Upon the fields of friendly strife, are sown the seeds that, upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory. -Douglas MacArthur, USMA Class of 1903
Game #9-383: Navy Midshipmen at Army Black KnightsJanuary 20, 2013 12:00 pm
It's a brisk Sunday afternoon in West Point, NY, but it's like a sauna inside Christl Arena. Despite it being a holiday weekend on campus, the building is packed shoulder to shoulder with more than 5,000 fans and spectators, most of whom are standing quietly in front of their seats. The Black Knights of Army are assembled near the foul line at the far end of the court, facing the corner of the stands where their band is delivering the United States Military Academy's alma mater.
It's only been a few minutes since the final buzzer sounded, closing the book on a tough 59-50 loss to their rivals from Annapolis. Yet here the Black Knights stand, at attention, with the Midshipmen of Navy by their side, as they each honor their Academy and their opponent. In a moment, the Army players in their home whites and the Midshipmen in Navy blue and gold will walk together to the opposite end of the floor, where the winning team's band readies to play the alma mater of the Naval Academy.