MILWAUKEE – This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed, limited-edition Army vs. Navy Rivalry Bobblehead ahead of the Army vs. Navy game tomorrow. The bobblehead features Army Black Knights mascot Army Mule and Navy Midshipmen mascot Bill the Goat squaring off on a football field with the Army vs. Navy Rivalry logo.
The special edition bobblehead is being released in conjunction with the 124th meeting on the football field between the teams on Saturday, December 9th at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The bobblehead is being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is an official licensee of the United States Military Academy and United States Naval Academy.
The mascots are standing side-by-side on a football field base that reads “Army vs. Navy” and crossing their arms while sporting their team colors. The football field features the official Army vs. Navy logo at 50 yard-line and the logos of the teams in endzones. Each bobblehead is individually numbered to 1,890 – in honor of the year of the first-ever matchup in the rivalry – and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads, which are expected to ship in February, are $50 each, plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.
Regarded as one of the most enduring rivalries in college football, Army-Navy is traditionally the last NCAA Division I game played in the regular season. The Army-Navy game has been frequently attended by sitting U.S. presidents and has been nationally televised each year since 1945. Army and Navy first met on the football field on November 29th, 1890. The teams have met annually all but five years since then, and in every season since 1930. The game had been held at several locations throughout its history but is primarily played in Philadelphia. The 2023 installment on December 9th at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, will mark the first time in the 124-year history of “America’s Game” that it will be played in New England, and only the third time it will take place outside of the Mid-Atlantic region. The teams have split the last four meetings and Navy leads the all-time series, 62-54-7.
For much of the first two-thirds of the 20th century, Army and Navy were often national powers, and the game occasionally had national title implications. In 1963, shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the game was postponed one week and played on December 7th, also coinciding with the 22nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. In front of a crowd of 102,000 in Philadelphia’s Municipal Stadium, junior quarterback Roger Staubach led No. 2 Navy to a thrilling 21-15 victory that clinched a Cotton Bowl national championship matchup with Texas. The game also featured the first use of instant replay on television. The Army-Navy game is especially emotional for the seniors since it is typically the last competitive regular season football game they will ever play.
“We’re thrilled to be unveiling this bobblehead commemorating the historic and fierce rivalry between Army and Navy on the football field,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “The Army-Navy game is always one to watch during the college football season, and we think fans of ‘America’s Game’ along with all of the current and former cadets and midshipmen will love this bobblehead!”
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