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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...

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....

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...

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...

Another Hall of Fame tour for Bob Apisa

Another Hall of Fame tour for Bob Apisa

Bob Apisa’s Hall of Fame tour continues into 2018.The two-time All-American Michigan State fullback was named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, the organization announced on Tuesday at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani that is hard by Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.His selection...

Navy enjoying success on field and the screen

Navy enjoying success on field and the screen

Navy outside linebacker D.J. Palmore notices new greetings around the Naval Academy campus. It’s not because he’s a senior captain putting up his usual numbers for a team on the fringe of earning a Top 25 ranking.It has to do with face time he’s receiving on TV. Not on...

Army rolls and Navy sails on opening night

Army rolls and Navy sails on opening night

Ignore the fact that Army’s 64-6 victory at home over Fordham fails to balance favorably on college football’s scales with Navy’s 42-19 win at Florida Atlantic in Friday night openers.Fordham is a Football Championship Subdivision member, Florida Atlantic a...