John Feinstein talks about the Army-Navy game - 12/10
In dot com. Welcome back to -- sports at central everybody got on a senior with -- bestselling author who is now written two books. That focus on the army navy game and get into the newest one the second but it is army navy weekend and look for the first time in several years the commander in chief trophy isn't like -- -- Like every year before this. There's still something magical about this rob Horry and and army navy are closer than they've ever been football wise this year army has finally turned it around after. 1413. Miserable seasons from 97 did last year. Didn't come close to winning record -- six and five they are gonna go balls so both teams are going to -- it should be more competitive game. Games -- competitive last eight years navy has wholly dominated. This series for the last eight years you want army navy. To be competitive he wanted to come down to the last place you want players -- on one on the shoulders when they played those all the modest at the end of the game. We have a better chance to have that kind of game this year than we had a long time give credit to navy for their job they found their Paul Johnson and Paul Johnson who took the program to the next level can you model follows them a fine job of moving up -- army found their Paul Johnson I think they have I think -- finally hired a guy and -- -- Who understands option football he coached the option against -- -- Pomona which the -- need to run all three of them -- running him out all three -- notables this year. And he understands army which is very important that the academies. His father and his uncle Bulls went -- uncle was captain of the team in 1962. So he appreciates what the cadets what his players are going through. That's very important part of coaching at army and detonated a and it's an interesting week not only because it's army navy -- the biggest game of the year in these guys look forward to but these guys also get their assignments. -- the week this team so all the sudden their future is right ahead of them not only that but the real danger. Is is right in front of them so it's supposed to be going through their heads and you put in the locker room before these games and hopefully it is a great deal poignancy involved because. What an eight finish this game which as you said it looked forward to all year every year and it means so much and get more privileges back at school if they win rather than if they lose. What news -- opposite when you see the players on the two teams standing to -- For the playing of the alma mater and you realize where the seniors are going where they may be when the next army navy game is being played an effective they are going to be on the same team I know that sounds corny but they are in a much larger sense and football. To me is the most electrifying. Moment of the year in sports when those players come together at the end of the game I always tell. So see -- broadcast partner in the navy games. Ask me question right after they play the alma mater is assumed to be in no condition answer all right here's the bigger question about navy in particular this was the season that was. They'll both forehand to be something special over hyped probably an and the loss to Maryland pretty much squashed all of -- In the navy beats army and it's it's still successful season we needed to anyway and this game and then taking a winnable game won ten games in back to back seasons first time in school history so. Yeah and again -- the seniors go out with four straight wins over army. That's a big deal titanium hello call them together after air force clinched the commander in Chiefs when they beat army after beating navy. And said OK fellas you've gotten rains the last three years for winning the commander in chief's trophy. -- wandering this year you have to win out you have to beat army you have to winnable game beat everybody in between. It happened when should get a ring as AZ companion to your army navy viewership -- Reed Johnson who has book. Brief synopsis of the -- its final what's -- about well it's called Carolina rivalry and it's a mystery that's at at the army navy game you know I've done these kids mysteries now for a while this is the fifth in the series to two teenage sleuths to go to the army navy game President Obama is coming into the game. There's a mystery there and what -- did to us was. I took all the axis and when it research to civil war the -- -- where I had total access to the academies the entire year. Went to class you know went as it was in the barracks and on the hall at navy and did everything but the push ups with the cadets in the midshipmen. Axis as you said the bulls' locker rooms I think I'm the only non president ever get to -- and an army navy game but I tried to take the teenage reader now. In to the places I got to go so they got to see what it's like in the schools what it's like the dating game what it feels like to be there. From the inside and then wrapped in mystery around like to check out the book watch the game. The greatest rivalries in not the greatest robbery and all sports on thank you Vermont thanks -- from. We're video check out CS in Washington dot com.