One of the more outstanding traditions in college football is the family rivalry colloquially known as the Army-Navy game. Patriotism has always been a defining tradition of this game. In a year dominated by protests, the National Anthem at yesterday’s game stood out as a very strong message for those who want to use football as a political soapbox.
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The game between the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York and the United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis, Maryland had nothing to do with the standings of any teams (besides these two). As is often the case (the game has been played 117 times), the game was intense. Navy, who was favored to win, did not, but it was still a good game.
And the event itself gets much more attention then most games, as it falls on a weekend between the hullabaloo of playoff selection and the start of the official bowl spectacles. So many football fans tune in to the Army-Navy game just for the joy of the sport.
Yet many wondered what, if any, protest might sneak into the event. Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protests have spread from the professional field to colleges, and down through the leagues.
Yet the players at this game aren’t playing as focused on football as they are on their futures, all of which include active service in the Army or Navy. Any rivalries that exist between branches of service are all good-natured, even on the football field, and the teams came together for a oving rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Benny Johnson form the Independent Journal Review, recorded this video: