SCREAMIN’ FROM THE CHEAP SEATS – DECEMBER 15
By Leo Haggerty
For the first time since 2003, Knights Sports Productions and/or Its Sports Magazine was not represented at the Army – Navy game. Because the game was moved from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to West Point, the number of media credentials was extremely limited because of the reduced size of the press box at Michie Field on the campus of the United States Military Academy. Also, photo journalists were not even allowed on the sidelines so their presence was almost nonexistent.
The main reason the game was moved from Philly was because it was decreed that games in The City of Brotherly Love would be played with no fans. That was a direct result of a spike in Covid-19 positive test results in the area.
So, how did moving it to the state of New York, that has the same restriction, allow no limit on the number of fans, with a majority being cadets and midshipmen, that could attend. My good friends, let me enlighten you to how that transpired.
Technically, the land where the USMA is located is considered federal land. That eliminated any state or local restrictions on fan attendance and permitted both schools to bring the full contingent of their boisterous student body.
Our entire contingent (one year we had seven press credentials which was the most of ANY media outlet) had to watch the game from afar. Honestly, that saddened us because it’s just not our style.
Hopefully, things will get back close to normal for the 2021 game. That will allow KSP/ISM to start a new streak in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium.
Below is just a brief taste of the pictures that have been taken by our photo-journalist, Kevin Novak, at one of the contest. Look for an entire collage in the very near future that will encompass a score (see Gettysburg Address if you need to do the math) of tilts.
It will definitely give you a sense of the pomp and pageantry that surrounds one of the great college football rivalries of all time. Enjoy.
I’m not usually a fan of the players in National Basketball Association. On almost all occasions when a player has fulfilled the requirements of his contract, he’s off to a larger market in a warmer climate for an obscene amount of money. Gives the impression that “The Association” has a bunch of overpaid prima donnas, right?
Well, I have to tip my hat to the Milwaukee Bucks and their National Basketball Association superstar MVP for the last two seasons Giannis Antetokounmpo. The team stepped to plate and proposed a full supermax contract, a five year deal that will pay “The Greek Freak” $228 million with an opt-out after the fourth year, and Giannis agreed to stay in Wisconsin.
In a Twitter and Instagram post, #34 stated, “This is my home, this is my city. I’m blessed to be able to be part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 5 years. Let’s make these years count. The show goes on, let’s get it.”
From my perspective, it’s nice to see a player committing to the teams that took the chance to draft him. Now, for the next handful of seasons and possibly beyond, the Bucks can work to surround their star player with talent so they can win an NBA Championship.
Stay put and let management bring players to you. There’s a novel though.
Let’s hope other high profile players follow this example. The NBA will be much better off in the long run.
The Cleveland Indians have decided to change their name. Not immediately but after the 2021 season at the earliest.
My thought is that the name isn’t the problem but the logo. To the team’s credit, Chief Wahoo (you can see the logo below) is a very demeaning representation of a very proud cultural group.
If the Cleveland baseball team would design a logo that was a more of a depiction of strength and not a cartoonist characticure, the name may be able to stay. Here’s my suggestion.
As Bob Uecker said in Major League, “Let me here you Cleveland.” Encourage the submission of mascot drawings and maybe one of them would solve this dilemma. Isn’t that worth a try?
That’s enough for today. Stay safe