When it comes to the Academy calendar, a lot of us literally or figuratively circle Christmas break as it's the time most families reunite in the midst of the academic year and the Mids are, more or less, free of responsibilities. There are exceptions and variations. One Mid will spend the time after Christmas and … Continue reading Plebes & Firsties turn an important corner on a new year
I have to admit it. Frostee Dove was one of the first people associated with the United States Naval Academy that evoked jealousy. I wanted her job. During that stressful Plebe Year, I saw all these Facebook posts of happy Mids receiving beautiful gift baskets, all created and delivered by Frostee and Mid Mom Express. … Continue reading Frostee is back and I’m a little jealous … again
So let's cut to the chase. The singular lesson learned from this year's Army-Navy game is that this Parade of Lasts simply isn't going to follow the script and I should realize that isn't a bad thing. After watching Navy lose The Game each of my Mid's first three years, I hoped his class would … Continue reading The Parade of Lasts: Army-Navy Game edition
One of the lessons during my training as a journalist was about helping people make sense out of complicated situations whether it was a tax hike, the AFC playoff scenarios, or how the electoral college works. So once I got past the initial shock of the news out of Pensacola last week, I began trying … Continue reading Making sense of the Pensacola shooting and the loss of Kaleb Watson
If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I was a guest on Grant Vermeer's Academy Insider podcast. You can listen to the podcast right here: And if you're familiar with Grant and AI, you know that Grant comes across as a genuinely nice guy who shows a genuine passion for the … Continue reading You want to know the truth about Grant Vermeer and Academy Insider?
'Hard to believe, but the Army-Navy game is just around the corner. It will be the last one for us, but the first for others. If your Mid has not experienced an Army-Navy game, I have just a few items to suggest as "must-haves" to make the experience a little more tolerable. For context, it's … Continue reading My “must-have” Mid items for the Army-Navy game
The stage was set, a perfect script for the final game of my son's football career - not only were the Midshipmen riding an undefeated record into the championship game but they were playing for the title against Army ... and in our backyard at Franklin Field. Everything went according to plan. We met at … Continue reading That time when life simply didn’t follow the script