In some places football is more than a sport, it’s more like a religion. But as I grew up in a city with a fairly awful professional football team, and went to university with a terrible college football team, I never became a fan. (Except that football is a great excuse for parties and boozing, so I guess I am a fan of sorts, sometimes). My college was playing against the local team, and my friend didn’t want to go, so I thought ‘what the heck (or something quite similar)’. I had been to a game of the same two teams about 30 years ago, so perhaps it was time to do this again.
And as this local university is a military academy, they had a military pre-game show. It does require a certain talent to be able to jump out of an airplane and land in the center of the stadium.
It’s a lovely stadium, the sun was shining, and we had been drinking delicious Bloody Marys in the parking lot.
The teams had to do a bit of running about before the game starts, so there was no excitement just yet.
Whenever the home team scores a goal, a squadron of cadets comes out and does the same number of push-ups as the score. And the score was rather large at the end. 😉
Halftime means that a marching band must come out, but I must say that I found their outfits rather drab, even though they were excellent musicians. (Marching about in formation is certainly something everyone in the military does.)
After the game was over, I realized that I had not taken any pictures of the actual football players. So here’s a picture that shows some of the football action on the giant stadium screen. When one is at an game, the players are the ants down on the field. When one watches at home, the television cameras always bring the action close. And this game was being televised, so there were camerapersons racing up and down the sidelines. All in all it was an interesting experience, but perhaps I shall wait another 30 years before I do this again.