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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

(USS) Florida Beats (USS) Georgia

The Navy website has a story about a command flag football game between the crews of USS Georgia (SSGN 729) and USS Florida (SSGN 728):
Crew members from USS Florida (SSBN 738)[sic] and USS Georgia (SSGN 729) participated in the a flag football tournament held in St. Marys, Ga., Oct. 23 days ahead of South Eastern Conference battle between Universities of Florida (UF) and Georgia (UGA).
Florida's flag football team was victorious, 53 to 41, against Georgia's team.
Friends, family and crew members attended the game at St. Marys Middle School football field.
One of the primary reasons for the game was to promote camaraderie between the two boat crews. The spirit was high and the competition fierce.
"I run all the time, and we practiced this week as a team to prepare for this day," said Electricians Mate 2nd Class (SS) Sean Schoememan, Florida's cornerback and lineman. "This is a good game with a challenging team."
Georgia's team started out strong and slowly allowed the crew from Florida to catch up and tie 34 to 34 prior to winning the game.
"This is a fantastic game," said Sonar Technician 3rd Class (SS) Whitt Condit, Florida's wide receiver and corner. "This is a great opportunity for the boats to get together and have a good time."
Condit's wife and best friend from the boat were in the stands cheering for Condit and Florida's crew.
There used to be a traditional flag football game between the staff and graduating students at NPTU Idaho back in the mid-80s that ended up being officially banned when too many people were getting medically disqualified from submarine duty because of injuries suffered during the game. (One of my housemates was one of them.) Have you ever participated in a football game amongst Submariners that didn't result in a major injury?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only if you count soccer as "football."

10/26/2010 8:33 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought nukes played squat tag in the asparagus patch.

10/26/2010 9:01 AM

Blogger wtfdnucsailor said...

My class had a championship flag football team at Mare Island while in Nuc School and again in Groton at SubScol. I also was on a successful flag football team while in the yards at Pearl on SEADRAGON in the late sixties. Talking about injuries, the most memorable I have was when, at the predeployment ship's picnic the XO ran into the Chief Torpedoman while catching a fly ball in a softball game and shattered so many bones in the Chief Torpedoman that he missed deployment and ended up physically retiring. The XO never played softball again.

10/26/2010 9:21 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We, (A-Gang) and a few others used to play "touch" football all the time in St Mary's in the early 90's. Many beers were consumed and nobody missed a patrol. Definitely not a command event. Great times!

10/26/2010 11:03 AM

Anonymous STSC said...

Played futbol with the ARA SAN JUAN while on UNITAS on the WHALE. They were serious about the game & we were serious about getting drunk.

We had to mix the crews at the get go when teaming up after seeing their COB bounce the ball w/o hitting the ground for a solid minute - he wasn't even close to their best player.

Flag Football was stopped years later on my boomer tour after too many injuries. A floor hockey trial also ended with multiple unplanned losses & was not repeated.

10/26/2010 11:46 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

On my first duty day on an SSN at PSNS I was allowed (basically told) to play basketball for the boat team. Broke my foot and was limited to the barge for two months. EDEA was not happy.

10/26/2010 12:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new gay nuc said he pulled a groin muscle this past weekend, but he seemed okay.

Welcome to the new Navy.


10/26/2010 12:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the late 80's we played staff against students football games all the time at NPTU in New York. Tackle, not flag. A few sprained ankles were the worst I ever saw.

10/26/2010 12:51 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

yup played in that game. it was pretty sweet. def a lot more people there than i thought would show up.

10/26/2010 3:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Full tackle 11 on 11 no pads football while in Kings Bay with no upkeep avail. The other team was the on base Marines. No score was kept but I am sure the Marines won. It was quite fun watching the Marines police themselves. If they broke no biggie but if a submariner broke all were sure to be in trouble.

Marines kept saying the sub is going to sea we are not. Don't break the sailors.

The second day of playing involved senior chiefs and JO's on our side and some senior enlisted and JO's on the Marines. This was one of the best two days I had in the Navy. Great fun all around and many sore bones for the next few days.

Amazing that the Marines made sure no one got hurt.

10/26/2010 3:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wardroom USS Skate v. Wardroom HMAS Oxley. Pearl Harbor, 1982. American football. Except for two guys, all the Aussie officers were solidly built and low to the ground. Their XO was a beast. The other guy looked like an American (tall and thin). Despite being at sea for three weeks,

10/26/2010 5:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wardroom USS Skate v. Wardroom HMAS Oxley. Pearl Harbor, 1982. American football. Except for two guys, all the Aussie officers were solidly built and low to the ground. Their XO was tall and a beast physically. The other guy looked like an American (tall and thin). Despite being at sea for three weeks, they could all run and kick the sh*t out of a ball. Fortunately, the beer was plentiful and great (translation: Australian), so no one cared who won.

10/26/2010 5:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that the ladies will be onboard, does that mean the Sonar Techs can play football? After all, we will have real cheerleaders now!

10/26/2010 6:13 PM

Blogger Vigilis said...

Will another submarine tradition end? Not right away.

Give the female crewmembers a year or two to complain furtively to their 'special desk' about an outgageous sexist activity.

Then it will only be a short time before the USNA also ends its shirtless, sexist tradition known as the annual Herndon Climb.

10/26/2010 6:25 PM

Anonymous NHSparky said...

I lost an augment on my first boat when one of the other RO's broke his collarbone a week before we were supposed to leave for Westpac. Then there was the time on Proteus we pulled into Sydney and played rugby against the Aussies...more broken collarbones, but damn the beer was cold, and the women hot.

Still, nothing quite as fun (or funny) as the entire Engineering Dept. having a massive tag-team match in the RC tunnel (E and RC-Div versus M and RL-Div.)

10/26/2010 11:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

At a mandatory morning PT session (one of about three in my three years on the boat) I brought a football hoping we would do something other than get in a giant circle and do some pathetic PT. After the giant circle .... I started to toss the football around as we stretched out from the strenuous session. I was about to catch the ball when I was blind side tackled. What this other LT didn't know was my rugby skill of using the opponents momentum against him. I ended up on top of him, hearing a pop which resulted in a broken collar bone. It ended up being the gift that kept on giving because that LT ended up starting PNEO early and didn't get underway again for almost 6 months. Remember... we were only stretching.

10/27/2010 7:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was on ANNAPOLIS in 2009 when we did ICEX. When we surfaced at the North Pole we played a blue shirts vs wardroom football game on the ice. The chiefs were the officials. It was a nice warm day, 5F with only a 5 to 10 knot wind, so the wind chill was only about -15F. I think the game ended in a tie. No one got hurt and no one got frost bite.

10/28/2010 6:15 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I busted my ankle playing rough touch on base, but treated as a sprain. Got underway with it a few days later for a 1 month ORSE work-up. Doc noticed me limping one day and checked it out, said it was broke. I said it happened during drills. He set it and made up a splint and had me wear my boots laced up tight and put me on light duty and gave me some pain killers. When we got back, the orthopedist said it had set OK and was healing so they didn't need to re-set. Thanks Doc!

10/28/2010 10:36 AM

Blogger rick said...

Submarine-types: There was a fierce staff-student rivalry in roller hockey at MTS-635 in the mid-90s. It all came crashing (hah hah) to a halt when a certain SPU ET2 caught a pebble in his wheels and drove the bones (phalanges) of his fingers out the back of his hand when he crashed to the asphalt. He was the checkout cube queen for months on end.

Carrier: When we were in the yard at the start of the ROH in '90, Enterprise Reactor department had a standing softball game on Friday afternoons. We usually played odds versus evens, i.e., the O-1,3,5 and E-7,9 versus the O-2,4 and E-8. No injuries that I can remember. Maybe we surface pukes are just smarter?

10/30/2010 11:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at the game and it was a great time. Noone got hurt and lots of friends got to meet up and play ball. More commands should do things like this more often.

10/30/2010 11:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last time I played "Two hand Touch" in the field out by the Green Room on P-Can, I got tackled by a Somoin kid (Nav ET I think?), and my back's never been the same.

11/03/2010 11:37 AM


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