Monday, March 06, 2017

ESSA - State of Michigan seeks comments on proposed educational changes

The Michigan Department of Education is seeking public comment on the new proposed ESSA standards that gives schools letter grades (A-F) for success.



On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorizing the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the 2001 reauthorization of ESEA.
Michigan’s ESSA plan is drafted and open for public comment through March 16, 2017. 


Here is my Email and Comments:

Thank you for asking for Public Comments to the new ESSA Legislation proposed for the state of Michigan.

I have commented over the years on various initiatives the state has proposed but never heard back from one source. Perhaps my comments are not worthy but I will try again from and end-to-end perspective. Basically this means from a "Systems Thinker Perspective." 

My background is both in business and education. I retired from the telecommunications industry where I held a number of Quality related positions. I have been a national director for quality and process improvement, certified auditor, manager and instructor. I have also been a part-time instructor in college as well as an administrator and mentor in a K-12 school.


With so much high level detail in the 153 page document which I have read twice a couple if things jump out at me that I would like to comment (2) on that I hope will be taken in to account.

Overall, I like the concept but implementation is the key and the who and the what are identified but the "How (By What Method)" is where success will lead to failure if not done properly. There is much written about results but not process. Explained below.

I am pleased by the the amount of detail written about the needs of having good teachers and the on-going support required to keep them skilled, excited and hopefully retained for a long period of time.

Concern # 1 -  There is no mention of how are teachers are trained - by this I mean - Who trains/create our teachers? Michigan creates an  "Educator Preparation Institution (EPI) Performance Score Report" - http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/2016_EPI_Overall_Score_536193_7.PDF
but I see no mention of it as it relates to this study.

How can there not be a correlation to the suppliers of our most needed resource (Teachers/Principals) to the success of our educational system. Clearly, the number of schools that exceed the "Met Score (Results)" do not translate in to the number of ineffective schools/teachers we have according to the numbers in the state's reports/findings. Nobody wants to take on and really hold the colleges/universities to a higher standard - What a shame.Colleges should not be telling K-12 schools how and what to train. It should be K-12 telling colleges what they need and them doing it or they will no longer higher any of their teachers (Products).

I propose giving the higher level institutions letter grades too as a means to rate their effectiveness for preparing/supplying educators. If you do not correct the upstream process the results will remain the same regardless of the changes you propose in grades K-12. Would you like verification? Survey a number of teachers and ask them if they were prepared for what the classroom is really like?

Concern # 2 - This will be short - I ddi not see much about the people who will rate the schools - I have great concern about the way assessment/accreditation are done.

I have been involved in a number of AdvancED and MANS accreditation and I must say the people conducting them are not trained enough or have the fortitude to make an honest assessment. They are not given the skills and the tools to make good judgments in a 2-3 day period. They follow standards they do not understand. There is no true follow-up and they change their methods so often the previous assessment can not be taken in to account to create a systemic measure to establish trends for proper measurements.

These assessments are much needed but should be done by a team of professional experts and just educators (Many on team are 1st time auditors who are there because their school will soon be audited so they are there to learn). Most teachers/administrators will not criticize their own because they bring in their own feelings and experiences as to what is wrong and are afraid it reflects on them.

 Thank you,

Sunday, February 26, 2017

It's Oscar Night - I would rather watch the "Walking Dead" than listen to the Talking Assholes!


 

I would rather watch the "Walking Dead" than listen to the Talking Assholes!

I will admit I used to watch the major shows and enjoy seeing the celebrities and stars. I especially liked the Oscars when Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal were the hosts.

For about the past ten years I have watched occasionally but for the past five years I have not tuned in a single show. I want to be entertained, not pontificated to by someone who makes millions of dollars to "PLAY" a part and pretend they are an expert.

To say they have become a parade for political and social views is an understatement. I am for anyone expressing their views in the proper environment done with respect.

Celebrities are in professions that gives a medium to attack issues and some of the songs, movies, shows and articles are wonderful. The movie "Spotlight" was so powerful and done in a way that will forever bring a much need light to an evil that continues to exist. I'm so gad it won the academy award. I'm not complaining about Democrats or Republicans or anyone else's views I just don't want it crammed down my throat. One of my all time favorite songs (Fortunate Son) by Creedence Clearwater Revival would be considered a protest song and I would love to hear it on the Grammy's but I don't need a celebrity to force it on me - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7qkQewyubs

What really concerns me is there are so many people (Lemmings) that believe just because a celebrity says something it must be true. Do you really think people turn in to learn anything from you? They tune in to see if you can bad mouth someone or something and have the forum where you are at stand and cheer and hoot and holler.

Well - the majority of the mainstream (People who vote) really laugh at you when they see the headlines the next day (Like me many have not tuned in or turned off the show after the first speech bashing some person or issue).

Thank God for Patty Duke! - http://mentalfloss.com/article/55134/10-oscar-winners-whose-speeches-were-under-11-words

Competitive Televised Awards Shows
  • Emmys (Rotating: Fox, NBC, CBS)
  • Daytime Emmys (Pop)
  • Creative Arts Emmys (FXX, starting in 2015)
  • Oscars (ABC)
  • Golden Globes (NBC)
  • SAG Awards (Turner)
  • BAFTAs (BBC America)
  • Grammys (CBS)
  • Tonys (CBS)
  • Critics' Choice Movie Awards (A&E)
  • Critics' Choice TV Awards (A&E)
  • Independent Spirit Awards (IFC)
  • MTV Movie Awards (MTV)
  • MTV VMAs (MTV)
  • MTVu Woodie Awards (MTVu)
  • BET Awards (BET)
  • BET Hip-Hop Awards (BET)
  • Soul Train Awards (BET)
  • CMT Music Awards (CMT)
  • CMA Awards (ABC)
  • Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS)
  • American Country Countdown Awards (Fox)
  • American Music Awards (ABC)
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards (NBC)
  • Billboard Music Awards (ABC)
  • Kids' Choice Awards (Nickelodeon)
  • Kids' Choice Sports Awards (Nickelodeon)
  • People's Choice Awards (CBS)
  • Teen Choice Awards (Fox)
  • TV Land Awards (TV Land)
  • Radio Disney Music Awards (Disney Channel)
  • NewNowNext Awards (Logo)
  • ESPYs (ESPN)
  • Young Hollywood Awards (The CW)
  • Latin Grammys (Univision)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Secretary DeVos - "What Gets Planned, and Measured, Gets Done" - Time for Transformation

Updated 2/7/17,

Secretary DeVos,


It is now time for a Transformation - Not just Change.

What is the difference?




1/23/17,

Mrs. DeVos,

Please make sure you support yourself with team leaders who understand systems thinking.




Dr. Deming said, “ No One has to Change. Survival is Optional.”

                             CHANGE AND BALANCE MEAN EVERYTHING

The hardest part about change is when a time comes and a decision has to be made as to accept and absorb it or remain in your present state of expertise or stupidity.


Dr. Deming said, “ No one has to change.
Survival is optional.”

With change comes a balance that must be measured and monitored to make sure too much or too little affects your being in a negative manner.

Change and balance are on going in a continual manner that must be a condition through out your life.

Three examples can prove this theory best. Our Body, Our Educational System and Business Expertise.

Our body goes through a continual change through out our lifetime. As we age and grow wiser we must balance our internal system (i.e., organs) with that of our lifestyle (i.e., health and eating). What one organ does affects the whole body. If one organ is too stressed (positive or negative) or out of balance then negative changes occur. Simply put our body is a system with many interdependent processes that must be aligned.

Evolution is key, one can admit when the times are changing and move along or stay put and sit in park and be miserable as the world goes by.

Science proves this over and over again. Why did the cockroach survive and the dinosaurs did not? The cockroach is a master of adaptation and flexibility.

Dr. Deming said, “ No one has to change.
Survival is optional.”
Our educational system in the United States has not changed since the 19th century. We still have the basic foundational agricultural system (no school in late spring/summer (planting time) and get home early before it gets dark or no chores can be done on the farm) in place today. What we have done is add layer of layer of singular changes that conflict with the previous layers. Simply put the system is not in balance.

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Dr. Deming said, “ No one has to change.
Survival is optional.”

Our business expertise gets stagnated when those with current knowledge refuse to change for fear of losing authority, power and self-worth. I will use my own are of expertise – Quality. Since I first started in Quality in 1980 in the service industry I have gone through every change that has come down the pike from Quality of Work Life (QWL) to the current Six Sigma. Instead of debating which is system is better I have tried to learn the best from each and move forward through test and theory as my basis continual knowledge.
Unfortunately I have seen individuals who have become experts in many of the singular movements like Total Quality Management (TQM), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Six Sigma to name just a few. These folks will debate why there system is better than the rest and will not budge from their platform because they fear loss of power or authority or worse yet their job. If they would just put forth the time they spend not wanting to move on and use that energy toward learning the new method or knowledge they would evolve and be successful.


Dr. Deming said, “ No one has to change.
Survival is optional.”



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Thursday, January 05, 2017

President Trump - Please be careful about Bottom Line" decision making.

The Post below was written in 2011 when then newly elected Governor Snyder from Michigan began his so-called customer focus and leading by the numbers and facts decision making process (bottom line end results). Without understanding systems thinking and the impact it has on the whole system, is a very dangerous way to lead. 

I'm re-posting this because there will be a large number of CEO business type people moving in to key government positions. Too many of these people rely on accountants and financial honchos for making decisions. This is the same path that Michael Hammer took with "Reengineering" in the early 90s. I attended his seminar and all he did was talk about faster and cheaper and saving money. During a break I asked him "What about the People" and he responded "What about them". I said there would be no long lasting positive change without considering all the people involved. He laughed and said that is the problem with the Total Quality movement.

Unfortunately, too many businesses and education systems today still are managed by Bottom Line (I call them Bottom Feeders) Leaders who are steeped in the financials but have no idea or understanding on where and how peoplevariationknowledge and systems thinking must fit in to the equation. 

For example - Flint Water Problem

"They don't listen to nobody," longtime Flint City Councilman Scott Kincaid said of emergency managers. "They don't care about the community. They just care about fixing the finances." Kincaid and others said the managers' tendency to ignore local complaints played a role in the water fiasco, since residents had complained about taste and color of the water.

For example - Michigan Unemployment Debacle

"The system is flawed, claimants allege (and the state's response to such criticism has seemed to acknowledge) sometimes pursuing penalties from Michiganders who were entitled to the unemployment benefits they’d received."

2011 - Governor Snyder of Michigan - "Dashboard Metrics" - HUH!

“The data collection process must be driven by the question that we formulate based on our needs. In short, know what the question is to be answered before collecting the data.” - Dr. J. M. Juran

Governor Snyder of Michigan is implementing "Dashboard Metrics" across the state of Michigan to measure progress. Great idea. However, do the people know what dashboard metrics are and what do they represent. Do the people collecting this data know what to collect. 

Are the data being collected going to be shown as "Results" measures as opposed to also including Process Measures? 

CRITICAL POINT 1: I suggest and hope the governor is aware of the difference between Common and Special Cause Variation. And, Dr. Deming's System of Profound Knowledge. If you really want to improve Governor Snyder please study and adopt the System of Profound Knowledge.

Do any of you reading this know what I am talking about? Some of you will, the majority will not. We are all more concerned if the changes being introduced by the governor will affect us personally. Heck, we like change as long as it is not happening to us. 

I would recommend all officials read and digest this book.

CRITICAL POINT 2: Before implementing these type of measure you must make sure you are using a systems thinking approach and by that I mean include all your principal people from each step of the process/system. By not including front-line/customer facing employees (Especially in the design stages) you are doomed to failure. Why? Because you will ultimately be a "Results Oriented" Leader which happens when you are surrounded by business/government bureaucratic who manage by the "Bottom Line" and do not take people in to consideration when making systemic changes be them small or large.

Dashboard Metrics 
Perhaps the picture below will give the best example of what they are and what they look like if done correctly. The pictorial illustrates a company that needs to respond to a customer inquiry for service or repair. While the charts below show bar graphs I would also add control charts when the proper amount of data are collected to make sure the process is in control (Control can be good or bad).

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The following provides a method for setting up effective measures: 
METHODOLOGY FOR DEFINING AND ESTABLISHING CUSTOMER 

FOCUSED MEASUREMENTS
Measurements should track how well our processes are performing according to:
• Customer Expectations (including customer perception) and Organization Objectives
• Customer Satisfaction • Value Drivers
• Competitive Benchmarking • Employee Satisfaction The above stated types of measurements will help determine the overall quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of all processes.
The activities involved in defining and establishing measures include:
1. Determining effective measures
2. Reviewing and validating existing measures
3. Implementing new measurements
4. Install a measurement and reporting system
5. Establish a feedback and monitoring system
6. Monitor measurements

1. DETERMINING EFFECTIVE MEASURES
Purpose:
Effective measures provide an insightful means about the efficiency of a process. Measures of this type are meant to track and align performance (process) and results (quality) indicators of a business process. 

Establishing Effective Measurements:
Create effective measurements based upon the following:
• Customer expectations/requirements
• Practical to implement
• Easy to comprehend
• Consensus of agreement by group
• Able to help drive culture change

What to Measure:
Establish measurements based upon customer expectations and business objectives. These measurements should measure what our customers care about and what will drive our Value Drivers toward exceeding Operational business objectives.

Develop objective measures of customer satisfaction. Without measures, we have no means by objectively assessing the magnitude by which our processes are performing to customer and business requirements, and whether or not our improvement efforts and newly implemented systems have improved the process.

These types of measurements should provide objective data that will drive decisions that will produce long-term customer preference. 

If suppliers are included, be sure to measure input characteristics and services.

How to Measure:
Implement simple, easy to understand measurements whenever possible. Measurements that are complex will not be used.

It is vital that our measurements be easily defined, understood and communicated to assure common understanding.

A small amount of meaningful measures are worth 10 times more than a large amount of nice to know measures (non-value added).

It's OK to experiment with measures, if they don't tell you what you need, stop measuring and create new ones.

If at the beginning measured identification is difficult, start with customer satisfaction, every major process has a customer.

Don't just measure one aspect of a process. Your measurements should be balanced with variable, attribute and some subjective characteristics like time, cost, quantity and customer perception.

Evaluating Measures:
In the beginning it might be best to implement a few strategically based measurements. As stated before, it's best to experiment and monitor the effectiveness of few, rather than implementing a large amount and never monitor.

2. REVIEWING AND VALIDATING EXISTING MEASUREMENTS

Purpose:
Once we've identified and understood what makes effective measurement, it is necessary to assess measurements that are already in place. Effective measurements provide input data that drive motivation for continuous improvement. Those that do not measure up should be changed or eliminated.

Measurement Balance:
If current measurements are only measuring internal business objectives, move to measure the effectiveness of our processes or solutions from a customer perspective.

Measure Behavior:
Implement measures that level to desired behavioral results. Verify the measures do not drive undesired behavior by our workers or to your customers. For example, many companies have found that they speculated "speed of answer" as a desirable measurement for customer satisfaction. Customer survey and interviews found that quality of service provided was more important than speed of answer.

3. IMPLEMENTING NEW MEASUREMENTS 
Purpose:
It is vital that any new measurements implemented are effective and efficient and that it is collected, analyzed, and used in a way that motivates positive behavior and not punitive threats to workers.

Data Collection:
Make sure those responsible for collecting or installing new measurements are familiar with data and are part of the implementation plan.

4. INSTALL A MEASUREMENT AND REPORTING SYSTEM
Purpose:
Installing a measurement and reporting system requires an action plan of implementation that identifies the roles and responsibilities of the Process Owner and Sub-Process Owners who will be accountable for the measures.

This also requires agreement on what measures will be reported and that method and system support is available. The Action Plan must include trend analysis and plans of who will respond to them in a timely basis.

Automation:
Whenever possible and cost effective, automate as many measurements as possible. The advantage is more accurate and timely data collection and analysis. 

Share Measurements:
Post measurements data in visible places, so that results can be shared by workers in the process. It's also a good idea to keep everyone in the process informed from end-to-end.

5. ESTABLISH A FEEDBACK SYSTEM 
Purpose:
By establishing a feedback system, employees will keep abreast of changing expectations and update the current process as required.

Sharing Feedback:
Corporate Quality, Marketing, Sales and Front Line customer facing employees must keep upper management aware of changing customer needs so that business objectives and measurements may be changed accordingly.
It's also important to share feedback with workers in the process as well as customers and suppliers.


6. MONITOR MEASUREMENTS
Purpose: 
Employees identified as measurement owners must constantly evaluate their measurements, reassess customer needs, and continuously search for new ways to use data for continuous improvement.

Evaluate Measurements:
If your measurements are not accurately reflecting process performance or drive undesirable behavior, they should be removed. Update or install new measures as needed.

Benchmark Measures:
Benchmarking your process measurement performance relative to your competitors will be vital to competition. Benchmarking provides information to leaders that helps establish performance targets based on data from the marketplace. Benchmarking is a useful method to supply additional data and information but not to be used exclusively for changes or measurements. It's also important reminder that if you want ti use Benchmarking as a means to be the best please realize you will not obtain that goal by simply Benchmarking another company (They will always be better than you).

Sunday, December 11, 2016

2016 Army vs Navy Football Game - It's OVER Finally after 14 years - "Army Wins" - Updated 12/11

November 2016

44th Annual 
ARMY/NAVY GAME

THE RIVALRY CONTINUES!
DECEMBER 10, 2016

Three years ago we went to the game in Philadelphia. This year we plan on going to Tennessee to watch the game with one of the originals who retired there a few years ago. It will be a 9 hour drive and hopefully Mr. Navy can make it with out us stopping every hour for you know what!



Kick-off 3:00 p.m.

LOCATION - Inman House- Crossville, Tennessee

Army actually has a chance of having a winning record going in to the game this year!


My daughter is expecting a son around the 1st of the year and if you remember her husband is a Navy Officer (I don't hold it against him). SO my lovely wife ordered this book.


Three years ago I received this Pic with my granddaughter showing the Navy goat. At least it's in a good spot for the "smelly" Navy mascot.



More to come...

 December 3, 2016

The road trip look like a go and we plan on leaving next Friday to watch the game on Crossville Tennessee.

The Good news is my new grandson came early and was born on November 30th!! All are doing well.

The Bad news is Navy has a great record 9-3 and looking at a league championship and major bowl game. Army actually has a winning record 6-5 and scored over 60 points in three games this year.

Both teams get Bowl Bids!!

Army - 2016 Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl

Navy - Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

More to come...

I decided I may need some extra help this year in granting a wish for the cadets. So I ran in a Santa Dash (12/4) and had a picture taken with the Fat Man.



December 11, 2016 - Oh Yeah!! Ho Ho Ho - Army Wins...

It was a fun filled three days going to Tennessee to watch the game with good friends. The last road trip three years ago it snowed and when we drove home today we encountered the first major snow storm of the season but we made it back safe and sound and tired. Of course Mr. Navy got his rest (He denies he ever falls asleep in a car).

It's too bad we did not get a video because it sounded like I lost a muffler.

We stayed in a really nice place that was more like a condo than a hotel room. 
Our first night Aaron's wife Sandy made us a Steak dinner that was fantastic with home made apple pie for dessert. 

Saturday we watched the game at Aaron's new house (Absolutely Beautiful)! They built a house on a golf course surrounded by 11 lakes and four other courses. Sany again made all sorts of snacks and goodies. Of course the game could not have ended any better since the losing streak is finally over.

During the game my daughter sent me some pictures of my granddaughter and new grandson ( One week old). Their Dad was at the game.

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We decided to take a group picture with my new Mascot "Artemis" the Knight - Check out the scarf!



Special thanks to Sandy and Aaron for making this such a memorable and rewarding trip.



November 2015

43rd Annual


THE RIVALRY CONTINUES!
DECEMBER 12, 2015

Kick-off 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION - Campbell House

Could this be the year? Can the curse finally end at 14 straight losses?


USAA Army-Navy Boxing Classic



Friday, December 11th

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A

The National Collegiate Boxing Association in conjunction with Rowan Technologies Solutions will host the USAA Army-Navy Boxing Classic. Army and Navy boxers will face off in seven action-packed bouts. Army leads the series 2-0. 
Now I get it! I have been betting on the wrong sport.

Updated - December 13, 2015

While it was not the blow-out (22 point under dog) that was predicted Army still lost 21-17 and that makes 14 losses in a row.

Thanks to all who attended the game. Click on Pics to Enlarge


Picture taken by Jason P. Also not shown but attended - Craig S., Dennis M., Big Dan.

We even had our youngest square winner - Big Evan!! - I'm Batman





42nd Annual - 2014 ARMY/NAVY GAME

November 2014
For up-to date information http://armynavygame.com/
Date: December 13
Time: 3:00 pm est
Location: Baltimore, Md

Total Series Games: 114
Series Record: Navy 58–Army 49–Tied 7
Series Began: 1890, Navy won, 24-0
Last Meeting: 2013, Navy won, 34-7
Current Streak: Navy, 12

That's right - Army has lost 12 in a row. I had to resort to drastic measures and visited Annapolis this past October. I put the jinx in the following locations:

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I Don't Fear no Stinking Goat!!


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I also had to get my Army supporters going while they are out hunting and fishing:

Terry says "Go Army" while bagging an Elk in Colorado


The Ptak's say that Navy will sleep with the fishes this year!!






December 2014
Records - Navy 6-5 and Army 4-7
It's Army/Navy Week and we are gearing up for the big game - Ha! In everyone's mind the game is already over and another win for Navy. I'm not so sure and I predict Army will win with a late score - Army 21 Navy 19.

Game Day - Another loss! 13 in a Row - all I can say is it is always fun to see old friends and that is more important than the game. Following are some Pics:

My daughter and son-in-law (He is an Annapolis Grad and is currently an officer in the Navy). went to the game -  CLICK on PICS to ENLARGE
Thanks Craig S for the Pics



The Payout - AGAIN!!

41st Annual - 2013 ARMY/NAVY GAME

November 2013

For up-to date information http://armynavygame.com/
Yep - we are going to the game for our first time in our 41 year rivalry. We have our tickets and we have our flights. Mike got the tickets and many have said they are in the Navy section of the field. Some say they will be watching to see if I am being passed through the crowd like a Beach Ball!


We have seats in the Upper Level 210 Row D - here is the view

One week to go and we are off. Army is 3-8 and Navy is 7-4. The only thing I can hope for is that Army who leads the nation in rushing can score early and control the clock.

December 15, 2013 - Went to game and Army lost again - It's now a Dozen in a row!

We had a good trip from Friday to Sunday. We got lost each time we got in to our rent a car. The game was great for Navy and Mike but for me it was a major disappointment but the trip was well worth the time and cost because of being with some of my best friends. 

On the Plane - Are the seats getting smaller or some Gutts and Butts getting bigger!:








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This was the first time in 114 years the game was played in the snow (1st half). We sat up high and it was cold. It started sleeting at half time and turned to a freezing rain for the second half.

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Before Game - Went to the famous Tony Luke's Philly Cheesesteak: Notice Tony has the same hairline as the rest of us!

Tailgate before Game:





Before Game Flyovers:




Game Time: Fear the Goat!! Looks like a Mouse to me!!




Fear the Cold:




Everyone had to carry/hold Mike's Crap (There was more):




I even got a pic sent to me during the 1st quarter from my Daughter showing my Granddaughter Lorelai in her Navy outfit (Her Daddy is an officer). Notice the Goat (Navy Mascot). They live in Hawaii!












Here are some other pics from our trip:





November 2012
40th Annual

The Army-Navy Game Presented by USAA

2012 ARMY/NAVY GAME Saturday, December 8th at Lincoln Financial Field,
Kick-off 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION - Campbell House


Hard to believe (unless you look at this pic below from our last High School Graduation Reunion this past October) this will be the 40th Annual Army vs Navy Game between Mike and Me.  Army has a 10 game losing streak that must stop this year.
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More to Come.. Hey Army beat Air Force and Boston College this Year.


Navy has new uniforms for the 2012 game:
New Navy Uniforms for Army-Navy Game

I'm thinking they look a little Sissyfied!

Since this is our 40th year anniversary game it appropriate to give a history of the Game:

The rivalry kicked off 122 years ago when Cadet Dennis Mahan Michie accepted a “challenge” from the Naval Academy and the two squads faced off on The Plain at West Point on November 29, 1890 (Navy had been playing organized football since 1879, and came out on top of the newly-established Army squad). Ever since, through those many years of intense cheers, unforgettable plays and climactic moments, the Army-Navy rivalry has been etched into the minds of countless fans and followers. All it takes is a visit to West Point or Annapolis, where everything (from the finely manicured hedges to the chant following grace-before-meals) proclaims “Beat Navy” or “Beat Army,” to understand how deeply ingrained this rivalry actually is.

I'm thinking a little Voodo may help this year!


Updated 12/6/12 - Army - New Uniforms
Now here is a UNIFORM:

Updated 12/9/12 - Lose Again - 11 in a ROW

Whoopy it was a close game - oh Army was driving down to win the game and the ball was fumbled. Oh well we had a good time and just because I was the big loser in dollars I was the big winner in able to see many friends (25) again for the 40th year in a row.

Here are some Pics - many thanks to Craig S. for the great shots!!





 Can I see a little more of this next year?  PLEASE!!


Updated 12/20/12 - RIP Mr. Donoghue








Date:
April 1, 1925 - December 18, 2012
Obituary:
Donoghue, Charles E., age 87, of Flat Rock. Beloved husband of Marie. Loving father of Peggy (Jack) Arnest, Dennis (Marsha), Mike (Diane), Jeffrey and Tim (Rachel) Donoghue. Dearest grandfather of 8 and great grandfather of 12. Dearest brother of Richard “Pat” (Kathi) Donoghue and Dolores Robert. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and 2 sisters. Charles proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII.









Updated 3/1/13 - RIP Ken (BB) 
We lost a best friend today. Ken was a lifelong friend who was always loyal and would do anything for a friend. He leaves behind a loving wife, family and friends who will never forget him. He was always with a smile and led us in singing of our high school fight song each year at the Army Navy Game. He wears a "S" for Sports to honor ...


Updated 4/16/13 - RIP Big Ben)

Robert B. Abdo
This has been a terrible past few months for the Army/Navy gang. As you can read we lost another friend suddenly. Big Ben just started attending the past three years but he just loved our get together. He told all of our high school classmates about the annual party and anticipated the nex one throughout the year.  Ben was a Navy Veteran.
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2011 ARMY/NAVY GAME
Saturday, December 10th at,
LOCATION - Donoghue House 39th Annual

FedExField

FedExField is a state of the art football facility in the heart of the Capital Beltway in Washington DC and home to the NFL Redskins. With room for over 85,000 fans, the 2011 Army-Navy Game may host the biggest crowd in the game's history.
Kick-off 2:30 p.m.
The clock is ticking until a big time
 navy butt whipping


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UPDATED 12/9/11- 14 hours to game time

I'm breaking out a new shirt and hat for this year to see if the losing streak will be broken.

Prediction Army 23 Navy 17

UPDATED: 12/11/11 - LOSE AGAIN - 10 in a stinkin ROW!!

Same results - everyone had a good time, food was great , I even won a square for the first time in 39 years.

Here are some highlights - Thanks to Craig and Brad for the Pics


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2010 ARMY/NAVY GAME

 





Saturday, December 11th at Lincoln Financial Field,

Kick-off 2:40 p.m.

LOCATION - Campbell House 38th Annual

OK - here are a couple of On-Line Games - See Links Below


This year looks like it could be a good game. Navy Beats Notre Dame but loses to Duke! Army has a winning record but plays Air Force today who has already beat Navy.
UPDATE - 11/22/2010


LET'S NOT FORGET THE TRUE HEROES


Last weekend Navy beats Arkansas St and Army Loses to Notre Dame!


UPDATED - 12/6/10


Navy is 8-3 this year and Army is 6-5 and both are going to Bowl Games. The first for Army in a long long time. Air Force is also going to a Bowl which goes to show being a veteran and fan can bring out the attendance at these games.


I'm hosting the party this year and I have put my food order in and got the basement close to being ready for the game on Saturday. Everyone keeps saying Army has a chance this year. I'm just hoping for a close game and win it at the end.



UPDATED - 12/10/10



OK, no big boast just a sound prediction - Army 17 - Navy - 13

UPDATED 12/11/10 - Game Day!


The best way to sum up the game is the following article:
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - December 10, 2010 (WPVI) -- The eve of the 111th Army-Navy game means the Army-Navy gala at the national constitution center.
A beautiful night at the Army and Navy gala and everyone was in their evening best with many of them believing that their team is the best heading into Saturday's big game.
"It's a great rivalry even though we haven't won in a very long time. We're really pushing for it this year. We can feel it," said Ricky Garcia, a U.S. Military Academy senior.

"They're probably a little better this year, so they might score a touchdown this time, but we're still going to win," said Bryan Hamby, a U.S. Naval Academy junior.
There was a competitive spirit running strong at the National Constitution Center ahead of the 111th Army Navy game. The schools' pep bands dueled, the West Point cheerleaders swing-danced, while their rivals roared their own battle cries. Of course team mascots were on hand confidently swaggering through the crowds.

1,100 people celebrating another year of this storied match-up in a city centrally located between Annapolis and West Point. It brings more than 50,000 visitors to Philadelphia, generating a $35 million economic impact. But it's so much more.

"If you were around the city tonight, you have midshipman and cadets everywhere. There's just excitement. And I think this setting for this party couldn't be better," said Tom Muldoon, President of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

No doubt the rivalry is strong, but school leaders don't lose sight of the real message here.

"We're going to have a tough football game tomorrow. But the most important message is, after it's all over, we're going to be on the same team," said Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, Jr., U.S. Military Academy Supt.

"They are going to build friendships and a brotherhood that will last forever. So it's really a spectacular opportunity to celebrate what's good and right about our nation," said Vice Adm. Michael Miller, U.S. Naval Academy Supt.

UPDATED 12/12/10
In memory of Dandy Don Meredith (NFL and MNF Fame) who passed away this week because he was known for singing "Turn out the lights, the party's over" (a line from a Willie Nelson song, "The Party's Over") at the time the game was apparently decided.
Below are some short clips - WARNING! Some Language not suitable for young viewers (Listen for Big Dan in background)!

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Well this game was decided when Army's QB did something with the ball on the 1 yard line and Navy ran it back for a touchdown.

My prediction was right for Army - 17, but Navy scored 31. And, again I did not win a square and the card game was not much better.
That does not matter since 26 friends got together and had a good time! It really is a special day.
This year we welcomed Big Ben and Chuck the Marine to our fold.
Until next year ... click on pic to enlarge
UPDATED (12/18/10)
In 2005 this story below took place during the Army/Navy Football Weekend.
I want to thank Dr. TD Moody for sending this to me!

By Ronnie Polaneczky

Nov 27, 2007

And now, I bring you the best Christmas story you never heard.

It started last Christmas, when Bennett and Vivian Levin were overwhelmed by sadness while listening to radio reports of injured American troops.

"We have to let them know we care," Vivian told Bennett.

So they organized a trip to bring soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital to the annual Army-Navy football game in Philly, on Dec. 3.

The cool part is, they created their own train line to do it.

Yes, there are people in this country who actually own real trains. Bennett Levin - native Philly guy, self-made millionaire and irascible former L&I commish - is one of them.

He has three luxury rail cars. Think mahogany paneling, plush seating and white-linen dining areas. He also has two locomotives, which he stores at his Juniata Park train yard.

One car, the elegant Pennsylvania, carried John F. Kennedy to the Army-Navy game in 1961 and ’62. Later, it carried his brother Bobby’s body to D.C. for burial.

"That’s a lot of history for one car," says Bennett.
He and Vivian wanted to revive a tradition that endured from 1936 to 1975, during which trains carried Army-Navy spectators from around the country directly to the stadium where the annual game is played.

The Levins could think of no better passengers to reinstate the ceremonial ride than the wounded men and women recovering at Walter Reed in D.C. and Bethesda, in Maryland.

"We wanted to give them a first-class experience," says Bennett. "Gourmet meals on board, private transportation from the train to the stadium, perfect seats - real hero treatment."

Through the Army War College Foundation, of which he is a trustee, Bennett met with Walter Reed’s commanding general, who loved the idea.

But Bennett had some ground rules first, all designed to keep the focus on the troops alone:

No press on the trip, lest the soldiers’ day of pampering devolve into a media circus.

No politicians either, because, says Bennett, "I didn’t want some idiot making this trip into a campaign photo op."

And no Pentagon suits on board, otherwise the soldiers would be too busy saluting superiors to relax.

The general agreed to the conditions, and Bennett realized he had a problem on his hands.

"I had to actually make this thing happen," he laughs.

Over the next months, he recruited owners of 15 other sumptuous rail cars from around the country - these people tend to know each other - into lending their vehicles for the day. The name of their temporary train?

The Liberty Limited.

Amtrak volunteered to transport the cars to D.C. - where they’d be coupled together for the round-trip ride to Philly - then back to their owners later.

Conrail offered to service the Liberty while it was in Philly. And SEPTA drivers would bus the disabled soldiers 200 yards from the train to Lincoln Financial Field, for the game.

A benefactor from the War College ponied up 100 seats to the game - on the 50-yard line - and lunch in a hospitality suite.

And corporate donors filled, for free and without asking for publicity, goodie bags for attendees:

From Woolrich, stadium blankets. From Wal-Mart, digital cameras. From Nikon, field glasses. From GEAR, down jackets.

There was booty not just for the soldiers, but for their guests, too, since each was allowed to bring a friend or family member.

The Marines, though, declined the offer. "They voted not to take guests with them, so they could take more Marines," says Levin, choking up at the memory.

Bennett’s an emotional guy, so he was worried about how he’d react to meeting the 88 troops and guests at D.C.’s Union Station, where the trip originated. Some GIs were missing limbs. Others were wheelchair-bound or accompanied by medical personnel for the day.

"They made it easy to be with them," he says. "They were all smiles on the ride to Philly. Not an ounce of self-pity from any of them. They’re so full of life and determination."

At the stadium, the troops reveled in the game, recalls Bennett. Not even Army’s lopsided loss to Navy could deflate the group’s rollicking mood.

Afterward, it was back to the train and yet another gourmet meal - heroes get hungry, says Levin - before returning to Walter Reed and Bethesda.

"The day was spectacular," says Levin. "It was all about these kids. It was awesome to be part of it."

The most poignant moment for the Levins was when 11 Marines hugged them goodbye, then sang them the Marine Hymn on the platform at Union Station.

"One of the guys was blind, but he said, ’I can’t see you, but man, you must be f---ing beautiful!’ " says Bennett. "I got a lump so big in my throat, I couldn’t even answer him."

It’s been three weeks, but the Levins and their guests are still feeling the day’s love.

"My Christmas came early," says Levin, who is Jewish and who loves the Christmas season. "I can’t describe the feeling in the air."

Maybe it was hope.

As one guest wrote in a thank-you note to Bennett and Vivian, "The fond memories generated last Saturday will sustain us all - whatever the future may bring."

God bless the Levins.

And bless the troops, every one.

Editors Note: The following is reprinted from the Philadelphia Daily News, written by Ronnie Polaneczky (email: polaner@phillynews.com)


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2009 ARMY/NAVY GAME
Saturday, December 12th at Lincoln Financial Field, Kick-off 2:30 p.m.






Ok boys, it looks bleak for Army again this year. I was hoping that Army could beat Air Force this past weekend because Navy had done it earlier in the season. Air Force handled Army easily and Navy beat Notre Dame for the second time in three years both at Notre Dame.

Now don’t get worried I have not given up! Army has a chance to win the remainder of their games and finish 5 wins 6 losses. Hey that is an accomplishment compared to the past few years.
I am trying a new tactic this year (after 36 years) and that is I’m going in to this game with quiet covert like confidence. Just when all the abuse will be given to me at the start of the game Army will turn the tide with a big play in the second quarter and keep the lead for the remainder of the game!

What does this game mean – The Army/Navy Website says “When Army and Navy meet, there is no other game with deeper foundations or greater prestige.


The rivalry kicked off 117 years ago when Cadet Dennis Mahan Michie accepted a “challenge” from the Naval Academy and the two squads faced off on The Plain at West Point on November 29, 1890 (Navy had been playing organized football since 1879, and came out on top of the newly-established Army squad). Ever since, through those many years of intense cheers, unforgettable plays and climactic moments, the Army/Navy rivalry has been etched into the minds of countless fans and followers. All it takes is a visit to West Point or Annapolis, where everything (from the finely manicured hedges to the chant following grace-before-meals) proclaims “Beat Navy” or “Beat Army,” to understand how deeply ingrained this rivalry actually is.
What does it mean to me and Mike?

It means FRIENDS!!

Updated 11/28/09
Mike and I were talking tonight about the big game. Currently Navy is 8-3 with a chance to go 9-3 with a win over Hawaii tonight.
Army is 5-6 and I don't think they have won 5 games since the mid 1990s. It should be a competitive game.

I am so hopefull I went to the Naval Academy last week to JINX Them!


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Updated 12/7/09
Hawaii beats Navy so Navy's record is 8-4.
Question - Why did the Navy accept their Bowl bid so soon when they had a chance to go to a much more prestigious bowl based on their record?


Current Record since 1972
Navy 21 wins
Army 14 wins
1 Tie
12/11/09 - Prediction

I have a few surprises for the Blue Navy Blue Boy this year. Navy's winning streak is about to end and so is my drought from winning a square (I have never won one).







Army - 23, Navy - 17 Oh Yeah!

Updated 12/14/09 - Lose Again
At least I had Navy's score correct at 17. The only problem was Army was only able to score 3 points. Army even had the half time lead 3-0 which provided me with some bragging in the first half.
The worst start of the game is when the TV flashed Army has not scored a touchdown on Navy since 2006!
The get together was one of the best with at least 28 friends showing up for the game and festivities. It really is a special day.





2009 Special Note: Later this week I will include a group picture and newspaper article that a local paper did on our annual get together. Double Click on Pic to Enlarge.














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2008

Here we go again sports fans this is now the 36th year of a rivalry that gets better each year! Unfortunately for me and cadets from West Point it has been a rough number of years on the gridiron. However, this year the cycle is changing and Army is on the march to roll over Navy in Philadelphia.



Mike the squid retired earlier this year and I'm ashamed to say it he has gone soft staying at home hooked on TV shows like "Nash Bridges" and OMG "Ellen." Where in contrast I watch reruns of "Combat" starring Vic Morrow as Sgt Saunders.
At least he should watch McHales Navy!!









Updated 11/24/08
Army has not won since 2001!

Army-Navy Game Scores 1890-2007

Games played: 108 Army Wins: 49 Navy Wins: 52 Ties: 7

Mike/Greg Started Betting in 1972 while in service - 36 years!
1972 – 2007

NAVY – 21 – 14 - 1
ARMY – 14 – 21 – 1


Last Update Before the Game ( Update 11/30/08)

Uh- Oh when I look at the teams each has played I could be in big trouble. HOWEVER, any team that loses to Notre Dame this year can’t be that good!

ARMY - 3- 8

Date Opponent Result
Aug. 29 Temple L 7-35
Sep. 6 New Hampshire L 10-28
Sep. 20 Akron L 3-22
Sep. 27 at Texas A&M L 17-21
Oct. 4 at Tulane W 44-13
Oct. 11 Eastern Michigan W 17-13
Oct. 18 at Buffalo L 24-27
Oct. 25 Louisiana Tech W 14-7
Nov. 1 Air Force L 7-16
Nov. 8 at Rice L 31-38
Nov. 22 at Rutgers L 3-30
Dec. 6 Navy W 35 - 14 - MY PREDICTION

NAVY – 7 - 4

DATE OPPONENT RESULT
8/30 Towson W 41-13
9/05 @ Ball State L 35-23
9/13 @ Duke L 41-31
9/20 Rutgers W 23-21
9/27 Wake Forest W 24-17
10/04 @ Air Force W 33-27
10/18 Pittsburgh L 42-21
10/25 Southern Methodist W 34-7
11/01 Temple W 33-27 OT
11/15 Notre Dame L 27-21
11/25 @ Northern Illinois W 16-0
12/06 vs. Army L 35 - 14 My Prediction

12/09/08

I tip my hat to another great day spent with childhood friends. To those who did not make it this year we missed you, to those who we have not seen for a few years it was great to get you back and to those who have not yet attended, there is always next year.

Another butt beating by Navy and the scars just keep getting bigger each year. This year was very painful as the Army cadets did NOTHING. They did not even try to score when they were well behind. In the 4th quarter they were more concerned about getting their fullback the rushing record than they were about the game.

There is speculation the game may be pushed back a week next year to generate more national focus on the game and get a prime time start instead of noon. I'm pushing for a midnight game played in Siberia where only a few poor souls have to endure the game.




Who cares anyway? It was great seeing the boys from Saberland again and Mike and I already look forward to next year. By the way I lost the game, did not win a square (again) but did regain some funds at the poker table.
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10/07/07



2007

35th Annual Army/ Navy Football Game Between





Greg and Mike

If you are visiting this post for the first time scroll to the bottom and work your way up so that you can read the history of this rivalry.

I'm starting to post earlier this year because the MEN from West Point are getting in position to stomp the baby squids from the Naval Academy.

Click on the link below for some excellent music


http://www.west-point.org/users/usma1981/38405/west_point/songs/armyteam.htm

Lets look at the records so far this year. Army has played the tougher schedule and will do so for the remainder of the year:

Army at http://msn.foxsports.com/cfb/teamSchedule?categoryId=86143&month=all

Navy at http://msn.foxsports.com/cfb/teamSchedule?categoryId=86119

For a complete history of the games please go to http://www.usna.edu/LibExhibits/Archives/Armynavy/Armynavygames.htm

Stay Tuned Sports Fans ... The big game this year is on Saturday December 1, 2007 at Mike's House. The game starts at 12 noon (WHAT THE HECK!!!)


10/28/07

Delaware Upsets Navy 59-52
Joe Flacco threw four touchdown passes and Omar Cuff rushed for four scores to lead Delaware to a wild 59-52 upset of Navy on Saturday. The Blue Hens (7-1), one of the top teams in the Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA), rolled to 581 total yards against the Midshipmen (4-4), who play in top tier of Division I football.

Next week Army plays Air Force and Navy plays Notre Dame. In the past Mike has bet against Navy (very bad) on a football card. He actually took Army and the points hoping to win on points and the game. Not a bad strategy but that is sacrilegious. But what he has done now is inexcusable.

He has gone Irish and I have the proof.


What will he do next?


Updated 10/29/07


Is the Picture on Display?
This post is a response to MP’s comment.

For a number of years now one of the penalties for losing the game is to display the picture (below) of the winner for one year until the next game.

Needless to say Navy boy’s picture has been a staple for much too long.

The kicker is if someone that attends the games happens to stop by your house during the year and the picture is not display you must pay a
$ 25.00 fine to the winner.

11/05/07
I knew it, once the squid traded his naval uniform for the Irish kilt he would jinx Notre Dame


Navy beats Notre Dame for first time since 1963

It's over. After 44 years and three overtimes. Navy finally beat Notre Dame 46-44 in triple overtime on Saturday, ending the Fighting Irish's NCAA-record winning streak against the Midshipmen at 43 games. "It's a big win for our program. It's a big win for the academy," Navy coach Paul Johnson said. "I'm happy I don't have to answer anything else about the streak every time we play."

Stan Brock (Army Coach) - please take notice because you are on a losing streak! Army lost to Air Force 30 - 10. C'mon cadets quit looking past your opponents.
11/18/07
Army loses tough game -  Tulsa 49, Army 3
The Black Knights (3-8) lost their fifth consecutive game and second in a row at home, despite totaling a season-high 491 yards of offense.

Navy beats Northern Illinois (?) -  Navy 35, Northern Illinois 24

Giving up 24 points and 355 yards doesn't usually qualify as a solid defensive performance.
By Navy standards, it was a gem.
After surrendering 45, 44, 59, 44 and 62 points in their last five games, the Midshipmen forced a season-high four punts and allowed only 10 points after halftime.



Tell me who had the tougher duty? Cick to Enlarge Pic


11/22/07










HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL
MIKE AND I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE AWAY FROM HOME AND LOVED ONES DURING THE HOLIDAYS. WE ARE WITH YOU ARE ALL.



11/26/07 - Rivalry Week

Everyone looks forward to this week. Calls are made and food is prepared with a target of Saturday December 1st at Noon for kick-off.



Noon is not the best starting time for this classic. We prefer a 2:00 pm est starting time which allows a few extra hours for set-up and preperation, not to mention a few of the boys like to stop off and have a pop at their favorite watering hole.

I will have my Domas prediction later this week so you all will have time to make your bets.


oohmmmmm, ohmmmm...





11/30/07

Ok, Ok The tea leaves that fell on my old Army Fatigue Jacket says ---- Ohmmmmm,
ARMY 26, NAVY - 13!


12/02/07 - I PAY AGAIN!

Navy 38 - Army - 3


Some days it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. For the last six years the Army/Navy Game has been a day of ridicule, put downs, smart ass remarks and the loss of money. However, No game or amount of money can bring the sounds of laughter, old stories, new stories and good times on game day. It was another attendance record for the third year in a row.








This year was lively and crowded with food, drink and a surprise guest (we try to have one each year) Wally. Wally has a son who is a Master Sergeant in the Army so he brings support. In fact Wally said it best this year “This is great I will never miss another game.” Two other surprise guests (TD and Bud) from past years also made a repeat appearance.


Navy again ran over and under Army all day during this festive occasion. I even felt the sting of some horns, not from the Navy goat but a ...

Another Surprise was when Leethal pulled up in his truck with a 10-point Buck (above photo) he shot earlier in the day just before half time. I really enjoy hearing the hunting stories from the boys.

The food was great with kudos to “Pheasant Ptak” and Rudy’s Smoked Salmon.”

Special thanks to Di who has “never” forgot my birthday with a Christmas tin of my favorite cookies.

I will leave this year’s game with the hope of a win next year but the real goal is the opportunity to see my friends again all on the same day.
P/S – sometimes I feel like Newman (Seinfeld) during the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu9fo5QXDuc

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11/11/06
34th Annual Greg and Mike - 2006









Every year since 1972, the annual Army vs. Navy Football game is played and witnessed by myself, squid and numerous childhood friends and family. For Mike (squid) and myself it is a rivalry that we started while I was in the Army and he was in the Navy. We both had, I mean joined the service at the same time and got discharged a few weeks apart.


It is also a day to remind those who attend the game that if it wasn't for Mike and me serving our great country they might be watching some Soccer game instead.

This year's Army/Navy match-up marks the 107th meeting of the two teams and the 80th game to be played in Philadelphia. The Black Knights and Midshipmen meet on the gridiron at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 2nd at Lincoln Financial Field.



I have high hopes for an Army victory this year. I need a victory. Army has lost the last 4 games in a row and 7 out of the last 10. This is not good and it is worse on my pocketbook. The game will be watched at my house this year.




The current record since 1972
Navy – 19
Army 14
1 Tie


All Time Record
ARMY 49 wins; NAVY 50 wins

7 Ties

MORE TO COME IN WEEKS AHEAD...

11/14/06

I'm glad Army has a warm up game this week with Notre Dame
11/20/06
Last weekend Navy beat Temple and Army "barely" loss to Notre Dame.

click pic to enlarge
This sets up the game with Army bringing in a 3-8 record and Navy with a 8-3 record. Let's not forget that Army plays a very tough schedule while Navy looks to play the Merchant Marines.
11/30/06

Every year I get the same Question How many Points are you getting? Answer - NONE as in Zero.

We don't give points, this game would not be fun if we did because most of the Navy supporters can't count or add so they would accuse Army of cheating.
I'm just about ready for the game, need to shop for the food and draw up the squares.

Prediction by Domas (that's me)
- Army 28 Navy 24 (if they show up)!






December 2, 2006 - Game Morning



I must admit this is very impressive - check out the US Navy Drill Team
http://www.whc.net/rjones/USN/USN_team.html
December 3, 2006 - The Day After

What a “Stinko” Game (Navy 26, Army 14). Not just because Army lost but the lack of excitement and play calling by both teams. However, the day was a success for all that attended. As usual it was great to see so many (Grade School --> High School) friends and family (3 generations) together in the same spot at the same time. Click on pics to Enlarge.

Watching the game was as painful as listening to Rocky Reno tell us about his Kidney Stone attack Thursday Night and then to wake up to water in his basement because the Sump Pump did not work. Alas at least Rocky and I made up for our losses at the Poker Table.

Yes, I lost the game and the squares but recouped by playing cards with some of the originals (those that come every year to the game) and second-generation originals that still get schooled when playing with their superiors.

The food and drink were great and special thanks to my wife, daughter, MP and brother-in-law for helping with the food (Smoked Salmon, BBQ Ribs, Egg Rolls, Grinders, Taco Salad, Meatballs, Cheese, Buffalo Wings, Pheasant Ptak, Shrimp and of course the Fruit and Chocolate Fountain.





Until next year when we move to the Navy house thanks to all that attended. The attendance for the game is growing each year. As we grow older it always a welcome day to spend time with childhood friends and to also recognize the great job our Military personnel do for us to keep us free and safe.









A couple of ex-Saber Linebackers who could really Stick! Fat Jack & Lethal, best get out of the middle RB!




I would also like to thank the Hundreds of Blog Hits I received from around the World, especially those serving in Harms Way.

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Since I know you all watched the big game you already know the outcome. For those who did not, Army lost its fourth game in a row 42-23. They have also lost six out of the last seven. This is getting both humiliating and expensive.

HOWEVER, we had a geat time as always! Some new faces (TD, JD, Womper, Fat Jack, and the rest of Donoghue Brothers). It was great to see the new guys from high school show up, it was like a class reunion with all the stories being told. Hopefully, they will now join the regular crew for the annual event.


Some of us now are Retired and we have all gone in many directions (Doctor, Lawyer, Auto Workers, Executives, Millionaire, Beer Distributors, Teachers, Welders, Plant Managers, Union Officials, etc) but we will always be friends and no amount of titles, money or hardships will ever change our bond.


Don't worry Greg, half of the Navy team are probably Marines, and Marines are really Army guys that decided they would rather hang around sailors than be with real soldiers.



click to enlarge 2005 pic

Attended but Missing (BB, RB, Lawyer Man & Some of the Donoghue Clan)


Received this Email Today. I think I know this guy! Last time I saw him was in Vegas and ...


Sgt. Joe Robl
1/61st Inf.
4th Infantry Division
(Retired)
 


ARMY vs NAVY WEEK - 2005

ARMY



Every year since 1972 the annual Army vs. Navy Football game is played. For Mike and myself it is a rivalry that we started while I was in the Army and he was in the Navy. We both had, I mean joined the service at the same time and got discharged a few weeks apart.








It started out as a simple $5.00 bet that has been raised to its present standard. The money is not important it’s the friendship that we have for each other as well as our childhood friends who look forward to the game as much as we do each 1st Saturday in December. We now even have sons of the core attendees attending the games.



click to enlarge 2004 pic

We alternate houses each year and each of us supplies the food and drink (others also bring side dishes that consist of the wild game recently shot and caught during hunting and previous fishing seasons). Each year we try to out do the previous year with banners, posters, pictures, slogans, music, and many good-natured threats. Cards and other games take place during the game especially if it’s a blowout. We post our squares board so that all can participate and check our numbers with each time out and score.

Over the years there has been about 14 of our best friends and family who attend annually. It’s one of the few times that “we” all get together at the same time to enjoy each other’s company. Other childhood and high school friends stop by on certain years.

It is considered blasphemy to miss the game or for someone to schedule any other event on game day. A wedding planned this year was about to put a crimp in the planning but the ghosts of West Point and the Naval Academy intervened. I also made a huge mistake a few years back when I thought it would be a good idea to invite some of the wives over in the evening to keep the party going. Let me just say there will be no more women stuff on Army/ Navy Day.


I hear about it every year and it almost equals Mike betting on Army on one of his Football Tickets a few years back. No Army guy would ever do that or at least admit that he did it!
Print by Joe Ruisi and the Army/Navy festivities will go on as planned for this year.

The current record since 1972
Navy – 18
Army 14
1 Tie


All Time Record
ARMY 49 wins; NAVY 49 wins,


Who will be the "First to 50?"

True rivalries make good teams great, and great games unforgettable. Army/Navy is such a rivalry, and after 105 games in its storied history the academies now stand deadlocked at 49 wins each (with seven ties). The battle for the "First to 50" will be held December 3 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Philadelphia will be a buzz throughout the weekend, with Army/Navy activities from ship visits to Patriot Games competitions between Cadets and Midshipmen.

For more on the game and up to date news go to

http://www.phillylovesarmynavy.com/default.asp< /em>

"Prediction - ARMY 27 Navy 20