First off before I begin, I just want to give a special thanks to Sarah and Doug for offering me the opportunity to attend this game.
The annual Army-Navy game was something that I have always dreamed about attending. And up until this year, I never had the chance to experience it. It was like any other football time I attended, until the pre-game festivities started.
The Army-Navy marathon teams came running in with the game balls, then you had the annual “hostage” exchange where a group of cadets and midshipmen attend the sister academy for the semester. This was all really cool, but the Navy leapfrogs and Army golden knights came parachuting in to the stadium. While that was really awesome, the absolute best thing in the pre-game had to the the flyovers. Then came the color guard and the Army glee club sang the national anthem, with the entire stadium singing in chorus. This gave me goose bumps and really made appreciate the whole thing even more. It was a great day to be american.
At this point the atmosphere in the stadium ratcheted up a notch and the crowd was ready for kickoff. Once the game got going, it was a little sloppy at the start, because neither team really wanted to controll the ball and maintain possession. But Navy finally got settled down and struck first with a rare pass play. That just happened to open the gates for Navy to be able to mount a lead with a couple key turnovers. Army struggled to get momentum for most of the first half, but thanks to a Navy turnover inside their side of the field, it gave Army a chance to make it a game. Then the unthinkable happened, there was a takeaway at the 2 yardline and Navy ran it all the way back for a touchdown. This was probably the back breaker of the game. Because after that play Army couldn’t get anything going to make the game closer.
One of the coolest experiences happened at half time when the Army glee club came out with a couple special guests and sang “god bless america”. Which during the final part of the song, the entire stadium started to sing along. This was one of the many goosebump moments of the day.
The Second half was pretty much eventful, Army got a field goal in the third and a touchdown late. But Navy had already put away the game at half time. Overall it was an exciting day and one that I will never forget. The experience of watching a game that is truly “America’s game” in person is somthing I had always wanted to do, and now that I have, I can say that it was way more than I could have imagined. Trust me when I say that if you haven’t done this yet, you need to.