Posts Tagged ‘army’

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NY Daily News- The New York Knicks will hold their training camp at the United States Military Academy for the first time since 1966.

The team says Thursday it will practice in West Point, New York, from Sept. 30 until Oct. 4 at Christl Arena.

It will be the first training camp under new coach Derek Fisher. The Knicks have been holding camp at their training center in Greenburgh in recent years after having it in Saratoga in former coach Mike D’Antoni’s first two seasons in 2008 and ‘09.

The U.S. national team practiced for a day at West Point before the Basketball World Cup.

Well it looks like basketball’s Bad News Bears are heading up to the military headquarters of our country.  What can possibly go wrong?  I’m glad you asked!

3:1- Phil Jackson leads a non-violent protest regarding the United States’ military drone policy and is forcibly removed from campus.  The seeds are planted for James Dolan to fire Jackson within the year and finally bring back Isiah Thomas.

7:1- J.R. Smith gets caught in a tweeting scandal with a female cadet when his direct message “You trying to get the rifle?” goes public.  The tabloids have a field day.

10:1- Iman Shumpert hurts his knee in the first scrimmage and is hobbled for the rest of the season while Knicks fans (including myself) tell themselves he would be an elite defender if healthy.  This has absolutely nothing to do with West Point.  It’s just Shump being Shump

10000:1- The Knicks make it through the week with no issues and start resembling a contender in the Eastern Conference.

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ESPN- The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Alejandro Villanueva, a 6-foot-9 defensive lineman who spent the past four years as an active member of the United States Army and most recently served as a U.S. Army Ranger.

The Eagles announced the move Monday, saying in a news release that Villanueva signed a rookie free-agent contract. 

The 277-pound Villanueva served three tours in Afghanistan. He was recently promoted to captain.

The Eagles watched Villanueva, 25, perform at a regional combine in Detroit last month. He last played football in 2009 for Army as a wide receiver, converting to that position before his senior season.

Villanueva served as the Black Knights’ offensive captain in 2009 and led the team in receptions (34), yards (522) and touchdowns (five). He began his career at Army as a reserve defensive lineman and transitioned to left tackle in 2008, starting all 12 games at that position as a junior.

I love this signing for the Eagles and hate it as a Giants fan.  This guy is a GIGANTIC football player who was also an Army ranger.  He played college football in West Point, NY and did so very well at a bunch of positions.  The closest team to West Point is named the GIANTS.  Match made in freaking heaven, right?  I don’t know what Jerry Reese was doing the last few months, but it wasn’t scouting local giant badass heroes.

I think most Giants fans can agree that the Eagles have been our biggest rival the last 15 years or so.  Every year I pay attention to their moves more than any other non-Giants team.  I was stoked when Chip Kelly turned them down, then crushed when he pulled a 180 and became their coach.  This isn’t a surefire signing for the Iggles, but I sure wish it was a Big Blue signing instead.  It’s not every day that a 6’9″ former US Army Ranger who is good at football is available to your team.