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Game remains a success despite long odds

Updated: December 3, 1999, 12:38 PM ET
By Thomas O'Toole | Scripps Howard News Service

They own a combined season record of 7-14, field no hot NFL prospects and boast a total of two bowl appearances since 1988.

Yet, when Army and Navy meet for the 100th time Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, the appropriately named Veterans Stadium will be filled, CBS will earn one of its highest ratings for a college football game this fall and, history tells us, much of America will care at least a little.

"The success of this game is a mystery to me," said Bob ...

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