My favorite stat of 2017

What a great year for Army.

I’ve checked a few things off my bucket list this season, but attending an Army-Navy game is one thing still left to do.

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18 responses to “My favorite stat of 2017

  1. I donโ€™t understand why they play that game in Philly (I guess itโ€™s between the 2 academies). They should either play on campus or at FedEx Field in DC.

    I would love to attend the game and not because I like the service academy offense.

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    • Russ

      Philly is a big military town and the game has been there more than any other, I believe.

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    • 81Dog

      I’m guessing it may have something to do with a little event in 1776 involving the Declaration of Independence, birthplace of the nation. I think the history of the US is a big deal at the service academies. I could be wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • I understand that. If it was purely that, then why do they move it around? Philly isnโ€™t exactly a booming college sports town. I figured FedEx Field would be a better spot. I always thought Philly was just the biggest city between the schools with a stadium to match the expected crowd.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      I guess Philly is about mid way between the 2 schools.

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  2. Bulldog Joe

    Service academy football… minus the pageantry and the discipline.

    It’s all right here in Atlanta.

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  3. DawgFlan

    Planning a trip to Army-Navy with my high school friend who graduated West Point. Once our youngest kids are out of diapers we won’t feel bad leaving the wives behind for a few days.

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  4. Russ

    Yep, I keep saying I’m going. Hopefully, my kid provides me with a reason to go in a few years. Looking at service academy.

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  5. Catherine W Bickley

    The game rotates between Philly and Baltimore with a few played in other military cities(i.e.Jax FL). We enjoy seeing the game in Baltimore and staying in Annapolis. Take the time to visit the Naval Academy for a tour or West Point with the game in Philly.
    Annapolis is a fantastic visit.
    Be sure and head to the game an hour early for the pre-game pageantry.
    A must see for the bucket list.

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  6. Bob

    Been blessed to have been to 5 of them. There is absolutely nothing like it. As hard fought as any game there is, but an enduring respect between the two academies. The Alma Maters at the end is one of the most moving in all sports. I graduated from UGA ROTC in 72 and spent 30 years in our Army. Make no mistake, the Dawgs are my number 1, but I so love that Army team.

    I wish McGarity would try to do a 3 game series with the Black Knights. Two here and one at Michie Stadium. Going to West Point is much like our trip to South Bend this year. The place is simply awesome. Small but pretty stadium. And close to NYC for those who want to do the Time Square stuff.

    I would love to see the Dawgs and Cadets come on the field together before the kickoff. That would be a classy experience. Go Dawgs. Beat Navy.

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  7. Bob

    BTW, the Army-Navy game has been on a rotating deal for the past 15 or so years. Three out of 5 are in Philly. Then one at Baltimore, closer to USNA and one in the Giants stadium, closer to USMA. You don’t think of Philly as a great CFB town, and it isn’t. But they do do Army Navy best of all.

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    • FisheriesDawg

      Been to two Army-Navy games in Philly and it’s great. I don’t get the knocks on Philly, it’s a great city, it just happens to be a stone’s throw from NYC and gets bagged on. Only gripe I have is that the stadiums are so isolated from EVERYTHING.

      For anyone who wants to go, make sure you go in early. Like, very early. In time to at least see the second March On. Perhaps my favorite part of that is that they make the kids walk through the tunnel under the other school’s Middies/Cadets who are already seated and try to steal their covers.

      Also, make sure you’re there for the transfer student exchange before kickoff. You’ll never see a college student more excited to go sit in the student section.

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      • Macallanlover

        Great insight, thanks. Had the chance to go when living in Philly, and that is where I feel the game should be played. Loved that comeback from Army the past two years to get the game more “in balance”, but I especially loved the finish of the bowl game. Everyone stood and cheered where I was watching, even the Navy guys!

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        • Bob

          Most folks in the service pull for the Academies unless they are playing your own service or maybe your own alma mater/favorite college team. John Feinstein’s book A Civil War, which looks at the Army and Navy teams during the 1995 season. You see the relationships between the players from the two academies and how they pull for each other outside of that day in early December.

          As someone else mentioned, make sure you get there early enough to watch the march on of the Brigade of Midshipmen and the Corps of Cadets. Dress warm. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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