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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).

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Army-Navy Wrap-Up

Navy crushed Army again on Saturday 42-13 to win the Commander-in-Chief's trophy, tie the overall series with Army, and finish this season 9-2.

Aaron Polanco threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, leading Navy to a 42-13 victory over Army on Saturday in the 105th meeting between the service academies.

President Bush attended the game for the first time since 2001 at Veterans Stadium, taking part in the coin toss by flipping a commemorative coin sent from the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

Bowl-bound Navy (9-2) hadn't won nine games since Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach quarterbacked the Midshipmen to a 9-1 record in 1963.

Navy has won five of the last six meetings to tie the overall series at 49-49-7. The Midshipmen have outscored Army 134-31 in the last three games.

Navy plays next in the Emerald Bowl against New Mexico on December 30. The Middies finished the season tied with Purdue for 30th in the AP Poll.

As mentioned above, President Bush attended the game. Here's a wrap:

When Bush visited the Navy locker room, he walked through a doorway framed by jerseys of three former players killed in Iraq: Ron Winchester, J.P. Blecksmith and Scott Zellem.

It took a moment for people in the stands to realize who the distant figure in the blue overcoat was when Bush appeared on the Navy sideline an hour before game time, surveying the players limbering up, but the crowd of nearly 70,000 roared when his image flashed on the jumbo TV screens.

"God bless you, Mr. President!" a group of fans shouted as he walked through the east end zone to visit the Army side.


[A]t every point when the President was shown on the Jumbotron or at each instance when he was on the field (for the cointoss and when he switched sides) the cadets and midshipmen chanted "4 More Years."


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