PHILADELPHIA Some at Guantanamo Bay have talked trash about the game. Others have watched it on tape delay in a tent during the first Gulf War.
The Army-Navy Game evokes such fierce rivalry - and deep pride - that some have placed bets on it in a war zone.
"When I was in Iraq, I bet a guy [in the Army] $20," said Bruce Little, who graduated from the Naval Academy in the 1970s and continued to work for the Navy.
"He paid me all in pennies," Little added. "And it was hard to get pennies in Iraq."
Watching the 114th Army-Navy Game in a snowstorm - and then a freezing rainstorm - fazed few at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. Many of them have seen this matchup in much more challenging circumstances.