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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.

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(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.

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Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Anthony Koch

U.S. Naval Academy football fans everywhere can rejoice this season, because the Midshipmen won’t just play on Saturdays, they’ll also be featured on Showtime Sports’ third iteration of A Season With — a series that chronicles a season behind the scenes with a sports team.

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