Navy Ups The Uniform Game, Makes All Other Helmets Inferior Helmets
Civil War buffs roam the countryside in great herds -- most of them experts on Robert E. Lee, the Battle of Gettysburg and Ulysses S. Grant. And majority if them have written books about Lincoln.
But a precious few are aware that the Civil War was also an engagement on water, and that the U.S. Navy kicked ass. The U.S. Navy always kicks ass. And on Saturday, Dec. 12, the Naval Academy will be the first team in NCAA history to wear different helmets in the same game, as Navy takes on Army in their annual showdown, this season in Philadelphia.
The helmet designs above, for the seven different football position groups, are depicted by seven historic Navy ships. The entire uniform will be different, including this:
That's the famous quote by Union General David Farragut during his historic Naval victory at the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864. It's the 150th anniversary of that battle, won by the North and helping assure U.S. victory in the Civil War.
From the Navy release:
• Uniform font replicates the design and font used on Navy ships.
• Battleship gray color featured on the cleats, baselayer sleeves and jersey shoulders.
• Eagle, Globe and Anchor Marine Corps logo highlighted on the uniform pant.
• Baselayer features the overhead sketch of the seven Naval ships featured on the helmets.
• "Damn the Torpedoes!" scripted on the uniform pant and jersey hem as a reminder of the historic battle cry that rallies the U.S. Naval Fleet.
Helmet Details and Position Assignment:
• Linebacker: Cruiser- Provides anti-air defense and packs the biggest punch of Naval surface ships representative of the linebackers on the Navy football team.
• Defensive Back: Destroyer- Known for significant fire power, speed, and anti-missile defense as are Navy's defensive backs.
• Wide Receiver: Submarine- Predominantly utilized as blockers, wide receivers play a key role in driving the Navy rush attack, taking on a stealth-like persona as they blend into the rhythm of the offense but bring significant fire power when called upon, just like a Naval submarine.
• Lineman: Amphibious Assault Ships- Just as a lineman's job is the create a hole for a running back or linebacker, these ships are utilized to establish the "beach head" that enables the invading force to gain access and ultimately accomplish their objective.
• Quarterback: Aircraft Carrier- The QB of the Naval Fleet, the aircraft carrier is the ultimate decision maker; the "quick strike" weapon of the Naval fleet.
• Running Back: Littoral Combat Ship- Like running backs, these fast and nimble ships can navigate through both crowded shallow and deep waters.
• Kicker/Special Teams: Minesweeper- Much like the specific task of the Navy special teams, this small ship has a unique mission of identifying and eliminating mines.
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