2010 Army Football Media Guide (updated)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Perhaps the most important preseason information release, the football media guide was released online today.

Without having the chance to really look at it yet, I will just say that I hate the issuu.com format that the guide is released on. It's not easily searchable, the scans are small and the page previews on the bottom are even smaller, though the tiny page display is the only way I can tell of to find specific sections of the media guide. Go Army Sports has the guide linked by section, so maybe their way is easier to find what you need.

UPDATE: The 2010 media guide can be downloaded if you sign up through Issuu and click the download link. The media guide should be easier to search by downloading rather than clicking through the online pages. Hat tip to reader David, who also pointed out an issue with the blog comments section. I hope to get comments up and running soon.

Comments are working. Please feel free to write in and participate.

I'll probably get a chance to read through the 2010 guide tonight, and if there's nothing important to post tomorrow maybe I'll look at what is being said in the guide.

and speaking of nothing important to post: the usual outlets have news on Trent Steelman's physical condition, and more overall speed at slotback

New Suit

Army unveiled their new uniforms for the 2010 season, and there are some very interesting changes.

In addition to new looks for both home and road games, Army will sport a special "Dress Gray" uniform style as a tribute to the U.S. Corps of Cadets and the Long Gray Line when the Black Knights square off against Air Force at Michie Stadium on Nov. 6.

Army will continue wearing black jerseys (with gold swatches) and gold pants (with a black stripe) for its home games, while donning white jerseys (with black swatches) and gold pants (with a black stripe) on the road. The Black Knights will also feature a white-pants (with thin gold and black stripes) option, an "India Whites" style, for road games played in warm weather climates. The word "Army" will be printed in small lettering centered on the chest of both jerseys above the uniform number, with the words "West Point" emblazoned along the back name plate atop the jersey number.

Very interesting indeed, India Whites? Dress Gray?

I'm pretty lukewarm about the changes to the home and away unis, but I like the idea of a couple of special situation uniforms like the all white and gray.

I guess one could say the gray looks reminiscent of a spacesuit, but new uniforms are a positive thing from what I can tell.

I guess what really matters is that the players like them.

Senior C Zach Peterson
(Ref.: unveiling of new uniforms)
"I like the white-on-white, that's the best looking one. I have never seen it on an Army player and it's a good change. It's something different, has new materials and is much tighter and sleeker. I think they will be perfect for a warm game.

Senior LB Stephen Anderson
(Ref.: new uniforms)
"It's a nice little change. At the same time, we made a decision on the team to make sure we got excited about them now so that when it becomes game time, we will wear just another jersey when we go out there and do what we want to do on any other Saturday."

Junior LB Josh Jones
(Ref.: new uniforms)
"I like them a lot. They are sick."

Army Preview: MetroWNY

Sunday, August 8, 2010

It's always nice to see Army coverage from unexpected outlets even if they just crib the notes of GoArmySports.com, an Army notebook is offered by MetroWNY.

It's less of an on the field preview than it is a bullet list of topics for the 2010 season.

The topics discussed include:

Josh McNary's preseason award and watch list collection

Trent Steelman's sophomore campaign

The return of Steve Anderson and Chip Bowden

Army's college football 'christening' of Yankee Stadium and the Meadowlands Stadium

CBS College Sports' Army football programming lineup

Army's prospects for the Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl

and some academic standout Black Knights.

Check it out or see the original at Go Army Sports

Too Young to Remember These

ESPN leads off today with a slideshow list of the 50 most painful college football outcomes.

Some of Army's worst Army/Navy letdowns made the list.

First up is the notable 1950 letdown.


Battle On The Field



Dec. 2, 1950: Army was 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country. Navy was 2-6. But behind quarterback Bob Zastrow, the Midshipmen orchestrated the storied rivalry's biggest upset. In the second quarter, Zastrow ran for a touchdown and passed for another, leading Navy to a 14-2 victory at Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium. President Harry S. Truman witnessed the surprising outcome, but the rest of America could only listen. It was the last time the Army-Navy game wasn't televised.

Army appears again at #15.

#15 Unfit To Tie



Nov. 27, 1948: Can a tie rank among the most painful outcomes of all time? This one can. Army, which had won national titles in '44, '45 and '46, was undefeated yet again. Navy was winless and punchless. The Middies had not scored more than 14 points in a game all season and had been shut out their two previous contests. Yet they battled back from a 14-7 deficit, tying the game at 14 and again at 21, and then stopping a late Army drive. This shocking draw would be the only blemish on Army's record across a two-year, 17-0-1 span.


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