Since you can forget about pro football in New York this season, get your football fix with a college game in, of all places, Yankee Stadium. Army Black Knights vs. UConn Huskies is the first-ever college football matchup at the new stadium, and may be an antidote for those still missing the baseball postseason. The origins of Army’s West Point cadets are unlike any other: Their colors were inspired by gunpowder: charcoal, potassium nitrate, and sulfur — black, gray, and gold. And while this may seem politically incorrect today, don’t forget that not only did West Point inspire John Ford’s The Long Gray Line, the academy was around to graduate the likes of Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Even its mascot, the mule, was chosen because of its usefulness in military operations of old.

Sat., Nov. 8, 3:30 p.m., 2014

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 5, 2014

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