What: “Anchors Aweigh for Honor & Glory: The History of Navy Football”
Where: Channel 2
When: Sunday, 1:35 a.m.
TV Guide, calling this a great show, says it’s one VCRs were made for. But that is still no reason for Channel 2 to put it on at such an ungodly hour. CBS stations in the rest of the country will use it as a lead-in for Saturday college football. But not KCBS. It has its “Sports Central,” so this excellent one-hour special, like the final round of the Shark Shootout last weekend, gets pushed back among the late-night infomercials.
OK, you ask, what’s the big deal about a show on Navy football? Yes, the Midshipmen just got beat by Notre Dame, 30-0. But this show is about much more than just football. It’s about history, about the good in men, and, as the title suggests, about honor and glory.
It’s about Heisman Trophy winners Joe Bellino and Roger Staubach, about Vice Admiral William Lawrence and Arizona Sen. John McCain, both POWs during the Vietnam War, about Phil McConkey and Napoleon McCallum, about the 13 members of the 1935 Navy team who perished during World War II, and much more.
The special was produced by NFL Films, which should tell you something about its quality. James Coburn is the narrator.
The 99th Army-Navy game is Dec. 5. No telling what time Channel 2 will televise it. As for this show, set the VCR.