Excitement and enthusiasm filled the Club with everyone in colorful outfits to fit the occasion for the big rival football game between two fabulous teams of cadets and midshipmen. This annual contest began with the first encounter in 1890.
There were ladies with lovely Mum corsages and many participants with Pom-poms. Cheerleaders among the crowd yelled out big cheers including two servers who popped in long enough to yell out rousing cheers, which brought on many smiles and loud cheers.
An early thriller came when John and Charlotte Gearhart announced their Naval Officer grandson would be participating in the traditional four-plane flyover prior to kickoff in the lead plane. As soon as the planes arrived on TV the crowd leaped to their feet with cheers and PRIDE.
Army scored the first touchdown much to the chagrin of the Navy fans. The Army fans became excited and rowdy which set the tone for a competitive spirit and camaraderie. It was a great game right to the end with Navy winning 17-10. Bruce Bartels was responsible for the betting pool. Winners were Lynn Ridgeway twice, Marianne Siembieda, and Sally McNichols the final.
Our fabulous chef, David, and staff served a delicious spread just perfect for game day. Hot dogs, pulled pork, yummy chicken plus three salads including tap beer. Cookies and coffee followed. Wow !!!!!!.
How fortunate we all are to live in such a fun place…