Ok, if you don’t know what happened: Navy, for some unfathomable reason (likely national exposure and/or TV revenues), travelled to Ohio to (presumably) get beat up by the Buckeyes.
Which shows how much attention I’ve paid to Navy football lately, except for the annual Army-Navy game. (Beat Army!)
To put it in a nutshell, Navy didn’t win, but they didn’t lose badly, either. Actually, the game had plenty of exciting drives and plays, including several interceptions and some incredible touchdowns. It was a close game, and when we’re talking about #6 ranked Ohio vs. unranked (and hasn’t been in the rankings for decades) Navy, well, close wasn’t supposed to be an option. (And if Navy had just taken the extra point on their last touchdown instead of trying for two, then having Ohio intercept and get two instead, it would’ve been 29-28.)
Final Score: Ohio- 31, Navy- 27
When the coaches met in the middle of the field for the obligatory handshake and chitchat, the Navy coach appeared to be consoling the winning Ohio coach.
My husband (also a grad of Canoe U.) is betting Ohio won’t be in the top ten after this, maybe not even in the top twenty. I don’t wish Ohio ill, but, wow, that was, to put it mildly, not a #6 performance. And I really wish Navy had played like that when I was stuck watching them, especially that first year (attendance at home football games is mandatory at the Academy). It was so bad, and we scored so rarely, we started doing pushups for every first down (also not a common occurence that year) instead of just for scores.
And on that note, for any Navy fans out there, may I recommend Jen’s (at Sarah Winchester of the Fiber Arts) and her husband’s training of their son (yes, they’re both Naval Academy grads, and my classmates, too). Upon visiting them, newly ensconced in the DC area, their four-year-old son promptly tried to pass on this training to Empress. When Jen’s DH took us on a Pentagon tour, an Army major passed by, and the training was repeated:
“Hey, son, what does a goat say?”
“BEAT ARMY, Daddy!”
The major declined comment, besides rolling his eyes.