Speaking of the Brigade…
The folks over at BallStateInsider.com asked me to put together a column on "what Navy is all
about." I'm not sure I gave them
what they were looking for though, as I pretty much wrote what was on my mind
Since I was in the press
box, I did not have the opportunity to hear the profanity-laced tirades fans
belted around Rutgers Stadium as being reported by several
Speaking of Saying Thank you…
Due to it being game week, I'm not sure all Navy fans had a chance to read my interview with Coach Paul Johnson's wife, Susan, and their 14-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn. If not, here are the links to Part One and to Part Two. I did receive a lot of positive feedback in both my Offtheyard inbox and on the message boards. First of all, thank you, but second of all, and more importantly, I think your gratitude should be directed at the Johnson family. They were extremely gracious to give their time to GoMids.com and to allow Navy fans to get a glimpse of a side of the Johnson family we rarely, if ever, see.
I actually teased at the
end of Part One of the interview that I had asked Susan Johnson whether or not
she thought her husband would ever coach at Army. And as any good journalist would do, I
didn't reveal her answer in Part Two.
Just so you know when I asked Susan if her husband would ever coach at
Speaking of Army…
I couldn't help but wonder if Paul Johnson was in Stan Brock's position what would he have said to the media after escaping with a win over Rhode Island. After ensuring he gave proper respect to the opponent, I think he would have described his team's offensive performance as "pathetic" or "lethargic" or maybe he would have even pulled out the old reliable descriptive phrase: "freaking awful." I also think Johnson would have taken some of the responsibility for the debacle. If you are curious what Johnson had to say after his second game as Navy's coach (65-17 loss to NC State), you can read his comments here. If you are curious what Brock said about Army's performance after his second game, you can read them here. Two completely different coaching and leadership philosophies were on display by the two coaches in what I would think were two equally abysmal performances. To those skeptics who say, "Army won, so Coach Brock should be positive," I give you Johnson's post-game comments from Navy's narrow victory over UMASS last year.
I'd love to ask Army's
coach about his philosophy but he and the rest of
Speaking of Press Boxes…
I'm going to be cutting back on the live game blogs a bit as I delve deeper into my journalism tool box to do more reporting on the game. I'll still be bringing you my live, from the press box, observations, but I'll also be filing a post-game story. So that will require a little more attention to detail and maybe less second-guessing of Coach Johnson during the game. Something tells me, we will all benefit from my change of focus.
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