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Army-Navy OPEN Thread
This is my favorite game where I have no affiliation one way or the other to watch. It's refreshing to watch two running football teams go at it.
I come from a family of Army Rangers.
My grandfather & his four brothers were all in the Rangers in WWII.
So Go Army, beat the squids!
Given the way that recruiting has evolved, player conditioning and size has increased, and super conferences have formed/are forming, we may never see an Army or Navy national champion ever again. But, that does not take away ANYTHING from this game. It's pretty amazing and awesome that even though the rest of college football is drifting towards commercialization, money, and sponsorship, the Army-Navy game has remained as traditional as it ever has. In fact, it's hard to argue that there is truly something more "American" that exists - college sports (American), football (American), Army-Navy.
I love that it's held in Philly, right in between West Point and Annapolis. Watching the March On earlier (at halftime!) gave me chills. Somehow, I feel like an Army win to snap their losing streak would reverberate so much more than Michigan's win over Ohio St. in 2011. Even if you can only watch for 2 minutes today, it's worth every second.
Go Navy! Beat Army! Semper Fi!
love this game. attended the 2011 game in washington and loved the atmosphere.
In the Air Force so I've no dog in this fight. Love the pageantry of this game though.
I never really understood why they never give one of the Air Force v. service academies (I would think Navy would make the most sense given the overlap) the same pomp and circumstance treatment that this game gets.
I'm with you. I never really understood it either except that the Army Navy game has been around about 60 years (1890 and 1949) longer than the Air Force has been it's own branch.
There is obviously more history there but seems like the AF and Army would be on a similar level.
Snow + America = Nobody Loses
Favorite non UM football game. Some say amateurism is dead, or that it never existed in the first place. Maybe they're right. But this is the one of the few games where all the players truly are there for something bigger than football. So even if its not the best quality, this is one of my favorite games to watch.
Exactly what I was saying! This game would be recognizable 50 years ago. Can you imagine if we took someone sitting in the stands at the Rose Bowl 50 years ago and put them in Pasadena next month? And the Rose Bowl isn't even that bad compared to every other game.
Here is how Army and Navy match up per TeamRankings:
|Rush Play %||80.05%||81.22%|
|Pass Play %||19.95%||18.78%|
|3D Conv %||45.58%||50.76%|
|RZ Scoring %||88.89%||90.48%|
|Opp Completion %||62.82%||71.65%|
|Opp 3D Conv %||46.15%||52.14%|
|Opp RZ Scoring %||84.44%||
Over there, they are also saying that Army is a 13.5 point underdog and giving a projected score of 31-18.
As a Navy veteran, let me say "Go Navy! Beat Army!".
I don't know if there's a Gary Danielson drinking game for this one, but making an analogy between Auburn and the service academies is definitely chug your drink.
No matter how much college football changes more towards a commercialized money grabber, Army-Navy seems to stay as pure and traditional as it's ever been.
There might not be much more that embodies America than this game.
I have no dog in this fight, but it'd be great to see Army snap their losing streak, especially after they came so close last year. You think we at Michigan have had it bad against OSU? At least we've beaten our rival in the last decade.
Navy's helmets are sweet. Beat the whoops!
- Navy pilot
Those ARE beautiful helmets.
Kinda sickening how many times Verne and Gary bring up the SEC. i'm pretty sure both would be ok if Saban was banging their wives.
those two are sickening.
Go Army!! Go Navy!! I always look forward to this game at the end of every year. One of these years I hope to make it to the game.
Danielson is at his worst during this game...it is as if he feels contractually obligated to remind everyone watching that the players for the academies don't have the athletic ability of those playing for major college programs.
I refuse to believe CBS couldn't put together a different crew for this game.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe UM is one of the two schools in that trivia
You are right! Its Michigan and Navy.
Gerry Ford, Tom Harmon, Trey Burke, Jimmy Carter, Roger Staubach, and David Robinson.
when they asked the question ...
Anyone else watch that halftime show with Winston, Mason, and Manziel?
I was taken aback by how Manziel is now the "mature guy" there. Honestly, his story reminds me so much of the Fab Five. Wish the kid luck.
I'm not sure what kind of rebuild or progress they're referring to for the Army coach, but this game seems as lopsided as ever.
Holy hell. That stadium is empty right now.
The Cadets and Middies are still there and strong!
Good on 'em, I just find it a little surprising the weather seems to have scared off so many for a game like this.
Beautiful play by the Army QB to get the TD.
Hopefully the Knights can make it close.
A few bubbleheads in my family. Go Navy!
C'mon Army, get another score on this next drive, make a game of it boys.
This is the worst game to watch, which is why I do not watch it. Triple option over and over is beyond terrible.
It's certainly no golf.
These young men, in a few months, short years will be playing a different game, their life to protect your way of life. So grab a beer, hoist a toast, and root ..........go Navy.......or if inclined go Army, yet know that your protected by all these young men!
Triple option over and over is what I live for.
and am hoping Army can pull together some 4th quarter magic... Nothing like these two teams playing in these conditions!!!
How about that direct snap reverse pass? I love it.
Congratulations to both teams. One of the highlights of the college football season. These young men are the best.
12 years in a row is brutal. And they don't seem close to being competitive. . .
That's a good read on what is wrong with Army.