Army-Navy rivalry features Trump tossing coin
A general’s pep talk about actual life-anddeath battles emerged as a driving force this season for the Army football team.
In the Army, the general said, you win or you die.
Far more consequential than bragging rights on the football field, but useful for a team that no longer ends its season against Navy.
“It is dramatic,” team captain Cole Christiansen said. “But I think it’s helped us a lot.”
Christiansen has been part of Army’s turnaround from perennial losing program to its lofty status today: ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1996, on a seven-game winning streak, headed to a bowl game and a 7-point favorite in Saturday’s 119th meeting against Navy.
The Army-Navy rivalry has often been known as patriotic – and for years, one of the most lopsided in sports. Navy hooked an anchor to the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy with a series-best 14game winning streak from 2002-2015.
The No. 22 Black Knights (9-2) are on top these days, winners of two straight in the series headed into Saturday’s game at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Navy leads 60-51-7. President Donald Trump will officiate the coin toss Saturday in the first Army-Navy game he has attended as president, where he’s also expected to make an announcement concerning the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Trump was at the 2016 game as president-elect.
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