Monday, February 27, 2012

College Baseball: March 31, 2009


Delaware State's Dan Perkins facing Navy in 2008 (Photo / T. Flynn)


If the steroid news around the hot stove this winter has dampened your desire to dive back into the major league game this spring, there's an alternative until late June. It's college baseball and right now most teams are pulling out of the cold stretch of their schedules, so braving a contest in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast will soon become blanket optional.

Thecollegebaseballblog.com is one of the best sites on the web for keeping up with the college game.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wall Street Journal, February 21

Stanford crew c. 1914 (Photo / Library of Congress)
Today's Wall Street Journal includes an article by Tom Flynn on a member of the USNA band who keeps in shape by plying the waters of the Severn and Potomac rivers in a rowing scull.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

College Baseball: Baseball America Weighs In

Baseball America has made its 2012 projections and Navy hasn't sailed under the radar. The magazine has the Mids topping the Patriot League and earning with it the conference's only NCAA tournament bid.

Senior outfielder Alex Azor is projected as the Patriot's Player of the Year while junior Ben Nelson earned mention as one of the league's top hurlers. The Mids open this Friday at North Carolina A&T.

If Baseball America has it right the order of finish for the league will be Navy, Army, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Lafayette.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

College Football: Among Shifting Tides, Navy Anchors the Big East


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Navy will compete in the Big East in 2015 (Photo / inhistoric.com)

As recently covered, Navy has joined the Big East as a football-only member. The Big East, not unlike Conference-USA, is a relatively young football conference, starting play in 1991. It lacks the tradition and stability of both the PAC-12 and Big-10, and throughout its history has had a shifting lineup of members.

The league has grappled with other conferences for members since its inception, most notably in the early 2000's when it lost Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College to the ACC. The recent decision by TCU to reverse course on joining the league to instead head to the Big-12, as well as West Virginia's choice to leave for the Big-12 (currently being litigated), only underscored the conference's inability to achieve football stability.

Enter Navy. The Mids joining a conference, after remaining independent since 1879, gives the Big East what it needs: a 'name' football program, based in the East, that's not going to hop conferences. Through an agreement with the team, Navy will also retain three traditional rivalries on its schedule: Army/Navy, Navy/Notre Dame, and Navy/Air Force. The co-opting of the Army/Navy game is perhaps the greatest coup of Navy joining the Big-East: the country's most established football rivalry will now involve a Big East team.

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