VICTORY OVER THE BLUE SCREEN

I’m probably the most technologically backwards blogger on the internets. I built myself a computer four or five years ago, and at the time it was a mack daddy machine. It’d still be a competent appliance today if only it had lasted that long; a little more than a year ago it decided that it had better things to do than to carry out my bidding and just quit working. Since then I’ve been using my work laptop, in all of its Windows 2000 glory. An abacus would’ve been as effective a computer at this point. Now that I mention it, that’s actually true. On Wednesday, my trusty corporate relic bit the big one and gave me the dreaded blue screen of death, making it a big, gray paperweight. The “fatal system error” message contained in that doomsday screen hinted at the disaster churning inside, as the hard drive had gone and charbroiled itself into oblivion. So while Army-Navy news was buzzing all week, I was silent. But not anymore! Last weekend I ordered my Apple-powered electronic savior, and it arrived yesterday morning. So while I may be broke as hell now, at least I’m connected. Lucky you!

So what about that Army-Navy news, anyway? We’ll start with lacrosse.

Army-Navy lacrosse is moving to Baltimore next year. The Birddog Says: Meh.

Inside Lacrosse magazine, who brought you this year’s “Face Off Classic,” is at it again. Their new event is the “Day of Rivals,” and it’s a doubleheader featuring Army-Navy and Maryland-Hopkins at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. There are two ways of looking at this. If you’re just a lacrosse fan, unaffiliated with either team… It’s great! The two games were played on the same day last year, and several area lacrosse fans made the trip for both. Putting both games in one place just makes things easier for people who’d otherwise consider making the trip.

If you’re a Navy fan… well, let’s just hope this doesn’t become a trend. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is already about as great a venue as there is in lacrosse. Playing the game in front of 45,000 empty seats might seem like the “big time” to some people, but not to me. Not that I mind throwing a bone to the local lacrosse fan once in a while, but does it have to be the Army game? Anyway, while it isn’t something I’m looking forward to, it isn’t the end of the world, either. Maybe there’s a little bit of money to be made on the deal. If anyone’s pissed about this, it’s Army fans– this is a two-year deal, meaning an Army home game is being played in Baltimore. Sucks to be them.

Army-Navy coming to a city near you? The Birddog says: I’ll believe it when I see it.

Bidding for the privilege of hosting the Army-Navy game was last done in 2003. Back then, 15 cities across the country threw their hats in the ring only to see Philadelphia walk away with the prize as usual. It’s that time once again for groups to submit their proposals, and the buzz is already starting about the possibilities. Army-Navy in Dallas? Tampa? San Antonio? Chicago? Yeah, sure. Back in 2003, if you’ll recall, one of the strongest bids was actually submitted by Seattle. A lot of good it did them. It’s tough for a city outside the eastern seaboard to make a competitive bid since the host is responsible for paying travel costs for 4,000 midshipmen and 4,000 cadets. Yet even though Seattle supposedly found a way to make it work, it didn’t do them any good. Putting the game out of reach for tens of thousands of season ticket holders is something that each institution’s respective AD is naturally hesitant to do. So while I expect a lot of noise to be made about how many cities are submitting bids and how competitive the process is, I doubt that it’ll be anything more than a strong hint to Philadelphia to make sure their bid is up to par and their stadium isn’t in such disrepair that railings are held up with duct tape. Expect to be grabbing steaks at Pat’s after the Army-Navy game for years to come, with the occasional bone tossed to Baltimore.

(When the time comes for bidding to be opened for the 2026 game, I hope it goes to Chicago for the 100th anniversary of the original “game of the century.” God help me if I’m still blogging by then. Although I’ll probably be using the same computer…)

The other change that is on the horizon for Army-Navy is the possibility of a presenting sponsor. I’m all for it. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to see “The Poulan-Weed Eater Army-Navy Game” any more than you do. But if it’s “The Army-Navy Game, presented by Northrop Grumman,” would that be such a disaster? Maybe if you work for Lockheed, but other than that it would just mean more money to pay coaches, recruit nationwide, and upgrade facilities. That = good. So if corporate sponsorship is indeed headed our way, here’s hoping it’s done the right way.

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11 Responses

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  3. “[T]he host is responsible for paying travel costs for 4,000 midshipmen and 4,000 cadets.”
    Philly has the edge here b/c it’s relatively cheap to bus the Brigade and the Corps 2-3 hours, but does Philly PAY for the bussing? Or is it something that both schools pick up?
    If its the latter (and not the former) Philly has a serious advantage in the bidding process — a short ride to Philly that’s covered by the schools.
    Just asking.

  4. “We’ve heard from San Antonio, Baltimore, the Meadowlands, Dallas,
    Philadelphia; a number of cities have shown preliminary interest,” Gladchuk
    said. “One of the biggest issues for cities outside of the immediate area is
    that the city must provide transportation for the entire brigade, the
    midshipmen and the core cadets, and that’s about 8,000 people. When you
    start getting out around the country, it makes it logistically difficult.

    “A lot of cities – Chicago, San Antonio, Houston – will show initial
    interest, but when they review conditions and requirements, they usually
    start to eliminate themselves pretty quickly.”

  5. My point is that to the extent that the two academies are now paying the transportation costs to Philly, the competing cities (Chicago, etc.) should get some type of credit to offset the cost of flying the Brigade and the Corps to the game. So, if the two schools currently pay $150,000 to bus everyone to Philly, shouldn’t the competing cities get some type of credit from the schools to offset their more substantial transportation costs?
    Stated differently, if the game goes to Chicago for one year, someone will save some bus money on a Philly trip that won’t happen. Who is saving that money? If it isn’t Philly, shouldn’t the host city get a credit?

  6. The schools aren’t paying for Philadelphia. This is the same criteria as the last time the contract was awarded.

  7. So off the top of my head the only “big college football game” where it’s presented by is the “Rose Bowl presented by Citi” everything else seems to be going the other way.

  8. Putting the company name in front of the game probably commands a higher fee.

  9. I am sure the new Meadowlands will make a lucrative offer that the schools will not be able to refuse for Army/Navy and Notre Dame. Bada Bing!

  10. Meadowlands is a bad venue to play ND. The ND fans who show up at Meadowlands make the Rutgers crowd look tame. (Don’t think many of the the “Irish” fans at Meadowlands have ever been to South Bend.)
    I attended two games there with my brother, who was a Domer. He was embarrassed.
    Keep the ND game in Baltimore.

  11. 85er-
    I agree 100% that its a “neutral” field disadvantage for us but I could see $ and NY publicity for the ND game at some point.
    I was at last one and it was 90% ND.
    But then again where are the 34,000 or so who only have to travel 4 hours from MD to go and support the Mids vs ND in the first place?

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