Chatted some with folks over at the EagleBank Bowl today as their inaugural game inches closer to being a week away.
Odd as it seems, the bowl season does begin in eight days when Navy (8-4) and Wake Forest (7-5) meet at RFK Stadium.
In one of the many solid notes courtesy of Navy SID Scott Strasemeier that I’ve hoarded this week, it’s time to point out Navy’s recent history in D.C. —- and RFK in particular —- is limited.
The Mids are 2-1 in their history at RFK (nee D.C. Stadium), defeating Pittsburgh 12-0 in 1965 in their first game at the cookie cutter just off Route 295.
A couple meetings with Air Force were also played there, with the Falcons winning 26-3 in 1970 and Navy collecting a 17-0 victory in 1975.
But that was it. And while (a) Annapolis is only a half-hour or so away and (b) the Mids played in Landover in 1998 (against Notre Dame) and 1999, 2001 and 2003 (against Air Force), this appears to be the Navy’s first trip into the District in more than three decades.
—- Patrick Stevens