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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.

NFL 2010: Falcons Snow-Collapse the Panthers

It’s been a Sitting Pugs tradition to watch the Army-Navy game, but this year something of greater value and importance transpired,  thus, I had to bow out of Black Knights-Midshipmen revelry.  Turns out, Navy left the Army all shook up with a 31 to 17 victory.  Click here for summary, stats, and play-by-play.  The Navy out-scored the Army in 2009, 2008, and 2007.

On the topic of college ball, I may or may not be able to view and blog about as many Bowl Games like I have in previous years.  Click here to find out all the names and teams.

Before I get to today’s pomp and cirumstance, in the words of a friend, “snow vs. metrodome – 1 to 0.”  NFL.com has these added comments.

And now for your regularly scheduled blog:  The Atlanta Falcons at the Carolina Panthers.  Will the Falcons nab another victory and get their foot on a playoff spot?  The first quarter began with the Panthers on offense.  One play into their possession, a loose ball was recovered by the Falcons.  One complete pass to wide receiver Roddy White and one stretch of running by Michael Turner later, tight end Tony Gonzalez made a touchdown catch in the end zone.  Atlanta 7 and Carolina 0.  Seven minutes later, quarterback Matt Ryan threw a stunning forty-some-odd yard pass to wide receiver Henry Douglas.  The next play led to Michael Turner making his way to the one yard line, just shy of the Panters’ end zone.  Carolina’s head coach John Fox challenged the on-field call of a non-fumble (did Panthers linebacker Jordan Senn rip the ball out before Turner was down by contact?).  The Panthers lost that challenge.  Two subsequent attempts to get into the end zone were unsuccessful (including one try where Matt Ryan got tapped and was brought down just outside the goal line), and then Michael Turner got his body in for TD.  Atlanta 14 and Carolina 0.

The second quarter commenced with Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson sacking Matt Ryan.  The bottom of the second quarter said hello to a thirty-nine yard Matt Bryant field goal.  Atlanta 17 and Carolina 0.  Panthers cornerback Richard Marshall intercepted Matt Ryan as the second quarter ended.  The third quarter greeted the Panthers with a TD, courtesy of running back Mike Goodson.  Atlanta 17 and Carolina 7.  The Panthers were doing well defensively through the middle of this quarter…that is until the bottom of the third when Michael Turner made another rushing TD.  Atlanta 24 and Carolina 7.

Six minutes into the fourth quarter, the Panthers increased their lead with a FG.  Atlanta 24 and Carolina 10.  With six minutes left in the game, Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas re-routed the trajectory of rookie Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen’s pass and facilitated an interception made by outside linebacker Mike Peterson.  Michael Turner made yet another TD shortly thereafter.  He just jogged himself and the ball right into the end zone.  Atlanta 31 and Carolina 10.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Commentary was supplied by Ron Pitts and John Lynch.

2.  Those Carolina Panther cheerleaders’ pom-poms are a gorgeous blue.

3.  In the bottom of the first quarter, Matt Ryan threw the ball to Michael Turner, who then got the first down and ran into the sidelines.  When he got up, the camera was still on him–his right elbow was smudged with black stuff…like soot. I suspect that it is from the black coating on the end zones.

4.  I’ve noticed in the last couple of seasons that the third quarter is often a momentum-shifter for Atlanta.  If they have a good first half, they are more prone to making mistakes in the third.  But, if the first half is not too great, then the third tends to be an offensive boon.

5.  Jimmy Clausen was the QB for Notre Dame for the last few years.

6.  Arthur Blank was walking around the sidelines.  He wore a beige coat (like a detective might wear).

Click here for the Falcons’ roster and the Panthers’ roster here.

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College Football 2009: Navy chugs past Army

But first, I watched some of the Clarke Central vs. Sandy Creek High state championship football game last night on GPB.  The players looked tiny and moved as if in slowish-motion.  The Buford High players, however, resembled something fresh out of Friday Night Lights in stature.  Two words: Jessel Curry.  Click here to read all about both games and to see video clips.

Now, on to our regularly scheduled blog post:

The Navy Midshipmen won against the Army Black Knights last year.  Would they be able to do it again? Televised by CBS, the 110th Army-Navy game was narrated by Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson and took place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.  The first quarter started with the Black Knights on offense with no points achieved.  The Midshipmen’s first turn at offense led to a failed field goal.   The quarter coiled down to roughly a minute when Midshipmen quarterback Ricky Dobbs was intercepted by Black Knights linebacker Steven Eerzinger, who then ran the ball to the twelve yard line.  Moments later, there was a field goal.  Army 3 and Navy 0.

The top of the second quarter gave the Black Knights an edge as they recovered a fumbled Midshipmen ball.  Near the middle of the quarter, Navy experienced an offense boost with a fifty-eight yard completed pass between Dobbs and wide receiver Nick Henderson, but there was a flag on the Midshipmen for holding.  “Big play, big penalty, ” Gary Danielson remarked.

The Midshipmen began on offense in the third quarter, and halfway through it, Marcus Curry made a touchdown reception.  In the bottom of the quarter, the Midshipmen increased their lead by with a trio.  Navy 10 and Army 3.  The fourth quarter started with a failed Black Knights field goal.  Way, way wide left.  Several minutes later, Ricky Dobbs broke the plane for a TD.  The Black Knights had a handful of chances to score in the bottom of the quarter but the Midshipmen stopped each attempt.  Navy 17 and Army 3.  Final score.  Motif of the day – really good defense on both sides.


Watch me stretching and watching the opening kickoff:

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The National Anthem was sung by the Naval Academy Glee Club.

2.  Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, tossed the coin.

3.  A medium-zoom-into-extreme-close-up shot of the Navy mascot masticating on something was featured before a commercial break in the firsrt quarter.

4.  An Army spirit message parodying The Men Who Stare at Goats was aired before a commercial break in the first quarter.  “Maybe you need to use a real goat.”

5.  Army wore gold pants and white jerseys.  Navy wore navy pants, navy jerseys, red waistbands (or something that appears to be a waistband) and red-lined shoulder squares.  They looked a bit …je ne sais pas…pas cool.  I kept thinking of a portrait of George Washington.

6.  The last time both Army and Navy were Bowl Game eligible in the same season was in 1996.

7.  Ricky Dobbs was born January 31, 1988.  He’s exactly seven years younger than Justin Timberlake.

8.  The Navy’s goats got another extreme close-up in the bottom of the second quarter.  One of them was still chewing on something and the other one looked bored to tears…or just sleepy.

9.  With fewer than two minutes left in the game, the Midshipmen in the stands started jumping up and down and chanting.  I have no idea what they were chanting.

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