According to Navy Sports the Navy football team is rolling out a special uniform for the Army-Navy Game on December 12th. It will not only feature all the design, color and fonts used on Navy vessels, the “Damn the torpedos!” motto and the Marine Corps logo, they’ll have different ships on the helmets, assigned according to position:

Helmet Details and Position Assignment:
— Linebacker: Cruiser– Provides anti-air defense and packs the biggest punch of Naval surface ships representative of the linebackers on the Navy football team.
Defensive Back: Destroyer– Known for significant fire power, speed, and anti-missile defense as are Navy’s defensive backs.
Wide Receiver: Submarine– Predominantly utilized as blockers, wide receivers play a key role in driving the Navy rush attack, taking on a stealth-like persona as they blend into the rhythm of the offense but bring significant fire power when called upon, just like a Naval submarine.
Lineman: Amphibious Assault Ships– Just as a lineman’s job is the create a hole for a running back or linebacker, these ships are utilized to establish the “beach head” that enables the invading force to gain access and ultimately accomplish their objective.
— Quarterback: Aircraft Carrier– The QB of the Naval Fleet, the aircraft carrier is the ultimate decision maker; the “quick strike” weapon of the Naval fleet.
Running Back: Littoral Combat Ship– Like running backs, these fast and nimble ships can navigate through both crowded shallow and deep waters.
Kicker/Special Teams: Minesweeper– Much like the specific task of the Navy special teams, this small ship has a unique mission of identifying and eliminating mines.

Like most football fans above the age of say, 25, as a general rule I’m not a fan of specialty uniforms. I see them as a cynical marketing ploy to vacuum money out of the pockets of easily duped suckers, mostly under the age of 25. Call me an old bastard, but being a great program or a pro team with a proud history means you’ve established a tradition. And given your uniform a cache’ that lesser teams can only dream of. That’s why Notre Dame, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cowboys, Yankees, Michigan, the Canadiens and so on don’t need to lower themselves to go after gimmicky money grabs like alternate unis.

But for Navy, I’m making an exception. Because these are certifiably badass. I’m still all about tradition and honoring your past. And when that past consists of the Battle of Flamborough Head (1779), The Monitor vs. The Merrimack (1862), Manila Bay (1898), the North Atlantic (1941-45), Midway (1942), Roger Staubach, Steve Belichick, killing Somali pirates, taking out bin Laden and Machinist’s Mate John “Bud” Thornton aboard the U.S.S. Solomons? Then you’ve got cache’ no one else can match. Navy can do whatever the hell they want because they are tradition. Even to the worst traditionalists among us.


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Rarely does a day go by that I don’t find some new and different way to NOT care about the Cleveland Browns or what happens to them. But when I’m still seething about the way the officials in Denver pulled off a screw job of the Patriots, it brings me some degree of pleasure to know that the city that despises Bill Belichick, blamed him for the Browns moving out of Cleveland and burned him in effigy lost in possibly the worst fashion in NFL history Monday night. Not only because they gave up a kick-six, but also because Baltimore was clearly offside. I’m no fan of the Browns or NFL officials. And lord knows I can’t stand the Ravens. But I am a huge fan of karma. Especially when it happens to a fan base that should forever be on The Hooded Ones enemies list.

Though to be perfectly honest with you (because I want our relationship to be built on trust), this play and that blown call gives me an excuse to post this video of a Browns fan singing Christmas carols about how much their lives suck. Like I said, the end of the Monday Night game gave me pleasure, this brings me tidings of comfort and joy. Dropping to 10-1 sucks, but at least we’re not this guy.

At least Clevelanders can take comfort in knowing that a year ago, Brett Favre said their backup QB Austin Davis is the next Tom Brady. So they got that going for them. Which is nice.


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After expecting the worst with Rob Gronkowski and Dont'a Hightower, it looks like both of those players will only miss a few weeks for the Patriots. Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss how lucky the Patriots got with this news, and also recap the Ravens/Browns Monday night Football game from last night.
Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison called into Ordway, Merloni and Fauria to talk about the Patriots Sunday night loss to the Broncos and doesn't think you ever need to question Gronk's heart or toughness when it comes to getting him back on the field.















As my man Ryan Hannable reported in the wee hours Monday, former Broncos tight end, former TV football analyst and full time Patriots hater Shannon Sharpe took to social media to spit on the Patriots grave following the bag job heartbreaking loss in Denver. Well, fortunately for us, Pats fans responded as only Pats fans can. As I’ve said before, there is no other fan base as Internet savvy, clever and fired up than the football fans of New England. And whenever someone makes the mistake of trolling them, the monkeys come flying out of the witch’s castle to swoop down, pull the stuffing out of them and throw their body parts all over the forest.

Well done, Patriots Nation. There is no time off from Defending that Wall.

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The guys discussed the latest from Belichick.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the latest ESPN on ESPN crime.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Wizards at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Mavericks at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Michigan at N.C. State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Northwestern at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maryland Eastern Shore at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Villanova at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Virginia at Ohio State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Purdue at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Miami at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Louisiana Tech at Memphis, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Maryland at North Carolina, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Wild at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Penguins at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


— The Kobe Bryant farewell tour has begun, after the Lakers legend announced Sunday that he’s retiring after the season. Thunder star Kevin Durant is ready to pay tribute to Bryant, but he’s disappointed in the lack of respect Bryant has received from the media to this point in the season. And on Monday he wasn’t shy about expressing his opinion about it.

“I’ve been disappointed this year because you guys [the media] treated him like [expletive],” Durant said. “He’s a legend, and all I hear is about how bad he’s playing, how bad he’s shooting and it’s time for him to hang it up. You guys treated one of our legends like [expletive], and I didn’t really like it. So hopefully now you can start being nice to him now that he decided to retire after this year.”

Durant, who said he idolized Bryant grown up and “wanted to be like him,” responded later Monday to backlash about his comment by elaborating on his point.

“I understand [the media] have to write about the game. Of course I understand that,” Durant said. “Kobe hasn’t played well, and his team hasn’t played well, but did we expect that from them? You did say he was the 93rd-best player in the league, you did have the Lakers as the worst team in the West, but it seems like everybody is happy that he’s going out like this. Every game he’s played on TV is about how terrible he looks, every article the next day is about how he should retire and give it up. Just killing him.

“I never hear about the Finals MVPs, the accolades. They did it for [former Yankee] Derek Jeter, they will do it for Tim Duncan when he leaves even if he’s playing bad. I know you’ve got to report the games, but you’re going too in-depth about how bad he is. You’re almost kicking him out the league.”

Added Durant: “They say I don’t get the media and how they work. Well, they never got players and how we work.”

— According to reports out of Miami, the Marlins are having internal discussions about hiring disgraced home run king Barry Bonds as their hitting coach. Bonds has worked as a special instructor for the Giants at the last two spring trainings.

Baseball’s all-time home run leader with 762 dingers, Bonds batted .298 in 22 seasons with the Pirates and Giants.

Shortly after he retired in 2007, he was indicted for lying to a grand jury investigating the BALCO performance-enhancing drugs case after he claimed he was not aware the substances he used were PEDs. He was convicted of obstruction 2011, but the conviction was overturned by a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in April.

Due to his links to PEDs, Bonds has not come close to election to the Hall of Fame, receiving just under 37 percent of votes this year (75 percent is needed).

Frank Menechino, the Marlins’ hitting coach the past two seasons, is expected to return next year, meaning the team could have two hitting coaches.

— Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor, who has had a few off-court incidents this season, will have a team security guard accompany him when he goes out, according to an ESPN report.

Okafor, who was in a fight in Boston last week, acknowledged over the weekend in a series of tweets that he needs to make better decisions. Apparently one of them is to have some protection.

“A lot of teams do that for their players anyway,” a source close to Okafor told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “So from now on, the Sixers are going to have someone at his disposal full-time.”

Another source close to Okafor told Broussard that his support crew has let the rookie know he needs to avoid putting himself in risky positions.

“We’re all over him,” the source said. “It’s tough love and support. We’re talking him he has to learn from these things.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 1, 1961, which Red Sox player was named American League Rookie of the Year after starting the season in the minors but playing so well after his call-up that he was named to the All-Star team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was a very hard loss. I don’t think I’ve ever been so visibly pissed off after a loss. And I think everyone felt the same way. Hopefully we can use it as motivation going forward.” Tom Brady, during his weekly Monday morning appearance with Dennis, Callahan & Minihane, on Sunday’s loss to the Broncos

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Celtics who scored in double figures in Monday’s 105-95 victory over the Heat

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Jazz forward Rudy Gobert skies to finish an alley-oop against the Warriors (who won for the 19th straight time to open the season).

USC football players celebrate when athletic director Pat Haden announces that interim coach Clay Helton is becoming the full-time coach.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pitcher Don Schwall, who went 15-7 with a 3.22 ERA

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gilbert O’Sullivan was born on this day in 1946.

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