Watching Army, Navy game, a lesson in patriotism! And they know how to treat our president! See photos.


While last year’s annual Army-Navy Game featured plenty of patriotism and old-fashioned trolling, this year’s festivities took the fun, camaraderie and love of nation to an entirely new level.

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During the “prisoner exchange” — an opening ceremony in which exchange students from the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis) and the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) return to their respective camps after a semester of studying at their sister academy — the Army threw the first punch.

Before the “prisoners” return to their own academy, their captors outfit them with clothes that spell out a certain message for their home team. The message has always been used to trash talk.

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This year’s message from West Point to Annapolis was “3-PEAT.” The Army had beaten the Navy in the past two annual Army-Navy games and intended to beat them again this year. The message from Annapolis to West Point was “DECK ‘EM.”


Last year’s Army message was “REPEAT” (in the hopes the Army would beat the Navy a second time), while last year’s Navy message was “REVENGE.”

But the trash talking wasn’t limited to just the field. Army and Navy officers watching from the bleachers had their own clever insults and jokes.


This was followed by a moment of silence for the late former President George H.W. Bush.

“Ladies and gentlemen, on Nov. 30 our nation lost George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States,” the announcer said to the entire stadium.

“President Bush led a great American life. One that combined and personified two of our nation’s greatest virtues: An entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to public service. At this time, we ask that you observe a moment of silence in honor of his inspiring example.”


After the “prisoner exchange,” President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis took the field to stand in pride as the student choirs of both academies delivered a heartfelt rendition of the national anthem that some feel should leave the NFL’s kneelers reeling in shame.

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Listen (and stand):

Next came a coin toss performed by the president. With one quick flip of a coin, Trump helped determine who’d run the field first: the Navy.

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Trump is reportedly the 10th sitting president to ever attend the annual game. The first to attend was former President Theodore Roosevelt, who showed up at the 1901 game.

Watch the coin toss below:

And then the game began. But despite the Navy being allowed to play first, it was the Army that scored the first touchdown, thus setting itself up for what would be its third consecutive victory.


After many fumbles, interceptions, possessions, field goals and additional touchdowns, the game finally concluded with the Army ahead 17 to 10.

Overall, it was a great game brimming with patriotism and camaraderie.

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Plus Chick-fil-A. Yes, Chick-fil-A, which reportedly opened up a pop-up restaurant outside the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday for military members and veterans who were unable to attend the actual game.

“Chick-fil-A is now an official associate partner of the 119th Army-Navy Game presented by USAA,” the patriotic fast-food brand said in a statement.

“The Chick-fil-A partnership includes a pop-up restaurant in Philadelphia that will be part of an experiential watch party for military service men and women. Chick-fil-A will host active duty military, veterans and their families at the private event.”

It’s assumed the pop-up restaurant will become a regular annual event.

But most notable about the event was the unrelenting patriotism, as noted by many on social media:

God bless America!


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