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Are you a Navy Football fan, someone who likes all Navy Sports, or you're just looking to learn more about a group of elite athletes most people have never heard of? Then you've come to the right place. This is Navy Sports Central, the official podcast of the Navy Sports Nation. Join your host Karl Darden for an in depth look at the Mids as they compete in 35 Men's & Women's NCAA Division 1 college sports. You'll get the latest news on the different teams in action, gain some unique insights in our Deep Dive segment and hear from some great guests along the way. So stick around, and be sure to follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts!

Navy Sports Central Karl Darden

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Are you a Navy Football fan, someone who likes all Navy Sports, or you're just looking to learn more about a group of elite athletes most people have never heard of? Then you've come to the right place. This is Navy Sports Central, the official podcast of the Navy Sports Nation. Join your host Karl Darden for an in depth look at the Mids as they compete in 35 Men's & Women's NCAA Division 1 college sports. You'll get the latest news on the different teams in action, gain some unique insights in our Deep Dive segment and hear from some great guests along the way. So stick around, and be sure to follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts!

    Navy Quarterback Tai Lavatai Up Close & Personal: From the Person Who Knows Him Best

    Navy Quarterback Tai Lavatai Up Close & Personal: From the Person Who Knows Him Best

    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In this episode we'll be joined by the one person who I guarantee knows Navy quarterback Tai Lavatai better than anyone else on the planet. You definitely don't want to miss that conversation. 

    We'll also have a new Question of the Day and let you know the two athletes we're going to track during the fall in our Mid Watch segment. 

    The new Navy Sports season is about to kick off in Annapolis. It should be a fun and interesting ride. We'll be covering it the whole year, and would love to have you join us!


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    Tai Lavatai Player Profile

    We want to hear from you! Give us your answer to our Question of the Day. Here is the one for this episode:

    Which of your son's or daughter's accomplishments as an athlete ranks among your top memories?

    A. Scoring their first touchdown, basket, goal  or getting their first base hit
    B. Coming through at crunch time with a game-winning touchdown, basket, goal or hit
    C. Earning team MVP honors
    D. Something else

    You can answer by going to the poll on the Navy Sports Nation group Facebook page or email me at karld@navysportsnation.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!



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    Music is provided courtesy of Audio Jungle. Artists featured in order:


    Seven In Music (Intro)Alexiaction (Deep Dive)Loka Music (Deep Dive Pt. 2 Lead In)Artlss (Question of the Day Lead In)Cinematic Alex (Closeout Music)
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    If so, consider supporting the podcast by clicking on the "Support the Show" link at the bottom of the Show Notes or the heart icon in the top right hand corner of the page and donating $1.00 a year. Any amount is appreciated! You can also show your support checking out the two links below:


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    • 37 min
    Here Are Your Top 10 Navy Sports Moments for the '21-'22 Season

    Here Are Your Top 10 Navy Sports Moments for the '21-'22 Season

    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In this episode we’re going to take a look back at the past year in Navy Sports. I’m going to give you what I think were the top 10 moments in this record-breaking season.

    So please join us! You can compare my list to yours and decide if I got things right or if I'm totally out to lunch. 


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    Quick Taps, Tries & Rhodes ScholarshipsArmy-Navy 2021 . . . Nothing Beats Singing SecondAn Insanely Deep Dive Into the Army-Navy Rivalry

    We want to hear from you! Even though there was no Question of the Day for this last episode of sports season, you can still let me know what you want to hear more of in '22-'23! Check out the latest poll on the Navy Sports Nation Group Facebook Page!


    Follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts:


    Apple PodcastsSpotifyPodchaserGoogle Podcasts
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    Music is provided courtesy of Audio Jungle. Artists featured in order:


    Seven In Music (Intro)Alexiaction (Deep Dive)Loka Music (Deep Dive Pt. 2 Lead In)Artlss (Question of the Day Lead In)Cinematic Alex (Closeout Music)
    Do You Like What You Hear?


    If so, consider supporting the podcast by clicking on the "Support the Show" link at the bottom of the Show Notes or the heart icon in the top right hand corner of the page and donating $1.00 a year. Any amount is appreciated! 
    You can also show your support checking out the two links below:
    Get Your Navy Fan Gear Here!Click here to check out the Navy Sports Nation Challenge CoinSupport the show

    • 27 min
    Newton's 2nd Law Applied to Running: A Navy Grad's Perspective on Track & the Boston Marathon

    Newton's 2nd Law Applied to Running: A Navy Grad's Perspective on Track & the Boston Marathon

    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In this episode, we’ll be talking track & field with a very special guest who was a member of the Navy Men’s cross Country and Track teams. 


    He’ll be giving us his perspective on race strategy, coaching,  and running at the master’s level.  And he’ll even throw in a physics lesson while he’s at it. 


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    Navy Track & Field Sweeps the Patriot League Championships!We want to hear from you! Respond to our updated Question of the Day. And be sure to comment too! The most engaging comments will be read on the next podcast!

    For all you competitive and recreational runners out there, what's been your most favorite venue where you've run a 10K, Half Marathon, or Marathon? 

    Your  choices are:


     Boston (Boston Marathon)New York (New York Marathon)Chicago (Chicago Marathon)Washington D.C. (Marine Corps Marathon / 10K)Follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts:


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    Seven In Music (Intro)Alexiaction (Deep Dive)Loka Music (Deep Dive Pt. 2 Lead In)Artlss (Question of the Day Lead In)Cinematic Alex (Closeout Music)
    Do You Like What You Hear?



    If so, consider supporting the podcast by clicking on the "Support the Show" link at the bottom of the Show Notes or the heart icon in the top right hand corner of the page and donating $1.00 a year. Any amount is appreciated! 
    You can also show your support checking out the two links below:



    Get Your Navy Fan Gear Here!Click here to check out the Navy Sports Nation Challenge CoinSupport the show

    • 1 hr 4 min
    A Shocking Upset & A Bowl Game Slugfest (20 Years of Navy's Triple Option - Part 3)

    A Shocking Upset & A Bowl Game Slugfest (20 Years of Navy's Triple Option - Part 3)

    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In this episode, we will finish up our look  back at 20 years of Triple Option football at Navy by checking out two more games from the Ken Niumatalolo era that represent significant milestones in his coaching career. And we will see how the spring sports season wrapped up, get to our Question of the Day, and knock out our last Mid Watch Segment for the year. 

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    Celebrating 20 Years of Navy's Triple OptionNavy Football Depth Chart (Spring 2022)We want to hear from you. Respond to our updated Question of the Day. And be sure to comment too! The most engaging comments will be read on the next podcast!

    In 2021, the Mids finished 9th in the country with an average of 225.5 rushing yards per game. How many rushing yards do you think they will average this upcoming season?


    225 - 250250 - 275275 - 300Over 300Follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts:


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    Music is provided courtesy of Audio Jungle. Artists featured in order:


    Seven In Music (Intro)Alexiaction (Deep Dive)Loka Music (Deep Dive Pt. 2 Lead In)Artlss (Question of the Day Lead In)Cinematic Alex (Closeout Music)
    Do You Like What You Hear?


    If so, consider supporting the podcast by clicking on the "Support the Show" link at the bottom of the Show Notes or the heart icon in the top right hand corner of the page and donating $1.00 a year. Any amount is appreciated! 
    You can also show your support checking out the two links below:


    Get Your Navy Fan Gear Here!Click here to check out the Navy Sports Nation Challenge CoinSupport the show

    • 42 min
    Running Point on Women's Basketball in the ACC: A Conversation With Mary McElroy

    Running Point on Women's Basketball in the ACC: A Conversation With Mary McElroy

    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In this episode, we will be joined by a very special guest who has over 3 decades of experience working in college athletics. She’ll provide us with some insight on a couple of her key roles as well as give us her perspective on recruiting and the college transfer portal. 

    And of course we'll also be bringing you our Sports Update, Question of the Day and Mid Watch segments.  Please join us for a terrific conversation with one of college athletics subject matter experts!


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    Mary McElroy's BiographyNine Navy Gymnasts Reach the NCAA FinalsWe want to hear from you. Respond to our updated Question of the Day. And be sure to comment too! The most engaging comments will be read on the next podcast!

    Which one of these changes would you like to see implemented in men’s college basketball in the next few years? 

    1. Going from 2 halves to 4 quarters to align with the NBA, WNBA, and NCAA Women’s Basketball. 

    2. Eliminating the 1 & 1 and going to two free throws on the 6th team foul

    3. Widening the key from 12 feet to 16 feet, (matching the NBA) to create more spacing  and allow for more movement. 

    4. Advancing the ball to half court in the last two minutes of the game after a timeout. 


    This question will be posted on the Navy Sports Nation group Facebook page by the end of day. You can share your answer there. Extra credit for naming the quarterbacks!

    Follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts:


    Apple PodcastsSpotifyPodchaserGoogle PodcastsCheck out the Navy Sports Nation group on Facebook

    Music is provided courtesy of Audio Jungle. Artists featured in order:


    Seven In Music (Intro)Alexiaction (Deep Dive)Loka Music (Deep Dive Pt. 2 Lead In)Artlss (Question of the Day Lead In)Cinematic Alex (Closeout Music)Do You Like What You Hear?


    If so, consider supporting the podcast by clicking on the "Support the Show" link at the bottom of the Show Notes or the heart icon in the top right hand corner of the page and donating $1.00 a year. Any amount is appreciated! You can also show your support checking out the two links below:


    Get Your Navy Fan Gear Here!Click here to check out the Navy Sports Nation Challenge Coin






    Support the show

    • 1 hr 7 min
    A Triple Option Savant, A Perfect 4 For 4, and Two Unbreakable(?) Records

    A Triple Option Savant, A Perfect 4 For 4, and Two Unbreakable(?) Records

    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In this episode, we will continue with our look at 20 years of the Triple Option at Navy by breaking down two particularly memorable games against Air Force and Army. 


    I’ll also discuss a couple records held by a Navy player that may not ever be broken. And you’ll hear my reasons why too. 

    Our sports update will include a look at how Navy Football spring practices have been going, and we will have our usual Question of the Day and Mid Watch segments.  So please join us!


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    Celebrating 20 Years of Navy's Triple Option2022 Navy Football Depth ChartGet Your Navy Fan Gear Here!Click here to check out the Navy Sports Nation Challenge Coin

    We want to hear from you. Respond to our updated Question of the Day. And be sure to comment too! The most engaging comments will be read on the next podcast!

    Keenan Reynolds was the first Navy starting quarterback to go 4-0 vs. Army. Besides him, how many starting Navy quarterbacks have beaten the Black Knights at least twice without a loss in the last 20 years?


    0123This question will be posted on the Navy Sports Nation group Facebook page by the end of day. You can share your answer there. Extra credit for naming the quarterbacks!


    Follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts:


    Apple PodcastsSpotifyPodchaserGoogle PodcastsCheck out the Navy Sports Nation group on Facebook



    Music is provided courtesy of Audio Jungle. Artists featured in order:


    Seven In Music (Intro)Alexiaction (Deep Dive)Loka Music (Deep Dive Pt. 2 Lead In)Artlss (Question of the Day Lead In)Cinematic Alex (Closeout Music)

    Do You Like What You Hear?


    If so, consider supporting the podcast by clicking on the "Support the Show" link at the bottom of the Show Notes or the heart icon in the top right hand corner of the page.Any amount is appreciated and goes towards covering hosting & maintenance fees. Just a $1.00 donation from 50% of our group covers hosting fees for a whole year.


    Support the show (https://cash.app/$KDNavySportsCentral)

    • 32 min

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Episode 1! Awesome job, Karl! I love the variety of topics and the characteristic Darden Depth. - there is no way I am jumping off a 10 meter platform again!

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