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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