A Rivalry as Old as the Dirt They Play On
As one of the oldest rivalries in football history, the Army and Navy game has been the center of bets in The White House, State Houses, and Service member houses since 1890.
Millions of soldiers and fans have cheered on their preferred team over the last century. Even U.S. Presidents have taken sides.
History of President Support
Dwight Eisenhower – our 34th President and an Army veteran – once said that “The Army and The Navy are best friends in the world 364 and a half days of the year. But, on this one Saturday afternoon, we are the worst of enemies.”
Eisenhower, along with Truman and Theodore Roosevelt, supported Army after their service history. Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Johnson, on the other hand, cheered on Navy.
One of the most popular Navy cheerleaders was John F. Kennedy. Kennedy, a former Navy Midshipman himself, was known to visit Navy practices after he was sworn in to office.
And, after that fateful day when Kennedy met his untimely end and the world stopped to mourn, First Lady Jackie Kennedy requested that the Army-Navy game still be played in memory of her husband. Two weeks later, soldiers from both teams took the field.
This is just one of the many examples of passion and tradition weighted within this historic series.
Honoring Tradition Today
Today, the annual tradition of Black Knights versus Midshipman begins with the Saturday morning parade on December 9th. Here, both teams gather as brothers in arms to pay respect to the country and honor one another.
For those that intend to arrive early to celebrate the pending battle, the Pre-Game Tailgate at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. At 1:15, after the Brigade of Midshipman and Corps of Cadets perform their time-honored procession, there will be a stadium obstacle relay for ticketholders.
The game is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. If you have to tune in, your local CBS station will be broadcasting it alongside ESPN College GameDay. For audio coverage, tune into CBS Sports Radio/WIP 94.1 FM,
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