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Army vs. Navy 2016: The Black Knights dunk the Midshipmen

The West Point Glee and US Naval Academy Glee Clubs sang the National Anthem today as the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen got together on the gridiron to out-touchdown and field-goal each other.  Broadcast on CBS, the 117th meetup between these two teams took place in Baltimore, MD and was narrated by Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson.

Navy took to offense first but fumbled the ball.  Army recovered and eventually got a touchdown, courtesy of Andy Davidson. Halfway through the second quarter, he did it again.  With just over a minute left before halftime, Navy threw an interception.  Navy put up some numbers on the scoreboard finally in the top of the third quarter with a touchdown, put in by their quarterback Zach Abey.  They closed the gap with a field goal a possession or two later.  Would Navy seize victory over Army for the fourteenth consecutive year?  Or, would Army keep on to their lead and break the streak?  Entirely possible.  Not long after Navy’s QB ran the ball into the end zone a few minutes into the fourth quarter, Army’s QB Ahmad Bradshaw crossed the goal line for a TD.  21 to 17. Final Score.  They did it.  Army beat Navy for the first time since 2001.

Get game summary, play-by-play, and stats here.


Observations & Miscellany:

1. Other than watching Army cadets, Navy officers and probably Marines march down a piece of land, when else would one see Americans move like the forest and its trees?  A marching band? A very well-organized flash mob?

2. Verne Lundquist wore a lemon yellow tie and Gary Danielson wore a light blue tie.

3. The Midshipmen’s uniforms consisted of yellow helmets, yellow pants, and white jerseys.  The Black Knights went all black.

4. Did you know that Edgar Allan Poe, the 19th century writer of foreboding, gothic tales, was kicked out of the Army?  Meanwhile, there’s an Edgar Allen Poe that plays football for Army.

5. After halftime was over, someone joined Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson in the booth.  He wore a brighter, slightly darker blue tie.  A very long tie to boot.

6. I hope Joe Namath was wearing a faux fur coat.

7. Army’s logo makes me think of the story of Phineas Gage.

A Time for Hearing

Whenever the seasons change, particularly from summer to autumn, and the temperature fluctuates enough to bring out or put away certain types of clothing, my nose gets extra snotty or congested.  I was expecting it to happen this year, but it didn’t…at least not in the usual way.

Instead, my hearing decided to go on a semi-hiatus for a week.  One moment in the middle of the afternoon, everything was fine, and the next moment, part of my head felt like it was underwater and the other part seemed okay.



Machine sounds were very loud (vending machines, laundry machines, ice machines); I could “hear” the vibrations of automobile traffic before “hearing” the actual engine noise of the cars; human voices were almost painful to the ears.  After a couple days and nights of much research, I’d hypothesized that my hearing troubles were partly psychosomatic and partly my body’s confusion about where to put the mucous. And the sinuses seemed as good a place as any — the pressure under the eyes and nose without the snot running or doing that oozy drip-drip-drop from nostril to nostril.

Things have improved but I’ve felt horrible, truly horrible, on a level I haven’t before imagined.  I *almost* would not wish this experience upon the most cacophonous misogynist, xenophobe, homophobe, theophobe or all of the above.

I’ve taken for granted many of my body parts before, but I’d never considered how much I would miss being able to hear normally.

On account of environmental factors (air quality), I don’t think the mucous is going to recede completely any time soon.  It’s bizarre the way the body fights against invaders and protects itself from pathogens — by making you feel terrible.


For many Americans, today is a reason to eat all the major food groups (while still allowing for dietary restrictions) and to thank each other for whatever…

but the shadow over the feasting grows larger and larger every year.  I’m not giving thanks on this day in its creative history iteration.  I am, however, grateful for many experiences and people I’ve known (for better or worse) and the facets of the world that never cease to amaze and irritate me.  Sometimes, each time is like the first time.

History repeats itself because the equations have to be balanced.  Too much weight on one side always conjures weight on the other.  History repeats itself because there aren’t enough dissenters (of every stripe and flavor) in positions of agency and consideration…who would do things differently without threatening anyone’s way of life.

Harmony might be the goal, but if co-existence cannot be reached first, in what reality could the former take shape?


The Army-Navy game will be on December 10 this year at 3pm east coast time and televised on CBS.

And now for some Bjork.

Army vs. Navy 2015: Midshipmen Tells It to the Black Knights’ Hearts

It’s sixty-eight degrees today in Philadelphia, PA where the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen met for the 116th time.  Televised by CBS, the Army-Navy game is the culmination of years of learning and training for the football players at their respective service academies.  Navy has emerged the victor in the last thirteen consecutive games against Army.  Would 2015 continue this winning streak?  YES.

Just when it looked like Army would very well beat Navy, with just under three minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Midshipmen intercepted the Black Knights just a sneeze away from the end zone.

Final score. Navy 21 and Army 17.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.


Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The US Military Academy and US Naval Academy Glee Clubs sang the National Anthem.

2.  The Navy wore helmets with various fleets painted on them (courtesy of Under Armour).

3.  Not to be confused with the creator of X-Files or the poet, but Army has a quarterback named Chris Carter and a wide receiver named Edgar Poe.