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Chapter 7: Finally, a 1983 World Series crown for Baltimore

Posted on 16 August 2018 by Nestor Aparicio

(Originally published as a prelude to “Free The Birds” walkout in Sept. 2006, this is Part 7 of a 19 Chapter Series on How Baseball and the Orioles berthed WNST.net. Follow @FreeTheBirds12 on Twiter for updated information regarding our April 5th events.)

Life was percolating along very nicely for me at the end of the summer of 1983.

There was that awesome trip to St. Louis, the Orioles were doing extremely well, the Phillies (again, I was an idiot!) were busting up Montreal in the NL East, I had a new girlfriend and my junior year at Dundalk High was coming.

Despite this “long distance” romance I was having with the Phillies, I was still VERY involved in going to Orioles games. I didn’t get to as many as I had before (again, once girls came along, it was all downhill for sports!), but I still did about 20 games on 33rd Street in 1983. And, like 1979, all in Sect. 10 General Admission seats, some with my Pop and some with my pals. All of those nights on those long, gold, aluminum benches, complete with the jar-rattling volume when banged on.

And the Phillies and Orioles, it would later be proved, were on a destiny’s collision course for the World Series in October.

But en route there was the AL Championship Series against the vaunted Chicago White Sox, led by Lamar Hoyt.

My Pop landed some right field seats for Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS at Memorial Stadium and we were all set. Right before the series my Dundalk buddy John Rafalides (at whose wedding I would later be the best man) gave me a buzz and told me his Dad, Pete, had an extra seat in Sect 39, Row 19 right behind home plate upstairs and asked if I wanted it since I was such an Orioles nut.

So, my Pop actually took my Mom to Game 2 and I went with Mr. Pete Rafalides, who was just a super cool guy. He was a realtor and connected with the Greek community. He loved talking sports with me and would always feed me cool munchies when I came to his home. And I mean he FED me! He always had the coolest snacks — Doritos, Dolly Madison cakes, Tastykakes, those chocolate malt balls, all sorts of great stuff!

I caught on quickly and made sure I got to go there every year for Thanksgiving! And later in life, when John became my roommate, I got the residual effect — the baklava, pastitsio, spanakopita, the grape leaves — from every Greek holiday!

But, for whatever reason, John’s dad liked me and off went we to Game 2 — me, Mr. Pete and two of his work friends. And we hung on every pitch! And Mike Boddicker pitched his ass off, a five-hit shuout over the White Sox, and we had a paaaaaah-tttaaaay in Sect. 39 that night. “Wild” Bill Hagy was going nuts over in Sect. 34. We had binoculars and I could see my folks over in right field having fun, too. That was just one of the greatest nights, even 23 years later.
I remember the smell of the air that night, the lights in the sky, how bright the field looked from up in that perch in Sect. 39. The steepness of the seats, the people crowded into that cozy ballpark and trees lined up in the outfield.

I can’t imagine my life without that night.

It was just a beautiful thing, that night. Life was perfect!

Two afternoons later Tito Landrum hit a 3-run homer off of Britt Burns that sent me and my 64-year old Mom onto Bank Street banging pots and pans with the shot heard ’round the beltway, a blast at Comiskey Park that sent the Orioles back into the World Series for the second time in four years and the sixth time in 17 years. I’ll say that again: the Orioles were in the World Series SIX times

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Army, Navy to meet for 114th time Saturday in Phildelphia

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 12 Army (3-8) vs. Navy (7-4)
Date and Kickoff Dec. 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm ET
Location Philadelphia, Pa. | Lincoln Financial Field (68,532)
Television CBS
TV Talent Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Setting the Stage 

• Army and Navy will meet on the gridiron for the 114th time when the two square off on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field (68,532) in Philadelphia.  Kickoff is set for 3:10 pm.
• A victory by Navy would give the Mids the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the second consecutive year and for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.  Navy has won the trophy 13 times overall.  Should Army win the contest, Navy, last year’s Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy winner, would retain the trophy since all three Service Academy teams would have split their games against each other (Navy beat Air Force and Air Force beat Army). When all three teams split, the previous year’s winner keeps the trophy but they do not visit the White House.
• Navy enters the contest looking to defeat Army for a series-record 12th straight year.  Prior to Navy’s historic run, the longest winning streak in the series, which was first played in 1890, was five games (by both teams).  Navy has outscored Army, 366-125, during its 11-game winning streak.  The Mids have not only won 11-straight from the Black Knights, but have won 13 of the last 14 and 14 out of the last 16 games.  Army’s only wins over the last 16 years came in 2001 (27-16) and in 1998 (34-30).
• Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is trying to become just the second coach in school history to start his coaching career at Navy with a 6-0 record against Army.  Paul Johnson turned in a 6-0 mark against West Point from 2002-07.
• CBS Sports Network will air the Army-Navy Preview Show presented by USAA on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 pm, as the show looks ahead to the Army-Navy game with news and analysis.
•    CBS Sports Network will air two special editions of INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL on Saturday prior to the game.  INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY MARCH ON presented by USAA (12:00-1:30 pm, ET) and INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE presented by USAA (1:30-2:30 pm, ET).  Hosts Adam Zucker and Brent Stover will be joined at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia by analysts Randy Cross, Aaron Taylor and Houston Nutt, as well as special guests from the academies. The MARCH-ON SPECIAL features the March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets as they march onto Lincoln Financial Field, while ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE previews the game with in-depth news and analysis.
•    CBS Sports kicks off its coverage at 2:30 pm with COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, followed by the 114th playing of the Army-Navy game at 3:00 pm with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson calling the action.
• Westwood One has the national radio rights and will broadcast the game nationally with John Tautges, James Lofton and Lewis Johnson on the call.  Westwood One will also air a one-hour pregame show starting at 2:00 pm.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 1:00 pm with Graham Whaples, Wiley Baker, Chloe Gunther and Joe Miller.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Omar Nelson and Joe Miller will get underway at 2:00 pm, followed by game action at 3:10 pm on the Navy Radio Network.
• Following the contest, Miller, Medhurst and Whaples will recap the day’s events in a 60-minute postgame show live on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1500 AM.

Game Day Festivities
• The March-On of the Corps of Cadets will take place at 12:16 pm.
• The Brigade of Midshipmen will march on at 12:46 pm.
• The exchange of Cadets and Midshipmen will take place at 2:46 pm.
• The Army Glee Club will sing the National Anthem at 3:00 pm.
• The ceremonial coin toss will take place at 3:04 pm.  The silver dollar that was to be flipped by President John F. Kennedy at the 1963 Army-Navy game in Philadelphia will be used for the coin toss 50 years later at the 2013 Army-Navy game.  Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963, eight days before he was scheduled to participate in the ceremonial coin toss on Nov. 30 in Philadelphia at the Army-Navy game.  Though fans had been anticipating the Army-Navy game for months, it would have been cancelled had it not been for the late president’s family insisting that President Kennedy would have wanted it played. Following a one-week postponement, Army-Navy would take place on Dec. 7.  The game was a classic with Navy (9-1) edging Army (7-3), 21-15, thanks to three touchdowns by Navy fullback Pat Donnelly.  Army had the ball at the Navy two-yard line when time ran out.  A week after the win, an envelope showed up in the mailbox of Navy captain Tom Lynch. When he opened it, he found a silver dollar.  Accompanying the coin was a letter from Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance telling Lynch he wanted him to have the coin.  On Saturday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will have the honor of flipping that same coin.
• At the conclusion of the game, the losing team will sing its alma mater in front of its respective student body with the winning team standing amongst them.  The two teams will then move across the field where the winning team will sing its alma mater in front of its student body with the losing team respectfully standing amongst them.  It is the greatest tradition in all of sports.

The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy
• The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies — Army, Navy and Air Force — and is named in honor of the President of the United States.
• Navy has dominated of late, winning the trophy a Service Academy record seven-consecutive years from 2003-09 and winning a Service Academy record 15 straight games against Air Force and Army in the process.
• Navy has won the trophy a total of 13 times: 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.
• When there is no clear-cut winner,  the trophy remains with the winner of the previous year’s competition.  • The three-sided trophy stands two-and-a-half-feet tall and is engraved with the academy seals.  Reproductions of the three mascots — the Army Mule, the Navy Goat and the Air Force Falcon — are ensconced on the respective sides of this bauble.  The trophy is sponsored by the West Point Association of Graduates, the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Air Force Association of Graduates.
• The year in which the trophy is won is engraved on AA plate gracing the respective academy’s side of the trophy.

Service Academy Dominance
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade plus, winning 20 of the last 22 meetings (.909) against Air Force and Army.  The Mids have posted a 90-49 (.647) record since 2003, won eight CIC Trophies in the last 10 years and have gone to 10 bowl games in the last 11 years.

Dominant Era in Army-Navy History
• Navy’s 17-13 victory over Army in 2012 was its 11th consecutive win over the Black Knights, the longest streak in series history by either team.
• The Mids have won those 11 in a row against Army by outscoring the Black Knights, 366-125 (33.3-11.4).  Navy has also won 13 of the last 14 and 15 of the last 17 games against West Point.

Scouting Army
• Army owns a 3-8 heading into Saturday’s game against Navy.  The Black Knights have earned victories over Morgan State (28-12), Louisiana Tech (35-16) and Eastern Michigan (50-25), while losing to Ball State (40-14), Stanford (34-20), Wake Forest (25-11), Boston College (48-27), Temple (33-14), Air Force (42-28), Western Kentucky (21-17)  and Hawai’i (49-42).
• Army is led on offense by junior running back Terry Baggett, who has carried the ball 130 times for 1,072 yards (8.2 ypc) and eight touchdowns. The Black Knights are second in the country in rushing, averaging 323.6 yards per game.
• Junior quarterback Angel Santiago has carried the ball 161 times for 638 yards and nine touchdowns, while completing 41 of his 83 pass attempts for 557 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman A.J. Schurr came off the bench and played exceptionally well against Hawai’i, rushing for four touchdowns and throwing for 122 yards as he rallied Army from a 28-7 deficit to a 28-28 tie.
•    Freshman wide receiver Xavier Moss has had an impressive rookie campaign with 30 catches for 418 yards and a touchdown.
•    Thomas Holloway leads the Army defense with 59 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss, while Geoffery Bacon has 55 stops. Army’s defense is 34th in the country in passing yards allowed, giving up just 214.5 yards per game. Mike Ugenyi has forced three fumbles, which is ranked 23rd nationally.
•    Army is ranked sixth in the country in fewest penalties per game (3.73) and sixth in fewest penalty yards per game (30.91).
•    The Black Knights have done an excellent job of taking care of the football this year, turning it over just 14 times which is 13th best in the country.

Navy To Play Middle Tennessee State IN Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
•    Navy (7-4) will play Middle Tennessee State (8-4) in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 10:45 am (11:45 am in Annapolis) at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University and will be televised nationally by ESPN and broadcast nationally by ESPN Radio.
• The Armed Forces Bowl is Navy’s 19th bowl game all-time and the school’s 10th in the last 11 years.  This will be the fifth time that Navy has played in the state of Texas for a bowl game and the first since the Mids 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy has also played in the 2003 EV1.net Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).
• The bowl game will mark the first meeting between Navy and Middle Tennessee State.  The Blue Raiders will enter the game having won their final five contests and scoring 40 or more points in four of their final five games.
• Texas and Tennessee are two of Navy’s most highly-recruited areas as the Midshipmen have 19 players from Texas and 10 from Tennessee.
• Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are on sale now at: http://bit.ly/1bqibUX
• Ticket prices are $30 (Lower Level & Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Sideline), and $50 (Lower Level Sideline). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy your tickets through the Navy Ticket Office.
• Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $50 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible.
• The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30 percent discount on football season tickets for 2014 for every member that donates four or more tickets.  Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30 percent discount on the 2014 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.

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Wieters hero for Birds in another extra innings win

Posted on 10 June 2012 by WNST Staff

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Join us for WNST Purple Roadtrip to Philadelphia (Sept. 16)

Posted on 24 April 2012 by WNST Trips

Our first WNST Purple Roadtrip of the year is just a short trip up I-95 when the Baltimore Ravens take on the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. It’s just the second trip in franchise history for a regular-season game in the City of Brotherly Love.

All WNST Purple Roadtrips are sponsored in 2012 by our friends at Jiffy Lube and Miller Lite. Not only will we be again enjoying ice cold Miller Lite on all trips we’ll be giving you a 15.70% discount to use at Jiffy Lube this season to keep your car or truck going.

Everyone who goes on a WNST Purple Roadtrip this fall saves money on their next oil change in Baltimore!

Be among more than 10,000 WNST listeners and readers who have joined us on trips since 1998! We are the most-trusted name in travel for Baltimore Ravens fans!

Our Gunther Motorcoach will depart White Marsh Mall area at 8 a.m. and arrive in Philadelphia in time for a massive tailgate and a great fall football game against Michael Vick, Andy Reid and the perennially competitive Eagles.

Our bus will depart Philadelphia 60 minutes after the game and we should return to Baltimore by 8 p.m. on Sept. 16.

Trip includes:

Roundtrip on Gunther Motorcoach

Snacks, donuts on the ride

Full tailgate lunch and pre-game party in parking lot

Limited supply of beer, soda and water

Purple entertainment  giveaways on the ride to Philly

One upper deck game ticket

Cost: $250 per person

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Matusz Gives Up 7H, BB Over 5IP in Orioles Loss

Posted on 20 March 2012 by WNST Staff

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Matusz Sharp as Orioles Bank Phillies

Posted on 10 March 2012 by WNST Staff

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Navy Lacrosse Begins Rick Sowell Era Saturday Against VMI

Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff

2012 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 1 Navy (0-0, 0-0 PL) vs. VMI (0-0)
Date and Faceoff Feb. 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television None
Video Streaming Navy All-Access
Radio None
Game Notes Navy | VMI
Live Stats GameTracker at www.NavySports.com

Game Preview
• Navy opens up its 105th season of men’s lacrosse on Saturday afternoon, when it plays host to VMI … action is set for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Saturday’s game will be streamed online via Navy All-Access with live stats available at www.NavySports.com … this week’s All-Access feed will be provided free of charge, however, the remainder of the season will be subscription based.
• The Navy-VMI tilt is one of nine games slated for Saturday in what marks the second weekend of action among the Div. I ranks … Delaware and Detroit officially kicked off the 2012 campaign last Saturday in Newark where the Fightin’ Blue Hens topped Detroit, 19-6.
• Navy is one of five Patriot League teams in action this weekend … Army played host to UMass on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm, while Delaware travels to Bucknell on Saturday at 1:00 pm, Bryant heads to Colgate on Saturday at 1:00 pm and Lehigh makes its way to Philly to play Saint Joseph’s on Saturday at 2:00 pm.
• Entering his 13th season as a collegiate head coach, Rick Sowell will officially open the chapter on his Navy coaching career on Saturday.  Sowell, who has been involved with rebuilding programs at Georgetown, Dartmouth, St. John’s and most recently Stony Brook, owns an 86-81 career record.
• Sowell compiled a 47-26 (.644) record in five seasons at Stony Brook and was named the America East Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons as he guided the Seawolves to back-to-back America East regular-season titles (2010-11).
• Navy returns eight starters off last year’s team, including its entire starting attack line.  Sophomores Tucker Hull and Sam Jones led the charge a year ago, mirroring one another’s stats.  Both players scored a team-high 38 points on a team-best 23 goals and 15 assists.  Hull was rewarded for his play by being named the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and has been named a 2012 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American.  Senior co-captain Taylor Reynolds rounds out the starting attack and is coming off a 10-goal, two-assist season.
• Meanwhile, senior Nikk Davis anchors a midfield line that will blend both youth and veteran players.  Davis is entering his fourth season as a starter and is coming off 14-goal, 4-assist season.  He will be joined by junior Bryce Dabbs and sophomore Pat Durkin.  While Dabbs has been in the program, he did not play as a plebe and was ineligible last spring.  Durkin played among the Mids’ second midfield line a year ago, but will be asked to step up his play this spring as a starter.
• Senior Logan West returns as the Mids’ faceoff specialist after finishing the 2011 season ranked 29th nationally with his 52.1 winning percentage (110-211). He enters the season ranked sixth on Navy’s all-time career faceoff wins list with 175.
• Look for juniors Jay Mann and Jordan Seivold to play both ways this spring.  Mann, who was a starter on the offensive midfield a year ago and scored 11 goals, will be used primarily as a defensive midfielder, while Seivold will be used heavily on the offensive side of the field, but played mostly defensive midfield his first two seasons at the Academy.  The athleticism the two present give the Mids a better opportunity in the transition game.
• Navy will rely heavily upon veteran close defenseman Matt Vernam and senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham to manage the defense.  Vernam has been a starter since his freshman year, while Wickham, who was a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee in 2010, is in his third season as a starter in goal.  Additionally, second-year standout Pat Kiernan will fill the long pole position and has quickly emerged as one of the Mids’ most potent defensive weapons.  He produced 11 takeaways a year ago and picked up 35 ground balls.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy owns an 88-15-1 all-time record in season openers, including wins in each of its last 10 dating back to a 16-2 win over Saint Joseph’s in 2002 … the Mids have won each of their last four openers against the Keydets.
9 – Senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham needs 17 saves to move into ninth on the Mids’ all-time saves list … he has turned away 338 shots over his career and trails 1990 graduate Louis Brown who amassed 355 saves.
8 – Navy has held VMI to eight or fewer goals in each of his previous four meetings.
7 – Senior faceoff specialist Logan West needs seven wins on Saturday to take sole possession of fifth on Navy’s all-time career faceoff wins list … he has won 175 over three seasons.
6 – Navy will play six games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in 2012 … the Mids own a 39-16 record (70.9) in games played on their home field since the start of the 2004 campaign, outscoring its foes, 587-392.
5 – Navy has lost just five games (46-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 campaign, including a pair last spring.
4 – Four of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Preseason Poll – Johns Hopkins (2), North Carolina (6), Maryland (7), Bucknell (12), while Army and Colgate are receiving votes.
3 – With a 750-308-14 record, Navy is the third-winningest program in Div. I men’s lax behind Johns Hopkins (912-294-15) and Syracuse (821-312-16).
2 – The attack duo of Tucker Hull and Sam Jones paced the Mids a year ago with 38 points on 23 goals and 15 assists.
1 – Over the last four seasons, 22 (9-13) of the Mids’ 60 contests have been decided by one goal.

Navy vs. VMI – The Series
• Meeting in each of the last four years’ season openers, Navy holds a 4-0 series advantage against VMI.
• The Midshipmen have scored double digits against the Keydets in each of the four previous meetings, while holding VMI to single digits in all four contests.
• VMI has held an advantage in the faceoff column in each of the last three meetings, including a slight 14-12 edge a year ago.
• Last year, Navy’s rookie class accounted for eight goals, including four by attackman Sam Jones, en route to capturing a 14-8 victory over the Keydets.  After giving up six goal in the first half, Navy’s defense surrendered just two second-half goals to the Keydets.
• In 2010, Eleventh-ranked Navy jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back as the Mids claimed a 16-5 win over VMI at Rip Miller Field in what was both teams’ season opener.  A strong offensive display that featured goals by 11 different Midshipmen, helped Navy weather a rare pair of three-minute stick penalties.
• The Midshipmen outscored VMI 8-0 in the second half, surviving a first-half scare to earn a 13-5 victory over the Keydets at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in 2009.  Deadlocked at five apiece at the half, Navy peppered VMI with 30 second-half shots while its stifling defense gave the Keydets just five looks at the goal over the final 30 minutes.
• In the inaugural meeting in 2008, the Mids’ balanced offensive attack featured eight different players scoring 10 goals en route to a 10-2 win.

2011 Navy-VMI Recap
• Navy attackman Sam Jones made his debut in front of his hometown crowd a memorable one, scoring a team-high four goals to lead Navy to a 14-8 victory over VMI in both teams’ opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Jones, however, wasn’t the only Navy rookie to have a successful collegiate opener.  Fellow starting attackman Tucker Hull scored one goal and dealt out assists on three others, while Ellicott City product Harrison Chaires turned in a goal and an assist and Austin Heneveld pumped an extra-man strike late in the third.  In sum, Navy’s rookie class accounted for 12 points with eight goals and four assists.
• The Mids also saw midfielder Nikk Davis score a pair of goals, while a relatively unknown Taylor Reynolds got the opportunity he’s long waited for at attack and capitalized.  Not only did Reynolds score his first-collegiate goal, he also produced his first-career hat trick in what was his first-career start.
• While Navy’s offense seemed to be a well-oiled machine, it seemed to take a quarter of play before the Mids were truly settled on both sides of the field.  In fact, after the first quarter of play, the game was locked up at 4-4 and two of Navy’s goals were scored on extra man.
• Navy, indeed, was the dominant team in the second stanza, outscoring the Keydets 6-2 to take a 10-6 at intermission.  It was during that quarter that Navy’s attack was nearly unstoppable, scoring all six goals.  Jones, in particular, was stellar, scoring three goals in the period, including a goal where he was falling down and was surrounded by three defensive players.
• The Mids cooled off in the second half, scoring just four goals, but the damage had been done.  Additionally, Navy’s defense held its ground and kept the Keydets off the scoreboard for roughly 15 minutes, giving up a goal at the 2:23 mark in the second and not again until 2:07 in the third.
• Defensively, Peter Rogers made his debut where he paced the Mids with four caused turnovers and grabbed three ground balls.  Pat Kiernan was also strong in his collegiate debut, pacing the Mids in ground balls with six and causing three turnovers.

Navy Vs. the MAAC
• The Mids are undefeated against the seven-member Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, producing a 6-0 record.
• Navy’s contest against VMI on Saturday marks the eighth-straight season the Mids have faced a team either currently in the MAAC or had previously been part of the MAAC at the time of the contest.
• In 2005, Navy faced Providence who is now a member of the newly-formed Big East, while in 2006 and `07 the Mids battled Saint Joseph’s who has moved to the Colonial Athletic Association.

For Openers
• Navy owns an 88-15-1 record in season openers, including wins in each of its last 10 dating back to a 16-2 win over Saint Joseph’s in 2002 … the Mids have outscored their foes 126-31 (12.6-3.1) during that stretch of 10 wins.
• For the fifth straight year and the sixth time in the last nine seasons, the Mids will open their season at home … the Mids played their 2004, `05 and `06 openers on the road.
• In 2007, Navy defeated Saint Joseph’s, 10-3, in Annapolis to kick off the season with an eight-game winning streak, while in `08, the Mids turned back VMI, 10-2, in what was the inaugural meeting between the two programs.  In 2009, Navy claimed a 13-5 win on Feb. 7 in what was then the earliest game played in Div. I history and in 2010, the Mids picked up a 16-5 win over VMI.  A year ago, the Mids used a six-goal second quarter to catapult ahead of the Keydets en route to a 14-8 victory.

The New Coaches on the Block
• Among the 61 Div. I men’s lacrosse teams that will take the field this season, 15 of them will have new head coaches.
• Of the 15 new coaches, five are coming from previous head coaching posts including Navy’s Rick Sowell who was the head coach at Stony Brook the previous five seasons.
• Three of the 15 new coaches are at schools who play in the Patriot League.  In addition to Sowell, former Army assistant coach Mike Murphy took over the coaching reigns from Jim Nagle at Colgate who ironically left to replace Sowell at Stony Brook.  After serving as the interim head coach for half of the 2011 campaign, Holy Cross kept Jim Morrisey on board as its permanent head coach, replacing Adam Pascal.

Debut
• Rick Sowell is the eighth different man to hold the title of head men’s lacrosse coach at Navy in its 105-year history.
• Five of the seven previous coaches won their debut game at the Academy, including each of the last five.
• The tandem of Frank Breyer and Bill Hudgins started the Navy lacrosse program in 1908 and lost to Johns Hopkins, 6-1, in the school’s first contest.

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Len Suffers Twisted Ankle In Maryland Loss

Posted on 21 January 2012 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The University of Maryland Terrapins played without C Alex Len in the second half of their 73-60 loss to the Temple University Owls Saturday at The Palestra.

Head coach Mark Turgeon downplayed the significance of the injury after the loss, describing it as “just a twisted ankle.” Turgeon would offer no timetable for Len’s return to action, only saying that he “hoped” the freshman center would be available when the Terps host Duke Wednesday night at Comcast Center in College Park.

Len was seen leaving Maryland’s locker room Saturday afternoon in Philly without any apparent limp. He watched the second half of Saturday’s game from the bench after receiving treatment on the ankle. Len was not made available to reporters following the game.

Maryland actually out-rebounded Temple in the second half 17-14 with Len on the bench. C/F’s James Padgett and Ashton Pankey combined for 24 minutes on the floor after intermission and Turgeon extensively used a four guard lineup.

Turgeon also said senior G/F Sean Mosley played through an ankle injury he re-aggravated in Tuesday night’s loss at Florida State. Turgeon said Mosley was unable to practice Thursday, giving the Terps only one day to fully practice with their smaller lineup, which received much use in the second half.

Mosley was also not made available to reporters following the game but is not a concern to miss time.

-Glenn Clark

Here is Turgeon’s complete postgame press conference…

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Unleash the fury…Harry Kalas and other “non-radio” tidbits

Posted on 29 April 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

First, I hope Ray Bachman has fun doing the show from 2 til 6 today. (He won’t admit it, but he really loves talking sports and doing the show. And he loves when I’m not there.)

I’m having a “business/strategy” day of respite and I’ve been catching up on sports since 11 p.m. last night when Bruce Springsteen walked off the stage at the Spectrum. (Set list here…)

I watched the Washington Caps win Game 7 on the DVR but only after someone in my life who will remain “unnamed” wrecked my evening by texting me the result while Springsteen was in the middle of singing “She’s The One.” (MAKE A NOTE OF THIS: DO NOT EVER TEXT YOUR FRIENDS A SCORE!!!! A simple, “Hey dude…do you want to know who’s winning?” would suffice. And, honestly, with the score of any game in the universe a click away on my phone why would I want you to wreck my midnight viewing by texting me the result. It’s just unacceptable!)

But, I digress…

Alas, I did watch the game in its entirety this morning (and it’s NOTHING like not knowing the result) and the Capitals are as lucky to be headed to the second round as the Ravens were to escape Nashville three months ago. That third period was amazing and the vibe at the phonebooth looked electric. I missed a pretty special evening, but these are the decisions and memories you create.

(Gotta admit, when Springsteen played “Fire” by request last night and was rocking “Land of Hope and Dreams” I wasn’t thinking about the Caps. And I had no idea someone would send me a random “Caps win” text.)

There’s nothing better in professional sports than Game 7 of a Stanley Cup series. Last night’s win was a memorable evening. These are the games the Caps have consistently lost for a whole generation.

As for the sport itself, I even got a few emails this morning from former “doubters” who watched last night’s game and are more “believers” than they were 24 hours ago. Hockey kinda does that to you.

I saw Brent Harris at Ravens Camp on Sunday. His beard is scraggly. The Comcast Sportsnet/Caps promotion for the beardathon is great. I wish I had participated in someway but I look beyond crappy with a beard. (Insert joke here…)

I’m monitoring the Orioles today as well. Mora comes back, gets three hits and Adam Eaton looked, well, like Adam Eaton and his 7.17 ERA. Let’s see how Koji Uehara does against the Halos.

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One other note, my pal who is a Philadelphia sports fan dropped this one on me this morning:

Here’s his running commentary:

“The biggest mistake the Orioles ever made was getting rid of Jon Miller. What I’ve realized through this whole Harry Kalas thing is how badly they messed that up. Baltimore had its Harry Kalas and Angelos chased him off.

“The players all come and go. Harry Kalas is something that can’t be replaced by Mike Schmidt or Steve Carlton. He’ll live longer than Dutch Daulton or Lenny Dykstra or Curt Schilling. They’re all gone. Harry was eternal. I’ve got Harry Kalas on my ipod, man!

“Jon Miller should have been the Orioles announcer until he chose to die in the broadcast booth. Those days are done. Miller is the last of those radio guys.

(My pal didn’t mention Chuck Thompson, but I will…and Eckman and Steadman and all of those guys who Baltimore loved with their Orioles and Colts and Bullets and Clippers and horse racing and crab cakes.)

“No one listens to baseball anymore on the radio anymore. Kalas was only doing one inning a night on radio. He’d do the first three innings of TV, only fourth inning on radio and then the 8th and 9th on TV. Kalas was bigger than the radio or the TV. He was eternal.

“That’s the biggest mistake. No matter what happens to Nick Markakis or what he ever does, Jon Miller would’ve been there before him and after him.

“When you’ve got him, you’re guaranteed to have an ambassador for your team.”

Amen, Philly friend. Amen.

Clearly, Peter Angelos didn’t see it that way. And his vote was the only one that counted.

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As 2008 comes to an end…the last Random Thoughts from me..

Posted on 24 December 2008 by WNST Interns

1. First like everyone else….I’d like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Holiday season…It has been a fun year for me getting to know caller and emailers and bloggers and look forward to an even better 2009…whether we agreed or not it was always entertaining.

2. I was bummed for about 12 hours after Teixiera signed with the Yankees. I said all along I thought he really wanted to come home and be an Oriole. I was disappointed in him and the O’s for those 12 hours. Not that his signing would mean a winning team but he would have been another piece to a 3 or 4 year puzzle. Now that he is with the Yankees…so be it…the Yankees, as much as I dislike them, are simply playing by the rules…I wish our ownership group would use the same win at any cost idealology.

Saying all that…I am an Orioles fan…I was born that way…the Orioles will always be my team. I may not go to as many games as I use to, but they are the home team. In 2008 they actually made some solid strides to rebuilding a solid organization. They made some good trades, they played some young players and made some good draft choices. The next 12 years will be better then the last 12…I know that is not saying much, but if they continue to bring in talent to the system, maybe they can be a Marlins or Rays..maybe…time will tell…but in the end how can you fault a team for not overpaying greatly for a guy that didn;’t want to be an Oriole. It’s not an Oriole problem…its a baseball problem.

3. The Ravens…what else can be said…for many it has been a tough year, but at least the Ravens provided a great escape for many, each and every Sunday…no matter how this team ends the 2008 – 2009 season…we know a few things we have not been able to say maybe ever…We have our QB of the present and future, and for that matter our backup QB as well. Our OLINE is not the number 1 priority of the off-season. Our secondary needs another solid player but Fabian Washington has been a find. Whether or not you agreed with the offseason moves of firing the coach or draft day…you can’t argue with the results…cograts to the Ravens and Thank you!

4. The NFL is FUN…but let the players have some of the fun as well…Wes Welker gets finded for making a snow angle after a touchdown….he was having fun…not trying to show up the other team. This is still a game…grown men playing a game like they did when they were kids…take the kids away and you have no game.

5. I will be pulling for Miami this weekend…great story and if they win some justice in the world…Pennington over Farve, in maybe Farve’s last game. I respect Brett Farve but can no longer stand his act…he is a selfish me first guy. no matter what everyone says. I’d love for him to one time when asked about if he is returning next season say this: “its not about me, I am not thinking about it, all we are thinking about as a team is a win this Sunday”. We NEVER hear that from him…retire Brett, I am tired of you and your act!

6. San Diego gets to right the biggest wrong of the NFL season this Sunday…Denver will start Tatum Bell…I like SD.

Some predictions:

Ravens win by 2 TD’s Sunday

Dallas beats Philly to make the playoffs

Miami wins and wins the East…NE goes 11 – 5 and misses the playoffs..sniff sniff…

The Vikes beat the GMEN to win the NFC north

 

Have a nice holiday all…and to all a good night.

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