I’m going to be honest, my heart’s not in it this week. Superlatives are meant to be a celebration of the Army Team’s effort to build esprit de corps. Well, I, like many Army fans, am disheartened at the 3-week losing streak we have found ourselves in. Yes, Army played better than the WKU showing. But, the general trend as Army heads toward AF and Navy is disconcerting to say the least. There’s still hope. It’s just a difficult time as we lay down and “bleed awhile.”
Final score. pic.twitter.com/mhyxzEHkAQ
— Army Football (@ArmyWP_Football) October 20, 2019
I’m going to give out some abbreviated Superlatives. Why? Because, I’m not a fan of gallows humor. Perhaps, the current situation isn’t quite so dire. Like I said earlier, my enthusiasm just isn’t fully up to the task this Sunday evening (the Chicago Bears’ performance didn’t help either). Danno put together a good recap of the game if you haven’t already checked it out.
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Now, let’s get to the Superlatives!
Sandon McCoy – Airborne Badge
This one is “roll your eyes” easy. Dude, you went up and over the pile to get 6 points on 4th and goal. This effort led to some really cool pictures. Moreover, I loved how you ran the ball gaining 71 yards on 19 carries and 2 TDs. Enjoy throwing these wings on your uniform and just know you went the less risky route (easier on the knees).
— Army Football (@ArmyWP_Football) October 20, 2019
Dan Ellington – Boonie Hat
BLUF: I was very surprised to see your passing stat line given the weather conditions on Saturday. You went 20/28 for 232 yards and 3 passing TDs. Well done! So, every quiet professional deserves a quality boonie hat to drip rain as he silently goes about his business. It looks really cool for coming out of ponds and swamps and stuff. Enjoy!
GSU and Army tied at 14-14 at halftime.
— GSU Football (@GeorgiaStateFB) October 20, 2019
Army Defense – Sick Call Check Up
Gents, y’all haven’t looked the same since Tulane. I want you to report to sick call because something isn’t right. Have the medic take a look even though he’ll just prescribe some extra strength Ibuprofen. Maybe it’ll be the extra boost you guys need to get the confidence back. We want the swagger back! SJSU will be a perfect game to recapture that feeling.
Jakobi Buchanon- Ball Control AI
Basic Rule of Army Offense: Hold onto that ball! Getting that start as a Plebe can be intimidating, but you can’t give up the ball like that! Report to diagonal walk for some ball control AI. The Corps will train you up by punching at the ball while you jog diagonal walk. After roughly 4,000 cadets getting a swing, you’ll never make the mistake of fumbling again.
FUMBLE! Defense forces a turnover as @remy_lazarus falls on the loose ball.
7-7 | 8:35 | 2Q pic.twitter.com/D9aIKXqUh7
— GSU Football (@GeorgiaStateFB) October 19, 2019
Brent Davis – Offensive Operations Refresher
Coach, we don’t know what’s going on. The Offense is entirely predictable which allowed an average GA ST defense to shore up in the second half. I think you’ve lost sight of the characteristics of offensive operations. We need concentration, audacity, tempo and surprise (*adds emphasis to surprise). Granted, the reverse worked… after running it how many times before? Much like the masked naked man, the offense is running without an identity. Cadets are cheering but it’s not something anyone really wants to look at… Let’s recapture those doctrinal offensive characteristics. We’re going to need them!
GA ST Grounds Keeper – Laundry Duty
Why are our jersey’s getting stained on a turf field? Were some poor privates on paint detail touching up the logos just before kickoff? Either way, the grounds keeper has been assigned to laundry duty in response to the added inconvenience for our superb equipment staff. Just make sure he brushes up on his knowledge!
Army Fans – Call For Fire Trainer
I was very proud to see how stubbornly resilient Army fans were on Saturday. The chilly Georgia rain did not stop the tailgating festivities. Admittedly, alcohol does help one forget about the cold and the damp. Nevertheless, this week’s superlative is geared toward Army Fans’ expectations. We have been spoiled in the golden era of Coach Monken. 10+ win season’s are not the norm at Army. The goal is to break .500. Maybe this is just the process of bracketing fires so that we can get consistent 7-8 win seasons and fire for effect. That is the standard and it’s still attainable.
ESPN+ – Goats of the Week
Do y’all work in Taylor Hall? Because it seems like you want to take Cadets’ money and supply a substandard product. Seriously? Y’all couldn’t have prepared even a little for this game you placed behind a paywall? It was just bad. It made people want to go back to Stadium. ESPN, you need to fix this going forward!
The O-Club is temporarily closed until morale improves (namely, mine).
That’s all for this week.
We’ll provide more reaction and analysis from the game next week as well as a Tulane preview on the Army Football Show (via Stitcher, Spotify, or iTunes) next Thursday. The Night Before the Night Before!
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