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From: Army Times

A rebranding plan for Army athletics could mean the end of "Black Knights" as an official team name as early as next spring.

"We really want to make sure we have something that identifies regionally, nationally and internationally," Army athletic director Boo Corrigan told the (Middletown, New York) Times Herald-Record last week. He didn't speculate on possible alternatives.

An Army athletics spokesman said Corrigan had nothing to add to his published remarks, but confirmed an announcement on rebranding, which could include a name change, could come in March or April, as the spring intercollegiate athletics season comes to a close.

"Black Knights" has been the official nickname of all Army teams since 1999, but its roots go far deeper, with New York sportswriters calling the football club "The Black Knights of the Hudson" as early as the 1920s. That name would go along with the traditional "Cadets" moniker for most of Army football's history.

"When I was getting recruited ... it was almost interchangeable between the two," said Alex Moore, a captain with the 2002 Army football team whose first year at West Point was the first under the name change. "Personally, I like more the Black Knights. Cadets are great ... but I'd like a name that really encompasses the entire Army."

"Black Knights" picked up traction in the mid-1940s, during Army's run atop the college football landscape. The team went unbeaten from 1944 to 1946, cranked out back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners (Doc Blanchard in 1945, followed by Glenn Davis) and outdrew the NFL's Giants when playing in New York City.

National identification wasn't much of an issue at that point, with the team's record speaking for itself.

"It was kind of a metaphor for the U.S. Army's strength," said Jack Cavanaugh, whose half-century in journalism includes a stint covering Army football for the New York Times. He said he ran into the nickname issue while writing "Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside," a look at the Blanchard-Davis teams during the final days and aftermath of World War II, while poring through contemporary newspaper accounts that varied between team identifiers.

"Personally, I like 'Cadets' better," he said.

Rumors of a switch back to Cadets started earlier this year, Moore said, and while he might prefer Black Knights, he's fine with whatever change gets made — on one condition.

"I'm all for it if it reverses the streak against Navy," he said. "We had more success with that when we were the Cadets."

http://www.armytimes.com/story/sports/outdoors/2014/11/19/army-rebranding-ending-black-knights-west-point-football-academy-atheletics/19284403/
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LTC Paul Labrador
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Tis but a flesh wound....The Black Knight ALWAYS triumphs....!!!! ;o)
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LTC Paul Labrador
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Isn't this the kind of determination and unwillingness to surrender what we want to see out of our football players.......? ;o)
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Well played
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LTC Paul Labrador: Now that I think about it, the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail does embrace all of the Army Core values- except for Respect, of course!

Whoaaaa!
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None shall pass..... or run or lateral.....
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SGT Steve Vincent
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The Army should just change its' name to the Politicians. its' new motto could be "This is our motto.... until polls show that more people support having a new motto, in which case we will change it, until a new poll comes out and shows the first poll was right, until someone spins the new poll to show that the old poll was indeed wrong, at which case we will.. screw it, we'll just go with 'This motto for sale to highest bidder'".


Whatever happened to 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'? We are the U.S. Army; sure we have two hundred and some-odd MOS's, but all those MOS's combined work in concert towards one goal, which is to completely and utterly destroy anything and anyone who would do harm to our Nation and our Citizens. I miss the old Army commercials from when I was a kid, with Rangers and green Berets dudes, creeping through swamps and shit, all covered in cammo paint, looking like total bad asses. And the old Marines commercials with the guy stabbing the dragon and then the lightning hitting his sword and turning him into a marine in his dress uniform. Now you've got commercials of guys rolling in and dropping off aid packages and stuff in some third world shithole that can't take care of itself. Whatever happened to this country's balls? Our sense of masculinity? Oh damn, sorry, I just said a bad word... Quick, someone help me; what is a gender-neutral term for having a big set of brass balls? Anyone? No? in case nobody sees through it, that was pretty much sarcasm... pretty much...
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SSG Paul Headlee
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I should have read your post before I somnabulistically plagiarized it.
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Is this Duffle Blog?
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SGT Steve Vincent
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That was exactly my initial gut reaction to this!
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