Arrived in Green Lot outside
5:12 Had my bag checked by a campus police officer who may have been 16-years old
5:20 Arrived in the Press Box and there was a line for food
my seat…feel like I am at
5:33 Breaking News: Matt Nechak will be starting at OLB in place of Matt Humiston
5:40 Dinner: Hot dog (good), Pasta (very good) and a cookie or 3 (not shabby)
5:44 Notice a banner in stadium: ESPN…Welcome to the Scarlet Chop Shop
5:50 Forgot to mention that I met Joy and Will who do video for Navy football. They are third class midshipmen. One of them knew about GoMids.com, one didn't.
5:51 I would have been o.k., for this once, if Will would have told a white lie…
5:52 Stadium reminds me of
Papa John's stadium in
6:03 Still have not heard Bon Jovi music on the speaker system…shocking.
6:08 D&B has arrived…now Rutgers students only outnumber Mids by about 6,000 to about 50 – we can take them!
6:11 Just saw our mascot, Bill the Goat…no kidding, he is laying on the ground studying! Shouldn't he be taunting Ray Rice?
6:14 4 Mids are spotted! They are walking towards the visiting students.
6:16 Just met Ron Synder of
6:18 MEDIA ACCESS UPDATE:
6:24 CORRECTION: Those 4 Mids in uniform were officers…sorry.
6:30 No sign of Bill Wagner yet
6:31 Did I mention I was
6:32 Bill Wagner has arrived! Let the game begin! He said "hi" to me. I can die now.
Speaking of dying…no Tony Soprano sightings yet. James Gandolfini did go
6:35 25 minutes to kick-off
and I'm not as nervous as during
6:45 Rutgers PA is announcing starting line-ups. Crap, Ray Rice is playing.
6:46 Press Box announcer welcomes media to the press box. He tells us we are not allowed to cheer, or we will be removed. Folks, you know the drill…I'll cheer right here thank you.
6:48 Weather conditions: 83
degrees with a touch of
6:50 National Anthem:
Rutgers scoreboard scrolls names of
6:52 Fly-over! It was a huey…Chris Swezey thinks it was a traffic copter.
6:59 Navy football takes the field! I HEART NAVY FOOTBALL!!!!
7:00 We lost the toss! Not a good sign.
7:01 Good crowd…not full…but close which is amazing considering NJ traffic
7:02 Did I mention I have an obstructed view? That may come into play later in this blog
7:02 90% of stadium is standing for kick-off: NOTE TO SELF: Tell Navy fans to stand before kick-off next week. I know…but I can dream, right?
7:05 Pass to Underwood…first rut ro of the night.
7:06 Run by Rice…second rut ro of the night.
7:07 Paul Johnson is upset at somebody already…not sure who.
7:08 We are taking the penalty? Head scratcher…
7:09 Paul Johnson is smarter than me.
7:10 Pooch punt…PJ is really
7:12 QB sneak…nope…option…not sure about that call.
7:13 First down…Paul Johnson is still smarter than me. Go figure.
7:15 Delay of Game – very unNavy.
7:17 Reggie dropped the ball – veryunReggie.
7:20 Offense just got a sideline chat from Coach Johnson. Can you say spit bubbles?
7:21 This place is packed. Maybe 250 Navy fans…maybe not.
7:23 I just said, "You've got to be kidding me" out loud after 30 yard pass play.
7:24 Touchdown Rutgers…
7:25 If we don't start making plays on defense, I'm going to start blogging NJ trivia.
7:27 INJURY UPDATE: Jeff Deliz is taking ice to his leg…refused crutches. Not sure if that is good or bad.
7:28 Half of Rutgers team was off-sides on the kick-off…most of press box said so. NO call though.
7:29 Kettani in at fullback…NOTE TO SELF: Ask Coach Johnson about that.
7:30 Paul Johnson is still not happy. Was it my article about his family?
7:34 That's another Navy first down! Ok, by penalty, but we'll take it.
7:37 Penalty on Reggie…I don't get it.
7:38 Interception…did you
know NJ has the most diners of any state in the
7:45 Ok, we are moving the ball…Bill Wagner, "Fullback controversy."
7:47 Deliz out for the game; Sovie at least for the half
7:48 Press Box consensus: Go for it on 4th down…only shot we got.
7:49 One of these days we need to run out of that pyramid thing
7:50 Lots of substitutions on the offensive line for Navy
7:51 That's a new play…fake sweep, option right…closed up in a hurry
7:52 TOUCHDOWN NAVY!
7:57 End of 1st
8:01 Cookie didn't make it back to my seat.
8:02 AWFUL CALL….that is ridiculous…press box agrees…there was no pass interference.
8:05 Nate Frazier is tired…
8:06 NJ is the largest chemical producing state in the nation.
8:08 Need a little bend but don't break.
8:09 Navy is taking the 2nd holding penalty…I'm scratching my nearly bald head again. Lark is in the game. Lark made the tackle.
8:10 I predicted screen pass to Rice…Swezey (Wash. Post) can attest to it.
8:11 Field Goal
8:15 Foster of Rutgers is going to play at the next level…yeah I know not breaking news.
8:19 Pass on 3rd and short…nice.
8:21 Navy may have more penalty yards than actual yards
8:24 Interception – NJ has the most shopping malls in one area in the world with seven major ones in a 25 square mile radius.
8:26 Paul Johnson is having a drink of something. He just tossed it on the ground. Wait, but he threw the cup towards the garbage. A perfect pass!
8:36.30 This is going to be one of those press conferences when Coach Johnson says if we don't throw a pick here, if we don't miss every tackle there, if, if, if…we still get beat, but maybe it doesn't look so bad.
8:38 With 34 seconds to play in the half, can we bring in Ben Fay?
8:39 Our offensive line is getting…um…outplayed a bit.
8:50 Passed Adm. Fowler in the press box. I decided to duck into the bathroom since it was my time to go (there was a line).
8:53 Saw John Feinstein…but I decided to duck into my seat since…um…I felt weird introducing myself. Maybe I'll go back and say "hi."
8:56 I have learned in my short time as a credentialed member of the media that if the press corps is writing their stories at halftime that usually means the game is somewhat over. Lots of stories being written as I write this.
9:01 43,514 – 3rd
largest in Rutgers history…3rd sellout in a row…first time that has
9:03 Second half is underway…Navy gets the ball on 33 yard line.
9:07 We're moving the ball again…
9:08 Need some red zone offense…
9:09 Predicting the Kaipo
sneak…Ron Snyder (Balt. Examiner can attest) TD NAVY…
9:09.10 But can we stop
9:11 That interception looms very large right now. Ok, I stole that line from a colleague. But he's writing his story and not reading this, so he will never know.
9:12 Bad feeling about the kick-off…I announce to the press box.
9:13 I'm an idiot…I'll keep my mouth shut.
9:14 1,444 words in the blog and I'm going strong…Ray Rice strong. Yikes.
9:15 I just yelled "THERE WE GO" after the INT. I may get kicked out. Folks, fight for me!!!
9:17 I see a
9:19 WHY KAIPO????? WHY???????????????????????????????
9:20 Ray Rice always cuts back to his left. I'm ready to go in on defense. Put Ausiello in! Let's get a chant going.
9:27 Kettani leads Navy in rushing with 48 yards…geesh.
9:30 FG Rutgers,
9:32 Without the
9:36 Navy is driving again…
9:38 END OF 3rd
9:39 Prediction: You are
going to see
9:48 FG Navy,
9:50 How about an onsides kick?
9:51 Ok, maybe not.
9:54 We need to pressure the quarterback or…
9:55 TD Rutgers…Did you
9:58 Consensus in the press box….Navy is playing better this week…defense still a bit shaky…but look at the talent level we are playing against.