Even though it hasn’t meant much lately in the Top 25 scheme of things, the annual Army-Navy game is still a special & respected tradition in college football. And it may be coming to a city near you, thanks to the good people of [insert corporate entity here].
The NAVY TIMES reports that the service academy showdown is looking to take its game cross-country, somewhere different than Philadelphia, Baltimore, or the same old places between West Point and Annapolis:
Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk told the academy’s Board of Visitors on July 8 that a bidding process among cities for future Army-Navy games would begin within weeks. He also said the academy is open to corporate sponsorship of the game.
Gladchuck believes that up to 17 cities will “put their oar in the water and actually bid for the game,” including such new territories as Dallas & San Diego. So, what will these municipalities have to do to in order to play host to the Middies & Black Knights?
Gladchuck did not say what specific criteria officials would use in selecting a city, but he said cities must agree to pay for transporting the entire Naval Academy and West Point student bodies — some 8,000 students — to the game.
Well, whichever city ends up with the game will be in good shape in case they get attacked by Hitler or Stalin.