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Exiled into Wilmington, Delaware by virtue of corporate layoffs. (Note: Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this blog are Copyright 2005, Michael Collins, and cannot be used without permission.)

Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Graduate of University of Maryland School of Law; University of Maryland, College Park (Economics/Political Science).

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Army-Navy Hype, Part I

This Saturday Navy squares off against Army in the 104th annual Army-Navy Game at 2:30pm ET in Filthadelphia, PA. This year's Emerald Bowl-bound Midshipman (8-2) should have no trouble with Coach Bobby Ross' hapless Cadets (2-8).

Today's hype comes from the Black Knight's official webpage. Whenever Army and Navy take the field against each other, you can toss their overall records out the window. No single game means more to each team. So even in years when Army is 1-10 or Navy 0-11, you can still count on each team leaving it all on the field. For the last two seasons, Navy has kicked Army all over the field to the tune of a 92-18 advantage. Yet Army still holds hope that it will get its hands on this year's Commander-in-Chief's trophy, awarded to the best of the academy football squads each season:

Commander in Chief's Trophy at Stake as Army Battles Arch-Rival Navy in 105th Renewal of "America's Classic"

One of the most revered rivalries in all of sports will be revisited on Saturday when Army and Navy battle for the 105th time. Rich with tradition, drama and excitement, the series is widely viewed as the premier rivalry in all of sports. The Army-Navy Classic returns to the city of Philadelphia for the 78th time, pitting the 2-8 Black Knights opposite the 8-2 Midshipmen. Emerald Bowl-bound Navy can clinch its second straight outright Commander in Chief's Trophy title with a victory over Army. The Black Knights will be looking to gain a share of their first CIC title since 1996 with a victory. Army will also be out to avenge a pair of embarrassing losses to its arch rival, with Navy outscoring the Black Knights by a combined 92-18 margin the last two years. A sellout crowd of more than 70,000 is expected to fill Lincoln Financial Field with worldwide television and radio audiences looking on. Army leads the all-time series by a narrow 49-48-7 margin.

Quick Hits

Army holds a slim one-game series edge. The Black Knights have captured seven of the last 12 series meetings, but Navy has won four of the last five matchups between the arch rivals.

Army has not trailed in its all-time series against Navy since defeating the Mids in 1992 to forge the series' most recent tie. The Black Knights have led the series since a win the following year.

Navy features the nation's third-ranked rushing attack, averaging 290.0 yards per game. Army is ranked 115th nationally against the run, allowing an average of 243.8 ground yards per game.

All-Time Record

The Black Knights are in the midst of their 115th season and seventh as members of Conference USA. Army boasts an impressive all-time record of 624-414-51 (.596) and ranked 27th on the nation's all-time victories list entering the 2004 campaign. The Black Knights ended 108 years of Division I-A independence in 1998 when they joined Conference USA and will return to Independent status next season. Army entered the 2004 season ranked 27th among all Division I-A programs in winning percentage (.600).

To get a sense of the pageantry involved in each game, go here and here. I have been to two of these affairs. One at the Vet in Philly on the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and the other in 2000 in Baltimore. Nothing beats the rivalry, the palpable mutual respect between both schools, and the public display of tomorrow's future leaders both on and off the field.

The time for bipartisanship in this post is over. GO NAVY, BEAT ARMY! Posted by Hello


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