December 7, 2012 11:12 AM by Wade Blogs
Notre Dame may be playing Alabama for the national title in a little over a month but the toughest and game that means the most is being played this Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Army Black Knights take on the Navy Midshipmen for the 113th time in this storied rivalry. Yes the two teams have seen better days but no two teams have a more true fan base than West Point and Annapolis. Navy leads the overall series 56-47-9 and carry a 10 game win streak into Saturday.
The Jerseys: We briefly spoke about this in an earlier post but I want to go more into detail. The Navy will be the away team, thus in white. The uniforms are based off an Naval Officers dress uniforms–so they will have tons of gold and white within them. The Black Knights will be the home team and paying homage to the Mid-1940s Army teams that won 3 consecutive National Championships (44,45,*46) and they’re in Battle Victory at the Battle of the Bulge (If you don’t know about the Battle of the Bulge I recommend you look into it). The graphics you see on the Army’s uniforms, historical maps.
The Mascots: Navy Midshipmen have a goat and The Army Black Knights have a mule. Weird, huh? Not quite if you think about it. The goats were used on ships at sea to provide fresh milk & to eat garbage for sailors, so naturally a Billy Goat works. Army was jealous and needed a mascot. They figured mules hauled our gear we can use them!
The Trophy: Awarded to each seasons winner of the Academy games: Army, Navy, Air Force games. The Winner has to beat the other two. However, we have seen ties (everyone wins 1 game) in 1993, 1980, 1976, 1974. Navy and Army each beat Air Force in 2012 so the winner on Saturday wins the Commander-in-chief trophy
Biggest Question: Will Barrack Obama be there? He attended last year’s game and it is a tradition for the commander-in-chief to attend the game in which the winner receives his namesake trophy.
This Game is About Bravery and Not Bravado: All these men in uniform will not be entering the NFL they will be entering battle and protecting our rights and freedoms. The same goes for the men and women in uniform watching from the stands and around the world. No game has more Pride riding on it then the Army-Navy game.
1893: Navy Player sustained a head injury and was told to wear protection on the field: the football Helmet was born.
1926: Played in Chicago to dedicate Solider Field in recognition for the valor and sacrifice of American servicemen in World War I. Navy was undefeated and Army had 1 loss (Notre Dame) with the national title on the line the game ended in a 21-21 tie. Navy was awarded the National Championship.
1944 & 1945: Army and Navy ranked 1-2 respectfully faced off for consecutive seasons of great games. Army won 23-7 (1944) and 32-13 (1945)
Best Book You Haven’t Read: The All Americans by Lars Anderson. It details the November 29, 1941 game between Army & Navy played 8 days before the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s involvement in World War II
Predictions: (Navy is -7 o/u 56) Navy will win and cover but take the under. Both schools are not offensive juggernauts and Army will be lucky to score 13 points. Mark down a Midshipmen Victory for the 11th straight year.