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Houston: Pirates are 'dealing with issues'

https://www.reflector.com/houston-pirate...06a5f.html

East Carolina football is "dealing with issues," head coach Mike Houston said Wednesday evening after the team's practice, regarding COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

Houston did not elaborate with specifics on who or how many players are affected, including when asked if starting quarterback Holton Ahlers practiced Wednesday.

"There's no way I want to address any kind of rumor," Houston said. "I'm not discussing any players....We are dealing with some issues right now and we'll continue to work through them as the week goes on," Houston said. "It's a situation that is still very fluid. We've had two really good practices, particularly today. ... I'm not really going to discuss or get into who's available or who's not available right now. I'm excited about the group that we have on the field. We have had to make some adjustments.

"Those adjustments have been made and will continue to be made. ... We won't have a true picture until the end of the week of what our roster is going to look like. We knew this was going to be an abnormal year."
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Line swings back in Navy's favor now that news officially broke as to ECU's covid issues.

Navy currently -2.5 road favorites.
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(10-14-2020 09:19 PM)B easy Wrote:  Line swings back in Navy's favor now that news officially broke as to ECU's covid issues.

Navy currently -2.5 road favorites.

With our recent Navy history, I think that decimal point is out of place on the line.
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(10-14-2020 09:19 PM)B easy Wrote:  Line swings back in Navy's favor now that news officially broke as to ECU's covid issues.

Navy currently -2.5 road favorites.

We're on ESPN2 now with the Cindy/Tulsa postponement btw. 04-cheers



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Game bumped up from ESPN+ to ESPN2.

https://www.espn.com/college-football/ga.../401212548
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Pregame Podcast: Can ECU beat Navy without Holton Ahlers?

https://247sports.com/college/east-carol...153025005/
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Pirates-Midshipmen move closer to green light for Saturday

https://247sports.com/college/east-carol...153039085/

All of ECU's COVID-19 tests administered on Wednesday came back negative and there were no new positives, according to head coach Mike Houston. The Pirates' second-year coach said the team was dealing with some coronavirus issues following Wednesday's practice and he wouldn't get into specifics surrounding certain players, including the status of quarterback Holton Ahlers, which remains a mystery with the game getting closer.

But based on Wednesday's testing, which came back fully on Thursday morning, Navy-ECU inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday appears to be a go, barring something drastic on Friday morning when the team does its final antigen rapid response test...."Very encouraged by Wednesday's test," Houston said after Thursday's practice. "No positives, so everybody that tested Wednesday was negative. That's promising. We've got one more round of testing tomorrow morning before everyone makes the decision. But right now, I would anticipate us being locked in and ready to go at 12 o'clock on Saturday."
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B Easy laid down the basics of the rivalry and the history. I'll mine the Navy SID's Game Notes for more insight later, but I thought I would walk through my personal history of the Navy-ECU rivalry games. I've seen all the NMCMS games, but none of the Dowdy-Ficklen games.

I entered the Naval Academy from the Treasure Coast of Florida, and I believe two years later a high school friend went to East Carolina. So I made a couple road trips down to Greenville for football weekends. Must have been the 1989 season. Navy football was pretty mediocre, so the tailgate scene at ECU was AWESOME for a midshipman...young, and dumb, and ...

Fast forward to Navy and ECU establishing a four game home and home -- first one '06 at Navy. From 2004-2007, I was stationed in DC and living outside Annapolis. Navy was four years into the Paul Johnson era - after the initial growing pains season, we had been to three straight bowls, and I was a true believer again. I was posting on message boards, including, I think the scout.com ECU site - I was already slhNavy91 then. However, my girls were 8 and 7 and 5 and 4, so I wasn't buying season tickets and even making it through a full game the one or two times we'd try was questionable. But this was a great game to attend. ECU was clearly the bigger, faster, stronger team that day, so it was touch and go even with the Paul Johnson offense working well. You had a beast linebacker who I recall knocked down not one but two option pitches in the backfield.

In 2010, I was stationed in Napoli - as I recall, I streamed the Navy Radio broadcast - so I love B Easy's video (I think that video was compiled by NavyBirddog - fewer motivational videos now and more cutting film to analyze the ins and outs of the Triple Option for dummies like me).

In 2011, I returned for my 20-year reunion...the ECU game. I was "that guy" leaving the drinking and socializing to actually watch the game. That incredible completion streak by Dominique Davis was impressive even without knowing the stats in the stadium - "does that guy ever miss?!?" Our block of seats was in the North End Zone, so 150 yards away from the dramatic end of the game in the opposite end zone. First, we had an apparent touchdown catch ruled incomplete due to the "through the completion of the catch to the ground" rule. Still kind of pissed because it seemed like a catch and a football move and became a runner, but I can see the reading to the letter of the law. And then the doink off the goal post. Disappointing for the 20-year reunion, but emblematic of what would be the only losing season between 2003-2017.

2012 game, I had moved from Italy to the UK. Again, I must have been streaming the Navy Radio Network broadcast. Still couldn't reliably get ESPN stream overseas. While I was set up to get American Forces Network in the village, we really only get Navy football for ND, AF, Army, and bowl game. Much like 2010, great to listen to, maybe even moreso as recovery from what I saw in person a year earlier.

In the summer of 2015, after five years overseas, I moved back to another DC job, and again lived just outside Annapolis. We were renovating a house, we moved in with my mother-in-law, but damnit, I had Navy season tickets. When Navy joined the Big East in January of 2012, there was a lot of hand wringing about whether we would be able to compete. Granted, the American of 2015 was different from the Big East of 2011, but there was still angst from some about how we would do. Meanwhile East Carolina had been the only "G5" team to be ranked in the inaugural CFP rankings in 2014. Navy had rolled Colgate in front of a sparse crowd Labor Day weekend, but this ECU game was historic - first conference game after 134 years of independent Navy football. How would Navy fare in this new environment? 415 yards rushing. We knew Keenan was awesome, but I don't think even then we thought he would be a top-5 Heisman vote getter or end up as the all time NCAA D1 touchdown scorer. ECU would beat VT the following week, so it's not like this was the nadir of ECU. So it was big to win that game.

In 2016, the game was delayed after October hurricane flooding (was it a hurricane, or a non-tropical-named storm?). I wasn't going in October, and I didn't go in November. Those girls who made home games tough ten years earlier made away games impossible. But in November, despite a loss to Air Force earlier, I had the good taste of a Notre Dame win still. In the year after Keenan, the heir in whom Navy fans were confident had gone down in game one, and the guy we expected to be the FG/PAT holder had led us through the AAC West. I watched in my living room as Navy clinched a spot in the second-ever AAC CCG. I'm sorry it eclipsed Zay Jones' record setting, and I admit I was more celebratory the next week when we clinched hosting the CCG with an even bigger rout over SMU when we brought 75 and played 74 (punter Alex Barta wanted to be put in as a receiver but Coach Niumat denied him).

And then last year I was again in the stands. (Other than COVID, I've only MISSED one Navy game at NMCMS since I got back in 2015...left one other before Blue and Gold for family, and one I only arrived in the fourth quarter, having awoken in Bergen Norway that morning.) A lot of outsiders expected the low of 2018 to be a new normal, but this game with Malcolm Perry commanding the offense set the tone for another 7-1 AAC season.
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(10-13-2020 08:31 AM)ECUGrad07 Wrote:  I hate this game. 03-banghead

This...the US Navy has been owning Pirates since whenever the US Navy came into existence.

Yeah, well that first was just them chauffeuring the Marines over to the Barbary coast. That one should have an asterisk.
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(10-13-2020 08:35 AM)GrayBeard Wrote:  
(10-13-2020 08:31 AM)ECUGrad07 Wrote:  I hate this game. 03-banghead

This...the US Navy has been owning Pirates since whenever the US Navy came into existence.

Yeah, well that first was just them chauffeuring the Marines over to the Barbary coast. That one should have an asterisk.

Actually even before they were the US Navy.





Robert Maynard was a British lieutenant, and later captain, in the Royal Navy. In November 1718, Maynard was tasked with hunting down and killing the notorious pirate Blackbeard. While leading HMS Pearl, Maynard lured Blackbeard into attacking his ship off the coast of North Carolina, and after confronting the pirate in combat was able to kill him.

Blackbeard was decapitated and his head was tied to the bowsprit of his ship for the trip back to Virginia. Upon returning to his home port of Hampton, the head was placed on a stake near the mouth of the Hampton River as a warning to other pirates.
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(10-15-2020 09:07 PM)ultraviolet Wrote:  
(10-13-2020 08:35 AM)GrayBeard Wrote:  
(10-13-2020 08:31 AM)ECUGrad07 Wrote:  I hate this game. 03-banghead

This...the US Navy has been owning Pirates since whenever the US Navy came into existence.

Yeah, well that first was just them chauffeuring the Marines over to the Barbary coast. That one should have an asterisk.

Great early example of the Blue-Green team at work. And the Marine Officers' Mameluke sword as well as the lyrics "...to the shores of Tripoli..." come from that conflict.
But the schooner Enterprise defeated the Tripolitan corsair Tripoli 1 August 1801. In February 1804 Navy Captain Stephen Decatur led the detachment of Marines which set fire to the captured USS Philadelphia.
That all pre-dated the heroism of USMC 1st Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon's actions at the Battle of Derna in May 1805 that gave us the sword and the song, so...

Any visitors to a Navy game who tour USNA can see the Tripoli Monument on campus, right by the Officers and Faculty Club.
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(10-15-2020 09:07 PM)slhNavy91 Wrote:  B Easy laid down the basics of the rivalry and the history. I'll mine the Navy SID's Game Notes for more insight later, but I thought I would walk through my personal history of the Navy-ECU rivalry games. I've seen all the NMCMS games, but none of the Dowdy-Ficklen games.

I entered the Naval Academy from the Treasure Coast of Florida, and I believe two years later a high school friend went to East Carolina. So I made a couple road trips down to Greenville for football weekends. Must have been the 1989 season. Navy football was pretty mediocre, so the tailgate scene at ECU was AWESOME for a midshipman...young, and dumb, and ...

Fast forward to Navy and ECU establishing a four game home and home -- first one '06 at Navy. From 2004-2007, I was stationed in DC and living outside Annapolis. Navy was four years into the Paul Johnson era - after the initial growing pains season, we had been to three straight bowls, and I was a true believer again. I was posting on message boards, including, I think the scout.com ECU site - I was already slhNavy91 then. However, my girls were 8 and 7 and 5 and 4, so I wasn't buying season tickets and even making it through a full game the one or two times we'd try was questionable. But this was a great game to attend. ECU was clearly the bigger, faster, stronger team that day, so it was touch and go even with the Paul Johnson offense working well. You had a beast linebacker who I recall knocked down not one but two option pitches in the backfield.

In 2010, I was stationed in Napoli - as I recall, I streamed the Navy Radio broadcast - so I love B Easy's video (I think that video was compiled by NavyBirddog - fewer motivational videos now and more cutting film to analyze the ins and outs of the Triple Option for dummies like me).

In 2011, I returned for my 20-year reunion...the ECU game. I was "that guy" leaving the drinking and socializing to actually watch the game. That incredible completion streak by Dominique Davis was impressive even without knowing the stats in the stadium - "does that guy ever miss?!?" Our block of seats was in the North End Zone, so 150 yards away from the dramatic end of the game in the opposite end zone. First, we had an apparent touchdown catch ruled incomplete due to the "through the completion of the catch to the ground" rule. Still kind of pissed because it seemed like a catch and a football move and became a runner, but I can see the reading to the letter of the law. And then the doink off the goal post. Disappointing for the 20-year reunion, but emblematic of what would be the only losing season between 2003-2017.

2012 game, I had moved from Italy to the UK. Again, I must have been streaming the Navy Radio Network broadcast. Still couldn't reliably get ESPN stream overseas. While I was set up to get American Forces Network in the village, we really only get Navy football for ND, AF, Army, and bowl game. Much like 2010, great to listen to, maybe even moreso as recovery from what I saw in person a year earlier.

In the summer of 2015, after five years overseas, I moved back to another DC job, and again lived just outside Annapolis. We were renovating a house, we moved in with my mother-in-law, but damnit, I had Navy season tickets. When Navy joined the Big East in January of 2012, there was a lot of hand wringing about whether we would be able to compete. Granted, the American of 2015 was different from the Big East of 2011, but there was still angst from some about how we would do. Meanwhile East Carolina had been the only "G5" team to be ranked in the inaugural CFP rankings in 2014. Navy had rolled Colgate in front of a sparse crowd Labor Day weekend, but this ECU game was historic - first conference game after 134 years of independent Navy football. How would Navy fare in this new environment? 415 yards rushing. We knew Keenan was awesome, but I don't think even then we thought he would be a top-5 Heisman vote getter or end up as the all time NCAA D1 touchdown scorer. ECU would beat VT the following week, so it's not like this was the nadir of ECU. So it was big to win that game.

In 2016, the game was delayed after October hurricane flooding (was it a hurricane, or a non-tropical-named storm?). I wasn't going in October, and I didn't go in November. Those girls who made home games tough ten years earlier made away games impossible. But in November, despite a loss to Air Force earlier, I had the good taste of a Notre Dame win still. In the year after Keenan, the heir in whom Navy fans were confident had gone down in game one, and the guy we expected to be the FG/PAT holder had led us through the AAC West. I watched in my living room as Navy clinched a spot in the second-ever AAC CCG. I'm sorry it eclipsed Zay Jones' record setting, and I admit I was more celebratory the next week when we clinched hosting the CCG with an even bigger rout over SMU when we brought 75 and played 74 (punter Alex Barta wanted to be put in as a receiver but Coach Niumat denied him).

And then last year I was again in the stands. (Other than COVID, I've only MISSED one Navy game at NMCMS since I got back in 2015...left one other before Blue and Gold for family, and one I only arrived in the fourth quarter, having awoken in Bergen Norway that morning.) A lot of outsiders expected the low of 2018 to be a new normal, but this game with Malcolm Perry commanding the offense set the tone for another 7-1 AAC season.

Can you find that play anywhere on the internet?
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(10-15-2020 09:28 PM)B easy Wrote:  
(10-15-2020 09:07 PM)ultraviolet Wrote:  
(10-13-2020 08:35 AM)GrayBeard Wrote:  
(10-13-2020 08:31 AM)ECUGrad07 Wrote:  I hate this game. 03-banghead

This...the US Navy has been owning Pirates since whenever the US Navy came into existence.

Yeah, well that first was just them chauffeuring the Marines over to the Barbary coast. That one should have an asterisk.

Actually even before they were the US Navy.





Robert Maynard was a British lieutenant, and later captain, in the Royal Navy. In November 1718, Maynard was tasked with hunting down and killing the notorious pirate Blackbeard. While leading HMS Pearl, Maynard lured Blackbeard into attacking his ship off the coast of North Carolina, and after confronting the pirate in combat was able to kill him.

Blackbeard was decapitated and his head was tied to the bowsprit of his ship for the trip back to Virginia. Upon returning to his home port of Hampton, the head was placed on a stake near the mouth of the Hampton River as a warning to other pirates.
Love our connections to and heritage from the Royal Navy.
I have loved working with the RN, RAN, RCN, and RNZN in my career.

But on this one...and the thinking that 70 years later we were all about Comte de Grasse et al defeating Her Majesty's Royal Navy...I could be talked into pro-Pirate...
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(10-15-2020 09:33 PM)B easy Wrote:  
(10-15-2020 09:07 PM)slhNavy91 Wrote:  B Easy laid down the basics of the rivalry and the history. I'll mine the Navy SID's Game Notes for more insight later, but I thought I would walk through my personal history of the Navy-ECU rivalry games. I've seen all the NMCMS games, but none of the Dowdy-Ficklen games.

I entered the Naval Academy from the Treasure Coast of Florida, and I believe two years later a high school friend went to East Carolina. So I made a couple road trips down to Greenville for football weekends. Must have been the 1989 season. Navy football was pretty mediocre, so the tailgate scene at ECU was AWESOME for a midshipman...young, and dumb, and ...

Fast forward to Navy and ECU establishing a four game home and home -- first one '06 at Navy. From 2004-2007, I was stationed in DC and living outside Annapolis. Navy was four years into the Paul Johnson era - after the initial growing pains season, we had been to three straight bowls, and I was a true believer again. I was posting on message boards, including, I think the scout.com ECU site - I was already slhNavy91 then. However, my girls were 8 and 7 and 5 and 4, so I wasn't buying season tickets and even making it through a full game the one or two times we'd try was questionable. But this was a great game to attend. ECU was clearly the bigger, faster, stronger team that day, so it was touch and go even with the Paul Johnson offense working well. You had a beast linebacker who I recall knocked down not one but two option pitches in the backfield.

In 2010, I was stationed in Napoli - as I recall, I streamed the Navy Radio broadcast - so I love B Easy's video (I think that video was compiled by NavyBirddog - fewer motivational videos now and more cutting film to analyze the ins and outs of the Triple Option for dummies like me).

In 2011, I returned for my 20-year reunion...the ECU game. I was "that guy" leaving the drinking and socializing to actually watch the game. That incredible completion streak by Dominique Davis was impressive even without knowing the stats in the stadium - "does that guy ever miss?!?" Our block of seats was in the North End Zone, so 150 yards away from the dramatic end of the game in the opposite end zone. First, we had an apparent touchdown catch ruled incomplete due to the "through the completion of the catch to the ground" rule. Still kind of pissed because it seemed like a catch and a football move and became a runner, but I can see the reading to the letter of the law. And then the doink off the goal post. Disappointing for the 20-year reunion, but emblematic of what would be the only losing season between 2003-2017.

2012 game, I had moved from Italy to the UK. Again, I must have been streaming the Navy Radio Network broadcast. Still couldn't reliably get ESPN stream overseas. While I was set up to get American Forces Network in the village, we really only get Navy football for ND, AF, Army, and bowl game. Much like 2010, great to listen to, maybe even moreso as recovery from what I saw in person a year earlier.

In the summer of 2015, after five years overseas, I moved back to another DC job, and again lived just outside Annapolis. We were renovating a house, we moved in with my mother-in-law, but damnit, I had Navy season tickets. When Navy joined the Big East in January of 2012, there was a lot of hand wringing about whether we would be able to compete. Granted, the American of 2015 was different from the Big East of 2011, but there was still angst from some about how we would do. Meanwhile East Carolina had been the only "G5" team to be ranked in the inaugural CFP rankings in 2014. Navy had rolled Colgate in front of a sparse crowd Labor Day weekend, but this ECU game was historic - first conference game after 134 years of independent Navy football. How would Navy fare in this new environment? 415 yards rushing. We knew Keenan was awesome, but I don't think even then we thought he would be a top-5 Heisman vote getter or end up as the all time NCAA D1 touchdown scorer. ECU would beat VT the following week, so it's not like this was the nadir of ECU. So it was big to win that game.

In 2016, the game was delayed after October hurricane flooding (was it a hurricane, or a non-tropical-named storm?). I wasn't going in October, and I didn't go in November. Those girls who made home games tough ten years earlier made away games impossible. But in November, despite a loss to Air Force earlier, I had the good taste of a Notre Dame win still. In the year after Keenan, the heir in whom Navy fans were confident had gone down in game one, and the guy we expected to be the FG/PAT holder had led us through the AAC West. I watched in my living room as Navy clinched a spot in the second-ever AAC CCG. I'm sorry it eclipsed Zay Jones' record setting, and I admit I was more celebratory the next week when we clinched hosting the CCG with an even bigger rout over SMU when we brought 75 and played 74 (punter Alex Barta wanted to be put in as a receiver but Coach Niumat denied him).

And then last year I was again in the stands. (Other than COVID, I've only MISSED one Navy game at NMCMS since I got back in 2015...left one other before Blue and Gold for family, and one I only arrived in the fourth quarter, having awoken in Bergen Norway that morning.) A lot of outsiders expected the low of 2018 to be a new normal, but this game with Malcolm Perry commanding the offense set the tone for another 7-1 AAC season.

Can you find that play anywhere on the internet?

I've never looked - still painful, ha ha.
We were definitely CSTV / CBSSN ... so harder...
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(10-15-2020 09:42 PM)slhNavy91 Wrote:  
(10-15-2020 09:28 PM)B easy Wrote:  
(10-15-2020 09:07 PM)ultraviolet Wrote:  
(10-13-2020 08:35 AM)GrayBeard Wrote:  
(10-13-2020 08:31 AM)ECUGrad07 Wrote:  I hate this game. 03-banghead

This...the US Navy has been owning Pirates since whenever the US Navy came into existence.

Yeah, well that first was just them chauffeuring the Marines over to the Barbary coast. That one should have an asterisk.

Actually even before they were the US Navy.





Robert Maynard was a British lieutenant, and later captain, in the Royal Navy. In November 1718, Maynard was tasked with hunting down and killing the notorious pirate Blackbeard. While leading HMS Pearl, Maynard lured Blackbeard into attacking his ship off the coast of North Carolina, and after confronting the pirate in combat was able to kill him.

Blackbeard was decapitated and his head was tied to the bowsprit of his ship for the trip back to Virginia. Upon returning to his home port of Hampton, the head was placed on a stake near the mouth of the Hampton River as a warning to other pirates.
Love our connections to and heritage from the Royal Navy.
I have loved working with the RN, RAN, RCN, and RNZN in my career.

But on this one...and the thinking that 70 years later we were all about Comte de Grasse et al defeating Her Majesty's Royal Navy...I could be talked into pro-Pirate...

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(10-15-2020 09:48 PM)slhNavy91 Wrote:  
(10-15-2020 09:33 PM)B easy Wrote:  
(10-15-2020 09:07 PM)slhNavy91 Wrote:  B Easy laid down the basics of the rivalry and the history. I'll mine the Navy SID's Game Notes for more insight later, but I thought I would walk through my personal history of the Navy-ECU rivalry games. I've seen all the NMCMS games, but none of the Dowdy-Ficklen games.

I entered the Naval Academy from the Treasure Coast of Florida, and I believe two years later a high school friend went to East Carolina. So I made a couple road trips down to Greenville for football weekends. Must have been the 1989 season. Navy football was pretty mediocre, so the tailgate scene at ECU was AWESOME for a midshipman...young, and dumb, and ...

Fast forward to Navy and ECU establishing a four game home and home -- first one '06 at Navy. From 2004-2007, I was stationed in DC and living outside Annapolis. Navy was four years into the Paul Johnson era - after the initial growing pains season, we had been to three straight bowls, and I was a true believer again. I was posting on message boards, including, I think the scout.com ECU site - I was already slhNavy91 then. However, my girls were 8 and 7 and 5 and 4, so I wasn't buying season tickets and even making it through a full game the one or two times we'd try was questionable. But this was a great game to attend. ECU was clearly the bigger, faster, stronger team that day, so it was touch and go even with the Paul Johnson offense working well. You had a beast linebacker who I recall knocked down not one but two option pitches in the backfield.

In 2010, I was stationed in Napoli - as I recall, I streamed the Navy Radio broadcast - so I love B Easy's video (I think that video was compiled by NavyBirddog - fewer motivational videos now and more cutting film to analyze the ins and outs of the Triple Option for dummies like me).

In 2011, I returned for my 20-year reunion...the ECU game. I was "that guy" leaving the drinking and socializing to actually watch the game. That incredible completion streak by Dominique Davis was impressive even without knowing the stats in the stadium - "does that guy ever miss?!?" Our block of seats was in the North End Zone, so 150 yards away from the dramatic end of the game in the opposite end zone. First, we had an apparent touchdown catch ruled incomplete due to the "through the completion of the catch to the ground" rule. Still kind of pissed because it seemed like a catch and a football move and became a runner, but I can see the reading to the letter of the law. And then the doink off the goal post. Disappointing for the 20-year reunion, but emblematic of what would be the only losing season between 2003-2017.

2012 game, I had moved from Italy to the UK. Again, I must have been streaming the Navy Radio Network broadcast. Still couldn't reliably get ESPN stream overseas. While I was set up to get American Forces Network in the village, we really only get Navy football for ND, AF, Army, and bowl game. Much like 2010, great to listen to, maybe even moreso as recovery from what I saw in person a year earlier.

In the summer of 2015, after five years overseas, I moved back to another DC job, and again lived just outside Annapolis. We were renovating a house, we moved in with my mother-in-law, but damnit, I had Navy season tickets. When Navy joined the Big East in January of 2012, there was a lot of hand wringing about whether we would be able to compete. Granted, the American of 2015 was different from the Big East of 2011, but there was still angst from some about how we would do. Meanwhile East Carolina had been the only "G5" team to be ranked in the inaugural CFP rankings in 2014. Navy had rolled Colgate in front of a sparse crowd Labor Day weekend, but this ECU game was historic - first conference game after 134 years of independent Navy football. How would Navy fare in this new environment? 415 yards rushing. We knew Keenan was awesome, but I don't think even then we thought he would be a top-5 Heisman vote getter or end up as the all time NCAA D1 touchdown scorer. ECU would beat VT the following week, so it's not like this was the nadir of ECU. So it was big to win that game.

In 2016, the game was delayed after October hurricane flooding (was it a hurricane, or a non-tropical-named storm?). I wasn't going in October, and I didn't go in November. Those girls who made home games tough ten years earlier made away games impossible. But in November, despite a loss to Air Force earlier, I had the good taste of a Notre Dame win still. In the year after Keenan, the heir in whom Navy fans were confident had gone down in game one, and the guy we expected to be the FG/PAT holder had led us through the AAC West. I watched in my living room as Navy clinched a spot in the second-ever AAC CCG. I'm sorry it eclipsed Zay Jones' record setting, and I admit I was more celebratory the next week when we clinched hosting the CCG with an even bigger rout over SMU when we brought 75 and played 74 (punter Alex Barta wanted to be put in as a receiver but Coach Niumat denied him).

And then last year I was again in the stands. (Other than COVID, I've only MISSED one Navy game at NMCMS since I got back in 2015...left one other before Blue and Gold for family, and one I only arrived in the fourth quarter, having awoken in Bergen Norway that morning.) A lot of outsiders expected the low of 2018 to be a new normal, but this game with Malcolm Perry commanding the offense set the tone for another 7-1 AAC season.

Can you find that play anywhere on the internet?

I've never looked - still painful, ha ha.
We were definitely CSTV / CBSSN ... so harder...

I went looking and found myself watching I think all 45 plays of Davis going 42/45. Ugh. Some of them we had three guys in for the sack and he somehow escaped for another completion. Ugh.
Whatever happened to?
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(10-15-2020 10:39 PM)slhNavy91 Wrote:  
(10-15-2020 09:48 PM)slhNavy91 Wrote:  
(10-15-2020 09:33 PM)B easy Wrote:  
(10-15-2020 09:07 PM)slhNavy91 Wrote:  B Easy laid down the basics of the rivalry and the history. I'll mine the Navy SID's Game Notes for more insight later, but I thought I would walk through my personal history of the Navy-ECU rivalry games. I've seen all the NMCMS games, but none of the Dowdy-Ficklen games.

I entered the Naval Academy from the Treasure Coast of Florida, and I believe two years later a high school friend went to East Carolina. So I made a couple road trips down to Greenville for football weekends. Must have been the 1989 season. Navy football was pretty mediocre, so the tailgate scene at ECU was AWESOME for a midshipman...young, and dumb, and ...

Fast forward to Navy and ECU establishing a four game home and home -- first one '06 at Navy. From 2004-2007, I was stationed in DC and living outside Annapolis. Navy was four years into the Paul Johnson era - after the initial growing pains season, we had been to three straight bowls, and I was a true believer again. I was posting on message boards, including, I think the scout.com ECU site - I was already slhNavy91 then. However, my girls were 8 and 7 and 5 and 4, so I wasn't buying season tickets and even making it through a full game the one or two times we'd try was questionable. But this was a great game to attend. ECU was clearly the bigger, faster, stronger team that day, so it was touch and go even with the Paul Johnson offense working well. You had a beast linebacker who I recall knocked down not one but two option pitches in the backfield.

In 2010, I was stationed in Napoli - as I recall, I streamed the Navy Radio broadcast - so I love B Easy's video (I think that video was compiled by NavyBirddog - fewer motivational videos now and more cutting film to analyze the ins and outs of the Triple Option for dummies like me).

In 2011, I returned for my 20-year reunion...the ECU game. I was "that guy" leaving the drinking and socializing to actually watch the game. That incredible completion streak by Dominique Davis was impressive even without knowing the stats in the stadium - "does that guy ever miss?!?" Our block of seats was in the North End Zone, so 150 yards away from the dramatic end of the game in the opposite end zone. First, we had an apparent touchdown catch ruled incomplete due to the "through the completion of the catch to the ground" rule. Still kind of pissed because it seemed like a catch and a football move and became a runner, but I can see the reading to the letter of the law. And then the doink off the goal post. Disappointing for the 20-year reunion, but emblematic of what would be the only losing season between 2003-2017.

2012 game, I had moved from Italy to the UK. Again, I must have been streaming the Navy Radio Network broadcast. Still couldn't reliably get ESPN stream overseas. While I was set up to get American Forces Network in the village, we really only get Navy football for ND, AF, Army, and bowl game. Much like 2010, great to listen to, maybe even moreso as recovery from what I saw in person a year earlier.

In the summer of 2015, after five years overseas, I moved back to another DC job, and again lived just outside Annapolis. We were renovating a house, we moved in with my mother-in-law, but damnit, I had Navy season tickets. When Navy joined the Big East in January of 2012, there was a lot of hand wringing about whether we would be able to compete. Granted, the American of 2015 was different from the Big East of 2011, but there was still angst from some about how we would do. Meanwhile East Carolina had been the only "G5" team to be ranked in the inaugural CFP rankings in 2014. Navy had rolled Colgate in front of a sparse crowd Labor Day weekend, but this ECU game was historic - first conference game after 134 years of independent Navy football. How would Navy fare in this new environment? 415 yards rushing. We knew Keenan was awesome, but I don't think even then we thought he would be a top-5 Heisman vote getter or end up as the all time NCAA D1 touchdown scorer. ECU would beat VT the following week, so it's not like this was the nadir of ECU. So it was big to win that game.

In 2016, the game was delayed after October hurricane flooding (was it a hurricane, or a non-tropical-named storm?). I wasn't going in October, and I didn't go in November. Those girls who made home games tough ten years earlier made away games impossible. But in November, despite a loss to Air Force earlier, I had the good taste of a Notre Dame win still. In the year after Keenan, the heir in whom Navy fans were confident had gone down in game one, and the guy we expected to be the FG/PAT holder had led us through the AAC West. I watched in my living room as Navy clinched a spot in the second-ever AAC CCG. I'm sorry it eclipsed Zay Jones' record setting, and I admit I was more celebratory the next week when we clinched hosting the CCG with an even bigger rout over SMU when we brought 75 and played 74 (punter Alex Barta wanted to be put in as a receiver but Coach Niumat denied him).

And then last year I was again in the stands. (Other than COVID, I've only MISSED one Navy game at NMCMS since I got back in 2015...left one other before Blue and Gold for family, and one I only arrived in the fourth quarter, having awoken in Bergen Norway that morning.) A lot of outsiders expected the low of 2018 to be a new normal, but this game with Malcolm Perry commanding the offense set the tone for another 7-1 AAC season.

Can you find that play anywhere on the internet?

I've never looked - still painful, ha ha.
We were definitely CSTV / CBSSN ... so harder...

I went looking and found myself watching I think all 45 plays of Davis going 42/45. Ugh. Some of them we had three guys in for the sack and he somehow escaped for another completion. Ugh.
Whatever happened to?

He was a backup for the Falcons for a couple of years. I think he might be playing in Canada now.
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According to the internets he's the with the Ottawa Redblacks now. Don't think the CFL had a season this year.
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The whole COVID thing this week has kept things interesting. Excited to see who we trot out there tomorrow. Go Pirates!
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