(U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

The Naval Academy superintendent announced Friday that "Load the Clip" has been dropped as this year's football team motto, calling it "insensitive" to those affected by the mass shooting in Annapolis last year.

Chosen by senior captain football players for the 2019-2020 season, the motto was changed after reporters from The Capital asked Navy officials about it in the context of a national wave of mass shootings and the attack that killed five people just a few miles from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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Vet Tix

Now that the holidays are over and 2019 has kicked off, the warmer temperatures of Spring are a great time to start the season off by spending quality time with your family and friends. An easy and inexpensive way to accomplish that is by taking them to some of the many family themed that Vet Tix has tickets available for throughout the country.

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Tom Cruise plays volleyball.

When these service members aren't racking up kills downrange, they're racking up kills in the sand.

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New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona (49) during warm ups prior to an NFL Super Bowl LI football game against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 in Houston. (Associated Press/Perry Knotts)

ATLANTA — Dante Scarnecchia, former Marine Sergeant, places a high value on respect for authority.

He just can't stand the phrase universally used to express it.

"Guys come in and all they ever say is, 'Yes, sir,' which I hate," Scarnecchia says.

There's a mini-rant coming.

"That's kind of a reflective phrase that says, 'Please don't yell at me anymore because I'm saying Yes, sir to you,'" Scarnecchia says. "So I tell them, 'Don't say Yes, sir.' Just say, 'OK, I got it.'"

He pauses.

"Don't even say that because I hate that worse," Scarnecchia says. "Just shake your head. It drives me nuts."

Scarnecchia, the Patriots' legendary 70-year-old offensive line coach, might have trouble getting his players to break this habit. It's been ingrained in many of them.

The Patriots have assembled a roster with an unusually high number of players coming from families with parents working in military or law enforcement.

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Bradley Kim

Air Force defensive back Bradley Kim became a trailblazer for service academy athletics on Friday.

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A thousand super-fans of the Philadelphia Eagles are getting an amazing treat during their visit to the White House on Tuesday afternoon: Military bands playing and sightings of exactly zero players from their favorite team.

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