Sunday, December 11, 2011

Army-Navy at its best


There is a lot wrong with sports at the moment - and being honest particularly at the pro level there always will be - but fans can take solace every year at this time about something that's so very right.

The embodiment of competitive spirit, honor, dignity, pride, and, of course, patriotism with some of the best our country has to offer.

Their stories are a tapestry of our nation - wide ranging and each unique in their own wonderful way.

For one Saturday every year, we can cast aside the latest reasons to be disgusted with sports - too much money, too much ego - and applaud one game that embraces everything we want at the core of athletic competition.

Being one to give national media a hard time for a multitude of reasons, I have to give credit where it's due to the beautiful introductions CBS does every year minutes before the kickoff of Army-Navy. The 2011 edition, with the Army and Navy choirs singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" underneath - admittedly, I'm as cynical as they come, but these intros get me every single time.

If you don't get goosebumps watching that, I don't know what to tell you.

- Chris Lillstrung


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