It’s December, which means it’s the best time of the year. Christmas is upon us. Nobody is droning on about their stupid New Year’s resolution, yet.
And the annual Army-Navy game is going to be played for the 118th time in history.
Army-Navy is huge. As the kid of a Midshipman, I was raised to live, breathe, and die by Army-Navy. It’s up there with the Super Bowl, because it represents a clean competition between the finest people America has to offer. It’s about athleticism, brute strength, and a little bit each team wanting to rip each other’s esophagus out. What could be more American?
The matchup tomorrow is pretty even. Navy leads Army with more wins historically.
One of the best parts of Army-Navy is the promo. It’s two of the best things this world has to offer, combined: football and unapologetic American patriotism. I highly recommend going to a game in person because it’s hard to beat the adrenaline rush from watching a bunch of guys parachute into a stadium and fire cannons after each touchdown.
If you can’t make it to tomorrow’s game, here’s some promo content to get you just almost as hyped.
Naturally, Navy’s uniforms are awesome. They honor the elite Blue Angel flight squad.
WE HAVE A WINNER
Navy’s uniforms for Army vs. Navy. #BlueAngels pic.twitter.com/ROgoxy9ga2
— DieHards (@DieHards) November 28, 2017
Army is keeping it a little more muted in the color category, honoring the WWII Mountain Fighters who fought through the bitter European winters and suffered thousands of casualties.
Honored to be a part of it. . #ClimbToGlory #BEATnavy pic.twitter.com/qJwGnsRyIr
— Andrew King (@andrewcking_) December 4, 2017
But what really makes this game great are the spirit videos that each academy releases. They’re played before and during games, and give soldiers and sailors a rare opportunity to show off their tremendous acting skills.
Coming Soon: “Lead From The Front: An Army/Navy Short Film”
Tune in to #USMA social media pages Monday, Dec. 4 at 8:00 a.m. EST to see this all-star cast tackle the greatest spirit mission in history.#ArmyNavy #BeatNavy
(#USArmy video by 2nd Lt. Austin Lachance) pic.twitter.com/2oh2L62a4o
— US Military Academy (@WestPoint_USMA) December 2, 2017
GoNavy! BeatArmy! – Learn more about that book and several other titles that I personally recommend to @ArmyChiefStaff as we head into Saturday’s #ArmyNavyGame. Bill the Goat and Black Jack are no where to be found unfortunately… pic.twitter.com/lVcVxq90dK
— Adm. John Richardson (@CNORichardson) December 8, 2017
Tecumseh is ready to smash Army. Go Navy! #BeatArmy pic.twitter.com/0zLpoBB0Zy
— U.S. Naval Academy (@NavalAcademy) December 8, 2017
.@EighthArmyKorea knows what makes #USArmy Soldiers and the @armywp_football team strong! #GoArmy #BeatNavy pic.twitter.com/NsyOWr5CzR
— US Military Academy (@WestPoint_USMA) December 7, 2017
Welcome to Beat Navy week. #BeatNavy pic.twitter.com/LduCpdtKFn
— ArmyWestPoint Sports (@GoArmyWestPoint) December 4, 2017
And when all else fails, who doesn’t get hyped from lighting things on fire?
We’re feeling pretty fired up about the @ArmyNavyGame at the Beat Army pep rally and bonfire! pic.twitter.com/oSSOW7EyqI
— U.S. Naval Academy (@NavalAcademy) December 7, 2017
And you can’t forget one of the better ones from 2012, which got close to 7 million hits on YouTube.
if they commission, hell yeah we are
believe it’s from this beauty https://t.co/qzkv1K0BlB
— michelle (@shellbelle) December 6, 2017
It doesn’t matter who you’re rooting for. Every player on these teams is a national treasure. It’s the only game you’ll ever watch that every athlete is willing to die for every fan.
Too good not to shrare #ArmyNavyGame #respect #service #duty #honor #country GO ARMY, BEAT NAVY! @WestPoint_USMA pic.twitter.com/GtNCm8rPHK
— Gavin McIlvenna (@GavinMcIlvenna) December 8, 2017