Thursday, December 04, 2008

Army Navy Game

Hey it is time for the 109th Army-Navy Game. It seemed that it was always scheduled for a Drill weekend when I was drilling, but that is due to the fact that there are only 2 non holiday period drill dates possible in December...but I digress The Army says:

The Black Knights of the United States Military Academy at West Point will host the Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy in the 109th edition of the historic Army/Navy Game, Dec. 6, in Philadelphia. Army brings a 3-8 record and a high-powered option running attack into the game against the 6-4 Midshipmen, who are scheduled to play Northern Illinois on Nov. 25, prior to the epic rivalry matchup.

Only 10 Football Bowl Series (formerly Division 1-A) rivalries have featured more games than the Army-Navy series. The series began when Cadet Dennis Mahan Michie accepted a “challenge” from Naval Academy Midshipmen for a football game against the Cadets. That first contest was held on “The Plain” at West Point on Nov. 29, 1890. The more experienced Mids, who had been playing organized football since 1879, defeated the Cadets 24-0.

Eighty of the 108 Army-Navy games have been played within the Philadelphia city limits. With but seven exceptions, the Army-Navy classic has been played in Philadelphia annually since 1945. The 1983 game was played at the Rose Bowl, while the 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2001 confrontations took place at Giants stadium. The city of Baltimore hosted the 2000 and 2007 contests.

The Army-Navy series has been tied on 13 occasions (five times since 1979). The latest tie came following Navy’s victory in 2004. The Mids’ win in 2005 gave Navy its first edge in the series since 1993. Until winning in 1980 to break a 37-37-6 stalemate, Navy had not led in the series standing since 1921, after just the 24th meeting between the academies.

Well then - I know that there are Navy Personnel that will read this - but I am predicting an Army win - 23-20....Go Army!

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