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McCain hero worth recalling at academy games

McCain hero worth recalling at academy games

DURHAM, N.C. -- The world recognized John McCain as a fighter pilot, a decorated war hero, a U.S. Senator from Arizona and a presidential candidate, but the sports world knew the American icon that passed away Saturday at age 81 simply as a rabid fan. He liked to tell a story of...

Army fullback Darnell Woolfolk in his words

Army fullback Darnell Woolfolk in his words

Prelude Four years ago Army senior fullback Darnell “Butch” Woolfolk had yet to pick up his nickname and had just about lost hope of fulfilling a dream to play Division I college football. The silence was deafening as the February 2014 signing date approached.Woolfolk was...

A general with innate West Point leadership

A general with innate West Point leadership

By Tom ShanahanOne game plan remains with X’s and O’s churning through Mark Dantonio’s mind. The Michigan State coach’s football brain and innate leadership that was worthy of a 1974 West Point appointment flipped the Spartans' 3-9 disaster last year to 9-3. He's wrapping up a...

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...

Christian Poe trying to follow his brother Edgar

Christian Poe trying to follow his brother Edgar

Army entered its recent Black and Gold spring game hoping to develop an outside threat from its young and promising slotbacks. The results included a 61-yard touchdown run by rising sophomore Kell Walker.While the slot backs commanded attention, fourth-year head coach Jeff Monken...

Bradshaw escapes Chicago for life at West Point

Bradshaw escapes Chicago for life at West Point

Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw spent his summer taking classes, fulfilling military training and working on his game at the West Point campus. He was a long way from home, the violent streets of Chicago’s South Side.Here’s what he missed from June 11 to July 11 in the South Side...

West Point brotherhood boosts Carter

West Point brotherhood boosts Carter

Chris Carter spent precious offseason free time working with a fellow West Point cadet. The goal was to improve upon his late-season splash as Army’s quarterback, including a near-upset of Navy.His friend studied his passing techniques while throwing to receivers. He advised him...

Army quarterback competition will continue

Army quarterback competition will continue

One key takeaway from the Army football spring game is that the quarterback competition will continue into fall camp. Ahmad Bradshaw and Chris Carter turned in strong springs, although Carter may have gained an edge with improved passing.The Black defeated the Gold 56-38 in a...

Army wrapping up spring football

Army wrapping up spring football

College football is about to enter hibernation until fall camps open in late July and early August, but first we have one more spring game to play. Fittingly, Army is involved.The Army-Navy Game is annually finishes the regular season. The Black Knights play their spring contest...