When I was a freshman at the University of Maryland, the first sporting event I went to was a Maryland football game against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium. I had never been to a major college football game; I was unprepared for what I was about to see. The tailgates, the marching bands, and the sea of midshipmen who had made their way up to Baltimore from Annapolis. It was completely and beautifully overwhelming.
But as a football naive 18-year old, I didn't know that the Navy-Maryland game was a lot more than just the first game of my collegiate career. It's an in-state rivalry that has been going on for over 100 years; and usually, it hasn't been particularly cordial.
Rick Snider of the Washington Examiner sets the table for this weekend's game with an incomplete history of the rivalry between Navy and Maryland. Quotes and anecdotes after the jump.