Army Outflanks Navy in the 2015 Helmet War

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By Phil Hecken

They struck swiftly, silently, just after dawn.

No sooner had Navy revealed they would be wearing custom-painted helmets (seven different ones, in fact) for yesterday’s annual Army/Navy game, the Army struck back. In a broadside hitherto unforseen, Army announced they would be introducing SEVENTEEN special “branch specific” hats their grunts would wear (representing the branches cadets can enter upon West Point graduation) for the gridiron combat against the Mids. The helmet war was on. (Continue reading)

What the Helmet? Navy Plays Head Games

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By Phil Hecken

The Annual Army/Navy Game is today — the two teams will be meeting for the 116th time (so it’s a bit of a rivalry) — and for the second straight year, Navy’s uniform supplier, Under Armour, will be outfitting the Middies in special uniforms. It’s become somewhat of a tradition for the two teams to wear special uniforms for this game. In fact, it could be argued that the entire “one-off” tradition began with these two teams back in 2008. Except for one year, one or both teams have worn special costumes for The Game.

But this year, and for what I believe is the first time in college football history, Navy will be outfitted with different helmet designs for different positions in the game. And not just one or two or three different helmets: Naval players will sport seven different designs. (Continue reading)

It's The Only Game In Town

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By Phil Hecken

The 114th edition of the Army/Navy game takes place this afternoon (3:00 EST, CBS), and as always, it’s the LAST football game of the ‘regular’ season (yes, there are other NCAA games today, but this is the only “FBS” game). It’s tradition. It’s pretty much always been the . . . → Read More: It’s The Only Game In Town

Full Speed Ahead

By Phil Hecken

Once again, the Naval Academy proved it was the superior team, albeit just barely, over Army in the 113th edition of “America’s Game.” It was a squeaker, with Navy leading 17-13 and Army driving late in the 4th quarter…when Army fumbled and the Middies held on. It was the Cadets . . . → Read More: Full Speed Ahead