11 photos of hilarious traditions of the historic Army-Navy game
Dec 9, 2018, 19:49 IST
Army cadets and Navy midshipmen are faced off for the 119th Army-Navy game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this weekend.
"America's game" is one of the most intense rivalries in college sports, and is steeped in tradition.
Some of these traditions are on full display in the annual game, and include a "prisoner exchange" as well as hilarious taunts from midshipmen and cadets.
Since 1850, midshipmen from the Naval Academy and West Point cadets have faced off on the gridiron in the annual Army-Navy football game.
In the past 118 years, the rivalry that has developed between the two service academies has evolved into an institution of itself, rich with traditions held sacred by cadets and midshipmen as well as soldiers and sailors across the globe. Advertisement
Read through to find out who the academies' "prisoners" are, how mids and cadets taunt each other throughout the game and why - for several years - midshipmen carried brooms with them in the stadium.
Midshipmen always find a way to incorporate the sitting president into the game.
Cadets and midshipmen usually bring signs with them to the game, which they use to taunt their rivals.
Navy had the perfect response to Army's taunt.
The taunts are a much-anticipated tradition for cadets and midshipmen.
The cadets and midshipmen have to march on to the field before the game, so they have to find ways to hide any signs they may be carrying.
The brooms are a tradition of their own, but only for classes who can say they've seen four victories over their rivals.
Maybe someday Army can say they've had a decade-long streak. Until then, they'll have to get creative with their taunts
In yet another tradition, soldiers and sailors around the globe create "spirit spot" videos supporting their team.
Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division fired a salute for Army cadets before the 119th Army-Navy game on December 8, 2018.
The anticipated "prisoner exchange."
The prisoners traditionally use tape or signs in yet another taunt to their rivals.