Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | December 8, 2012

Pigskin Follies, the Army-Navy edition




Well, it’s official:  Alabama will destroy Notre Dame in the Discover BCS National Championship Game on 7 January in Miami.  We’ll be writing more about that in the days to come, and we’ll also be abbreviating the name of the game to DBNCG, partly because it sounds like a really cool smart munition.

But this weekend, we have the Game of Games, the one, the only, the Army-Navy rivalry, which never grows old and is never boring, no matter how bad the teams are.  The Game has been played 112 times.  Tomorrow, 8 December 2012, will be the 113th annual meeting of two storied football teams.  Navy is ahead 56-49 (7 ties) in the series, and has won the last 10 games.  But never count Army out.  They may be 2-9 and have a way less cool mascot, but, well, never count ‘em out.

Lincoln Financial Field in south Philly is the “new” venue for The Game (since 2003), and at 3 PM tomorrow, the stadium will be a balmy 56F, with possible lingering showers.  Perfect football weather.  Perfect push-up weather for those midshipmen in their dress blues.  Perfect for fighter-jet flyovers, Golden Knight paradrops, and other military shenanigans.  But then, what weather isn’t perfect for these inspiring events?

We would be remiss not to point out that the Other Ranks of NCAA football are chugging along with their various tournaments.  ESPN is carrying the games now because there’s nothing else to show.  In the FCS, Montana State is at Sam Houston State as we speak (losing 17-3, on ESPN 2) in the quarter-finals.  Saturday will see quarter-final match-ups between North Dakota State and Wofford, Georgia Southern and Old Dominion (where I once took a couple of courses when I was in the Navy), and Illinois State and Eastern Washington.  Go Monarchs!

The Division II semi-finals feature 8 December face-offs between Winston-Salem and West Texas A&M, and Valdosta State at Minnesota State-Mankato. Div II will have its championship game on the 15th.

In Division III, the semi-finals tomorrow will feature Wisconsin-Oshkosh at St. Thomas (Minnesota) and Mary Hardin-Baylor at Mount Union.  The truth is that the MHB-Mount Union match-up is the Div III showdown.  But the winners of the semi-final games will meet for the Div III championship on 14 December.

We note that one of our own teams, the Nevada Wolf Pack, will be leading off the FBS bowl season next week, facing off with Arizona in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on 15 December.  In case it doesn’t immediately come to mind, we remind you that Gildan is a maker of underwear, socks, and sweat gear.  We think it’s awesome that the Gildan New Mexico Bowl is accepting non-New Mexico teams now.

That’s just a little sneak preview.  Meanwhile, for your viewing pleasure.  The Spirit Spots are one of the best modern traditions of the Army-Navy Game.

Get inspired with more of them here.

GO NAVY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEAT ARMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  1. SO cute! Montana State converts on 4th down with a fake punt. The big guys never do that stuff.

  2. What’s the over/under on penalties in the Army/Navy game? 4? Disciplined football always.

  3. Navy lagging a bit and actually just got a false start penalty. If there was an O/U on penalties, RE, no one invited me to the betting table on it. Three turnovers so far and six penalties, which for Army and Navy (4 and 2, respectively) is kind of like jumping into a cesspool.

  4. The cadets look to be about 12, on average, BTW. The mids don’t look any older.

  5. Navy Blue and Gold!

    Could have done without quite so much of watching young Trent Steelman after the Army loss. This was the biggest game he’ll ever play. But he’ll have bigger challenges ahead.

  6. RE your post on Hot Air about the bunny snuff video – I don’t know if the Breitbart translation mentions it or not, but I noticed the video makes a point of crediting Turkey for supplying the chemicals displayed on the video. I just watched the video and didn’t transcribe my translation, but if you want I can do that and send you a transcript.

    • Thanks, Steven, I would very much appreciate a transcript. I don’t assess that the terrorists will actually be building chemical “warheads,” but there are a number of ways in which they could kill people using toxins. I expounded on that a bit in a response at HA.

  7. […] 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 […]

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