MILITARY BOWL RECAP
January 7, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The football teams of the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Pittsburgh arrived at their respective hotels on Dec. 23 to kick off the 2015 Military Bowl Week. Because this bowl game is played for members of the armed forces who represent our country, it was only appropriate for the teams to experience the history of our nation during their week in Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C.
The teams were busy all week attending special events, including tours of several Washington, D.C. landmarks. Everyday was a new opportunity to learn about important history.
“I think the guys have really enjoyed it,” said Pitt Defensive Coordinator Josh Conklin. “There’s so much history here. This is where the world is ran, so it’s a fascinating deal. The military has always been a huge deal to me, so being part of it is really special.”
Two of the most special events for the teams were the Christmas Day community visits. Navy had the chance to bowl with veterans, and Pitt had Christmas dinner with active military, wounded warriors, hospital staff and their families.
After a full week in Washington, D.C., the Military Bowl Eve festivities moved to Annapolis on Dec. 27. That night, businesses in downtown Annapolis hosted a Wine Walk and Bar Crawl for fans exploring the town.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium was the perfect venue for this bowl game, and fans came from all over the country to support their teams. The fan enthusiasm was heavily felt in the atmosphere.
“I’m here from Memphis, Tennessee to support Sean Williams, number six. Go Navy!” said Zakyra Williams, the mother of a Navy football player.
Regardless of the outcome of the game, the fans were focused on how proud they were to have their teams represented in a bowl game this season. The teams got to experience the culture of two historic cities, while their most loyal fans followed along to enjoy it as well. There were no hard feelings between the opposing teams.
“I’m hoping for a Pitt victory, but if we have to lose to one team, it has to be Navy. We’ll take one for the country,” Pitt alumni Noel Rosenburg told us.