Saturday, September 29, 2007

Unprecedented Scoring Opportunity

In a surprise pregame scoring opportunity, the Navy Midshipmen score on an unopposed play from the three yard line.
Here the headlinesman, Tim Schlenvogt, signals the score as fullback Eric Kettani barrelled into the end zone untouched to put Navy on the scoreboard first. Unfortunately the play didn't stand and Navy had to score against an actual defense moments later following the kickoff.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Dear Pirates Fans:

I am extremely excited to officially announce today that we have hired Neal Huntington as our new General Manager. After a comprehensive search for a baseball executive who can restore the culture of success within the Pirates organization, Neal is absolutely the right choice to lead our baseball operations department and to build a winning organization of which all Pirates fans can be proud.

As you get to know Neal and hear from him personally, you will see that he is extremely intelligent, analytical and driven to succeed. Neal is highly regarded throughout the game as an outstanding evaluator of talent and as one of the young executives who understands and utilizes the most sophisticated statistical and analytical tools of the trade.

Neal shares my vision on how to transform the Pirates into an organization that can consistently compete. Equally important, Neal knows how to implement the changes, systems and philosophies required to accomplish that goal.

Neal has more than 16 years of professional baseball experience. He has spent each of the past 10 seasons working in numerous roles for the Cleveland Indians organization that is fresh off the heels of winning another division title. He was a key member of themanagement team that rebuilt the Indians into a consistent winner through the aggressive acquisition of young talent secured through the draft, the international market and trades.

During his tenure with Cleveland, Huntington was a key member of the executive team that drafted 2007 Cy Young candidate C.C. Sabathia, signed international free agents Fausto Carmona, who has won 18 games this year, catcher Victor Martinez and infielder Jhonny Peralta. Cleveland also acquired outfielder Grady Sizemore and infielder Travis Hafner through trades during Huntington's tenure.

His experience as a vital member of a strong baseball operations department in a winning organization will be critical as we move forward in building a similar culture of success here in Pittsburgh. His strong leadership skills, character, intelligence, commitment and broad experience convinced me that Neal is the right person to build and lead an outstanding baseball operations staff.

As Bob Nutting stated today, this is an extremely important time of transition for the Pirates as he has taken orderly steps to building a culture of success and a culture of pride. I believe with Neal and myself now in place we will implement that vision of excellence and build an exciting ballclub that will make you, our fans, proud.

Thank you for your continued support of the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Frank Coonelly
President, Pittsburgh Pirates

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Commander in Chief's Trophy - Week 3

Navy (2-2) had a thrilling 46-43 win over Duke (1-3) at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. With just 38 seconds remaining in the game, Ketric Buffin picked off a Blue Devil pass at the Navy 18 and returned the INT 8 yards. QB Jarod Bryant then called his own number five times and rushed for 48 yards to set up Joey Bullen's 44 yard field goal with no time left on the clock.

Army (1-3) fell to Boston College (4-0) 37-17 at Chestnut Hill. BC had 573 yards of total offense to Army's 259. Carson Williams completed 15 of 32 passes for 191 yards to lead the Black Knights.

Air Force (3-1) lost to BYU (2-2) 31-6 in Provo. Chad Hall ran for 19 yards and caught six passes for 80 yards for the Falcons. His numbers couldn't counter BYU's Harvey Unga who had 112 yards rushing and 49 yards receiving on the afternoon.

This week Air Force visits Annapolis to take on the Midshipmen in the first game of three that decides the Commander in Chief's trophy. Army will take on Temple (0-4) at Michie Stadium.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Judge Grants OJ Bail

The judge in the O.J. Simpson robbery case set bail at $125,000 at Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday morning.