About The Birddog

A “bird dog” is just another name for a pointer. Pointers are a hunter’s best friend; dogs that track game birds and point at them so hunters can find them. The Naval Academy had a nationwide system of “pointers” in the 1950s and 60s led by the legendary “Rip” Miller. Instead of game fowl, though, these scouts looked for athletic talent. Scouts would identify high school athletes and alert Navy coaches, who could then begin the process of recruiting them. The similarity to the relationship between the hunter and his dog earned this scouting network the nickname, “Birddogs.” The Birddogs were once labeled by Time Magazine as “perhaps the most extensive recruiting service in college football. ”

Over time, as information became more readily available and college football became less of a regional affair and more of a national one, “Birddogs” became obsolete. Players can now mail their own highlight tapes to coaches, and they do it to schools across the country. While civilian talent scouting might be a thing of the past, the spirit of the Birddog as a far-flung advocate for Navy athletics remains, and is the inspiration behind this blog.

Or maybe it’s just to heckle from the balcony. It’s what the internet does best!

Statler & Waldorf

So there you have it. Hopefully a couple more “Birddogs” will catch on and have some fun with this. Happy reading!


11 Responses

  1. Great blog, can’t wait to read more!

  2. You will now and forever be “my official” Navy Sports junkie source/resource!

  3. I’m so happy to have this blog to read. It’s good to know that there are other Navy football fans out there who think about the game other than on any given Saturday. Go Navy!

  4. Greatest blog in the history of the world!
    Kettani is God!!

    • will you beat PSU next year?

  5. great blog! just found while search for future football schedules. will definitely bokmark this one.

    go navy! beat army!

  6. Thanks so much for all of your commentary, analysis and teaching about Navy football. I’ve enjoyed reading your material so much this year. Hope I get to wave to you at the EagleBank Bowl. I’ll be in 540.

  7. Hey Birddog,

    Do you have the dates for any Navy home games in the 2112 season. I am working on putting together a Class (57) reunion schedule. Thank you for whatever info you may have.

    Great Blog!!


    Peter Junghans

  8. I don’t have schedule dates for 2012. Honestly, game dates change so often that they’re kind of useless to post that far out anyway. You’ll probably see 2012 dates when the new media guide comes out this summer.

  9. Birddog…..you are the man! Great Blog!

  10. My Dad was a 1922 USNA grad and one of Rip’s Bird Dogs.

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