Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7438 posts, RR: 50 Posted (8 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2043 times:
As close to combat as it comes Ian O'Connor / Special to FOXSports.com
Posted: 3 hours ago
The winds of war forever sweep across the West Point campus, stirring the souls of officers and gentlemen and the young halfbacks in training for the day they must confront a sniper or roadside bomb.
In this culture, Earl Blaik never had trouble inspiring his Army cadets on the eve of the one and only football game that ever mattered on their schedule.
"Playing Navy," Blaik would say. "is the closest thing to combat."
Nearly 50 years later, Bob Anderson can still hear the Colonel delivering that scouting report. It was 1958 when Anderson and Pete Dawkins formed the all-American backfield that defeated Navy to punctuate the last undefeated season posted by either academy team.
The world was a different place back then, and so was the world of major-college football. Vince Lombardi was in the Municipal Stadium stands that day in Philadelphia, because Army-Navy wasn't just an occasion to celebrate the young men courageous enough to man America's war machine for the bloody conflicts to come.
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2036 times:
How many points did Air Force put up against Army 43? Expect the same or more from Navy and a nine victory season before playing in some car-repair bowl.
*Side note best drive I ever saw in college football was the 26 play 14 minute drive against New Mexico two years ago in San Francisco that used up almost the entire 4th quarter and ensure the win for Navy.
Venus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2001 times:
I am surprised that Army still plays Division 1 football. With the current weight and size measurments including the BMI how can these guys compete except with a whole lot of speed the way Air Force plays with it option style play. Army still believes in the 3 yards and a cloud of dust in which they get clobbered by bigger defensive lines and lighting fast linebackers, cant belive Notre Dame still schedules the service academies, it does them no good with their BCS rankings and are poor competion for them right before the powerhouse of USC.
FlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1965 times:
Quoting Venus6971 (Reply 3): cant belive Notre Dame still schedules the service academies, it does them no good with their BCS rankings and are poor competion for them right before the powerhouse of USC.
But it gives their whale of a coach an excuse when they loose. I believe he said something along the lines of "we didn't really have any stiff competition leading up to the USC game to help us prepare". I also believe he said before the game that their game against Army was basically a practice for their game against USC. Truly a douche-bag. *And I was at the USC-ND game and Weiss truly does look like a whale. I would be embarrassed to have him as my coach.
Halls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1938 times:
Well, it's over, and the Annapolis class of 07 is the first Navy class to have beaten Army in each of their meetings while Midshipmen.
Sad for Army, but you have to give Navy's coach Paul Johnson a huge amount of credit. He has somehow figured out how to take a group of motivated but undersized players and produce consistent winning seasons.
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1931 times:
Quoting Halls120 (Reply 8): but you have to give Navy's coachrnPaulrnJohnson a huge amount of credit. He has somehow figured out howrnto takerna group of motivated but undersized players and producernconsistentrnwinning seasons.
Paul Johnson with backing from the administration has really turned the Naval Academy football around, a very decent mid level program. Now the question will Annapolis be able to keep him, and if he does stay can he avoid going off the deep end like 5 star out in Colorado Springs, who is quickly turning into an embarrassment for the Air Force Academy.
Jalto27R From United States of America, joined May 2004, 857 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
Well I was at the game, in the "ear-popping/nose bleeding" section. It was freezing and windy, but the game was at least half descent. Even if it wasn't any good, the pageantry makes it worth going to. The 4 F-18 and 4 AH-64 flybys were nice too .