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Navy Midshipmen

TO LAUGH OR TO CRY: NAVY SHOULD DO BOTH

The end of the 2016 season for Navy — simultaneously so successful and so defined by setbacks — is a time for mixed emotions and an ability to hold competing tensions together. The end of the 2016 season should make Navy fans laugh, and it should make them lament the big fish that got away […]

THE BAND OF BROTHERS MUST BAND TOGETHER

Football is not war, but it does involve battles. The sport is not life and death, but it requires fearlessness, on its own obviously smaller and less significant scale. Football demands the ability to win a one-on-one matchup, but it is more intricately structured than other sports because of its episodic quality. The major team […]

WINNING IS THE BEST RESPONSE — TO EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING

It’s easy for any member of the Navy offense to be mad, distracted and overconfident right now — yes, not just one of those emotional conditions, but all three at the same time. Feeling off-center — for reasons good or bad — is entirely understandable. No one on the Navy offense should think that’s unacceptable. […]

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THE TEXAS THANKSGIVING TRIAL

No, the 2016 SMU Mustangs are nowhere near as good as the 2015 Houston Cougars. However, a strong parallel exists between Thanksgiving weekend of last year and this year for Navy football. The stakes aren’t exactly the same, but they are significant, and as this team prepares for the new and uncharted territory of what […]

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