Reps make food-filled Army-Navy wager

Assemblyman Dan Stec and Assemblyman-elect Colin Schmitt have entered into a friendly wager over the storied Army-Navy rivalry football game coming up on Saturday.

Stec, of Queensbury, is a Navy veteran whose district includes Whitehall, the birthplace of the U.S. Navy. Schmitt, of New Windsor, is a member of the Army National Guard, and the district he will represent starting in January includes West Point. Both men are Republicans.

“Army’s had a good run this year but its quest for a three-peat is far short of Navy’s prior 14-game streak and all-time series 60-51-7 advantage,” Stec said in a press release. “This is a game where you throw the season records out — anything can happen. I’m confident Navy will pull off the upset.”

Stec continued, “Should the unthinkable happen, I’m willing to deliver my Army colleague a dozen cider donuts from Hicks Orchard in Granville, a growler from Davidson Brothers in Glens Falls and a pie from the famous Noonmark Diner in Keene Valley — all while wearing an Army hat.”

“West Point football is unstoppable this season,” Schmitt said in the release. “We are nationally ranked for the first time since the ’90s and are heading back to the Armed Forces Bowl. After beating Navy the last two years the Black Knights are ready for a three-peat. I have no doubt that Army will beat Navy, so I have no concern with placing a wager with my new colleague Assemblyman Stec.”

Schmitt continued, “I know Army will return to the fighting 99th Assembly District victorious. I am so confident I am willing to bet a dozen Soons Orchards famous apple cider donuts from Wawayanda, a growler from Rushing Duck Brewery in Chester and a pie from Jones Farm in Cornwall if things don’t work out for Army. I will hand all this over while wearing a Navy hat! I know I will be collecting from Assemblyman Stec though, so I am not worried. Go Army!”

The Army-Navy Game rivalry dates back to 1890 and is the third leg of the series for the Commanders-in-Chief’s trophy. The game will be televised at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 on CBS.