AIRING OF GRIEVANCES

NAVY LOST TO DUKE. I HAVE REACHED MY LIMIT FOR TOLERANCE AND PATIENCE. NOW IT’S TIME TO START CRACKING SKULLS.

THE YELLOW “N” AT MIDFIELD:

WHY CAN WE GET A GOLD N-STAR FOR A ONE-OFF GAME AT THE MEADOWLANDS BUT HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH A HIDEOUS LOOKING YELLOW N AT HOME? DO THEY GIVE DISCOUNTS FOR TACKY PAINT COLORS? IT’S NAVY BLUE AND GOLD, NOT NAVY BLUE AND THE COLOR OF THE MIDDLE STRIPE ON A TWO-LANE ROAD. AND WHY IS THERE NO STAR ON THE N ANYMORE? IF THE TV CAMERAS ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FIELD, JUST FLIP THE LOGO. GOLD SIDE FANS HAVE LIVED WITH AN UPSIDE DOWN N-STAR FOR 50 YEARS. IT’S TIME FOR THE BLUE-SIDE PANSIES TO SUCK IT UP. WHICH REMINDS ME…

MOVING THE TV CAMERAS TO THE GOLD SIDE: I’M NOT SURE WHAT’S WORSE: THE NUCLEAR GLARE THAT LEAPS OUT FROM THE FIELDTURF, OR THE FACT THAT THE CAMERAS AREN’T MOUNTED HIGH ENOUGH:

DID HE CATCH IT? IS IT A TOUCHDOWN? HELL IF I KNOW, BECAUSE MAGNUS HERE AND HIS GIANT BLOND SCANDINAVIAN GRAPE ARE BLOCKING THE VIEW.

THE ECONOMY: MY HOUSE IS NOW WORTH APPROXIMATELY ONE-FIFTH OF WHAT I PAID FOR IT. I AM DOOMED TO SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE IN THE GROUND ZERO OF MEDIOCRITY THAT IS JACKSONVILLE.

LA NOPALERA: WHAT KIND OF MEXICAN RESTAURANT NOT ONLY DOESN’T HAVE BOHEMIA AT THE BAR, BUT MAKES YOU SIT IN THAT BOHEMIA-LESS BAR FOR AN HOUR BEFORE THEY COME OUT AND TELL YOU THAT THEY’RE OUT OF CARNITAS? THE KIND WE HAVE IN JACKSONVILLE, THAT’S WHAT KIND.

THE CADET CHICK IN THE CBS COLLEGE SPORTS STUDIO SHOW: NO YOU DON’T GET CONGRATULATED FOR BEATING VMI YOU SNOTTY-ASS WOOP. YOU QUIETLY ACCEPT YOUR GIFT-WRAPPED WIN AND PRAY THAT YOU DON’T GET CHARGED WITH A WAR CRIME FOR SCHEDULING SUCH AN OVERMATCHED VICTIM.

MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR THAT HAS 9 BEAGLES: EVERY TIME I SO MUCH AS STEP ON A TWIG IN MY BACKYARD I AM REWARDED WITH A BARKING CACOPHANY FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE THAT IS UNRIVALED EXCEPT FOR MAYBE A KE$HA CONCERT. HOW ABOUT GETTING RID OF A DOG OR TWO, CRUELLA DEVILLE?

HALLOWEEN: SCORES OF GERM-CARRYING, PINT-SIZED JERKS RING MY DOORBELL ALL NIGHT TO MAKE MY DOGS FREAK OUT AND BEG FOR CANDY. NO I WON’T GIVE YOU A SECOND KIT-KAT YOU UNGRATEFUL BRAT. JUST FOR ASKING I HOPE THE REST OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS HANDING OUT ORANGE MARSHMALLOWS SHAPED LIKE PEANUTS. YOU ARE THE WORST “HOLIDAY” EVER.

CBS COLLEGE SPORTS CAMERAS: I HAVE A WIDE-SCREEN TV SO I CAN SEE MORE OF THE FIELD, NOT SO YOU CAN ZOOM IN SO CLOSE THAT I CAN CALL THE SNAP CADENCE MYSELF.

PROTIP: IF YOU’VE ZOOMED IN SO FAR THAT YOU CAN’T EVEN SEE EVERYONE IN THE FORMATION, YOU’VE ZOOMED IN TOO DAMN FAR.

NOTRE DAME: YOUR INCREDIBLE INCOMPETENCE GAVE EVERYONE FALSE HOPE. THIS IS YOUR FAULT.

POINSETTIA BOWL: YOU ARE SCHEDULED ON DECEMBER 23RD. THAT MEANS THAT EVERYONE GOING HOME FROM THE GAME WILL HAVE TO LEAVE ON CHRISTMAS EVE. WELL THAT JACKS UP THE PRICE OF THE TRIP A BIT NOW DOESN’T IT. AND A SPECIAL SCREW YOU TO SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FOR GIVING ME FREE TICKETS THAT I CAN’T USE FOR THE ONE THING I ACTUALLY WANT TO TRAVEL TO BECAUSE YOU WON’T LET ME USE THEM ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

VINNY DEL NEGRO: YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON ON EARTH WHO CAN STOP BLAKE GRIFFIN, AND YOU HAVE BEEN DOING SO WITH RUTHLESS EFFICIENCY. NOW CHOKE YOURSELF.

PEOPLE WHO CONSTANTLY CALL FOR THE BACKUP QUARTERBACK: GREAT IDEA, LOMBARDI. I’M SURE THAT’LL FIX THE DEFENSE. WHILE YOU’RE AT IT WHY DON’T YOU CHANGE THE OIL TO SEE IF THAT’LL GET RID OF THE SQUEALING NOISE COMING FROM YOUR BRAKES. DON’T YOU KNOW ANY OTHER POSITIONS? WHY DON’T YOU EVER WANT TO BENCH THE LEFT GUARD? HOW ABOUT THE LONG SNAPPER? YOU ARE NADIR OF HUMANITY. YOU ARE AN AFFRONT TO REASON. YOU ARE A HORRIBLE PERSON AND I HATE YOU.

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57 Responses

  1. Oh, c’mon, Mike tell us what you _really_ think…

  2. Mike – “The sun ‘ill come out tomorrow …”
    I forgot the rest of the words which is good because you wouldn’t want to hear me sing. I sound a lot like you neighbor’s pack of dogs.

  3. Um, you left your CAPS LOCK key on.

    /ducks

  4. Mike don’t sugar coat it, how do you really feel?

    And would now be a bad time to wish you success in your campaign for the Maryland legislature?

    It’s a sneaky way to get travel expenses to Navy home games.

    LOL!

  5. I guess the Dant should’ve said “Enjoy your weekend, and ONLY THE WEEKEND” on the Navy Highlight video.

  6. Hate the camera on the gold side. Hate. It. Everything looks wrong. Can barely see the field for the glare, looks like crap.

    You forgot:

    The endless line of immortal Duke qb’s who throw for a career game every time they play us.

    Homecoming. Should just not have it, or have it but don’t play a fb game.

    Playing at home. We should just spot the visitors 2 td’s and start the game in the 3rd quarter.

  7. I would suggest that we go back to scheduling William and Mary for homecoming like we used to do in the 60’s but they almost beat UNC yesterday.

  8. Aaah, the female WooPoo to which Mike refers:

    The introduction by the common tater on TV was something close to “You’re familiar with two of the WooPoo football players…” She smiled.
    I howled, my wife fell off the sofa. My beer sloshed.

    Imagine if the common tater had asked Matt if he “was familiar” with members of the female Navy volleyball team….

    Or is my mind just always looking for an innuendo? I blame it on the fighter pilot community to which I was exposed and too much time in Cubi.

    CAPS LOCK? I think Mike was yelling. I could hear him in Georgia.

  9. Exposed! Blame it on FORTRAN & GOTRAN.

    I really am not Don P.

    padre67

  10. HORN GUY NEEDS TO LEARN HIS RULES OF THE ROADS SIGNALS. WE DO THREE SHORT BLASTS ON THIRD DOWN WHILE ON D FOR BACKING DOWN. ONE PROLONGED FOR CHANGE OF STATUS. STOP BLOWING THE HORN TO PUMP UP THE CROWD ON OFFENSE LIKE YOU ARE SOME POWER BOATER WATCHING FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS.

  11. Happy Festivus!

    Camera angles! Why do we have to see the officials in profile? Can’t tell who the flag was on and can’t tell what the foul was and can’t hear the buggers either for some reason, unless I turn it up to ELEVEN — because it’s LOUDER — but then have to turn it back down so the shrill call of the female woop in the broadcast booth doesn’t blow out my windows.

  12. Why do we have to see the officials in profile?

    Because the cameras were moved to the Gold side but the press box remained on the Blue side. The referee has to make the call to the press box but there are no cameras on that side of the field.

  13. AND WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH OVALTINE?

    THE JAR IS ROUND

    THE MUG IS ROUND

    THEY SHOULD CALL IT ROUNDTINE

  14. The Supe and Dant should have canceled all weekends after Saturday’s suckfest, and charged one to every mid regardless whether they signed up for one or not. Misery loves company.

  15. WHY IS “ABBREVIATE” SUCH A LONG WORD??
    THAT’S GARBAGE. WHOEVER CAME UP WITH THAT WORD IS SCUM.

  16. WHY ARE THERE MOUNTAINS OF TRASH PILED UP EVERYWHERE

  17. Time for the Feats of Strength. Clearly these were lacking by Navy in the first (worst) half. By the way, Festivus is celebrated on Dec 23rd, as will be the Poinsettia Bowl; coincidence? The way we played that last game, it will be a Festivus Miracle if we are in it….

  18. Yes, I remember William & Mary and the gut wrenching loss to them lingers in the recesses of my mind, sort of like getting the Brick after a blind date weekend. I live 20 minutes from West Point and have taken great joy in driving around with my BEAT ARMY bumper sticker, just below my GO NAVY BEAT OBAMA sticker. Now, for the first time in 9 years, I am hearing rumblings of “This is our year” as they gloat over beating Duke and VMI. For those of you who didn’t see the VMI game, Army was not impressive, but they still point out that they beat Duke. Come November 20, they play Notre Dame in Yankee Stadium. Then it’ll be my turn. As to the December 11th game, nine sounds fine.

  19. For years I have had wonderful seats on the gold side of the field. The company is great, and the sun keeps me warm for the first half. There is a little bit of a glare off of the fake surface, but nothing that sunglasses can’t erase.

    Then, Saturday happens. All of a sudden there is a massive crane with a camera man on top racing up and down the sideline. I basically missed any play in between the 30’s. Oh, and I can’t really see the far side of the field anyway. So, that limited my view to about 1/3 of the field. Thanks CBS. Thanks Chet. Thanks Weatherbie (the ultimate scapegoat).

    So I don’t want to hear anyone complain about the view on TV and that you couldn’t see the entire formation. I COULDN’T SEE THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE OR THE QUARTERBACK, YOU KNOW, THE GUY WHO HAS THE BALL ON EVERY PLAY. CBS Sports and the extra sports package costs about $10 per month. My tickets cost $33 per game. Shut it.

  20. After reading all this whining, I’d be better off on the gomids board! :)

    Why were we passing on our first two offensive plays from scrimmage? It’s not like Duke had 11 in the box, or anything.

  21. Agree w/ goat7ed.

    The three horns for backing down has occurred to me before. Doesn’t really make sense, does it–for the D to be backing up on third down?

    I damn near failed wires, but I typically had the gouge on the PCE.

  22. DO YOU LIKE THIS BLOG? THEN YOU WANT ME TO SEE THE ENTIRE FORMATION.

  23. 1.The N* should be oriented towards the END ZONE
    2.NEGRA MODELA and tequila is an adequate substitute. There is TRUTH IN TEQUILA
    3.WOO POO CHICK says it all
    4.WHY POINSETTIA AT ALL
    5.SQUINT INTO THE SUN it makes you look like JOHN F*** WAYNE
    6.RELEASE A RACOON in your neighbors yard the beagles will have a heart attack.
    7.WATCH THE ND GAME AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN
    8.JACKSONVILLE DOESN’T HAVE THE PAPER MILL BE THANKFULL.

  24. THREE SHORT BLASTS ON THIRD DOWN TO SIGNAL THE BALL WILL MOVE BACKWARDS WHILE WE ARE ON D…ACCEPTABLE WITH BONUS POINTS FOR THE DOUBLE ENTENDRE. TWO SHORT AND A PROLONGED…NO. FOUR SHORT BLASTS FOR A 4TH DOWN STAND…MAKES NO SENSE. PROLONGED BLAST ON AN INTERCEPTION, FUMBLE RECOVERY OR TURNOVER ON DOWNS (GOING OUR WAY)…GOOD. RANDOM HORN HONKING AFTER A GOOD OFFENSIVE PLAY…STUPID.

    OTHER STUPID THINGS… SHOWING SANTIAGO’S PROFILE PICTURE ON THE SCOREBOARD AFTER A PARTICULARLY GOOD DEFENSIVE PLAY.

    NOT GETTING THE DISTINGUISHED GRADS OFF THE FIELD WHEN THE GUY IN THE RED HAT SIGNALED 30 SECONDS…THEY ARE OLD, AND WHEN PLAY RESUMED AND THE CROWD CHEERED FOR THE PLAY, THE DISTINGUISHED GRADS WERE LEFT BELIEVING ALL THAT CHEERING WAS FOR THEM AND THEY STAYED ON THE FIELD WAIVING TO THE CROWD.

    FINALLY FOR THE “FANS”, WHEN YOU SHUFFLE OUT OF THE STANDS AT HALF TIME OR THE END OF THE GAME, AND YOU GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TUNNEL, THAT IS NOT THE TIME TO STOP AND ASSESS YOUR LIFE, RENEW OLD FRIENDSHIPS OR MAKE THAT LIFE ALTERING DECISION OF “DO I TURN LEFT OR RIGHT?” JUST KEEP MOVING.

  25. And DON’T pee on the shoe of your neighbor in the head, because the urinals are too close to each other!

    No, that didn’t really happen, but I thought it might.

  26. I picked the Monday after the Duke game to have lunch with a former boss who is :
    1. A Duke grad and
    2. A Duke grad who saw Duke beat Navy and Joe Bellino in 1960 in person and
    3. A Duke grad who never lets me forget 1 and 2.
    So I’m particularly sympathetic to any of you right now.

  27. Frank, orient the “N” to the end zone and a third of the “Fans” (those who got in Goat7ed’s way) will think it’s a Z.

    And AF will be convinced that it stands for “Zoomies.”

  28. re: gold side view, horrible. Color and pagentry missing in washed out view to say the least. believe CBS college sports did a number at West Point too in that 50 year season ticket holders screwed. All so they could get the mids and woops in camera?! Seems the mikes pick up idle chatter in stands also.

    why wait to half time to make adjustments? (probably not a fact but seems that is what all the tv people say).

  29. That wasn’t CBSCS’ decision. Actually, if you asked them they were probably against it.

  30. Navy fans – Congrats on a great effort against Duke on Saturday!!!!

  31. You guys are completely illogical!!!
    Completely whacko!!!
    A bunch of towny whiners!!!!

  32. OK HOW BAD ARE SO CALLED NAVY FANS?
    WATCHING GAMES AT NMCS IS PAINFUL BECAUSE OF THE FAIR WEATHER FANS THAT ARE MORE INTERESTED IN RUNNING OUT AND GETTING SOME QUALITY SAILBOAT TIME OR FORGOT TO CLOSE THE “GREY POUPON”! THESE PEOPLE RUN OUT AT HALFTIME AND DONT BOTHER COMING BACK? INCREDIBLE! BUT WHAT THE HELL WHEN THEY ARE THERE THEY GET CALLOUSES ON TOP OF THEIR HANDS BECAUSE THEY SIT ON THEM WHEN THEY ACTUALLY INHABIT THEIR SEATS!
    TO SEE ALL THOSE BLUE EMPTY SEATS AND MIDS TRYING TO MOUNT COMEBACK WAS UNFAIR TO THEM SHOWING SUCH A LACK OF CONCERN-SUPPORT!
    SORRY TO SAY BUT NAVY FANS ARE A BUNCH OF “OPERA” FANS WHO POLITELY APPLAUD THEIR TEAM WHEN THEY ARE THERE AND BASICALLY DONT GIVE A RATS ASS TO BEAT ANYONE-BUT ARMY.
    SORRY THAT DONT PAY THE BILLS ANYMORE (JUST BEATING ARMY) AND A BIG F FOR SO CALLED NAVY FANS AT NMCS!

  33. Must say that Gary above makes great point.

    I was at SMU game on Navy side and was struck by no. of empty seats after half-time.

    Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon. I recall this happened in the late 60s as well. However, that was defensible back when we were were losing to nearly everybody. I don’t get it now when we are fielding teams that not only win, but are in most games to the bitter end.

  34. Well, Navy went a long time without sustained winning. NAAA still had to get people to come out to the stadium, though. So instead of selling losing football, they sold “the Great Annapolis Tailgate.” They sold the march-on, fly-by, and the social experience for 20 years, and that’s exactly what people came out for. Only now is there an on-field product that people want to see, but the same people who came for reasons other than football are the ones still buying tickets. It’ll be a while before that changes.

  35. I buy season tickets every year and I live in Florida. If I want to go out at half time and have some cold adult beverages I will. I also come back and have sat in the rain during some awful football. My choice, my money and don’t question my support.
    p.s. I played both varsity lax and Sprint football so Gary as the candidate said to the first Dude. Shove it. p.p.s. 3 N*

  36. Army beat Duke who beat Navy who beat ND who still has to play Army in a few weeks. There might be some sense to this Universe after all. :-)

  37. WHY DID TACO-BELL GO AND FIRE DENISE?

  38. It is interesting how the in-stadiun TV screens are still oriented to our side (Blue) — when I get home and pop in the DVD it takes a play or two for me to get used to that and the glare —

    and that cadet chick was unbearable such that I hit mute — must go back and listen to her being questioned about her familiarity with football team … Malloy should have given her a concusion

  39. Thank you. I linked here from HerLoyalSons. You gave me hope that the cries of the children in the wilderness who are ND fans are not soulless, lonely castaways.

    I feel your pain. We will bond in helpless and hopelessness.

  40. Gary and Mike are both spot on with the Navy (season ticket holder) fan base. Sometimes fair weather, and sometimes unbearable. Amazing the empty 2nd half seats the past two home games. I expect some, but that place was less than a quarter full if you don’t count the middies. It’s especially painful to hear the knuckleheads behind me after every play that is less than 5 yards: “Enough with the option already. Throw the ball.” Or, after a WR screen, “why do we give them such a big cushion?” Obviously they weren’t there when we hosted NC State.

    But Mike is right. Navy sells the family atmosphere, the march on, and the tailgate, and they are doing an excellent job. Anyone I bring to Annapolis for a game is super impressed with the atmosphere and how friendly it is. Ticket sales pay the coaches salaries, upgrade facilities, and provide extra under the table benefits to the players (well not at Navy, but everywhere else). I don’t mind listening to the knuckleheads behind me for a half (they don’t come back after halftime) as long as they pay full price for a ticket.

  41. 9 Beagles next door. Holy crap! Isn’t that against the law?

  42. YOU’RE RIGHT, RED BLAIK. THIS TOTALLY SUCKS. ALMOST AS BAD AS SITTING IN COLORADO SPRINGS AND WRITING CRAP TO PISS PEOPLE OFF FOR A LIVING.

  43. I actually had to move because I was going nuts listening to “strip the ball” or “argghhh” after every play. I thought I was surrounded by pirates. Luckily nearly the entirety of Sections 104-106 were empty by mid 3rd quarter… :- /

  44. If it makes you feel any better, I think the false hope we’ve given Michigan fans this year (and last) pales in comparison.

  45. I am glad I wasn’t your pleber.

  46. RED BLAIK SAYS WHAT?

    trying to figure out when you had less balls, Ramsey…here or when you went back to gomids and deleted all the content from your locked trolling posts. which is your favorite cowardly moment?

  47. Who is then section 2 guy that wears the throwback jersey and stands/cheers (by himself) during important portions of the game? You sir, are my hero.

  48. Kevin. You must meet this man, and give him a link to the blog. Unless it’s bags.

  49. We should send Ramsey’s boss at the Gazette a link to this comment set.

    Hey David, if you’re going to troll, don’t disguise yourself as a woo-poo. How pathetic.

  50. I don’t see what the big deal is.

  51. Ok Frank I am impressed with your “opulence I has it ” stance!
    But I dont care what you did back in the day either. If you want to spend your money and not be in your seat for half a game-THAT is your choice.
    But sorry to say guy-its still a shame when you turn on or attend a Navy game and THE GAME is the 3rd or 4th most important thing on these “fans” minds.
    I went to a few games and the hill area is basically a nursery for Muffy and Biff for their kids to wander off to.
    Dude I didnt question your “fanhood” so no need to come back with some snippy GFY!
    Also perhaps you need some rehab if you have to go out and get a drink and never return?

  52. I guess guys need to get on here and vent about the fans at NMCMS…it just kind of is what it is…not a fanatic group of folks, on the whole, for sure…I personally just zone out when I watch the games anyway, so what people do around me becomes irrelevant…

  53. I am with the guys who get frustrated by our fans. I get the whole family deal but I don’t understand why our players feel they have to motivate fans to make noise in obvious situations. NMCS was redesigned to be family friendly but also to be opponent very unfriendly. We dropped the field down several feet and move the fans closer to be on top of them. When folks are out drinking none of that matters. I think the idea of having five and ten year reunions every home game REALLY hurts us. Most of those folks are returning to see classmates and friends as they should but let’s just do it for one game and one game only (HT Sean Connery in Red October). We can schedule a patsy for homecoming and then other home games will be populated by real fans. No disrespect to you guys who say it’s your dough so you get to do what you want but we need butts in seats screaming their heads off to help us out. I know the players well and they talk about it.

  54. Agree with EKWJR. While I’m a bit of a nut at Navy games and plan on being hoarse at least thru Monday after home games, the culture of the Navy fan base is such that most folks think its “unbecoming” to behave like a typical college fan. That will change over time as the more senior classes pass on, but it will take time.

  55. Watching the Hokie-Ga Tech game last night sure highlighted the difference in fan energy between NMCMS and Blacksburg…I just don’t see Navy getting there any time soon…but I also do not think that either of the other two SA fan bases are all that different from Navy…

  56. I have been to Michie a few times as a guest of a friend who has seasons(and also tomorrow) and we both agree that the Michie crowd is alot more animated and into the game than any Navy game we have attended. They do not have anywhere near the season base sales we do and do draw less fans so a bit unfair to say like us that alot have tix and dont show or comeback from halftime -sometimes they just dont show.
    But it is more a “blue collar” crowd.
    From what I see of AFA games that is pretty close to an ESPN style crowd as any of the academies but not being there and some here that were could be more advisable on that crowd?

  57. loved the Vinny Del Negro rant.

    If you don’t read it all ready, you need to start checking our the Basketbawful blog. It’s hilarious and they hate Del Negro as much as you.

    I haven’t even viewed Birddog since before the Duke game. It hurt my soul. I needed the EC stomping and a solid six more days before I could even bring myself back to this site.

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