Tuesday, July 31, 2007

More News and Notes

First and foremost, the official press release of Coach Johnson's comments at yesterday's media day is up. I'll discuss this later today/tomorrow once I get some "real life" stuff taken care of.

Moving on...As you can see from the right side bar of the blog, the "How Many Games will Navy win this year?" poll is closed. Half of respondents felt the Mids would win 9 or 10 games this coming season (including a Bowl) indicating a very optimistic outlook that I more or less share. Only one voter felt Navy would win 6 games this coming year, and none felt the Mids would win less than six . Interestingly enough, seven individuals felt Navy would win more than 10 games in 2007, which to be honest seems a bit lofty at this point. Still, the general consensus by the fans, players, and the administration echoes this year's marketing slogan "expect to win," which is certainly a far cry from just five short years ago. The next two polls will feature questions on surprise performers for the 2007 season.

Elsewhere in the blogosphere, Phelix gives us his five myths of Paul Johnson's offense, taking aim at the cliches and "yes, but" phrases the so called "experts" often use when describing the triple option. I especially like the point he makes about recruiting and "balance."

Our friend Pat over at The Blue Gray Sky gives us his annual position preview for Notre Dame's 2007 opponents, starting with the quarterback position. His analysis of Kaipo-Noa and Jarod Bryant is right on, although he does rate the Navy quarterbacks behind Shaun Carney and the Air Force unit.

Also, I'd like to briefly comment on the passing of Bill Walsh. It seems like just yesterday he was doing color commentary for the Navy-Stanford game, and although I knew he was sick, I was not aware that things had deteriorated so quickly. It's been said before, but it's worth saying again. He was a class act guy who basically revolutionized the game, and his legacy will be continued by disciples of his coaching philosophy far into the future. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

That's all for now.

1 comment:

Gary said...

I think all Navy fans will enjoy going to the Blue/Gray site as they detail 5 games that Navy could have won VS ND.
It gives you a perspective at how close the series is despite the lopsided won-loss.
Of course its the won-loss that matters!
The replay of us being screwed by ND refs on that 4th down is especially aggravating and painful to watch.
This year!!!!!