Yes, I’m writing about Navy football again, very briefly:
Go Navy! Beat Army!
Yeah, Navy beat Army this year, too. Eighth year in a row. Having been in a class that watched the football team lose every single year to Army, I sympathize with the Cadets: the class of 2010 will be the fifth West Point class in a row to have never beaten Navy. Yes, it’s just football, but it still stinks.
The game, as usual, was good; it’s never quite as simple as the teams’ records might indicate. Army-Navy is just different.
And, to my classmates who were at the game, in the freezing cold, with their two small children, I hope you had a great time. I drank some extra hot chocolate on the couch in your honor.
Navy Blue and Gold
Now, college men from sea to sea may sing of colors true,
But who has better right than we to hoist a symbol hue?
For sailor men in battle fair, since fighting days of old
Have proved the sailor’s right to wear the Navy blue and gold!
(No, these are not the current, “approved” lyrics as taught at USNA today, sadly. As Wikipedia will tell you, the lyrics were changed in 2004 to a gender-neutral version, “without permission of the author or alumni,” as people were still irritated from the 1997 re-writing of “Anchors Aweigh” to make it less Academy-specific. From a proud former midshipman (not midshipwoman nor midshipperson or whatever), leave them alone, already!)