The U.S. Military Academy is one of the most unique educational institutions in the country. A sporting event on the West Point campus is no different, so explained Rich DeMarco, Assistant Athletic Director and radio play-by-play man for the Black Knights, on the latest edition of the Bad to the Dad podcast. 

"Rich does a great job of laying out the sights and sounds of an Army football or basketball game," says co-host Adam D. "When watching a game, you know everyone is cheering not just for the team but for the country. You get the sense that even though this is a job, Rich has been welcomed as a part of the Army community."

Due to the events of COVID-19, senior spring-sport athletes at West Point will lose their 2020 seasons, and any possibility of a fifth year of NCAA eligibility.  "These kids are not getting a fifth year," Coach Randy notes. "But you know they're looking forward to something bigger than sports. These are men and women who are going to be our future leaders. While I'm sure they're disappointed about not having a sports season, it probably doesn't carry the same heartbreak as you see with other student-athletes."

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Adam D and DeMarco also reminisce about their early days in local New Jersey radio. They both started their careers at WGHT-AM in Pompton Lakes, the same station that jump-started the careers of Bloomfield native Kevin Burkhardt, of FOX Sports, and Trenton's Noam Laden of 77 WABC.

This episode of Bad to the Dad, "Dad Strong" will be available starting Sunday night, April 26 at 10 pm, on badtothedad.com or wherever you find your podcasts.