Notre Dame history lesson on Army and Navy
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Notre Dame history lesson on Army and Navy

AFAN: Air Force, Army, Navy newsletter on academy rivalries with Irish

Photo: Army-Notre Dame in 1946 at Yankee Stadium

Notre Dame returned to South Bend licking wounds from Saturday’s 28-27 loss to Navy in Jacksonville. Now the Irish regroup to play Army on Saturday in San Antonio. The games are a step back in time for more reasons than one.

If Notre Dame (3-6) playing Navy (6-2) and Army (5-4) back-to-back sounds like something out of the 1940s, it is. In those days, they were three national powers that met annually

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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,,, 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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