Browsing: Army-Navy game

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: Army 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. Con: The general has comedy chops — maybe not a performance pedigree at the level of his…

If you missed our first batch of Army-Navy spirit spots — inspired by Justin Timberlake, phone and insurance commercials, and David Hasselhoff, in rough order of artistic reputation — click here. Last week’s quartet did not include the winners of the game’s official contest, which were named Monday on the game’s official blog. Here’s the Army winner, sent in by Maj. Randall Stillinger of the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, featuring a joint operation gone horribly, humorously wrong: The Navy winner, sent in by James Smith, plays on the Mids’ win streak and incorporates a children’s TV callback: Both winners receive…

When the Midshipmen take the field for the 2013 Army-Navy football game, their uniforms will showcase a history as storied as the Annapolis-West Point rivalry itself. The Nike Pro Combat uniform starts with a burlap-patterned base layer emblazoned with “Don’t Give Up the Ship.” The saying was the last command of Capt. James Lawrence, commander of the frigate Chesapeake, who died of wounds from small arms fire during the War of 1812. Unfortunately, Chesapeake ended up falling to the British. But not long after Lawrence’s death, Commodore Oliver Perry would fly a flag reading “Don’t give up the ship.” This…

Now that Army football has completed what was a less-than-rewarding trip to Hawaii, focus for both the Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen moves to where fans of both schools have been focused most of the season — onto the Dec. 14 showdown in Philadelphia, where Navy (7-4) will attempt to win its 12th straight over Army (3-8). That leaves about two weeks for hype. And aspiring video producers are already off and running. Here are four early spirit spots — two from each side — and a few notes on each. Also, it’s not too late to enter the…

First, the traditional warning: Wagering on sports is illegal in nearly every state, can result in a career-destroying (or worse) compulsion, and is never as glamorous as even a poorly reviewed Hollywood movie would have you believe. Still, some sports fans like to know how Las Vegas sees things, and the Golden Nugget has released an early version of that insight, listing the lines of 10 key college football matchups late last week before following up with more than 200 other big games. One of those games is the last one on the Football Bowl Subdivision regular-season schedule: Dec. 14…

Watch this video from our good friends at the Cincinnati Enquirer, then head back for a bit more backstory: [brightcove video=”2288934925001″ /] Gerry Motl, former Navy football player, Annapolis Class of ’68 and star of the above video, sat down with the Enquirer’s Rachel Richardson for this interview outlining some of the highlights of a football memorabilia collection that pretty much covers the history of Army, Navy and Notre Dame football. How far back does it go? The first of 20 photos highlighted on that Enquirer page should give you some idea — the one with the newspaper headlines reading…

Navy freshman Keenan Reynolds entered the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Army-Navy game in Philadephia with 13 rushing yards on 12 carries. He’d completed six of 10 passes for a little more than 60 yards. With seven minutes to play, down 13-10, Reynolds’ day went from underwhelming to the verge of unbelievable. “Before the drive started, I told the guys, ‘This is the one,'” Reynolds told reporters at Lincoln Financial Field after he’d completed a seven play, 80-yard drive that earned him the game’s most valuable player award and a place in Army-Navy history. How he and the Mids did it:…

The ground games have been impressive, as expected — Army ended the third quarter with 268 yards on the ground and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. But who figured so many key plays would come with the ball in the air? For example: On Navy’s first scoring drive, Keenan Reynolds fires an out pass to Matt Aiken, who needs five yards for a first down. He gets them the hard way, as Military Times photographer Thomas Brown captured above. Two plays later, it’s 7-0 Navy. Army gets the ball with 19 seconds to play in the first half, down…

Vice President Joe Biden has switched sides here in Philadelphia, so it’s time for five what-to-watch-for halftime items: 1. Noah’s numbers: Navy sophomore Noah Copeland has carried 15 times already for 81 yards and his team’s only touchdown. He’s never carried more than 21 times in a game. Will fatigue set in, or is fatigue not an option in this game? 2. Step up and stop: Aside from Josh Tate’s fumble-forcing hit on Army’s Raymond Maples, neither team has had a breakout defensive play. Who’ll snare the first interception or break off the first big fumble return? 3. Old rivals,…

Both Army and Navy run variants of the option offense. The last three drives — all for scores, giving Navy a 10-7 edge — showed how those variations can equal points. Navy drove 66 yards in about five minutes, capped off by Noah Copeland’s 12-yard touchdown run. He ran the ball on five of nine plays, but two key gains came in the air — Keenan Reynolds hit Shawn Lynch for 19 yards early in the drive, and Matt Aiken caught a quick pass from Reynolds and muscled his way for five critical yards on a third down deep in…

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