Before I get to my latest reflections on all things service academy sports related, let me share some of the comments I received this week.
Gary from Bel
Air, MD would vote for George Chaump as
the worst coach in Navy history, "He spent 11 years under Woody Hayes and
learned nothing…he kept us suffering with that horrible Swiss cheese
defense." Gary, who graduated USNA
in 1960, also said that he wants Navy to continue to play Notre Dame. "I want to beat Notre Dame more than
Army." He predicts the streak will
come to a halt in
Stafford, VA played for Navy in the mid
80's and he would never advocate discontinuing the series. "From a player's perspective you play
Notre Dame because they represent what is supposed to be the best about college
sports. They are supposed to be the
single candle burning brightly in the hurricane winds of the minor league for
the NFL." Chris also predicts that
the day will come when Navy beats the Irish and as a result, a celebration of
epic proportions will engulf
Anaheim, CA is a 1989
Huntington, NY is also a 1989
As always, I appreciate the feedback, and since the feedback is increasing, I have decided to open a new email address for all of your comments. So from now on, if you want to share your thoughts, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm in negotiations with Google about a possible corporate sponsorship – I can't imagine why they wouldn't be interested in advertising that they are the "exclusive" email address of Off the Yard.
Road Trip to
As for the comments I
received, first let me say that as a boy growing up in
I also remember sitting on
bleachers that were not very comfortable.
My grandfather used to bring one of those cushion seats with a back for
support. Needless to say, I was
pretty amazed to hear from Army fans that the bleachers are still the best seats
available at Michie Stadium. There
has got to be a big-time (rich)
Questions for Coach Johnson
Media Day (July 30th) is fast approaching and GoMids.com is planning unprecedented coverage of the event (me and a tape recorder). And even though I have been filling my brain with possible questions for Coach Johnson for several months, I may have room for a few more. So if you have a burning and perhaps unique question to ask the coach, send it to email@example.com. If they are better than mine (long shot), I'll take credit for thinking of it and I'll ask him it.
Summer Training Profiles
Also planned in the coming weeks are some of those feel good stories I had hinted about in Volume 6. I hear it's true that Midshipmen and Falcon football players don't sell cars during the summer (sorry Sooner fans). I'll share with you all a glimpse into what it is like these days during summer training for the future leaders of the military. Personally, I remember spending four weeks trying to throw fellow Mids out of a bear pit at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico - in August – now that was fun.
Looking for a Few Good Army and Air Force Fans
Finally, are you an Army or Air Force service academy football fan and have knowledge of not only your school's team but the other two as well? Are you looking to weigh-in on the upcoming season? If so, I may have a special mission that may be of interest. Send me an email with your service academy resume of football acumen and you might just get picked for this special detail. The Navy fan has already been identified for the mission and let me tell you, he is pretty psyched about the role he is going to play…especially the part about possibly getting to meet Jessica Biel in person.