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Army and Navy always live up to expectations

Army and Navy always live up to expectations

The Army-Navy Game never disappoints.That’s what two of us told the other as three old friends from Big Rapids, Mi., gathered for the 119th Army-Navy Game Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. For me, it was my fourth Army-Navy Game but first outside the press box...

They commit to football and uncertain future

They commit to football and uncertain future

“I get to work daily with heroes that joined the military AFTER we were attacked on 9/11, AFTER the war started in Afghanistan and AFTER the war started in Iraq. I would like to think I’m that brave, but I’m not so sure."-- Phil McConkey, Navy grad and New York Giants Super Bowl...

Kelvin Hopkins standing tall at West Point

Kelvin Hopkins standing tall at West Point

By Tom ShanahanKelvin Hopkins and Daniel Jones stood out as an odd couple at clinics five summers ago. That observation, though, applied only if viewing the NFL as the end-all-to-be-all for two college-bound high school kids from Charlotte, N.C.Jones has developed into a 6-foot-5...

Christiansen explains how the players feel

Christiansen explains how the players feel

We all watch the Army-Navy Game with respect for players on the field, not to mention the Cadets and Midshipmen in the stands. They’re committed to a volunteer military that accounts for only 0.4 percent of our nation's population. And if you’ve attended the game -- as I have...

He wanted to be an Army officer over the NFL

He wanted to be an Army officer over the NFL

“I’d like to be an example for the future, but the truth is everyone here is an example. I wouldn’t change my decision to come here."-- Army senior center Bryce Holland as a freshman in 2014.By Tom ShanahanBryce Holland committed as a rare 3-star prospect to Army five years ago....

Asberry ready for next task and pass play

Asberry ready for next task and pass play

Something is different hearing an academy athlete’s tone of voice during a phone interview. As an example, take my request this week to speak with an Army running back that was coming off his best game of the season. We spoke on a routine day – for a Cadet football player,...

Capra steadily rose up ranks to his opportunity

Capra steadily rose up ranks to his opportunity

Micah Capra practiced dutifully yet watched on Saturdays from the sidelines his first two seasons. Now, though, he is another uncanny example among academy athletes that overcome their inexperience when called upon in the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series. Capra, an Air Force...

James Nachtigal tells familiar West Point story

James Nachtigal tells familiar West Point story

James Nachtigal explained how he surprised himself ending up at West Point. It’s unique to him, but Army players have told similar tales throughout Tucker Waugh's career pounding the recruiting trail as a Black Knights assistant coach. “Coach Waugh showed up at my school one...

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

“The option is still revered at certain high schools, but – despite the zeal of some coaches – the once venerated scheme has been languishing at the college level for years. Now rule changes may doom it there too.” – Sports Illustrated, Oct. 8, 2018 issue.   By Tom...

Bagnall busied himself into first CiC start

Bagnall busied himself into first CiC start

The Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series begins this week, although most of America thinks it starts and finishes with the Army-Navy Game that is annually staged as college football’s final regular season date. That egregiously overlooks the round-robin series involving Air Force...