The Army-Navy match-up is one of the greatest rivalries in college football, challenging Ohio State-Michigan, Yale-Harvard, Oklahoma-Texas or Alabama-Auburn as one of the most anticipated matchups in the sport.
In fact, USA Today named Army-Navy as the best college football rivalry.
However, the Mountain West commissioner is not all that happy with the two academies. In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the commissioner explained his disinterest with the late-season scheduling of the game — which comes one week after championship weekend.
“Let’s say everything is delayed a week, that gives a Mountain West team seven days, from Saturday to Saturday, to go to the Las Vegas Bowl. It’s hard enough now on Dec. 5 having barely a couple of full weeks to get ready for it. One week would be, c’mon,” Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said.
While the commissioner has valid reasoning, this is yet another challenge between the tradition of football with the money-grabbing mindset in today’s game.
Over the past few years, we have seen some of the best rivalries in sports vanish. Notre Dame-Michigan provided a great game year in and year out and it ended with Notre Dame to the ACC. The Backyard Brawl between Pittsburgh and West Virginia ended with the Mountaineers moving to the Big 12. Even the Lone Star Showdown’s brief history was ended with the Aggies joining the SEC.
College tradition is being ousted by money in a sport that is supposed to be about the love of the game. It might be different if Navy was challenging for a national championship every year, but a discussion of one of the lowest bowl games in a time where even more teams are playing bowl games is outright ludicrous.
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