Nothing epitomizes the sport of football quite like the annual Army Navy football. Football fans have had to endure scandal after scandal from substance abuse to murder in the NFL; an unwelcome distraction to a sport that so many love. However, the Army Navy football game cuts out all the noise and distractions that the NFL has been dealing with and gets down to the game. This game is not a game in which the players will fight for a playoff spot or try to impress scouts in hopes of obtaining ludicrous NFL contracts, it will just be a game played for the love of the game.
Once upon a time, athletes weren't treated as celebrities or paid millions of dollars; they played the sports they played because they loved them. The players competing in the Army Navy game are doing the same as most of them will move on to service in the United States Military after graduation. No doubt the players will fight fiercely to win the bragging rights over the other, as they have since 1890, but there is more respect than hatred between the two sides because, after all, it’s only a game.
The game will kick off at 3:00 on December 13th in Baltimore, Maryland with Navy. Navy has been dominant in recent memory winning 12 in a row and 15 of the last 17 as they lead the head to head matchup 58-49-7. In the sports world, the word “heroic” is used a lot to characterize athletes efforts on the field, but no matter the outcome of the game, the athletes playing in the Army Navy game are more deserving of that label than any in professional sports.