Wednesday, November 14, 2018

What word do you start with when responding to a question or starting a sentence?

Over the years I have noticed people answering a question usually starts with a one word and then they give an answer or explanation.

For the vast majority of my years people have used the word – WELL

In the past 5 years or so I have noticed many people starting to use the word – SO … usually drawn out like soooo.  

This year I have heard a good amount of folks starting to use  – LOOK … many times with emphasis. 

Now I keep tabs.

Monday, November 05, 2018

2018 Army vs Navy Football Game - Can Army make it Three in a ROW!

1972 was the first year of the Army vs Navy Bet. For Mike and I it is a rivalry that we started while I was in the Army and he was in the Navy. We both joined the service at the same time and got discharged a few weeks apart.

November 2018
46th Annual 
December 8, 2018

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November 2017 - Army wins 14-13
45th Annual 
They say last year was a Fluke!

DECEMBER 09, 2017

Kick-off 3:00 p.m.

LOCATION - Marlow's

Army's  RECORD


Wow - When was the last time we could say ...


Since 2012 play for the Commander and Chief's Trophy

Army and Navy to Battle for CIC Trophy

Navy's Record - 6-5 

Prediction: Army 20 - Navy 16

Updated - December 9th 2017

Army wins 14-13 in less than ideal conditions. Came down to the final play in a hard fought game. Two wins in a row for Army and a 9-3 season (Including winning the Commander and Chief Trophy) which is fantastic for the cadets!!

November 2016

44th Annual 

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.

Click on Pics to Enlarge


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

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
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:

Click on Pics to ENLARGE:

I Don't Fear no Stinking Goat!!

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
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!:

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.


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

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

April 1, 1925 - December 18, 2012
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.

Saturday, December 10th at,
LOCATION - Donoghue House 39th Annual


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

Click on Pic to Enlarge

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



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


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)!

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:

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!

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.



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

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


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.


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

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

Navy at

For a complete history of the games please go to

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!!!)


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.

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.
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



11/26/07 - 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...


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.


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



I'm glad Army has a warm up game this week with Notre Dame
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.

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
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.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2005 Recap

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

ARMY vs NAVY WEEK - 2005


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.

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"Prediction - ARMY 27 Navy 20