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President Trump to attend Saturday’s Army Navy football game

| December 05, 2018, 06:44 AM

President Trump is scheduled to attend the 108th match between Army and Navy football this weekend in Philadelphia. Trump attended the game in 2016 when he was president-elect and spoke with Verne Lundquist during the broadcasters final game.

I don’t know if it’s necessarily the best football, but it’s very good. But boy, do they have spirit more than anybody. It’s beautiful.

–President-Elect Donald J. Trump

The attendance of a sitting President usually entails significant additional security measures for attendees.

Traditionally, when a President attends a game, he will switch sides at halftime (physically and symbolically) and usually will spend some time with the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets in the stands. If nothing else, Trump is not a traditional President, so it remains to be seen how involved with the pomp and circumstance he will be.

The last President to attend an Army Navy Game was President Obama in 2011 at the game which was hosted by Fedex Field.

Army holds a two-year winning streak against Navy going into Saturday’s game and Eye On Annapolis will be in Philadelphia on the field and in the booth bringing you the game in a live blog, on Twitter, with Facebook updates, and of course with images of the game itself.

Pep Rally

Last night, the Brigade of Midshipmen held a pep rally in advance of the game. Initially scheduled for tonight, the rally was rescheduled due to the national Day of Mourning for former President George H.W. Bush who passed away last Friday.

All images ©2018 Glenn A. Miller | Glenn A. Miller Photography for Eye On Annapolis


Running of the Ball

Very early on Friday morning, the 13th company will take a game ball and run it to the stadium in Philadelphia, a neutral ground, in a relay. Their counterparts in West Point will also leave with another game ball and the two will be presented in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday. Since 1982, the Midshipmen of the 13th Company have run the game ball from Bancroft Hall to the playing field. Originating in a desire to get the “unlucky” company off the yard, the Army-Navy ball run has evolved into a highly spirited event, demonstrating pride and enthusiasm of the entire Brigade of Midshipmen as well as their excitement and support for the Army-Navy football tradition. This year, the Mids will leave Bancroft Hall at 7am on Friday, December 7th and will deliver the ball to Lincoln Financial Field on December 8th just before the game.

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About the Author - John Frenaye

John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for nearly 25 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news–and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.

John’s background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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