3:31 I cut
off 60 cars on Route 50 at the
3:37 Arrive Gate 2
3:38 Navy announcer and novelist John Feinstein pulls in the same lot!
3:40 Get to my seat, front row of press box, seat #24,
3:55 USNA86 stops by and chats…he purchased 3 GoMids.com shirts!
4:00 OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD: Wake 7, Army 0 – punt return for TD
4:06 I take a photo of my view from the press box.
4:13 I figure out that if I hit ‘tab' on my word document, HTML doesn't like it.
4:20 Time to Eat!
4:23 Poinsettia Bowl Reps are a few seats 3 and 4 seats to my right. NOTE TO SELF: Ask them if they are here to evaluate Navy.
4:30 I HEART mayonnaise – I know it's wrong, but what would macaroni salad be without it?
4:33 Clint Sovie has a huge cast on his leg.
4:34 Three Bill the Goats are now roaming the sidelines as I spot the mids marching towards the stadium.
4:34.20 I get those cool chills down my back.
4:38 I try to start a "Hands Off Our Johnson" chant in the press box.
4:39 Chris Swezey just helped me open the vent above my window so I can hear some real game noise.
4:42 Pre-game warm-ups are over! Bring on the Brigade!
4:54 I just spent 10 minutes talking to the Poinsettia Bowl folks. They have their fingers crossed for 6 wins.
4:55 The brigade is almost completely on the field. Getting those chills again!
4:57 Ladies and Gentlemen, The BRIGADE OF MIDSHIPMEN!!!!
5:00 N – A – V – Y GO NAVY, FIGHT, BOOM!!!
5:03 Fly-over is WAY TOO HIGH!!!!
5:03.15 NAVY TAKES THE FIELD!!!! I HEART NAVY FOOTBALL!!!!
5:06 LOOOONGGG KICK-OFF
5:07 Shun White is starting…4 yards on first play of game
5:08 Crowd is either late getting here or a little disappointing in size.
5:10 I HEART ADAM BALLARD
5:11 Kaipo came to play…make a note.
Prediction: Navy 70,
more points to go! TD KAIPO, Navy
5:16 DRIVE STATS: 12 plays 80 yards (5 minutes, 40 seconds)
5:17 There must be a breeze…NOTE TO SELF: Stick head out window and check.
5:18 Brigade needs to be LOUDER!!!!! Ok, third down…MAKE SOME NOISE!
5:20.10 PREDICTION: Lots of short passes.
5:21 Someone in the press box said Irv must be angry today…it was Wags.
5:24 We can't BUY a sack.
5:30 Saw "Birth Control Glasses" flashed on jumbotron as part of Spirit Spot.
5:32 DRIVE STATS: 13 plays, 75 yards (6:33)
5:37 END OF
FIRST QUARTER Navy 7,
5:40 3rd and Long to start the 2nd quarter – will we finally pass? I'm hoping for a quarterback draw. I don't think we have done one yet this season.
5:45 I don't have the words to describe our defense…
5:47 DRIVE STATS: I don't
care anymore about drive stats. I'm
thinking about breaking out my
5:56 Somebody in the press box asks a Poinsettia Bowl rep if Navy will "fly middies out to the bowl game."
6:03 Navy's version of
razzle dazzle does not work.
6:06 Navy's defense
6:07 KAIPO RUNS TO
6:12 I try to start a "Put Ausiello in on defense" chant
6:19 Ball State TD…lots of big sighs in press box…make that LOUD Sighs.
6:29 Navy drive before half ends with a blocked field goal…