Navy Notables – 12/15/14

Sir, there are 362 days until Navy beats Army to make it 14 in ’15, Sir!

Good morning!  I hope everyone has recovered from watching the Army-Navy game this weekend.  It was a fantastic outing in Baltimore – one that I can not wait to repeat in 2016.  Don’t get me wrong, the Linc is a fantastic venue for the game.  But I do love the ease of getting in to Baltimore and home in one relatively short day.  Having College Gameday there made it all that much better.  FYI, if you were at the game and forgot to record Gameday, you can still catch it archived on watchESPN.  Also, if you were at the game, you may have missed the tease that lead in to the broadcast on CBS.  Go watch it now – it was great as always.

In case you needed a reminder of why the game was moved back a week, take a look at this tweet:

That number beats both the Pac-12 (4.2) and Big Ten (3.7) title games from last weekend.  That’s very significant and a trend we need to continue.  With 3 years left on the current deal, one which Forbes has called “The Most Undervalued Television Deal in Sports,” strong ratings will be a financial boon for not only Army and Navy, but for The American conference as well.  Don’t forget, the current TV deal for The American only goes through the end of Navy’s current CBS contract.  At that point, negotiations will open up and whom ever wins will be winning the Army-Navy game every other year when Navy’s the home team.

Navy soccer senior defender Joseph Greenspan was named a First Team All-American by National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America First Team.  This marks the first time in 45 years Navy has had a 2-time All-American on the men’s soccer team (Walter Bahr 1968-69).

Navy swimming continued its dominance of Army on Thursday.  Both the men’s and women’s team won, extending their winning streaks against Army to 24- and 26-consecutive meets, respectively.  On the day, Navy won 24 of the 32 events and swept the podium in 9 of 28 individual events.  Of particular note: Navy 2/C Jonathan DeBaugh broke Mark Spitz’s 42-year-old pool record in the 100m butterfly.

The men’s basketball team struggle is real.  After holding a 13 point lead in the 2nd half, the Mids were outscored 19-2 over the final 9 minutes in a 53-46 loss to Maryland Eastern Shore.  Navy had as many turnovers, five, as shots (all of which were missed) in that span.  For the game, the team shot just 38% from the floor, managing to make just 4-of-19 3-pointers.  Navy wraps up non-conference play on December 22nd against Towson at Alumni Hall.

I’ll leave you with this – the 13th straight year Navy sang second:

#BeatArmy

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