I may consider this a personal bias, given that long ago, I covered non-revenue sports that are only ever relevant if it’s the Olympics and Michael Phelps is involved, but this is completely ridiculous.
The federal government is, for the most part, shut down, no doubt about it. Whatever your politics are, there’s at least one part of your lives that has to be inconvenienced by this while mess.
Most people may not realize that any extra-curricular activity involving all of the military academies are subject to this shutdown. This includes any sports from the Army, Navy or the Air Force.