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Army-Navy football 2008 features best helmets ever

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With President Bush sitting comfortably in the stands, Army is currently getting shut out by Navy in the 109th meeting of the two schools on the gridiron.

Army may be getting trounced on the scoreboard, but when it comes to uniforms, Army is the hands-down victor. Sporting camouflage pants and helmets with black jerseys featuring camouflage numbers, these are some of the smartest uniforms we've seen here at Sports Pros(e). And the back of the jerseys feature the words "Duty. Honor. Country" -- a tip of the cap to General Douglas MacArthur's farewell speech to the corps of cadets at West Point in 1962.

Regarding those helmets, though, seems there's more to meet the eye. This from a Riddell statement:

The Midshipmen and Black Knights will wear Riddell helmets, including the new Revolution Speed helmet, Riddell's latest breakthrough innovation, while Army alone will don a customized digital print camouflage football helmet. The helmet, which features a proprietary camouflage printing technique, was designed in conjunction with the West Point United States Military Academy.

Shown to reduce the incidence of concussion by nearly one-third, the Riddell Revolution family of helmets features Revolution Concussion Reduction Technology, which uses three principal design elements - an offset shell, mandible extensions and energy managing Z-Pads - to provide superior protection for players on the field. Additionally, the Revolution IQ and Revolution Speed helmets utilize Riddell's proprietary push-button Quick Releaseā„¢ Face Mask Attachment System to cut cage removal time by 50 percent - a feature that certified athletic trainers are demanding.

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Where? I can't see them.

This game has been special to me since seeing Roger Staubach there in the 60's. Tho a Navy fan, I thought Army's uniforms were a great statement of who they are...Soldiers, a Team, True Patriots... Tho it was a great victory, as the game ended, I found myself praying and wishing all of them safe keeping as they go on to their futures defending our great nation.

It is not fair to characterize "Duty, Honor, Country" as a tip of the cap to General MacArthur's farewell address in 1963. "Duty, Honor, Country" is the motto of the United States Military Academy (often called West Point), and the words on the back of the uniform are a tip of the cap to the school and the values that are core to understanding it.

General MacArthur had a long and important relationship with West Point, and he certainly shared those values. The phrase, "Duty, Honor, Country," however, and all that it stands for predated the general's speech. As a matter of fact, the speech like the football jerseys had a similar intent...to showcase the values of the school.

Kevin Replies: Thanks Tom. I stand corrected.

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