Open thread: Army-Navy Game

posted at 1:45 pm on December 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The game itself is of no particular consequence to the championship, or to the bowl matchups.  In an unusual year, both academies will go to bowl games this year.  Navy is headed to the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on December 23rd (8 pm ET on ESPN)m while Army will play on December 30th at the Armed Forces Bowl (noon ET, ESPN), thanks to good years for both.  (Air Force gives the military a trifecta, playing Georgia Tech in the Independence Bowl on December 27th, 5 ET also on ESPN.)

Instead, what this game will lack in impact on national standings will be more than made up in good, hard, and sportsmanlike play.  The annual Army-Navy game gives us all a chance to cheer on our favorite academy while seeing that both teams know that they’re really on the same side, and so are we — proud of our young men and women in the academies and thankful for their dedication to our country.  As a Notre Dame fan, I’m especially privileged to watch my team play both of these academies every year and to see the mutual respect and affection demonstrated at the end of the contests, as both teams stand with each other for the playing of both alma maters.

This is a great way to celebrate the end of a fun college football season, and to cheer on those who will defend us later.  Enjoy!

Note: I should make a prediction, I suppose.  Having seen both teams, I’d guess that Navy is stronger. I’ll pick them by a touchdown, 24-17.

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I was there. My sister, whose son is a third-year at the USNA, has season tickets. Every American should attend one of these. Returned to NoVA to watch the taped first half on DVD.

The spirit messages were great. And patriots as far as the eye could see.

BuckeyeSam on December 12, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Is the Commander-In_Chief attending?

probably not michelle wouldnt let him out of the house

Kevin43 on December 11, 2010 at 2:41 PM

No, our Kenyan Communist Muslim-In-Chief was not there. That’s what made the game so good.

I’ve been to several Army-Navy Games. The one I remember the most was in ’95 when Clinton attended. You wouldnt believe how roundly he was booed as he switched sides at half-time, walking across the field.

IMO, the best games of all are Navy Homecoming games. The tailgate parties, the pre-game fly-thru, the Navy SEALs jumping into the stadium – it’s all good.

Yesterday was a great game. The most moving part was during the National Anthem when the camera cut away to show several Medal Of Honor recipients standing at attention, singing the Anthem.


CatchAll on December 12, 2010 at 4:13 PM

A tradition continued, indeed. While the Pigeons yanked the CinC trophy from Navy for the first time in eight years (a good year for it to happen, the weakest service getting it under the weakest namesake), the Squids have continued their proud heritage of clobbering the Dogfaces in December. It’s always one of the best football games of the year to watch, considering that none of the players is likely to ever wear an NFL uniform, and are there only for love of the game and their academy.

Well done, swabbies.

Freelancer on December 13, 2010 at 1:29 PM

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