The Washington Times - December 6, 2008, 10:45PM

Just back from Philadelphia, with a little culinary tip for anyone who happens to think going to Pat’s King of Steaks on a night it’s snowing is a good idea.

It is. It just isn’t as good an idea as when it’s not freezing in South Philly.


In any case, the two-hour drive home got me thinking about just how lopsided the series has become over the last seven years.

Yes, the average score over that span is 39.1-10.1. But an even more telling figure is the time led.

Or in the case of Army, time not led.

The Black Knights (yes, I was dating myself a little bit earlier today referring to them as the Cadets) haven’t led in the last two games; obviously, they didn’t hold an edge in a 34-0 loss today. But it’s not like the other five losses are any better.

Season Navy Tied Army
2002 53:32 6:28 0:00
2003 52:12 7:48 0:00
2004 44:23 15:37 0:00
2005 39:53 5:33 14:34
2006 49:44 6:15 4:01
2007 45:46 14:14 0:00
2008 57:08 2:52 0:00
Total 342:38  
58:47 18:35

By percentages, Navy has led 81.58 percent of the time. It’s been tied 14.00 percent of the time. Army, meanwhile, has led just 4.42 percent of the time.

None of those ties or Army leads, by the way, came after halftime.

In terms of pageantry and tradition, today was one of the coolest college football experiences I’ve had the chance to witness. To do it in Philadelphia, where so many Army-Navy games have been played, was just as neat.

But the game itself was a pummeling. And if that chart illustrates anything, a one-sided affair isn’t anything new.

—- Patrick Stevens