Members of the Navy Midshipman climb into the stands after defeating the Army Black Knights in the 111th edition of the Army Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field. Navy defeated Army 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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I'm not sure what this says about our nation's cyber-security readiness, but it does add another nice footnote to the Army-Navy rivalry.
Someone, presumably an Army fan, hacked into the United States Naval Academy's email account and sent a mass note trolling Midshipmen everywhere in advance of Saturday's game in Philadelphia.
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"Greetings," the note begins. "In preparation for the humiliating defeat Army will be dealing to us in the near future, I have some guidance to pass down."
The rest of the email:
"First: when we stage for march-on, we need to clean up our act. The internet has us pegged as dirty slobs - this year, we need to bring trash bags and clean up after ourselves. From what I understand, Army is embarrassed to even be associated with us.
Second: clean up the actual march-on. Please at least pretend to be in the military. Dress right dress, don't talk at attention, etc. Seriously, this one is too easy.
Third: we need to have better accountability of our goats. This is also very embarrassing.
Fourth: when Army sings second, we will be respectful and professional.
Fifth: we need to be better at cyber.
Finally, I award you all with PMI (sleep ins) until Christmas. Maybe even a little longer, depending on how morale is going after Army defeats us on Saturday.
Go Army, Sink Navy!"
It's official: Army has won the prank war in this year's rivalry.
Bill the Goat, Navy's mascot, was stolen two weeks ago and left "attached to a median near the Pentagon," according to Joshua Stewart of the Navy Times. West Point claimed to have "no official knowledge" of the goat-napping.
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"At this time, we are unaware of who may have taken the goat, but it could be related to the Army-Navy game Dec. 8," a Navy spokeswoman told the paper.
"Bill the Goat has been a part of our 10-game winning streak against Army, so we are glad to have him back before the big game next week," she continued.
Per the Navy Times:
"[The manager of the farm Bill the Goat calls home] learned about the heist when he was visited by an officer from the Academy on Saturday morning. He learned that the goat was found tied up somewhere along a median strip on Army Navy Drive in Arlington, Va. Authorities moved the Angora goat, who was in good condition, to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, where Jordan picked him up."
Now, can Army actually beat Navy on the football field? The Midshipmen have won 10 in a row, all but two by 14 or more points, and enter Saturday's game at 7-4 to Army's 2-9. Emails and stolen goats won't save you now, Cadets.