Daily Archives: February 19, 2008

Well, Things Are Different for Midshipmen

I heard this story on NPR this morning:

The new superintendent of the Naval Academy has restricted extracurricular activities, increased study hours and made all midshipmen eat together in an effort to improve leadership training for seniors. The midshipmen initially grumbled about the rules, but now many recognize the need to refocus. 

In reference to a previous post where I wondered if things have changed, I guess they will for Naval Academy students.

Oh That Kendrick

Yahoo sports splash:

This Phillies prank on Kyle Kendrick works on so many levels

Monday, Feb 18, 2008 9:40 am EST

There are still eight months left in the 2008 season, but the rest of the 29 teams are going to need the time if they’re going to top the prank the Phillies played on young Kyle Kendrick over the weekend.

If you haven’t seen it yet…, the setup went like this: Manager Charlie Manuel called the 23-year-old pitcher into his office and told him he had been traded to the Yomiuri Giants for a player named “Kobayashi Iwamura.” The ruse, expertly orchestrated by Brett Myers (who else?), worked so well that Kendrick was shocked into silence for most of the trick. Couldn’t even stop to realize that MLB and Japanese teams never swap players.

So many things went into staging this that it’s hard to pick just one favorite aspect.

Watch the video here.

Read the rest of the article here.