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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...

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...

Niumatalolo thinks Irish can Book postseason

Niumatalolo thinks Irish can Book postseason

A week ago Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, while studying video to face Notre Dame, judged Irish quarterback Ian Book a dynamic difference between coach Brian Kelly’s 2018 team and recent seasons. Well, now what does he think? With a chance to see Notre Dame (8-0) up close in the...

Ideal San Diego homecoming for Navy OL

Ideal San Diego homecoming for Navy OL

As homecomings go, Navy football player Chris Gesell touches all the bases, including jumping with two feet on his metaphorical home plate, San Diego. Aside from using a baseball metaphor for a football game, that's quite a story and lifetime memory. Gesell grew up in San Diego...

Navy and Notre Dame rivalry visits Navy town

Navy and Notre Dame rivalry visits Navy town

Navy-Notre Dame is a time-honored college football tradition with continuity strengthened through American history. The specific epochal period was World War II. It's the reason the rivalry, renewed for the 92nd time Saturday night in San Diego, remains the nation’s longest...

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...