On this week’s episode of “Yards and Stripes,” Price Atkinson takes a look back at last week’s service academy football games and is joined by Navy play-by-play announcer Pete Medhurst.
At the beginning of this week’s podcast, Price makes a special announcement about next week’s podcast and the coverage he will have for the Army vs. Navy game. Then he gets into last weekend’s games as he recaps Navy’s 24-14 loss at Houston on Black Friday and Air Force’s 38-35 win over Utah State on “Senior Day.”
Then it’s on to the featured interview of the week as he chats with Medhurst about the Navy’s latest setback, falling to Houston and now having lost 5 of their last 6 games. In addition, they discuss what’s happened to Navy after their 5-0 start and 48-45 win over Air Force? Is a 6-5 overall record considered a disappointment by Navy’s high standards continually exceeded by head coach Ken Niumatalolo, and how difficult is it for Army and Navy to game plan for each other when the teams are so similar and coaches on both sides have worked together?
Up next, Price gives you a recap of the annual Army-Navy press conference, which was held in Philadelphia this week ahead of the 118th meeting between the two teams. Hear from former Philadelphia Eagles QB Ron Jaworski on his first encounter with the Army-Navy Game, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo on why the game in Philadelphia is special plus Army head coach Jeff Monken on why this is the most special rivalry in all of sports (regardless of level).
Also on this week’s podcast, Price wraps up the show with “Faces Of The Fallen” honoring a 2005 Naval Academy graduate killed on January 25, 2015 in a helicopter crash outside of Twentynine Palms, California.