11 photos of hilarious traditions of the historic Army-Navy game
Caitlin FosterDec 9, 2018, 19:49 IST
Brendan Dudeck #81 of the Navy Midshipmen carries the American flag on the field before the start of their game against the Army Black Knights at M&T Bank Stadium on December 13, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.Rob Carr/Getty
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.
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.