Off the Yard Gets Personal

Since it is the summertime, I figured I would just share some random thoughts with you about Navy football, my life and whatever else is on my brain. You never know how people are going to respond when you get personal but I figured it was worth a shot. If you would like to share a comment, send me an email at offtheyard@gmail.com.

Parents  

 

They can be the most annoying people in the message board community. Their opinions are almost always slanted toward their favorite team, and most definitely a particular player. They usually arrive under the radar, but once the football season begins, they are throwing around their ideas on message boards as if they were as smart as me, which is of course not possible AND outrageous! I am talking about the parents of Navy football players of course. A lot of them have found their way to GoMids.com because they realize that it is the best place to talk about Navy football. For the past two years, I have had a chance to meet many of them at the GoMids.com tailgater. I love their passion and moreover, as a parent of two young children, I understand it. I get excited when my two-year-old says something other than ‘no' so I can only imagine how I will be on a sideline if he ever plays football. I'm sure I will have to be restrained.

 

It would be great if we could figure out a way to do a mass-mailing to all the new parents of incoming players to tell them about our web site. It's probably not that difficult.

 

Times

 

Speaking of GoMids.com, did you catch the last sentence in this preview of Navy's season by the New York Times? I must remind myself to send the author a thank you email for that nice shout-out to the site. Then, I must send the owners of that a paper a letter for what I saw in the top right-hand corner of this Sunday's edition - $6.00?!?!? I must have missed something somewhere because I did not realize the Sunday Times went up to $6.00…amazing.

 

Jackson

 

I've got to be a little bit careful on this subject because in my other life (when I am not a Navy sports writing superhero), I am actually involved with this whole Michael Jackson ordeal – sorry no details from me. Any how, I think it is really important to point out what most of you probably already know – prescription drug abuse in this country is way out of control. I'm not saying that is what Mr. Jackson died of, but if all the speculation is true, it is just another sad case of someone who may have not known the dangers that lurk in the medicine cabinet. Of course a sports angle to this story is the still inherent and not as well publicized dangers of steroids. If you are ever looking for an organization that is doing a lot to educate the youth about steroids, go to this site. I had the chance to meet and speak with Mr. Don Hooton, and he truly is on a crusade to educate the public.

 

Moving

I am a bit ashamed to admit this, but at the end of the month my family is moving farther away from Navy Marine Corps Stadium. I have tried to prevent this at all costs, but in this market, if you move, you take what you can get. The good news is that I am only moving three full blocks farther away (.2 miles), so I will still be within 15 miles of NMCS…which means I can still get there in about 20 minutes. I'm not saying I go there every once in awhile to look at the field or anything because that would be really weird. I'm not that crazy of a Navy football fan. Ok, I go there once a week to smell the grass. There, I admitted it. What was this thread about? Oh yeah, I have to decide whether to stick with Comcast Cable or make the switch to Verizon FIOS in the next home. I am pretty sure I will be going with the later as it will offer me more ESPN channels. Your thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

Bananas

 

Moving is not fun – especially when you are doing it on your own. If you are reading this and you are currently on active-duty, one thing you should definitely be thankful for is having other people move all your stuff. I'll admit there aren't too many benefits about the military that are worth bragging about, but not having to hunt for empty boxes at Costco and BJ's three times a week has got to be on the list. By the way, I am convinced BJ's sells about thirty tons of bananas a day.

 

Four!

 

On Friday, July 24, I will join with other members of the media, Navy football staff, and various sponsors at the annual NAAA golf outing at the Naval Academy Golf Course. I missed last year's event because I was on a business trip in Colorado, but I went two years ago and it was a blast. Of course that was also the last time I actually picked up a full set of golf clubs…so I'm sure I won't be mistaken for Billy Hurley. However, I have been known to hit a good shot about once or twice per 18 holes, so you never know. Maybe this year one of my efforts (best ball format) will actually be played. I'll be sure to give you all a run-down after the festivities. And yes, I know how lucky I am to be going to this…between the golf outing and the recent film session, it's been a very nice off-season.

 

Nettina

 

I don't think it can be understated how great Adam Nettina has been for the GoMids.com site. He is an article-writing machine and his recruiting stories are extremely informative and insightful. I do not know of any other writer in the Navy sports arena who has provided as much content on the team during an off-season in the triple-option era. We Navy fans are very fortunate.


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