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West Point Pranksters Strike Again With Banner at the Naval Academy

by Amy Myers
(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The West Point pranksters are at it again. But at least this time, no animals were involved in their antics against the Naval Academy.

Recently, the Black Knights have embarked on a mission to raise morale on their campus while also poking fun at their competitor. On Saturday, the two academies will face off for their yearly game, and from the looks of West Point’s latest activities, they’re more than ready for the game.

Earlier today, the official college football Reddit released a photo of the Naval Academy’s Bancroft Hall where the Black Knights have placed a banner that reads, “Go Army, Sink Navy!”

Army Cadets Goat-Nap Naval Academy’s Mascots

Before placing the banner on the Naval Academy’s campus, the Black Knights decided to take a trip to the farm where the midshipmen keep all of their retired mascots as well as their current one, the goat named Bill No. 37. Obviously, without their vests that indicate which number they are, it’s hard to tell which goat is which. But the West Point pranksters decided to take one mature goat that had definitely been out of the game for a while. Bill No. 34 was 14 years old and only had one horn. But the Black Nights went forward with the plan and took the goat to revive the decades-old tradition before safely returning him the following Monday. A veterinarian even confirmed that the elderly goat was in good health upon his return.

But they weren’t done yet.

Just a few days later, the cadets returned to the farm in Annapolis, Maryland, and this time, they kidnapped not one, but two goats this time. The Black Nights lured the Naval Academy goats towards their van with peppermints and peanuts, the kryptonite of every farm animal, apparently. Just like before, the cadets only kept the animals as a harmless ploy before bringing them back unharmed the next day.

Academy Officials Release Statement Regarding Pranks

Of course, the pranks are all in good fun, but some of the school officials haven’t found the cadet’s activities quite as humorous. Following the first goat-napping incident in late November, superintendents Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams and Vice Adm. Sean Buck released a statement about their “disappointment” in the individuals involved.

“The U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy are disappointed by the trust that was broken recently between our brothers and sisters in arms. These actions do not reflect either academy’s core values of dignity and respect,” the superintendents said in the statement.

Unfortunately for these officials, it looks like the Black Knights aren’t yet through with their antics. With the game still five days away, there are plenty of opportunities for pranks.