No, I don’t mean I’m still torn about which branch I like best. I’m referring to the epic annual football game between the United States Military Academy (West Point) and the United States Naval Academy.
I have a few friends who either attend the academies or are recent alums. My father and my honorary uncle/physical therapist/family friend/inadequate swimmer extraordinaire went to see the boys play in Philadelphia last year. My poor father has only daughters who never got into organized sports, and so he has adopted our friends and his friends’ sons so he can go to manly sporting events. (He also attended all of our recitals, dance competitions, golf tournaments, swim meets, and volleyball games, but I don’t think it was the same. After all, you can’t even tell which kid is yours when she’s underwater and wearing a swim cap. He happily touted dress bags and held up mirrors so we could put on our stage make-up, but I think he prefers football.)
My father and honorary uncle run a website called All Things Physical Therapy.
It’s pretty wonderful.
In fact, they’ve even published me a few times. So I think it’s extra wonderful.
Today, however, I’d like to direct your attention to their relations and reminiscing about last year’s Army/Navy Game. Both men had a wonderful time last year, clearly. And even though I don’t even like football, I think I’d like to see this game once in my life. I’ve traveled and lived in other countries, and it just makes me appreciate being from the U.S. of A. even more. It kills me when people who have never been outside their state and don’t have the slightest grasp of the rest of the world criticize Americans, our government, and our civil servants. Seriously. Go live in a place without toilet paper or the ability to vote and then get back to me on why our country sucks.
That’s why I think that a game that symbolizes our traditions, honors the history of our nation’s leaders and defenders, and upholds dignity and pride is a wonderful thing. Because I really do not enjoy watching football, I like to focus on other aspects of the rivalry.
To read about the pride and the pageantry of this event, go here. I think more people should learn about it.