There’s Rivalry Week and then there’s the biggest rivalry of all. Forget the Iron Bowl (and that was a great game), or the Big Game, Bedlam or the Good Old fashioned Hate. Those are all great rivalries.
But for pure pageantry, intensity, traditions and history, nothing compares to the Army Navy game. A game so big it gets its own weekend.
The uniforms are the best. This year the army will honor Task Force Dagger, special forces deployed in Afghanistan right after 9/11.
Navy will honor their f18 carrier pilots with their Fly Navy uniforms. It's not related to the upcoming remake of Top Gun is it?
It even has its own drink – the Army Navy cocktail.
Orgeat? Not sure I have ever seen it. I'm sure Nick is well supplied though.
There is the Navy Army cocktail version to using rum of course
She was a little easier on the eyes
Not sure I have the ingredients for this years game but I'll be sure to get some for next year.
As for the game itself - for history buffs, it’s the WWI of football games – pure trench warfare. Two bitter enemies grinding it out down the field. Ok, so there are a few aerial attacks too but so did WWI.
Navy +7.0 vs Army (East Rutherford, NJ) – All three service academies run the triple option. All three are fantastic at running the ball. Army just happens to be a little bit better. Army ranks 2nd overall in rushing offense (Air Force is 1st) while navy is 11th.
Army is also better at stopping the run tanking 11th versus Navy’s more meager 38th.
But how much is due to the schedule? While Army was facing such “stout” defense as UConn, Western Kentucky, Wake Forest and UMass, Navy was playing in the American Conference against the likes of Cincinnati, Houston, Marshall along with Notre Dame.
Every team, save one, that Navy has played is going to a bowl. The Middies schedule was the third hardest this year. Army? Try 93rd.
History will have something to do with this game. You know it will be a low scoring game. But did you know that it has gone under 15 straight years? And seven of the last 10 games have been decided by a TD or less.
I’ll take the Midshipmen (I always do Dad) but no quatloos. Still not sure if the Big Al rule covers Navy. I lean to the under 35.0 too.
Sing second Navy!