First off, I want to say that I have the utmost respect for the Navy Midshipmen Football program in all aspects of their game. There are so many cool stories of their players before, during, and after their time playing. Outside of the times they play the Irish, I find it very very difficult to root against them, and most times actively root for them. Additionally, I will use my brother to further show that there can be a marriage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football, and the Navy. He is active in the Navy, but a die hard Irish fan, So big time shout out to Charlie (see headline picture) Now I could go into all the reasons why I respect Navy and everything....but we will get plenty of that during gameday. Which brings me to this week’s Thought.....There are certain story lines that are cycled through EVERY SINGLE YEAR.....that are quite annoying. I am not talking about the player features-those never have and will never will get old. I am talking about the constant reference to the size difference between the lines....The Navy Hangover....and so on. Inevitably, they will be present this weekend, and we will endure. And with that, I present to you...Philly G’s list of Annoying Navy Storylines.
The “Navy Hangover”
Every year Announcers talk during and after the game about the dreaded “Navy Hangover”. They go on and on about the impact of preparing for the triple option and how that throws off the scheme for the following week. They also dive into the list of potential injuries from the cut blocks. Lets Hope to GOD there are no knee injuries this week, and on top of that no Navy Hangover. Also, I always HATE the person at the party who talks about how hungover they are going to be the next day. Remember...Talking about a Hangover has never EVER cured it.
During the entire game, the announcers will talk about how the Notre Dame Secondary can’t fall asleep.....and that they will get “lulled” by the constant runs. Then when they finally do Pass the announcers get juuuust a bit too excited and scream AND ITS A PASS. Most of the time the pass is underthrown. Hopefully this week we hear crazy excitement from the announcers only to be followed up by a Julian Love interception.
The Players Size Differences
My prediction this week is that they will say Josh Adams is larger than the average size of their defensive line.....or something along those lines. We get it, the Navy players are going to be smaller. Also, inevitably when a Defensive Lineman has a TFL, they will flash the average size difference between the two lines-Which Notre Dame will outweigh them by at least 25 lbs on average.
Pronouncing Their Coach’s Name
Ken Niumatalolo....NI-U-Ma-Ta-Lo-Lo (I am just making this up). To be honest I am a HUGE fan of the Leis that he wears. However, I love/hate hearing announcers and us couch viewers stumble through his name.
Going through the Quarterback’s Reads
They walk through the Quarterback’s triple option reads. It starts with reading the D tackle to give or pull the ball from the fullback. Next reading the defensive end/linebacker at the edge to keep or pitch the ball to the Running Back. We see these in slow motion and it is frustrating because it seems so easy when it is moving so slow. I will say that it is beautiful when the option is running smoothly, but just not against us...Also, big shout out to Keenan Reynolds. He was an incredible player who is currently a practice squad WR for the Washington Redskins. 88 Touchdowns in his career...Not too bad
The 43 Game Winning Streak that was Broken
We get it. Notre Dame won for a long time...And then lost in Triple Overtime in 2007. It was the skid mark left by the legacy of Charlie Weiss. Thanks for nothing. The Radio Play by play was cool if you were a Navy Fan.....but wow 2007 was a Dark Dark time.
Flashing Time of Possession
Who would have thought? When you run the ball on 90% of plays, you will inevitably eat up a lot of clock. I hate seeing the time of possession tick away in close games, and hate when the announcers emphasize how much time has gone off the clock.
Are there any other story lines that annoy you during the Navy Game? Please vote in the poll below, and share any that I may have missed. Go IRISH
Which Navy Story line is the Most Annoying?
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The Navy Hangover
The Players Size Differences
Pronouncing their Coach’s Name
Going Through the Option Reads
Snapping the 43 Game Winning Streak
Flashing the Time of Possession on Navy’s drives
Also in regards to last week....So glad nothing bad happened.