As the cool winds of fall grace our doorsteps, the skunky smell of college football wafts throughout the nation. For schools like Army and Navy, the glory of yesteryear will never again be attained, but football remains a welcome distraction for students who looked at colleges and said, “That one. The one that’s like prison.”
The last week of college football’s regular season is reserved for the truest of all amateur sporting events. With no other games this Saturday, teams from West Point and Annapolis take the field in Philadelphia before a captive national audience. The Army and Navy squads carry few — if any — NFL prospects, so the game is a true showcase for amateur competition on college football’s national stage.
(DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton, U.S. Navy/Released)
When they arrive at the Naval Academy, first-year midshipmen are given a pair of standard-issue dress shoes to shine, maintain, and wear almost every day for four years. That’s a lot of miles to walk in dress shoes — to classes, to parades, to meals. And while this is a problem for everyone, the impact has been most notable on the football field, according to The Washington Post.
It’s November, which means we are in the heart of the college football season. On Saturdays (and occasionally weeknights), university stadiums across the nation fill with tens of thousands of fans. That could be you. And even if you aren’t a football fan, we’ve highlighted a few of the many other opportunities that Vet Tixers can take advantage of to get out in the community with friends and family.