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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…

The blog CDR Salamander  includes posts about a wide range of naval topics — strategy, shipbuilding, diversity, fleet training, budgets and even new Japanese flattops that aren’t carriers. At all. But one of the blog’s most popular recent posts, at least judging by the 200-plus comments it has received in less than a week, is by an unnamed “recent graduate of the United States Naval Academy” who gets to his point fairly fast: “Division I football has its place in big state-schools, but amongst the comparatively small service academies it is a parasite that takes away admissions from more deserving candidates,…

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…

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,…

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…

Another half-dozen Army-Navy tidbits, starting with a strategy discussion. No PowerPoints, we promise. 1. Cut it out. With the NFL considering banning blocks below the waist in 2013, Dan Wolken at USA Today takes a hard look at what such a move in college football could do the future of option offenses such as those used by all three service academies. It’s great timing for a great thought piece — cut blocks are a key weapon in the academy arsenal, allowing undersized linemen to compete in the trenches and giving defenders one more thing to think about while they try…

Before the college football season began, we reported one Las Vegas casino’s early line for the end-of-year Army-Navy football game, installing the Mids as a 4.5-point favorite before either team took a snap. After 11 games, Navy’s earned a bowl berth and Army’s hoping a Commander in Chief’s Trophy will salvage a disappointing season. So it’s no surprise the line’s moved in Navy’s favor. The Mids are now nine-point favorites, according to multiple websites. Of course, these are some of the same oddsmakers that installed Army as a 3.5-point favorite over Temple in its last game. Gamblers or not, Black…

The importance of the Army-Navy football rivalry never needs stressed to those on the field and is rarely questioned by those off it. But on Dec. 1, 2001, in Philadelphia, less than three months after terrorists attacked U.S. soil and less than two months after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, the game’s symbolic link to service and sacrifice resonated in a very real, very immediate way. In the postgame photo above, Army’s Brent Dial (21) and Navy’s Ed Malinowski (10), Chris Wade (43) and Chandler Sims (6) stand united. Dial shows none of the happiness one would expect after a 26-17…

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