mm462: Impervious to the Olympics

August 8, 2008

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MUDGE’s Musings

Long ago, yr (justifiably) humble svt was quite the sports fan. Some of this was genetic; my long-deceased father was a baseball fan, first and foremost; during his prime he was pleased to have season’s tickets for both Chicago ball clubs.

His oldest son is more of a fair weather fan. And the weather thus far this season has been quite fair, thank you very much, on both the North and South sides of town, although all such observations are via television or Internet; stadium tickets, parking, refreshments are luxury goods.

Professional and college football I find more compelling; even though I never have been at all athletic, the large size of football players fits my self image better, I think. Those seasons are just about to begin; it’s been a long several months football-free drought. But, interest is vicarious; the past two seasons, courtesy of my Naval Academy children, I have actually attended a couple of live college games, but it’s been 30 years or more since I’ve attended a professional contest.

For many years, I was a happy subscriber to Sports Illustrated, and a voracious consumer of televised sports of all kinds, although until the past few years penury deprived me of many years of ESPN.

And, every four years, and lately, since the Winter and Summer games have been split, every two years, I was a consumer of televised Olympics.

A fellow denizen of BlogExplosion.com, michiganrafter, much more into things athletic (and commercial) than am I, had a listing the other day of the Top Ten Olympic Moments, and I could recall and concur with all of his choices.

That was then. It’s no accident, I think, that most of his top 10 occurred at least 20, and some more than 30, years ago.

Sport has changed.

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mm184: Navy 46 — Notre Dame 44!

November 3, 2007

MUDGE’S Musings

Military weekend part two:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It’s over. After 44 years and three overtimes.

Navy finally beat Notre Dame 46-44 in triple overtime on Saturday, ending the Fighting Irish’s NCAA-record winning streak against the Midshipmen at 43 games.

We were there! Former Lieutenant MUDGElet No. 2, USNA ’96; former Lieutenant (now Mrs.) MUDGElet No. 2a, USNA ’97, and proud dad.

What a scene! What an exciting game! The true, classic college football fall afternoon, sunny, 55° at kickoff, a blue sky only full of Goodyear, the 80,000 seat stadium only a bit changed from the 20s, the fans, the bands, the leprechaun, the cheerleaders, and two football teams. Notre Dame, 120 proud years of football history, a winner over Navy for 43 straight years (a record), since the storied days of Roger Staubach. Navy, equally proud, but not often in ND’s league, though always their equal, or better, in heart and fight.

[Please click the link below for the complete article — but then please come on back!]

ESPN – Notre Dame’s NCAA-record 43-game win streak over Navy ends – NCAA College Football Recap

For 43 years, that Navy pride hasn’t been enough. Today, catching an Irish team nosediving through a one-win season, the heart, the fight, and the chops were all there, and five-thousand visiting Navy fans were privileged to see it happen, all 60 minutes of regulation and three, count ’em, three overtime periods worth.

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A classic day for this lifelong football, and near-lifelong Navy football fan.

Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, the ecstatic individual pictured at the right, is Navy’s quarterback, so in addition to his athletic prowess, he’s a student at one of the most demanding institutions of higher education in the U.S., Unlike most highly qualified college football players, he knows that even if he dreams of an after-college future playing on the professional level, he knows that, like Roger Staubach and David Robinson and many other standouts before him, any professional athletic career will only begin after he concludes his career as an officer in the United States Navy.

College student, accomplished athlete, dedicated patriot. What’s not to love about an institution filled with them?

It’s it for now. Thanks,

–MUDGE