The Army’s top general and the Navy’s top admiral took their turns in front of the cameras for the traditional Army-Navy game spirit spots. One officer played it straight, the other wore a foam warship on his head. Judge for yourself:
Pro: It’s safe to say Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno’s straightforward, heartfelt delivery is the best public-speaking performance given by a four-star general while flanked by a mule and a guy in a knight outfit so far this year.
Verdict: Our friends at Army Times’ Outside the Wire blog haven’t been impressed with the Army’s spirit-spot performance thus far. This outing likely won’t move the needle in that regard.
Pro: The level of commitment by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert and the Navy PR machine to the source material is impressive — they even released the video on “Hump Day.”
Con: None to speak of — for entertainment value, it’s tough to argue with a four-star admiral wearing a yellow foam ship on his head. And it’s a departure from last year’s video, which offered the more standard mascot-crowd motif.
Verdict: Impromptu caption contest: The man in the chair is Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens. He’s the top enlisted sailor in the Navy. What is going through his mind at the 13-second mark of this video …
… and is there any chance he’s thinking, “I can’t believe CNO is wearing that hat. Again.”