Got on the road before 3 . this morning to take the #TrippyTippyHippyVan , the #SpiritofLeMons , and the #SpeedyCopter to #WMMR in Philadelphia for the #PrestonandSteve [corrected] show this morning. We made it about a mile shy of the Bay Bridge on US Route 50 when the Speedycopter inexplicably died. The driver, my teammate Nick, saw flames seeping from the storage area in the tail where the Audi wiring harness was located. He was able to exit safely but the helicopter quickly went fully engulfed and is a total loss. We don’t know why, as the wiring worked flawlessly on our drive to Alabama in February. The chopper was running beautifully on the nearly two-hour drive to get to the Bay Bridge this morning. We are extremely saddened by the unexpected catastrophe, but the only thing that really matters is that everyone is okay and there were no injuries. There’s nothing left to rebuild, so we will just have to build something else unique and cool.
Cow Madison Hovren of the Army West Point women's basketball team received her second straight Patriot League Player of the Week award on Monday. This marks the third time in Hovren's career that she received the player of the week honor in back-to-back weeks. The Spokane, Wash., native paced Army with 19 points and 11 rebounds per game, while helping the team capture a pair of victories over Dartmouth and Air Force last week. She posted a double-double in both outings and is tied for second in the nation with seven. Hovren began her week with a season-best 24-point performance on 11-of-14 shooting against the Big Green on Wednesday night. In the win, she eclipsed the 800-point mark for her career, while adding 11 rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal. It was her third 20-point game this season and 15th of her career. The eight-time Patriot League Player of the Week followed up that performance by tallying 14 points, 11 boards and three steals in a victory against service-academy rival Air Force on Saturday. Read More
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