Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by HotRack, Dec 11, 2010.
That is all.:smile2:
Kickoff in just a couple of minutes.
i know a lot of people care about this game....but i really don't. it's two mediocre teams, annually. i'm all about the people who make the sacrifice (my dad was an Army Ranger and his dad has a Purple Heart and Air Corps Medal of Honor)......but as football, not my thing. and overrated as a "must" TV.
Always been a cool tradition during my life. Especially since I grew up near Philly.
I'm kind of with you Mick, but I try to care about it. Look, I don't give a **** about the idots who went to the academies. I work with them all of the time, and as people I like to hang out with, they tend to rank only slightly higher than nebraska grads (with a few very notable expceptions, who happen to be close friends--from the academy, that is).
However, if you look at what college football is supposed to be about (at least in my mind), this fits the bill. It's a bunch of guys, who are actually fairly smart and study very, very hard and who also know they're not going to get that NFL contract at the end of college. Many would have gotten into the academies without football (only slightly reduced entry requirements for athletes as I understand it, they still need to get 1100 SATs and they aren't given any special favors in class), and are playing the game because they love it.
And it's my observation that in the last decade, the service academies are actually fielding much better teams than they were in the 90s. It's not nearly as painful to watch as it once was.
Totally understand, Mick. I was the same way as a kid and all the way through my time at CU - even as part of the Navy ROTC.
It all changed at power school (Dec. 1996) when Ms. NB96 and I hosted a game watch at our apt. for Army-Navy. Figured I'd show my buddies who'd attended the Academy how to do things right when watching a football game. Boy, was I wrong.
I mean we get turned inside out during CU-Nebraska but this was a whole different level. As the Academy guys watched the game, it was like their hearts got ripped out and fed to a rabid dog with each score. The emotion was something else, plus, it was a close game that Army won at the end and you'd swear someone had died. But then, like they talk about on TV how the players then go congratulate each other at the end and go salute each other's alma mater at the end of the game the mood became joyous again as everyone knows they are part of something greater than a football game.
Definitely changed my perspective. My kids get as wrapped up in this game as they do CU-Nebraska. It's on my bucket list to attend this game with my boys one day. Haven't been able to pull it off yet. Hope to some day.
Another interesting tidbit related to the game, we were out on deployment one time on the FLORIDA but were just tooling around in local Hawaiian op areas getting ready for an inspection. The CO (ASU NROTC guy) came to PD and we were able to get a stable enough feed that we watched the game on the mess decks - awesome.
Sorry for the diabtribe. Navy up 3-0 after an opening exchange of fumbles.
I read your post and arrived at a different conclusion than you.
You don't take CU v. nebraska seriously enough.
My kids, the eldest being 10, still haven't had enough "teaching" from me on CU-Nebraska to where it has a higher status. Give me a few more years, plus them going to CU and it will be #1 with them like it is for me.
But this brings up the question, now that we don't play Nebraska every year any more, how do I breed the hate, or does it now need to be redirected?
10-0 Navy on a long bomb. Guess they don't run all the time...
Might me the new rail gun they are using there.
Huge 98 yd fumble return by Navy right before halftime 24-7 Navy
Yeah, that was pretty sweet.
I have a grand-nephew who's slated to go to West Point next year. He's been recruited to play lacrosse ... but there's a chance he might wind up punting on the football team as well (he's an excellent HS punter).
I've always rooted for Navy in this one (since the Joe Bellino days ... 1960) but I reckon I'll be changing my tune next year. :smile2:
LOL Wally! Totally agree. The academy guys I worked with in my 7 years tended to be either the best in the ward room or the worst (and usually the latter).
That being said, I do cheer for the Navy whenever they are playing though just because, as you said, they are pretty much the last of the pure student athletes out there in D1A land. Plus, I know what they are getting into: years full of long nights, many months away from family and very little sleep. I want them to win so that they have lots of fond memories of brilliant victories to help them get through the tough times. My days at CU, the victories our team got against the corn and Notre Dumb, and our Buffs winning NC got me through many a midwatch...
:nod: the ring knockers.
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