Army-Navy’s Rivalry is the college football rivalry, pride and tradition. It is hailed as the best rivalry in all of sports and it has been going on for 120 years.
Army and Navy play each other every November and the game lasts about 3 hours. The winner of this game gets to hold a trophy that they call the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy each year.
Army currently holds the title, but Navy will be looking to come out as victor this year with them having won 7 straight against Army, including their last victory in 2015.
How did it start?
Army-Navy’s rivalry began in the 1890s. At the time, no teams dared to play against either academy. The game originally took place on Thanksgiving Day with one game happening in Philadelphia at Franklin Field and the other game happening in Annapolis, Maryland at Thompson Stadium.
When it came to establishing a winner, there was no consensus so they used things like total points scored or fan response on who they believed won.
The fans would usually pick one team or the other and then there were a few ties so it became difficult to decide on who won.
That caused the rivalry to be halted for five years in 1898, but it was resurrected in 1899 when they decided to play on a neutral site at West Point known as the Plain. This has been where the game has taken place since the 1999 season.
Why does it matter to both schools and America?
The rivalry between the two schools means a great deal to both sides. For Army, it is a chance to reassert their dominance over a team that has had the upper hand for the past few years.
It is also a chance for redemption after losing the past 7 matchups. For Navy, it is an opportunity to continue their winning streak and keep the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in their possession.
The rivalry also matters to America because it is one of the longest-standing traditions in all of sports. The game is a chance for the military academies to show their pride, spirit and camaraderie.
These are traits that America wants in its soldiers so this rivalry embodies everything good about the Army.
What has been the outcome of this historic rivalry over time?
The outcome of this rivalry has been quite lopsided in recent years with Navy winning the past 7 matchups.
The last time Army was able to come out on top was in 2015. Earlier this year, Army and Navy played at the Plain and there were some concerns that the game would not be played due to rain.
That would have been an awkward scenario considering the game is always held at the Plain and it rarely rains. Luckily, the rain stopped and they were able to get started on time, but it did cause a lot of worries for fans who were interested in watching their favorite team play.
The future of the rivalry
The future of the rivalry is yet to be determined. Army, Navy and America are all rooting for their favorite team to come out on top. But there are already some telling signs that indicate how it could go in the future.
The most recent game was won by Navy despite being played at the Plain, which was significant considering they usually win on neutral ground. That puts Army at a disadvantage because not only do they have to hope that Navy gets lucky again but that they also need to beat them at their own field this year.
What time is the army navy game 2016?
The game between Army and Navy is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 10th at 3:00 pm EST. The game will be held at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.
The stadium has a capacity of 71,008 people and is the home field for the NFL team known as the Baltimore Ravens.
Army and Navy have been playing each other every November since the 1890s. From there, they were able to play at a neutral site in 1899 and it has remained that way ever since.
Early on, Army would beat Navy often but over time, the tide turned with Navy winning 7 straight against them including last year’s game played at West Point where Army is usually dominant.
This rivalry also means a lot to America because of its long-standing tradition which embodies everything good about our military academies while showcasing their pride spirit and camaraderie for all to see.
It will be interesting to see if this historic streak continues or whether Army manages finally come out ahead in 2016 after coming close earlier this year when rain threatened the game early on before it was able to start.
The game will be taking place at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday, December 10th at 3:00 p.m EST.