Army/Navy Football Game -
Story by Capt. Barbara Craig
Craig's Army/Navy Game
Craig's Pep Rally-Gala
Denise Kruse's ImageStation Album
Morrell's ImageStation Album
The final score--Navy 58 -- Army 12. What a glorious day and sensational
After the East Coast receiving 4-8 inches of snow and bitter
cold temperatures in the 48 hours prior to the game, it was quite
an accomplishment that the stadium looked as good as it did. Very
little ice and snow on the field (only on the sidelines), the
seats and aisles were clear. What a job it must have been to ready
Saturday morning the temperatures were in the teens, but it warmed
way up into the 30s as the afternoon went on. However, we were
not basking in the warmth, it was windy and many people were in
the shade for the entire game due to the orientation of the stadium.
Luckily for us, we were on the sunny side, but even then, it was
very cold out there today.
The march-ons, as always were so moving. Seeing such fine young
men and women out there makes us parents proud, but it makes our
Country proud too. They looked sensational. The only disappointment
of the day was that it was too windy for the jumpers to land in
the stadium, that is always so much fun. The flyovers, as usual
were great. Not as many as at an Air Force game, but still, a
lot of fun. The Glee Club sounded superb as they sang the National
The football game was wonderful from the first few plays to the
last. The Navy team dominated in both offense and defense throughout.
We had 8 touchdowns to the Army's one. Not only did our players
look and think like a
new team, but they had new plays, more aggressive defense, and
even some great passes (for a team that usually prefers rushing).
They were just great out there. The crowd was so excited and cheering
and screaming! Some
people behind us sang a song and did a dance every time we had
a first down, since we had so many, they must be exhausted tonight!
Everyone around us seemed to be decked out in Navy apparel from
dyed hair to face paint, to hats, jackets, scarves, and pins.
Watching on TV keeps you warm and comfy but there is nothing like
being there to witness this time honored tradition. Of particular
note was the presentation of survivors of Pearl Harbor on the
field at half time, as you recall today is Pearl Harbor Day.
The Drum and Bugle Corps performed for the half-time show and
they sounded great, doing slick formations and dazzling the crowd
with exciting music. It is amazing they were able to play as well
as they did, the field was in the shade by that time and with
the wind chill it was probably in the teens or less. They don't
wear their wool jackets to perform which I am sure meant they
were very cold already, but then try putting an ice cold brass
instrument to your lips will sucking in arctic air to blow through
Seeing the teams honor each other with their alma maters at the
end of the game was so touching. They show such respect for each
other. It is always nice to hear Blue and Gold as the last one
sung -- that means we won! It was a great day, one that will certainly
go down in the record books, a stunning and well deserved victory.
Tonight we headed into Manhattan for dinner and saw mids and
cadets on just about every street corner, having fun and seeing
the sights. I am sure for many of the plebes at least, this was
their first trip to NYC, a very exciting and colorful place, especially
this time of year.