While most of Redskins Nation is anxiously awaiting Sunday’s kickoff at 1 p.m., FedExField is hosting part one of the weekend double-header with the 112th annual Army-Navy game, sponsored by USAA.
The stadium has undergone an intense makeover, from both of the endzones and goalposts, to the hashmarks on the field, and the walls that line the field. The traditionally Burgundy and Gold-clad crowd has been swapped for Cadets and Midshipmen–and their respective supporters.
One of the highlights of the pageantry that makes this game so special, is the academies’ respective marches onto the field. Once the students are assembled, they chant traditional cheers and the fans cheer.
Today, the visiting Cadets took the field first. If you listen closely, you can hear the jeering of the pro-Navy fans on that sideline:
After the Cadets had completely filed off the field, the Midshipmen took the field. I didn’t do it on purpose, but in my travels, I ended up on the Army sideline. This way, you get the full effect of the Army jeers for the Midshipmen filing off the field:
Don’t mind glimpses of my hand in the corner of your screen. If not for my hand, you wouldn’t see anything.
For any football fan, it doesn’t get much better than this. For any blue-blooded American, this is the ideal setting for America’s oldest rivalry.
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