Edgar Allen Poe wants to write ending to Navy win streak
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Edgar Allen Poe wants to write ending to Navy win streak

AFAN: Air Force, Army, Navy newsletter on Black Knights' Edgar Allen Poe Jr.

Photo: Edgar Allen Poe scores against Rutgers

Edgar Allen Poe’s timeless line from “The Raven” portrays a bird driving the narrator mad. In another time, the literary genius might have written of a West Pointer driven nuts by Army’s current losing streak to Navy.

Poe, most likely you are unaware, was a West Point Cadet until he was kicked out of the academy in 1831. He died in 1848 long before the first Army-Navy Game was played in 1890, so he was spared the anguish of even one such defeat. 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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