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Navy Humor

A one-minute Spirit Spot production by the media department aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) for the 2017 Army-Navy college football game. (U.S. Navy video/Released)

Please send other fun links showing Navy humor to We will post them on the website. They do not have to relate to the Army-Navy game.

Several of ATI’s instructors have graduated from or taught at the Navy Academy, so it is obvious that we will root for the USNA.

We also have 2 son-in-laws actively serving in the Navy surface warfare fleet, so it is obvious that we will be biased for the USNA. We will try to be somewhat fair, as our third son-in-law is a retired Army EOD specialist, who is still in the active reserve.

Follow Navy Football – Schedule

Captain Buddy Wellborn is an ATIcourses instructor, a dedicated fan of Navy Football, and a former Navy football player. He has offer us news articles that track the progress of the 2010 Navy football program.

See the notes from his course Submarines and Their Combat Systems.

Key game: Sept. 6 vs. Maryland. It’s a neutral site game at M&T Bank
Stadium in Baltimore, and it’s going to be an opening weekend statement for
each. Maryland is trying to put the miserable 2009 season, and the controversy
around the Ralph Friedgen hot seat, in the past, while Navy needs to keep
showing it can beat the average BCS teams to prove that it’s for real. To go
cliché, the Maryland game will be a tone-setter.
2010 Schedule:
Sept. 6 vs. Maryland (in B-more).
Sept. 11 Georgia Southern.
Sept. 18 at Louisiana Tech.
Sept. 25 OPEN DATE.
Oct. 2 at Air Force.
Oct. 9 at Wake Forest.
Oct. 16 SMU.
Oct. 23 vs. Notre Dame (in NJ).
Oct. 30 Duke.
Nov. 6 at East Carolina.
Nov. 13 Central Michigan.
Nov. 20 Arkansas St.
Nov. 27 OPEN DATE.
Dec. 11 vs. Army (in Philly).

Ten Best Navy Players:
1. QB Ricky Dobbs, Sr.
2. DE Jabaree Tuani, Jr.
3. SS Wyatt Middleton, Sr.
4. FB Vince Murray, Sr.
5. CB Kevin Edwards, Sr.
6. OT Jeff Battipaglia, Sr.
7. P Kyle Delahooke, Sr.
8. FS Emmett Merchant, Sr.
9. FB/KR Alexander Teic

Follow Navy Football – Expect A Winning Season

Captain Buddy Wellborn, N* ’59. (ATIcourses Instructor) is a great fan of navy Football and a former Navy football player. He has offered to write news articles about Navy football and generate summaries of each game. We will post them on our blog.


No Cell Phones
By Bill Wagner

Navy football captains Ricky Dobbs and Wyatt Middleton have come up with a symbolic way for the entire team to show solidarity as the 2010 season gets underway. Dobbs asked every member of the team to turn in their cell phone for the initial three days of preseason camp. All complied and the cell phones will be returned following the Saturday practice.

“I had an idea over the summer that I thought would embody the sacrifice that is necessary to success and involved giving up something in order to develop a close environment,” Dobbs explained.

“Those first three days are a lot of learning. Everyone turned in their phones this morning. It’s supposed to make us depend on each other more as opposed to calling a family member or someone we’re used to getting comfort from. Now we’ll have to lean on our roommate or teammate.”

Defensive captain Wyatt Middleton liked the idea and wanted to take it a step further. Navy football players have military responsibilities within Bancroft Hall and their respective companies along with academic responsibilities. When the players venture over to Ricketts Hall, it’s all about football. Therefore, Middleton felt it made no sense for players to bring their cell phones to the building in which football should be the sole focus.

“Ricketts is where we get the job done. Once we get our phones back, we’re going to leave them in the dorm. Whenever we come over to Ricketts, it’s about working on football. That’s all we’re going to focus on,” he said.

His Biography
Buddy Wellborn is a native Texan and graduated from USNA with the
Class of 1959 winning the Thompson Trophy for Athletics.
For all three of his varsity years, he played on Navy football teams with
winning seasons: 1956 (6-1-2); 1957 (9-1-1); and, 1958 (6-3). He was on
the Navy’s 1956 team that beat Notre Dame (and Heisman Trophy winner
Paul Hornung) 33-7 in Baltimore, and then the next year he was AP’s Back
of the Week for scoring all three touchdowns in Navy’s victory over Notre
Dame in South Bend. He shared the rushing honors for the Navy team that
shutout Army (Anderson and Dawkins) 14-0 in 1957, and then beat Rice
20-7 for the Cotton Bowl Championship in 1958. The next season he
scored the winning touchdown in Navy’s 20-14 victory over Michigan in
the “Big House.”