Army vs Navy

Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2009 by Travis Cody in

We briefly interrupt this hiatus for an important message...

Today marks the 110th time that the US Military Academy has played the US Naval Academy in football. The first game was played on 29 Nov 1890. The Midshipmen have won 53 of the 109 games, including the last 7 in a row. The Black Knights of Army have won 49 of the games. There have been 7 ties.

Navy will play in the Texas Bowl against Missouri on 31 December. Army can become Bowl eligible with a win today.

There are so many things that draw me back to this game year after year. From the spirit clips made by students from both academies to the seniors introducing themselves and the branches of service they will enter upon graduation, this game reminds me that young people in this country do understand the words duty, honor, country, and commitment.

Once the competition has ended, the losing team goes to its student section. The players are called to attention on the field with the students in the stands. And the band plays the school alma matre. The winning team stands at attention behind them as a show of respect and solidarity. Then both teams proceed to the winning team's students for a repeat of the ritual.

Football, and as such sport itself, is in its proper perspective for these young men. Playing is fun. To play with intensity is important. To win is important. But above that, to play with honor and respect for your opponent is more highly valued. This game defines sportsmanship.

Congratulations to the seniors from both academies. I thank them for their commitment to becoming the future leaders of our armed forces, and wish them well as they graduate next spring to the defense of our country and our liberty.

United States Military Academy
Duty, Honor, Country

United States Naval Academy
From knowledge, seapower

I include the graduating class of seniors from the United States Air Force Academy in my admiration and gratitude. Air Force will play Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl on 31 December.

This has been a brief hiatus interlude. Carry on.


  1. Jeff B says:

    For the reasons you've mentioned, this is a must watch game for me as well. My dad was a Navy man, so you can guess where my allegiance will be.

  1. Sadie says:

    Fun fact: I was conceived after a horrible loss to Navy in the 1973 Army/Navy game. My dad is a USMA grad.

    Aren't you glad you know that? Believe me, I was THRILLED to learn it myself.

  1. Why has Navy so dominated this game of late?

  1. jennifer says:

    My family watched the game and we were all pulling for Army. The commercials were great (the lady doing push ups tickled us).

    Have a great week!

  1. Anndi says:

    Chicklet and I walked into a deli for an early dinner and they had the game on. She watched... and enjoyed. *grin*
    She didn't want to leave the restaurant til the end of the game and sat there nursing her gingerale LOL!
    I may get my Chicklet to love football yet!

    Oh, and in the third quarter, she actually called the final score. AND we rooted for Navy.

  1. Watched the game, but not sure I actually decided who to support on this one. My hubby was Army, but had an uncle who was career Navy.

  1. Janna says:

    Just stopping by to see how you are doing.
    I hope your hiatus is relaxing and filled with tacos.
    Carry on.