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Football rivalry kicked off 122.
Years ago and today.
They're set to square off once again in the book when Saturday mattered most author mark -- talks about a memorable.
Army season and the importance of this game -- us now is the author.
Mark -- he's in 1991 West Point graduate and Sports Illustrated.
Editor and writer let's talk about the importance of this game for we'll get them -- -- second on -- talk about that game.
You point out it's the last college football game this season the only game played on this Saturday why -- that.
That's important because this game was tremendously important in -- in the landscape of college football for.
No more than half of the twentieth century and it's still.
That's -- -- everybody in the college football you know world looks towards and it's on their calendars got to sort of the end of the the end of like that you know business part of college football season and the beginning of the -- -- -- Army navy game and it's irritated it was a bowl of its own and -- the guys who played today it certainly is the same.
Sure now let's let let's talk about what went.
Interest -- -- when Saturday mattered most Saturday still matters -- dozens of Saturday matters tremendously but but the point was that this was 1958 -- a month after the the -- because the midshipmen -- six in Philadelphia.
Johnny Unitas and the colts keep it the giants in overtime in the greatest game ever played in the NFL.
From that point when from a regional sideshow to a to a national.
Pastime of its -- and and the money became.
Insane and the guys who went army and in 1958 -- -- -- that season.
That there's there's sort of a popular stop looking at a military academies -- -- sort of the beginning of the end.
For service -- football -- to lead day one -- but good football players wanted to play football there none of these guys thought about where they were gonna play professional for price.
And after that after 58 and at that season that I thought that owns -- 58 talk about that season record.
-- -- and NATO and one you know they -- Teddy B Notre Dame this is the last army team ever to be ignored and the last whenever -- go undefeated the last ever to be ranked number one.
The last ever -- a Heisman Trophy winner which they did in Pete Dawkins there there halfback.
And -- you know they -- Navy baby to have rice who is a very good team -- Garcia tie they -- Pittsburgh and Mike Ditka who who was some.
A -- -- that you know is his fourth or fifth game.
Of his college career and he was a force.
And army you know went in there with some injuries and cut talk -- you do that -- a -- talk to us about the importance to the country of the army navy football game.
I had the importance of the country is a you know especially in 58.
In the forties when -- these pictures yet secure which are so nice.
You know that those those teams were close to the country in a lot of ways in the sense that.
Your world war two and the Korean War are fresh in the American mind and most divorce close to -- served in -- -- both.
And so you know army -- was not just.
You know I came by two schools that you had nothing to do it.
I mean it was in many ways -- that everybody in the country had some anyway.
And so did the addition to being two of the top teams in the country.
It was also -- -- game it was tremendously important people for a lot of other reasons besides football.
And he viewpoint on the book they this this team to 58 team went.
And it being ranked number three nationally that's -- they didn't want to go they didn't want to play championship game because it would be destruction.
That was one reason you know that they academy -- Blake the coach was the sort of on board with that decision.
Because he was pretty tired by the end of the year but.
But the academic demands on cadets and they felt that -- already done enough.
During the regular season and and wanted to go to a bowl game and take the extra time which was still a month of preparation.
The last -- -- -- army football when Saturday mattered most mark beach -- thank you very much Eric thank you very much pleasure here.
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