Mids use the force to beat Army in game day spirit spot


Midshipman 1st Class Rylan Tuohy promised a blowout for his final Army-Navy game spirit spot, and he has delivered.

With cameos from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Naval Academy superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the video wraps together the academy’s prospective 14th-straight Army-Navy game win with the fall’s “Star Wars” fever in what’s more of a short film than a quick spot.

But rather than capitalize on the forthcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Tuohy kept it old school, re-imagining “Star Wars: A New Hope” as the tale of a mid in distress.

Midshipman Leia is held captive by West Point cadets, and it’s up to Midshipman Andrew Potts to save her, along with help from sidekicks C-Plebeo, R2-Plebe2 and Supe Solo (“Slapshot” Carter in his three-star flight suit).

The group is able to infiltrate West Point’s Army Combat Uniform-clad Storm Troopers and free Leia, but then it’s up to Potts to face-off with Darth Vader himself. Luckily, he gets some help from CNO Kenobi, and you probably know how the story ends.

Tuohy’s production chops gained national attention just last month, with a send-up of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” celebrating Saturday nights in downtown Annapolis.

He took a shot at Army earlier this year, as well, but the video was ultimately removed.

To see how the rivalry plays out this year, catch the 116th Army-Navy game on Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Eastern on CBS. Beat Army!


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