Army – Navy in Annapolis is more than just a football game played once a year.  Every, and I mean every event all year long at the academy is punctuated at the end with the crowd thrusting a fist in the air and screaming at the top of their lungs, “BEAT ARMY“.  My grandchildren will roll down the car window if they see any team running down the street and give the exhausted midshipment or startled high-school students…or even the lone civilian out for a run … an enthusiastic, “Go Navy, beat Army!”

Well, you might be aware or you might not have a clue, but the Army-Navy football game is being played today in Philadelphia -a rivalry that is over 100 years old –and we are not going for the first time in 15 years.  It was my mistake.  When I bought our season tickets last spring, I just forgot to purchase our Army-Navy tickets.  Call it old age (I AM 59 as you all know!), but I just let it slide.  So, instead of going to the Army-Navy football game, Mark and I attended the Army-Navy club boxing match last night in the yard.  Mark was the doctor checking all the mids and cadets out as they left the ring.

I had never attended a boxing match before in my life and the blood surprised me, but I will have to say, I have never seen so much testosterone in one room.  This was the gritty stuff men crave- sweat, blood and in-your-face contact.  I hate to admit it….but I sort of liked it too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark just finished getting his doctor stuff ready and is waiting for things to begin.

 

Mark’s doctor kit is all ready to go and now we are waiting for the action to begin.

Two mids preparing for the ring

Two mids preparing for the ring

 

Coach for Army tapes up the hands of the cadets on his team

Coach for Army tapes up the hands of the cadets on his team

 

Navy coach greases up faces

Navy coach greases faces

115 pound midshipman waiting to box

115 pound midshipman waiting to be first in the ring

No Army-Navy event would begin without honoring our country and our flag

No Army-Navy event would begin without honoring our country and our flag.  It is gratifying to know that there is a place where patriotism is still respected.

Army lands a good punchThe fighting begins with Army landing a solid punch on Navy.

The light-weights duke it out.

The light-weights duke it out.

 

End of first round -Navy in his corner

End of first round -Navy in his corner – can I spit now?

Army in his corner getting prepped for the next round by his coach

Army in his corner getting prepped for the next round by his coach

The bell strikes - round two

The bell strikes – round two

Navy fans

Navy fans

Army fans

Army fans

Mark checks each one for injuries when they come out of the ring

Mark checks each one for injuries when they come out of the ring

Navy wins the heavy weight division

Navy wins the heavy weight division

Blood from his opponent's nose splatters his jersey

Blood from his opponent’s nose splattered on this mid’s jersey

As always, Army cadets and Navy midshipmen are great sports no matter what they are doing.

As always, whether they win or lose, Army cadets and Navy midshipmen are great sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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