My name is Mike, and I graduated from the Naval Academy in 1999. I started The Birddog in 2007 as a way to foster conversations about Navy athletics, especially football, that were more in-depth and intelligent than I was finding elsewhere (yes, I am aware of how pompous that sounds).
The original “Birddogs” were members of a national network of Navy boosters that would alert the Navy coaching staff to outstanding high school student-athletes in their areas. Time Magazine once called them “perhaps the most extensive recruiting service in college football.” Such a group would be obsolete today, but I liked the idea of a far-flung, informal association of Navy football advocates. That was the inspiration behind the name of the site.
The blog was a modest success, and soon got the attention of Rivals.com, who chose me to start a Navy site for their network. Today, you’ll find my thoughts on Navy sports at TheMidReport.com. This blog started collecting dust after the move, but I’ve decided to give it a semi-revival as a platform to discuss other things on my mind. We’ll see how it goes.