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Games in all sports at service academies suspended


As it turns out, the Air Force-Navy game isn’t the only one facing cancellation.

In a press release sent out a short time ago, Navy announced that the Department of Defense has suspended all intercollegiate competitions at the nation’s service academies due to the government shutdown.  At the very least, the Air Force-Navy game as well as Army’s game at Boston College are in danger of being canceled.

As far as the former contest is concerned, the Navy wrote in its release that the academy “will cancel contests as appropriate and notification on Saturday’s football game against Air Force will be made public prior to 12 noon on Thursday.”

If the shutdown bleeds into next week, Air Force’s game against San Diego State Thursday night — a Mountain West showdown, no less — would be in jeopardy as well thanks to the DOD edict.  Two days later, Navy travels to Duke while Army hosts Eastern Michigan, both of which could also be canceled.

Unlike previous reports, Navy’s release made no distinction between traveling to games or home contests; ALL “intercollegiate competitions” are suspended until further notice.

Additionally, the release did not use the word “postpone” when discussing the shutdown’s potential impact on games, football or otherwise.  The word “cancel” was used twice, although there appears to be some wiggle room depending on the duration of the shutdown.

“Tonight’s soccer game against Howard has been cancelled,” Navy’s release stated. “It is not known at this time if the game will be made up or not.”

Presumably, the same holds true for any football games that are at least temporarily canceled.

UPDATED 1:59 p.m. ET: With the subject line of “Air Force intercollegiate teams will not travel during partial government shutdown,” the Colorado Springs service academy released a statement addressing the situation it finds itself in thanks to politics.  Air Force is still holding out hope that home games will be played, although the DOD decree suggests otherwise.

At this time, travel for all intercollegiate athletics is cancelled – this includes the Air Force-Navy game on Saturday, 5 Oct. 

The Air Force Academy Falcons will attempt to play all home intercollegiate athletic contests but those may be cancelled, as well. Academy officials are working with Mountain West Conference officials, those teams the Falcons were scheduled to play and officials at The Department of the Air Force to make up as many games as possible.

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26 Responses to “Games in all sports at service academies suspended”
  1. ahugusf says: Oct 1, 2013 12:52 PM

    so the athletes will not take the field unless their check clears? Investigation !

  2. mogogo1 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:00 PM

    This late in the season, rescheduling games would be extremely hard. And I’m assuming these would technically be forfeits, correct?

    Interesting possibility: Notre Dame plays Air Force and Navy back-to-back the last two Saturdays in October. They’d potentially have one game in a full month because they have a bye in that span, as well.

  3. normtide says: Oct 1, 2013 1:09 PM

    I don’t get political here, it’s not three place. But my God, the government is shutting down? Both parties are so hell bent to beat the other that they will out our nation through this? I’m not just talking football, that’s the least of it. I’m telling you, we as a nation are at a crux. Start fixing things RIGHT NOW, because things will be too far gone very soon. Fire both parties. Don’t let pop culture distract you, Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

  4. drummerhoff says: Oct 1, 2013 2:01 PM

    The least productive House of Representatives in the history of the country …

    This is what we get when we elect people to govern who hate government.

  5. normtide says: Oct 1, 2013 2:18 PM

    Take off the blinders, it’s both sides. Every part of this government has failed. I dislike both parties. This is a total failure. Do not blindly follow any party.

  6. briguy5 says: Oct 1, 2013 2:27 PM

    This is the oldest trick in the book. Whenever the government wants something they don’t get (like more money from taxpayers) they throw a temper tantrum and take away something high profile like White House public tours or access to national parks.

  7. Deb says: Oct 1, 2013 2:34 PM

    I’m a very political creature but won’t get into politics here because this is my safe place. But was just thinking earlier today that it’s times like these when I’m so thankful God’s given me this amazing sport through the years as an escape from cancer, family crises, financial crises, world crises, etc. If it interferes with football, it’s time to start slapping people.

  8. noaxetogrind says: Oct 1, 2013 2:52 PM

    I agree with you Deb so I will not make an overtly political statement in terms of blaming either party. What I will say is that the 2 party system is antiquated and broken. It was started when a majority of the electorate was not privy to important facts because there was no network TV and no internet. I am now a registered independent. I vote for the candidate who I think loves our country more than he/she loves power. I judge every issue on its own merit, not whether it is liberal or conservative. Let’s start electing patriots and not career politicians. How about term limits for everybody, congress cannot exempt themselves from anything that the voters cannot exempt themselves from(like they have with this health care package) and courts interpreting law as oppossed to legislating law for a start.

  9. drummerhoff says: Oct 1, 2013 2:57 PM

    Take off the blinders:

  10. jgaltesq says: Oct 1, 2013 3:02 PM

    What do you want to bet that Air Force One is still operating, ready to whisk Dear Leader to another fabulous vacation? The Congresscritters will have access to Air Force transport to fly home and do whatever it is they do there. They should stay home and Navy/Air Force/Army should play.

  11. dickroy says: Oct 1, 2013 3:04 PM

    God bless you Deb!

  12. micklethepickle says: Oct 1, 2013 3:55 PM

    You’d think that with government $$$, the Service Academies would be able to buy a solid roster and actually compete, 😀

    Just kidding. I know “student athletes” are all of upright moral character and would never break the rules…

    Go Dawgs!

  13. Deb says: Oct 1, 2013 4:27 PM

    Thank you, dickroy!

    Like noaxetogrind, I’m also registered independent, with no party affiliation. drummerhoff, I try not to let the corporate shenanigans of the NFL and the NCAA interfere with my enjoyment of what happens on the field. Goodell makes that difficult at times. But he, too, will go away … eventually.

  14. philliephaninva says: Oct 1, 2013 5:37 PM

    Oh, no they didn’t! I can see a number of congress critters being voted out of office because of this one thing.

  15. hatesycophants says: Oct 1, 2013 6:04 PM

    The Affordable Care Act is law. It has been properly legislated and adjudicated.

    Some of the same tactics were used to derail Medicare/Medicaid.

    Get the F over it.

  16. normtide says: Oct 1, 2013 7:36 PM

    Inter racial relationships were once banned, by haw. Forced internships were once law. Slavery was once law. Should I go on? Lucky for this nation, people didn’t just get the f over it.

    For the record, not totally against the entire law. I’m not do upset over it that I want the gov to shut down.

    My point is, party politics is flawed. People blindly following any party is idiotic. Process any and every issue for yourself. Don’t simply follow party lines.

    Final thought. The first thing cut should have been politician paychecks.

  17. normtide says: Oct 1, 2013 7:40 PM

    Last thing, then I end my political talk here.

    Obamacare isn’t the problem. It only illuminates the true problem. Two groups of politicians worried more about defeating each other than serving this nation. That’s democrats and republicans

  18. hatesycophants says: Oct 1, 2013 9:21 PM

    You’re comparing the effort to provide health care insurance to 37 million uninsured to slavery? Your limited understanding of slavery notwithstanding, the comparison is comically ignorant. Well done, sir!

  19. normtide says: Oct 1, 2013 9:29 PM

    The argument was about the fact that if something is a law, it’s automatically right. You couldn’t argue it, so you attacked my character. I’m afraid that reveals more about you than it does me.

    If it’s such a great thing, why is it that any one with any political power is exempt from it? Maybe, in your supreme wisdom, you can just answer that instead of calling names.

  20. hatesycophants says: Oct 2, 2013 12:53 PM

    You don’t expect anyone to believe that aptly pointing out the comically ignorant nature of your comparison constitutes an attack on your character or name calling, do you? You’re very sensitive.

    The Congress (I assume that’s what you meant by “anyone with political power”?) is exempt for the same reason a hundred million other Americans are exempt. They are covered by their current employer.

    Perhaps you would be less offended if I called your comparison and apparent understanding of the law intellectually lazy? I apologize. Your comparison is intellectually lazy and impressively so. Well done!

  21. normtide says: Oct 2, 2013 1:09 PM

    Wow, look, it’s obvious you know little about this law. People that already have insurance are not exempt from the rules and regulations of it. Take a few days and actually read it. Best of luck going forward.

  22. hatesycophants says: Oct 2, 2013 2:59 PM

    You can’t be serious. My work requires me to be familiar with the terms of the Affordable Care Act which relate to Long Term Care for the physically and developmentally disabled and frail elder community. I don’t know anyone who has read every word of this complex legislation. I know several people, I am one them, who have read the synopses prepared by the CBO and CMS.

    You’re starting to sound like a freaking idiot… Sorry, intellectually lazy.

    Now, that could be considered name calling. We know how sensitive you are, so I’ll apologize for your hurt feelings in advance.

  23. normtide says: Oct 2, 2013 3:59 PM

    Instead of making a single point, you resort to questioning my intellect. I have a hard time believing your educated in the full law. But this is the internet, so yes, your an expert. I stand by my original statement. Exemptions are written into the law itself, for certain people. These people have political clout. I also say again, not against the idea of universal healthcare, just like I’m not against food subsidies and a few other programs. I’m not a fan of a lot of things written in this one. You keep toting that party line though. You call me a fool, yet your told what to think.

    Anyway, back to football talk.

  24. hatesycophants says: Oct 2, 2013 5:15 PM

    If “your” so certain of these FoxNews-induced concerns, please direct us to the actual “exemptions for people with clout” in the act. We’ll wait….

  25. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 3, 2013 10:17 AM

    Normtide…. I’m pretty sure you’re wrong on this. Congress is not exempt from Obamacare. In fact, if I’m correct, unlike any other employer in the country, the law actually mandates that Congress participate in the Obamacare exchanges.

    @normtide… I do agree with you that both sets of politicians are more worried about winning than doing what’s right for this country.

  26. normtide says: Oct 3, 2013 11:20 AM

    The semantics may be wrong. Congress is exempt from certain parts of the law. Employer funding for their exchanges, to start.

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