Author Mike Hoffman

Look, it’s March and, well, two of the service academies’ seasons have already ended while the third, the Air Force Academy, needs a minor miracle to win the Mountain West Conference tournament to make “The Big Dance.” Not too maddening of a March for this blog. So we’re stretching for material. What I serve in its place is an atypical golf update. It’s March 9. Time to drag those golf clubs out of the basement and dust off that swing. How would you like a putting green along with three tee boxes in your backyard to do just that? If…

Navy basketball coach Billy Lange has predictably fallen in love with former Duke guard and new Navy assistant coach Greg Paulus. So says Washington Post’s Rick Maese, who seemingly also fell for the lovable Dukie’s charms. It’s almost like Dukie, oops, I mean Dick Vitale wrote the story. We kid. We kid. After Action was similarly smitten with the blond-haired New Jersey product when he took the time to answer some questions for us when first taking the job. Even though this After Action writer might be a rabid Maryland fan, even I had a brief pang of sympathy…

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  — Watching 6-foot-10-inch former airman and current Florida State center Bernard James hold his own against Division 1 Atlantic Coast Conference competition, it’s hard not to imagine how thoroughly he dominated rec center pick-up games on base. The 26-year-old James struggled against Maryland’s All-ACC center Jordan Williams in 78-62 loss Wednesday night, but the former airman is no slouch, earning a starting spot midway through this season. He is averaging 8.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, including a 15-point, 10-rebound game against Baylor and the Bears’ freshman center Perry Jones who many believe will…

More good news for those who have been following the recovery of Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed in a game against Army last season. LeGrand made his first public appearance Saturday at an on-campus fundraiser for the Believe Fund, a charity stood up to help with LeGrand’s medical fees. He rolled on stage to a standing ovation during the comedy show hosted by comedian and Rutgers alum Bill Bellamy. Remember him? The former MTV star is still doing shows and in this case for a great cause. Click on the link here provided by SB Nation for…

BAGHDAD, Iraq — And we’re not talking about any of that crappy near beer, either. Combat operations might be over, but the two beer allotment for soldiers during the Super Bowl will continue Sunday. Two soldiers in the Idaho National Guard’s 148th Field Artillery Regiment said soldiers delivered three pallets of beer to the International Zone for soldiers to enjoy during the Super Bowl. They couldn’t confirm which brews the soldiers will have to choose from, but said Bud Light and Miller Light will most likely be included. The two beer tradition continues a year after Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.,…

If a fighter jet flies over a $1.2 billion stadium, but no one in the stadium can see it; does that fighter jet make a sound? Well, of course it does, it’s a mother bleeping fighter jet, but many are left wondering why the Navy is flying four F/A-18 Super Hornets over this year’s Super Bowl if stadium officials have already said Cowboys Stadium’s roof will be closed for the game. Sure, the schmucks — or lucky bastards, however you see it — who paid a minimum of $600 for a seat will get to see the fly over on…

That was Wanderlai Silva’s response to UFC president Dana White’s proposal for “The Axe Muderer’s” next fight be the former Marine captain. “We were actually trying to hook [Silva] up with Brian Stann. He doesn’t want to fight Brian Stann. He’s like, ‘[Expletive] that. Everybody is going to hate me if I fight Brian Stann. Everybody loves Brian Stann.’ But that’s the fight we’re trying to make right now,” White said Friday during the Q&A session at UFC Fight Night 23: Fight for the Troops 2. Silva is coming off an injury to his knee, but he is ready to…

The Washington Post is reporting that Navy safety De’Von Richardson was kicked out of the Naval Academy for academic reasons. The sophomore started the team’s last nine games after senior Emmett Merchant was injured. He made 55 tackles, and his lone interception of the year came against Notre Dame. Losing Richardson is especially painful for Navy as it loses senior safety and team leader Wyatt Middleton to graduation. Richardson’s best game came in Navy’s bowl loss to San Diego State, where he made a career-high seven tackles.

The Army wants to give its soldiers smart phones. It even wants to pay for apps and phone bills. That’s why we can post this iPhone app developed by a Virginia Tech student that delivers beers to a soldier, airman, Marine or sailor without ever getting off the couch. Genius. Yeah, yeah it’s a stretch on what we should be covering on this blog, but damn if it’s not cool.

Air Force alum and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Chad Hall has to describe the ending to his first season in the NFL as bittersweet only because it ended in such disappointing fashion. Outside maybe a deeper run into the playoffs, Hall couldn’t have imagined a much better start to his NFL career. Considered a long shot by most to even make the Eagles practice squad, Hall took advantage of injuries in the Eagles wide receiver corps and made the active roster, suiting up for his first NFL regular season game Oct. 10 against the San Francisco 49ers. He caught one…

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