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The president got a pretty sweet helmet from the Mids. Wonder if this guy will get his hands on one?

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  • This is the first time since 2009 that Navy has won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy
  • Navy had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to beat both Air Force and Army in 2012
  • This is Navy’s 13th CIC overall, and eighth in the last 10 years
  • As the president notes, Navy has beaten its service academy rivals 19 of the last 21 meetings
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The Air Force Academy came to the White House on Monday to receive the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the second consecutive year. It’s the 18th time that Air Force has won the trophy, far and away tops among the three service academies, and President Obama was given a Falcon jersey with the number 18 on it to mark the occassion.

The president praised Air Force for overcoming injuries and a tough schedule (listen closely and you can hear the groans from nearby Annapolis). Obama also singled out a handful of players for their contributions during the Falcons 7-6 season, including linebacker Alex Means, whose blocked extra point in overtime against Navy was perhaps the biggest reason Air Force was back in D.C. today.

Speaking of Navy, I can’t help but imagine if they had won the CINC. It would have been pretty awkward to show up without their starting quarterback.

But today was about Air Force, and the fellas had a great time with the real CINC, who they even coaxed into to striking the Heisman pose. Enjoy:

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President Obama plans on attending this year's Army-Navy game.

It’s official. The commander-in-chief will be at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., this Saturday to attend his first Army-Navy game as president.

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will join Obama at the game and take part in the festivities and traditions. Many speculated that Obama would attend last year’s game but it didn’t happen.

Obama is an admitted basketball junkie most recently attending a Towson Tigers basketball game to watch his brother-in-law coach Oregon State.

Obama’s attendance means he will take part in the tradition of crossing the field at halftime to make sure he sits with both Army and Navy officials and gives equal support.

For those attending the game, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get into the stadium. Security will be especially tight with the big man in the building. And, speaking from experience as a Redskins season ticket holder, it already takes much longer than it should to get into the stadium. Later in the week I’ll provide some more tips of where to eat at FedEx and the best ways to get to and around the stadium.

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Then-candidate Obama and Roy Williams discuss healthcare reform and foreign policy in 2008. I assume. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The list of famous fans attending November’s Carrier Classic on the Carl Vinson keeps on getting longer.

The latest to commit to the game is President Obama, who has accepted an invitation to attend the matchup between North Carolina and Michigan State, the AP reported today. Earlier this week, Hall of Famer and UNC alum James Worthy was announced as North Carolina’s honorary captain for the game. Worthy’s fellow “Showtime” teammate Magic Johnson, an MSU alum, had previously agreed to be the Spartans’ honorary captain. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will also be in attendence.

The Veterans Day game on the Vinson is the first college basketball game to be played on an aircraft carrier. Vinson became famous in May when the body of Osama bin Laden was dumped off the deck and buried at sea after Navy SEALs killed killed the notorious terrorist in Pakistan.

Obama is big hoops head, and he has some history with UNC. As a candidate for office in 2008, he broke out the sweatpants and dropped in on the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill for a little scrimmage with the team (leading to this somewhat awkward photo). Later that same season, after becoming president, he went on ESPN and picked UNC to win the national championship — which they did, against Michigan State (Obama had picked the Spartans to lose in the Elite Eight).

 

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President Obama poses for a photo with the Naval Academy's 2009 football team in the East Room of the White House on Monday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

President Obama poses for a photo with the Naval Academy's 2009 football team in the East Room of the White House on Monday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Players graduate, coaches leave and presidents change. But each spring you can count on Navy’s football team to visit the White House to accept the Commander in Chief’s Trophy from the president. At least it seems that way.

Navy swept Air Force and Army for the seventh straight year to earn the Commander in Chief trophy again, and on Monday the team and coach Ken Niumatalolo were recognized by President Obama at the White House. Obama praised captains Ross Pospisil and Osei Asante in his remarks, as well as quarterback Ricky Dobbs, who set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in 2009. The president also joked about Dobbs’ well-known goal to run for president in 2040.

Now, I also understand Ricky has announced for the presidency — in the year 2040. I know people are announcing early these days — but, Ricky, that’s a bit much. But it does mean that when Navy comes back for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy 30 years from now, you might hear a speech from this guy.

The Mids have won a record 15-straight games against the other two service academies, dating back to the 2002 Army-Navy game. This past season Navy beat Air Force 16-13 and topped Army 17-3.

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President Obama greets military personnel in Dragon dining facility at Bagram Air Base on March 29. The Michigan State-Tennessee regional final is on TV in the background(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Obama greets military personnel in Dragon dining facility at Bagram Air Base on March 29. The Michigan State-Tennessee regional final is on TV in the background(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

It’s well-known that President Obama is a hoops junkie, so it’s not a big surprise that he took full advantage of the TVs at Bagram to watch some March Madness while meeting with U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan.

The Washington Post has video of Obama sneaking peaks at the games while at Bagram. Judging by his bracket picks, the CINC probably didn’t like what he saw.

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