2016 American Athletic Conference Championship – Game Viewing at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar @ Cumberland Mall

2016 American Athletic Conference Championship:
Navy vs. Temple

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Game Time: 12:00 pm



Atlanta Chapter Navy Football Game Viewing at:

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar
1636 Cumberland Mall SE
Atlanta, GA 30339


No. 19 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, Navy is only two spots behind Western Michigan in the race for the New Year’s Six spot for the top Group of Five champion. If Navy beats Temple and Western Michigan loses to Ohio in the MAC title game, Navy should be ranked higher in the final CFP rankings. However, there’s still that Army game to deal with, meaning the Cotton Bowl decision might be put on hold. If Navy loses, it’ll go into the locked-in bowl tie with the Armed Forces Bowl.

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2016 Army – Navy Football Game Viewing – Saturday, 12/10/2016 @ 2:30 p.m.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 2:30 p.m.

Fun, Food & 117th Army – Navy Game

2016 Army - Navy football game viewing doesn't get better than this!

Join USNA alumni and parents at the American Legion Post 160 in Smyrna to watch and celebrate "America's Game" in style!

* Viewing begins at 2:30 p.m., kickoff at 3pm.

* Raffle prizes!

* Kid Friendly!

Appetizers sponsored by USAA.

  • American Legion Post 160
  • 160 Legion Drive
  • Smyrna, Georgia 30080.
  •  (770) 436-2501


Register is free...we're seeking a headcount for the event


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Navy vs. Temple in the 2016 AAC Championship Game

Navy to host the AAC Championship game on December 3rd as the Midshipmen take on the Temple Owls

navy-tulsa-november-12-2016-58The American Athletic Conference will crown a first-time champion as Temple and Navy meet for the league title next Saturday in the 2016 American Athletic Conference Football Championship at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.  The American Championship is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, at noon ET and will be televised nationally on ABC for the second consecutive year.

Navy won the outright West Division title after the Midshipmen took a 75-31 victory at SMU Saturday to complete a 7-1 season in American Athletic Conference play. Navy is 9-2 overall, was ranked No. 19 in the most recent College Football Playoff ranking, and takes a four-game winning streak into The American Championship. The Midshipmen have won 15 consecutive games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, which is the longest active home field winning streak in FBS football. Navy will be looking for its first conference title in program history; the Midshipmen competed as an independent for 134 years before joining The American in 2015.


The winner of the American Championship will be eligible to be chosen for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl as part of the College Football Playoff selection process.

If Navy goes on to take the AAC crown and finishes the season at 11-2, would the Midshipmen have a shot at taking over Western Michigan for the New Years Six bowl (Cotton Bowl)?

The selection committee hopefully recognizes the overall strength of the AAC is superior to the MAC this season. Plus, Navy is pretty darn good too.

One more week to go before really seeing how the final candidates stack up, but the case for Navy will be a strong one to consider with a better strength of schedule, better wins overall and, honestly, a better brand to market. How can you go wrong with Navy? It’s time to throw the records aside and give Navy some strong consideration.

With the regular season completed in most of the Group of Five conferences, Navy is the top contender for the New Years Six bowl spot, keeping in mind that they must own a conference championship to qualify.

Navy (9-2).  It’s simple, if Navy and Western Michigan meet on a neutral field, the Midshipmen would come away with the win. It is time to recognize the AAC as the best Group of Five conference out there.  It is the best from top-to-bottom compared to the other conferences, and way ahead of the MAC.

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Life Lessons from the Battlefield and Football Field – Eddie Meyers, USNA ’82

Regional President, PNC Bank’s Georgia Region

U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1982

A standout running back who quickly set rushing records at the U.S. Naval Academy

Eddie Meyers was named Downtown Athletic Club College Football Player of the Year in 1981.

He ran for 298 yards and scored four touchdowns against Syracuse and had 278 yards against Army.

He finished his Naval Academy career with 2,935 yards.

Eddie Meyers struggled to balance military duty and pro football, while preparing himself for a successful career in financial services. Today he’s a regional president for PNC Bank.


Leadership Lessons for Life

Eddie Meyers excelled in multiple sports at the Naval Academy and earned an MBA before he played pro football (Photos courtesy of U.S. Naval Academy)


On any given day, the former All-American football, wrestler and track runner wakes up at 5 a.m. to hit the treadmill and catch up on the latest financial news. He can quickly rattle off the earnings statistics, leverage and debt multiples and other statistics related to major mergers and acquisitions, including the many deals he negotiated during his nearly 30-year finance career. Both the attention to numbers and the endurance learned in sports have served him well.

"One leadership skill that I gained from the Academy and from my athletic career is that everybody matters and anyone can make a difference to the overall success and performance of the team. Regardless of your experience level, whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned professional, anyone can step up and make a difference, just by asking the next question."

Since joining PNC in 1999, Meyers has practiced this skillset by tackling the most challenging opportunities outside of his comfort zone. First as a young banker establishing PNC’s Business Banking operations in Atlanta in the 1990s, and later as a senior executive involved in the corporation’s acquisition of National City Bank. Meyers continues to ask questions that help refocus the improbable into the possible.

Whether you’re in a military combat situation, in the middle of a game play or leading a business in a hostile environment, you have to make decisions thoughtfully yet quickly and sometimes without perfect information.  It’s a lesson I learned early in my career that is reinforced every day at PNC by Bill Demchak [chairman, president and chief executive officer].

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Damn the Torpedoes!: Applying the Navy’s Leadership Principles to Business by CAPT. Alec Fraser, USN (Ret.) and USNA ’72

Awareness of the leadership traits exhibited by Admiral Farragut in his famous order: “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” can make any manager afloat or ashore more successful. Alec Fraser’s, USNA '72, experience as a Navy captain and the president of a division of Turner Broadcasting has taught him that leadership ashore can be modeled after centuries of leadership at sea. In Damn the Torpedoes! Fraser utilizes his own experiences in the U.S. Navy and the corporate world to illustrate this concept.

Within the first sixty seconds of his induction to the U.S. Naval Academy, Midshipman Fraser was posed with a question to which he answered, “I don’t know.” This quickly proved to be an unacceptable answer in the Navy, regardless of the question. While doing the requisite push-ups that followed, he learned that there were only four ways to respond to a question or an order: “No excuse, sir,” “I’ll find out, sir,” “Yes/no sir,” and “Aye-aye, sir.” From these four responses Fraser learned the four key concepts to being an effective leader afloat or ashore: accountability, thinking ahead, ethics, and motivation.

Damn the Torpedoes! offers concrete advice for leading in the work place—giving step-by-step recommendations to encourage readers into adopting this different way of approaching leadership. Providing a fresh and unconventional perspective, Captain Fraser gives personal and historic examples about the leadership traits of ship captains and suggests how leaders in any organization may adapt them to make their careers and businesses successful.

According to Fraser, these four key leadership concepts are the basic principles necessary to prevent organizational chaos best summed up by a Wall Street Journal editorial on leadership at sea and ashore: “When men lose confidence and trust in those who lead, order disintegrates into chaos and purposeful ships into uncontrollable derelicts.”


Author:  Captain Alec Fraser, USN (Ret.) is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1972). He has had two unique careers: commanding two Navy missile ships and later serving as president of a division of Turner Broadcasting. He was also an on-air military analyst for CNN and was a guest on the Larry King Show. While he was in command of the USS Cape St. George (CG 71), the ship earned the USS Arizona Memorial Trophy for being the most combat-ready ship in the fleet.

Publisher: Naval Institute Press (May 15, 2016)

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