The Navy lacrosse team earns this spot with an 8-2 thrashing of Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon at Navy Marine Corp stadium. This game was a true head scratcher. Navy came in with a record of 5-6 and were coming off a loss to Army. Hopkins was ranked #6 in the nation and Hopkins head coach Dave Petriemala was 41-3 against non-ranked opponents. Since 1970 (41 years) Navy had beaten Hopkins just three times. Two one goal games (one in OT), and a three goal win back in 1973 that was played in Houston Texas. The fact that Navy beat Hopkins was a feat in itself. The fact they dominated the game from start to finish was unbelievable. It all started with some poor goalkeeping from Hopkins netminder Pierce Bassett. Bassett came into this game 5th in the country in GAA, but on this day he was out of position for the first three Navy goals. Meanwhile on the other end of the field RJ Wickham was playing the game of his career. Wickham repeatedly stoned Hopkins from point blank range on his way to recording 18 saves on the afternoon. It’s been a tough year for Navy and I would dare to say that if these two teams that took the field Saturday played 99 more times Navy would have a hard time winning a game by six goals, but for that one day they were by far the better team. That’s why sports will always have me hooked, because you just never know what the outcome could be.
Now for my non sports event. The 17 inches of rain we received on Sunday (actually it was around two inches it just seemed like 17) forced my softball games to be rained out. I basically got up early on a Sunday for nothing, or so I thought. It gave me a chance to catch the segment on the CBS Morning News on Levon Helm. Helm was the drummer and singer for “The Band”. Helm and “The Band” are best known for the songs The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Weight and Up on Cripple Creek. What I learned about Helm was how amazing the last 14 years of his life have been. Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998. The doctors told Helm that even if he survived the cancer treatments he would never be able to talk or sing again. Well not only did Helm beat the cancer he started singing again (my piece of advise to everyone is never ever let a doctor tell you what you can’t do). Helm not only started singing again, he needed some help with his bills so he started Levon’s midnight ramble in his barn in Woodstock, New York. Helm won three grammys after he came back from cancer. Awesome story of a true encore! You can check it out below.