As a 1974 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, I was a naval aviator for seven years. I then chose to go to medical school to accomplish a lifelong dream. I was in Desert Storm as an Army anesthesiologist, as I had transferred into the Army while in medical school. I am a board certified anesthesiologist now practicing for 24 years. So much for my intro.
I was at the game; I was so excited, and surprised, at the end of the Navy-Missouri game.
It could never happen that way. Just as my dreams had come true attaining my childhood dreams. I was so happy. Why did the Missouri band steal that moment from me?
If it truly is tradition, and there truly were fans left for the band to play for, and there was truly a miscommunication of the intent and the "usual," then I humbly understand.
I must say, however, most football fans today know and respect each others' traditions. Navy-Notre Dame is not a pretty site, regardless of the outcome, yet both teams know what it means to respect each others tradition.
Jose Diaz lives in El Paso, Texas.