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Wanted: Navy needs a goat for the Fort Worth Bowl

Bill-the-goat_originalNavy's football team needs a goat. Not right now, but soon. Just a rental.

The football team has qualified and will appear in The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, to be played on Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. It needs a new Bill the Goat.

Insert hazing, goat jokes here. The punchline potential is endless.

Mr. T. Ross Bailey, who is TCU's associate athletics director for operations, said the bowl's executive director called him with the bad news.

"I don't know if they have a goat but, at least for this bowl game, they're not traveling one," Bailey told me. "Apparently, the goat they were going to use got hooked by a bull and they fixed it."

Hate it when that happens ...

Bailey said, "The vet is  worried about the stress for it running into the stadium."

It can be stressful for not only players/coaches but farm animals running into a mostly deserted stadium for a 10:45 a.m. kickoff and a bowl game to be watched by gamblers, moms, dads, relatives, girlfriends and wives.

What a drag that for Navy's first bowl game since 2009 it will require a fill-in goat.

But this is our Naval academy, and it needs your goat. Do your part and lend your goat for a day.

[UPDATE: At 6:37 p.m. CT - a volunteer goat was found. Thank God }

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Maybe Jackie Smith can fill in.

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