The Heavy; I’d like to discuss that as well.

9. Honfest (Saturday & Sunday Hampden); St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival (Thursday-Sunday Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church); Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival (Saturday & Sunday Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tommy Davidson (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bobby Slayton (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); A Good Day to Die Hard“, “Warm Bodies” and “Identity Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); The Internship” out in theaters (Friday)

The Internship appears as though it’s probably garbage; but it doesn’t change anything about the history of Wedding Crashers. Wedding Crashers was freaking fantastic. That will never change no matter what amount of hot garbage is involved in this not-so-sequely sequel.

Also, if I can’t make it down to Saint Nicholas; could someone bring me just about as much of this as possible?

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Super Bowl champion Ravens to visit Obama on Wednesday

Posted on 31 May 2013 by Luke Jones

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As has become the custom for the Super Bowl champion, the Ravens will visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday in honor of their Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Baltimore last made the trip to the White House in 2001 to visit President George W. Bush after their Super Bowl XXXV win and presented the commander-in-chief with a customized Ravens jersey with the letter “W” on it. The team will also be recognized for its work in the local community.

The president phoned coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome a few days after the Ravens’ 34-31 win in New Orleans to secure the franchise’s second NFL championship. Members of the organization will also receive their Super Bowl championship rings next week.

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Navy honored at White House for C-I-C Trophy

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to the U.S. Naval Academy Football Team

East Room

2:12 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  (Applause.)  Hello.  Please, everybody have a seat.  Well, good afternoon.  Welcome to the White House.

I want to start by recognizing Coach Ken Niumatalolo, my fellow Hawaiian, for being here once again — where is he?  There he is right here.  (Laughter.)  Hard to miss him.  Give him a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  I also want to recognize Vice Admiral Mike Miller, the Superintendent of the Naval Academy, for his outstanding service to our country and for keeping all of you guys in line.  (Laughter and applause.)

It is my pleasure to welcome the Navy Midshipmen back to the White House to receive the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy — again.  They have now won 19 of their last 21 games against the other service academies, making this their 8th trip here in 10 years.  (Applause.)  Michelle and I were thinking about just leaving the key under the rug.  (Laughter.)

This season, you finished 8-5, earned your 9th bowl appearance in the last 10 years.  But perhaps most importantly, after a two-year break, you achieved that very first goal you set at the start of every season:  You beat Air Force, you beat Army, and lugged this 170-pound trophy back to Annapolis.

Against Air Force, you lost your quarterback to an injury in the middle of the game.  You trailed by eight points in the fourth quarter.  But freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds took over and led you back in overtime.  That’s when an unlikely hero — offensive lineman Jake Zuzek — gave you a –

TEAM MEMBERS:  Zu!

THE PRESIDENT:  Zu! — gave you a 28-21 win when he recovered a fumbled snap in the end zone for his first-ever touchdown.  (Laughter.)  I’m not sure Coach called the fumblerooski, but I bet that Jake will take it anyway.

That set up a winner-take-all game with Army to end the season.  Down three entering the fourth quarter, Keenan again led the comeback, driving the team down the field for 80 yards and the winning score, and showing why he was only the third Navy freshman ever to start at quarterback.  The win gave the Midshipmen their 11th straight victory over Army, which is a series record.

But at Navy, obviously it’s not just about the wins.  It’s about how you win.  This year, your team motto was INAM, which is short for “It’s Not About Me.”  And that ethic of teamwork and discipline and unselfishness was led by your captains, Bo Snelson and Brye French, and it ran through your entire season.

All season long you kept your priorities in line, your mission in focus.  Your work in the classroom helped keep the Naval Academy’s graduation rate in the top 10 of the NCAA for the eighth straight year, including linebacker Keegan Wetzel –- a first-team Academic All-American with a 3.89 GPA in systems engineering.  So give Keegan a big round of applause.  I like that.  (Applause.)

And when you faced adversity, you pulled together.  Over Thanksgiving break, freshman Rafi Montalvo was in a serious car accident and doctors pulled him into a coma.  And even though the Army game was next on the schedule, Coach was one of his first visitors at the hospital down in Florida.  And then pretty soon, his teammates started showing up.  When it came time to take the field against your biggest rival, you all put “Rafi” stickers on your helmets and gave him the game ball after your victory.

So, gentlemen, that’s why I have no greater honor than serving as your Commander-in-Chief.  You’re there for each other and you are there for our country.  In just a few weeks when I visit you all for commencement — and I always have to get ready because Midshipmen, they got strong handshakes, some of them give me chest bumps, I’ve got to just make sure I don’t tip over — 18 of you will be commissioned as ensigns in the Navy, and 10 more as second lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

And in the years to come, you will all follow their footsteps.  You’ll be leading your peers in some of the most complex, dangerous missions on the planet.  You’ll be teaching them to pull together, to keep their mission in focus, to always remember that “it’s not about me.”  And together, your victories will not simply be about football trophies — as impressive as that trophy is — but it will be about our security and our values and protecting our freedom.

So I want you to know that I could not be prouder to have each of you representing this great country of ours.  Americans all across the country feel the very same way.  And every single day, we will stand behind you and support you, and do the very best that we can in our own lives to reflect the courage and the honor and the character of the men and women of the United States Naval Academy.  So God bless you.

And with that, let’s — I understand I’ve got a little something waiting for me.  All right, that’s the official Navy helmet, fitted for me.  (Laughter.)  Pretty sharp.  (Laughter.)  Here’s the general rule:  You don’t put stuff on your head if you’re President.  (Laughter.)  That’s politics 101.  (Laughter.)  You never look good wearing something on your head.  Are we going to — we’re going to have the coach up here.

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Navy to be honored at White House Friday

Posted on 06 April 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md.–The 2012 Navy football team will visit the White House on Friday, April 12 for a ceremony with President Barack Obama. The team will be honored for winning the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the eighth time in the last 10 years. The time and location of the ceremony has not yet been determined.

 

Navy was victorious over Air Force (28-21 in overtime) and Army (17-13) en route to an 8-5 campaign and the school’s ninth bowl game in the last 10 years.   Navy has won 19 of its last 21 Service Academy games.

 

The Commander in Chief’s trophy was established in 1972 and is awarded to the Service Academy with the best overall record against the other two academies.  Every year since 1984, except 1993 when there was no outright winner, the President has personally presented the Trophy to members of the victorious Academy’s football team at the White House.

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