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Decision on Army-BC game expected by noon Thurs.

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With the government shutdown in the midst of its second day, the fate of a pair of college football games remains in limbo.

Yesterday, the Department of Defense “suspended all intercollegiate competitions at the nation’s service academies,” meaning the Air Force-Navy game in Annapolis and Army-Boston College game in Chestnut Hill have, for all intents and purposes, been canceled.  While all sides — well, except for the politicians who created the mess in the first place — are attempting to come up with a resolution that would allow the games to go off as planned, pessimism is quickly gaining on optimism.

In a statement released by BC athletic director Brad Bates late Wednesday morning, it’s readily apparent that the financial ramifications brought on by the shutdown are not the be-all, end-all of the situation.

“We have been considering and engaging all possibilities in order to play Saturday’s football game, including offering financial assistance to Army for travel,” Bates’ statement read. “We have been told by officials at the US Military Academy, however, that this is not solely a financial decision.”

What Bates is referring to is what his counterpart at Navy alluded to Tuesday: perception.

It’s a perception thing. Apparently it doesn’t resonate with all the other government agencies that have been shut down,” Navy AD Chet Gladchuk said according to the Capital Gazette.

Of course, a pair of meaningless football games pale in comparison to hundreds of thousands of federal workers losing their paychecks for X amount of days/weeks.  Then again, Navy’s athletic department stands to lose in excess of $4 million if this weekend’s game is cancelled, so the shutdown would hit the academy’s non-revenue sports as well — especially if the shutdown pushes deeper into the month and costs the school(s) additional home-game revenue.

Regardless, a final decision on whether or not either of the two games involving the three service academies will be played is expected to come no later than noon ET on Thursday.

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6 Responses to “Decision on Army-BC game expected by noon Thurs.”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 2, 2013 12:58 PM

    This needs to end….. I try to not be political but this is one party holding the country hostage in order to change a law they don’t like.

    I’m also APPALLED that Congress is still getting paid while hundreds of thousands of governement workers are trying to figure out if they can pay their mortgage this month.

  2. raiderufan says: Oct 2, 2013 1:38 PM

    How much is this gonna effect BC in revenue? They must have to pay tickets back or offer them to another game…no concessions….the surrounding businesses….

    Every single step of this shut down is pathetic.

    Obama ran with Obamacare on his docket and we the people voted him into office….twice. These arrogant can’t admit defeat republicans are going to ruin this nation simply to try and never have to work with the “other side” and admit the people voted this way.

    Keep stomping your feet and praying in front of buildings. We see you….trust me. We see you.

  3. irishdodger says: Oct 2, 2013 1:47 PM

    If you fans think this is all the doings of one party then you are delusional lemmings. Both parties of ignorant egomaniacs share the blame in this. This could be settled in five minutes if we had men & women of character who truly understand the meaning of the term “leader” negotiating this. President Reagan & Speaker Tip O’Neill were able to do this. So was President Clinton & Speaker Gingrich. I find it ironic that a few weeks ago we were told that we had plenty of money to wage war in Syria…yet we don’t have the money to avoid a government shutdown? The shutdown should only apply to the members of Congress & the White House while the rest of government does their job. The less our politicians do, the less they f**k up.

  4. theflyingtad says: Oct 2, 2013 1:58 PM


    All those republicans were elected too…Most of which ran that they would try to have the law stopped.

    The blame does not lie on either party but every elected idiot in DC.

  5. mogogo1 says: Oct 2, 2013 6:26 PM

    This is the second article on this topic and neither has addressed a pretty central point. Namely, what does this mean in terms of wins and losses? My assumption is that these would be forfeits, meaning teams like BC would effectively be getting bye weeks plus a W. Pretty sweet deal for them but kind of stinks if you’ve already played your service academy game and/or your opponents are getting extra time to prepare for you.

    Notre Dame plays Air Force and Navy back-to-back later this month. What would Pitt’s chances be with Notre Dame having two weeks off to prepare for them?

  6. roseann894 says: Oct 2, 2013 8:36 PM

    Heaven forbid we should interfere with any military-related activities while poor, disproportionately minority citizens are deprived of necessary govt. benefits and services.

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