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The best story in college football

The best story in college football

Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw is the best story in college football. Anyone unaware of that opinion should consider tuning into the 118th Army-Navy Game that is upon us on Saturday in Philadelphia.Bradshaw’s West Point story began with having survived “Chiraq” – Chicago’s South...

Air Force players explain Army and Navy mutual respect

Air Force players explain Army and Navy mutual respect

Television networks spent the past week low-lighting poor sportsmanship as a ratings tool to promote traditional college football rivalries. Fight scenes were exploited because animosity sells. It’s fed by vitriol spilling over to social media.But that’s not the Army-Navy Game...

Army rebuilding began with old Navy coach

Army rebuilding began with old Navy coach

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson found himself reflecting on his coaching tree Tuesday on the weekly Atlantic Coast Conference coaches call.Jeff Monken has rebuilt Army's historic program and Brian Bohannon has founded Kennesaw State from the ground up as a third-year program....

Army receives and delivers push at right time

Army receives and delivers push at right time

One good push in the back from Army fullback Andy Davidson deserves another.Davidson drew praise from the CBS broadcasters Ben Holden and Jay Feely for pushing quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw in the back on key short-yardage plays that helped the Black Knights beat Duke last week,...

Navy plugs in another interchangeable part

Navy plugs in another interchangeable part

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s father Steve coached as a Navy assistant for 34 years from 1956 to 1989, but the Midshipmen's success with interchangeable parts makes you wonder if the influence of Steve’s son has spread to Annapolis. Bill Belichick’s Patriots are...

Air Force still playing for a bowl game

Air Force still playing for a bowl game

Air Force’s season goals start with winning the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy and claiming the Mountain West Conference title. The Falcons lost two of their first three games this season, but they were encouraging losses that seemed to leave their goals within reach. Coaches don’t...

Veterans Day observations upon returning home to states

Veterans Day observations upon returning home to states

NOTE: U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) Rick Steinke, my long-time friend from Big Rapids, Mich., is a West Point graduate that has been teaching at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. He wrote this story based on many observations on a return trip to...

Kell Walker lifting Army and his station in life

Kell Walker lifting Army and his station in life

We’ve reached a place in American sports when generational wealth stories have become run-of-the-mill yarns spun at every NFL Draft.The narrative: A prospect from an impoverished background is called to the stage. Having won the athletic gene pool lottery at birth, he develops...

Honoring veterans and school volunteers

Honoring veterans and school volunteers

The upcoming Veteran's Day is a good time to remember one of my favorite stories in my career. I wrote it on U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard in 1992 for the San Diego Union-Tribune. The chance to be in the presence of a Medal of Honor recipient with his medal was...

This Air Force game is different for Army

This Air Force game is different for Army

Army’s players say preparing to face Air Force has been the same this year as for any other showdown in the coveted Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy round-robin series that includes Navy.Yes, it’s true this year the Black Knights are 6-2 entering Saturday's game against the Falcons...