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On September 11, 2001, Nate Boyer was a 20-year-old at loose ends, living in a tiny Los Angeles apartment when an early-morning phone call from his mom alerted him to the terror attacks on the east coast. Like a lot of guys his age, those events eventually inspired him to enlist in the Army, where he became a Green Beret and served multiple tours in Afghanistan.
He enrolled at the University of Texas in 2009 and made the football team as a walk-on, playing in 38 games before he finished his college career. Before trying out for the Longhorns, Boyer had never played a game of organized football. +Continue Reading
By Michael Hoffman
The Naval Academy beat their academy rivals, West Point, by a score of 17–10 in the 115th Army-Navy Game held Dec. 13 in Baltimore, Maryland. The day started with ESPN’s Gameday show live from the Baltimore Harbor next to the site of this year’s game. The traditional fly-overs, parachute jumps and other events preceded the game. Army put up a fight against Navy who has recently dominated the series. However, Navy pulled away in the second half and beat Army 17–10 for the Midshipmen’s 13th straight victory.
By Michael Hoffman
Army’s top two officials led a pep rally on Friday in the Pentagon courtyard for the U.S. Military Academy ahead of Saturday’s annual Army-Navy football game, which will be played in Baltimore, Maryland. Army Secretary John McHugh rode in on a Humvee armed with a t-shirt cannon. Meanwhile, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, a West Point grad himself, promised that this would be the year Army would end its 12-game winning streak. West Point’s band and cheerleaders joined in on the festivities.
By Michael Hoffman
Midshipmen and the Naval Academy’s superintendent descended on the Pentagon Thursday for the Navy’s annual Army-Navy pep rally before Saturday’s game in Baltimore, Maryland. The Mids met with Chief Naval Officer Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during the rally. The Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy’s football teams have been playing football since 1890. Navy currently has a 12 game winning streak. Check out our exclusive slideshow:
The Army-Navy game is one of America’s greatest football rivalries and the series continues this Saturday at 3pm at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. Weather is predicted to be much improved over last year’s snowstorm, where Navy rolled Army 34–7 to extend its winning streak to a dozen games. The result also cost Army coach Rich Ellerson his job. New coach Jeff Monken knows his the success or failure of his first season is riding on this game.
Alabama-Auburn, Harvard-Yale, Michigan-Ohio State and Oklahoma-Texas may be the only rivalries that compare to Army-Navy, but none of those teams have generated the kind of elaborate spirit videos that now constitute a modern tradition. Check out some of the best ones below and taunt the other side in the comments: +Continue Reading
Former SEALS Marcus Luttrell and Robert O’Neill love them some football.
If you’re a football coach selling that “football is war” metaphor to your team, which high-profile SEAL veteran do you want to deliver that pregame motivational speech? The one wrote a book about his heroism under orders from the brass or the one who some say broke the code by going on TV to announce that he was the guy who took out Osama bin Laden?
Last Saturday, Lone Survivor author Marcus Luttrell gave a pregame speech to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide before they took on the #1 Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Washington Redskins brought in the newly famous Robert O’Neill on Saturday night to inspire the squad before their Sunday home game against the woeful 1–8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Guess what happened. +Continue Reading
Alan Eustace shocked everyone last week when he broke Felix Baumgartner’s free-fall altitude record, breaking the speed of sound and falling over 25 miles in 15 minutes. That’s just crazy, and it’s even harder to believe when you learn that Eustace didn’t use a space capsule like Baumgartner did: he went up in a small balloon that allowed him to perform his feat for a fraction of the cost.
Eustace has a day job as “senior vice president of knowledge” at Google and, at 57, he’s pretty old for an extreme athlete. There were a lot of engineering innovations to mitigate the risk, but testing only gets you so far. +Continue Reading
Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams caused quite a stir on Facebook Monday when he posted the above photo to his timeline.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Williams immediately got some negative feedback from the FB haters (“u seem to like being showy about it too”) but most followers applauded the gesture (“all I got to say is mad respect. Thanks for the support to vets”).
Then a few observers looked closely at the photograph. +Continue Reading
If you’ve been caught up in World Cup fever over the last few weeks and want some more soccer in your life, The Class of ’92 documentary comes out on DVD this week as a Walmart exclusive. The film documents the raging success of a group of six young players who joined the Manchester United club in the English Premier League in the early 1990s. +Continue Reading
USA goalie Tim Howard played one of the greatest matches in World Cup history yesterday, but his near-superhuman efforts couldn’t prevent a 2–1 United States loss to Belgium in the knockout Round of 16.
His record 16 saves and brilliant defensive play inspired an editor to name him “Secretary of Defense of the United States of America” on Wikipedia. +Continue Reading