One of these teams is 3-1. One of them is 2-3. Probably not the ones you would have expected back in August.
Screw you, DOD, for even bringing us to this point. Screw you right in the face.
I assume this only applies to the Air Force game and that the Duke game is still up in the air, but hopefully we’ll get word on that soon. For now let’s just beat the crap out of Air Force and figure out if there’s a way to blame Troy Calhoun for all of this.
The government’s fiscal year begins on October 1 every year, which means that any government shutdown caused by the inability to pass a budget will probably happen during football season. In the past, that didn’t make much of a difference to Navy football:
The federal government was in partial shutdown from September 30-October 11.
10/02/76 – Navy played Boston College in Annapolis
10/09/76 – Navy played Air Force in Colorado Springs
The federal government was in partial shutdown three times; from September 30-October 13, October 31-November 9, November 30-December 9.
10/01/77 – Navy played Duke in Durham
10/08/77 – Navy played Air Force in Annapolis
11/05/77 – Navy played Syracuse in Annapolis
The federal government was in partial shutdown from September 30-October 18.
9/30/78 – Navy played Boston College at BC
10/07/78 – Navy played Air Force in Colorado Springs
10/14/78 – Navy played Duke in Annapolis
The federal government was shut down from September 30-October 12.
10/06/79 – Navy played Air Force in Annapolis
The federal government was shut down from September 30-October 2.
10/02/82 – Navy played Duke in Durham
The federal government was shut down from November 10-14.
11/12/83 – Navy played South Carolina in Columbia
The federal government was shut down from October 16-18.
10/18/86 – Navy played Penn in Annapolis
The federal government was shut down from October 5-9.
10/06/90 – Navy played Air Force in Colorado Springs
The federal government was shut down from November 13-19.
11/18/95 – Navy played Tulane in Annapolis
To be fair, not every government shutdown is the same. Regardless of the nature of the shutdown, though, Navy football was never forced to cancel a game. Contrary to some reports you might have read, Navy’s athletic department isn’t government-operated. There is no reason that the Navy-Air Force game should be cancelled this weekend. The order by the Department of Defense to cancel service academy athletic competitions is strictly a PR move.
One of the Mountain West’s biggest talking points through all the conference realignment turmoil has been their “stability.” That’s just spin, of course. All “stability” really means is that you don’t have anyone left in your conference that another league might want.
The American Athletic Conference doesn’t have that “stability,” which is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it means that the conference still has some name-brand programs adding to its appeal. It’s a curse because, well…
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