If Saturday WAS Paul Johnson’s final look at Army/Navy; he left the Academy with a perfect example of what he has brought since coming to Annapolis. The triple option is only part of what Johnson does. Johnson gets his athletes to give more than you might think was possible, and they do it with class, respect, and honor every week. Bill Wagner’s story about Reggie Campbell and Ram Vela wearing Army patches during the game is a perfect example of this. How fitting is it that the two best players on the team were willing to honor the Armed Forces in a game against Army?!
Johnson’s kids get it, and they play beyond their abilities. Reggie Campbell looked like Reggie Bush at times on Saturday, playing well beyond his 5-6 frame. I’m not yet convinced that Johnson is actually going anywhere this off-season, but I’ve said before that he has nothing left to prove and no one can say he owes anything else. If today was his last Army/Navy game, he gave Mids everywhere one more example of how much he means to the Academy.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say…
Best of WNST’s Saturday Blogs:
Drew Forrester puts together his all-time Baltimore indoor soccer team
Casey Willett doesn’t necessarily think Heap is ‘injury prone’
Ed Frankovic thinks problems extend past Billick
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ryan excited for chance to slow down Pats
The Official Site says McNair thinks Boller more calm
The Official Site’s Mike Coyne expects to see healthy dose of McGahee
The Official Site’s Josh Lukin wants to create ‘black-out’ Monday Night
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens don’t care about 20 point spread
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Terry ‘won’t start’ Monday Night
Boston Globe’s Mike Reiss says Ryan may need to ‘turn back clock’ vs. Pats
MUST READ ALERT! Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley says AD meant as much off field in Baltimore as on
Ravens Roost’s Mike Brown says Pats at advantage in all aspects of Monday Night
Patriot Act’s “Jamie” reminds us Brady has never thrown TD vs. Ravens…..thinks he’ll get one Monday Night
The Official Site offers numerical evidence of Navy’s big win
Army’s Official Site says defense played well in blowout loss to Navy
The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says ‘family’ big part of Army-Navy tradition
The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Mids get biggest contributions from Defense and Special Teams in win over Army (Are these the same Mids?)
The Sun’s David Steele says Campbell special part of Army/Navy tradition
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Johnson loves ‘tradition’ of Navy
The Examiner’s Tony Giro says Army/Navy was brutal
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says another Navy Senior class never lost to Army
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says some Mids honored Army during game
Washington Post’s Christian Swezey says Mids ‘dominant’ in 6th straight over Army
Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says complete performance lead Navy in rout of Army
Washington Times’ Dick Heller enamored by Mids combo of Johnson, Campbell
Go Mids‘ Matt Zemek says Knights will have chance vs. Mids in ’08
Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy thinks Army-Navy more important in Lacrosse
The Official Site says Terps inexplicably eliminated after blowing late lead
Washington Post’s Steven Goff says controversial goal finished Terps vs. Bradley
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site previews Top 5 tilt with Rutgers
The Official Site offers complete Maryland-Rutgers release
Carroll County Times’ John McNamara says ’07 Terps ‘tougher’ than ’06 Terps
VCU Official Site previews 1st ever meeting between Rams and Terps
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Vasquez trying to keep emotions in check
The Sun’s Mike Frainie says future Terp Mosely scored 27 in Charm City Classic
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maynor ‘the man’ for VCU vs. Terps
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says VT’s win means Terps will Bowl where Bonds patrolled
The Official Site says Mount’s 1st half defense set tone for ‘Hounds’ loss
MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site says Mount was very Goode in win
Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says ‘Eers terrible in November, undefeated in December
The Official Site says Eagles also overwhelmed in first half; lose big to Morgan
The Sun’s Ken Murray says Mitchell vows for improvement after Eagles blown out by Bears
The Official Site says 28 point win was most lopsided in rivalry with Coppin since ’79
The Official Site says Hawks fall to 1-7 after loss to rival Delaware State
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror 5-0 after win over Haverford
The Official Site says Blast drop second straight over weekend in Cabral’s 300th game
The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says tired Blast fell behind, couldn’t rally vs. Cougars
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Hernandez not headed to Mets
Oriole Central thinks Miggy WILL be traded; Bedard won’t in Nashville
Orioles Hangout’s John Domen names Fredy Deza organization’s #26 prospect
The Loss Column’s Neal Shaffer trusts MacPhail going to Nashville
MLB Trade Rumors says Zrebiec thinks Bedard, B-Rob will be O’s Opening Day
Armchair GM’s “Agent0” says Giants should trade Sanchez, Hennessey to O’s for Tejada (There is NO reason to think this is realistic, but O’s SHOULD be looking for pitchers!)
ESPN’s Buster Olney says Cards may be interested in Tejada (must subscribe)
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-I actually really like the idea of a Ravens “black-out” on Monday Night, but it won’t change anything on the field. It would however create a fun, college-like atmosphere for what might otherwise be a LAME college football game.
-My pick tonight for live sports is obviously Maryland-VCU at Verizon Center; as well as the rest of the BB&T Classic. The Terps are just 2-6 in the BB&T Classic since their National Championship campaign, and just 2-7 overall at Verizon Center, including a loss to Clemson in the 2005 ACC Tournament. The 6 losses have come at the hands of Gonzaga, George Washington, Notre Dame, and West Virginia. Almost every time, the Terps were favored to win. VCU is only 3-3 coming into tonight’s game, but the 3 losses have come at the hands of Arkansas, Miami, and the Hampton team that gave Maryland fits three weeks ago. This is not an easy game for the Terps, who need to remain focused. I expect Hayes to draw the assignment of Maynor for most of the game, but the Terps will have to be committed to staying with their assignments, as Maynor has no problem finding his teammates. I’ll pick the Terps, 74-65.
-The BB&T Classic has been held annually since 1995 in DC to benefit DC’s Children’s Charities Foundation. The event was organized largely by John Feinstein, one of the best writers in all of sports. The Children’s Charities Foundation benefits multiple charities in the area, helping disadvantaged and at-risk kids. According to the BB&T Classic, the Foundation has distributed nearly $6 million since 1994. Look, I know that I just basically took all of them verbatim from the event’s official website, but I really feel passionately about this event. My father and I used to buy tickets in the Upper Deck each year, and would spend the weekend in DC. This part of Chinatown actually looks really nice during Christmastime, and there’s been quality basketball action every year-plus its affordable ($15 tickets) and goes to a good cause. The other games tomorrow include GW/Auburn and George Mason/East Carolina.
-Obviously I haven’t seen the end of the Maryland/Bradley game-and since its College Soccer, I don’t think the video will ever get to me. But what a shame to have a game like that in the bag and end up losing. That loss will stick in Sasho’s crawl, and he’ll be ready to get the Terps back to the College Cup next season.
-Congrats AGAIN to UMBC Coach Randy Monroe on their historic start, and congrats to Milan Brown on Mount getting their first win of the year.
-I will be home December 28-where are we watching the Emerald Bowl together?
Talk to you tomorrow.