Tag Archives: navy midshipmen

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.

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.

College Football 2013: Navy yanks down Air Force

But first: The Atlanta Braves squeezed by with a win against the LA Dodgers last night in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.

And now back to your regularly scheduled blog post:

The Air Force Falcons paid a visit to Annapolis, MD today to encircle the Navy Midshipmen.  Broadcast on CBS and with commentary by Spero Dedes and Steve Beuerlein, the Falcons were took to offense first and took the lead seven minutes into the quarter with a field goal.  Air Force 3 and Navy 0.  The Midshipmen didn’t really start to put a good show on until the latter half of the second quarter as quarterback Keenan Reynolds rushed three yards for a touchdown.  Navy 7 and Air Force 3.  The Falcons replied with a TD too, courtesy of running back Anthony Lacoste.  Air Force 10 and Navy 7.

Navy regained the lead three minutes into the third quarter with another TD (thanks to Demond Brown).  Navy 14 and Air Force 10.  Neither team’s offense had particularly strong momentum through the rest of the third.  The Midshipmen found their energy in the middle of the fourth quarter with another Keenan Reynolds TD.  Navy 21 and Air Force 10.  The Midshipmen continued their performance by recovering a fumbled Falcons ball after it more or less flopped out of a receiver’s elbow crook.  Not long after, the defense put the ball back in their offense’s hands with an interception.  Keenan Reynolds soon clinched the win for his fellow Midshipmen with yet another TD.  Navy 28 and Air Force 10.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The Midshipmen mascot reminds of a bear claw for some reason.  The horns maybe?

2.  The actual goat reminds me of ramen.

3.  The commentators noted in the fourth quarter that these service academy games are special because the players will one day protect the interests of the American people (government).

4.  Every time the commentators say, “DJ Sargenti,” I think they’re going to say, “DJ Sargento.”

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

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.

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

College Football the 08: Navy Midshipmen ring around Army Black Knights’ rosies

Just over a year ago, Navy and Army came together at the  M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, and then they left…with the Midshipmen smiling just a pinch bigger. In fact, for the five years preceding the 2007 Army-Navy game, the Midshipmen had consistently taken the wins. This year, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Black Knights hope to do something about their numbers. Navy wishes to maintain their own.

Broadcast on CBS, the 109th meeting between the two services academies began with President George W. Bush walking onto the field, doing some half-spirited kick of the ball (the kind where he decided spontaneously to kick it and thus wasn’t able to send that pigksin really sailing), and participating in the coin toss. In one of the close-ups of the President’s face, I couldn’t help but notice that he appeared saddened.

The first quarter began with a sixty-five yard rushing touchdown by Navy running back Shun White. Midshipmen 7 and Black Knights 0. Kyle Delahooke, punter for Navy, encountered a wonky snap about halfway through the first quarter. He was, however, able to scramble to the end zone, retrieve the ball and punt it away anyway. Navy increased their score with a field goal when they got the ball back. Shun White made another TD for Navy in the bottom of the second quarter. Midshipmen 17 and Black Knights 0. Black Knight running back Patrick Mealy returned the ball for sixty-three yards and got to the Navy 27 yard line. It was a pretty great run. Mealy was able to wiggle away the path of three (?) clusters of Midshipmen.

The third quarter rippled to just past the half when Navy fullback Eric Kettani got into the end zone. Midshipmen 24 and Black Knights 0. The fourth quarter began with a Navy field goal. Midshipmen 27 and Black Knights 0. With Fewer than one minute on the game clock, Navy linebacker Ram Vela intercepted Army quarterback Chip Bowden’s pass and then ran sixty-seven yards into the end zone.

Five out of five dentists agree. Navy did it again. The Midshipmen beat the Black Knights 34 to 0. Qu’est-ce qui ce passe avec Les Chevaliers Noirs? 1978 was the last time that Army didn’t put any numbers on the board.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Ian Eagle and Boomer Esiason were commentators.

2. A pre-game montage that introduced two players (both fullbacks I believe), one from each team, that reiterated the American-ness of not just the game of football but also the individuals playing it here.

3. Both teams donned new uniforms. The Black Knights wore black jerseys and socks, and camouflage pants and helmets. The words “Duty, Honor, Country” were on the backs of their jerseys, just above the numbers (also camouflage). The Midshipmen wore something more akin to the San Francisco Chargers in terms of color combination/juxtaposition.

4. 1890 was the first year of the Army-Navy game. Navy won that lollipop sucker 24 to 0.

5. Corey Johnson, outside linebacker for Navy, spent three years playing a point guard in basketball and then switched to football.

6. As per tradition, both teams gathered together on the field and listened to the each school’s bands play their own school song. The Army first and the Navy second. What a sight to see.

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