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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.

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College Football: Notre Dame poker faces Navy

For forty-three years straight since 1963, Navy lost to Notre Dame. 2007 was different. The Fighting Irish and the Midshipmen gathered at the M&T Bank Stadium to answer the jackpot question of the day: Today’s jackpot question: Will Notre Dame get their groove back or will Navy see a second victory?

Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter started with Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen throwing an interception. Midshipmen cornerback Ketric Buffin caught the ball at Navy’s eighteen-yard line. No score came from it but the Navy defense gave Notre Dame more reason for pause as linebacker Corey Johnson brought Clausen down (on the Fighting Irish’s next possession) and defensive end Jabaree Tuani landed on the ball. Notre Dame would not be discouraged, though. Navy’s punt was blocked and Toryan Smith was able to run the ball into the end zone. Fighting Irish 7 and Midshipmen 0.

The second quarter was considerably uneventful until the bottom when Midshipman quarterback Jarod Bryant successfully threw to running back Cory Finnerty, who then ran twenty-two yards into the end zone for a touchdown. Notre Dame and Navy tied with seven points each. With fewer than two minutes left in the quarter, Midshipman Ketric Buffin intercepted Jimmy Clausen a second time–but Notre Dame immediately recovered the ball. Going into halftime, the Fighting Irish pushed out a twenty-eight yard field goal for a three-point lead. 10 to 7.

The third quarter progressed roughly two minutes. Navy had the ball; the quarterback was tackled before he got too far down field. His contact with the turf was captured from a high-angle medium long shot, meaning that the players’ bodies were entirely on screen but only a few of them were on screen. Number twenty-nine (I think) from Navy, slammed his hands together in frustration. I could’ve misinterpreted the sounds and sights, but I do believe that as he clapped his hands, he cried out, “phuck man.” Not too long after that moment, Notre Dame increased their lead thanks to running back Armando Allen Jr. Notre Dame did it again at the bottom of the quarter, courtesy of running back Robert Hughes. Fighting Irish 24 and Midshipmen 7.

The top of the fourth quarter put a broader smile on Notre Dame’s face in the form of a thirty-six yard field goal. 27 to 7. “Sheets of rain,” as one of the commentators put it, also started to pour down in the fourth quarter (the rain didn’t last too long, though). In the bottom of the quarter, Navy running back Shun White got the ball into the end zone. Fighting Irish 27 and Midshipmen 14. Navy wide receiver Tyree Barnes made a brilliant catch just shy of the end zone with under two minutes left to play. The review of the play ruled it down at the one-yard line rather than a touchdown. Ricky Dobbs, who took over quarterbacking duties for Navy in the bottom of the third quarter, put the ball in the end zone himself on the next play. Fighting Irish 27 and Midshipmen 21. Navy got so close to nabbing the game because they recovered the ball on their next punt-away. Unfortunately, a series of incomplete passes meant that Notre Dame took the victory 27 to 21.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. There was a montage-with-voice-over that summarized the Notre Dame-Navy rivalry before the game.

2. Craig Bolerjack and Steve Beuerlein were the commentators.

3. US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice were at the coin toss. Navy won but deferred.

4. Nearing the end of the first quarter, before going to a commercial, the camera cut to a low-angle shot of Navy’s mascots: two goats looking very much like oatmeal. That is, their coats reminded me of oatmeal. Bill the Goat anyone? Both goats got more screentime before the start of the third quarter.

5. Upon returning from a commercial at the top of the second quarter, there was an acknowledgment of Colonel John Ripley and his contributions to the Vietnam War.

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Be sure to watch the 2008 Army-Navy game on December 6. Kickoff will be at noon and televised by CBS. Last year’s game was in Baltimore; Navy beat Army.

And, UGA nipped Auburn in the bud. 17 to 13.

College Football: Navy docks Army

The Army Black Knights vs. the Navy Midshipmen for the 108th time in front of a sell-out crowd at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Televised by CBS (for the twelfth year in a row), for both teams, this game is the apex of their school year every year. For seniors, it’s more than likely the last they’ll play football competitively (in an organized, institutionalized fashion). After the four quarters are over, the Midshipmen and the Black Knights take on the responsibility of protecting our country.

Navy beat Army 38 to 3. At the bottom of the first quarter, Navy slot back Zerbin Singleton made a touchdown (the first of the game for either team). In the middle of the second quarter, Army got three points from a field goal. Navy slot back Reggie Campbell followed that play with a ninety-eight yard kick-off return TD. Midshipmen 14. Black Knights 3. After taking possession of a fumbled ball, Navy increased their lead with a TD by slot back Shun White. With one second left on the clock in the second quarter, Navy put a fifty-one yard field goal on the board. Going into halftime, Navy 24. Army still 3.

Third quarter progressed scoreless until about the middle, where Army could’ve have scored a touchdown when fullback Mike Viti leapt towards the end zone (second and goal). Unfortunately, the ball came loose before he hit the turf. Navy recovered the ball. Reggie Campbell made another TD for Navy in the top of the fourth quarter, giving the Midshipmen score of 31. Army still 3. Numerically speaking, one would think one was watching the New England Patriots playing anyone.

After blocking an Army punt, Navy scored another touchdown (thanks to their own quarterback Jarod Bryant). Midshipmen 38. Black Knights 3.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. I do believe that only in the Army-Navy game would stadium attendees and viewers at home be asked to join in prayer before the singing of the national anthem. The Navy chorus, or Sea Chanters, sang the anthem–beautifully done too.

2. Head coach Paul Johnson at Navy has turned the team around. They’ve won the past five games against Army.

3. Navy’s victory today made it in the record books regarding this rivalry–it’s the first time one of the teams has won six times in a row.

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