Sunday, October 23, 2016

Quick Thoughts: Army vs. North Texas

I thought Army was going to go into Michie Stadium yesterday and win a close game in tough conditions.  That's the second time I've thought that, only to watch them lay an egg.  The team ran pretty well early, but QB Ahmad Bradshaw was off target with his passes for the first three quarters of the game, giving up a pick-6 on a very high pass that his receiver tipped to a North Texas DB.  The defense played well enough to keep the team in the game for a half, but we still headed into the break down by four.

Friday, October 21, 2016

5 Things on a Friday: Hooked on a Feeling, Vol. 2

I discovered last week that 5 Things is a lot less work than the NFL picks pool I was running previously and has at least twice as many readers.  I still feel like the series may ran its course during the primary season, but who knows?  Maybe with election itself coming to a close, we’re almost ready to move on.
Anyway, there’s plenty to talk about this week.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Army Football Preview: North Texas

Army fans saw one of the best games in the history of Army Football this past Saturday, and that’s really saying something.  But honestly, what more could you ask?  We had a glorious mid-60° day without a cloud in the sky, Homecoming in front of a sold-out crowd at the height of the fall leaf season, and Army putting fully nine touchdowns on the board while allowing only one.  This was a great game in what has become a very exciting season, and fans everywhere are feeling it.

This week, the Black Knights host their second home game in a row, taking on the Mean Green of North Texas.  With the way this season has shaken out, this weekend’s game has become arguably the most important game remaining on the schedule aside from the Navy and the Air Force games.  If Army wins on Saturday, then the Black Knights have an excellent shot at making a bowl appearance.  If they don’t win, the path to the postseason becomes much, much more difficult.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Basic Statistics: Army Football & P-Wins

Before we talk football, I should note that both the Army Men’s and Women’s Swim Teams opened their seasons 1-0 last week with wins against UMass.  Army has an outstanding plebe breaststroker named Ty Dang who put up a mind-boggling 1:58.7 in his first dual meet, just a second off of John VanSant’s iconic NCAA-winning Academy record of 1:57.65 from way back in 1984.
Swimming has gotten amazingly fast over the past twenty years, to the point where I hardly know what to think of it anymore.  Nevertheless, Army has two very good swim teams, and that makes the future an exciting time.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Quick Thoughts: Army vs. Lafayette

It's hard not to like a game like that.  Army put up 671 yards of offense including 537 yards rushing.  They won 62-7.

Check the scoreboard.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Update: Junior High Election

Some of you may know that my daughter Hannah ran for President of her junior high school, following up a year in which she served as VP. It turns out that she lost--by ONE VOTE.  This was particularly painful because one of her best friends was out on Election Day, meaning that if that friend had been allowed to vote, the final tally would have resulted in a tie. She wanted to bring this up to be teachers, essentially to contest the result. 

"No," I told her, "you have to respect the integrity of the process. Don't take that away from your classmates. It stinks, but now you have to support the winner, bring your class back together, and serve as a Representative-at-Large to the best of your ability. That's what makes Democracy work, the orderly transition of power."