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If you’re only going to read one Army-Navy preview this year … read this one, from our good friends at USA Today. But if you’ve got the bandwidth for a second preview, or you prefer your service-academy football with a side of spirit spots, read on for a few things you need to know as kickoff comes ever closer. The basics: 114th Army-Navy game, Saturday, 3 p.m. Eastern, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia. TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson have the call). Pregame: Live pregame fare begins at 11 a.m. on CBS Sports Network (Do you get it? Find out here)…

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…

A few more 2012 Army-Navy spirit spots for your viewing pleasure. Check back tomorrow when After Action makes its pick for best video of the year. Got a favorite? Leave a link in the comments section. 1. Navy goes global. Pro: The Navy folks at the NATO Role 3 Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan, found some very animated allies willing to cheer for the Mids in multiple languages. Con: You get the sense many of them would rather be watching Army-Navy soccer. And they missed it. 2. “Game for the Real Players” Pro: Great production value, an addictive beat, amazing dance…

After a series of pro-Army spirit spots — including an inspirational message from Oakland Raider icon Otis Sistrunk, of all people — we wanted to include a few clips from the sea service, in the interest of equal time. 1. A Mac-vs.-PC commercial parody. Pro: Possible spirit spot line-of-the-year candidate from the actor portraying an Army cadet: “I can’t hear you, I’m too busy marching.” Con: As Navy Times Prime readers know, the Windows-loving fleet is the last place you’d think to look for a Mac. 2. Warship vs. Army mascot, Take I. Pro: You don’t often see a spirit…

Words won’t do it justice, so watch the video first: It’s the third entry in the rare spirit-spot trifecta — three different takes on “Gangnam Style.” The original video has almost 360 million views on YouTube and has inspired countless send-ups, including the one above and the Air Force and Navy versions posted here. Navy’s video came first — a spirit spot for the Mids’ football game against Virginia Military Institute. Air Force came next, touting the Falcons in their game with Navy this weekend. Army’s entry flashes “Beat Navy” during one of the many, many, many camera effects, so…

Well, it was only a matter of time. When Navy faced Virginia Military Institute last month, a handful of Mids went all out in the spirit-spot department, releasing their version of “Gangnam Style.” The parody made headlines across the Web, including our good friends over at Scoop Deck — your source for all Navy news, Korean-pop-star-related and otherwise. Well, Air Force Academy cadets aren’t about to let the mids have all the fun. As a spirit spot for Saturday’s Navy-Air Force game, they’ve released their own Psy-ops. We present both takes on this one hit wonder modern classic below. If…

Sure, neither team’s above .500, but a rivalry’s a rivalry, and that means it’s time for Air Force-Navy spirit spots. Here’s our first submission, from the Air Force side: It’s no “Gangnam Style,” but it’ll get the ball rolling. If you shoot a spirit spot video or see a good one, send us a link via the comments section below or the After Action Facebook page. It’s all in advance of Saturday’s Navy-Air Force showdown at Falcon Stadium, bright and early at 9:30 a.m. Mountain time. It’s so early, the Air Force Academy will let tailgaters set up the night…

FSU Thetas fire it up Folks we have a winner. Best spirit spot of the year goes to the Theta ladies at FSU. Fellow After Action staffer Blair might disagree, but she’s been out voted. Well done ladies. Glad to see so much patriotism down in Tallahassee. Grade A+ Fresh Prince Can’t say I’ve ever seen a spirit spot quite like this one. An Army and Navy guy battle for the phone number of a lady in their version of the Army-Navy game. Fresh Prince gets thrown under the bus and the Navy guy wins the day. Still befuddled on…

Operation Wide Right Like to see leadership getting involved. Not a West Point grad but a proud member of the Marshall Thundering Herd, kudos to Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield, head of U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, for getting involved. Would have preferred video of a helicopter flyover that has happened at previous Army-Navy games. Grade B- Task Force Arctic Wolves Bill the goat is outraged. How dare those soldiers take one of his Afghan brothers and don a “Sink Navy” sweater on him. Simple and to the point deployment spot.  Wonder how many of the soldiers standing behind the…

I haven’t seen a ton of spirit spots for the Air Force-Navy game this year, but I think the lack of quanity doesn’t matter. The videos posted by supporters of the Mids and Falcons have been top quality. The latest entry comes from Air Force. It’s a takeoff of the classic 1979 Coke commercial that featured Hall of Fame defensive tackle Mean Joe Green. Bonus parts are awarded to the producers for dressing someone up in the Navy’s working uniform. Here’s the original from 32 years ago:

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