• The Army Marathon team begins their 250-mile trek from West Point to Baltimore to deliver the game ball for the 108th Army-Navy game. Twenty-one cadet marathoners will take turns running the ball to Maryland.

    West Point Cadets

    The Army Marathon team begins their 250-mile trek from West Point to Baltimore to deliver the game ball for the 108th Army-Navy game. Twenty-one cadet marathoners will take turns running the ball to Maryland.

  • Defensive End Brandon Thompson is the first West Point football player in more than 100 years of Army-Navy game history to wear the patch of a National Guard unit on his jersey. He wears the Thunderbird patch of the 45th Infantry Brigade, Oklahoma Army National Guard. His father, Lt. Col. Michael Thompson and brother Spc. Jared Thompson of the 45th are preparing to deploy to Iraq in January and will be watching the game from Fort Bliss, Texas.

    Army-Navy

    Defensive End Brandon Thompson is the first West Point football player in more than 100 years of Army-Navy game history to wear the patch of a National Guard unit on his jersey. He wears the Thunderbird patch of the 45th Infantry Brigade, Oklahoma Army...

  • Col. Ricky D. Gibbs, commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., and other Dragon Brigade Soldiers show their support for the "Black Knights" of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by shouting out, "Go Army Beat Navy!" at Forward Operating Base Falcon in southern Baghdad, Nov. 25.

    Army-Navy Spirit

    Col. Ricky D. Gibbs, commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., and other Dragon Brigade Soldiers show their support for the "Black Knights" of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by shouting out, "Go Army Beat Navy!" at...

WEST POINT, N.Y. (Army News Service, Nov. 29, 2007) - The 108th Army-Navy Game will be played Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and CBS will broadcast the game nationally beginning at noon.

The Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 123) will also carry the Army Sports Network broadcast and the game will be televised live overseas to service members on the American Forces Network.

The Black Knights will be trying to snap a five-game skid to the Midshipmen. Navy's winning streak in the rivalry is tied for the longest by either, giving the Midshipmen a 51-49-7 advantage in the series.

An Army victory would end the Black Knights' regular season five-game losing skid while evening their Commander-In-Chief's Trophy record at 1-1 in 2007 (lost at Air Force), thus creating a three-way tie for the trophy.

Senior wide receiver Jeremy Trimble said beating Navy would mean validation.

"All the workouts in the off-season over the past four years, all the summer training, getting up early and going to bed late, it would just mean everything. For us seniors, it can be that program-changing win and also could be a career-defining win," said the Ashburn, Va., native. "We're going out there and giving it all we've got, and we're going to leave everything on the field on Dec. 1."

This revered series began when Cadet Dennis Mahan Michie accepted a "challenge" from Naval Academy midshipmen for a football game against the Cadets. That first contest was held on "The Plain" at West Point on Nov. 29, 1890. The more experienced Mids, who had been playing organized football since 1879, defeated the Cadets 24-0.

Army Head Coach Stan Brock said his team understands the tradition of this "challenge" and the prize they're playing for: pride.

"To the Corps of Cadets, it's a huge pride factor. There are people here at West Point who have never beaten Navy," said Coach Brock. "Some day they will be out in the military world and the first question is, 'Are you a West Point graduate'' Then, 'Did you beat Navy'' It will give them the opportunity to say 'Yeah I did; we beat them in 2007.' We take a great deal of pride and know we are representing the United States Army and the United States Military Academy."

This will be the fourth time the historic game has taken place in Baltimore and the first time since 2000. Army won the first two contests, which were held at Municipal Stadium. The Army-Navy classic will return to Philadelphia for 2008 and 2009, where eighty of the 107 games have been played.

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