Saturday, December 10, 2016

A Renewal of Acquaintances

I hope to set aside a bit of time today to watch at least a bit of the Army-Navy Game.  Kickoff from Baltimore is set for 3:00 PM.  The Midshipmen of Navy come into today's game riding a fourteen-year winning streak against their brothers in arms from West Point.  

Even without their starting quarterback and starting slotback available for today's contest (both players sustained season-ending injuries in Navy's loss to Temple University in last week's AAC Championship Game), the Middies are 11.5 point favorites.  

In the past twenty years, Army has managed exactly one winning season in football.  They come into this afternoon's game with a 6-5 record and a chance to guarantee themselves a winning season regardless of however they fare in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on December 27, 2016 where they will get a rematch against North Texas, who defeated Army 35-18 at West Point in late October.

Army has played this season with a heavy heart.  On the weekend on which the Cadets defeated Rice at home to start 2-0, sophomore cornerback Brandon Jackson died in a single-vehicle accident.  His teammates dedicated the season to him.  They have spent the autumn playing for him as well as for each other.  Senior linebacker Andrew King tells the story much better than I can.  I recommend that you spend a few minutes and read this piece that he wrote for The Players' Tribune. 

And if your schedule permits, I recommend that you spend at least a few minutes today watching the Army-Navy Game.  Irrespective of the team for which you cheer, it shall be time well spent.


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