Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | December 14, 2013

Football Follies: NCAA Football 2013 – Week 16 “The Game”

The Bills.  A Global Force for Good.

The Bills. A Global Force for Good.

No, this post isn’t late because TOC was overcome by angst about the weekend’s football festivities.  It’s late because mid-week travel tends to set one back in one’s infosphere endeavors.  (This in turn is because one’s email inbox fills up like a trash bin left unattended in Detroit.)

Unbelievably, a whole year has passed since last year’s iteration of The Game.  Feel free to update any statistical logs you may be keeping by consulting last year’s data dump.  This year, we have better things to focus on, such as the following Interesting Facts:

1.  Bills XXXIII and XXXIV are still inspiring Navy with their winning ways as the world’s finest mascots.  We hear they’re eating hearty and raring to eat more on game day.  Beh-eh!

2.  There doesn’t seem to be anything that interesting to know about Army’s mule mascots, Ranger and Stryker, which in itself is mildly interesting.  These Mama’s boys spend their time posing for stagey action photos, unlike the Bills, who as Real Men can usually be found (a) eating, (b) “processing” what they’ve eaten, (c) staring aimlessly with deceptively vacuous expressions, and (d) complaining genially when they haven’t been fed recently enough.

Ranger and Stryker, overachieving teacher's pets.

Ranger and Stryker, overachieving teacher’s pets.

3.  There are creative attempts every year to top the previous crop of video “spirit spots,” in which Navy and Army express their enthusiasm for, or contumely against, their respective services.  The 2012 Game was enlivened by a Gangnam-style spirit spot, which seemed like a good idea at the time.  However, it’s hard to beat the simpler current-year spots that just serve up a slice of service pride, like this one from USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75), and this one from the 2nd Infantry Division.  OK, Honorable Mention to this one from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, and this one from U.S. Naval Academy shipmate-alumni in the Navy and Marine Corps.

On the theory that we’ll tune in to a heart-swelling national institution on Saturday and a football game will break out, a few sports-related comments.  One, the oddsdudes have Navy giving 13.  Fine by us.  We’d say Army doesn’t stand a chance, but frankly, we expect them to play tough, as always, and make Navy break a sweat.

We doubt there’s anyone who doesn’t know it’s been precipitating like a house afire in Philly, and is supposed to be in the 30s, with cloud cover, at game time (3 PM EST).  That can mean only one thing: Mids and Cadets in their awesome, fashion-forward dress coats!  In terms of actual sports impact, the soggy field and chill aren’t likely to affect the teams’ running games any worse than they do their barely detectable passing games.  We figure doing push-ups to celebrate Navy touchdowns will at least keep some Mids warm on the sidelines.  We hope to see someone out there in a grand Navy boat cloak, which is the most excellent article of U.S. military attire there is, bar none.

Enjoy The Game.  There’s nothing like it, and it certainly deserves an FBS weekend all to itself.  Elsewhere, there’s all kinds of stuff going on in the other ranks of NCAA play, but with McNeese State having spoiled the cheese last week, we’ve kind of lost heart on that front, at least for this weekend.

We will go ahead and tantalize you with the schedule of NCAA championship matches for the 2013-14 season:

FCS Championship – 4 January, Frisco, TX

Div II Championship – 21 December, Florence, AL

Div III Championship – 20 December, Salem, VA

And, of course, there’s major booger bowl action starting on the 21st.  Four words: Royal Purple Las Vegas.  If that doesn’t hook you, nothing will.  Stay tuned.

GO NAVY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BEAT ARMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Responses

  1. Go navy? Beat Army? I may have to unsubscribe…!

    Dan Lieutenant Colonel, Army, Retired

    • Hope you don’t, shipmate. Happy to have you here; got nothing but love for our brothers and sisters in gray.

      Better luck next year…

  2. Reminds me of Winds of War when the fictional Pug and a bunch of Army/Navy guys are listening to the game on radio while a guy is moving a football on a blackboard. The were in the Philippines just before Pearl Harbor.
    It had the ring of reality about it. I still watch it from time to time.
    I hope everyone comes out in one piece.

  3. Agreed! GO NAVY!

  4. OK, another one down… end-of-season restlessness setting in. Bowls are fun, but how long until Week 1 of 2014?

    (And will we all still be here?)

  5. Number on that ship in the movie is 70.
    Yea Navy!

    • All righty then. USS Carl Vinson! That’s CVN-70.

      Navy Blue and Gold!

  6. Time for this insanity to end. Navy is never going to quit cheating its physical standards and service requirements, and Army is never going to relax theirs.

    This “contest” is over. Army would struggle against most modern Division I FCS opponents… Though they might have a shot at winning enough to make the playoffs occasionally on pure physical fitness and training quality.

    I think the West Point Alumni are so used to being underdogs to every opponent, and so fixated on nostalgia over what “was” 60 and more years ago, that they cannot demand from the program what would save it from its continued irrelevance.

    Time for Army to move to Div I FCS, and walk away from the Army/Navy game until Navy goes back to fielding a football team of student athletes bound for the combat leadership functions of the Naval Service.

    One more sad joke in the books.

    But it won’t happen and the delusional Alumni will just gin up dreams of “we’ll do it next season”. -_-

    TMF


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