This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and NAAA intends to celebrate. According to the release just sent from the desk of Scott Strasemeier, the celebration includes honoring the 1959 team that beat William & Mary in the stadium’s first game, a 1959-themed NavyFest tailgate, and this snazzy uniform patch. Most importantly, the All-Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Team will be revealed.
Fans will be allowed to nominate players who have played at least one season at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Once nominations are taken, fans will be able to vote for the final candidates.
A committee will then take the nominations and pair them down to a select number of players at each position. Starting April 13 fans will have the opportunity to vote for the all-time team at http://www.navysports.com. Fan voting will be worth 50 percent towards the final selection of the team with a committee of Navy football historians determining the other 50 percent of the vote. The all-time team will be revealed at halftime throughout the 2009 season.
I don’t know what Navy football historians will form this committee; maybe Jack Clary will be like Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor and just play the role of everyone at the table. But wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall for THAT meeting?
We will, of course, be submitting official Birddog nominations. So head over to the message board to throw in your two cents.