Author: Bob Socci

Play-by-play broadcaster for Navy football, CBS Sports Network basketball and Pawtucket Red Sox baseball. You can learn more about me at www.bobsocci.com.

The Power of John Howell’s Positive Thinking

By Bob Socci This story appeared in the Navy Gameday football program on November 17, 2012. The first of the milestones occurred well after heavy gusts started spraying a hard rain sideways across East Carolina’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. In the second minute of the fourth quarter, with Navy comfortably ahead, sophomore Geoffrey Whiteside  started out from…

What Defense Is Really All About In An Age of Offense

By Bob Socci This blog first appeared on http://www.navysports.com. Early last week, prior to hosting Navy on Saturday, Troy head coach Larry Blakeney sat in a press conference lamenting his defense’s effort at Tennessee the previous weekend.  In losing the highest-scoring game in Neyland Stadium history, 55-48, the Trojans allowed a whopping 718 total yards.…

Navy Football Highlights

Compliments of Todd Green, following are highlights of Navy’s 24-17 victory over Florida Atlantic on Nov. 3.  The Mids’ fifth straight win, it guarantees them a berth in the postseason for the ninth time in 10 years.  They’re scheduled to meet a Pac-12 opponent on Dec. 29 in San Francisco’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

From The Navy Football Files…

Although it’s been a while — too long, in fact — since I last blogged in this space, I’ve still been busy of late calling Navy football play-by-play and writing about the Midshipmen in my other professional roles of the season.  Following are two recent features published in Navy’s game-day program.  I hope you enjoy. …

Everything in Order for Start of Navy’s Preseason Training Camp

Originally posted on http://www.navysports.com on July 25, 2012. By Bob Socci Every square foot of Ken Niumatalolo’s office doesn’t just imply, but proudly proclaims that Navy’s head football coach is no ordinary neatnik.  It’s pristine enough to make Martha Stewart blush and Felix Unger honk with envy. Considering his uncluttered surroundings, it makes perfect sense…

Music to Her Ears: Baseball’s Anthem Becomes a Favorite Lullaby

By Bob Socci Just as the pilot promised, American Airlines Flight 928, inbound from Guatemala City, began its initial descent toward Miami.  At the slightest tilting of the plane’s nose, our baby girl, who almost always inflates her already chubby cheeks with a near-constant smile, turned her expression upside down. Instantly, every other passenger within…

The Force Was With Them

Saturday in Buffalo, a pair of American League all-stars — one continuing to defy time, the other overcoming injury — helped the Norfolk Tides to victory on Star Wars Night. By Bob Socci The doors of the visitor’s clubhouse open up to the wide hallway winding beneath the grandstand of Buffalo’s Coca-Cola Field.  Around the…