Nothing says tradition in football like the Army-Navy game. Played for the first time on this date in 1890, it’s one of the oldest rivalries in football. The one difference this rivalry has over the others in college football is that this is usually the last competitive football game these players will play in thier senior season, due to the fact they are committed to serve their country after the completion at their respected acadamies and are usually too old to play in the NFL after this is met. There are some exceptions, of course. Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach played for the Dallas Cowboys in the 70s. He is the most famed exception to this rule.
Traditionally, this game is the last regular season game of the college season. The Navy leads the series with 56 wins, 49 losses, and seven ties, and has dominated for the last decade. However, this is a game to watch, because these teams never keep anything on the field when it’s all said and done.
To celebrate the birth date of this college football tradition, I have found a drink that’s been around awhile. This recipe comes from David A. Embry’s 1948 book, “The Fine Art of Making Drinks”. If you’re a gin drinker, you may want to put this on your “Must Try” lists. The orgeat (almond) syrup and lemon juice that are introduced to this cocktail give you a light yet, but busy, flavor you’ll surely want to make a tradition.
Army and Navy Cocktail
2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
1/4 oz. Orgeat (Almond) Syrup
Method: Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well, then strain into a cocktail glass. Take a lemon rind and twist it over the drink, rub the rim with the twist before dropping it into the drink.
This Day in History:
1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.
1890 – The first Army – Navy game was played in West Point, NY. Navy won 24 – 0.
1929 – Exactly three years after flying over the North Pole (1926), Lt. Commander Richard Byrd flew over the South Pole, leading the first team to accomplish this feat.
1994 – Seoul celebrated its 600th anniversary as the capital of Korea.
Vin Scully, the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for many years, was born on this day in 1927.
“Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.” – Vin Scully
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