At 3:00 PM Eastern today, the 113th installment of the Army-Navy football game will get underway. I really don’t have much more to say about this game than what has already been said over the years. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend John Feinstein’s excellent book about this game: A Civil War: Army Vs. Navy a Year Inside College Football’s Purest Rivalry. It provides a personal look at the dedication, commitment and honor of these men, who represent the best that this nation has to offer. The Bleacher Report has a nice summary:
This game is also about showcasing some of the brightest young stars this country has to offer. No, they aren’t the most talented rosters and certainly can’t compare to other collegiate powerhouses, but all players on both the Navy and Army squads have more character and guts than any normal football player could ever possess.
As far as I’m concerned, this rivalry represents the best about sports. For me, watching these young men, most of whom were ignored by the major programs, play simply for the love of the game (and the honor of their branch of service) as far more enjoyable and satisfying than, say, the national championship game, which will get all the hype (and money). The former showcases the essence of sportsmanship, dedication, and pure love of the game, while the latter seems like just another another corporate, all-about-the-money event.
All I know is that I’ll be watching the game with relish. To follow the game online in real time, check out armynavygame.com. Oh yeah and one more thing: