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Kelvin Hopkins Jr transcending for Army

Kelvin Hopkins Jr transcending for Army

The sports world’s biggest names routinely enter “The Jungle” on the Jim Rome Show, but the host still changes pace on his audience craving irreverent smack-talk with a guest that represents an ultra-conventional background. Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr., MVP of the 119th...

Army stark contrast to players skipping bowls

Army stark contrast to players skipping bowls

If college football mic’d players for games, Army senior outside linebacker Kenneth Brinson made a play for the ideal mic drop. Navy rallied after trailing the Black Knights all afternoon in the 119th Army-Navy Game until Brinson strip-sacked the Midshipmen’s quarterback. He...

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...

Army faces Oklahoma in throwback affair

Army faces Oklahoma in throwback affair

Army’s trip to face No. 5-ranked Oklahoma Saturday represents an interesting throwback game. The reasons are beyond simply that the schools last played in 1961, with the Sooners winning 14-8 in a marquee event at the old Yankee Stadium. In those days, the Black Knights routinely...

Walker forecasts clear sailing for West Point

Walker forecasts clear sailing for West Point

Army running back Kell Walker and his junior classmates open the 2018 football season having never lost to Navy. That sentence is worth reading again. Understand that for a decade-plus classes of Army players went through West Point without beating Navy -- not once. The Black...

My appearance on The Logan Zone on WRAL

My appearance on The Logan Zone on WRAL

Thanks to the The Logan Zone on WRAL 99.9 The Fan for having me on the air to discuss the the 118th Army-Navy Game that was played on Dec. 9. My spot begins with 15:35 remaining in the show. In addition to the Army-Navy Game, we discuss the Heisman Trophy. I offer the opinion...

Tillman family story better than Snoop Dogg

Tillman family story better than Snoop Dogg

NOTE: I'm reposting this story I wrote on Jamir Tillman before the 2016 Army-Navy Game. The story was originally published Dec. 9, 2016.Let’s pretend for a moment we live in world that sells the steak instead of the sizzle.Pretend that an educational PBS show can draw better...

Navy fullback inspired by his mother

Navy fullback inspired by his mother

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo blew the whistle for the first 2016 football practice on Aug. 3, but fullback Chris High’s breakout junior season began about a month earlier with a phone call from his mother.Cherryetta High, a single mother of three in Oklahoma City, called her oldest...