Army-Navy Game


04 Oct 2008 10:11 pm

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Army running back Wesley McMahand (23) breaks away from Tulane defender Corey Sonnier (38) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Army will not have a winless season after all! They smoked Tulane today, 44 to 13!

NEW ORLEANS – Army fullback Collin Mooney’s long wait to get into the end zone was worth it. Once he got started, it seemed like he wouldn’t stop.

Mooney, whose only previous touchdown came when he was a sophomore in 2006, ran for four of them and finished with 187 yards on 19 carries in the Black Knights’ 44-13 victory over Tulane on Saturday.

“It felt good to get in the end zone again,” said Mooney, who scored on a 9-yard run against VMI two years ago. “Id love to do this every game. After the first touchdown I was just like, ‘Let’s do it again.’ I just felt good and wanted to run the ball more.”

The win by the Black Knights (1-4) ended a 10-game losing streak dating to a 20-17 overtime victory against Tulane last season. The Green Wave (2-3) lost after winning two straight.

There has been a steady improvement in the Army team this year. Last week Army lost to Texas A&M 21 to 17. Every game this season they have put some points on the scoreboard. Next weekend my son and daughter-in-law will be at West Point for my son’s 10th reunion and will see the game against Eastern Michigan. Hopefully, it will be win number two.

Go Army!

For more Army postgame notes go here.

01 Dec 2007 12:15 pm

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Two cadets at West Point in the seventies

Back when my husband, Bob was a cadet at West Point he had many ways of combating the daily drill of class, formation, constant study and walking the area. (he was an area bird)

Bob and some of his fellow cadets in Company D-2 spent some time messing with the Army officers. One such instance was wearing Russian Army uniforms and taking a “tour” of West Point. Bob was able to acquire the uniforms for a report he had to do. He and his roommate, the great painter, Andre Reynolds posed in the uniforms. Afterwards, Bob put the uniforms up for safe-keeping. While he was out of the room, Andre put on the uniform and started walking around the grounds of West Point. When Bob discovered one of the uniforms was gone he started looking for Andre. He found him talking to an Army officer, bluffing his way out of trouble by using a Russian accent. The officer actually thought Andre was a Soviet Army officer and he asked Bob if he was supposed to be escorting him. Bob said, yes but he had gotten away from him. The officer dressed Bob down, telling him to do a better job.

Another successful bluff for Andre. Bob could never prove it but he suspected that Andre was the legendary “Fly.”

Today the Army-Navy game will be played. It’s the one game I look forward to all year, not because of the power and success of each team, because both of the teams’ records in recent years have been less than satisfactory. This game represents the best in football or what I think football should be. Each cadet and midshipman does more than practice football. They have to do their military training, and make the grade in their studies. When they graduate, they won’t be going to the NFL to play football, instead, they will be training to go to war.

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This year Army is a 14 point underdog. This will just make the Army victory that much sweeter.


I love this video. Hat tip: Cassy Fiano

Army got the goat. Hat tip: Blackfive


01 Dec 2006 01:51 am

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This Saturday the old rivals meet again…..for the 107th time.

It’s the 80th game to be played in Philadelphia.

Army vs. Navy.

The rivalry and traditional pranks get pretty intense every Army-Navy Week and this year is no different. A Beat Army banner was discovered hanging from Washington Hall at West Point but the cadets had their revenge on Navy by sculpting the letter A in the middle of a green lawn in front of Michelson Hall, next to the midshipmen’s main walkway.

Navy has a better record than Army this year but that means nothing when it comes to predicting the winner of this storied series.

In 1996 Army came back from a big half time deficit of 17 points to beat Navy, capping off a perfect season of 10 wins. They played in the Independence Bowl game where they lost to Auburn 32-29. Army hasn’t won the CIC title since.

I was at the Army-Navy game that year and our son was a cadet. I was a subscriber to The Weekly Standard and recognized Fred Barnes at the game. I wrote him a letter about the game and he quoted me in his article about sports in an issue called Politics and Sports, a Symposium. (Volume 2, #19, January 27, 1997) The title was My Sports Right or Left.

Fred Barnes wrote……

A few weeks after the Army-Navy game, I got a letter from an Army fan, the wife of a West Pointer and the mother of a cadet. (She’d seen me at the game) “Wasn’t that a wonderful game?” she wrote. “At half-time, [with Navy ahead] my spirits were very low and I was wet and miserable.” Her son came by to cheer her up. “Don’t worry Mom.” he said, “We’re always down at the half. That’s our strategy. We’ll come back.” Army did. It wasn’t like those “shameful seasons” Army had in the early ’70s, she wrote. Those were the days of Nixon, Vietnam and silly hippie girls throwing flowers at the cadets, calling them “baby killers.” Nope, it wasn’t like that at all.

So all I am saying is…..don’t count Army out. Go Army! Beat Navy!

UPDATE: Don’t miss this piece on the real football game by Ian O’Connor…..

Everyone cares that these young athletes are all signed up to trade in their helmets and pads for warriors’ armor, and to do so at a time when half the planet is up in flames.

You know you’re a Marine-Army-Navy Mom when…….

My husband was a goat at West Point but he was proud of it.

Here’s an account of a prank phone call that he got in his plebe year that ended up in his walking the area.

More on Army-Navy Pranks

UPDATE: Navy defeated Army today - 26-14.

01 Dec 2005 07:25 pm


General George Marshall: “I want an officer for a secret and dangerous mission. I want a West Point football player.”


No rivalry is more fierce or historic than the Army-Navy game. Perhaps it’s the fact that these rivals will eventually join each other in the service of their country or in battle that makes this such an enduring tradition.

It’s a big one this year…..Army has 49 wins. Navy has 49 wins.

In my experience as a girlfriend (and future wife) of a West Point cadet and then later on as a mother of a member of the Corps of Cadets I have attended many Army-Navy games. I love the tradition and the rivalry and will not miss a game if I can help it. If I can’t be at the game in person I will make sure to watch it on television.

One of my favorite Army-Navy games was in 1996, the year our son was a “cow” at West Point. It was a cold, rainy game and Army was behind by 17 points at half-time. But they managed to come back in the second half and pulled out a win in the last few seconds. It was quite an experience.

I have heard many stories of the antics of the cadets and the midshipmen at the Army-Navy game from my husband and son. There are some really funny stories including cadets stealing the Navy goat to attempts of Navy midshipmen to kidnap the Army mule. (much harder to do)

In 1972 a Navy midshipman was invited to a bar by cadets after the Army-Navy game. He was given free drinks until he was drunker than a skunk. The cadets then stripped him of all his clothes except for his overcoat and shoes, and put him on a train to Chicago. The next day there was an announcement at West Point requesting that anyone who knew about the prank played on the midshipman should see the Commandant.

In 1973 during the Army- Navy game at the Old Memorial Stadium in Philadelphia three Navy cheerleaders were posted to the roof of the stadium to coordinate the midshipmens walk-on and an initial cheer for the television coverage. These poor midshipmen were jumped by Army cadets who took their place and proceeded to give the midshipmen some mixed signals. The midshipmen officers on the field finally restored order but from the cadets’ point of view this small amount of confusion was hilarious.

After the game is over say a prayer for all those who serve, or have served.

Here is a great insight from a member of the long gray line.

I highly recommend this book about “college football’s purest rivalry.”

There’s a countdown to the game here.

Here’s a prediction

More here.

The Military Channel will broadcast the Army-Navy game live on Saturday, December 3.

Powerline wrote about the game last year.

I wrote about the great Army win of 1996 here.

Go Army! Beat Navy!

03 Dec 2004 05:09 pm

The Army-Navy game is tomorrow and I will be there in spirit. President Bush will be there sitting on the Navy side for one half and the Army side for the other half. I was last at the Army-Navy game in 1997 and Army won in a thrilling come-from-behind victory.

19 Sep 2004 08:11 am

Interesting new site.

Several years ago Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard wrote an article about sports in an issue called Politics and Sports, a Symposium. (Volume 2, #19, January 27, 1997) The title was My Sports Right or Left and Barnes’ premise was that certain sports tend to be conservative (or at least attract more conservatives than liberals)

Barnes wrote about attending the December,1996 Army-Navy game at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, one he would not soon forget.

And not just the game, which Army won when a desperate drive by Navy fell short in the last few seconds. What happened moments after the game was even more memorable. Veterans Stadium suddenly went silent. The heart-broken Navy team, having lost to Army for the fifth straight year, gathered inself in front of the full brigade of Navy midshipmen, and together, football players, coaches and Middies sang the Naval Academy alma mater.

Then, after a brief burst of noise, the crowd quieted again. Smoke from cannons fired to celebrate Army’s victory hung over the section of the stands where the entire corps of cadets was standing. Once the Army players collected in front, the West Point alma mater was sung.

The whole episode lasted two, maybe three minutes. It was one of the strangest and most exhilerating moments I’ve experienced in years of attending sports events. And I think it’s fair to describe it as a conservative moment: a hard-hitting football game between traditional rivals, cadets and midshipmen (in uniform) standing throughout the game, the military brass in attendance, President Clinton seated for the first half on Navy’s side, the second half on Army’s. I loved it. (Clinton, by the way, was politely but cooly received at the game)

Barnes wrote, “What makes a sports event conservative or liberal? I’ve got four criteria. The first is the sport itself. Boxing, for instance is conservative because it’s so violent, individualistic and masculine. The second criterion is the crowd: you don’t find many liberals at football games. The third is the nature of the event. Does winning matter to the exclusion of everything else? Is it southern? Is it tradition-bound? If the answer to these is yes, it’s a conservative event.

Thus, the Masters Tournament at a stuffy country club in Augusta, Georgia is a very, very conservative event. The fourth measure: How much commercialism is associated in the event? There’s nothing wrong, from the conservative standpoint, with commercialism in sports, mixing Adam Smith and Edmund Burke. What’s repugnant and definitely not conservative is glitz, such as when a half-naked Michael Jackson sang during halftime at the Super Bowl.

I was proud to have been quoted by Fred Barnes in that article. I had written a letter to him after having seen him at the Army-Navy game in 1996 when Army came back from a big half time deficit of 17 points to win, capping off a big season of 10 wins. They played in the Independence Bowl game where they lost to Auburn 32-29.

From the article Barnes concluded,

A few weeks after the Army-Navy game, I got a letter from an Army fan, the wife of a West Pointer and the mother of a cadet. (She’d seen me at the game) “Wasn’t that a wonderful game?” she wrote. “At half-time, [with Navy ahead] my spirits were very low and I was wet and miserable.” Her son came by to cheer her up. “Don’t worry Mom.” he said, “We’re always down at the half. That’s our strategy. We’ll come back.” Army did. It wasn’t like those “shameful seasons” Army had in the early ’70s, she wrote. Those were the days of Nixon, Vietnam and silly hippie girls throwing flowers at the cadets, calling them “baby killers.” Nope, it wasn’t like that at all.

This article, written some years ago, is still authentic and accurate.

Here is a great article about Army football, by Sports Illustrated, The Salvation of Army Football.