HOT BLAST: Shutting down football games, too
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Air Force and Navy from the 2012 game.
Air Force and Navy from the 2012 game.
If either Navy or Air Force were playing a top 25 team this weekend -- say, um, Alabama -- then the news that the government shutdown is likely to keep those teams off the field would be mighty big news.

That's not the case, obviously. Air Force and Navy are scheduled to face each other this weekend, but the Defense Department has suspended athletics at the academies. (Army is supposed to play Boston College, as well.) But the fact remains that the shenanigans in Washington are causing problems across the nation as government agencies -- such as the Defense Department and the service academies -- figure out how they are to proceed, if they are at all.

According to the Washington Post,"The game is sold out, and Navy athletic department officials have said they are anticipating a record crowd at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the nationally televised first leg of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. The Midshipmen won back the CIC last year after Air Force claimed it the previous two.

"Navy is planning to honor the team that went to the Cotton Bowl with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Roger Staubach 50 years ago. The Pro Football Hall of Famer is expected to attend, along with then-coach Wayne Hardin, a recent inductee into the college football Hall of Fame, and other members of the ’63 team."

In other words, the game isn't as important as politics, but it is a pretty big deal to those who care about football at the academies.

-- Phillip Tutor

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