The Strange Saga Of Bill The Goat

Unless you're inclined to watch the Division II or III championships, the Army-Navy game is the only football you'll get on Saturday. Army and Navy are two teams that can be compared and contrasted. In lieu of further deep-reaching analysis, I present to you the story of Navy mascot Bill the Goat. Some highlights:

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- As legend has it, the tradition was started back in the 1800s. A goat died on a Navy vessel. Its carcass was skinned, and through some turn of events, one of the ensigns decided it was a good idea to wear the skin and stalk around the sidelines of the Army-Navy game.

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- When Bill II, the second live goat to serve as the mascot, died, they decided to stuff and mount him on campus. He's still there.

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- Some Army cadets from West Point stole the goat in 1953. They were foiled when the goat used its horns to rip up the soft top of the getaway vehicle.

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- Bill XVI died after weed killer was sprayed too close to his pen. The next one, Bill XVII, died after weed killer was sprayed too close to his pen.

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- This is perhaps the most well-known incarnation of Bill the Goat.

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