Circus Trip 2018: Navy Football


Day 62, Saturday, September 15, 2018
Naval Academy Football Game, Annapolis, Maryland

After we visited the Lincoln Cottage at the Soldier’s Home, my friends Jason, Kathrin and I got to do a thing!  Something I would never pick to do on my own.

A football game!  But not just any football game.  You see, Jason is an alumnus of the Naval Academy at Annapolis and he had season tickets to their football games.  And even though football is not really my thing, I had a lot of fun.

First we stopped in at an Amish market for tailgating supplies.  We got sloppy joes, cheeses, wings, and soft pretzels.  And of course, booze, but not from the Amish market.

When we arrived, we found Jason’s designated space and had a mini feast.  And then we went a wandering…  We found Jason’s former boss, who was hosting a big tailgate party and we had fun socializing and meeting people.  There was lots of laughter!

Then it was time for the game, so we made our way in and found our seats.  Navy was playing Lehigh University, a college from Pennsylvania.  But the game…  Yeah, it was football.  There really isn’t much more to say, right?

I was fascinated by the tradition.  Jason explained that all first year midshipmen have to attend all the home games, in their dress whites.  And every time Navy scores, the midshipmen have to run onto the field and do the number of pushups to equal the score.  So when the score is 7, they run out for 7 pushups.  When the score is 21, they have to do 21 pushups.  And on and on like that.  Did I mention that the final score was Navy 51, Lehigh 21?  That is A LOT of pushups.  I bet those young men and women were exhausted!

Jason also explained that every midshipman is required to participate in a sport.  Golf, basketball, swimming, cheerleading – whatever you choose, but you have to choose something.  Makes sense in a career where they want active minds and bodies.  What a holistic education!

After the game, we drove to downtown Annapolis and went to a pub type of restaurant.  We got appetizers and chatted for a while, then took a stroll down some of the streets of Annapolis.  It was my second trip there, and I still wish I had more time.  Such a fun day!

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