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Frenzied Post-Game Excitement For Navy

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 10, 2011 – 6:57 pm

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As the clock ticked down at on the Army-Navy game at FedExField, I had the rare opportunity to stand on the sidelines near the tunnel as the game ended.  On Sundays, this is the tunnel that players take off the field, and standing there when the clock hits zero puts you right in the way.

For college football, this is prime real estate.

With about two minutes to go, it was almost certain that the hometown Navy crowd was going to go home happy, bringing the assembled Midshipmen to a fever pitch.  In the end, Navy punted and the ball was down at the 10-yard line with two seconds on the clock.

In a game that featured a combined five-for-nine for 90 yards through the air, how many 90-yard offensive plays do you think they have in the playbook?

This is the final play, spotlighting the Navy mascot, Bill the Goat:

Game over: Navy 27, Army 21.  The Midshipmen have now pulled off a decade of dominance, winning the last 10 contests.  The chant that rose from the stands was “Ten More Years!”

It was officially time for one of the proudest moments in all of sports: the singing of the alma maters.  First the West Point Military Academy: Read more »

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FedExField Has An All-American Makeover

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 10, 2011 – 4:23 pm

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While most of Redskins Nation is anxiously awaiting Sunday’s kickoff at 1 p.m., FedExField is hosting part one of the weekend double-header with the 112th annual Army-Navy game, sponsored by USAA.

The stadium has undergone an intense makeover, from both of the endzones and goalposts, to the hashmarks on the field, and the walls that line the field.  The traditionally Burgundy and Gold-clad crowd has been swapped for Cadets and Midshipmen–and their respective supporters.

One of the highlights of the pageantry that makes this game so special, is the academies’ respective marches onto the field.  Once the students are assembled, they chant traditional cheers and the fans cheer.

Today, the visiting Cadets took the field first.  If you listen closely, you can hear the jeering of the pro-Navy fans on that sideline:

After the Cadets had completely filed off the field, the Midshipmen took the field.  I didn’t do it on purpose, but in my travels, I ended up on the Army sideline.  This way, you get the full effect of the Army jeers for the Midshipmen filing off the field:

Don’t mind glimpses of my hand in the corner of your screen. If not for my hand, you wouldn’t see anything.

For any football fan, it doesn’t get much better than this.  For any blue-blooded American, this is the ideal setting for America’s oldest rivalry.

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Staubach At Home In House Of Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 10, 2011 – 3:21 pm

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In an odd twist of circumstance, former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach is at FedExField today, celebrating a home game for his Navy Midshipmen.

The possibilities are endless in an Army-Navy game.

Although Redskins fans will always remember Staubach for the 11-7 record he had against Washington, he was a beloved Heismann winner in Annapolis, and a classy testament to his military background.  He may go down as the only Cowboy that Redskins fans do and should respect.

As a younger member of Redskins Nation, I have a slightly different perspective of Staubach, having never seen him play.  But that’s not to say that he’s not part of my family lore.

My great-uncle Chuck, on my mother’s side, was a career Navy chaplain, and spent part of his career stationed at the Naval Academy’s chapel in the early 1960s.    According to family legend, Roger Staubach–a devout Catholic–would go to the chapel on a regular basis during his free time, to pray and reflect. Read more »

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A Deep Redskins’ Army-Navy Connection

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 10, 2011 – 2:28 pm

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Tomorrow may be the Redskins-Patriots game, but the football action is starting a day early at FedExField, with today’s 112th annual Army-Navy game, presented by USAA.

This is the first time that “America’s Game” has been played in the Nation’s Capital, but for what it’s worth, there is a Redskins connection to this game that goes beyond the venue.  For some of you Redskins historians, you may remember that the Redskins have drafted a total of three players from the two academies.  Then again, you might not remember them as Redskins:

Hank Foldberg, Army, 3rd round (1947), E

Drafted in the third round of the 1947 Draft, Foldberg never played a down for the Redskins and ended up in the All-American Football Conference, playing a season each for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Hornets.

That should ring a bell. Read more »

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